Notre Dame Alumni Assn. hosts Bowling for Scholars

For the U Matuna Si Yu’os

The Notre Dame High School Alumni Association is pleased to sponsor Bowling for Scholars, a family-oriented, fun-filled indoor sporting event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Century Lanes, inside Century Plaza, Tamuning.

Admission is $10 per person, which covers one game, bowling equipment rental, food and drinks. The public is invited to bring families and friends to support this worthwhile cause. Bowling for Scholars tickets may be purchased by calling Jo at 888-4360 or at the Central Lanes cashier window throughout event hours. Simply state “Bowling for Scholars” to transact your charitable giving.

Bowling for Scholars is a charitable fund drive to benefit the Notre Dame High School Scholarship program for Guam students. The Scholarship program was founded in 2009 targeting graduates of middle schools with proven academic achievement and underprivileged students with demonstrated need. Approximately $55,000 in scholarship grants are awarded annually supported by charitable contributions from the Notre Dame Province and Guam donors.

More than 40 students of Guam have participated in the program, with 30% moving onward to complete higher education at off island postsecondary institutions and 70% completing postsecondary education at University of Guam.

The Notre Dame Alumni Association is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the scholastic achievement programs at NDHS and fellowship growth among NDHS alumni. For more info., contact Beth Lizama, Alumni President, 671-487-4452.

(Information provided in a news release by NDHS Alumni Assn.) 

Archbishop Anthony Featured Photo

We each have the capacity to be saints or sinners

Sisters and Brothers: Today’s parable tells us that God creates only what is good. God is creative. Satan, who was created good but rebelled against God, is discreative. He is the enemy who sows the bad seed. To be good is to be creative and to be bad is to be destructive. Jesus explains the nature of evil. The world is made up of good and evil and the kingdom of God is composed of sinners and saints.

In the field, the wheat and the weeds grow together. God allows the co-existence of good and evil because one cannot tell the difference between them in the beginning. While God sees the true nature of things, human beings tend to have them as good or evil right away, basing one’s judgment on appearance. We believe that evil should not exist.

The Pharisees believe that sinners are beyond redemption. Jesus explains that to destroy evil is to destroy good along with it. To separate the wheat from the weeds is God’s prerogative. To try to understand and solve the problem of evil is to arrogate God’s power unto oneself. Judgment is to be left to God alone. And he will do it in his own time. God can wait patiently for sinners to come back to him. God believes in our goodness because he created each of us “very good” in the first place. No line can be drawn to divide the good from the bad. To do so would mean cutting most of us in two. Each of us is a combination of good and bad. We have the capacity to be saints or sinners.

A Christian’s response to suffering and pain must always be rooted in faith in the power, mercy, and love of God. Jesus lets himself be murdered on the cross to sum up all the evil elements in his life. By his death he gives meaning to suffering, rejection, injustice, disease and death itself. The only way to minimize evil in the world is to increase the number of good. Evil triumphs in us when we cease to do good. It is, in fact, sufficient for good men and women to do nothing for evil to triumph. Keep in mind, however, that we are not fighting evil alone. Christ through the Holy Spirit is always present in the Church. To increase the number of good is to live a good life in the loving service of God and neighbor. When we fail to do so, we fail to be fully human. God gives us freedom to realize fully the goodness he has planted in each of us.

May your day be filled with love and may Almighty God bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Pinagat Atsubispo Anthony Sablan Apuron, Kapuchinu

Mane’lu-hu, i fina’akomparasion pa’go na Damenggo ha sangangani hit na si Yu’os ha fa’tinas ha’ i maolek. Si Yu’os nana’huyong. Si Satanas, ni mana’huyong maolek ha kontra si Yu’os ya bumaba. Guiya i inimigu ni manatme baba na simiya. I para un maolek munana’huyong ya i para un baba munana’huyong destrosa. Ha’ eksplika si Yu’os i naturan tinailayi. I tano’ nai mangaigi manmaolek yan manbaba na taotague ya i rainon Yu’os nai mangaigi i manisao yan i manantos.

Gi gualu i trigu yan i cha’guan acha dumangkolo. Si Yu’os ha sedi na u achadokko’ i maolek yan i tailayi sa ti sina un tungo’ diferensiao-niha i dos gi tutuhon. Si Yu’os halili’e’ i magahet na naturan kosas siha, it taotao siha matatanchu komu maolek pat baba, sigun i hinisgan-niha gi hafa inatan-niha. Ta hongge na i tailayi ti debi di u gaigi.

