VOL. 67, NO. 40
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2013
TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Archbishop leading prilgrimage to Rome for April 27 canonization By Tony C. Diaz U Matuna Si Yu’os
Thirty three years after a beloved holy man took the time to cross the vast sea to visit our tiny island, a group of Guam Catholics will trek thousands of miles to Rome to witness his elevation to sainthood. Most Reverend Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, OFM Cap. D.D. will lead a Guam pilgrimage to Rome to join the rest of the world in celebrating the canonization of Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII on April 27. Related Stories Pope Francis announced this week that he would deInvitation to clare his two predecessors Pilgrimage saints at a single ceremony PAGE 3 April 27. It’s a blessing that two late popes will be canonized at one Canonization on time. For Guam however, it’s Mercy Sunday especially meaningful that PAGE 9 one of those saints will be Blessed John Paul II. The man many already consider a saint made a historic visit to Guam. February 22-23, 1981 touching the hearts of thousands of people and leaving an impression that lasts
Hafa Adai Holy Father Archbishop Anthony greets Pope Francis following the General Audience of Sept. 25 Most Reverend Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, OFM Cap., D.D. greets Pope Francis in Rome Sept. 25, 2013. Pope Francis spent a few moments meeting Archbishop Anthony following the General Audience which the archbishop attended that day. Archbishop Anthony will return to Rome in April to lead a group of Guam pilgrims who will join faithful from across the world for the canonization of Blessed John XXIII and John Paul II April 27. Photo provided by Palé Pablo Ponce Rodriguez, Rector of Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary.
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Father Duenas marks 65th Year Anniversary Pages 2, 6 Walk for Life today, Page 3 TO K E N
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“Respect for life and for the dignity of the human person extends also to the rest of creation, which is called to join man in praising God.” Blessed John Paul
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Father Duenas Memorial School celebrated its 65th year anniversary Tuesday, Oct. 1 with a moving prayer service and tribute to its pioneer graduating Classes of 1950, ’51, ’52, ’53, ’54, and ’55. Representatives from four of the five classes sit on stage at the Phoenix Center. They include ’53 graduate Ricardo C. Duenas, third from left, nephew of the late Father Jesus Baza Duenas; and Manuel C. Paulino ‘51, far right, the oldest living alumnus. Photos for U Matuna Si Yu’os by Jonathan Abellaemail@example.com.
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L-R: FDMS Principal, Fr. Jeff San Nicolas; Fr. George Maddock, OFM, Cap.; Msgr. David C. Quitugua, Vicar General; and Gov. Eddie Calvo congratulate Msgr. David I.A. Quitugua upon receiving his Pioneer Alumni certificate of recognition.
SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS Ricardo C. Duenas, nephew of the school’s beloved namesake, Father Jesus Baza Duenas, shares reflections with Friars past and present.
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Hearing held for new pro-life legislation U Matuna Si Yu’os staff Members of the Guam Catholic Pro-Life Committee expected to be present at the Guam Legislature to give input on new pro-life legislation during a public hearing that was scheduled for 9 a.m. this past Friday, Oct. 4. As of U Matuna’s deadline
Thursday, Oct. 3 members of the Archdiocese of Agana and Guam Catholic Pro-Life Committee were still reviewing the bills. According to information sent on-line by the pro-life advocate group, the Esperansa Project, Senator Dennis Rodriguez had announced that the public hearings were being held to discuss Bills 193-
Join ‘Walk for Life’ today to promote respect for life U Matuna Si Yu’os staff Hundreds of youth and adults will join Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, OFM Cap., D.D. and the Guam Catholic Pro-Life Committee in the annual Walk for Life today, Sunday, October 6. 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 and support for our innocent unborn and for the sanctity of life in all stages. The Walk for Life will begin and end at the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica. Everyone will assemble at 1:30 p.m. with the event starting promptly at 2 p.m. In a letter sent to all clergy, religious and leaders of Catholic agencies and lay organizations last month, Archbishop Anthony emphasized the importance of fighting abortion and the slaughter of innocent babies. “More than ever before, we need to come together as Catholics and attest our faith in the promulgation of the sacredness of all human life,” Archbishop Anthony said in his letter. “As leaders of the Church, we must be proactive and not passive, so that those we lead will be
inspired to follow the footsteps of our Lord, Jesus Christ. So please announce and remind everyone to participate in this very important event with zeal and enthusiasm. Pastors are to discuss in their homilies vital life issues such as abortion, suicide and euthanasia and to include the Intercessions for
The deliberate decision to deprive an innocent human being of his life is always morally evil and can never be licit either as an end in itself or as a means to a good end. It is in fact a grave act of disobedience to the moral law, and indeed to God himself, the author and guarantor of that law.” - Blessed John Paul II Life prayer at their parishes. Homilies and talks against abortion and about the sacredness of the gift of life that the Lord has granted us should not only be limited to Respect Life Sunday.
32 and 191-32. “Both bills seek to eliminate the need to subject the printed materials required by the informed consent for abortion law to the rule making process ‘pursuant to the Administrative Adjudication Law,’” Esperana representative Tim Rohr said in the group’s on-line message to pro-life supporters.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 until this day. “We were so fortunate and blessed to have had him,” Archbishop Anthony said. “In one sense, he is really the most real saint for us,” Archbishop Anthony added. “Because we know of Mother Teresa, we know of John XXIII, we know of other saints but we saw him in flesh, so to speak, personally,” the archbishop said. “He came to our island and I
think it will be a great honor to be there – at least representatives from Guam – to be there for that special moment for his canonization in Rome.” Archbishop Anthony is extending a personal invitation to the faithful of Guam to join him in this pilgrimage. Interested persons should contact Liza Weisenberger at the Chancery Office as soon as possible at (671) 472-6116/562-0000. A letter discussing the canonization and details of the pilgrimage can be found on Page 3 of the U Matuna today. Persons should respond immediately since there is a very short timeline for bookings.
day, Oct. 6. Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, OFM Cap. D.D. said in addition to prayers and peaceful protests such as the annual Walk for Life to be held today, the Chain for Life and praying outside abortion clinics, legislation that protects our innocent unborn children is a vital part of our fight against abortion.
Archdiocese of Agaña announces pilgrimage for Canonizations of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II April, 2013 (Hagåtña, Guam) – In celebration of Pope Francis’ recent announcement of the canonization of Blessed John XXII and Blessed John Paul II on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, 2014, Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron is organizing a pilgrimage to Rome to attend the historic ceremony. Memories of Blessed John Paul II are intimately close in the hearts of Guam’s people since his pastoral visit to the island on Feb. 22 and 23, 1981. His visit remains to be the first and only visit by a pontiff to the island. The canonizations of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II will be an immensely significant event for the Universal Church and Archbishop Anthony is extending a personal invitation to the faith-
ful of the Archdiocese of Agaña to join him for the canonization. If you are interested in the pilgrimage, please contact Mrs. Weisenberger at the Chancery Office as soon as possible at (671) 472-6116/562-0000. A $250.00 non-refundable fee per person is required to confirm your reservations. The fee is due as soon as possible and no later than 12 p.m. on October 9, 2013, and should be submitted to the Chancery Office. If you are writing a check, please make it payable to the Archdiocese of Agaña. Details of the pilgrimage and its costs will be announced at a later date. Si Yu’os ma’ase’ and God bless you!
