CARNATION – In the early days of what is now east King County, priests traveled up the Snoqualmie River to celebrate Mass in communities along the river.
In 1914, local Catholics built a small church on donated land in Tolt (now Carnation), with the help of funds from the Catholic Extension Society and $500 from a private donor. St. Anthony Mission was dedicated Nov. 13, 1914, by Bishop Edward O’Dea, according to a history on the mission’s website.
A lot has changed in 100 years, but St. Anthony of Padua in Carnation is still a mission church, with a small community of 123 families.
“It’s such a welcoming, warm place,” said Polly Hutchison, a member of the parish committee that planned this year’s centennial festivities. With just one Sunday Mass each week (plus a monthly Spanish Mass), “everyone knows everyone," she said.
The mission’s centennial was a big event for the small faith community. “People were so excited and they really prepared for it,” said Father R. Roy Baroma, priest administrator of St. Anthony’s and its parent parish, Our Lady of Sorrows in Snoqualmie.
Updating the 100-year-old church building was a major part of the centennial committee’s planning efforts. Through a variety of fundraising events, the parish was able to have refurbished vintage light fixtures installed, along with new kneeler pads and pew cushion covers.
Archbishop J. Peter Sartain joined the community of St. Anthony of Padua Mission for its centennial Mass on Oct. 26. On bended knee at left is Father Roy Baroma, St. Anthony’s priest administrator. Father Chuck Palluck, a senior priest of the archdiocese, stands next to the archbishop. Hanging above them are refurbished vintage lights, one of the mission’s centennial projects. Photo: Bev Gettling
A “huge change” for the church, Hutchison said, is replacing plain colored windows with a series of stained-glass windows. The first window, featuring the mission’s patron, St. Anthony of Padua, has been installed on the right side of the church. Next, a window of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be installed with funds contributed by St. Anthony’s Hispanic community. Four more windows will highlight “scenes of God's creation that are unique to Snoqualmie Valley,” including Snoqualmie Falls, Hutchison said.
With such a small congregation, sometimes it can be challenging to get things done, Hutchison said, but people step up to help. “If we thought someone else would do it, nothing would get done,” she said.
In the end, the parishioners’ efforts netted $12,600 for the centennial improvements; the parish contributed another $2,500, said Tona McGuire, centennial committee coordinator.
The year of fundraising and celebration was capped off by a centennial Mass celebrated Oct. 26 by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain. Part of his message to the community, Hutchison said, was “even though it’s a hundred years later and we have technology and changes, people are the same.”
Being able to celebrate its centennial was a gift to the faith community, Father Baroma said. “The challenge is for every member of the church to be engaged to continue the history.”
Children pose with Father Daniel McAllister after receiving their first Communion at St. Anthony of Padua Mission in 1961. Father McAllister was one of 15 priests who have served the mission community in its 100-year history. Photo: Courtesy St. Anthony of Padua Mission
St. Anthony priests, 1914-2014
Father D.P. Kelly, 1914-1918
Father Daniel Grace, 1919-1924
Father Robert Dillon, 1925-1926
Father William Chaput, 1927-1929
Father Michael Rosol, 1929-1935
Father Michael P. Mead, 1935-1949
Father Patrick McNerney, 1949-1956
Father Daniel McAllister, 1956-1961
Father Joseph Buck, 1961-1967
Father Thomas Delahunty, 1967-1975
Father Lester J. McCloskey, 1975-1980
Father Gerald Moffat, 1980-1991
Father Jan Larson, 1992-2007
Father John Ludvik, 2007-2011
Father Roy Baroma, 2011-present