Monday, April 26, 2010
Catechism: After Mass on May 9th, all those who are planning to be confirmed will meet. We will discuss sacraments and posture.
Rosary: This week after mass we will be praying the rosary for all those who have donated to our fuel fund. All are welcome to join us!
Gospel: The gospel is about the commandment of love. Love is one of those things that we CAN take with us when we die. There are other things we can store in our eternal suitcases as well, i.e. reconciled relationships, baptism, confirmation, our prayer life, generosity, our volunteer work to help others.
Meeting with the Archbishop: I will be going to Anchorage this week to pick up my airplane after getting some work done to it. I will also be meeting with the Archbishop to discuss his up and coming confirmation. We will also discuss my situation as pastor at Holy Rosary, i.e. how much longer I will stay here.
Quince Anos at Saint Theresa: May 7th, Friday, I will be in King Salmon to celebrate “Quinceanera,” for Veronica. Quinceanera is a Catholic rite that celebrates the passage from childhood to adolescence. It is a ritual that expresses thanksgiving to God for the gift of life and that asks for a blessing from God for the years ahead. The mass will begin at 5:00 PM.
Jury Duty: I will be starting the second month of my three month stint on Jury Duty for the city of Dillingham.
Phone Number: I will be keeping our 842-5581 phone number for a few more weeks while testing the cellular system. So far during the 1st month of testing the sound was garbled for about one hour in the early morning hours. The new proposed number for Holy Rosary will be 907-843-1277 (GCI cellular number). The land line in the church has been disconnected and a new fixed cellular desk top phone replaced it.
Have a fantastic week and see you Sunday…Fr. Scott
Monday, April 19, 2010
Tabernacle: Since we were not using the tabernacle in Clarks Point, Alaska the Archbishop needed it for another parish. The tabernacle in Clarks was a bit larger than the one we have in Holy Rosary. Hence, I switched them out and I am sending the one we had in Holy Rosary to the Archbishop and keeping the one from Clarks Point. Pat Durbin came by and serviced the lock and has it working smoothly.
Here is the tabernacle that has been at Holy Rosary. I am sending this one to the Archbishop.
Here is the one that we are keeping that I brought from Clarks Point (Saint Peter the Fisherman).
Phone Service: Since we now have GCI cellular coverage in the area, including most of the villages I fly to, I am considering going cellular. I am currently testing out the service and comparing and contrasting the “land line” and the cell service. So far I have tried the cell phone in Clarks Point, Naknek, King Salmon, Dillingham, Yakima, Seattle, and Anchorage. There were no problems at all. It was nice having all the phone numbers stored on the phone so I did not have to dig through all of my notes. The number is 907-843-1277.
Potluck: Our next potluck will be Sunday, May 30, after Mass.
Rosary: We will be praying the rosary after Mass Sunday, May 2nd, after Mass. We will dedicate the rosary to all of our generous benefactors. All are welcome to join us.
Jury Duty: I am on Jury duty the months of April, May, and June. Hopefully it will not interfere with Mass at Holy Rosary and Saint Theresa.
Confirmation: Exact time and date for the confirmation has not yet been set. So far all I know is that will be sometime June 9th, 10th, or 11th. I need to meet with all those being confirmed two more times before the Archbishop arrives. The times for those meetings will be set this Sunday.
Thank you: Thank you to Aileen Walsh for providing a Communion Service last Sunday. I did not get back to Dillingham until about 1:30 PM on Sunday.
Blessing of the Fleet: Angela Clark has again offered to organize the Blessing of the Fleet. If you would like to help out, please get in touch with her! The blessing usually takes place in the first couple weeks of June.
Gospel: The Gospel is about the intimate relationship Jesus has with his people. It is about the Good Shepherd who tends his flock. Please see the Gospel Below.
Have a fantastic week and see you Sunday…Fr. Scott
4th Easter Sun C DLG 2010 Sheep, Acts 13: 14 & 43-52; Revelation 7:9 & 14-17; John 10: 27-30.
It is not that hard to use a heard of sheep for an analogy of the human race. Most sheep are cute and woolly, but they are anxious creatures. They often run in packs in every direction. They are notoriously dense and difficult to manage or direct.
We as humans are an anxious people, a bit slow sometime, and difficult to lead. Like sheep, we are incredibly useful and adaptable.
In the days of Jesus, shepherds had an intimate relationship with the sheep. Sheep in those days were similar to our pets, our cats and dogs, today. Sheep were members of the family. In those days shepherds belonged to their roaming tribes. The flock of sheep moved with the tribe all around Israel.
Every sheep mattered. Every sheep had a name. Every sheep was a vital economic unit. Lots of trouble came about for the tribe and the shepherd if a sheep was lost. To lose a flock of sheep meant financial ruin for a generation.
In the gospel, Jesus wants us to understand the intimate knowledge and care the shepherd has for the sheep.
Why do we follow Jesus? It is not because we are too dumb to know otherwise. It is not because we are anxious or fearful of our alternatives.
