Feast of St. Nicholas events

Published December 6, 2018 / by Steve Berentson

These photos were taken Thursday in the wake of a “Feast of St. Nicholas” blessing of the local fishing fleet held midday at Seafarers’ Memorial. Each December 6, a special Seafarers Mass is held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church before a procession to the shoreline memorial park. Members of Croatian fishing families placed roses in front of the statue known as “Our Lady of the Sea,” and St. Mary’s Father Mel Strazicich blessed two wreaths of remembrance. One was laid at the tall memorial inscribed with names of fishermen who have died at sea, the other tossed into the water.

About Steve Berentson
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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