The 2013 Guam Society of America Santa Marian Kamalen/Our Lady of Camarin Novenas and Mass Schedule, with dates/times and residence of hosting members are provided below. For questions, please contact this year’s Chairperson, Rosanne Meno at 202.374.1474.
Each year the Guam Society rotates the nightly novenas to give our members an opportunity to attend the novenas that are close to where they live. In the past two years, attendance at the nightly novenas have steadily increased at the nightly residence novenas. If you plan to attend, please contact the host for the novena at the numbers provided; you can also inquire with the hosts if you would like to bring a dish for the usual potluck gatherings that are held after the novena.
Let’s make this year a banner year for our island’s patroness and most importantly, we ask that you come to support the historical workshop that will be presented by one of our own, Pale’ Eric Forbes, who will be one of the celebrant’s at the December 8th mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. This is Pale’ Eric’s first outing with the Guam Society and we are honored that he is joining us to celebrate our lady’s special day on December 8th.
Novena Residence Schedule:
Sat, Nov 30th (4pm): Hosts: Aylene & Joe Mafnas, Centreville, VA (703.868.5660)
Sun, Dec 1st (1pm): Hosts: Juvy & Mike Blas, Woodbridge, VA (703.499.8877)
Mon, Dec 2nd (7:30pm): Hosts: Mary & Ben Pablo, Woodbridge, VA (703.862.4919)
Tues, Dec 3rd (7:30pm): Hosts: Annie & Jess Rosario, Edgewood, MD (410.671.7046)
Wed, Dec 4th (7:30pm): Hosts: Ann & Joe Delgado, Fredericksburg, VA (540.412.6768)
Thurs, Dec 5th (7:30pm): Hosts: Ana & Pete Camit, Upper Marlboro, MD (478.335.8333)
Fri, Dec 6th (6:00pm): Hosts: Annie & Larry Quichocho/Janet & John Cruz, Lexington, MD (301.863.9447)
Sat, Dec 7th (2:00pm): Hosts: Wilma & Frank Topasna, Laurel, MD (301.776.3692)
Santa Marian Kamalen Feast Day Novena & Mass Schedule:
Location: Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20017
This year we are blessed to have Pale’ Eric Forbes, a Capuchin Priest from Guam, participating in the mass and the culmination of this celebration of our islands’ patroness. Pale’ Eric will also be presenting a brief history of Our Lady of Camarin before the novena and the mass at the Basilica, in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel. Time permitting, we will also have a procession with our Lady inside of the Basilica, either before the novena or the mass. We ask that you arrive early to the Basilica as it is on a Sunday and there will be many patrons visiting and attending mass on that day, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The tentative schedule is provided below – we recommend that everyone one arrive by 2:00 pm to ensure you are able to find the Chapel within the Basilica and if you like, take a photo with Santa Marian Kamalen, a replica of the actual statue that is in the Hagatna Cathedral is also in the Basilica.
2:30pm-2:45pm – Meet and Greet with Pale’ Eric Forbes at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel
2:45pm – 3:15pm – Pale Eric’s Presentation of Our Lady of Camarin’s Story to attendees
3:20pm-4:00pm – Time permitting, Procession with Santa Marian Kamalen before the last Novena – based on projected weather forecast, this will be done indoors.
4:05pm-4:25pm – Final Novena in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel; Techa: Guam Society President, Mike Blas
4:30pm-5:30pm – Mass on the Main Level of the Basilica – there will be a reserved area for all Guam Society Members and their guests
5:30pm-6:30pm – Travel to the Blue Pearl Restaurant in Springfield, VA for the ‘No Host’ Reception – see information below regarding the reception.
6:30pm – Dinner at the Blue Pearl Restaurant, 6820 Commerce Street, Springfield, VA 22150
‘No Host’ Dinner Reception Information:
RSVP for the dinner reception is required by Thurs, Dec 5th as we are limited to seats on the RSVP response we provide to the restaurant. If you do not RSVP by Dec 5th, we cannot guarantee that you’ll have a seat at the reception – please make this portion of our Lady’s celebration a stress-free one for our chairperson, Rosanne Meno. Contact Rosanne at 202.374.1474 or via email at email@example.com.
Cost and payment for the buffet dinner can be made via cash or credit card at the restaurant – COST: $12.95 per person. The buffet includes hot entrees, salad, dessert station, sushi, soup, and Mongolian stations.