2013 ANNUAL CATHOLIC CHARITIES APPEAL
(as of May 9, 2013)
San Vicente 12,850.48
Mt. Carmel 6,340.55
San Isidro 3,665.00
Kristo Rai 3,000.69
St. Jude 2,852.50
San Jose, Saipan 2,773.49
San Jose, Tinian 2,023.43
Santa Soledad 1,829.62
San Antonio 1,565.25
San Roque 1,406.00
Tanapag Church 579.51
San Francisco de Borja 338.45
Korean Church 141.00
Year of Faith Lecture
By Fr. Rey Rosal on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:00 PM at Maturana
Clergy Meeting on Thursday, May 16th at 8AM at San Jose (Oleia) Parish
CHECK SANTA SOLEDAD PARISH WEBSITE HERE.
ALL ARE WELCOME!
of the lord
for the week
MAY 12 - SUNDAY ASCENSION
Reading 1 - Acts 1:1-11
Resp. Psalm - Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 Reading 2 - Eph 1:17-23
Gospel - Lk 24:46-53
MAY 13 - MONDAY
Reading - Acts 19:1-8
Resp. Psalm - PS 68:2-3ab
Gospel - Jn 16:29-33
MAY 14 - TUESDAY
Reading - Acts 1:15-17
Resp. Psalm - PS 113:1-2
Gospel - Jn 15:9-17
MAY 15 - WEDNESDAY
Reading - Acts 20:28-38
Resp. Psalm - PS 68:29-30
Gospel - Jn 17:11b-19
MAY 16 - THURSDAY
Reading - Acts 22:30
Resp. Psalm - PS 16:1-2a
Gospel - Jn 17:20-26
MAY 17 - FRIDAY
Reading - Acts 25:13b-21
Resp. Psalm - PS 103:1-2
Gospel - Jn 21:15-19
MAY 18 - SATURDAY
Reading - Acts 28:16-2
Resp. Psalm - PS 11:4, 5 and 7
Gospel - Jn 21:20-25
With Pope Francis,
the ‘great continental mission’ goes global
LIMA, Peru (CNS) -- In his first weeks as head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has echoed many of the concerns that he and fellow prelates raised in a conference of Latin American bishops six years ago.
Evangelization, ministry to the poor and disenfranchised, the seduction of the global marketplace, cultural changes and the environment were among the issues addressed at the Fifth General Conference of the Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean in Aparecida, Brazil, in 2007.
Then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, headed the commission that drafted the final conference document -- more than 160 pages.
“He gave everyone a chance to speak and gathered the most important points, developing the road map we were going to follow,” said Archbishop Ricardo Tobon Restrepo of Medellin, Colombia, who served on the commission with the man who is now pope. “We saw him as a serene man, solid, serious in his work, a man who went to the heart of the matter.”
SANTA SOLEDAD COMMUNICANTS
Mount Carmel School holds first joint celebration of First Holy Communion and Holy Confirmation
First Holy Communicants of Santa Soledad Parish pose for a souvenir photo with with Pali Ike Ayuyu after the Eucharistic celebration on May 4, 2013.
Sunday, April 28, marked a first for Mount Carmel School as it held a joint celebration of First Holy Communion for 20 of its 2nd grade students and Holy Confirmation for 18 of its high school students at Mount Carmel Cathedral’s 9:00 a. m. mass. Presided over by Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa, Father Ryan P. Jimenez, the celebration was a simple but moving way to help students see the link between these two sacraments.
Speaking to the significance of the occasion, Father Ryan noted in his homily that many other Catholic schools and dioceses hold the same joint celebration to highlight the life-long meaning of the sacraments. Given the importance of the sacraments, Father Ryan thus urged the students to live out their faith by attending mass every Sunday.
School president, Galvin Deleon Guerrero, was very happy with the joint celebration. He said, “Not only did we show students the link between these sacraments, but this joint celebration also brought the school community together.”
(Top) Mount Carmel School School second graders receive first holy communion and (Bottom) Sophomores receive the sacrament of confirmation on the 5th Sunday of Easter at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral. (Photo by Filmah Buenaflor)
MMB Sisters in Saipan:
85 years and counting ...
Catechists’ Lenten Retreat
By Sr. MaryAnn Hartmann, MMB
The 85th Anniversary of the arrival of the Mercedarian Missionaries of Berriz (MMB) to Saipan.
Pantalan Aleman—the dock across from the present day Kristo Rai Church in Garapan was the arrival area. Local residents in large numbers turned out that day in 1928 to welcome the first five religious sisters to ever come to Saipan.