Father Duenas Memorial School 65th Year Anniversary Pioneer Alumni Classes of 1950-1955 (Photos and story, Pages 2 and 6)
Class of 1950
Class of 1951 Class of 1952 Manuel P. Castro Jesus C. Aguon Jose T. Barcinas Vicente L. Crisostomo Joseph A. Benito Joaquin G. Blaz Fr. Prospero P.U. Cristobal Pedro S. Leon Guerrero Ramon Ovidio A. Calvo Fr. Antonio C. Cruz Manuel C. Paulino Jose G. Cepeda Jose B. Manibusa William Schulgen Francisco Q. Cruz Msgr. Vicente T. Martinez Gil T. Shinohara William C. Cullen Juan R. Mesa Francisco E. Perez Torres Augusto C. Paulino John A. Perez Juan E. Perez John L.G. Perez Rudolph G. Sablan Francisco U. Salas Jose T. Untalan Samuel S. Santos Raymond J.C. Aguon Class of 1953
Sen. Rodriguez, a strong pro-life advocate who has authored pro-life legislation in the past, introduced Bill 193-32. Senator Frank Aguon introduced Bill 191-32. Sen. Aguon also introduced Bill 195-132 pertaining to the “Infant Child’s Right to Life Act”. The public hearing came just days from Respect Life Sunday, to-
Class of 1954 Class of 1955 Ramon S. Apuron Jose S. Apuron Raymond B. Arriola Msgr. Brigido U. Arroyo Alred U. Arroyo Modesto U. Bautista Antonio H. Baza Ricardo Borja Estanislao A. Benavente Juan U. Baza Felix D. Cruz Randolph C. Carbullido Daniel R. Borror Jose M. Cruz Francisco F. Cruz Alfred E. Camacho Ted L. Logan Dr. Franklin S. Cruz Bishop Tomas A. Camacho D.D. Francisco G. Quintanilla Joaquin T. Cruz Juan C. Cruz Cesario R. Sablan Sen. Edward R. Duenas Jesus R. Duenas Jose R. San Agustin David F. Leon Guerrero Ricardo C. Duenas Deacon Jose E. Santos Jesus R. Maanao David R. Flores Vicente C. Santos John C. Martinez Jose M. Flores Francisco L.G. Tudela Sen. Benigno M. Palomo Deacon Pedro S. Guerrero Rev. Felix K. Yaoch, S.J. Antolin M. Paulino Jose S. Leon Guerrero Felix P. Quan Antonio T. Limtiaco Msgr. David I.A. Quitugua Robert A. Ogletree Pedro L.G. Santos Vicente F. San Agustin Dr. Clyde R. Sauget, PhD., CDP Tomas R. Santos Vicente A. Torres Charles F. S.N. Toves
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Sunday Gospel and Reflection Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, O.F.M. Cap., D.D.
Each of us are equipped to do the work of God Sisters and Brothers: Dorothy Day, considered a living saint by many, died some years ago. In her lifetime, she was responsible for the establishment of a newspaper, the Catholic Worker, houses of hospitality for vagrants, feeding programs, Christian communal farms, and many others. Awed by her achievements, many admirers came to visit her, to take a look at her, to speak to her, to touch her, if possible. Some would tell her to her face, “You are a saint.” Or she would overhear others saying of her, “She is a saint.” Upset, she would quickly say, “Don’t say that. Don’t make it too easy for yourself. I know why you are saying: ‘She is a saint.’ You want to convince yourself that I am different from you. I am not a saint. I am just like you. You could easily do what I do.” In today’s gospel, the disciples ask Jesus to give them more faith. Jesus does not do that. Instead, he says, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this sycamore tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”
What he is telling them, in effect, is: “Start with the little you have and work on it all you want.” Indeed, the disciples do not need any more than what they already have. They lack neither faith nor talent. They can do so much for the kingdom of God if they only exert themselves. To hide behind lack of faith or talent is to try to beg off from the task of sharing the word of God with others. As Dorothy tried to tell her many admirers: “Don’t kid yourselves. Don’t speak like that. It does not take an exceptionally gifted person to do good works for others. Start with what you have!” As Jesus’ disciples and Dorothy’s admirers are unmasked, so are each one of us as we try to dodge our responsibilities and palm these off to others. Indeed, we do not need any more than what we have to bear witness to God’s kingdom with our very lives. 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
mustasa, sina in sangani este na tronkon sykamore, ‘Bo’ok hao ya un transplanta hao gi halom tasi.’ Ya siempre inesge hao.” I hakekesangani siha este: “Tutuhon ni didide’ na guinahan-miyu ya tutuhon chumo’gue todu i sina.” Gi magahet, ti ma nisisita ni manapostoles mas ki hafa esta guinahan-niha. Gof sina ma cho’gue mas para i rainon Yu’os yanggen manmanhuyong para ufanmacho’cho. I para un attok gi tatten i didide’ ha’ na hinengge kulan eskusa este put no un cho’gue i che’cho’ i mapatten i finiho Yu’os para i pumalu. Taimanu ha si Dorothy ha sangani meggai ni umagradesi gue’: “Mungga dumagen-maisa hamyo. Munga manguentos taiguennao. Ti ha nisisita un gef sahnge na taotao para u cho’gue i che’cho’ para u pumalu. Tutuhon ni hafa guinahamu!” Taimanu i mandisipulun Jesu Kristo yan i umagradedesi si Dorothy manmana’fanuha i tumatampe i matan-niha, pues tai guini ha’ kada unu giya hita lokkue ti sina ta eskapa i responsibilaidatta ya ta na’i hayi otro. Gi magahet, ti ta nisisita mas ki hafa gaige giya hita mismo para ta fan testigu gi rainon Yu’os yan i mismo lina’la’-ta. Este na pinagat machuchule’ 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 gi na’an i Tata yan i Lahi-na yan i Espiritu Santo. Amen.
