The Southeast Alaska Catholic
July 22, 2011
By Cathy Bolling
St. John by the Sea parish
The Holy Spirit was quite busy at St. John by the Sea Church in Klawock for this year’s Holy Saturday Vigil. One RCIA candidate was welcomed into the church while several others were baptized.
Parishioners and guests witnessed the baptism, confirmation and First Eucharist for RCIA Candidate Stephanie Haseltine, who began her RCIA studies at Holy Name Church in Ketchikan. She continued her faith journey at St. John’s after she and husband Shawn, her sponsor, moved to Prince of Wales Island this past winter. In the weeks leading up to the Holy Saturday Vigil parishioners witnessed the rituals of the RCIA process, including signing the book of the elect, presentation of the Creed and the Our Father and the anointing with the oil of catechumens for the blessing of the senses.
At the vigil, Stephanie knelt next to the church’s ceramic baptismal font. As her husband held her, Fr. Perry baptized her with holy water scooped with a clamshell. She was then anointed with the oil of confirmation, sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit, and was the first to receive First Holy Communion that night.
On May 16, Fr. Perry blessed Stephanie and Shawn’s civil marriage during noon mass.
Also on Holy Saturday, several others were baptized, including 1-year-old Brooke Sharp and 11-year old Hannah Roush. Tracey Blanc held her daughter Brooke over the baptismal font as godparents Ralph and Edith Mackie and Jessica Lee, grandparents Marie and Chris Blanc, and Uncle Charley Blanc (serving mass) watched on. Ralph and Edith Mackie are also Tracey’s godparents.
Hannah Roush’s father Michael held her over the font as Fr. Perry baptized her.
Each of the newly baptized received a baptismal garment, and a lit candle, signifying the light of Christ always with them.
(Photos by Mike Cleary)