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December 13, 2022 - Third Week of Advent

Tuesday within the Third Week of Advent (V50)
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Bishop's Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent

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[St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Kaunakakai (with installation of pastor)]

Another bishop recently related a conversation he had with a young man. The young man said he was very discouraged because so many terrible things are happening in the world, and very little good. The bishop asked him where he got the information that led to that conclusion, and the young man answered that he learned it all on the news. The bishop told him that perhaps he should stop watching the news for a while, since it does tend to focus on the negative things that happen, and begin paying attention to all the good things that happen around him.

It seems that young man may have been like John the Baptist, who was keenly aware of sin, since his whole message was one of repentance. Read more...

National Eucharistic Congress – Registration for Tickets

From Bishop Larry Silva

In conjunction with the National Eucharistic Revival taking place in dioceses and parishes throughout the United States, a National Eucharistic Congress will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana from July 17 to 21, 2024. Wide participation is encouraged, and until the end of this month bishops are able to pre-order discounted tickets for those who plan to participate. The normal registration fee is $350 per person, but if tickets are reserved before December 31, 2022, each bishop may order up to 250 tickets at the reduced rate of $200 per person. This registration fee does not include transportation, hotel accommodations, or meals, for which each participant will be personally responsible.

If you or a group of you would like to reserve tickets at this discounted rate, you must submit the names of all who wish tickets along with a contact email address. These should be sent to euchcongress2024@rcchawaii.org no later than Tuesday, December 27, 2022. Payment will be due shortly thereafter. After the bishop’s office receives these orders, he will place an order for the proper number of tickets. Groups may include parishes, schools, young adults, youth, families, or clubs, but all must pay for the tickets (at $200 each) during the month of January, 2023 or the order will be canceled.

We hope many will be able to join in this unique and inspiring experience!

Youth Conference Attendees Share Their Excitement

Mass procession at the national Catholic Youth Conference in Long Beach, California. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Gomes)

We heard from youth from Hawaii and their leaders who attended the National Catholic Youth Conference in Long Beach, California, Nov. 9-13. Local delegates included 28 youth, seven young adults, four priests, one bishop, two seminarians and 15 adults. Here are some of their reflections on the event, collected by Lisa Gomes, director of the diocesan Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry.

Edited by Anna Weaver
Hawaii Catholic Herald

As a young adult participant, I saw that the church is alive in these young people. The future is within me and the youth in our church today. We just need to give young people the opportunity to be part of the parish community.

-Christian Natividad, young adult, Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Wahiawa, Oahu

I met other teens from Texas, California, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Florida. The theme of “Walking on Water” didn’t make sense initially, but during those three days, I was able to understand the theme — so that I can overcome the storm and prevent my boat from sinking.

-Ahron Natividad, youth, Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Wahiawa, Oahu


Protection from Covid-19 Through the Holidays


From the Office for Social Ministry

As families contemplate the coming holidays and reuniting with loved ones with BIG celebration gatherings, it is important that you protect yourself and others from serious illness. 

The Centers on Disease Control (CDC) continue to study the effectiveness of boosting your immunity and data indicates the bivalent booster provides significant additional protection against COVID 19 infection. This booster is specifically designed to protect against the original COVID-19 and Omicron subvariants. It is recommended for Hawaii residents ages 5 and older who completed their primary vaccine series at least two months ago OR received their first or second booster at least two months ago. Read more...

Bishop's Misa de Gallo and Simbang Gabi Mass Schedule

This year Bishop Larry Silva has scheduled seven early morning Misa de Gallo Masses and four evening Simbang Gabi Masses from December 16th through December 24th on Oahu, Maui, and Lanai. All throughout the diocese are warmly welcomed to experience and become part of this great tradition. Please contact the parishes for more information.

Misa de Gallo

  • Sunday, Dec. 18, 5:00 am, Christ the King, Kahului.
  • Monday, Dec. 19, 6:00 am, St. Joseph, Makawao.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 20, 5:00 am, St. Theresa, Kihei.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21, 5:00 am, Sacred Hearts, Lanai City.
  • Thursday, Dec. 22, 5:00 am, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Pearl City.
  • Friday, Dec. 23, 5:00 am, St. John Apostle & Evangelist, Mililani.
  • Saturday, Dec. 24, 4:30 am, St. Joseph, Waipahu.

Simbang Gabi Mass

  • Friday, Dec. 16, 7:00 pm, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Ewa Beach.
  • Sunday, Dec. 18, 5:00 pm, St. Anthony, Wailuku.
  • Monday, Dec. 19, 6:00 pm, Maria Lanakila, Lahaina.
  • Friday, Dec. 23, 6:00 pm, St. Philomena, Honolulu.