I manFariseo mahongge na i manisao ti sina manmasatba. Si Jesu Kristo ha eksplika na yanggen un destrosa i tailayi un destrotrosa i maolek ni sumisiha. I para ma sipara i trigu kontra i cha’guan gi magahet che’cho’ Yu’os este. I para ta chagi kumumprende yan para ta sodda’ solusion put i prupbleman tailayi guiya i para un suponi na i pudet Yu’os iyo-mu. Lao siempre ha cho’gue si Yu’os gi mismo tiempo-na. Sina si Yu’os mesngon mannangga para i manisao para ufanmatto tatte giya guiya.

Si Yu’os hahongge i minaolek-ta sa hana’fanhuyong kada unu giya hita “mansenmaolek” gi primet lugat. Taya linderu sina ma raya i maolek kontra i baba. I para ma cho’gue este kumeke’ilek-na para ta fanma’utot komu dos. Kada unu giya hita dumadana i maolek yan i baba. Man gaikapasidat hit para ta fanantos pat para ta fanisao. I ineppen kilisyanu para i minasapet yan piniti todu i tiempo debi di u gaihale’ gi hinengge gi nina’sina, mina’ase’ yan guinaiyan Yu’os. Si Jesu Kristo hana’mapunu gue’ gi kilu’os para u na’fandana todu i tinailayi gi lina’la’-na. Ginen i finatai-na hana’gaisustansiha i minasapet, marichasa, i ti tunas, minalangu, yan i finatai mismo. I manera na para ta ribaha i tinailayi gi tano’ i para umenta i minaolek. Lumala’chok i tinailayi giya hita yanggen mamara hit chumo’gue i minaolek. Gi magahet, sufisiente para i manmaolek na taotao siha para mungga ma cho’gue ni hafafa ha’ para u la’chok i tinailayi. Hasso, lokkue, na ti hita ha mumumu yan i tinailayi. Si Jesu Kristo yan i Espiritu Santo todu i tiempo gagaigi ha’ gi gima’yu’os. I para ma’umenta i minaolek i para un la’la’ gi guaiyayon na setbisiun Yu’os yan i prohimu-mu. Yanggen ti ta cho’gue este, pues manfatta’ hit na taotague’. Sa’ si Yu’os hanana’i hit linibre para ta ri’alisa kabales i minaolek ni ha tanom gi kada unu giya hita.

Ohalara ya u bula guinaiya i ha’anen-miyu ya i todu hana’sina na Yu’os infambinendisi gi na’an i Tata yan i Lahi-na yan i Espiritu Santo. Amen.

Refleksion Ibangheliun Mina’ Disi Sais Damenggon Otdinariu Na Tiempo A Huliu 20, 2014

IBANGHELIU (MATEO 13:24-30) Ha sangani si Jesus i linahyan otro na fina’akomparasion: “I rainon i langet sina ma’akompara yan i taotao ni manatpe ni maolek na simiya gi gualo’-na. Annai manmamaigo’ todu matto i inimigu-na ya manatme simiyan cha’guan gi entalo’ i trigu, despues humanao. Annai ha tutuhon manmanokcha yan manma’ i trigu, manannok lokkue’ i cha’guan. Manmatto i tentago’ i gaigualo’ ya masangani gue’, ‘Sinot, adda ti maolek na simiya tinanom-mu gi gualo’-mu? Manginen manu ayu siha i cha’guan?’ Manoppe gue’, ‘I inimigu-hu chumo’gue este. Ma faisen gue’

ni tentago’-na, ‘Kao malago’ hao ya bai in ripasa?’ Manoppe gue’, ‘Munga sa’ yanggen in be’ok i cha’guan sina ha’ in cha’be’ok yan i trigu. Po’lo ya u fanla’chok parehu asta i tiempon kine’ko’ ya gi tiempon kine’ko’ guaha bai sangani siha i para u fanmango’ko’, na’fanmonton fine’na i cha’guan ya u fanmasongge, despues nai rikohi yan in chile’ i trigu guatu gi dipositu.’”

