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January 24, 2023

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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[St. Ann Church, Kaneohe (Episcopal Visitation)]

We use words in a wedding when a man and a woman vow their love and their lives to each other, and those words are so solemn and binding that in the Catholic Church they are witnessed by a priest or deacon and two other witnesses. Words are used in an oath, when we need to get to the truth about a matter and we hold the person being questioned to their solemn word. Words have a power that can move a person to tears of joy or to a deep sense of hurt. There are empty words and useless words, and there are words that are fraught with great meaning.

Today, at the behest of Pope Francis, we celebrate the Sunday of the Word of God. In addition, we are in the midst of the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Eucharistic Revival, in which we are challenged to deepen our love for the great gift of the Eucharist in the life of the Church. And so today we focus in a special way on the Liturgy of the Word, in which we listen to the Word of God himself, given to us in the Sacred Scriptures. Read more...

Bishop's Homily for the Red Mass

[Photo courtesy of Dann Ebina]

[Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace]

I wish I could be a millionaire. I wish I could fly without an airplane. I wish that there will soon be peace in the world and justice for all. As we gather today, we are not here to engage in wishful thinking, in fantasies that may or may not come true. We are here to engage in something much more profound than wishing: hope. Yes, there is a certain bit of wishful thinking in hope, because we only hope for what is not yet seen or accomplished. If it is already a concrete reality, there is really no need for hope about it – certainly thanksgiving for the good things that we have been given, but not precisely hope. Read more...

Inclusive Catholic Schools: Part 1


Special needs among students are important to address but it can be difficult to do so in a Catholic school setting

By Anna Weaver
Hawaii Catholic Herald

Tehani Rawlins attended Sacred Hearts Academy for 13 years and is the third generation of women in her family to go to the all-girls school in Kaimuki. So, she always imagined she’d send her four kids to Hawaii Catholic schools too.

“In my family, all the girls go to Sacred Hearts and all the boys go to St. Louis,” Rawlins said.

And her eldest child, Maya, did attend Sacred Hearts for a number of years. Her older son, Miles, is a current student at St. Louis School.

But her younger daughter, Layla, 7, has autism and ended up attending public school because she needed speech and occupational therapy and a one-to-one aide among other services and accommodations that public schools are required by law to provide. Rawlins’ youngest son, Noah, also goes to the same public school. Read more...

Witnessing to Jesus by Volunteering in the New Year

From the Office for Social Ministry

Happy St. Marianne Feast greetings and Happy Lunar New Year! There is much to be thankful for as we begin a new year. We are grateful for parish communities every year offering opportunities to Witness to Jesus and follow in the footsteps of St. Marianne Cope by volunteer involvement in community outreach with the most vulnerable. Mercy House is a transitional housing program that accompanies justice-involved women in their efforts returning from prison to integrate back into society. Mercy House is much more than just a house. It’s a place of mercy, love, and healing transformation. The Diocese Office for Social Ministry-OSM has been helping support the Pūʻā Foundation, a community-based nonprofit organization that has been overseeing the Mercy House Program since 2016.

Pu’a staff are looking for volunteer drivers to help Mercy House residents commute to and from their jobs on Oahu’s windward side. If you are interested in helping provide transportation, please call Debbie Victor Macalino at 808-945-3570. For more information on this volunteer opportunity to Witness to Jesus, please click on this link for the Pūʻā Foundation website. Please click on this link for a video on the Mercy House program at the OSM website. Mahalo!

9 Days for Life, Jan 19-27

From the Respect Life Office

Pray to Protect Human Life!

The USCCB requests that this novena for human life, 9 Days for Life, is prayed by each parish from Thursday, January 19 to Friday, January 27, 2023 (https://www.respectlife.org/9-days-for-life). 9 Days for Life is a novena for the protection of human life. Each day’s intention is accompanied by a short reflection and suggested actions to help build a culture of life.

View and download the full 2023 Nine Days for Life Novena HERE.

