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November 2, 2021

November 1st was the Solemnity of All Saints, a holy day of obligation. Learn more about our call to imitate and venerate saints who have led heroically virtuous lives, experienced martyrdom and offered their lives for others. https://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions/saints

Tuesday within the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time (V43)
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Bishop's Homily for the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time


[Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu; Holy Spirit Parish/Newman Center, Manoa]

The ancients believed that sacrifices were to be offered to appease angry gods. If the crops failed or there was a drought or pestilence, one would offer sacrifice to atone for whatever it was the gods were angry about that caused them to punish people. When there were wars to be fought over disputed territory, sacrifices were offered to win the favor of the gods or to convince them to direct their attention to the “good side” and to help them defeat the enemy. Sometimes the gods were perceived to be so angry that some cultures even went to extremes by offering other human beings in sacrifice, all to appease the angry gods.

But the living and true God changed things forever. Instead of demanding sacrifice to appease his anger against humanity – for which he has much justification! – he sent his only begotten Son to be a sacrifice to appease an angry humanity. In Jesus, it is God who offers the ultimate sacrifice in order to bring us peace. This was not an act of a huffy god who demands that those who offend him offer something valuable to appease him. This was the greatest act of love, God giving us an amazing gift we did not deserve, in the hope that this self-offering of Jesus, the High Priest, would open our hearts to receive his love and thereby have the ability to love exquisitely in return. Read more...

Picking Up the Pro-Life Call

Susan Duffy leads the nonprofit Pearson Foundation of Hawaii and its Pearson Place center. (HCH photo: Anna Weaver)

By Anna Weaver
Hawaii Catholic Herald

In fall 2019, just before the COVID-19 pandemic, Pearson Place unveiled its new location upstairs from Pauline Books and Media Center at 1145 Bishop Street in downtown Honolulu.

The pregnancy resource center, which is run by the Pearson Foundation of Hawaii, used to have multiple locations and go by the name “Pregnancy Problem Resource Center.” It’s now consolidated to the one downtown location across the street from the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace. It has several office spaces, a casually furnished waiting area, a larger common room where the center’s opening reception was held, a kitchen and bathrooms.

Pearson’s mission is to support women facing unexpected pregnancies, starting with free pregnancy tests and continuing through donations of diapers, baby clothes and other supplies after babies are born. Read more...

Helping the Hungry and Homeless

From the Office for Social Ministry

Feeding and housing people is a priority of our Catholic Church and a core part of our Catholic Social Teaching. In the Last Judgment (Matthew 25), Jesus instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first. In the Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium), Pope Francis encourages us to “be merciful and just--as your Father is merciful.” We are further reminded not to judge or condemn others; but to “forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you…for the measure you give will be the measure you get back” (Luke 6). Loving one another–even those we don’t know, is the greatest commandment. Feeding the hungry and helping the homeless find shelter are just a few ways that we as a church can share our love with others.

November 13-21 marks Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week across the country. Sponsored by National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness, the movement calls attention to the crisis that impacts all communities in Hawaii and the U.S. Every little bit helps to chip away at this huge but necessary task of caring for our dear neighbor. Here in the Catholic Diocese of Honolulu, our parish communities feed the hungry through food pantry distributions, food collections to support neighboring pantries, hot meal and keiki backpack deliveries and more. Read more...

Rest in Peace

Please pray for the happy repose of the soul of Deacon Andres (Andy) Calunod, who died at his home in Honolulu the morning of November 1, 2021. He was retired, but previously was assigned to St. Augustine Church, Waikiki and to the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa.  May he rest in the Lord’s peace!

"Hope Heal Renew" Virtual Catholic Conference, Nov 4-6

November 4-6, 2021

Our purpose is clear: to be messengers of hope, healing, and renewal to all  we encounter along the way. 

You are invited to join uplifting prayer services & liturgies, live interactions with presenters, learning sessions in multiple languages, real-time “coffee talk” conversations with colleagues in ministry, and so much more! Come, be with us as our journey continues. This virtual Catholic Catechetical Conference will feature family style events and workshops.

The event is co-hosted by the Catholic Dioceses of  Fresno, Honolulu,  Las Vegas, Monterey, Reno, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Jose, Stockton, and the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Register at hopehealrenew.com.

Flyer available HERE.

Hawaii Celebration for 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines, Nov 6

Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Ewa Beach

Join this special Mass of thanksgiving for the 500 Years of Christianity in the Phillipines - Hawaii Celebration. To join the Mass via livestream, please visit https://www.facebook.com/olphparishewabeach/.

Flyer available HERE.

