Pastor: Rev. Fr. Allan Rubett A. Cabatian, OAR

Parish Secretary (Volunteer): Nieves L. Babauta

SCHEDULE OF SACRAMENTAL CELEBRATIONS

Celebration of the Eucharist

Monday to Friday: 6:00 p.m. (English)
Saturday: 6:00 a.m. (English)
Sunday: 7:00 a.m. (Chamorro)
               9:00 a.m. (English)

First Friday of the Month Devotion: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 5:30 p.m.
First Saturday of the Month Devotion: Dawn Rosary Procession at 5:15 a.m.

Request for Masses (e.g., Funeral Celebrations, Wedding and Death Anniversaries. Special Events, etc.) to be celebrated at other ties can be arranged in advance with the Rector or Parochial Vicar.

Parish Finance Council: Vacant
Finance Chairperson: Rita Agulto
Members:
Roger Dris
Sue Babauta
Rita Cabrera

Office Hours in the Parish/Chancery
Monday to Friday 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Or appointment with the Parochial Administrator can be arranged upon request

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

Telephone: (670) 322-2404

Reminiscing back into the fifties, one would recall San Roque Village to be the farthest, most northern village on Saipan. The distance from San Roque to Chalan Kanoa, or even Garapan, was a whole-day’s trip that for a family of several young children to travel southside for Sunday Mass would be quite unbearable. Roads were all of coral and very narrow. Cars were scarce. Most families made do with bull/cow carts and carpooled into town with other families to shop or to take care of other businesses.

The very first Commissioner, Gregorio T. Camacho and his family, moved to San Roque in the early fifties. He immediately designated a Quonset house, which happened to be the largest building in the village, as the San Roque Chapel. The Quonset house was destroyed in 1968 by Typhoon Jean, as were most other Churches on Saipan that were also Quonset houses. Soon after the destruction of Typhoon Jean, the government issued lumber materials to families to build their homes. A small wooden house structure was also erected on the once-church-site, thereby providing for a temporary House of God for worship

In the late sixties, discussion began on the need to build a bigger, more permanent church for the San Roque community. Commissioner Fermin Sakisat sought the support of the people to help in any and every way to make the dream of a permanent church come true. Construction materials were purchased; some were solicited and /or in-kind donations. Carpenters and other skilled workers were paid for their labor; others employed elsewhere in the weekdays rendered a free labor on weekends. Leocardio Mafnas was the foreman of the project. His great work was recognized by the Late Archbishop Felixberto Flores in a letter of appreciation. The Church was completed and dedicated on August 26, 1972, the day of the annual San Roque Fiesta.

In the early nineties, Father Eric Forbes, O.F.M. Cap., from Guam was assigned to San Roque Parish. He was a young priest motivated with determination to nurture the development of the community of all ages. Young Father Eric brought light and life to the people through all of his works; from his sermons to his house visitations, from his CCD activities to his social interactions with the elderly and the children; in every way, he touched the lives of many in San Roque Village. On April 26, 1991, Father Eric submitted a request to His Excellency Bishop Tomas A. Camacho to remodel/renovate San Roque Church and to build a San Roque Shrine in the Church. The request was approved by the Bishop. San Roque Healing Masses were responded massively by the sick near and far. The people’s devotion to San Roque grew through strong faith of Father Eric. Father Eric was recalled back to Guam in 1994. To date, the Shrine is used as a Tabernacle Sanctuary where people can visit the Blessed Sacrament.

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