St.Catherine of Siena Catholic Church

Location: P.O. Box 90, Chefornak, AK Tel. (907) 867-8702, United States

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Chefornak Church BOAT FUND RAISER !

Spring Raffle & Fundraiser
to support the building of our new Church.

Raffle Date: Friday & Saturday, April 1st & 2nd, 2005

Where: Chefornak, AK @ the School Gym

*****Raffles & Live Band Music******


18 Foot LUND Boat $ 10.00 per Ticket or 6 Tickets for $50.00

Other Items to be Raffled

  • Coleman Camp Stove
  • Small Personal Home Stereo
  • Portable DVD Player
  • Children's Bicycles and Toys
  • Gingerbread Houses
  • and more items still to come.........
Tickets available at the following places:
Chefarnrmute Corporation Store- Chefornak, AK
Toksook Bay Catholic Church - (see Maggie John)
Deacon Larry Charles - Newtok, AK
Bethel Catholic Church - (see Susan Murphy)

Questions: Please Contact- Carmen Chagluak Tel. 867-8502 work

Sunday, February 13, 2005

St. Catherine of Siena -Photo Albums

Please visit the following webside in order to see our albums.

St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church.
It is prohibited to total or partial reproduction of any of these photos without
the permission from the parish.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Our Activities 2005

February 2005

  • 1 -- death of retired deacon Cyril Alexie
  • 1 to 2 --- visit of Bishop Donald Kettler
  • 4 -- funeral Mass for deacon Cyril Alexie
  • 4 to 23 --- visit of Jesuit Novice Alejandro Baez from CA
  • 25 to 27 --- Eskimo Dance in Newtok, AK

March 2005

  • 4 to 6 --- Eskimo Dance in Nightmute, AK
  • 15 -- Chrism Mass at Fairbanks Cathedral
  • 20 --- Palm Sunday of Our Lord's Passion
  • 24 -- Holy Thursday
  • 25 -- Good Friday
  • 26 -- Easter Vigil
  • 27 -- Easter Sunday


  • 1 to 2 --- Grand Raffle and Village Dance
  • 8 to 10 --- NMTP Dual Workshops at St. Marys
  • 8 to 10 --- Eskimo Dance in Chefornak




August 2005

St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church - Structure

P.O. Box. # 90
Chefornak, AK 99561
(907) 867-8702

St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church
Dioceses of Fairbanks
Most Rev. Donald J. Kettler, JCL
Bishop of Fairbanks

Parish Administrator: Agnes Kairaiuak

Deacons: David Panruk & Joe Avugiak

Visiting Priest: Rev. Paul Cochran, SJ.

St. Catherine of Siena- Church History

St. Catherine of Siena
P.O. Box 90
Chefornak, AK 99561
(907) 867-8702

Chefornak is a Central Yup'ik village on the Kina River, a little southeast of Nelson Island
in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

First mention of a Catholic community in Chefornak came in 1937 when Fr. Paul Deschout, SJ., recorded baptisms of many children and adults. The first church was built around 1952. However, it burned to the ground in 1972 and rebuilt as a parish-community center according to the will of the local parishioners. An interesting aside is that funding for the building came from both Church and State resources. In 1975 a traditional church building was constructed and paid for by the local villagers under the direction of Fr. Francis Fallert, SJ., who was pastor at the time.

Since 1937, the following Jesuits hvae served Saint Catherine's community: Frs. Deschout (who served for 19 years), Paul Linsen, James Jacobson, Francis Fallert, Norman Donohue, Thomas Provinsal and Eugene Delmore. A diocesan priest, Fr. John Hinsavark served the Chefornak Catholic community from 1966 to 1974 between the tenure of Frs. Jacobson and Fallert.

Recently, Saint Catherine of Siena parish has been served by deacons and, as is the current trend, parish administrators.

Ms. Agnes Kairaiuak is Parish Administrator while Deacon Cyril Alexie (retired), David Panuk, David Erik (retired) and Joe Avugiak assist Fr. Paul Cochran, SJ, the current Visiting Priest.

Sources for this article was taken from The Alaska Shepherd Archival Reference Book A to Z.