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Congratulations Sister Jeanette Marie Pangelinan For Celebrating 50 Years!!
It seems that since her birth, “Jeanette Marie” was destined to be “Mercy”! She was born on September 24 (Mercy Day), 1948 to Joaquin and Marcela Pangelinan, who had nine other children.
Jeanette attended Mongmong Elementary, Barrigada Jr. High and John F. Kennedy High School but was attracted to religious life and followed her desire to be “mercy” to others by becoming a Sister of Mercy on August 22, 1966.
She completed her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education in 1978 at the University of Guam and her Master’s in Private School Administration in 2004 at the University of San Francisco.
Sister Jeanette Marie has been engaged in this important ministry throughout her 50 years as a Sister of Mercy. She is currently the Principal of Santa Barbara Catholic School in Dededo and has led the school in that position since July 1997.
Sister will celebrate her Golden Jubilee during a 10 a.m. Mass in Santa Barbara Catholic Church on Saturday, May 28, 2016. A reception will follow at Santa Barbara Catholic School’s Petrie Gymnasium.
As she traced the steps she took up to this “Golden Jubilee” occasion, Sister Jeanette Marie cites “gratefulness for the gift of her vocation” as her common thrust. What motivated her to remain a Sister of Mercy and a vowed woman religious were “the vows she continues to live”.
She is deeply grateful that God has given her the grace to be faithful to her vows that she professed in her vocation in Mercy. She also credits her sisters in community, her family and the people of God who keep her motivated to remain faithful in her vocation. She cites her entrance into Mercy as her most profound moment as a Sister of Mercy because she relied on God’s grace to sustain her as she was “jumping into the unknown.”
Sister’s motto, “MERCY” means many things to her: compassion, love, concern for others, especially the poor, sick and uneducated. It is an “action” word that challenges her to serve others and share God’s love unconditionally!
As the Mercy Institute moves on the “Journey to Oneness”, Sister aims to keep the Mercy charism alive and relevant in this day and age of dwindling membership and ageing of the Sisters. She hopes that the Sisters will continue to be an inspiration to others to embrace this life that is a gift and a sacred call to be of service to others.
We thank Sister Jeanette Marie for enfleshing “Mercy” in her life and for her 50 years of service to the people of God on our island. Inorabuena, Sister Jeanette Marie, a Sister of MERCY!
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is also known as the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, which translates from Latin to "Body of Christ." This feast originated in France in the mid-thirteenth century and was extended to the whole Church by Pope Urban IV in 1264. This feast is celebrated on the Thursday following the Trinity Sunday or, as in the USA, on the Sunday following that feast.
This feast calls us to focus on two manifestations of the Body of Christ, the Holy Eucharist and the Church. The primary purpose of this feast is to focus our attention on the Eucharist. The opening prayer at Mass calls our attention to Jesus' suffering and death and our worship of Him, especially in the Eucharist.
At every Mass our attention is called to the Eucharist and the Real Presence of Christ in it. The secondary focus of this feast is upon the Body of Christ as it is present in the Church. The Church is called the Body of Christ because of the intimate communion which Jesus shares with his disciples. He expresses this in the gospels by using the metaphor of a body in which He is the head. This image helps keep in focus both the unity and the diversity of the Church.
The Feast of Corpus Christi is commonly used as an opportunity for public Eucharistic processions, which serves as a sign of common faith and adoration. Our worship of Jesus in His Body and Blood calls us to offer to God our Father a pledge of undivided love and an offering of ourselves to the service of others.
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- Saturday: 5:00 pm & 7:00 pm
6:00 am (Chamorro)
9:00 am (Astumbo)
12:00 pm (Filipino)
2:00 pm (Chuukese)
- Daily: 6:00 am &
- Tuesdays & Fridays also: 11:30 am
- Saturday: 6:00 am
- Monday to Friday: 15 mins before the 6:00 am and 7:00 pm masses (at the chapel)
- Saturday: 4:30 pm (at the upper church)
Divine mercy adoration chapel:
- Monday to Friday: 7:00 am - 6:30 pm
- Saturday: 7:00 am - 3:30 pm
- Sunday: closed
- Monday to Friday except Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (except closed from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm)
- Closed on Sundays, Thursdays, Holy Days & Holidays.