Eighty-five years is a long time in one place yet it mirrors the commitment “to remain in the mission . . .if the good of my brothers and sisters so demands.” from the formulation of the Redemptive Fourth Vow of all Mercedarians.
Fast forward from March 4, 1928 to today—Who are the MMB Sisters in Saipan now and how are they carrying out their mission?
There are two communities on island. In Chalan Kanoa there are three sisters: Sr. Martha Ramarui [Palau]
Catechists generously offered their half-day holiday last 18th February 2013 Monday from 8:30 AM – 12:00 Noon to attend the retreat on the “Parable of the Pencil-One”: THERE IS SOMETHING GOOD IN YOU. It was facilitated by Sr. Marita Siochi, sjbp and two (2) CCD Coordinators namely, Esther Fleming & Rita Guerrero.
The retreat was a combination of Guided Scripture Reading which is learning from the attitudes and behaviors of the Scripture characters, particularly the attitudes and relationship of Jesus, our Lord & Savior, toward persons, especially the sinners. There were also some in-put on prayer that purify one’s image of God as well as develop their self-image.
MCS Unveils 60th Anniversary “Legacy” Yearbook
Mount Carmel School is proud to release "Legacy", a commemorative yearbook chronicling the school’s 60 year history. Full of images, stories, and tidbits from the school’s archives, the yearbook is being released as part of Mount Carmel School’s continuing celebration of its 60th Anniversary. The yearbook even includes pictures from the school’s successful "Night with the Knights" anniversary fundraiser held last October.
Published with Jostens, one of the world’s leading yearbook publishers, "Legacy" took over a month of preparation and is mostly the product of current students. Students in Yearbook and Journalism classes spent class time on the project, but also worked after school and on some weekends to scan images, input stories from their interviews with AlumKnights, and revise pages of the yearbook.
Billie Ocampo, 2012 MCS Alumknight, names to Dean's List at the University Of Washington
Mount Carmel School’s 2012 Valedictorian, Billie Ocampo, was recently named to the University of Washington’s Dean’s List for Autumn Quarter 2012. Billie was informed of the good news in a letter from one the university’s interim deans, Robert C. Stacey, who recognized Billie for his “excellent academic record in the College of Arts & Sciences.”
In his letter, Interim Dean Stacey congratulated Billie “on the results of your outstanding scholarship and dedication to your studies.” The interim dean added, “I hope that this wonderful success will encourage you to continue to experience the joy of learning for a lifetime.”
Billie is the son of Marida Pensader, the Operations Support Manager for DFS Saipan Limited. When asked about how she felt about her son being named to the Dean’s List, she said, “Apart from his perseverance, I believe MCS had prepared him well to succeed.”
Pray that migrant families, especially the mothers, may find help and friendship
Poverty, war, and natural disasters have forced hundreds of millions of people to leave their homelands. Many times families are torn apart. Forty-nine percent of all refugees are women. Women are especially vulnerable as they seek safety and well-being for themselves and their children in often hostile situations.
Pope Benedict’s heart goes out to migrants, especially to families that have been torn apart. He also realizes how difficult the integration of migrants can be for the country that receives them. He wrote in his 2007 Message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees: “Refugees are asked to …maintain an active willingness to accept offers to participate in building together an integrated community that would be a ‘common household’ for all.”
Mount Carmel School’s 2013
Teacher Of The Year: Carmen Agulto
Mount Carmel School’s 2013 Teacher of the Year is 3rd grade teacher Carmel Agulto. The announcement was made at the school’s annual Faculty/Staff Appreciation Program held on January 29th as part of the school’s celebration of Catholic Schools Week.
Ms. Agulto is no stranger to teaching, having earned her Associates of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Northern Marianas College and her Bachelors of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Guam.
Before coming to MCS, Agulto taught at San Vicente Elementary School for many years, where she was selected as Teacher Aide of the Year in 1995 and Teacher of the Year in 2003. She has also been very active in the community, volunteering for the American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, and Mount Carmel Cathedral as a lector and eucharistic minister.
Joy on the Journey: Diamond Jubilee of
Sr. Asuncion DLG Demapan, MMB
By Sr. MaryAnn Hartmann, MMB
A milestone will be celebrated next Sunday, January 27, 2013—the Diamond Jubilee of Religious Profession for our Sr. Asuncion Deleon Guerrero Demapan, MMB. Her actual day is January 28, but she wants to celebrate the occasion with the larger Christian community gathered to celebrate the Lord’s Day at 6AM at her Mt. Carmel Cathedral parish community.