We follow Jesus because we know his voice. We know Jesus. He knows our name. We follow Jesus because throughout our lives we have came to trust him. We follow because we rely on our intimate relationship with him. In return Jesus protects us. He makes sure no one can steal us from the flock.
Being stolen away from the Christian family is a real threat. There are a variety of reasons we stray from the flock, i.e. curiosity, seduced by other people, the allure of greener grass on the other side of the fence, peer pressure, other Gods (materialism, individualism), the list goes on.
My brothers and sisters in Christ, every Sunday we affirm that we cannot find a better way to live than this: To follow the Way, the Truth, and the Life, which is Christ, who is present with us now.
No matter what state of life we are in, no matter how well off, how poor, how strong, how week, how smart or dumb, Jesus protects us. The protection of our good shepherd comes in the word we read every Sunday, through the seven sacraments, in the church, and from all of us who look out for one another (411 Words).
Acts 13: 14 & 43-52
They continued on from Perga and reached Antioch in Pisidia. On the sabbath they entered (into) the synagogue and took their seats. After the congregation had dispersed, many Jews and worshipers who were converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who spoke to them and urged them to remain faithful to the grace of God. On the following sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and with violent abuse contradicted what Paul said. Both Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, "It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first, but since you reject it and condemn yourselves as unworthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us, 'I have made you a light to the Gentiles, that you may be an instrument of salvation to the ends of the earth.'" The Gentiles were delighted when they heard this and glorified the word of the Lord. All who were destined for eternal life came to believe, and the word of the Lord continued to spread through the whole region. The Jews, however, incited the women of prominence who were worshipers and the leading men of the city, stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their territory. So they shook the dust from their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium. The disciples were filled with joy and the holy Spirit.
Revelation 7:9 & 14-17
After this I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. I said to him, "My lord, you are the one who knows." He said to me, "These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. "For this reason they stand before God's throne and worship him day and night in his temple. The one who sits on the throne will shelter them. They will not hunger or thirst anymore, nor will the sun or any heat strike them. For the Lamb who is in the center of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of life-giving water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."
John 10: 27-30
My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father's hand. The Father and I are one."
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
After arriving in Yakima for our regional canon law convention I had my picture taken with the three people that hold the Juneau, Fairbanks, and Anchorage tribunals together. From left to right is Jennifer Michaelson (Archdiocese of Anchoarage), Alethea Johnson (Diocese of Juneau, and Barb Tolliver (Diocese of Fairbanks).
New Phone Number: We are going cellular at Holy Rosary. Since GCI has erected towers all over the Alaskan Bush we have been able to have cellular reception in Dillingham and the surrounding villages. This service has been available since February, 2010. Rod Williams, a technician for GCI said the cellular system seems to working well. Our new number for Holy Rosary is this: the 12 apostles and Jesus said we must forgive 7 times 77 times. So, 907-843-1277. Our old number, 842-5581 will be disconnected at the end of April. A cell phone will also be available in the church (907) 843-1287.
Thank you: Thank you Bernie Venua and Pat Durbin for re-wiring the women’s bathroom fan and light. There used to be one switch that turned on both fan and light. Now there is a separate switch for both.
Gospel: Jesus, after being resurrected, returns to the side of the lake where Peter and some other apostles are fishing. Remember when the cock crowed three times and Peter denied Jesus three times. Jesus returning and cooking a meal for Peter was a sign that Jesus had forgiven him.
Have a wonderful week and see you when I return from Yakima…Fr. Scott
Monday, April 5, 2010
New Members: On Easter Vigil, Karis, Whitney, and Logan were baptized into our community. Welcome and congratulations to the Weiland family!
Canon Law: Next week I will be attending a canon law convention in Yakima, Washington.
Potluck Sundays: When there are 31 days in the month, the last Sunday of that month we will have a potluck after Mass. Please mark your calendars and plan to bring your favorite dish! Next scheduled potluck will be May 30th.
Youth Visit: July 5th through 9th twelve anchorage youth will hold a retreat at Holy Rosary. We need some ideas for community service. Please think this over and get back to me. The tentative schedule is as follows:
Monday: Settle in, work around Holy Rosary, Dillingham tour, subsistence net.
Tuesday: Adoration, Mass at Holy Rosary, Community Service Day
Wednesday: Mass at Holy Rosary, Fly out to Clarks Point and Ekuk
Thursday: Adoration, Mass (Sr. Center), Singing (Grandma’s), Tour Peter Pan, Potluck, bonfire
Friday: Confession, Adoration, Mass at the Lake
Bishop Visit: The Archbishop will be visiting in Bristol Bay. During his visit he will go to Saint Theresa and Holy Rosary to administer the sacraments of Confirmation and Marriage. He will be here from June 9 through June 11. Stay tuned for more detail.
Easter Vigil: Thank you to all who helped with the Easter Vigil celebration. This is the holiest Mass of the year. We are blessed to have so many members in our community actively involved. Thank you for making this day so wonderful!
