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November 30, 2021 - First Week in Advent

Tuesday within the First Week in Advent (V47)
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Bishop's Homily for the First Sunday in Advent


[Christ the King Church, Kahului; St. Joseph Church, Makawao (Confirmation & First Communion)]

The first people who came to these Hawaiian Islands came from other Pacific islands. They navigated by the stars, paying close attention to their movements throughout the seasons of the year. They also knew how to read the winds and the ocean currents, because they were very attuned to these natural phenomena. Sometimes there were storms that threw them off course, but somehow they were able to correct and find their way by carefully observing the sun, the moon, and the stars. And finally, perhaps when their hope for sighting an island was wearing thin, they spotted the beautiful chain of islands we now call home, Hawaii nei.

Of course, we also have to presume that there were some expeditions that never made it and were never heard from again. But for those who did, the journey ended in the joy of settling into a new and beautiful home that many, to this day, call Paradise. Read more...

Choirs Are Permitted Again, So Are Hymnals and Penance Services

(HCH file photo)

By Patrick Downes
Hawaii Catholic Herald

Singing at Mass is back. So are hymnals, missalettes and printed bulletins.

Father Alfred Omar Guerrero, director of the Office of Worship, reported those changes to pandemic church-going protocols in an emailed Nov. 10 memo addressed to clergy, parishes and all Hawaii Catholics. (See full text.)

Face masks are still required, as well as social distancing.

The updated rules are for all Catholic churches, chapels, oratories, centers, and missions in the Diocese of Honolulu. They go into effect Nov. 28, the First Sunday of Advent.

Choirs are now permitted along with congregational singing. Masks still must be worn and “distancing and improved ventilation should be considered and implemented.” Read more...

Bishop's Misa de Gallo and Simbang Gabi Mass Schedule

This year Bishop Larry Silva has scheduled eight early morning Misa de Gallo Masses and two evening Simbang Gabi Masses from December 16th through December 24th. 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

  • Thursday, Dec. 16, 5:00 am, St. Elizabeth, Aiea.
  • Friday, Dec. 17, 4:30 am, St. Joseph, Waipahu.
  • Sunday, Dec. 19, 5:00 am, Holy Cross, Kalaheo.
  • Monday Dec. 20, 5:00 am, St. Raphael, Koloa.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 21, 5:00 am, St. Theresa, Kekaha.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 22, 5:00 am, St. John Apostle & Evangelist, Mililani.
  • Thursday, Dec. 23, 5:30 am, Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu.
  • Friday, Dec. 24, 5:00 am, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Pearl City.

Simbang Gabi Mass

  • Friday, Dec. 17, 6:30 pm, St. Roch, Kahuku.
  • Monday, Dec. 20, 6:00 pm, Immaculate Conception, Lihue.

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.

42nd Annual Tree Lighting and Blessing Ceremony, Dec 3

Friday, December 3, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

From the St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii

Over the past few weeks, our hearts have been warmed as we've received hundreds of requests for snowflake ornaments in honor of your loved ones. Although we are apart, we look forward to remembering those who have passed on together at our virtual Light Up a Memory Tree Lighting and Blessing Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s virtual program will include music by multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner, Kūpaoa. KSSK’s Michael W. Perry will emcee this special event, which will culminate in a spectacular tree lighting ceremony and blessing by Bishop Larry Silva.

Watch the Tree Lighting Ceremoy preview video HERE.

On the evening of the event, the virtual ceremony can be viewed at: https://www.vimeo.com/stfrancishawaii/2021treelighting

Click HERE to make a gift to St. Francis Hospice or to request a snowflake to honor your loved one. For questions, please contact (808) 547-6500.

"Adore" Adoration Night for Young Adults, Dec 3

Friday, December 3, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Holy Family Church, Honolulu

Join "Adore," a night of adoration for Young Adults with Bishop Larry Silva. Masks are required. Learn more HERE.

Flyer available HERE.

Damien and Marianne Catholic Conference Webinar, Dec 11

Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. (HST)

Join the webinar "The Servant of God Joseph Dutton, Layman!" to learn more about the story and life of Joseph Dutton as we know if today with panelists Patrick Boland, Ed Paz, and Fr. Jon Schmobrich. The webinar is hosted by the Damien & Marianne Catholic Conference. Register at www.dmcchawaii.org/webinars/

Flyer available HERE.

Saint of the Week

Saint Francis Xavier
Feast Day – December 3

Known as the Apostle to the Indies and to Japan, Francis was born in Spanish Navarre, the youngest in a large family. He studied at the University of Paris, where he met St. Ignatius of Loyola, and was among the first seven Jesuits who vowed to be spiritual soldiers for Christ. They were ordained as a group in 1537. For 11 years, from 1541 until his untimely death after only two weeks on the Chinese coast, Francis evangelized in the East Indies, Mozambique, India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Japan. A missionary prone to seasickness who had trouble learning foreign languages, Francis is the patron saint of missionaries, Borneo, the East Indies, India, Pakistan, Japan and Outer Mongolia.

For better viewing on Catholic Current, click HERE.

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


Annual Priests Convocation, Nov 29 - Dec 3


St. Francis 42nd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, Dec 3

"Adore" Adoration Night for Young Adults, Dec 3

Mass for Immaculate Conception, Dec 8

"The Servant of God Joseph Dutton, Layman!" Webinar, Dec 11

Misa de Gallo at St. Elizabeth, Aiea, Dec 16

Misa de Gallo at St. Joseph, Waipahu, Dec. 17

Simbang Gabi Mass at St. Roch, Kahuku, Dec. 17

Vigil Mass at St. Catherine, Kapaa, Dec 18

Misa de Gallo at Holy Cross, Kalaheo, Dec 19

Mass at Immaculate Conception, Lihue, Dec 19

Misa de Gallo at St. Raphael, Koloa, Dec 20

Simbang Gabi Mass at Immaculate Conception, Lihue, Dec 20

Misa de Gallo at St. Theresa, Kekaha, Dec 21

Misa de Gallo at St. John Apostle & Evangelist, Mililani, Dec 22

Misa de Gallo at Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu, Dec 23

Christmas Day Holiday (Observed), Dec 24

Misa de Gallo at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Pearl City, Dec 24

Christmas Midnight Mass, Dec 25

Christmas Day Mass, Dec 25


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