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March 7, 2023 - Second Week of Lent

Tuesday within the Second Week of Lent (V10)
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Bishop's Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent

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[Immaculate Conception Church, Ewa (Episcopal Visitation)]

Isn’t life glorious?

You get up every day to go to work or school, and you have the opportunity to meet your wonderful colleagues and to either serve people or prepare yourself to serve them in the future. You fix breakfast, lunch, and dinner for a family that is, of course, always appreciative. Perhaps you drive to work and you have the opportunity to be with thousands of other people who are sharing the same task. You go to the grocery store or the gas station and are thrilled that you can spend your hard-earned money on increasingly expensive goods. You sit down to watch the news and see all the great things that are happening in the world. Isn’t life glorious?

Pardon the cynicism, but we all know that even though life has its glorious moments, our day to day routines, challenges, and crosses are not what we would describe as glorious. They are often a burden and a drudgery, and we can hardly wait until the end of the workday, the weekend, or vacation time so that we can escape it all. Read more...

Dispensation for St. Patrick’s Day, 2023

Many people enjoy celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, with corned beef and cabbage. In light of this tradition, Bishop Silva dispenses from the obligation of Lenten Friday abstinence from meat any Catholic living in or visiting the Diocese of Honolulu (State of Hawaii) for that day only. Those who take advantage of this dispensation should choose another day that week to abstain from meat.

Former Diocesan Youth Minister Visits

From left, Kim Nelson, Lisa Gomes, Al and Muriel Jones, and Leilani Wilmore. (HCH Photo | Anna Weaver)

By Anna Weaver
Hawaii Catholic Herald

On a recent visit back to Oahu, the Diocese of Honolulu’s former youth ministry director got a chance to visit its current one.

Alphonso “Al” Jones, 91, served the diocese in the late 1990s before retiring to California but visited the islands regularly until COVID-19.

On his first visit back since the pandemic, he and his family met with Lisa Gomes, the diocesan director of youth and young adult ministry, at St. Stephen Diocesan Center in Kaneohe. The two shared stories about youth gatherings and church leaders while his wife, Muriel, daughters, Angie Leilani Wilmore and Kim Nelson, and Kim’s husband, Stafford Nelson, listened and chimed in with their own Hawaii stories. Read more...

CRS Rice Bowl Lenten Story of Hope: Week Two

From the Office for Social Ministry

“All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of Creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents.” - Pope Francis The Encyclical Laudato Si

In the first 2023 Catholic Relief Services Lenten Rice Bowl Story of Hope, the family of Rony and Reina in Honduras are learning new ways to farm so they can grow crops even when there is little rain. Nearly one-third of the world’s population lives in dry, hot areas where crops can’t grow well. For instance, in countries experiencing serious drought conditions such as Honduras, farmers are learning water-smart practices like planting over crops to protect and restore soil and water resources.

Let us offer our Lenten intentions for all those facing food insecurity around the world: “We pray for Rony and Regina and for all farmers who grow crops in areas with severe weather changes. May they receive the training and resources needed to become more resilient to a changing climate. Amen.”

For more suggestions for Lenten prayer, fasting and almsgiving, please take a look at the Rice Bowl Calendar inside the free 2023 Rice Bowl from your parish, or visit www.crsricebowl.org. Mahalo!

Nominate Your Favorite Teacher/Administrator for the Golden Pine"apple" Award

From the Hawaii Catholic Schools

Hawaii Catholic Schools and Chaminade University with the support of John C. and Mary Lou Brogan presents the HCS Teacher of the Year Award, The Golden Pine"apple". In addition, there is a separate award for the HCS Administrator of the Year. Both awards recognize excellence in outstanding teachers/specialists and administrators within the Catholic Schools in the State of Hawaii. The recipients of the 2022-2023 school year's award will be announced at the Recognition Ceremony in May and will receive the Golden Pine”apple” trophy and a check for $1,000. Nominations are being accepted till the end of the month. For more details, click HERE for Teacher of the Year and click HERE for Administrator of the Year.

Parish Lenten Misison with Fr. Leo Patalinghug, Mar 6-7

Monday, March 6 & Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.
St. John Apostle & Evangelist Church, Mililani

Join these two nights of dynamic spiritual presentations with Fr. Leo Patalinghug, IVDei. Fr. Patalinghug is a priest member of a community of consecrated life, Voluntas Dei (The Will of God). He is the creator and founder of an international food and faith movement called Plating Grace, and founder and chair of the nonprofit group The Table Foundation. He is a best-selling author, acclaimed international speaker, host for radio, podcast and a weekly international food and faith show on EWTN, Savoring our Faith.

Register for each presentation at www.stjohnmililani.org.

Flyer available HERE.