Manelu-hu, si Dorothy Day ni makunsidera komu un lala’la’ na santos matai unos kuantos anos esta. Annai lala’la’ guiya muna’pusipble i ma’istablesen i gaseta na’an-na Catholic Worker, guma ospitalidat siha para i manlalaoya, prugramman munana’chocho, dinana mangilisyanu na gualu siha, yan meggai otro siha. Nina’fanmanaman ni fina’tinas-na, meggai manmafatto para u ma bisita, para u ma’atan gue’, para u makuentusi, para u mapacha yanggen pusipble. Guaha sina sumangan gi me’na-na, “Lala’la’ na santos hao.” Pat sino sina ha hungok otro sumasasangan put guiya: “Santos gue.” Ya insigidas ha sangan yanngen ha hungok este: “Mungga ma sangan ennao. Mungga muna’geflibianu ennao para hamyo. Sa’ hu tungo’ hafa na in sasangan: ‘Santos gue’. Manmalago na’ in bensen maisa hamyo na ti parehu yu’ yan hamyo. Ti santos yu’. Parehu ha yu’ yan hamyo. Gof sina libianu in che’gue hafa hu cho’cho’-gue.” Gi Ibangheliun pa’go na Damenggo i manapostoles mafaisen si Jesus para ufannina’i mas hinengge. Ti ha cho’gue ennao si Jesus. In lugat, ilek-na: “Yanggen achamoddong i hinenggen-miyu yan i pipitas
Mina’ Bente Siette Damenggon Otdinariun Na Tiempo C Oktubre 6, 2013 Ibangheliu (Lukas 17:5-10) Ilek-niha i manapostoles nu i Saina, “Na’lameggai i hinenggen-mami.” Manoppe i Saina: “Yanggen achamoddong i hinenggen-miyu yan i pipitas mustasa, sina in sangani este na tronkon sykamore, ‘Bo’ok hao ya un transplanta hao gi halom tasi,’ ya siempre insege hao.’ “Yanggen unu giya hamyo gaitentago’ ni manalaladu pat sino ha konne’ i kinilu para i pasto ya matto
tatte ginen i gualo’, kao para un sangani gue’, ‘Maila ya un fata’chong guini na lamasa’? Pat sino siempre un alok, ‘Fa’tinasi yu’ ni sena-hu. Tinapis ya un setbe yu’ meintras chumochocho yan gumigimen yu’. Ya despues nai hagu un chocho yan un gimen.’ Kao u nina’magof gue’ ni ayu na muchachu i matago’-na ha’ ha chocho’gue? Parehu ha’ yan este lokkue hamyo ni ume’ekungok yu’. Yanggen monhayan in che’gue todu i manmatago’-miyu para in che’gue, taiguini in sangan, ‘Manaibali ham na tentago.’ Taya’ mas in che’gue ki i upbligasion-mami.”
Pope says humility, service attract people to church, not power, pride VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As a series of consultations aimed at the reform of the Vatican bureaucracy began, Pope Francis told his group of cardinal advisers that humility and service attract people to the church, not power and pride. "Let us ask the Lord that our work today makes us all more humble, meek, more patient and more trusting in God so that the church may give beautiful witness to the people," he said Oct. 1 during morning Mass in his residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae. The strength of the Gospel "is precisely in humility, the humility of a child who lets himself be guided by the love and tenderness of his father," he told the cardinals. The pope concelebrated Mass with the eight cardinals he chose in April to advise him on reforming the governance of the Roman Curia. The group's first formal meeting was to be held Oct. 1-3, with the first day of deliberations falling on the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux — a saint the pope is particularly
devoted to. He once told journalists, "Whenever I have a problem I ask the saint, not to resolve it, but to take it in her hands and help me accept it." In his homily, the pope said the 19th-century French Carmelite nun displayed a "spirit of humility, tenderness and goodness," as well as meekness that God "wants from all of us." The faithful should be imitating St. Therese's approach of humility, patience and trust in God so that "seeing the people of God, seeing the church, (others) feel the desire to come with us," he said. People feel the desire to follow when they see others being living witnesses of charity, which requires being "humble, without vehemence, without conceit," he said. In the Gospel reading from St. Luke, Jesus rebuked his disciples for wanting to "call down fire from heaven" on those who did not welcome him, the pope said. Christians don't take "the path of revenge," he said; their path is humility and meekness.
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Devotees honor Capuchin saint, Padre Pio By Rico Chaco For the U Matuna Si Yu’os
ABOVE: Catholic faithful participate in the annual procession honoring Saint Pio of Pietrelcina during his feast Monday, Sept. 23 at the St. Fidelis Friary in Agana Hts. Photo courtesy of Capuchin Franciscan Friars.
LEFT: Palé Eric Forbes, OFM Cap., holds the first class relic of St. Padre Pio during veneration of the relic at the festal celebration of the beloved Capuchin saint Sept. 23. Photo for the U Matuna Si Yu’os by Frankie Casil.
It’s the Year of Faith, so why not honor a man of faith? That is exactly what the devotees of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina did recently. From September 15 to 23, nine days of novena and Masses were held at the Saint Fidelis Friary in Agana Heights in honor of the Capuchin saint. St. Pio of Pietrelcina was a Capuchin Franciscan friar and priest in Italy who received the stigmata, the five wounds of Jesus Christ. His life was one of penance, intense prayer, and a never ending struggle for holiness. Devotees take a moment in front of a Palé Eric Forbes, OFM statue of beloved Saint Pio of Pietrelcina Cap. was the presider and homilist for all nine nights of – Padre Pio inside the St. Fidelis Friar. Photo courtesy of Capuchin Franciscan Friars. Mass. In conjunction with the Year of Faith, the theme for this year was Padre Pio: Man puchins have had a monthly devoof Faith. tional Mass in honor of Sr. Padre Pio Every night, Palé Eric spoke of every first Wednesday of the month. different aspects of faith and how Every month, the devotional prayer Padre Pio lived out that faith. Every to St. Padre Pio is prayed at the end night, the chapel at the Saint Fidelis of Mass followed by the veneration Friary was filled with devotees. of the blood-stained handkerchief Even in the midst of horrible weathof Padre Pio. People from all over er conditions that persisted for a few the island come with special favors, days throughout the island, the noand make the monthly Mass their venas and Masses continued. Devo“promesa”, or promise. Some devotees still managed to make it despite tees have told Palé Eric of the many the wind and rain. blessings and miracles they’ve reOn the fiesta day, the St. Fidelis ceived through the intercession of Chapel was filled to capacity and St. Padre Pio. When Palé Eric served crowds of devotees gathered under as Vice-Provincial for the Caputhe canopies. chins in Guam and Hawaii in 2007, In his festal day sermon, Palé he learned of a devotion in honor Eric described how the Gospel tells of St. Padre Pio among Dededo vilus to let our light shine so that oth- lagers. This inspired him to begin ers may see. That light is the light the devotion and Mass in honor of of faith, which Padre Pio had. “This the Capuchin saint. He went to the light is so needed today, especially friary at St. Giovanni Rotondo in when we are surrounded by dark- Italy where Padre Pio spent his final ness,” Palé said. The darkness in years, and obtained a blood stained today’s world includes abortion, handkerchief Padre Pio used. Palé drug abuse, suicide and many other Eric brought this first class relic things, said Palé Eric. In the midst to Guam. It is venerated after the of all the evil, Palé made it clear that monthly devotional Mass and durwe still have to have faith by letting ing the fiesta. our light shine and being good exPalé Eric also mentioned a lady amples to others. whose doctors said she needed a During the nightly Masses when blood transfusion. She attended the weather was at its worst, Palé her first Padre Pio novena years ago Eric asked devotees to pray for the during that same time, and was safety of all those affected by the told after the festal Mass by her weather and for it to improve so that doctors that she had improved and they could have their festal proces- no longer needed a blood transfusion honoring St. Padre Pio. The sion. Every year, Palé Eric said that fiesta day came, and the weather she returns to give thanks to Padre couldn’t have been more beautiful! Pio by attending the nine nights of Palé told the congregation, “God novena and fiesta Mass. St. Pio is a wants us to have the procession!” man of faith and strong intercessor After the procession and the accla- for those who have faith. mation in honor of Padre Pio, everyThe Capuchin Friars extend one venerated the first-class blood- their appreciation to all for their stained relic of Padre Pio from tremendous support during the which his stigmata bled. The tradi- nightly novenas and Masses, the fiesta Mass and meal, and for their tional na’taotaotumano followed Since the St. Fidelis Friary was support of the Capuchin friars servdedicated in 2007 until now, the Ca- ing on Guam.
