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Sinajaña celebrates the patron saint  of lost causes and hopeless cases

By Anne Marie Rodriguez
Umatuna Si Yu’os

The saint famed to be a patron of lost causes, desperate pleas, and hopeless cases was celebrated this past Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at the St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church in Sinajaña.

The main presider of the Mass was Archbishop Michael Byrnes and was assisted by Deacon Steve Martinez. Concelebrants were St. Jude’s pastor Father Agustin “Gus” Gumataotao, OFM Cap., associate pastor Father Roland Daigle, OFM Cap., and Father Jose Villagomez, OFM Cap.

Archbishop Byrnes, reflecting on the Gospel of Matthew, said, “We live in a world with competing priorities… [Jesus] said, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind.’”

Stressing the importance of the words of Jesus Christ, the archbishop said that “the heart is a place where both our desires—that is to say, our emotions, our passions and our will—reside. It’s the seat of our convictions; those things we hold most dear in our lives.”

He continued, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your mind. That means your decisions… The soul is about communicating. It’s about the activity of our lives, it’s the expression of those things that are hidden in our hearts.”

The archbishop reflected, “So, what are we to take from that? How do I love God with all my heart, mind, and soul? … It’s through making a sacrifice.”

As he concluded his homily, the archbishop said, “As we receive Jesus this evening, let’s give him genuine thanks for making you and making me his priority.”

The traditional procession followed the festal Mass where the hundreds of parish faithful were joined by the Father Duenas Memorial School JROTC Cadets.

After the procession, the archbishop blessed small bottles of holy oil and St. Jude prayer cards that were handed out to the parishioners and devotees. The customary Na’ Taotao Tumåno’ closed the celebration with a live band and a banquet.