Father Duenas Class of 1974 celebrating 40th Anniversary

FD74 - FD Brothers celebrating their 40th Class Reunion with classmate Fr. Gus Gumataotao at St. Jude Thaddeus Church in Sinajana, Guam (7.13.2014)

The Father Duenas Memorial School Class of 1974 is celebrating their 40th Anniversary this week. Front row, L-R: Oscar Miyashita, Carlos Camacho. Fr. Gus Gumataotao OFM Cap., Vince Arriola, and Francis Fejeran. Second row, L-R: Felix Reyes, Ed Gabriel, Glenn Leon Guerrero, Eddie Calvo, Joe Gogo, Ralph Schnabel, Roland Biscoe, and John Palomo. Third row, L-R: Steve Mallo, Vic Blas, Frank Perez, Mike White, Andrew Eusebio, Nathaniel Fausto, Steve Bordallo, Paul McDonald, and John Pablo. Top row, L-R: Dennis Santo Tomas, Joe Anderson, Ernie Murphy, Pete Manibusan, Simon Sanchez, and Tony Perez. PHOTO COURTESY OF FDMS CLASS OF ’74.

Fr Danny Featured

Hearing the W-O-R-D

EDT-Fr Danny D Ferrandiz - School Chaplain EMAILFr. Dan Ferrandiz
For the U Matuna Si Yu’os

husband and wife were at a party chatting with some friends when the subject of marriage counseling came up. Confident, the man said, “We will never need that. My wife and I have a great relationship. She was a communications major in college and I majored in theatre acting. “

He continued, “She communicates well and I act like I’m listening.”

The W—O—R—D 

To be an effective communicator, one should have the ability to hear or listen. True hearing involves far more than just physical hearing. True hearing incorporates paying attention and focus.

The Scripture is the WORD of God, living and active. God speaks to us in different ways through the W-O-R-D. First, He speaks to us from W-WITHIN us. In the parable of the sower the seeds buried deeply in the soil are the ones that bore fruit abundantly. In the Scriptures, when Peter was asked, “Who do you say that I am?” His answer was based on intuition. “Blessed are you Simon for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you but my heavenly Father.” Peter’s understanding was coming from within. So pay attention to your inner voice we call conscience”.

Spend more time reading the Scriptures. Pay attention to what you’re reading, understand what you feel, sense and think about the words. It’s a tricky thing to tap into, but the more time you spend reading and listening, the better you understand and the more familiar you hear the voice of God speaking to you.

Second, God’s message can come from O — OTHERS. Sometimes the clearest words from the Lord come through other people. Perhaps it’s because it’s easier to hear God’s voice with things that aren’t so close to us. Sometimes it comes in the form of good advice or admonition from people close to you. Someone else was listening to God, and he told him to tell you something. And sometimes it simply comes as a reminder of what is true.

Fr. Dan's Pullquote - July 20

Check what you hear against Scripture. God will never contradict his Words. If we understand this then we are able to R — RESPOND appropriately. And if we respond properly then we are on the way to true D — DISCIPLESHIP. The mark of a true disciple is fruitfulness in life.

Jesus expects urgency from us. Listening to His Word is important because it will reveal to us the urgency of the particular action that He expects from us. He said, “He who has ears ought to hear.” In the world of language, words like should, ought and must are words that suggests urgency. These words carry a degree of obligation and duty. Therefore, there is an urgent call to listen.

The question now that is appropriate to ask to all of us is, “How Well Do we listen?” Jesus tells us the benefits of good listening is essential to bearing fruits. In the parable of the sower, the only kind of soil (heart) capable of bearing fruit was the one that listened with urgency. “Some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit a hundred, or sixty or thirtyfold.”

W-O-R-D means understand God from WITHIN; and from OTHERS who bring us the GOOD NEWS. RESPOND properly to what you hear and become DISCIPLES of the WORD — grow and bear fruit.

Rebuilding peace and unity can occur, if we truly model Christ

Tony DiazTony C. Diaz
Holy Smokes

Trust is like a bridge.

Without it, you’re stranded. You can’t move forward. You’re stuck.

Sometimes the bridge – the trust – becomes slowly eroded through time. And sometimes, it is completely destroyed in one fell swoop.

A moment of anger. An instance of indiscretion. Emotions unchecked. An exchange of words … gone poorly.