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Father Duenas Memorial celebrates 65 years By John Joseph M. Bautista, ’05 U Matuna Si Yu’os
Father Duenas Memorial School celebrated its 65th year anniversary by honoring the graduating Classes of 1950, ’51, ’52, ’53, ’54, and ’55 Tuesday, Oct. 1 at the Phoenix Center. The simple but moving tribute to the Pioneer Alumni of Father Duenas kicked off a year-long celebration of the school’s rich 65year history. Monsignor David C. Quitugua, ArchLIST OF NAMES diocese of Agana Vicar Pioneer Alumni General, led the openClasses, 1950-55 ing prayer and reflec PAGE 3 tion. He quoted from the book of Sirach, “If you want my child, you will be instructed, and if you devote your whole being, you will be intelligent.” Those words, fulfilled in the lives of many of the graduates from the school’s initial years, aimed to encourage the current students of Father Duenas who participated in the celebration alongside numerous relatives, supporters, friends, and alumni. Monsignor David, Class of ’73 continued and quoted, “Keep company with the elders, and stick closely to their wisdom.” This was a fitting passage as generations of Duenas men gathered in reverence of the school’s founder, the late Father Jesus Baza Duenas, who was slain by Japanese soldiers during World War II. “Father Jesus Baza Duenas was my uncle, he was my father’s brother,” Ricardo Duenas said in remarks before the assembly. His brother Eduardo also underwent the same fate alongside Father Duenas on July 11, 1944. “But I wonder how many of you know, that Father Duenas was not killed here, at the very site where the school is now located, or even within its campus,” Ricardo Duenas, Class of ’53 asked. “The very site where Father Duenas, my brother, and two others were beheaded lies across the road on Route 10,” Ricardo Duenas said. “Oh how I remember, we, as seminarians back in the late ‘40s and early ‘50s would trek across the street and pay our respects there.” Reflecting further on the last moments before his uncle’s death, Ricardo Duenas described the final actions of Father Duenas. “Had he really valued his life more than the lives of his family and the people of Guam, he could have eluded death,” the younger Duenas said. “Some of his Chamorro friends came in the darkness of the night on the eve of his execution, to the site where he, my brother and two others, were tied to a mango tree. Surely they could have fled the enemy, but fearing retribution to his family and to many others he chose to sacrifice his own life. “To his would-be rescuers Father Duenas had this to say, ‘go on ahead, God will take care of us.’” Those words, “God will take care of us,” would prove to be prophetic for the school and the thousands of young men who have walked its halls. Four years after the courageous’ priest’s death, with the approval of the late Bishop Apollinaris William Baumgartner, and under the direction of the Stigmatine Fathers, Father Duenas Memorial School opened its doors to its first students in 1948. Before his proclamation Gov. Eddie Calvo addressed the students. “The friends that you make, in your short time here, will probably be your lifelong best friends,” Gov. Calvo told the students.
Vicar General Msgr. David C. Quitugua leads prayers at an Oct. 1 ceremony kicking off a year-long celebration of Father Duenas Memorial School’s 65th year anniversary. Alumni from the pioneer Classes of 1950 through ’55 were honored and were joined by other graduates in the audience. Photo for U Matuna Si Yu’os by Jonathan Abella/alitrato@ yahoo.com.
“It is the brotherhood of Father Duenas that is all so special,” the governor said. “Fortes in Fide, Faith. It all boils down into the belief of something better than us here, something which is eternal, something Father Duenas is all about and it’s about a commitment to faith.” From afar, Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo shared a message read by a representative. “This school promotes in its students a strong sense of public service and commitment to improve the communities they live in,” the Congresswoman said in her letter. “I wish Father Duenas continued success, and I am confident that this institution of faith and learning will continue its commitment to providing a high quality education to the young men of Guam, may they always remain, strong in the faith.” Father George Maddock, OFM Cap., a former school principal and teacher reflected on the impact the school has had on our community. He said that his time at Father Duenas were some of his best years. He recognized that the island has received so much from the school. Father George noted the formation of local clergy during the early years when seminarians lived on campus. He also commended members of the FD alumni who since graduating, have entered into family life and have continued to make a difference in society. Members of the pioneering classes were honored with certificates of recognition which were presented to each of them or to representatives from their families. Manuel Paulino from the class of ���51 took the podium and briefly shared his experience as a student in the early ‘50s. Said to be the eldest living alumnus, Paulino mentioned how tuition was only $25 a quarter, or $100 a year,
ERRATA Father Duenas Memorial School’s 65th Anniversary Gala Dinner will be Oct. 19. The date was incorrectly printed as Oct. 6 in the Sept. 29 issue of U Matuna. Sincerest apologies to FDMS and all for the miscue.
and how his teachers, the Stigmatine Fathers, were very strict. Students caught misbehaving would spend an hour after school studying in a group called the Tutoring Club, later famously dubbed, “JUG” – Justice Under God. Reflecting on his time at the school Pau-
lino said he could not have imagined how it would grow and develop through the years. The ceremony ended with closing remarks from Koby Aliphios from the Class of ’14 and FD Student Council President, followed by the singing of the Alma Mater.
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Notre Dame commemorates International Day of Peace
Sophomore Noah Crisostomo, right, lights a candle at Notre Dame High School’s Sept. 12 peace assembly which honored the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 tragedy. Photos courtesy of Notre Dame High School.
