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April 23, 2024 - Fourth Week of Easter

Tuesday within the Fourth Week of Easter (V17)
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Bishop's Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

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[Mary, Star of the Sea Church, Waialae-Kahala; Holy Family Church, Honolulu; St. Michael Church, Waialua]

Let’s get real! While these Biblical stories of sheep and shepherds are somewhat romantic, the reality is that most real shepherds take good care of their sheep because they want to sell their fine wool or to sell their meat at the highest price at market. They are not raising their sheep as pets. If you are raising sheep so that you can feed your family, you definitely want to defend them against predators, because every sheep consumed by a wolf is a sheep that will bring you nothing at the meat market.

Now, while there may be some university that has done a study on the matter, I am guessing that for a wolf, meat is meat, whether it is the meat of a sheep or the meat of the shepherd. This is why Jesus says that the hired shepherd will run away, trying to preserve his own life from a wolf attack and caring little about the sheep. But the true shepherd, because he values the sheep for what they can bring to him and his family, will withstand the wolf and fight him off, so that both sheep and shepherd can live more fully. Read more...

Father Sebastian Soosai, Diocesan Priest: Called to Serve, Surrender to God

Interviewed by Sister Malia Dominica Wong, OP, Hawaii Catholic Herald

Father Soosai is pastor of St. Elizabeth Church, Aiea.

My father was a fisherman. My brothers are fishermen. In my simple family of five brothers and a sister, we did not have much, but we were rich in faith. This is due to the faith of St. Thomas the apostle who was the first Christian missionary to India and St. Francis Xavier. It was because of their inspiration that I wanted to become a missionary.

My mom was always praying and going to daily Mass. She never criticized a priest. Even after I was ordained in 2005, she said to me, “Never criticize a priest. They are servants of God and are answerable to God. So, no one has a right to make a judgment towards them. Just go with the flow and do whatever is asked of you.” This helped me to keep a positive mind, not blaming others or anything. My mom’s advice has helped me to be happy and joyful, and to be more successful. Read more...

Social Ministries Encounter Christ in Hawaii

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From the Office for Social Ministry

“Every one of us has encountered the Lord. Each one of us could say so much about this: seeing how the Lord has touched us, sharing the unique moments in which we perceived the Lord alive and close, who kindled joy in our hearts or dried our tears, who transmitted confidence and consolation, strength and enthusiasm, or forgiveness, tenderness.” - Pope Francis Angelus-Regina Caeli, April 15, 2024

In his Angelus reflection on the Sundays of this Easter Season, Pope Francis has emphasized the need for us to share our stories of encounters with Christ. He encouraged us to talk with our families, friends and communities about the times when we felt the Lord's presence in experiencing joy, finding strength, receiving forgiveness, feeling consolation “It does good to talk about the good inspirations that have guided us in life, the good thoughts and feelings that help us so much to go forward, and also about our efforts and labors to understand and to progress in the life of faith.” The Pope’s Easter season hopeful message is “If we do this, Jesus, just as He did with the disciples of Emmaus on the evening of Passover, will surprise us and make our encounters and our environments even more beautiful.”

In the week before Easter, on Holy Thursday, Pope Francis focused the world on encountering Christ within Rome’s Rebbibia prison, where the pope washed the feet of twelve women prisoners of different nationalities during the Mass of the Lord’s supper. Read more...

Maui/Lana'i "Face to Face" Youth Retreat, Apr 26-27

Friday, April 26 - Saturday, April 27, 2024
St. Theresa Church, Kihei

Our Maui/Lana'i Vicariate will be hosting an overnight youth retreat open to youth grades 6-12.

This youth retreat will focus on the REAL PRESENCE of Jesus in the Eucharist. Allowing our young people to grow in a face-to-face relationship with not only their friends, family, community and Jesus Christ.

Flyer available HERE.

Rachel's Vineyard Retreat, Apr 26-28

Friday, April 26 - Sunday, April 28, 2024
(Arrival at 5:30pm on Friday/departure on Sunday at 5:00pm)

If you or a friend are hurting from a past abortion and are searching for a confidential, non-judgmental, safe place of healing and support to express and reconcile painful emotions and begin the healing process, look no further... and join us on our next retreat!

