Monday, November 30, 2009

Announcements: 2nd Sunday of Advent

Dear Holy Rosary Mission Parishioners, here are a few announcements:

Gospel: The gospels for the first two Sundays of Advent are about the Second Coming of Christ. The second two are about the birth of Christ. This week we are asked to be prepared and ready for the Second Coming. The Advent Wreath has some excellent symbols to help us to be prepared. The wreath reminds us of the importance of hope, forgiveness, and who should be at the center of our lives. For example, the evergreen branches gives us hope for eternal life because the evergreen is just that, it is always green, it never dies, just like eternal life.

Thanx Aileen: Thank you to Aileen for the communion service Sunday. Because of Aileen’s kindness I was able to spend Thanksgiving with my family in Bend, Oregon.

Thanx Angie: Thank you Angie for picking up our mail, Koodoes for you!

Thank Pat D.: Thanx Pat Durbin for securing and checking on the Church and House while I am in Oregon!

Changes in Mass: The Vatican will be coming out with some fairly drastic changes to the way to celebrate Mass. These changes will adhere more closely to the original biblical text. For example, during the creed we will say “I Believe” instead of “We believe.” And that is only the tip of the iceberg. I will be learning more about the changes in February during our priest convocation in Talkeetna in 2010.

Holy Rosary Website: A special family recipe is on the website…Smokies, a deluxe party mix. Be sure to check it out.

Have a fantastic week and see you Sunday…Fr. Scott

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Announcements: 1st Sunday of Advent

Dear Holy Rosary parishioners, here are a few announcements and ideas for prayer during Thanksgiving and Advent:

Thanx: Thank you Kara for cutting out the pieces of the puzzle for the Chirstmas homily. It was a huge help to me.

Thanx: Thank you to Angie Venua for picking up the Holy Rosary Mail while I am having Thanksgiving with my family in Bend, Oregon.

Water Color Paintings: Matteo has been busy painting. He has let me post some of his beautiful work. Please check out our website,

Thanksgiving Day Prayer: If you do not have a prayer to say during Thanksgiving dinner, try one of these Thanksgiving prayers for Roman Catholics:

Prayer 1
Thank you God for all the wonderful blessings,
For our daily meals, for clean drinking water,
For sunlight and for the cool breeze.
I'm thankful for my family, my husband, my friends, and my health.
I'm thankful for my friends, to love and be loved and for freedom.
I'm thankful to be employed;
I'm thankful to be alive and praise you for all these wonders.
I'm thankful that you have been so gracious
To give your only Son to us
Who gave his life and bore the Unbearable
For us sinners.
On this Thanksgiving Day,I take the Opportunity to give thanks for countless other
things you provide us with on a daily basis.

Prayer 2
Father in Heaven, Creator of all and source of all goodness and love, please look kindly upon us and receive our heartfelt gratitude in this time of giving thanks. Thank you for all the graces and blessings. You have bestowed upon us, spiritual and temporal: our faith and religious heritage. Our food and shelter, our health, the loves we have for one another, our family and friends. Dear Father, in Your infinite generosity, please grant us continued graces and blessing throughout the coming year. This we ask in the Name of Jesus, Your Son and our Brother. Amen.

Advent Wreath Prayers: Here is a way to pray during Advent in your home using a wreath.
The Advent Wreath Ceremony: The ceremony is simple. It starts at the evening meal on the Saturday before the first Sunday in Advent with the blessing of the wreath. (The head of the household is the one designated to say the prayers, following which various members of his family light the candles. If the group is not a family, then a leader may be selected to say the prayers and others appointed to light the candles)

On the First Sunday of Advent, the father of the family blesses the wreath, praying: O God, by whose word all things are sanctified, pour forth Thy blessing upon this wreath, and grant that we who use it may prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ and may receive from Thee abundant graces. Who lives and reigns forever. Amen.”

Then the following prayer is said before the evening meal each night of the first week of Advent.

O Lord, stir up Thy might, we beg Thee, and come, that by Thy protection we may deserve to be rescued from the threatening dangers of our sins and saved by Thy deliverance. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

(Each night the first purple candle is lighted by the youngest child of the household and is left burning during the meal)

During the second week of Advent, the father prays: O Lord, stir up our hearts that we may prepare for Thy only begotten Son, that through His coming we may be made worthy to serve Thee with pure minds. Who lives and reigns forever. Amen.”

The oldest child then lights the purple candle from the first week plus another purple one.

During the third week of Advent, the father prays: O Lord, we beg Thee, incline Thy ear to our prayers and enlighten the darkness of our minds by the grace of Thy visitation. Who lives and reigns forever. Amen.”

(The joyful Sunday in Advent is represented by rose or white instead of the penitential purple color. Each night during the third week the mother of the family lights the rose or white, as well as the two previously burned purple candles, after the following prayer has been said)

Finally, the father prays during the fourth week of Advent, O Lord, stir up Thy power, we pray Thee, and come; and with great might help us, that with the help of Thy grace, Thy merciful forgiveness may hasten what our sins impede. Who lives and reigns forever. Amen.”

The father then lights all of the candles of the wreath.

Advent is a time to stir-up our faith in the Lord. The wreath and its prayers provide the family to prepare for the birth of Jesus in a special way. This good tradition helps us to remain vigilant in our homes and not lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas. The Advent Wreath reminds us of the need for spiritual preparation to fully share in the great joy of the birth of Christ, the Son of God who gave His life for us so that we might have eternal life.