Notre Dame students participate in one of many activities promoting world peace during the month of Sept. Photos courtesy of Notre Dame High School. By Jessica Perez-Jackson ‘96 For the U Matuna Si Yu’os
In solidarity with the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Notre Dame High School held a peace assembly and prayer service sponsored by the World Language Department on Sept. 12, to honor the victims of 9/11. The prayers for peace continued on Sept. 26 when the Social Studies Department sponsored a peace assembly to commemorate the International Day of Peace. Students from every homeroom presented issues of world hunger, violence against women, and other important facts to the Notre Dame community. Each homeroom was assigned a country which they re-
searched, created a country flag, and provided a brief presentation of that country’s major human issues. After the presentations, the flags that the students crafted were displayed in the gym as a reminder of the human connection that all citizens of the world share. Notre Dame’s chorus opened the Sept. 26 assembly with Canon of Peace – Dona Nobis Pacem, based on the tune of Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D. After the final homeroom presented a slideshow accompanied by the 1985 USA for Africa song “We Are the World,” the chorus closed the prayer service with Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors,” reminding students to take a stand for peace.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2013
FD cadets kick off school year with mini boot camp By Cadet Ensign Henry Song For the U Matuna Si Yu’os
The Father Duenas Memorial School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp (NJROTC) cadets held their annual Basic Leadership Training (BLT) mini boot camp during Labor Day weekend August 30 to September 1 at school grounds. The BLT, originally known as Recruit Training Camp, began two years ago under the command of Cadet Commander Cody Lizama, Class of 2012. The mini boot camp was held on Labor Day weekend to allow cadets to get some rest and catch up on their school work before returning to school on Tuesday. Several events were added and other activities streamlined during this third year of the BLT. We designated a single cadet to oversee all schedules. Our Cadet BLT Officer in Charge was Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Ryan Brown. This proved to be very productive as to avoid conflict of events and time lapses. We added orienteering classes and introduced team-building activities that our fellow cadets learned from this past summer's Northwest Leadership Academy (NWLA). The mini boot camp officially started with an opening prayer and blessing by FDMS Principal, Father Jeff San Nicolas at about 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 30. There were remarks by Cadet PO Joseph Vi (Admin Officer), Cadet Commander Scott Min, (Commanding Officer), CATHOLIC ROUNDUP
Mongmong parish to discuss Blessed Mother at Tuesday series Don’t Catholics worship statues and the Virgin Mary? Isn’t this against the teachings in the Bible? How many times have you heard non-Catholics ask these questions? Perhaps, you have been confronted with these questions and have not been able to answer them. If you are interested in hearing Catholic answers, join members of the Nuestra Senora de Los Aguas Parish at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 8 in the parish conference room in Mongmong. Topics about the Blessed Virgin Mary that will be covered will include her Immaculate Conception, Perpetual Virginity, and Assumption into Heaven. They will also discuss the practice of having statues in our Churches and homes. On Tuesday, October 29th, the parish will host a talk entitled: Angels and Demons – What the Bible and Catholic Church say about them. Save the date. The discussions will lead to a better understanding of what we believe in as Catholics. It will also help us to give a reason for our faith
Recruits participate in the “Trust Fall” portion of the teambuilding exercises. Cadet Ensign Quentin Ueki-Cruz, 1st Platoon Commander, oversees the event. The activity was performed at the Northwest Leadership Academy this past summer and implemented into the Basic Leadership Training Camp. Photo courtesy of Father Duenas Memorial School NJROTC.
and Master Chief Val Separa (Senior Naval Science Instructor) to remind the recruits the prime importance of safety throughout the camp. Hospital Corpsmen from United States Naval Hospital Guam provided the health and safety brief and also volunteered medical coverage during the entire camp. That afternoon, recruits unpacked, set up and had their “stuff” checked. We call it a “sea bag” inspection. Afterward, the Platoon Commanders (PC's) conducted several activities including marching drills, proper wearing of cadet uniform and inspection procedures. Recruits were given time for personal hygiene and free time before Taps and lights out. when asked.
Knights of Columbus Gala Dinner to benefit San Vitores/St. Pedro Shrine Saturday, October 12, the Knights of Columbus (KOC) Dededo Council will celebrate its 23rd Anniversary with a Gala Dinner in honor of Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores and recently canonized saint from the Philippines, San Pedro Calungsod. The Anniversary Gala Dinner will take place at the Tasi Ballroom, Hotel Nikko in Tumon at 6 p.m. In the spirit of Brotherhood, this celebration will provide an opportunity for the Dededo Council to make a difference. Proceeds raised from this dinner will be earmarked for supporting worthy projects such as the renovation and maintenance of the Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores-St. Pedro Calungsod Shrine at Tumon. Everyone is invited. Tickets for the dinner are $50 per person and $95 for a couple. Tickets are now available. For more information on tickets or sponsorship in souvenir program, please contact Bro. Gerry Marcos (Grand Knight/Overall Chairman) or Mrs. Tessie Marcos at 689-1142.
In Navy terminology, Taps refers to the end of the work day. The second day began with an early morning Physical Training (PT), which included warm-ups, push-ups, sit-ups, and run-and-cool down stretches. After PT and breakfast, Platoon Commanders took charge and drilled their platoons whenever time allowed. Shortly after, platoons entered the rifle team competition and orienteering class. After lunch, the recruits went on to team building exercises. These included activities which were done at the NWLA, including “Trust Falls,” “Mine Fields,” “Lifts,” and the “Hula-Hoop” challenge. After a very successful team-building
afternoon, recruits enjoyed dinner before the movie call, where they watched, “Remember the Titans.” At day’s end, they were given free time before Taps and lights out. The last day, Sunday, September 1st, began with early morning Mass celebrated by Father Jeff in the Boys’ Chapel. Sports Day festivities followed and recruits were required
to run an obstacle course, with various challenges, which included “Army Crawla,” the “Izzy Dizzy,” “Obstacle Course, ” “Lunges,” “Burpees,” and so forth. After these funfilled activities, the recruits cleaned up and prepared for the graduation ceremony, which included the personal inspection, platoon drill competition, award ceremony, and the pass-in-review. At the completion of the camp, cadets — formerly recruits — were allowed to advance in rank and try out for one of the special teams including the armed and unarmed drill teams and the color guard. After the pass-in-review, the new graduates were officially welcomed to the prestigious and award-winning Phoenix Company NJROTC. This highly successful BLT was held under the guidance of Cadet Commander Min (Commanding Officer), Cadet Lieutenant Commander John Paul Mallari (Executive Officer) and the rest of the cadet officers and members of Phoenix Company. It was definitely a total team effort displayed by everyone. Cadet Ensign Henry Song is a member of FD’s NJROTC Phoenix Company.
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Pope to canonize Blessed John XXIII, John Paul II April 27 Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Recognizing that Blessed John XXIII and John Paul II have widespread reputations for holiness and that years of studying their lives and actions have proven their exceptional virtue, Pope Francis announced he would declare his two predecessors saints at a single ceremony April 27. The pope made the announcement Sept. 30 at the end of an "ordinary public consistory," a gathering of cardinals and promoters of the sainthood causes of the two late popes. The consistory took place in the context of a prayer service in Latin and included the reading of brief biographies of the two sainthood candidates. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, read the biographies and highlighted the "service to peace" and the impact both popes had "inside and outside the Christian community" at times of great cultural, political and religious transformation. The testimonies of their lives, "completely dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel, shine in the church and reverberate in the history of
Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, OFM Cap. D.D. is leading a pilgrimage from Guam to Rome for the canonization, please see Page 3 for details. the world as examples of hope and light," the cardinal said. Blessed John Paul II, known as a globetrotter who made 104 trips outside Italy, served as pope from 1978 to 2005 and was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on Divine Mercy Sunday, May 1, 2011. Blessed John XXIII, known particularly for convoking the Second Vatican Council, was pope from 1958 to 1963; Blessed John Paul beatified him in 2000. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said it was possible that retired Pope Benedict would participate in the ceremony, but given the retired pope's preference for staying out of the public eye, he could not say for sure. The choice of April 27, which will be Divine Mercy Sunday in 2014, was not a complete surprise. Pope Francis told reporters traveling with him from Brazil to Rome July 28 that he had been consider-
Pope Francis has set April 27 as the date for the canonization of Blessed John Paul II, left, and Blessed John XXIII, right. CNS photo ing Dec. 8, but the possibility of icy roads could make it difficult for Polish pilgrims who would travel by bus to Rome for the ceremony. He said the other option was Divine Mercy Sunday, a celebration instituted worldwide by Pope John Paul II. Since the beginning of his pontificate in March, Pope Francis has emphasized God's mercy and readi-
ness to forgive those who recognize their need for pardon. He said during the flight from Brazil that Pope John Paul's promotion of Divine Mercy Sunday showed his intuition that a new "age of mercy" was needed in the church and the world. Asked to describe the two late popes, Pope Francis said Blessed John was "a bit of the 'country priest,' a priest who loves each of
the faithful and knows how to care for them; he did this as a bishop and as a nuncio." He was holy, patient, had a good sense of humor and, especially by calling the Second Vatican Council, was a man of courage, Pope Francis said. "He was a man who let himself be guided by the Lord." As for Blessed John Paul, Pope Francis said, "I think of him as 'the great missionary of the church," because he was "a man who proclaimed the Gospel everywhere." Pope Francis signed a decree recognizing the miracle needed for Blessed John Paul's canonization July 5; the same day, the Vatican announced that the pope had agreed with members of the Congregation for Saints' Causes that the canonization of Blessed John should go forward even without a second miracle attributed to his intercession. Except in the case of martyrdom, Vatican rules require one miracle for a candidate's beatification and a second for his or her canonization as confirmations that the candidate really is in heaven with God. However, the pope may set aside the rule.