Take your pick.

This, I know: whether the collapse of trust between two or more persons happens over a period of time or quickly like a bomb disintegrating a building, restoring the trust is anything but an overnight thing.

Rebuilding the bridge takes time. It’s a step-by-step process. One piece of peace at a time.

However, if one NEVER tries to rebuild, then one will NEVER get anywhere. Then, progress never occurs. Our journey doesn’t continue. There’s no moving forward or upward.

It’s as simple as that.

We HAVE a broken bridge in our Church on Guam. Actually, make that many, many, many broken bridges.

It’s OK to say that. In fact, recognizing the wound, is the first step to healing it.

One of the most obvious and most painful fractures that many of us have had to witness is the shattered relationship between our Shepherd on Guam and our clergy in the Archdiocese of Agana.

I mean, we can qualify that and point out that it’s a broken relationship between our archbishop and some of the clergy, not all of them. But really, since these cherished brothers and Fathers of ours are called to be united leaders of our church, key people in our “one true and apostolic Church,” then anything less than full unity and understanding between ALL clergy, is not good enough.

No doubt about it, today trust lays sprawled on the ground like a lifeless victim. It seems dead. Beyond resuscitation.

But wait!

In the darkest of days, in the deepest holes of fear, despair and hopelessness, didn’t Jesus breathe life back into his disciples? On Pentecost, our Lord suddenly appeared to the broken apostles and said these words, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 

Then, we know from the well-known Scripture passage in John 20:20-23 that as Jesus said those words, “he breathed on them and said to them ‘Receive the Holy Spirit, whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” 

So please, our beloved Archbishop, our dear brother priests, as the Apostolic Delegate and official representative of the Holy Father said during his recent visit to Guam: build unity, build bridges. That was his message to all of us.

Resolve to rebuild. 

It will be difficult. It will be painful. It will likely be slow.

But the spirit of peace and reconciliation can and does occur when it is built on a foundation of love; a foundation rooted in Christ himself.

Christ taught us that. You, our clergy, teach us that too. You have that foundation.

And that is why today, in the midst of difficulties and yet gaping wounds, I believe in our Church. I believe in our Archbishop. I believe in our priests.

I believe the Holy Spirit has a plan for our Church in all of this. Call it an architectural design from above.  And it requires many bridges to be built. One peace at a time.

Apostolic Delegate visiting

By the U Matuna Si Yu’os

Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, OFM Cap. D.D. and the Archdiocese of Agana will welcome Archbishop Martin Krebs, the Apostolic Delegate to the Pacific Islands, to Guam this week. Archbishop Krebs is scheduled to visit Guam July 12-15.

He is scheduled to celebrate the 8:30 a.m. Mass with Fr. Gus Gumataotao, OFM, Cap. today, Sunday, July 13 at St. Jude Thaddeus Church in Sinajana.

Appointed by Pope Francis, Archbishop Martin Krebs is the Apostolic Nuncio to those Pacific islands which have diplomatic relations with the Holy See. He is the Apostolic Delegate to those which do not.

With Guam falling under his jurisdiction, Archbishop Krebs plans to meet with Archbishop Anthony and groups and individuals of the Catholic Church here.

“An important purpose of my visit is to meet a number of different realities of the archdiocese,” Archbishop Krebs said in an e-mail this week.  “The Apostolic Delegate visits every diocese for which he has a responsibility on behalf of the Holy Father,” Archbishop Krebs said. “During that kind of visit, the Apostolic Delegate tries to meet different realities of the local Churches.”

Archbishop Krebs has also accepted an invitation from the Mayor’s Council of Guam to join them for dinner Monday evening, July 14.

“I welcome Archbishop Krebs to our island and our archdiocese,” Archbishop Anthony said this week.

“Archbishop Krebs will have an open ear for groups and individuals who wish to share their input with the Delegate,” added Archbishop Anthony. “Pope Francis teaches us that as the Church established by Christ, all bishops and clergy are called to be humble leaders as well as servants of the people. Again, I welcome our Apostolic Delegate to our island.”

Archbishop Krebs was born in Essen, Germany 56 years ago. He was ordained a priest in 1983 and ordained Archbishop in Nov. 2008.


Information provided by a release from the Archdiocese of Agana. 