Catechist Retreat 2023

Join us as we reflect upon Jesus, the Good Shepherd, who calls us by name; refresh ourselves in the joyful company of fellow catechists; and renew our catechetical approach to teaching about the Sacrament of Eucharist.

Our day will be filled with Sacred Scripture, peaceful silence, artful calligraphy, and practical new ways to teach about the Eucharist. Register HERE.

Saturdays from 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
January 28: St. Theresa, Kihei, Maui
February 4: St. Stephen Diocesan Center, Oahu
March 11: St. Raphael, Kauai
March 25: St. Damien of Molokai, Molokai
April 29: Sacred Hearts, Lanai

Flyer available HERE.

World Youth Day in Portugal, Aug 2023

There is still time to sign-up for World Youth Day happening THIS SUMMER (2023) in Lisbon, Portugal. There are two options to choose from. Visit our website for more information: www.catholichawaii.org/oyyam/yam/wyd.

The last day to sign-up is January 31, 2023.

Flyer available HERE.

Mass for the World Day of Consecrated Life, Feb 4

Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.
Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu

The Leadership Association of Religious Congregations (LARC) invites all Religious Congregations and the Faithful of the Diocese to join us and Bishop Silva who will preside at a special Mass in honor of the World Day for Consecrated Life. In lieu of a reception, boxed bentos will be available after Mass.

Please RSVP your attendance to Sr. William Marie Eleniki, OSF at elenikiswm@aol.com or (808) 382-2600 by January 26.

Flyer available HERE.

Second Collection for the Augustion Educational Foundation, Feb 11 - 12

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.

Your gift to our Second Collection goes directly to support tuition scholarships in your parish and/or vicariate for the 2023-2024 School Year. 
Last year, $110,000 was generously donated to the Second Collection and distributed back to parishioners in the form of tuition scholarships.

For more information, please call (808) 203-6748 or visit www.augustinefoundation.org.

Marianist Lecture "A Life Worth Loving," Feb 19

Sunday, February 19, 2023 at 4:00 p.m.
Mystical Rose Oratory, Chaminade University of Honolulu

Join the Marianist Lecture "A Life Worth Loving: How People of Faith Engage Work, Leisure and Love" featuring guest speaker Dr. Anna Bonta Moreland, PhD.

Dr. Anna Moreland, co-author of "Daring to Live: A Guide to a Meaningful Life," will discuss strategies for emerging adults and the people who love them to expand their imagination, build better vocabulary, and recover habits and practices to live more fully and faithfully.

To register or learn more, please visit chaminade.edu/marianist-lecture

Flyer available HERE.

Maui Stewardship Day, Mar 4

Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 8:00 a.m.
St. Anthony Church, Wailuku

All are invitied to the Maui Stewardship Day “It is Right and Just.” The day will begin with Mass with Bishop Larry Silva and feature stewardship speakers Seminarian Larry Denis from the Big Island and Fr. Ace Tui, Parochial Vicar at St. Anthony Church in Wailuku. Lunch will be provided.

Register & RSVP with your parish stewardship contact person by February 25, 2023. For information, call your parish stewardship contact of Mary Jean Bega at mauisd23@gmail.com.

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 24, 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:

Previous Announcements


Nine Days for Life, Jan 19-27

Ordination to Priesthood of Michael Kamauoha, SS.CC., Jan 24

Catechist Retreat - Maui, Jan 28

Breakfast with Bishop at St. John Vianney, Kailua, Jan 29


Mass for the Annual Conference of Catholic Educators, Feb 3

Catechist Retreat - Oahu, Feb 4

Mass for World Day for Consecrated Life, Feb 4

Presidents' Day Holiday, Feb 20

Mass for Ash Wednesday, Feb 23

Rite of Election for the West Hawaii Vicariate, Feb 25

Rite of Election for Oahu Vicariates, Feb 26

Mass for the 40 Days for Life, Feb 28


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