Pope calls for less ‘Vatican-centric,’ more socially conscious church By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY — In his latest wide-ranging interview, Pope Francis said that he aimed to make the Catholic Church less "Vaticancentric" and closer to the "people of God," as well as more socially conscious and open to modern culture. He also revealed that he briefly considered turning down the papacy in the moments following his election last March, and identified the "most urgent problem" the church should address today as youth unemployment and the abandonment of elderly people. The pope's remarks appeared in a 4,500-word interview, published Oct. 1 in the Rome daily La Repubblica, with Eugenio Scalfari, a co-founder and former editor-inchief of the newspaper. Scalfari, an avowed atheist, publicly addressed the pope in a pair of articles on religious and philosophical topics over the summer, and Pope Francis replied in a letter that La Repubblica published Sept. 11. The two met in person at the Vatican Sept. 24. Their conversation touched on a range of topics, including economic justice, dialogue between Christians and nonbelievers, and reform of the Vatican bureaucracy. "Heads of the church have often been narcissists, flattered and thrilled by their courtiers," the pope said. "The court is the leprosy of the papacy." Pope Francis said that the Roman Curia, the church's central administration at the Vatican, is not it-
self a court, though courtiers can be found there. The Curia "has one defect," he said. "It is Vatican-centric. It sees and looks after the interests of the Vatican, which are still, for the most part, temporal interests. This Vatican-centric view neglects the world around us. I do not share this view and I'll do everything I can to change it." "The church is or should go back to being a community of God's people," he said. "Priests, pastors and bishops who have the care of souls are at the service of the people of God." In response to Scalfari's opinion that "love for temporal power is still very strong within the Vatican walls and in the institutional structure of the whole church," and that the "institution dominates the poor, missionary church that you would like," Pope Francis agreed, saying: "In fact, that is the way it is, and in this area you cannot perform miracles." Yet the pope offered reason for hope in the eight-member Council of Cardinals advising him on church governance and reform of the Vatican bureaucracy, which he convened for three days of initial meetings that began Oct. 1. "The first thing I decided was to appoint a group of eight cardinals to be my advisers, not courtiers but wise people who share my own feelings," he said. "This is the beginning of a church that is not just top-down but also horizontal." Pope Francis called for greater commitment by the church to the alleviation of social problems, par-
ticularly those of the young and the elderly. "The most serious of the evils that afflict the world these days are youth unemployment and the loneliness of the old," he said. "This, to me, is the most urgent problem that the church is facing." While he acknowledged that addressing economic and political problems is largely the responsibility of governments and other secular institutions, he said that such problems "also concern the church, in fact, the church above all because this situation wounds not only bodies but also souls. The church must feel responsibility for both souls and bodies." The pope echoed his numerous earlier calls for greater restraint on market forces. "Personally I think so-called savage liberalism only makes the strong stronger and the weak weaker and excludes the most excluded," he said. "We need great freedom, no discrimination, no demagoguery and lots of love. We need rules of conduct and also, if necessary, direct intervention from the state to correct the more intolerable inequalities." The pope recalled the influence on his thinking of one of his early teachers, a "fervent communist" and "courageous and honest person," whose "materialism had no hold over me" but who raised his awareness of an "aspect of the social, which I then found in the social doctrine of the church." Asked whether he agreed with the church's disciplining of liberation theologians during the pontificate
of Blessed John Paul II, Pope Francis said that liberation theology "certainly gave a political aspect to their theology, but many of them were believers and with a high concept of humanity." The pope said that the "church will not deal with politics," and suggested that church leaders should not pressure Catholic office holders to take particular positions in matters of public policy. "I believe that Catholics involved in politics carry the values of their religion within them, but have the mature awareness and expertise to implement them," he said. "The church will never go beyond its task of expressing and disseminating its values, at least as long as I'm here," the pope said, agreeing that church leaders have "almost never" observed such limits. "Everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them," the pope said elsewhere in the interview. "That would be enough to make the world a better place." Pope Francis joked that he had been warned that his atheist interviewer might try to convert him, but the pope told Scalfari that he would not try to do likewise. "Proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes no sense. We need to get to know each other, listen to each other and improve our knowledge of the world around us." The Second Vatican Council "decided to look to the future with a modern spirit and to be open to
modern culture," the pope said. "The council fathers knew that being open to modern culture meant religious ecumenism and dialogue with non-believers. But afterwards very little was done in that direction. I have the humility and ambition to want to do something." Pope Francis suggested that he and his interviewer shared a deep common ground of belief. When Scalfari said that he believed in "being, that is, in the tissue from which forms, bodies arise," the pope responded: "I believe in God, not in a Catholic God. There is no Catholic God, there is God, and I believe in Jesus Christ, his incarnation. Jesus is my teacher and my pastor, but God, the father, Abba, the light and the creator. This is my being. Do you think we are very far apart?" The two also voiced similar views of clericalism. Pope Francis praised Scalfari for avoiding anticlericalism although he is not a believer, but the journalist told the pope, "I become so when I meet a clericalist." Pope Francis also recounted what he said was one of his rare mystical experiences, just after his election as pope, when he was "seized by a great anxiety" and even contemplated refusing the office. "At a certain point I was filled with a great light," he said. "It lasted a moment, but it seemed to me very long. Then the light faded, I got up suddenly and walked into the room where the cardinals were waiting and the table on which was the act of acceptance."
