The Church honors the Sweet Name of Mary

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The statue of our Blessed Mother – the Sweet Name of Mary – stands inside the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica in Hagatna Sunday, Sept. 7. PHOTO BY EVANGELINE

The first Catholic Church on Guam was established and dedicated to the “Dulce Nombre de Maria” (“Sweet Name of Mary”) on Feb. 2, 1669, by Jesuit priest, Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores. Every year, the parish of Agaña commemorates the Sweet Name of Mary in the month of September, around the time of Mary’s Nativity.

Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron OFM Cap., D.D. celebrated the first of nine festal Novenas and Masses for the Agana Cathedral-Basilica parish patroness, Dulce Nombre de Maria, beginning Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. He began Mass by acknowledging Sept. 5 as the feast day of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta and dedicated the Mass as a memorial with special prayers to Blessed Teresa and Our Lady.

In his homily, he said, “The sweet names, the holy names of Jesus and Mary are the two names that the demons cannot tolerate, and they are the two names we honor more than anything else in this world.”

Archbishop Anthony said, “If we call on the name of Our Lady and ask for her intercession for us to her son, we can guarantee that our Mother will be praying for us. What a blessing it is then that not only do we have our Lord praying for us to His heavenly Father, but we have Our Blessed Mother interceding for us to her Son, which means that we are not going before the Lord ourselves, we have someone else to present our prayers to the Lord. That person is Our Lady,” he said.

“The wonderful thing is she is also our Mother. Her heart is open to us. She is a mother who came and so her heart is also open to Him. What a perfect person to bring all of our petitions to the Lord. Our Lady then purifies our prayers, and adds her perfect prayers to ours, and then presents them to her Son. What is presented to our Lord is a prayer that is perfect, a prayer that is far greater than anything that we could ever be able to do.”


The Sweet Name of Mary relates to the Most Holy Name of Mary, because the two feasts celebrate aspects of the power that manifests itself when invoking the Blessed Mother by name. San Vitores, himself, claimed Guam and the Mariana Islands in honor of both Santa Maria and the Spanish Queen Regent, Maria Ana of Austria, who was the earthly patroness of the fledgling mission. Queen Maria Ana was named in honor of Santa Maria and her mother, Santa Ana, so the claim of the Blessed Mother over the Mariana Islands is even more pronounced.

During San Vitores’ time, religious devotion to Santa Maria’s name was becoming widespread throughout Europe. In 1513, the feast for the Most Holy Name of Mary was first celebrated in Spain. Over the next century and a half, this devotion spread throughout the country. On Sept. 11, 1683, at Vienna, Austria, the Muslim army of the Ottoman Turkish Empire had conquered deep into Europe and had reached the outskirts of the city. The King of Poland called on the power of the Blessed Mother, and through her intercession, his army crushed the Ottoman Turks. Thus was established the feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary, through all of Christendom. Incidentally, the croissant pastry was introduced in Vienna in gratitude for the Blessed Mother’s glorious deliverance of the city.

Many saints and theologians of the time devoted themselves to Mary’s name. St. Bernadine of Siena, St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, and Dom Prosper Gueranger were devotees and wrote many works extolling the beauty, sensibility, and power inherent in her name, which is above all others, except the name of Jesus, her Son. It is said that Mary’s name, like Jesus’ name, has the power to expel demons and that the angels love to hear her name pronounced. The name itself, “Mary” or “Maryam” in Aramaic was not chosen by her parents. Christian tradition holds that her name was chosen by God, and this was attested by the early Church Fathers (St. Jerome (De Nat. M. V.), St. Epiphanius (Or. de Praes. Deip.), St. Antoninus (Hist. p. 1, t. 4, c. 6, #10), and others.) Although English translations of Aramaic differ, many scholars translate her name as “Stella Maris” or “Star of the Sea”.

There are accounts by saints that the Sweet Name of Mary leaves an actual sweet taste or sensation on their tongue when they invoke her. Many liken her name to sweetest honey or perfumed oil. Calling on the name of Mary is a serious matter and not to be taken casually or lightly, for the Blessed Mother becomes present to the worshiper. It is said that requests for her intercession are answered swiftly and powerfully.

