Wednesday, January 28, 2015

From: Lulu Duenas

From: Lulu Duenas
Sent: Monday, January 26, 2015 12:24 PM
Subject: C-B Lector and EMHC

----- Forwarded Message -----

Dear C-B Lectors and Extra-ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion,

Effective yesterday, 26 January 2015, I no longer serve as "Coordinator" of Ministers in charge of scheduling nor will I be serving as Minister of the Word or Extra-ordinary Minister of Holy Communion.

Attached is a letter.  It is self explanatory.

I thank you all for your support and cooperation these past years.  Let us continue to pray for one another and for the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica parish family.

Love and peace,


Rev. Msgr. David C. Quitugua, Rector
Dulce  Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica
Hagatna, Guam
                                                                                    January 26, 2015
Dear Msgr. David,
During the past six months, I have been attending and serving at Mass at the Cathedral-Basilica with grief and a sense of loss.  I have remained faithful to my ministries as Lector and Extra-ordinary Minister of Holy Communion.  I continued to serve as “coordinator” of the ministers preparing the schedule, making sure that the Sunday Masses and “special “ Masses were covered.  And I prayed daily for guidance to serve faithfully and wholeheartedly and to be an encouragement and inspiration to my fellow ministers.   I so wanted to be a part in putting our parish that has been so broken back together again.  And as days, weeks, months have gone by it has gotten harder to be that encouraging soul.  And with the events that transpired this past weekend, I felt so alone in my efforts. 
Msgr. David, I said “yes” to you on that afternoon of August 7, 2014, when you called me for my help.  I would’ve said “yes” to anything that would facilitate the healing process.  I believed then that, we, the parishioners of the Cathedral-Basilica, will be okay.   I was so hopeful. But what you and your Finance Council did to Msgr. James this past weekend was downright MEAN!!!   It’s alright to “commit to transparency”.  But what you and your Finance Council did was deliberately malicious and hurtful.  Msgr. David, how can you do that to your own brother priest?  Would Christ have done the same thing?   In addition to Msgr. James, you also added salt to the wounds of his family, especially his mother.  It hurts to see the ones you love hurting.  Can you imagine your own mother going through the same ordeal? 
I was away for seven weeks.  In the past, I always looked forward to coming home to Joey and my ministries at the parish.  I didn’t even mind giving extra time to “payback” for all the Sundays and week days that someone else had to minister in my place.  But this time was so unlike the past.  Yes, I looked forward to coming home to Joey. But I was struggling with my feelings about coming back to my other home, the parish.   I felt so weighed down.  And after yesterday’s Umatuna Si Yu’osinsert and page two of today’s PDN, I don’t see any effort or even a desire in you or the archbishop towards healing and reconciliation for our parish.   
And so with sadness and a very heavy heart and a need to pray I am stepping away from the ministries of Lector and Extra-ordinary Minister of Holy Communion at the Cathedral-Basilica effective today, 26 January 2015.
With my continued prayers,
Lulu Duenas
Cc: Archbishop Apuron
      Sister Marian Arroyo

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