2015 Santa Marian Kamalen Novena and Mass Schedule

The 2015 Guam Society of America Santa Marian Kamalen/Our Lady of Camarin Novena and Mass Schedule is provided below.  For questions, please contact Rosanne Meno at 202-374-1474 or via email at rrmeno@yahoo.com.

Each year we rotate the nightly novena amongst Guam Society members who have volunteered to host a novena.  This gives our members an opportunity to attend the novenas that are close to where they live.  In the past four years, attendance has steadily increased at the nightly 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 continue to make this annual devotion for our island patroness, a devotion and tradition filled with fellowship and prayer; if you are not able to make each novena, we definitely understand and simply ask for your support in attending as many of the novenas that you can attend.  Thank you to the hosting families for opening your home to our island patroness.


Monday, November 30th (7pm) – Pete & Ana Camit, 15409 Beech Tree Parkway, Upper Marlboro, MD  20774; (301) 574-1463

Tuesday, December 1st (7 pm) – Tom & Doris Walters, 7898 Eagle View Drive, Chesapeake Beach, MD  20732; (410) 257-6902

Wednesday, December 2nd (7 pm) – Charlie & Cathy Gulac, 5347 Cristfield Court, Fairfax, VA  22032; (703) 323-6694

Thursday, December 3rd (7 pm) – Brian & Be Acuavera, 5516 Linnean Street, Alexandria, VA  22303; (202) 769-9881

Friday, December 4th (7 pm) – Joe & Aylene Mafnas, 5001 Marshall Crown Road, Centreville, VA  20120; (703) 868-5660

Saturday, December 5th (1 pm) – Novena will be held in conjunction with the Guam Society Annual Christmas Holiday Party, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Community Center, 228 McNair Road, Bldg 405, Fort Myer, Virginia  22211; Contact Event Chairperson Stella Duenas (571) 330-4481)

Sunday, December 6th (4 pm) – Char Harris/Annie Rosario, 2226 Rosewood Drive, Edgewood, MD  21040; (410) 671-7046

Monday, December 7th (7 pm) – Wayne & Debbie Lizama, 10681 Water Falls Lane, Vienna, VA  22182;  (703) 407-2426

You can download the flyer with the schedule at this link: SMK Schedule 2015

Tuesday, December 8th (4:15pm) – Santa Marian Kamalen Feast Day – Novena & Mass Schedule

On December 8th – we will have the final novena at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.  A replica of Santa Marian Kamalen is enshrined in the Basilica; you’ll get the unique opportunity of being able to visit her and seeing her up close – we recommend you arrive early – photos are definitely recommended.

Location:  Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20017 (Parking is available at the lower section of the Basilica is free – if you park in the area around the Basilica please note you’ll need coins for the parking meters).

4:15 pm – Novena at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
(NOTE:  As this is a weekday, please plan to arrive early due to allow for getting through traffic and/or inclement weather; if you plan to visit Our Lady at her location in the upper church, please come before the novena as her location in the Basilica will be blocked off just before the mass begins.)

5:15 pm – Mass in the Upper Church, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception – Monsignor James Benavente from Guam will join in the mass celebration. (The Basilica closes immediately after the mass – we will depart for the dinner reception immediately afterwards.)

7:00 pm – No Host Dinner Reception following the Mass at The Carolina Kitchen, 2350 Washington Place NE, Washington, D.C. 20018   (Menu choices for the restaurant can be found at: http://thecarolinakitchen.com/menu-category/food-menu/)

RSVP for the dinner reception is required by Sunday, December 6th, 2015. If you do not RSVP, by Dec 6th; we cannot guarantee that you’ll have a seat with the Guam Society at the dinner reception – please help make this portion of this event a smooth one by contacting the event Chairperson, Rosanne Meno at (202) 374-1474 via email at rrmeno@yahoo.com.