Serving in the Spirit of Patience, Understanding and Forgiveness

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The Fourth Archdiocesan Catechetical-Liturgical Conference held on Saturday, Sept. 6 comprised a variety of activities and workshops for catechists, liturgists, and lay Catholics. Among the items on the agenda was a break-out session where participants could choose among 13 workshops. Each of the workshops concentrated on a certain aspect of forgiveness, which was the focus of the conference.

Sr. Angela Perez RSM led a workshop titled “Serving in the Spirit of Patience, Understanding and Forgiveness.” She focused her presentation on what it means to be forgiven and to forgive. Sr. Angela is currently the vocational director at Santa Barbara Catholic School in Dededo. She also serves as a volunteer at the Department of Corrections, and is involved in helping the poor and marginalized.

Sr. Angela founded her session in the context of prayer. She explained through her own experience how patience, understanding, and forgiveness come hand-in-hand with service.

She expounded that the fruit of forgiveness — which requires both patience and understanding — is an overflow of love. Having received love through forgiveness, we return this love through service, she said. Participants were invited to reflect on their own experiences of forgiveness and how it helped them to serve in a spirit of patience, understanding, and forgiveness.

Prayer through music and scripture played a significant role in her workshop. The session began with the hymn, “Open my Eyes Lord,” by Jesse Manibusan. All were encouraged to ask the Lord for help so that they could carry out their services with this spirit of forgiveness.

Sr. Angela emphasized the importance of the Word, explaining how it is through scripture that we get to know Jesus Christ. Meditating on last Sunday’s Gospel (Mt18: 15-20) Sr. Angela focused on the quote, “…and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or tax collector.” Calling to mind the compassion and mercy with which Christ dealt with the Gentiles, Sr. Angela explained that we, too, must do the same with our transgressors.

She also spoke on the seriousness of forgiveness. She explained how Christ gave his life for the forgiveness of our sins, stating that forgiveness is “not cheap.” A second reflection on the “Parable of the Unforgiving Servant” (Mt 18:21-35) centered on the message that forgiveness is not only important to the forgiven but also, in a very strong sense, to the person who forgives.

Concentrating on some of the essentials of forgiveness, Sr. Angela spoke on the need for fraternal correction, the importance of prayer, and our own need to be forgiven. She defined fraternal correction not as an act of aggression but as one of compassion.

Communication is important in the process of forgiveness, it helps form communion and healing, she said. The importance of prayer, which was a key message of the session, helps us move from the desire to forgive to a change of heart, conversion, she said.

Sr. Angela explained that forgiving begins with making a conscience decision in one’s own mind that with patience may move to the heart. Sr. Angela stressed that we are in need of constant forgiveness. Forgiveness is not realized through a sudden epiphany, but is a process that requires patience, she said. It is not something we can accomplish overnight, and surely it is something that we can only rely on Jesus Christ to truly manifest in our lives, she added.

Novena, nightly Mass for Feast of Dulce Nombre de Maria begin

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EDT-Sweet Name of Mary Option one foto 2014 012The Feast of the Nativity (Christmas) is celebrated by the Catholic Church to commemorate the birthday of Jesus but what is lesser known is the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is the Church’s commemoration of Mary’s birthday on Sept. 8. In celebrating the nativity of Mary, Catholics anticipate the incarnation and birth of her Divine Son, and give honor to the mother of our Lord and Savior.

A Patronal Feast is the occasion on which a parish annually honors the saint who was chosen as the patron saint of the parish.

The Agana Cathedral-Basilica parish honors Saint Mary the Virgin because she was chosen by Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores when he established the first Catholic Church in Agana and dedicated it to the sweet name of Mary, “Dulce Nombre de Maria” on Feb. 2, 1669.

The birth and early life of the Virgin Mary is not recorded in the Gospels or other books of the New Testament, however this account comes from the second century Book of James or Protevangelion. According to this account, Anna and Joachim were beyond the years of child bearing, but prayed and fasted that God would grant their desire for a child. They received the promise of a child that will advance God’s plan of salvation for the world. Such a story stresses the special presence of God in Mary’s life from the beginning. A September birth was chosen because the Eastern Church begins its Church year with September.

The Sept. 8 date helped determine the date for the feast of the Immaculate Conception on Dec. 8 (nine months earlier).

St. Augustine connects Mary’s birth with Jesus’ saving work. He tells the earth to rejoice and shine forth in the light of her birth. “She is the flower of the field from whom bloomed the precious lily of the valley. Through her birth the nature inherited from our first parents is changed.”

