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September 12, 2023 - Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday within the Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time (V37)
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Bishop's Homily for the Twenty-Second Week of Ordinary Time

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[Immaculate Conception Church, Ewa; St. Pius X Church, Honolulu; St. Elizabeth Church, Aiea (with installation of pastors)]

Mind your own business!

This is not something that any one of us would like to hear from someone else. It could mean that we are violating some boundaries, overstepping our bounds, and being busybodies, concerning ourselves with things that should not concern us or that we really know very little about. However, it could be someone being naturally defensive if we tell them something they need to hear, but which they do not like.

Alcoholism can be a huge problem that wreaks havoc not only with the health and welfare of the person who is drinking, but also with that person’s family, employment and other relationships. Anyone who has been involved in a intervention with an alcoholic to try to get them to choose to seek help for their addiction is probably going to be told, “Mind your own business!” In this case, it is not a question of someone overstepping their bounds, but of doing something good and life-giving for another human being, even though it may be initially rejected. But loving persistence is needed in such an intervention, not taking the immediate rebuff as the final word on the matter. Read more...

Amplify God’s Voice of Hope in Maui: Part Three

Maria Lanakila Church in Lahaina, Maui, Aug. 16 stands in the background untouched by the wildfire that destroyed much of the historic town. (Photo courtesy of Maria Lanakila Parish)

From the Office for Social Ministry

“In everyday life we keep looking for signs of God’s love and presence... The aftermath of this fire is an unimaginable time of suffering and mourning. Our faith is being tested as never before. Nevertheless, we draw inspiration from the towering presence of our beloved Maria Lanakila Church. It stands as a miraculous symbol of God's mercy and the indomitable strength that overcomes adversity." - Msgr. Terry Watanabe, Vicar Forane of Maui/Lanai (adapted from Hawaii Catholic Herald Talk Story Column)

The “miraculously” surviving Maria Lanakila Parish Church symbolizes a beacon of God love and presence in Lahaina. It is inspiring to witness the community of suffering families come together to support each other in time of need. Lahaina’s diverse population of Hawaiians, Filipinos, Tongans, Vietnamese, Latinos working alongside people from the mainland USA, Europe, Asia, South Pacific, Latin America and other regions worldwide offers all the opportunity to rebuild together as One Ohana.

When half of Maria Lanakila’s Sacred Hearts School burned down to the ground, the parish mobilized immediately to find a new place of learning for the children while locating and assisting teachers and parents who lost their homes in finding shelter. Principal Tonata Lolesio worked tirelessly with the diocese and a dedicated team of volunteers to communicate school updates and ensure the safety and welfare of all families. She gratefully spoke about this experience with the Hawaii Catholic Herald "I thank God that I can report that all our students and families are safe and accounted for." She shared how her strength comes from her faith and the support of parish staff and volunteers. Read more...

World Youth Day, the Vigil: the Crowds, the Sun, the Walking, the Pope

onolulu seminarian Larry Denis III, left, and his godson, Isaac Santos with World Youth Day pilgrims they met during the Vigil, Aug. 5, before the closing Mass with Pope Francis the next day, in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo courtesy of Larry Denis III)

By Larry Denis III
Hawaii Catholic Herald

Following a nice lunch at an authentic Portuguese restaurant in Lisbon to celebrate Bishop Larry Silva’s birthday, we began our pilgrimage to the World Youth Day Vigil site, Aug. 5, for the final night before the festival’s closing Mass the following morning with Pope Francis. This was all part of the WYD experience. Roads and freeways were shut down for the 1.5 million pilgrims making the trek in very hot weather! It was 99 degrees that afternoon. While some pilgrims had to walk four to six hours or more, we were blessed with only a two-and-a-half-hour walk. We took water and were supposed to pick up a food kit with meals through lunch on Sunday. Unfortunately, none of the 25 food stations spread throughout Lisbon was on our route. Thankfully, we had a huge lunch.

Once at the vigil site, we had to find our section — B8. The campsites had opened at 1:30 p.m. We got there around 4 p.m. to find it already pretty full. We found a spot in the rocky dirt and inflated our pool floaties so we could get comfortable. The sun was beaming down hard and didn’t set until about 8:30 p.m. Things cooled down a couple of hours later. Read more...

Molokai Eucharist Retreat, Sep 16

Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
St. Damien of Molokai Church, Kaunakakai

Children, families, and catechists are welcome! Our morning together will be focused on Jesus, the Good Shepherd, who gently calls each of us by name and feeds us with the Bread of Life in the Eucharist.

Learn the names of the sacred articles used on the altar, the meaning of the priest's gestures and prayers spoken on our behalf, and how we are to live the Eucharist in our daily lives!

Register HERE. Flyer available HERE.

43rd Regional Catholic Charismatic Conference, Oct 7

Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 9:30 a.m - 6:00 p.m.
Catholic Charities Hawaii
1822 Keeaumoku Street, Honolulu

Join HCCRS' 43rd Regional Catholic Charismatic Conference "Remain in Me." The conference will feature speakers Fr. Greg Honorio, Fr. EJ Resinto, Fr. Romple Emwalu, Fr. Mario Palanca, and Fr. Bill Petrie, SS.CC. Admission is free. For more information, please email info@hccrs.org or call (808) 990-8153.

Flyer available HERE.

Marianist Lecture "God’s Mechanics", Oct 8

Sunday, October 8, 2023 at 4:00 p.m.
Chaminade University, Mystical Rose Oratory

Save the date for the next Marianist Lecture God’s Mechanics: How Scientists and Engineers Make Sense of Religion with Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ. This presentation will cover the connection between science, faith and religion. The event and parking are free. The lecture can also be viewed online.

For more information, please visit https://chaminade.edu/mission-rector/marianist-lecture-series/. Registration is encouraged but not required.

Flyer available HERE.

Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend Retreat, Oct 13-15

Friday, October 13 - Sunday, October 15, 2023
(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) 490-2571 or email rvinhawaii@gmail.com.

A fee of $175/person (covers room, meals/refreshments and retreat materials). Need-based scholarships are available. Space is limited. Registrations are strictly confidential. For more information visit www.rachelsvineyard.com.

Flyer available HERE. Brochure available HERE.

Saint of the Week

Our Lady of Sorrows
Memorial – September 15

The roots of today’s memorial can be traced back to the New Testament, but the memorial wasn’t celebrated as a universal feast of the Church until 1814. Prior to that, devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows first emerged during local celebrations around the Mediterranean in the eleventh century.

In 1233, seven devout men in Florence each had a vision from the Blessed Virgin Mary, inspiring them to form a religious community that would later be known as the Servites. Around the year 1240, these same men received another vision of the Mother of God, accompanied by angels. She informed them about their mission, provided them with their habits, presented their rule of life, and personally founded their order. In that apparition, they were instructed to spread devotion to the Seven Sorrows of Mary, which became one of their central missions. Through the efforts of the Servite order in the subsequent centuries, the liturgical celebration honoring Our Lady of Sorrows gradually expanded. 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


Summer Sunset Rosary and Potluck, Sep 15

Molokai Eucharist Retreat, Sep 16

Clergy Workshop, Sep 29

`Ohana in Christ Diocesan Appeal, Sep 30-Oct 1


Marianist Lecture "God's Mechanics," Oct 8

Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend Retreat, Oct 13-15

Second Collection for World Mission Sunday, Oct 21-22


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

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