Both women and men are impacted by abortion and greatly benefit from the retreats. Singles, couples and family members of aborted children have come to Rachel's Vineyard for peace and inner healing. Call us today if you need someone to talk to.

To register, contact Lisa Shorba at (808) 490-4702 or email rvinhawaii@gmail.com.

Retreats are held at a private retreat center for 3 days and 2 nights. The retreat fee of $175.00 covers accommodations, daily meals/snacks, and materials. Space is limited. Registrations & Retreats are strictly confidential. Need-based scholarships are available. For more information visit www.rachelsvineyard.com.

Flyer available HERE. Brochure available HERE.

’Ohana Mass, Apr 27

Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 5:30 p.m.
Mary, Star of the Sea Church, Honolulu

From the Office for Social Ministry

At Mary, Star of the Sea Church on Oahu, parishioners established their Ministry for Persons with Disabilities by welcoming persons with varying gifts and abilities to celebrate the “’Ohana Mass.” Ushers who are members of the Knights of Columbus offer a warm welcome and escort them to the designated pews where they were able to better participate in the Eucharist. After Mass, the community continues fellowship together through a potluck supper where all joyfully serve each other with nourishing food and aloha. These “‘Ohana Masses” and potluck fellowship normally take place on the fourth Saturday each month, 5:30 PM at Mary, Star of the Sea where all are welcomed to celebrate and share their gifts as one ‘Ohana.

Live stream available at Mary, Star of the Sea's YouTube Channel.

For more information, please call the parish office at (808) 734-0396 or email rafmendoza@rcchawaii.org.

St. Joseph School, Hilo May Day Festival, May 10-11

Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11, 2024
St. Joseph School, Hilo

Join St. Joseph School in Hilo for their May Festival and Fundraiser.

Friday, May 10 will feature the Nohona Hawai'i Cultural Workshop from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. Learn hula, lei Hilo, and ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi. Admission is $10.

Saturday, May 11 will feature the 'Aha Mele Manu'ula from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm with the cardinal concert, ono food, and crafts. Live music will be performed by Darlene Ahuna, Ku'uipo Kumukai, and Pililani Pua-Kaipo. General Admission is $15 / $20 at the door.

Tickets for both days are available HERE.

Maui Corpus Christi Eucharistic Procession, Jun 2

Sunday, June 2, 2024 at 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
From St. Anthony, Wailuku to Christ the King, Kahului

A Eucharistic procession is like a holy parade that brings Jesus, truly present in the Holy Eucharist, into the world that he loves. The Blessed Sacrament is placed in a monstrance and carried out of the church by a priest. A Eucharistic procession sometimes begins at one church and ends at another and is connected to the celebration of the Mass or a time of Adoration.

The Eucharistic Procession will begin with 9:30 a.m. Mass at St. Anthony Church in Wailuku. The procession will start after Mass going to Christ the King Church in Kahului.

Flyer available HERE.

Maui/Lana'i Vicariate Eucharistic Congress, Jun 8

Saturday, June 8, 2024 at 8:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
St. Anthony Church, Wailuku

The Eucharistic Congress is a gathering of the Church to bear witness to the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, which is an important Catholic doctrine. The Congress bring together people from a wide area and typically involves conversations, talks, and stories about the Eucharist.

In summary, the Eucharistic Congress will serve as a powerful moment for Catholics to come together, celebate the Eucharist, and to strenghten their faith in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

Click HERE to register for this free event. Registration deadline is June 5, 2024.

Flyer available HERE.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I, Part A, Jun 3-14

Monday, June 3 - Friday, June 14, 2024
Mary, Star of Sea Early Learning Center, Honolulu

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is an approach to religious formation for children ages 3-12. The Level I course is the foundation course and prepares catechists to work with 3-6 year-old children. Level I course participants (Parts A and B) will receive certification from the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

Sessions held weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Optional materials making from 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Printable Trifold Flyer available HERE. Register Online HERE.

Rest in Peace

Please pray for the happy repose of the soul of Dino Malano, 54, who died on Oahu of drowning. He is the brother of Christopher Derige Malano, CSP, who is now a Paulist seminarian but who previously was on the staff of the Newman Center/Holy Spirit Parish at UH Manoa. May he rest in peace.