Nightly novena themes 

The parish of the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica invites all to the nine days of novenas and Masses to honor Our Lady as an infant and child. They begin on Friday, Sept. 5. The novena begins promptly at 6 p.m followed by Mass. On Saturday, Sept. 13, the novena begins at 4 p.m. followed by Mass, and fulfills the Sunday obligation.

As a gesture of hospitality refreshments are served each evening after the novena/Mass by the various ministries and families of the Cathedral-Basilica, beginning Friday, Sept. 5 and ending with a Na Taotao Tumanu (fiesta meal) on the ninth day, Saturday, Sept. 13.

There is a specific prayer intention and theme for each night. For instance, for tonight, Sept. 7, prayers will especially go for our youth, the Manhoben.

Novena Schedule 2014

Christian Mothers Presidents to meet Sept. 7

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The Confraternity of Christian Mothers Island Board (CCM-IB) will hold a meeting for all units/parishes presidents 1 p.m. Sunday Sept. 7 in the St. John Paul II Resource Center at the Chancery. Contact the CCM-IB secretary at 789-3791. In this file photo, Christian Mothers from throughout the island gather for Mass during their Day of Recollection last Mar. 23 at St. Francis Catholic Church, Yona. PHOTO COURTESY OF CONFRATERNITY OF CHRISTIAN MOTHERS.

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Our faith comes alive when we die to our crosses

Sisters and Brothers: Jesus challenges us today to take up our cross and follow him. To respond to his challenge is to take the narrow road and live the pains that carrying the cross entails. Like Jesus, who was tempted by Satan to take the easy way, we are continually tempted to desist from continuing with our difficult journey. Most of us want to lead a life of leisure in a pain-free world. And yet we are confronted with violence, hatred, hunger, injustice, incurable diseases, and natural calamities. In the face of all these, do we “rejoice in the Lord.”? Some of us probably try to bargain with God. “Spare me from these trials, Lord, and I will henceforth lead a virtuous life.” Others ask in despair: “Why me, Lord?”

Jesus’ passion does not end in death. By rising from the dead, he gives us a vivid — and more accurate — picture of what it means to follow him. We can appreciate the value of sharing the passion of Christ if we move from “sight” to “insight.” In the level of the sight, we see difficulties, we feel anguish, and we almost come to believe that existence is meaningless. Suffering overwhelms us precisely because we do not know what we are suffering for. But in the sphere of “insight”, we find ourselves asking, “What is the reason behind this, Lord?”

Only those who have experienced suffering and have succeeded in putting it in the proper perspective come to understand the value and meaning of life. Paradoxical as it may seem, pain and suffering teach us wonderful lessons about life. By letting our experiences of hardship teach us these lessons, our faith comes alive and attains greater depths. Because we know that the compassionate Father will wipe away every tear from our eyes, we will be a people full of hope and love.

To take up one’s cross and follow Jesus is to put one’s trust in God who gives everything for the goodness of life. Suffering will not hinder us from “rejoicing with the Lord” when we know that it is the entrance into the fullness of life with Jesus and the Father. The challenge is therefore, to put our experiences of suffering in the proper prospective. Let us respond not merely to the “sight” of suffering. Rather, let us fathom its hidden depths and gain “insight.” Suffering will lead us to the renewal of our faith in the Christ who journeys with us.

This Gospel reflection is taken from St. Paul’s 365 Days With The Lord. 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, ha u’uga hit si Jesu Kristo pa’go para ta katga i kilu’os-ta yan para ta tattitiyi gue’. I para ta oppe i inagang-na i para ta chule’ i mahihot na chalan yan para ta fanla’la’ gi pininiti ni i matkan i kilu’os ha nana’i hit. Taimanu ha si Jesu Kristo tinienta as Satanas para u chule’ i libianu na chalan, man ma tietienta hit para ta suhayi chumule’ i makat na biahi-ta. Meggai giya hit manmalagu’ manla’la’ gi libianu yan tai pininiti na tano’. Ya ta fafana’ i nina’lamen, chinatli’e’, ninalang, tai hustisihia, i ti sina mahgong na chetnot, yan i mannaturat na dinimalas. Gi mafana’ este siha kao “manmamagof hit gi Saina?” Guaha entre hita chumachagi manatulaika yan si Yu’os: “Na’ libre yu’ ginen este siha na chinagi, Asaina, ya despues di este bai hu la’la’ gi lina’la’ bittut.” I pumalu manmamamaisen, “Hafa na guahu, Asaina?”