The Diocese of Chalan Kanoa:
28 years of doing the will of God
“FIAT VOLUNTAS TUA” (Your will be done). Sculpted at the “catedra” (chair) inside the Mount Carmel Cathedral, along with his coat-of-arms, the Most Rev. Tomas A. Camacho, D.D., Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa, chose these words as his motto exactly 28 years ago today, January 13, 1985 when he was ordained to the Sacred Order of Bishops. Bishop Camacho was chosen as the first bishop of the Diocese, which was established on the same day that he was ordained.
Please watch with
Bishop Emeritus Tomas A. Camacho Homilies posted in Youtube Channel
KÅTMA GI HALUM ATBUROTU
I ibangheliu ni mapruklåma på'gu guini gi mina'VI Damenggun Påsgua, Åñu C, machuchuli' ginin i tinigi' San Juan, Kapitulu 14:23-29.
Gi ibangheliu ni ta hunguk mapruklåma på'gu, ha sangåni si Jesukristo i mandisipulu-ña, "I pås dispididå-hu nu hamyu, i pås-su rigalu-hu nu hamyu. Cha'miyu fanchachathinassu pat en fanluhan." I mås imputtånti ni malagu' yu' para ta ripåra guini, era i ukasion anai ha sångan esti si Jesukristo. Esti i uttimu na puengi nai madañña' si Jesukristo yan i mandisipulu-ña. Kalang mohun todu kåtma yan tåya' atburotu. Låo åhi' ti taiguenao. Esta kahuhulu' i chubåsku. Ya ti apmam siempri rimulinu i prublema.
THE GREAT MISSION IS ON
“Go into the squares and announce Jesus Christ, our Savior” – Pope Francis to the Neocatechumenal Communities
St. John of Beverly
Feastday: May 7
John was born at Harpham, Yorkshire, England. He studied under Adrian at St. Theodore's School in Kent, and on his returen to his native land, became a monk at Whitby. He was named bishop of Hexham in 687 and then transferred to York as metropolitan in 705, succeeding St. Bosa. John was known for his holiness, his preference for the contemplative life, and his miracles, many of which are recounted in Bede's Ecclesiastical History, the author of which he had ordained. In ill health, John resigned the bishopric of York in 717 and retired to Beverly Abbey, which he had founded, and remained there until his death on May 7. His shrine was for centuries one of the most popular pilgrim centers in England. He was canonized by Pope Benedict IX in 1037. His feast day is May 7.
As of last Sunday, for five consecutive Sundays the Gospel will be resounding in ten squares in Guam and Saipan. Christ comes to free us from the fear of death and give us a new life. In these ten parishes, youth, families with children, elders, priests and religious will lead a Great Mission during this Year of Faith.
Pope Francis himself had this to say last Sunday April 7th at his noontime message, “Dear brothers and sister, be messengers and witnesses of the mercy of God. I am happy to greet the numerous members of movements and associations present at this moment of prayers of ours. In particular the Neocatechumenal communities of Rome, that begin today a special mission in the squares of the City. I invite everybody to bring the Good News in every environment of life , «with sweetness and respect » (1 Pt 3,16)! Go into the squares and announce Jesus Christ, our Saviour.”
Archbishop Anthony Apuron has blessed wholeheartedly this Great Mission and he expressed his hope that many people will benefit especially in these moments of tension that we are living in Guam because of the North Korean threats.
In each ‘square’ neo-catechumenal will gather with a pulpit and a cross and create an atmosphere of prayer with songs accompanied by guitars. Youth will give their testimony of what it means to meet the Risen Lord and there will be a brief catechesis on the contents of life with a dialogue: Who is God to you? What is the meaning of life? What is your experience of the Church?
Prayer for the Election
of a Bishop
(Taken from The Roman Missal, Prayer for the
Election of a Bishop, p.1093)
O God, eternal shepherd,
who govern your flock with unfailing care,
grant in your boundless fatherly love
a pastor for your Church
who will please you by his holiness
and to us show watchful care.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit
one God, for ever and ever. AMEN.
CHRISM MASS. The Clergy of the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa gather in front of the altar on Wednesday of Holy Week this year after the Chrism Mass. The oils were blessed by Bishop Emeritus Tomas A. Camacho, D.D.
Message of Appreciation
The Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral Pastoral Council and its Finance Committee together with Rev. Fr. Ryan P. Jimenez, Apostolic Administrator, wish to express a profound DANGKULO NA SI YU'US MA'ASE to all your support and generosity of its dinner fundraiser held the occasion of the 28th Anniversary of the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa and Episcopal Ordination of Bishp Tomas A. Camacho, for the Renovations Project of Cathedral Rectory in preparation for the coming of our new bishop.
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