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January 23, 2024

Tuesday within the Third Week of Ordinary Time (V4)
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Bishop's Homily for the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

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[Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu (with Closure of the Diocesan Phase of the Cause for Beatification and Canonization of Servant of God Joseph Dutton, Layman)]

What is a penitentiary?

When we speak of a penitentiary, we have the image of barbed wire, clanking steel doors, and bars that lock away those who have committed terrible crimes against society. We think of dangerous places where men and women are locked away to “do time” for all the horrible things they have done. But the word “penitentiary” has a different root meaning. Its root means to change course, to turn away from a destructive path and to be set on a constructive way. And, of course, this is what our prisons are meant to be, not just lockups for those who could infect society with their violence and their crimes, but places where they learn to change the course of their lives, to repent, and to believe that we are much happier, and even more free, when we become productive and peaceful citizens. Read more...

Bishop's Homily for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

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[At Evensong at St. Andrew Episcopal Cathedral, Honolulu]

In the Sixteenth Century, the Catholic Church was a very sick sheep, fat in its own self-indulgence, weak through nepotism among the highest clergy, and diseased in its pride. As sometimes happens, healing can hurt a great deal, and it did hurt when Martin Luther protested some of the Church’s practices, ultimately resulting in division of the Church into other ecclesial communities we now refer to as Protestants. It took this shock for the Good Shepherd to begin healing the Catholic Church, as it embarked on a vigorous program of repentance and reform, not denying what it truly believed, but trying as much as possible to be more faithful to the Good Shepherd. Read more...

Bishop Silva Ordains Anthony Tran a Transitional Deacon

Bishop Larry Silva lays his hands on the head of Anthony Tran ordaining him a deacon Jan. 6 in the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace. (HCH photo | Jennifer Rector)

By Jennifer Rector
Hawaii Catholic Herald

n the early evening of Jan. 6, Hawaii seminarian Anthony Tran gained a new identity — deacon. It is a title he will hold in transition until he reaches his ultimate goal, priesthood, on May 24.

The Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu was filled with witnesses to Tran’s diaconate ordination by Bishop Larry Silva. Priests, deacons, seminarians, friends and family all the way from Southern California attended.

“Becoming an ordained transitional deacon is a significant milestone on my journey toward priesthood, and it fills me with profound emotions,” Tran told the Hawaii Catholic Herald by email after the ordination.

This journey toward his heart’s yearning would not have been possible without the encouragement and support from his loved ones and mentors. Read more...

Catholic Schools Week Starts Next Week

From the Office for Social Ministry

Since 1974, National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2024 is January 28-February 3. The theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2024 is “Catholic Schools: United in Faith and Community.” Catholic schools all across the U.S. including here in Hawaii, observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities, and our nation. The Gospel values of faith, hope and charity, which are  fundamental to Catholic Education are also the basis for social ministry. So hopefully all parishes will connect how their living the Gospel values is the way that Catholic Education and parish social ministry are linked. We encourage all to participate fully in their parish activities around Catholic Schools Week here in Hawaii. Read more...

Messages of Joy, Hope, and Peace for 2024

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From the Office for Social Ministry

In a world beset by war and natural disasters, Pope Francis ended 2023 and began 2024 with messages about joy, hope and peace. On Christmas morning the Pope invited all to be instruments of the “good news of great joy” in the new year, especially with the most vulnerable. “From the manger, the Child Jesus asks us to be the voice of those who have no voice. The voice of the innocent children who have died for lack of bread and water; the voice of those who cannot find work or who have lost their jobs; the voice of those forced to flee their lands in search of a better future, risking their lives in grueling journeys and prey to unscrupulous traffickers.” Our Holy Father focused on fundamental meaning of Christmas Day that we are all now children of God and therefore called to live in peace as brothers and sisters. The Pope underscored the need for peace all over the world and urged “political authorities and all persons of good will… to devise suitable ways to resolve social and political conflicts, to combat forms of poverty that offend the dignity of persons, to reduce inequality and to address the troubling phenomenon of migration movements.” Read more...

Ecumenical Taizé Service, Jan 24

Wednesday, January 24, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.
Newman Center - Holy Spirit Parish, Univeristy of Hawaii Manoa

All are welcome to the join the Ecumenical Taizé Service in observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Join us for an hour of Sacred Music, Scripture, and Prayer. Parking is available at the Old St. Francis School Parking Lot (2707 Pamoa Rd., Honolulu, HI 96822.)

For more information, contact the Office of Worship at alguerrero@rcchawaii.org or (808) 585-3342.

Flyer availale HERE.

’Ohana Mass, Jan 27

Saturday, January 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 have shared 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.

Livestream 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.

Preparing a Catholic Advanced Healthcare Directive, Feb 3

Saturday, February 3, 2024 at 9:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.
St. John Apostle & Evangelist Church, Mililani

Join this free workshop on Catholic Advanced Healthcare Planning and Directives, where we guide you through the essential steps of aligning your healthcare decisions with your Catholic faith. This session will provide a comprehensive understanding of Catholic teaching on end-of-life care, ethical considerations, and the importance of creating advanced directives that reflect your values.

RSVP to Elaine Gison at (808) 779-2600 or Eva Andrade at (808) 203-6704.

Flyer available HERE.