I mina’sapet Jesu Kristo ti makpo’ ha gi finatai-na. Ginen i numa’lon lina’la’-na, ha na’i hit u sen klaru yan mas kabales na litratu ni hafa kumeke’ilek-na para ta tattiyi gue’. Ta agradesi i bali-na i para ta fanaonao gi pinadesi-na si Jesu Kristo yanggen manhanao hit ginen “ma’atan” asta “inatan.” Gi bandan “ma’atan”, ta li’e’ i minappot, ta siente i atburotu, ya kana’ manmafatto hit ta hongge na i lina’la’ tai sustansiha. I mina’sapet ha hohonu hit mampos sa’ put ti tatungo’ hafa na manmasasapet ha hit. Lao gi bandan “inatan,” ta sodda hit tafaisen-mamaisa hit “Hafa i rason gi tatten este, Asaina?” Ayu ha siha i umekspiriensiha mina’sapet yan mana’sina pumo’lu este gi dinanchen inatan sina kumomprende i bali yan i sustansihan i lina’la’. Maseha ti komprendiyon, i piniti yan mina’sapet hafanana’gue’ hit na’manman na leksion put lina’la’. Gi maseden i ekspiriensiha-ta chinatsaga para u fana’gue’ hit este siha na leksion, i hinengge-ta luma’la’ ya lumalataddong. Sa put ta tungo’ na i yo’ase’ na Tata u saosao kada lago’ ginen i mata-ta, manmama’ taotao hit ni bula inangokko yan guinaiya.

I para ta katga i kilu’os-ta yan para ta tattiyi si Jesu Kristo guiya este i para ta po’lo i inangokko-ta as Yu’os ni mannana’i todu para i minaolek i lina’la’. I mina’sapet ti u choma’ hit “manmangof yan i Saina” yanggen ta tungo’ na’ este intrada para i binilan lina’la’ yan si Jesu Kristo yan i Tata. I iniga i para ta po’lo i ekspiriensiha-ta gi propriu na inatan. Mungga hit manmanoppe para i “ma’atan” i mina’sapet. En lugat nihi ya ta takka i tinaddong-na ya ta ganna i “inatan.” I mina’sapet u giha hit para i marinueban i hinengge-ta gi Kristo ni bumiabiahi yan hita.

Este na pinagat ma chuchuli’ ginen i Lepblon San Papblo 365 Dihas Yan I Saina. Ohalara ya u bula guinaiya i ha’anen-miyu ya i todu hana’sina na Yu’os infambinendisi, i Tata yan i Lahi-na yan i Espiritu Santo. Amen.

Refleksion Ibangheliun Mina’ Bente Dos Damenggon Otdinariu Na Tiempo A. Agosto 31, 2014

Ibangheliu (Mateo 16:21-27) Ha tutuhon si Jesus fuma’nu’i i mandisipulu-na na debi di u hanao para Jerusalen para u famadesi meggai ginen i manamko’, i manma’gas mamale’, ya n i ma’estron i Lai, ya u mapunu’, lao gi mina’ tres dihas para u mana’la’la’ ta’lo. Kinene’ gue’ as Pedro gi un banda ya tinituhon linalatde. Ilek-na si Pedro, “Si Yu’os ti u sedi este, Asaina. Ti debi di u masusedi este nu hagu!” Ha bira gue’ si Jesus ya ilek-na as Pedro: “Ritira hao ginen guahu, Satanas! Estotbo hao gi me’na-hu, sa’ i hinasso-mu hinasson taotao ahi ti hinasson Yu’os!”

Despues ilek-na si Jesus nu i mandisipulu-na: “Yanggen guaha malago’ dumalalaki yu’, debi di u maleffannaihon nu guiya mismo, u katga i kilu’os-na, ya u dalalaki yu’. Sa’ i taotao ni malagu’ na para u satba i lina’la’-na siempre ha na’falingu; lao i taotao ni ha na’falingu i lina’la’-na put guahu siempre ha ganna todu i tano’ lao ha na’falingu i lina’la’-na? Ahi’! Taya i taotao sina ha na’innaihon put i para u ganna tatte i lina’la’-na. Sa’ i Lahen i Taotao esta ha’ para u fatto gi glorian i Tata-na yan i mananghet-na siha, ya guennao nai siempre ha apasi kada unu sigun i fina’tinas-na.