Prayers at the Advent Wreath - Third Week

The mother lights three candles. The prayer for the third week is:

Leader: Let us pray. We humbly beg you, O Lord, to listen to our prayers and, by the grace of your coming, bring light into our darkened minds. Through Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

All: Amen.

Advent Resources from the USCCB

Beginning the Church's liturgical year, Advent (from, "ad-venire" in Latin or "to come to") is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas.

The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas.

"ADORE" Young Adult Night of Adoration, Dec 17

Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
Mary, Star of the Sea Church, Honolulu

'O come, let us adore Him!' ADORE, "A Night of Adoration for Young Adults" is an opportunity for young adults to gather in community and spend time in prayer during the time of adoration, focused on growing deeper in our relationship with Jesus.

ADORE includes Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, interspersed with praise and silence, and a brief talk/message. The evening ends with fellowship and refreshments.

Flyer available HERE.

EPIC Ministry Christmas Banquet "A White Christmas," Dec 30

Friday, December 30, 2022, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Hawaii Okinawa Center Ballroom
94-587 Uke'e St.
Waipahu, HI 96797

Join us as we kick-off the 10 year anniversary of EPIC Ministry at this year's Christmas Banquet, "A White Christmas".

For more information, visit www.epicministry.net.

Flyer available HERE.

"Kalaupapa Month: A Time To Remember," Jan 14

Saturday, January 14, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.

January is Kalaupapa Month! Ka 'Ohana O Kalaupapa invites everyone to save the date for their first webinar of 2023: "Kalaupapa Month: A Time To Remember" on Saturday, January 14, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. (Hawai`i Standard Time)

This webinar of historical and modern-day photographs will look at how January became designated annually as Kalaupapa Month. We will talk about the people connected to the significant dates that occurred during January throughout the history of Kalaupapa -- and discuss ways each of you can observe this time to remember the people and history of Kalaupapa. There is no charge.

Information on how to register for the webinar will be sent out in early January. We look forward to you joining us!

For more information, please visit: www.kalaupapaohana.org/webinars

Annual Red Mass, Jan 17

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 9:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, downtown Honolulu

The Red Mass has been a tradition since 1955 for government officials and the community to gather at the beginning of the Legislative Session to pray together. Bishop Larry Silva will be the principal celebrant and this year will feature guest speaker Robert Van Tassel, President and CEO of Catholic Charities Hawaii, on “75 years of hope that transforms, action that heals and charity that brings justice.”

The Red Mass will be livestreamed at https://honolulucathedral.org/live-stream/

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 14: Immaculate Heart of Mary, Papaikou, Hawaii
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.

Rest in Peace

Please pray for the happy repose of the soul of Gloria Watson, the wife of Deacon David Watson. Gloria passed away the morning of December 9, 2022. Deacon David is assigned to St. Theresa Church, Mountain View and works at St. Joseph Church, Hilo. We offer him our sympathies. May she rest in peace.

Saint of the Week

Saint John of the Cross
Memorial – December 14

Saint John was born into poverty and so was no stranger to need. He was raised by his mother and the Church after his father died at a young age. These two mothers imparted to his mind a solid formation in Catholic doctrine and to his soul an ardent love for the Lord Jesus. John was ordained a priest for the Carmelites in 1567. He loved solitude and contemplation and so considered entering the strictest of Orders, the Carthusians. 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
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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


Simbang Gabi Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Ewa Beach, Dec 16

Mass for the 90th Anniversary of Christ the King, Kahului, Dec 17

Misa de Gallo at Christ the King, Kahului, Dec 18

Simbang Gabi Mass at St. Anthony, Wailuku, Dec 18

Misa de Gallo at St. Joseph, Makawao, Dec 19

Simbang Gabi Mass at Maria Lanakila, Lahaina, Dec 19

Misa de Gallo at St. Theresa, Kihei, Dec 20

Misa de Gallo at Sacred Hearts, Lanai City, Dec 21

Misa de Gallo at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Pearl City, Dec 22

Christmas Eve Holiday (Observed), Dec 23

Misa de Gallo at St. John Apostle & Evangelist, Mililani, Dec 23

Simbang Gabi Mass at St. Philomena, Honolulu, Dec 23

Misa de Gallo with Bishop Silva at St. Joseph, Waipahu, Dec 24

Christmas Midnight Mass, Dec 25

Christmas Day Mass, Dec 25

Christmas Day Holiday (Observed), Dec 26

New Year's Eve Holiday (Observed), Dec 30

EPIC Ministry Christmas Banquet "A White Christmas," Dec 30


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