Patriotic Rosary, Nov 11

Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.
Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Wahiawa

Annually, the Catholic Committee on Scouting gather scouts and their families on Veterans Day to pray a Rosary for our nation. This year, Veterans Day also falls during National Vocation Awareness Week. Members of our local religious communities will be joining us. Scouts will have an opportunity to visit with them. Please join us! Learn more at www.catholichawaii.org/catholicscouting/rosary

Flyer available HERE.

Chaminade University Interfaith Event "Where's My Religion?", Nov. 14

Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.
Online Event

Join Chaminde University's upcoming interfaith event "Where's My Religion? How Does My Faith Support My Living?" Young panelists from the Buddhist, Catholic, and Jewish traditions will share their personal experiences on how their religion has informed their decisions in living. Register at https://tinyurl.com/3SUF5TW8

Flyer available HERE.

Saint of the Week

Blessed Rupert Mayer
Feast Day – November 3

In deference to his father, this German was ordained a diocesan priest first, then entered the Jesuits in 1900. He led parish missions in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands, and was wounded as a chaplain in World War I. After the war, he worked in Munich with the poor and unemployed, directed a men’s sodality, and spoke out against the rise of Adolf Hitler. The Nazis arrested him three times, imprisoning him at Sachsenhausen and in an abbey. He was freed in May 1945, but had a heart attack while saying Mass Nov. 1.

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Synod of Bishops - Diocese of Honolulu Phase

From: Bishop Larry Silva
To: The Clergy, Religious and Faithful of the Diocese of Honolulu

Peace be with you!

Pope Francis has announced a Synod of Bishops, which is to take place in October 2023 in Rome. In preparation for that Synod, he has asked every diocese in the world to conduct its own consultation process between October 17, 2021 and February 2022. I therefore invite all in our diocese to carefully read this Request for Input and to respond as requested. The documents issued by the Vatican describe a rather complex process, and anyone who wants to read them can do so at Documento Preparatorio della XVI Assemblea Generale Ordinaria del Sinodo dei Vescovi (vatican.va) and For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission Vademecum for the Synod on Synodality (vatican.va). I have attempted to simplify the process to make it more effective in our diocese.

The Synod consultation process involves these steps:

1. Pray, using the Scripture readings provided.
2. Reflect on the readings, on the Synod questions, and most of all on the ONE KEY QUESTION being asked of everyone in our Diocese of Honolulu.
3. Have a discussion with ANY group on the ONE KEY QUESTION. (E.g. parish pastoral council, finance council, school board; Legion of Mary, Knights of Columbus, Filipino Catholic Clubs; households; neighbors; a small group from your parish; a small group at your workplace; attendees at youth sports; youth groups; young adult groups; senior groups; etc.) The objective is to be as inclusive as possible.
4. Collate responses in a brief summary and submit them to https://bit.ly/SynodResponses.
5. Repeat this consultation process with other people or groups, especially with those who are not a part of our normal parish groups. Read more...

Read the "Synod of Bishops - Diocese of Honolulu Phase" as a PDF

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 Good Counsel, Pearl City
Weekdays at 6:30 AM, Saturday at 7 AM on Facebook Live:
Sundays at 8:30 AM on YouTube
(Other special parish/school events may be posted at the above links.)

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Ewa Beach
Sundays at 9 AM
Weekdays at 8:15 AM, Saturdays at 7 AM and 5 PM

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

Sacred Heart, Punahou
Sundays at 11 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. John Apostle and Evangelist, Mililani
Sundays at 11 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 10 AM
or YouTube

St. Roch, Kahuku
Sundays at 7:30 AM

St. Stephen, Nuuanu
Sundays at 10 AM


Annunciation, Waimea
Saturdays at 5 PM
Sundays at 10 AM (at Ascension Mission Church, Puako)

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


Christ the King, Kahului
Sundays at 8 AM

Maria Lanakila, Lahaina
Sundays at 7 AM, 8:45 AM, 10:30 AM, 5:30 PM
Mondays to Saturdays at 7 AM

Our Lady Queen of Angels, Kula
Daily at 7 AM

St. Anthony, Wailuku
Sundays at 9:30 AM

St. Joseph, Makawao
Sundays at 9 AM

Resources to Prepare for Watching a Livestream Mass:

Previous Announcements


Mass for All Souls Day, Nov 2

"Hope Heal Renew" Catholic Catechetical Conference, Nov 4-6

Veterans Day Holiday, Nov 11

Mass for Thanksgiving Day, Nov 25

Thanksgiving Day Holiday, Nov 25-26

Annual Priests Convocation, Nov 29 - Dec 3


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