Art masterpieces exhibited at Uffizi Gallery Virtual Museum


For many, this may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view some of world’s greatest masterpieces of art — virtually — here on Guam.

The Uffizi Gallery Virtual Museum in Tumon’s Underwater World Complex, next to the Outrigger Hotel, features 10 life-size replicas of works by Italian art masters, Da Vinci, Botticelli, Raffaello, Caravaggio and other Italian Renaissance artists.

The replicas are made utilizing the finest and most detailed technologies in the presentation of the notable works. Visitors will also have the capability to experience an intricate view of 92 other works from the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

The Uffizi Gallery Virtual Museum is a traveling museum that showcases life-size replicas, touch-screen navigation of art pieces, and a digital theatre.

The Guam Honorary Vice-Consul of Italy, Roberto Fracassini, with the Rotary Club of Northern Guam, in collaboration with Takayuki Morioka, Director of Digital Image Systems, Hitachi Ltd., Japan hosted the official opening of the Uffizi Gallery Virtual Museum on Aug. 10.

Fracassini, in collaboration with Hitachi Digital, the University of Florence, Centrica of Florence and Polo Museale of the City of Florence, Italy are making it possible to experience these masterpieces that would otherwise never be possible without the technology.

It is Fracassini’s dream to share his culture with island residents. “It’s a perfect time to showcase this special exhibition. 2013 has been designated the Year of the Italian Culture in the United States, what a great way to share my home with Guam,” he said.

The Uffizi Gallery Virtual Museum presentation is a nonprofit cultural exchange event. “Bridge Continents-Connect Cultures” is the theme for the exhibit of Italian Renaissance Art and Guam’s Modern Day Art.

The exhibit will be on display from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Sept.13 at the 2nd floor of the Underwater World Complex in Tumon (across from the DFS Galleria, and next to the Outrigger Hotel).

The Uffizi Gallery is among the oldest and most famous art museums in the world. It is located in Florence, Italy.


Information was provided by a news release.

Plan to ‘Walk for Life’ and defend our unborn Oct. 5


Plans are underway for the 2014 Walk for Life, which will take place on Respect Life Sunday, October 5.

Hundreds of youth and adults are expected to join Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, OFM Cap., D.D. and the Guam Catholic Pro- Life Committee in the annual event which brings awareness to the atrocity of abortion and promotes the sanctity of life at all levels.

The late Holy Father, Blessed John Paul II had proclaimed the first Sunday of October Respect Life Sunday to help counter the culture of death so prevalent in the world today.

Archbishop Anthony asks all Catholics to participate in the annual show of prayer.

The Walk for Life will begin and end at the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica in Hagatna. Everyone will assemble at 1:30 p.m. The event starts promptly at 2 p.m.

For more information, contact Tita Tenorio of the Pro-Life Committee at 777-5433 or Dora Torres at 777-6014.

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Guam Divine Mercy Pilgrimage in Lourdes, France

Father Joel de los Reyes
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Our Guam Divine Mercy pilgrimage group enjoyed various activities in Lourdes on July 11 and 12. We joined the nightly candle light procession, took a bath in the miraculous waters at the pool, made the Stations of the Cross on the hill, had Mass in the Basilica, spent time in reflection and prayer of the Holy Rosary at the Grotto of the Apparition of Our lady to St. Bernadette on February 11, 1858. We also gathered and frequently drank the water that flows from the original miraculous spring at the foot of the Grotto. We wore our red Divine Mercy jackets carrying the Divine Mercy banner and Guam flag during the procession. Some of our members led by Lou Salas joined other nationalities gathered in front of the Basilica praying the Rosary and singing Ave Maria in their particular languages. There was a feeling of nationalism among us while listening to the part of the Holy Rosary said in Chamorro as well as the singing of the “Abe Nana Yu’us”. During our free time everyone enjoyed a shopping spree for religious items and souvenirs to bring home.