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2013
Our Guam Divine Mercy Pilgrimage, Part VIII By Father Joel de los Reyes
For the U Matuna Si Yu’os
aking the Stations of the Cross in the Holy Land right on the road where Jesus walked to Calvary more than 2,000 years ago and carried our sins on his sacred shoulders under the weight of the cross, is a faith-filled spiritual experience that will surely leave a memory in every pilgrim’s heart and soul. The road’s make-up and texture today are obviously far different than in Jesus’ time. It is not so much the appearance that really counts as the deep spiritual significance and personal impact it creates in our Christian lives. To have at least an imaginative touch of the cross and a memory of the suffering Jesus endured on his journey to Calvary, we had a moderately light wooden cross lent by our tour agent that we took turns carrying over our shoulders while making the Stations of the Cross, singing hymns, praying the Holy Rosary and Chaplet of the Divine Mercy. In a place teeming with trade and commerce, noisy non-Christian onlookers on the sidewalk stared curiously at us as we passed by, reminding us of the mob described in the Bible that hailed Jesus as he entered Jeru-
salem and shouted to crucify him at Pilate’s court. The Gospel of Mk. 11: 8-11 describes it this way, “Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. Those preceding him as well as those following kept crying out, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come! Hosanna in the highest!’ But in the court of Pilate their adulation completely changed to condemnation and they shouted to crucify him; Pilate again said to them in reply, ‘Then what do you want me to do with king of the Jews? They shouted the louder, ‘Crucify him’ (Mk. 11: 12-14).” Our Stations of the Cross ended at the Orthodox Church built on the site of the Crucifixion. Inside is the very spot where the Lord’s cross stood now covered in thick glass. Pilgrims all over the world come to venerate. From Mt. Calvary we traveled to the Holy Sepulcher where Jesus was buried. One or two pilgrims are each allowed only a couple of minutes to pray inside. The scene is very moving with a solemn atmosphere. St. John’s Gospel 20: 40-42 vividly describes the scene of Jesus’ burial thus, “They took the body of Jesus and bound it with burial cloths along with the spices, accord-
ing to the Jewish burial custom. Now in the place where he had been crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had yet been buried. So they laid Jesus there because of the Jewish preparation day; for the tomb was close by.” Our “journey” to Mt. Calvary and to Jesus’ tomb by way of the Stations of the Cross culminated our pilgrimage to the Holy Land. It was spiritually nourishing and made the Holy Scripture more personal and real having visited some of the roots and sites of our faith. It was much more worth the amount of money we spent to visit Israel — actually it was priceless. Lessons of good living tell us that one of the best things in life is realizing that you’re perfectly happy without the things you thought you needed most. Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep the faith and it will all be worth it in the end. People aren’t always going to be there for you, that is why you need to learn to handle things yourself. They say that it is good to always trust your first guts instincts because if you genuinely feel in your heart and soul that something is wrong, it usually is. Things may be wrong but life must go on and when we fall we must always rise the sooner and avoid stay-
Being truly R-I-C-H means looking beyond ourselves By Father Dan Ferrandiz For the U Matuna Si Yu’os
In 1965 there was an old TV Show entitled “Lost in Space”. If something went wrong the little robot would start turning left and right, left and right, and start screaming in his robotic voice “Danger, Danger, Danger!” “Danger” is what the parable of the rich man and Lazarus wants to convey to us. It is meant to wake us up. It is meant to warn us that our attitudes toward life as well as the blessings, choices and decisions we make in this life have eternal consequences. The Scripture is very vivid in describing the gap that exists between those who make mistakes in this life. “Between you and us, a great chasm is established to prevent anyone from crossing from one side to the other” (Luke 16:26). Interpreters of this section of the Gospel say that Abraham was talking about “Hell”. Contrary to some commentaries this Gospel is not about the rich or the poor. The sin involved is not about being rich or being poor but rather the indifference that results in the sin called omission. The sin is about not caring. The sin is about not doing what we should have done. When we know the right thing to do and don't, that's a sin. There was a man who died and went to Heaven. St. Peter looked for his name in the book of life and couldn’t find it. The man protested, “There must be a mistake! I didn’t do anything!” St. Peter just looked at him and said, “Precisely! That was precisely the problem – you have not done anything!”
By the way, did you notice the rich man doesn't have a name? He remained nameless – maybe for a reason. His name was not written in the book of life because he failed to do what he should have done. The word “hell” comes from an old English word that means, “not to see.” When you are indifferent you tend not to see or refuse to see. The rich man was indifferent and therefore did not see. Lazarus was at the gate but he did nothing. I’m afraid there are a lot of “Rich men” in our society today. They are people who build expensive homes for their dogs and cats but don’t see the countless people who are homeless; people who throw food not seeing that there are a lot of people who don’t eat; and people who dress their pets nicely but don’t lift a finger to clothe those who are shivering in the cold. These are “the modern rich men” of our society today. To them the words of Abraham serve as a warning: “Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony” (Luke16:25). Notice too, that the poor man in today’s gospel is named Lazarus. The book of life remembers him because even in his sufferings he was helping. He was RICH because he was sharing even in his need. He saw God in everyone, even in dogs. “Dogs even came and licked his wounds.” Lazarus shows us that we too can be rich in a way that is different from what the world describes as rich. Proverbs 11:24-25 says: “One man gives freely, yet gains even more…A generous man will prosper
because he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” Lazarus was refreshed because he was refreshing others. He was R-I-C-H because in Heaven he experienced R-Redemption for being responsible not only for his own salvation but also the salvation of others; I-Integrity — God restored him in his wholeness, body and soul. His new life is imbued with universal CCHARITY, the virtue that endures forever. He enjoyed H-Happiness together with the elect in Heaven. On the other hand, The RICH man tormented in Hell also experienced being R-I-C-H. REGRETS for not having crossed over to Lazarus’ side and not being able to warn his brothers over what awaits them. He was helpless because his earthly choices and his inability to change his ways and choosing God were IRREVERSIBLE. His sin of omission; his insensitivity to the needs of others could not be undone; no rerun; no second take; no second chance. It was a choice that brought him to where he is now; that irreversible choice brought him CONDEMNATION for doing nothing; for not caring; for being complacent. He was condemned in HADES — the place the Scripture describes people whining and grinding their teeth. While working on our activities here on earth they have an impact on our eternal destiny. Our life on earth is connected with our eternal life. Our actions here have consequences on eternal life. In each one of us, there is the ability to be RICH (Latin DIVES). But where we want to be rich (Heaven or Hell) is a choice that we have to make.
ing there longer. In the end, that’s how God teaches us to be strong. Finally, some have said that you must not carry your mistakes around with you, instead place them under your feet and use them as stepping stones to rise above them. And maybe you’re not aware but for all you know, you’ve been experiencing a miracle everyday and that miracle is WAKING UP, because there’s a big possibility of us staying asleep forever. But imagine God beside your bed tapping your shoulder saying, “Hey my child, wake up! Let’s face another day together.” 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 3 p.m. daily. Recite the Chaplet of Mercy for peace in the world and conversion of sinners. To arrange a Divine Mercy devotion home presentation, prayer and veneration of the sacred relic of St. Faustina, please contact Amy Borja (472-7778). Thanks to participants of the Divine Mercy Symposium Saturday Sept. 22 at Santa Barbara Catholic Church.