Parish Lenten Mission with Jeremy Rivera, Mar 6-8

Monday, March 6 - Wednesday, March 8, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.
St. John Vianney Church, Kailua

LIFE IN THE DESERT: A Lenten Journey to Greater Faith
March 6: The Hidden Power of Weakness
March 7: The Limitations of Strength
March 8: The Test of Love

This is a free event and all are welcome! Award-winning speaker and author, Jeremy Rivera, will explore how the three temptations of Jesus can lead us closer to God and experience deeper healing, conversion and integration of our life stories. Mr. Rivera has produced international documentaries on the lives of St. Damien of Molokai, St. Patrick of Ireland, JRR Tolkien and St. James the Apostle for global Catholic television network, EWTN.

Flyer available HERE.

St. Patrick's Seminary Day of Giving, Mar 16

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Please support St. Patrick's Seminary and their work in preparing priests for service in our diocese. The Diocese of Honolulu currently has 10 seminarians at St. Patrick's Seminary located in Menlo Park, California. To participate in the Day of Giving or for more information, please visit https://igfn.us/vf/PRIEST.

Spirit in the Time of Radical Chance, Mar 19

Sunday, March 19, 2023 at 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Mystical Rose Oratory at Chaminade University, Honolulu

In the face of climate change and humanitarian crisis, what lessons can we learn from the different spiritual traditions to cope? Join this free conversation. Sponsored by the BDK-Fujitani Interfaith Program at Chaminade University of Honolulu. For more information please contact Dr. Malia D. Wong, O.P. at mwong2@chaminade.edu.

Flyer available HERE.

Pathways to Holiness: Retreat for Youth, Mar 25

Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
St. Stephen Diocesan Center, Kaneohe

This retreat will help teens understand their current universal vocation and explore the possibilities of their personal vocations through the lives of the saints. Cost is only $10 per person. We do have a limited number of scholarships available. If needed, please contact the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. More information here: https://www.catholichawaii.org/oyyam/ym/retreat. Retreat hosted by the Office of Vocations and the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.

Flyer available HERE.

Catholic Nurses' Fellowship, Mar 25

Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.
Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu

Join the Nursing with a Heart: Catholic Nurses' Fellowship after Mass for a fellowship potluck to meet other Catholic nurses and for a time of sharing and reflecting. Everyone is welcome! Please RSVP to Vebs Dominguez at (908) 758-6597 or authorvebs@gmail.com.

Fish Fry Fundraiser, Mar 31

Friday, March 31, 2023 at 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
St. John Vianney Parish Hall, Kailua

Help to support this year's Annual Fish Fry Fundraiser sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Hawaii Council 6307. The menu will feature beer battered fish, hush puppies, fries, coleslaw, and fruit. Choose drive-thru pick-up or dine-in at the Parish Hall. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. All proceeds to benefit Ho’ōla Nā Pua and Catholic School Scholarships for St. John Vianney School and St. Anthony School in Kailua.

Tickets are available at https://buytickets.at/kofccouncil6307/829531

Flyer available HERE.

Diocesan Baccalaureate Mass, May 5

Friday, May 5, 2023 at 7:00 PM
St. Jude Church, Kapolei

All 2023 graduates from middle school, high school, colleges, and universities are invited to participate in celebrating the Diocesan Baccalaureate Mass with Bishop Larry Silva! RSVP your attendance HERE.

Flyer available HERE.

Saint of the Week

Saint John of God
Memorial – March 8

Saint John of God was born in the village of Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal to middle-class, faith-filled parents. According to his early biographer, John was abducted from his home when he was only eight years old and taken to the town of Oropesa, Spain, more than 200 miles away. In Oropesa, John found himself homeless and alone. He met a good man named El Mayoral who gave him a job as a shepherd and a place to live. John worked hard until he was twenty-two years old, never returning to his parents’ home. El Mayoral wanted John to marry his daughter, but John wanted to see the world. He joined the army of the Holy Roman Emperor and battled the French. During his service, he was assigned to guard some captured clothing that went missing. John was accused of theft and condemned to death, but others intervened and he was released. 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:

Previous Announcements


40 Days for Life, Feb 22 - Apr 2

Parish Lenten Misison with Fr. Leo Patalinghug, Mar 6-7

Clergy Workshop, Mar 9

Catechist Retreat - Kauai, Mar 11

St. Patrick's Seminary Day of Giving, Mar 16

Scout Mass and Awards Ceremony, Mar 18

Chrism Mass for the Maui/Lanai Vicariate, Mar 23

Catechist Retreat - Molokai, Mar 25

Pathways to Holiness: Retreat for Youth, Mar 25

Prince Kuhio Day Holiday (Observed), Mar 27

Chrism Mass for the Island of Hawaii, Mar 30

Annual Fish Fry Fundraiser at St. John Vianney, Mar 31


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

The latest updates regarding the Diocese's response to COVID-19 can be found at www.catholichawaii.org/covid19.

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