Gathered in the Esplanade of Lourdes is the multi- ethnic crowd representing practically every continent of the world. It’s amazing to note that despite their varied races and cultures, the crowd of people seemed to create a unique community filled with the spirit of unity and devotion, kneeling or bowing down in veneration of the Crowned Blessed Virgin, raising their lighted candles in solemn acclamation of their love for Mary.

The shrine of Lourdes exudes a special attraction to believers and unbelievers alike, to the vain and humble, to the un-churched and the sacrosanct, to sinners and saints, and to the spiritually and morally lost and found. It is said that every year more than five million pilgrims, visitors and tourists from all over the world, visit this most revered Marian shrine in the Catholic world. Furthermore, Lourdes radiates special attraction to the hearts of pilgrims and devotees seeking consolation, praying to the Virgin Mary for spiritual revival, and for the healing of their sicknesses.

Visiting Lourdes is a form of spiritual vocation where one can deepen his or her faith in God through the intercession of Mary. The sight of lines of wheelchair-bound people with disabilities assisted by hundreds of volunteers and the convergence of people of faith or of mere curiosity make this small hamlet nestled at the foot of the Pyrenees mountains one of the most reliving retreat from the mundane and vain greatness.

On the flip side, always think of Jesus so that when you feel like drowning in the sea of burdens and problems you will not worry knowing that your LIFEGUARD walks on water. Learn to consider that despite your failures, each day brings new good things and new beginnings. Stay away from what might have been, and instead look at what can be for the better ones are still coming. One of the best works you can do every day is not to get tired of doing little good things for others. Those little things you do may occupy the biggest part of their minds and hearts.

Why do some people tell us to think positive? The answer is that positive thought leads us in the right direction. Samples of positive things are short kind words and little kind deeds. Their echoes and effects are endless. Let’s remember, too, that sometimes the most valuable lessons in life are not taught, they’re experienced and what comes easy usually doesn’t last. If you are struggling to attain your desired goal, don’t give up when obstacles come in the way, for all you know you are developing the strength and wisdom you’ll need for tomorrow. As someone beautifully said: We can only appreciate the miracles of sunrise if we have been in darkness. Amen on that folks!!

In her Diary entry no. 86, St. Faustina wrote Jesus’ words: “I do not reward for good results but for the patience and hardship undergone for My sake.”

Tune in to KOLG 90.9 FM for the Divine Mercy Prayer daily at 3 p.m. Recite the Chaplet of Mercy for peace in the world and conversion of sinners.

Heartfelt thanks to the Divine Mercy prayer team for your faithfulness in our Sunday afternoon Divine Mercy home apostolate. Likewise to Julita Lifoifoi for the presentation of the Divine Mercy devotion, prayer and veneration of the sacred relic of St. Faustina in their home in Inarajan last Sunday afternoon, August 24. May the good Lord bless you and your families with the abundance of His grace and mercy.

For a home Divine Mercy presentation, prayer and veneration of the sacred relic of St. Faustina, please contact Amy Borja at 472-7778. Thank you.

Divine Mercy Pilgrims in St. Stephen’s Church, Portugal Members of the Guam Divine Mercy pilgrimage pose inside St. Stephen’s Church in Santarem, Portugal in July. Front row, L-R: Primrose Marcos, Annie Roberto, Michael McDonald, Dolores Manalisay, Henny Garcia, Zenaida Jacob, Jose Torres, Mary Torres, Mariah Fejeran, Evangeline Magdael and Hermie Villa. Second row, L-R: Evangeline Trevias, Monica Ureta, Michael Sanders (partly hidden), John Aguon, Eileen Benavente-Blas, Diana Santos, Loreta Sequito, Fr. Joel de los Reyes, Marilyn Caballo, Dolores Taitingfong, Romolo Pellacani, and Hilda Pellacani. Last row, L-R: Pacita Reyes, Lourdes Salas, Filomena Palas, Josefina Aguon, Anthony Aguon and Milagros Villas. Not shown: Belen Swegler, Annie Shimizu and Joseph Shimizu. PHOTO COURTESY OF GUAM DIVINE MERCY PILGRIMAGE GROUP.
Divine Mercy Pilgrims in St. Stephen’s Church, Portugal
Members of the Guam Divine Mercy pilgrimage pose inside St. Stephen’s Church in Santarem, Portugal inJuly. Front row, L-R: Primrose Marcos, Annie Roberto, Michael McDonald, Dolores Manalisay, Henny Garcia, Zenaida Jacob, Jose Torres, Mary Torres, Mariah Fejeran, Evangeline Magdael and Hermie Villa. Second row, L-R: Evangeline Trevias, Monica Ureta, Michael Sanders (partly hidden), John Aguon, Eileen Benavente-Blas, Diana Santos, Loreta Sequito, Fr. Joel de los Reyes, Marilyn Caballo, Dolores Taitingfong, Romolo Pellacani, and Hilda Pellacani. Last row, L-R: Pacita Reyes, Lourdes Salas, Filomena Palas, Josefina Aguon, Anthony Aguon and Milagros Villas. Not shown: Belen Swegler, Annie Shimizu and Joseph Shimizu. PHOTO COURTESY OF GUAM DIVINE MERCY PILGRIMAGE GROUP.
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Seminarian Valencia to be installed as lector Aug. 31