Archbishop Anthony Featured Photo

God is the Eternal Word that transforms us

Sisters and Brothers: What is in a word, a word that once spoken vanishes and is forgotten? For so many centuries, people have uttered countless words beyond recall, so many words forgotten in the passage of time. Yet, one Word remains — the Word uttered by the Eternal God. The Word that reverberates throughout human history, that echoes even beyond time and space. The Word unceasingly looks for a generous heart that will nourish and care for it. The Word is sown in the soil of our hearts and if your heart is fertile, then the Word sprouts until it bears fruit. The Word that we gladly welcome and accept into our hearts will then become human as it transforms us into its likeness.

May your day be filled with love and may Almighty God bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Pinagat Atsubispo Anthony Sablan Apuron, Kapuchinu

Mane’lu-hu: Hafa sustansia-na i palabra, i palabra ni yanggen masangan malingo yan manmaleffa hit? Siklo put siklo meggai taotao siha sumangan ti mantufungun na palabras siha ni ti sina mahasso, sen meggai palabras ni manmaleffa hit gi fina’pos i tiempo. Lao un dangkolon palaba ha’ sumaga, era, i palabra ni sinangan i Taihinekkok na Yu’os. I palabra ni yumeyengyong i fina’pos i istoria-ta komu taotao, ni o’opan ini’ipus i tiempo yan lugat. Este na palabra ti papara man espiha un odda’ ni manrisisibi kosaki sina dumokko’ yan dumangkolo’ guatu gi binila-na. Este na palabra manespipiha un geftao na korason ni sina muna’la’la’ gue’ yan umadahi gue’. Este na palabra matatanom gi edda’ i korason-ta ya yanggen riku para tinekcha’-na pues i palabra siempre ufanokcha’ yan u gai prudukto. i palabra ni ta risibi magogof yan ta aksepta guatu gi halom i korason-ta siempre ufama’taotao taimanu ha tulalaika hit guatu gi pinarehu-na.

Ohalara ya u bula guinaiya i ha’anen-miyu ya i todu hana’sina na Yu’os infambinendidi, gi na’an i Tata yan i Lahi-na yan i Espiritu Santo. Amen.

Refleksion Ibangheliun Kinse Damenggon Otdinariu Na Tiempo A Huliu 13, 2014

IBANGHELIU (MATEO 13:1-23) Ha dingu si Jesus i gima’ ya mata’chong papa’ gi katon tasi. Un dangkolon linahyan taotao manetnon gi uriya-na pues enao na humanao ya mata’chong gi boti mientras I taotao siha manohtohge gi kanton tasi. Ya mankuinentusi siha apbmam gi fina’ akomparasion gi taiguini na manera: ‘Un diha humanao i lancheru para ufanatpe simiya. Palu gi sinatpe-na mamodong gi chalan taotao, ya manmatto I paluma ya makanno’. Palu gi sinatpe-na mamodong gi halom acho’, anai didide’ odda’. Mandokko’ insigidas sa’ ti taddong I edda’., lao anai kahulu’ I atdaomanhina’me, ya ma tutuhon manmalayu sa’ didide’ hale’- niha. Lokkue’ palu gi sinatpe-namamodong gi maolek na odda’ ya manmanokcha’ siente, pat sino sisenta, o sino trenta buettas. Kada unu debi di u gof ripara hafa hiningonok-na.’

Our Lady of Guadalupe parishioners gather outside their church before
embarking on their 1st Men’s Walking Pilgrimage from Santa Rita to
Inarajan Saturday, June 28. Pastor Fr. Krzysztof Szafarski is crouched at
left center; Deacon Vincenzo Acampora is at far left and Santa Rita Mayor

Men complete Walking Pilgrimage from Santa Rita to Inarajan

By Jennifer Louise Dulla
For the U Matuna Si Yu’os

Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church held its 1st Men’s Walking Pilgrimage in the early morning of Saturday, June 28.

The pilgrimage started at 6 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Santa Rita and proceeded to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Inarajan. The Santa Rita group trekked some 15.5 miles through Cross-island Road, Talofofo route to get to Inarajan.

Some 15 men participated in this event, with the youngest being 13 years old and the oldest in his 80’s.