Gospel: PLEASE SEE GOSPEL BELOW. The story of doubting Thomas is a great story. It is about our faith and it is about peace.
Shower Complete: The shower in the church basement is not complete.
Have a fantastic week and see you Sunday...Fr. Scott
Homily for Sencond Sunday of Easter
2nd Easter Sun C Benedict 2010 Peace, Acts 5:12-16; Revelation 1:9-13, 17-19; John 20:19-31
In the gospel, Jesus says, “Peace be with you.” I don’t think Doubting Thomas has much peace until he met Jesus. Peace is something we all strive for. A rose wheel represents peace. One famous Rose Window in Paris is known as the Wheel of Fortune.
The Wheel of Fortune shows a circle with a King at the top (I am reigning). To the right side it shows the king loosing his crown (I have reigned). At the bottom the upside down King’s crown is off (I have lost everything). Then at the left side it says (I shall reign again). What the wheel shows is that life is a continual circle of being on top, dropping to the bottom, and then fighting our way back to the top again…Kind of scary isn’t it?
But right in the middle of the Wheel is a picture of Christ. The soul becomes peaceful and beautiful with Christ as the center.
Since God made all humans, we all start out with Christ as our center…we are hotwired. When something other is the center…possessions, drugs, power…the soul becomes a disharmony…we are hotwired for Christ, yet we want something else.
When a soul looses Christ as center, it becomes scattered. A scattered soul follows this idea, that idea, this guru, that guru, this impulse and that impulse.
That is what Diablo, or Devil means…to scatter…to break apart. People who are scattered and unfocused do not have Christ as center. They are not at peace.
Being scattered and unfocused means that we are on that outer rim of the wheel of fortune. We got on top of the wheel, and we need more and more to stay on top. But inevitably, we fall. When money is our center…when power is our center…it is addictive…we need more and more. We are never at peace.
Jesus as our center is the alternative. Jesus gathers, brings into one. Those who have Jesus as center can let themselves be detached from the world.
Notice that the center of a wheel does not change. It stays anchored. That is where the peace comes from. A person with Jesus as centered can be involved, but detached, from the Wheel of Fortune. We are able to weather the ups and downs of life. Why, because with Jesus as center, we are focused on one thing. We are not scattered. We are anchored firmly in place. As the Wheel turns, we stay calm and peaceful.
Remember when Jesus is asleep in the boat. The apostles eventually woke him up and he calmed the sea.
This story is about our lives. Peter is crossing the lake in a boat like we are crossing threw life. We go threw storms in life like Peter went threw the storm. Everyone knows that life kicks up storms of failures, lost relationships, physical pain, fear of death, Jesus during the storm, is asleep while everyone else is terrified.
Saint Augustine said, “Christ asleep in the boat is the Christ that you allowed to go to sleep in you. As you are about the many things, the being scattered, you have allowed your link to the center to be lost. When Jesus is asleep, of coarse you are lost, you are flailing about…Augustine says, “wake him up!”
Jesus as our center allows us to participate in the wheel of life, but peacefully watch it go around. Remember the Beattles and John Lennon? (John Lennon wrote the song “Help” and “I am Just sitting here watching the wheel go round and round.”
Jesus as center is a place of safety in the storm. Jesus as center is a place we can go and be safe from anything the world can throw at us. Find that key to the castle door. Wake Jesus up. “May the Peace of Christ be with you all” (641 Words).
Many signs and wonders were done among the people at the hands of the apostles. They were all together in Solomon's portico. None of the others dared to join them, but the people esteemed them. Yet more than ever, believers in the Lord, great numbers of men and women, were added to them. Thus they even carried the sick out into the streets and laid them on cots and mats so that when Peter came by, at least his shadow might fall on one or another of them. A large number of people from the towns in the vicinity of Jerusalem also gathered, bringing the sick and those disturbed by unclean spirits, and they were all cured.
Revelation 1:9-13, 17-19
I, John, your brother, who share with you the distress, the kingdom, and the endurance we have in Jesus, found myself on the island called Patmos because I proclaimed God's word and gave testimony to Jesus. I was caught up in spirit on the Lord's day and heard behind me a voice as loud as a trumpet, which said, "Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea." Then I turned to see whose voice it was that spoke to me, and when I turned, I saw seven gold lamp stands and in the midst of the lamp stands one like a son of man, wearing an ankle-length robe, with a gold sash around his chest. When I caught sight of him, I fell down at his feet as though dead. He touched me with his right hand and said, "Do not be afraid. I am the first and the last, the one who lives. Once I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever. I hold the keys to death and the netherworld. Write down, therefore, what you have seen, and what is happening, and what will happen afterwards.
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace be with you." When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. (Jesus) said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained." Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples said to him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe." Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, "Peace be with you. "Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe." Thomas answered and said to him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed." Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of (his) disciples that are not written in this book. But these are written that you may (come to) believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through this belief you may have life in his name.