Condolences may be sent to him at:
Hecker House
3001 Fourth Street, NE
Washington, DC  20017.

Saint of the Week

Saint George
Died c. 303
Memorial - April 23

Very little is known about Saint George, other than that he was martyred by the Roman Emperor Diocletian around the year 303 for refusing to renounce his Christian faith and offer sacrifice to the Roman gods. Eusebius, a fourth century bishop, stated that Constantine the Great, Roman Emperor from 306–337, dedicated a church to “a man of the highest distinction.” This unnamed man is believed to be Saint George. By the end of the fourth century, Saint George was revered throughout Palestine and the Eastern Byzantine Empire. By the fifth century, devotion to him spread to the Western Roman Empire. Over the centuries, he became the patron saint of more than a dozen countries, as well as cities and dioceses within many more. Read more...

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Online Giving for Parishes

Support your local parish online! You can give directly to your parish on the Diocese of Honolulu's Offertory page at www.catholichawaii.org/offertory.

On behalf of the parishes in the Diocese of Honolulu, thank you for your gift of support. Mahalo nui loa!

Live-streaming Masses for the Diocese of Honolulu

There are many opportunities to view Mass via live stream from various churches in the Diocese of Honolulu.


Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, downtown Honolulu
Sundays at 10 AM
Weekdays at 12 PM, Saturdays at 12 PM and 5 PM

Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Kalihi
Sundays at 10:30 AM
Mondays to Thursdays at 6:30 AM, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 AM

Mystical Rose Oratory, Kaimuki
Sundays at 10 AM

Newman Center, Manoa
Sundays at 5 PM

Mary, Star of the Sea, Waialae-Kahala
Saturdays at 5:30 PM

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Ewa Beach
Sundays at 9 AM

Our Lady of Sorrows, Wahiawa
Sundays at 9 AM
or https://www.olswahiawa.org

Our Lady of the Mount, Kalihi
Sundays at 9 AM

Resurrection of the Lord, Waipio
Sundays at 9:30 AM

St. Anthony, Kalihi
Sundays at 8:30 AM, Weekdays at 6:30 AM, Saturdays at 7 AM

St. Augustine, Waikiki
Saturdays at 5 PM

St. Elizabeth, Aiea
Sundays at 10 AM

St. Joseph, Waipahu
Sundays at 10 AM, Weekdays at 6:30 AM, Saturdays at 7 AM

St. Pius X, Manoa
Sundays at 11 AM
Facebook: Diocese Of Honolulu Evangelization Taskforce

St. Michael, Waialua
Sundays at 11 AM, Wednesdays at 7 AM
or https://stsmichaelpeterpaul.org

St. Rita, Nanakuli
Sundays at 9 AM
or YouTube

St. Roch, Kahuku
Sundays at 7:30 AM

St. Stephen, Nuuanu
Sundays at 10 AM


Immaculate Heart of Mary, Papaikoi & St. Anthony, Laupahoehoe
Sundays at 8 AM (St. Anthony, Laupahoehoe)
Sundays at 10 AM (Immaculate Heart of Mary, Papaikoi)
Saturdays at 5 PM (Immaculate Heart of Mary, Papaikoi)

Our Lady of Lourdes, Honokaa
Sundays at 9 AM & 6:30 PM, Saturdays at 5:30 PM


St. Catherine, Kapaa
Sundays at 9:30 AM, Mondays to Saturdays at 7 AM
or https://www.facebook.com/stcatherinekauai


Our Lady Queen of Angels, Kula
Daily at 7 AM

St. Joseph, Makawao
Sundays at 9 AM

Resources to Prepare for Watching a Livestream Mass:

Events and Previous Announcements


Bagels with Bishop at Sacred Hearts Academy, Apr 19

Bagels with Bishop at St. Louis School, Apr 19

Annual Mass for Clergy and Religious Jubilarians, Apr 20

Bagels with Bishop at Damien Memorial School, Apr 26

Rachel's Vineyard Retreat, Apr 26-28

Maui/Lana'i "Face to Face" Youth Retreat, Apr 26-27

'Ohana Mass, Apr 27


St. Joseph School, Hilo May Day Festival, May 10-11

Annual Priests Retreat, May 20-24

Memorial Day Holiday, May 27


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