For the Umatuna Si Yu’os

Seminarian Junee V. Valencia
Seminarian Junee V. Valencia

Seminarian Junee V. Valencia will be installed to the Ministry of Lectors on Aug. 31, during the 9 o’clock in the morning Sunday Mass in San Isidro Catholic Church in Malojloj.

Valencia is the eldest of four children of Mr. Noel and Mrs. Lydia Valencia of HarmoN.

He is presently taking his theological studies at Blessed Diego Luis De San Vitores Theological Institute for Oceania in Yona while having his seminary formation in Malojloj with Rev. Fr. Romeo D. Convocar as his seminary formator.

We pray for Seminarian Valencia for his perseverance, as we also pray for more local vocations for the priesthood and the religious life.

San Juan Bautista Pre-Confirmation students pause for a group shot with CCD teacher Eloise
Sanchez, second from right, as they teamed with Matson to clean up Tagachang Beach last

San Juan Bautista catechist inspired by late mom

Editor’s note – In advance of the 4th Archdiocesan Catechetical-Liturgical Conference which takes place Saturday, Sept. 6, the Umatuna is presenting brief profiles of different Catechism and religion teachers of our Church. They will continue through September. 


By The Umatuna Si Yu’os Staff


Called to Catechize

Name: Eloise R. Sanchez
Age: 52
Parish: San Juan Bautista, Ordot

A longtime educator and curriculum specialist at the Guam Department of Education, Eloise R. Sanchez has extended her love of teaching and passion for guiding our children by serving as a catechist in the Catholic Church.

Kind-hearted, perennially upbeat and full of energy, Sanchez has been teaching Catechism at San Juan Bautista Parish in Ordot for 26 years.

The faithful Catholic wife and mother took a moment to share some insights about her faith and call to catechize Guam’s youth. She is the daughter of Jesus Rivera and the late Angustia T. Rivera.

1. What motivates you to serve the Catholic Church as a Catechism teacher?

As a Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) teacher for the last 26 years, I started teaching 4th grade and about 12 years ago. I started teaching the Pre-Confirmation and Confirmation Classes. I believe what motivates me the most is working with our young adults in helping them strengthen their faith.

It is rewarding as a CCD teacher to see my students carrying out the Corporal Works of Mercy as they visit the sick, feed the hungry, and care for those in need. As I see my students growing in their faith, you begin to see a difference in their behavior and in their disposition. Last school year, when I taught Pre- Confirmation, my students were involved in visiting the sick at Guam Memorial Hospital, sharing holiday gifts with the young adults at Sanctuary, and celebrating Easter with the children and their families at Guma San Francisco. I could see that they were strengthening their faith through their actions.

2. Where do you get your inspiration? Who inspires you or has inspired you in the faith? 

I got my inspiration from my mom and I remember when I was young that she would always make sure that we went to CCD and attended Mass every Sunday. She instilled in us the importance of having God in our lives. As a CCD teacher, she would always support many of the projects that our students were involved in. One project, many years ago, was when our Confirmation students visited the Consumers at Guma Mami and my mother prepared some of the dishes for the event.

3. What is the most urgent thing you try to impart to the youth? 

The most urgent thing that I try to impart to our youth is about becoming stewards in our faith. We want them to recognize the importance of the three gifts of Stewardship: Time, Talent and Treasure. When young adults begin to make decisions about their faith in a positive way, it becomes a part of their daily lives. If we can instill these gifts, we hope that they will become the future leaders in our Catholic church.