Pastor: Rev. Fr. James S. Balajadia

SCHEDULE OF SACRAMENTAL CELEBRATIONS

Celebration of the Eucharist

Sunday: 6:00 a.m. Chamorro
               8:00 a.m. English
               10:00 a.m. English
Weekday Masses
Monday to Friday: (Except Tuesday – No Mass) 6:00 p.m.
Thursday:St. Jude Devotion & Healing Mass 6:00 p.m.
First Saturday of the month: 6:00 a.m.

Request for Masses (e.g. Funeral Celebration, Weddings, Death Anniversaries, Special Event, etc.) to be celebrated at other times can be arranged in advanced with the Parish Administrator Fr. James S. Balajadia at the Mount Carmel Rectory Office.

Parish Pastoral Council
President: Stanley Benavente
Vice-President: John Inos
Secretary: Annie Benavente

Parish Office Hours:
Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: Office Closed

Address: P.O. Box 500745 CK, Saipan, MP 96950

Telephone: (670) 288-0007

The beginning of St. Jude Thaddeus Church on Saipan at its present location in Koblerville was from a family of immeasurably strong  faith at a time of great sadness and fear.  His Excellency Bishop Tomas A. Camacho had been inquiring on property in the Koblerville area around 1988 in hopes to erect at least a Chapel for the faithful community of Koblerville.

At around that same time, a son was born to Julie and John S. Del Rosario.  The ‘Miracle Baby’, John Boy, was born with Tronchus Type B, a congenital heart defect.  John Boy  was in and out of hospitals and surgeries beyond Saipan and Hawaii. His parents were in such pain and torment to see their young child experience such ordeal, they felt so helpless and wished they could fight for his life for him.  But John Boy must have felt their love and faith  for God and for him, for it was just those genuine belief that gave him strength and the will to want life.  St Jude Thaddeus,  so heard  by Julie and John as Patron of hopeless cases, was always echoed  for John Boy in all of his parent’s prayers.

John Del Rosario had piece of property  in Koblerville gifted to him  by his parents, but because it was located inland from the main roadside of Koblerville, he asked his brother David, whose land was on the roadside, to exchange lots.  David, also with a strong faith in God, immediately agreed to the exchange.  In 1988, John Del Rosario deeded E.A. Lot No. 833-1 of 1,792 sq. meters to Bishop Tomas A. Camacho for a Chapel in honor of St. Jude Thaddeus.

With the support and close guidance of His Excellency Bishop Tomas A. Camacho, Monsignor Vicente Martinez was motivated to finalize plans and begin the construction of St. Jude Mission Church.  The small Church was finally completed and opened to the faithful in 1989. And so it was – Monsignor Vicente Martinez’s dream of a Church for the community of Koblerville was finally a reality.  But work did not stop there.  In less than five years since its establishment, a request was submitted to the Bishop to upgrade St. Jude Mission to St. Jude Mission to St. Jude Parish.  On November 19, 1995, St. Jude Mission was blessed marking its dedication year as Parish.

The growing community of Koblerville occasioned the need to build a bigger church. Fr. Michael Martin initiated the project and it was during the time of Fr. Jose David Jr. that fundraising activities went full swing.  When Fr. Joseph Billoti, SJ was assigned as the pastor, the construction of the new church began until its completion and eventually its dedication on October 28, 2001.  On that very historic day, the main celebrant was no other than the Most Rev. Tomas A. Camacho, D.D. with Rev. Fr. James Benavente of the Archdiocese of Agana, Guam as the homilist.  Today, the imposing and circular Parish Church of St. Jude stands as the landmark not only of the mushrooming commercial buildings and houses at Koblerville but also of the strong faith of the parishioners.

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