Second Collection for the Augustion Educational Foundation, Feb 10-11

Scholarships for Students in Hawaii Catholic Schools

Our Catholic schools provide a quality education to students from all ethnic, religious, and financial backgrounds. The Augustine Educational Foundation provides tuition scholarships to students with a financial need in our Hawaii Catholic Schools in grades K-12. Please take a moment and give the gift of education and make a difference in a student’s life. 

Here are the ways you can make a gift:

Online: Visit augustinefoundation.org/donate

Check: Payable to Augustine Educational Foundation.  Mail your check to Augustine Educational Foundation, 6301 Pali Hwy, Kaneohe, HI  96744. Please include your parish/island on the memo of your check for proper parish acknowledgement.

Last year, over $125,000 was generously donated to the Second Collection. Your gift to our Second Collection goes to support tuition scholarships in your parish and/or vicariate for the 2024-2025 School Year. 
For more information, please call (808) 203-6748 or visit www.augustinefoundation.org.

Mass for the World Day of the Sick, Feb 11

Sunday, February 11, 2024 at 12:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE SICK is celebrated on the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, February 11. Msgr. Gary Secor will preside at a Mass with Anointing of the Sick at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace at 12:00 noon. Any Catholic in good standing who is seriously ill is invited to receive this sacrament of healing and strength. (Note: Only those who are sick are to receive the Anointing of the Sick. No one may receive the sacrament as a proxy for someone else.)

Flyer available HERE.

Marianist Lecture: God and Democary, Feb 18

Sunday, February 18, 2024 at 4:00 p.m.
Mystical Rose Oratory at Chaminade University of Honolulu.

Join the Marianist Lecture - God & Democracy: Catholic Perspectives on the American Experiment with Dr. Steve Neiheisel. During this election year with so much public discussion about democracy at home and around the world, this topic could not be more timely and important. Dr. Neiheisel is an award-winning lecturer, writer, and national leader in Catholic education. He served as professor of political science at St. Mary’s University and the University of Dayton and most recently as Executive Director of the Association of Marianist Universities.

Learn more at chaminade.edu/marianist-lecture

Flyer available HERE.

Knights of Columbus Fish Fry, Mar 8

March 8, 2024 at 4:30 -7:30 p.m.
St. Anthony Church, Kailua

Knights of Columbus Council 6307 is having a fish fry to raise money for students of St. Anthony and St. John Vianney Schools who are in financial need, and for Ho’ola Na Pua, a local organization that is committed to the renewal of girls trafficked in the sex trade, through health, education, advocacy, and reintegration.

Enjoy the “Best Fish Fry Ever” and make some new friends while supporting two great causes.

You can eat in the Parish Hall between 5:00 & 7:30 PM or pick up your meals at the drive thru between 4:30 and 6:30 PM and eat at home.

Purchasing Tickets:

• Only a limited number of tickets will be available at the door
• URL: https://buytickets.at/kofccouncil6307/1103927

Flyer available HERE.

Theology of the Body Sundays, Feb - Apr

Sundays in February April, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.
511 Main Street, Honolulu

From the Hāmau I Loko Foundation

Aloha Kākou! The powerful conversation about love, lust, grasping at sexual gratification, confusion regarding gender issues, sex changes, teenage dating, and marriage coupled with the teaching of John Paul IIʻs Theology of the Body brings incredible fulfillment as we discover Truth. Join us if you have the courage to face your humanity in an ongoing lively conversation about love!

Theology of the Body is for young adults and married couples. For more information contact Maile Aiu Domingo at (808) 222-0644 or Ed & Betty Coda at (808) 256-5088.

Flyer available HERE.

'Onipa'a - Steadfast Christian Sexual Diginity

From the Hāmau I Loko Foundation

Hāmau I Loko continues to challenge the status quo regarding sex ed. In all the courses, video and discussions at schools, public and private, the sex ed talks NEVER talk about marriage or babies. It's very carnal and utilitarian. But at Hāmau I Loko, we delve into the very conversations that call us into what it means to be HUMAN and the intentional choices we can make today to bring personal fulfilment and build a culture of family. Call us so that we can bring 'ONIPA'A to your school, your parish, your vicariate, or your business. We will effectively change the mindset of the sexual conversation amongst youth. We serve middle school, highschool, and just out of school young adults!

For more information contact Maile Aiu Domingo at (808) 222-0644.

Flyer available HERE.

Saint of the Week

Saint Marianne Cope
Memorial – January 23

Born in Germany, Barbara Koob was brought to the United States by her parents before the age of one. The immigrant family settled in Utica, New York, and joined Saint Joseph Parish where Barbara later attended grade school. After grade school, Barbara began working in a textile factory to support the family after her father became too ill to work. Despite her longing to enter religious life, Barbara continued to financially support her family for the next nine years.

In 1862, at the age of twenty-four, Barbara finally realized her desire for religious life by entering the Sisters of Saint Francis in Syracuse, New York. Upon receiving the religious habit, she took the name Sister Marianne. 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


Ecumenical Taizé Service, Jan 27

Deacon Ordination at St. Joseph, Makawao, Jan 27

Breakfast with Bishop at St. John Vianney, Kailua, Jan 28


Mass for the Annual Conference of Catholic Educators, Feb 2

Preparing a Catholic Advanced Healthcare Directive, Feb 3

Mass for the World Day of the Sick, Feb 11

Marianist Lecture "God & Democracy," Feb 18


For our most recent news, visit www.catholichawaii.org.

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