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Parishioners of the Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church guide the karosa back into the church after the customary procession of Our Lady within the streets of the village. The parish fiesta was celebrated on Nov. 25, 2017 at the Agaña Heights parish with Father Patrick Castro, O.F.M. Cap., the Custos of the Provincial Custody "Star of the Sea" - St. Fidelis Friary in Agaña Heights, as the presider of the Mass. (Photo by Anne Marie Rodriguez / amrodriguez@umatuna.org)

Christ must be the king of our lives, said Father Bearis

By Anne Marie Rodriguez
Umatuna Si Yu’os

The parish of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in Agaña Heights celebrated its fiesta as well as the Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, on Nov. 25, 2017 with Custos of the Provincial Custody “Star of the Sea” at the St. Fidelis Friary, Father Patrick Castro, O.F.M. Cap. as presider of the celebration.

Visiting pastor from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Kaneohe, Hawaii, Father Paulo Kosaka, O.F.M. Cap. and newly appointed pastor of the Agaña Heights parish, Father Victor Garcia, O.F.M. Cap. were concelebrants.

Father Marvin Bearis, O.F.M. Cap., who had been appointed as the new vocations director in the New York/New England province, also concelebrated the Mass and delivered the homily, reflecting on the two feast days of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament and the Solemnity of Christ the King.

“We have a true devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ as King and Lord,” Father Bearis said. “We have a true devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.”

He continued and said that it is through the prayers to Our Lady and her guidance and intercession that we come to see Jesus Christ as Our Lord and King. “We come to realize that Christ is in our brothers and sisters—especially those brothers and sisters whom you fail to see Christ in.”

Before the traditional procession of guiding the karosa of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament through the streets of Agaña Heights, the Mass concluded with a farewell message from Father Bearis, where he expressed deep gratitude and appreciation for the parish community.

“I came here not really having any real parish experience in regards to being a pastor,” he said. “If it wasn’t for your prayers—if it wasn’t for your support, I wouldn’t be the priest I am today and we wouldn’t have accomplished as much as we had as a community.

“A priest can come with all these ideas and come up with all these plans … but it wouldn’t be anything without the people and without the people’s support and love for the Lord, and the love for their parish community.

“I invite you to please pray for me and to continue to pray for the parish, and to support Father Victor as well,” Father Bearis said.

The celebration concluded with a bounteous feast during the “Na’ Taotao Tumåno’” held in the parish social hall.