Have a very nice Thanksgiving Day. Fr. Scott

Monday, November 16, 2009

Announcements: Christ the King

Announcements: Christ the King

Dear Holy Rosary Mission Parishioners, here are a few announcements:

Saint Paul Second Collections: Thank you very much for your generosity. We collected $380.00 to help replenish our fund that helps needy people in the Bristol Bay area. Our fund is now up to $1,900. The fund started out at $4,500 from a donation from Father Kennedy.

Thanx Bernie: Thank you Bernie Venua for repairing the weather stripping on the garage door. The repair will save us money on heating fuel this winter. Your kindness is greatly appreciated by all of us at Holy Rosary!

Funerals: The past two weeks we have had one Catholic funeral per week at Holy Rosary. James Allen Gardiner, age 69 was buried at Kanakanak cemetery Nov 6, 2009. Loretta Mae Kimoktoak was buried Nov 13, 2009 at the same cemetery. Please keep their families in your prayers.

Thanx Altar Servers: Holy Rosary called upon altar servers to serve at the two recent funerals. For the Gardiner funeral Anthony and Walter served and for the Kimoktoak funeral Kara and Josh served. Thank you very much for your help!

Confirmation: Confirmation is going well. We added a new person to our RCIA progam, Gwendolyn Jean Wilson. Gwen, we are so happy to have you aboard. This week we learned about receiving communion at Holy Rosary. At Saint Theresa in Naknek, Dillon and his mom Stephanie came by for some altar server training. Dillon served for his first time on Sunday morn. Next week the RCIA and Confirmation people will be learning about the Liturgical seasons as we change from Green to Purple.

Gospel: Christ is our servant King and wants us to be servant Kings and Queens as well. In order to do that we need to have our compasses set to true north, i.e. our compasses centered on Christ. Good balance in our lives helps us to utilize our talents the way they were intended…for the greater glory of God.

Have a fantastic week and see you Sunday…Fr. Scott

Monday, November 9, 2009

Announcements: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Holy Rosary Mission Parishioners, here are a few announcements:

Gospel: Thinking about the Second Coming and death, can be a bit scary and can even cause some to panic. The reading Daniel, Hebrews, and Mark this week will give us confidence in eternal life.

Confirmation: Please see for a summary of those to be confirmed in our Catholic Church at Easter. A new blog was posted today. Please keep all of those being confirmed in your prayers. We will be meeting again this weekend to go over the creed, take on a special project for the Christmas Homily, talk about our sponsors, choose one of the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit make a presentation on, and receive our catechism books.

Ride to Church: If you can give a person a ride to Church this weekend, please call me at 842-5581 and I will give you the name and location of the person wanting to come to join us at Mass this Sunday.

Second Collection: The Saint Vincent De Paul Fund was started by Father Kennedy (the priest that took my place while I was studying canon law in DC) four years ago. The money is almost gone. We have used that $4,500 to help three individuals. For one family in South Naknek we purchased a Toyo stove and a year supply of Heating Fuel. For a street person who was released from prison, we paid for three days lodging while that person waited to be accepted into Granny’s assisted living in Dillingham. For another person, who is a recovering alcoholic, we purchased a pair of reading glasses. Please consider donating to this fund this weekend. Thank you!

Recognition of Minister: I would like to especially recognize Dee O’Connell for her dedication to keeping all of the linen cleaned and pressed. This is a very specialized job because it involves particular folding and continual monitoring. We could not have a Mass without purificators, special hand washing towels, corporals, and altar cloths. Dee has been depended on to perform this service since I arrived here in 2005. I am sure she was the linen minister long before I arrived. Thank you Dee for this important service you provide for our Catholic Church.

Have a fantastic day and see you Sunday…Fr. Scott

Monday, November 2, 2009

Announcements: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Holy Rosary Mission Parishioners, here are some announcements:

Confirmation Candidates: At Holy Rosary in Dillingham, Jim Larson, Alaina Grohall, Jim Ingram, Kara Ingram, and Jonna Bouker are candidates for confirmation this year. At Saint Theresa in King Salmon, Kierra Tretikoff and Dillon Brady are candidates. Please keep them in your prayers.

Gospel: The poor widow in the gospel gave two cents while the Pharisees gave much more. The old lady gave from her poverty while the Pharisees from their surplus. Surplus, as defined by the dictionary is the amount of money that remains after MY needs are met FIRST. The message is this: by being better stewards (managers) of our time, talent, and money, we can be more generous to others .

Thanx: Thank you very much Angela Clark and all who signed my Birthday card. Thank you for the gift as well. I will use the $ while I am visiting my brand-new-soon-to-be great Nephew when I am home for Thanksgiving.

Mission Talk: I was able to fly to Clarks Point, Ugashik, and King Salmon/Naknek this week. I took some pictures of Ugashik and they are posted on our website, There are also pictures some of our ministers a little farther down the webpage.

Funeral Mass: There will be a funeral Mass at Holy Rosary for James Gardener who died Friday. The funeral will be Friday, November 6, 2009 (time to be announced). Please keep James and his family in your prayers.

God bless and have a wonderful day…Fr. Scott