Cherishing the Rosary month of Oct. for its many holy feasts
October opened with a week of “blockbuster” feasts! They are the feasts of the Guardian Angels; St. Teresa of the Child Jesus; St. Francis of Assisi; and Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. Let’s take a look at a typical Sunday Missal before Vatican II introduced the Mass of these feasts. Oct. 2 - “The Holy Guardian Angels” because each individual soul is priceless. God has appointed an angel of Heaven to be that soul’s guide and protector. Today we give special honor to these guardians, whose duty it is to defend us from evil, help us in prayer, and inspire us to love according to our Christian ideals. We should remember to ask their intercession every day of the year. Oct. 3 - “St. Teresa of the Child Jesus” Therese Martin (1873-97) entered the Carmelite convent in Lisieux, France, at age 15. Her simple, but heroic religious life of nine years was dedicated to saving souls and to praying for priests. She longed to lead a hidden life of prayer in a pagan land, but illness kept her in France. Yet, so well did she fulfill the vocation of a missionary that in 1927, two years after her canonization, Pope Pius XI declared her Patron of all
Missions, together with St. Francis Xavier. Oct. 4 - “St. Francis of Assisi.” Born in Assisi, Italy in 1811, Francis was the son of a rich fabric merchant. His vocation made itself known almost at the same time as the Spaniard St. Dominic. Each in his own way had revolutionized Christian life with the creation of two religious orders. From a rich family, Francis’ vocation was to counteract the growing spirit of riches infecting Europe. His love for poverty, for the cross, and for all creation, brought new vitality and holiness to the whole Church. Oct. 7 - “Our Lady of the Rosary.” Crowning the first week of the month, this feast was instituted to honor Mary for the Christian victory over the Turks at Lepanto on 7 Oct. 1571. Pope St. Pius V, and all Christians had prayed the Rosary for victory. Pope Leo XIII wrote, “...the Rosary is by far the best prayer by which to plead before Mary the cause of our separated brethren.” What other week of the year has so many attractive group of feasts? I can’t think of one. Let us become a group of Committed, Informed Catholics; Catholics who keep our faith alive by staying knowledgeable, practicing Catholics. “See? I see!” C.I.C. Ninety-one-year old Guam Catholic Daniel A. Bradley, Sr. writes this weekly local column under the pen name “Zacchaeus”.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2013
CHURCH & SOCIETY
Pope: Church must show what unity looks like, avoid divisions, gossip Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Backstabbing and gossip hurt people and harm God's desire for a united human family, Pope Francis said. Unity is a gift from God, "but often we struggle to live it out," he said. "We are the ones who create lacerations." The pope also asked people to pray for persecuted Christians in the world and to be genuinely concerned about their plight, just as one would be for a family member in distress. At his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square Sept. 25, Pope Francis continued his series of audience talks about the creed — looking at what Catholics believe about the church — and focused on the Catholic belief in "one, holy, catholic and apostolic church." Catholics of every culture, language and part of the world are united in their common baptism and in sharing the church's one faith and sacramental life, the pope said. This
unity in faith, hope, the sacraments and ministry "are like columns that support and hold together the one great edifice of the church," he said. And it also helps Catholics feel like members of one family, "united no matter the distance" between them. But the pope asked people to reflect upon whether they live out this unity or are they uninterested — preferring to be closed off from others, isolated within their own community, group of friends or nation. "It's sad to see a 'privatized' church because of egoism and this lack of faith," he said. It's especially sad when there are so many fellow Christians in the world who are suffering or being persecuted because of their faith, he said. "Am I indifferent or is it like someone in the family is suffering?" he asked. He asked everyone to be honest with themselves and respond in their hearts: "How many of you pray for Christians who are persecuted" and for those who are in difficulty for professing and defending the faith?
"It's important to look beyond one's own fence, to feel oneself as church, one family of God," he said. But throughout history and even today, people within the church have not always lived this unity, he said. "Sometimes misunderstandings, conflicts, tensions and divisions crop up that harm (unity), and so the church doesn't have the face we would want, it doesn't demonstrate love and what God wants." "And if we look at the divisions that still exist among Christians, Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants, we feel the hard work (needed) to make this unity fully visible." The world today needs unity, he said: "We need reconciliation, communion, and the church is the home of communion." Building unity starts with oneself and starts at home, the pope said. "Everyone ask yourselves: Do I build unity in my family, parish and community or am I a gossiper? Am I the reason for division and difficulty?" The pope said talking badly about others
hurts everyone, including the church and communities. "Christians must bite their tongues before gossiping," he said. "That will do us good because that way the tongue swells up, and you can't talk" badly about others, he said to laughter and applause from the crowd. He asked people to have the humility to repair the divisions in one's life "with patience and sacrifice" and follow the Prayer of St. Francis to be instruments of God's peace. "Humility, gentleness, magnanimity and love for preserving unity are the real pathways of the church," he said. Because the Holy Spirit is the real "engine" behind the life and renewal of the church, prayer is important. Unity in diversity comes from the Holy Spirit, which everyone received with baptism and confirmation, he added. The true richness of the church "is what unites us, not what divides us," he said.
Governor to appeal ruling allowing same-sex marriages in New Jersey TRENTON, N.J. (CNS) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie planned to appeal a state judge's Sept. 27 ruling that same-sex couples "must be allowed to marry" to receive "equal protection of the law" under the state constitution. Superior Court Judge Mary C. Jacobson said her ruling would take effect Oct. 21. New Jersey currently recognizes civil unions, and last year Christie vetoed a mea-
sure to legalize same-sex marriage, saying the issue should be put before voters this November. "Gov. Christie has always maintained that he would abide by the will of the voters on the issue of marriage equality and called for it to be on the ballot this Election Day," said his press secretary, Michael Drewniak. "Since the Legislature refused to allow the people to decide expeditiously, we will let the Supreme
Court make this constitutional determination." Democrats in the statehouse Sept. 30 urged the New Jersey Supreme Court to "fasttrack" any appeal Christie may file with the higher court. The New Jersey Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the state's Catholic bishops, did not issue an immediate reaction to Jacobson's ruling but a long-standing statement on its website urged citizens "to protect
marriage as the union of one man and one woman." "Same-sex unions may represent a new and a different type of institution — but it is not marriage and should not be treated as marriage," it said. Catholic teaching upholds the sanctity of traditional marriage, between one man and one woman, and also teaches that any sexual activity outside of marriage is sinful.
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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2013
Piti parish commissions catechists
For the U Matuna Si Yu’os The Assumption of Our Lady Catholic Church in Piti held a blessing and commissioning of catechists during Mass on Sunday, Sept. 29. During the ceremony, Father Willy Lorilla prayed over the catechists that the Lord would “bless all your children, who have offered themselves as Catechists for your Church.” “Strengthen them with your gifts that they may teach by word and example the truth which comes from You,” Father Willy asked Our Lord. After the sprinkling of Holy Water, the catechists of Piti parish vowed to be witnesses to the Gospel and to the Divine Love and to give power to their actions and words and to continue to minister God’s Word.
Fr. Willy Lorilla gathers with catechists of Piti parish after blessing and commissioning them Sept. 29. L-R: Jennifer Tainatongo, Evelyna Akimoto, Bernadette Meno, Patricia Simpson, Fr. Willy, Esther Rios, Michelle Santos, Meredith Mendiola and Dora Torres. Not pictured: Michaela Panglinan, Jared Connelly, Anjelah Mendiola and Roe-Sais Mendiola. Photo courtesy of Assumption of Our Lady parish.