Attendees of the Forum on Phase III of the Diocesan Pastoral Planning took a group photo with Bishop Ryan, the clergy and religious of the diocese. Parishioners from different parishes worked in different groups to set goals and objectives on key areas of the ministries indicated by the Pastoral Planning Committee. The Forum was held at San Antonio Parish Hall last Saturday, August 19, 2017.

Pastoral Planning Forum set Ministry Priorities for the Diocese

Posted by - August 26, 2017

The Diocese of Chalan Kanoa moved another step forward towards the completion of the Diocesan Pastoral Planning initiated late last year by Bishop Ryan. Last Saturday, the Pastoral Planning Committee hosted a Forum to initiate Phase III of the process which is to set goals, objectives and concrete action plans in order to achieve the

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GROUP WEDDING: Get Married in the Church!

Posted by - August 26, 2017

Save the Date: December 30, 2017 The Commission on Marriage and Family Life of the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa is inviting couples who are interested in receiving the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony in a Group Wedding Ceremony on December 30, 2017, the weekend of the Feast of the Holy Family at Mt. Carmel Cathedral. The

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Members of Mount Carmel School’s Theatre Club are ready for a year full of stage and film productions. From left to right: Justin Ocampo, Quincy Chinen, Reica Ramirez, and Angelo Manese.

Mount Carmel School Holds Annual Student Activities Fair

Posted by - August 26, 2017

ALMOST 300 middle school and high school students participated in Mount Carmel School’s annual Student Activities Fair held this past Wednesday, August 23 in the first floor hallway of the school’s Maturana Building. Held at the start of every school year and sponsored by Student Council, the fair highlights the many extra-curricular activities available at

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Donation for 2 New A/C Units for Mt. Carmel Cathedral

Posted by - August 26, 2017

Bishop Ryan Jimenez accepted the donation checks from US Delegate Gregorio (Kilili) C. Sablan, Saipan Stevedore Company, Inc., and Saipan Shipping Co., Inc., for the acquisition of 2 (two) new air-conditioning units (10 tons each) for Mt. Carmel Cathedral. Each unit costs approximately, $10,880.00. Saipan Stevedore paid for the full cost of 1 unit while

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Fr. Allan Cabatian leads the procession in honor of San Roque around the village after the Fiesta Mass.

San Roque Parish Celebrates Fiesta

Posted by - August 26, 2017

By Rose Gamier Biba San Roque! These were the words chanted by the parishioners and the many faithful who came to celebrate the Feast of San Roque – patron of Saipan’s northernmost church, last August 20, 2017. It was a warm and sunny Sunday afternoon, a weather that surprised many given the rains that showered the

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Pope Francis embraces a woman as he arrives for his weekly audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Aug. 23. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Pope: God gives hope for the future despite present-day suffering

Posted by - August 25, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — While the world reels from terrorism, natural disasters and division, God weeps with those who suffer and offers the hope of a future full of joy and consolation, Pope Francis said. Recalling the victims of a terror attack in Barcelona Aug. 17, a devastating landslide Aug. 16 in Congo, and “many

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Father Bernard J. Ezaki, parochial vicar at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church in Easton, Pa., gives Communion at Mass July 2. He has been legally blind since birth. (CNS photo/Ed Koskey Jr.)

Being legally blind doesn’t hinder Catholic priest in serving his flock

Posted by - August 25, 2017

EASTON, Pa. (CNS) — A visitor attending Mass at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church might not notice anything unusual about the celebrant. Father Bernard J. Ezaki walks the center aisle of the massive church in Easton. He climbs the steps leading to the altar like any other priest or liturgical minister. He recites prayers

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People morn the loss of Leover Miranda, 39, a victim of a drug-related killing, during a funeral in Manila, Philippines, Aug. 20. Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle called the problem of drugs a "humanitarian concern that affects all of us." (CNS photo/Romeo Ranoco, Reuters)

‘Blood flowing on sidewalks’: 2 Philippine prelates criticize drug war

Posted by - August 25, 2017

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — Two prominent Philippine bishops criticized the government’s war on drugs after a week in which more than 80 people were reportedly killed in stepped-up efforts to end drug use. In a pastoral letter read at Masses Aug. 20, Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle called the problem of drugs a “humanitarian concern

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