The idea of the Walking Pilgrimage came during Father’s Day as many pilgrimages were happening from June to August in numerous parts of the world, namely in Europe. It was a special pilgrimage to Inarajan since St. Joseph is a role model for all fathers.

Led by their pastor, Fr. Krzysztof Szafarski, the group of men journeyed along the southern roads toward St. Joseph Church in Inarajan, arriving at around 1 p.m.

To complete the pilgrimage, a Mass was celebrated in the St. Joseph Church. Also joining the group at Inarajan Church were male pilgrims from the southern parishes of San Dionisio Catholic Church in Umatac and San Dimas Catholic Church in Malesso who journeyed from the other direction starting from Umatac to Inarajan.

“We were dazzled by the sun, the heat was taking our breath, asphalt almost melting under our feet, and blisters too,” said Santa Rita pastor Fr. Krzysztof.

“But what a joy it was to see these men, the next day, for Sunday Mass,” he continued. “They were entering a bit limping and faces radiant not only from sunburn, but radiant with joy. I saw them, simply very happy. I don’t know how to explain. Well, actually I know… in two words: JESUS CHRIST!”


EDT-Main photo Archbishop Apuron and Philippine Consul Gary Auxilian

Apaliteños celebrate the Feast of St. Peter

By Tes Mercado
For the U Matuna Si Yu’os

The Apalit Assn. of Guam continued a decades-old tradition of honoring St. Peter with a celebration in Tumon during the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul Sunday, June 29. Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, OFM Cap. D.D and Philippine Consul to Guam Gary Auxilian are on board St. Peter's float during the fluvial parade, as devotees pull the ropes of a makeshift barge at the Tumon coastline from Matapang Beach to Hilton side. Photos courtesy of Tes Mercado
The Apalit Assn. of Guam continued a decades-old tradition of honoring St. Peter with a
celebration in Tumon during the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul Sunday, June 29. Archbishop
Anthony Sablan Apuron, OFM Cap. D.D and Philippine Consul to Guam Gary Auxilian are on board St. Peter’s float during the fluvial parade, as devotees pull the ropes of a makeshift barge at the Tumon coastline from Matapang Beach to Hilton side. Photos courtesy of Tes Mercado

Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, OFM Cap. D.D. celebrated Holy Mass during the feast day of Sts. Peter and Paul on a bright and sunny Sunday, June 29.

The Mass celebrated in the morning at Ypao Beach Park as the Apalit Association of Guam held its annual celebration of St. Peter. The El Shaddai Choir of Santa Barbara Parish sang.

A fluvial parade followed, where devotees pulled the ropes of a makeshift barge with the image of St. Peter on board. The parade coasted through the shorelines starting from Matapang Beach to the Hilton, with Archbishop Anthony and Philippine Consul Gary Auxilian on board the float.

Hundreds of attendees, including tourists then joined the community lunch at the main pavilion as the image of St. Peter was brought back to shores. Awards ceremonies and games followed thereafter.

During the awarding ceremonies, the Apalit Association of Guam presented a plaque of appreciation to Archbishop Anthony in recognition of his support to the association in spreading the devotion to St. Peter the Apostle and actively promoting the Apung Iru Festival of the Apalit Pampanga Philippines. Plaques of appreciation were also given to Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez Jr., Philippine Consul General to Guam Bayani V. Mangibin, Dededo Mayor Melissa B. Savares, and Santa Barbara Catholic Church.

The 32nd Guam Legislature presented a resolution recognizing and congratulating the association on the celebration of the fiesta and its 20 years of generously sharing its festive culture and keeping the traditions of its homeland alive in Guam. Ignacio Mercado, who was also presented a Resolution of Recognition from the Guam Legislature for his 10-year leadership, gives gratitude first to the Lord for all the blessings, to the officers and members of the association, and their relatives, friends and the community for the various supports as they carry on the celebrations annually.

The annual celebration commenced with a nine-day novena at the Santa Barbara Catholic Church from June 20-28.

The St. Peter’s feast, or “Apung Iru” festival is a Philippine tradition from the 19th century. This was brought into Guam by Apaliteños and organized annually by the Apalit Association of Guam since 1992. A “libad” (fluvial parade) highlights the Fiesta in honor of St. Peter “Apung Iru” with its image, richly-attired on a throne atop a barge, is festively paraded in the waters with devotees in prayers.