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July 4, 2023 - Happy Independence Day!

Tuesday within the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time (V27)
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Bishop's Homily for the Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

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[Saints Peter and Paul Church, Honolulu (Confirmation and First Communion)]

A friend of mine who is a parish priest has the custom of interviewing the candidate for Confirmation and the candidate’s parents some time during the preparation program. He recounted one particular interview in which he said to the mother, “I am glad you are bringing your son to the Confirmation program. But I am wondering if you go to Mass, since I do not recall ever seeing you at Mass.” Without missing a beat, the mother replied, “That’s right, Father. Last year we did Mass. This year we are doing tennis.” We might find this amusing, but that mother was expressing an attitude that is more common than we would like it to be. It sees attending Mass as simply one of many choices we can make as consumers, not having any great objection to it, but treating it as it if were just one of many things we can do on Sunday morning (or Saturday evening). Read more...

Hawaii’s Secular Carmelites Welcomes Three New Members in Rite of Admission

From left, Hawaii Discalced Carmelite Seculars group leader, Darlene Tvrdy; new member, Francine Fiust; new member, Victoria Croce; Hawaii Discalced Carmelite formation director, Kathy Paishon; new member, Roxanne Viloria; celebrant, visiting Carmelite Father Thomas Reeves, June 3 in the Carmelite Monastery chapel on the grounds of St. Stephen Diocesan Center. (Photo courtesy of Joseph Tvrdy)

By Darlene Tvrdy
Hawaii Catholic Herald

The Discalced Carmelite Secular Group of Hawaii welcomed three new members in a rite of admission ceremony June 3 in the Carmelite Monastery chapel on the grounds of St. Stephen Diocesan Center. They are Francine Fiust, Victoria Croce and Roxanne Viloria.

The monastery, Carmel of the Holy Trinity, is where Hawaii’s discalced Carmelite nuns live in a cloistered community. “Discalced” means without shoes.

The Discalced Carmelite Seculars (OCDS), commonly known as Secular Carmelites, is a branch and an integral part of the Carmelite order. The seculars are lay Catholics, men and women, married and single, from all walks of life, who integrate the Carmelite spirituality into their daily lives in order to seek God and share Him with others through prayer and apostolate. Read more...

Calling Catholic Women to Spiritual Motherhood


The Diocese of Honolulu Spiritual Moms Apostolate is a small and quiet apostolate of devout Catholic women devoted to praying for our Bishop, priests and seminarians here in Hawaii.

Our diocese is blessed with many priests and seminarians and as their numbers continue to grow, they are in need of a spiritual mom to pray for them. 

Our apostolate is therefore seeking more women to spiritually adopt all of them. This means praying for their spiritual son daily. As an example, some spiritual moms offer their rosary intentions for their priest, they remember to pray for them at Mass, offer up their sacrifices for them, or even something as simple as praying a Hail Mary for their intentions.

Please pray about it and if you feel called to spiritually adopt a priest or seminarian, or would like more information, email us at estherjoeysmom@gmail.com or easter4g@yahoo.com. You can also call or text (808) 222-2469.

Free Nutrition and Life Skills Classes on Oahu and Big Island

From the Office for Social Ministry

Good health and nutrition are a part of “wellness” social ministries. Saying we want to be in good physical condition and making action steps to do that are two different things. So, if you are looking to reset your mind this summer and align your thoughts with actually getting fit and eating healthy, check out the FREE University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Expanded Food Nutrition and Education Program (EFNEP).

Currently this  program is available in Hawaii on Oahu and the Big Island.

Classes cover topics surrounding safe food handling, spending less while eating better, and setting goals. Eating Smart/Being Active Classes for Summer & Fall 2023 offer comprehensive lessons that contribute to personal development of the family, diet and nutritional well-being. Through experiential learning, participants can learn how to make positive behavior changes in their eating habits as well as their life choices.

For more information or to enroll in this program on Oahu and the Big Island, please contact Linda Cota-Kumagai at (818) 203-9299.

Flyer available HERE.

Holy Hour for Vocations with Relic of St. Junipero Serra, Jul 5

Wednesay, July 5, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.
Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu

The diocese’s monthly Holy Hour for Vocations will be a very special one with the presence of a first-class relic of America’s newest saint — Junipero Serra.

  • 5:00 p.m. — Veneration of the first-class relic of St. Junipero Serra with Fourth Degree Sir Knights as Honor Guards.
  • 6:00 p.m. — Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
  • 6:15 p.m. — Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Bishop Larry Silva presiding followed by silent prayer, rosary for vocations, Benediction, and retirement of the Blessed Sacrament.
  • 7:15 p.m. — Talk on St. Junipero Serra by Chuck Furr, followed by Serra International President, Greg Schwietz of Omaha, Nebraska who will relate some of the vocational activities & programs developed in various locations the world.
  • 7:30 p.m. — Bishop Silva will share some stories of this remarkable Saint who has such an influence on the vocation effort.
  • 7:45 p.m -- Final opportunity to venerate the Relic of Saint Serra.

For more information, contact Chuck Furr at chuckfurr@cs.com or  (808) 358-1809.

Introduction to Spiritual Direction, Jul 10-21

Monday, July 10 - Friday, July 21, 2023
Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Chaminade Univeristy of Honolulu

Join the Introduction to Spiritual Direction course offered through Chaminade University of Honolulu. The course will feature Fr. William Meyer, SM who has been a spiritual director for over 40 years and holds a Doctorate in Ministry. Fr. Meyer currently serves as the Rector of St. Mary's University in San Antonio.

There is still time to sign up! For registration assistance or more information, please contact claire.nishiguchi@chaminade.edu or dustyn.raga@chaminade.edu.

Flyer available HERE.

"I Thirst" Hawaii Conference, Jul 14-15

Friday, July 14 at 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
St. Elizabeth Church, Aiea

Saturday, July 15, 2023 at 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
St. Ann Church, Kaneohe

"Jesus Thirsts for America", a 21-city, 3-year National Evangelization tour that began in November 2022 is coming to Oahu on July 14-15, 2023. Its purpose is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in such a compelling way that participants will be encouraged and strengthened to become more excited in expressing their faith.

The "I Thirst" events include dynamic teachings, personal testimonies, inspiring music, healing, prayer, mass, and reconciliation which in combination opens participants to encountering the Risen Lord. Six National Presenters have been approved by our Diocese to minister in Hawaii. These presentations are geared towards the love of the Sacraments, focusing on the Eucharistic Revival. Bishop Larry Silva will celebrate Mass. Dominic Olaso (Head of the Diocesan Evangelization TaskForce) will emcee and lead the Praise & Worship.

To register for the “I Thirst” Hawaii, go to https://www.spiritfilledevents.com/i-thirst-hawaii

Flyer available HERE.

"Armor Your Marriage" Maui Workshop, Jul 15

Saturday, July 15, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
St. Anthony Church, Wailuku

Join the Armor Your Marriage with the Graces of Your Sacrament workshop in Maui hosted by Worldwide Marriage Encounter. To register, please visit hawaiiwwme.org/enrichment.php. For more information call Fred and Donna Ventura at (808) 298-4241 or email fred.donna.ventura@wwme.org.

Flyer available HERE.

Ho'oponopono Workshop for Veterans, Jul 29

Saturday, July 29, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Catholic Charities Hawaii - Maui
2050 Main Street #3A, Wailuku

Catholic Charities Hawaii’s Veteran's Program will be holding a Ho'oponopono, a traditional Hawaiian practice that helps reconcile, forgive, and heal spiritually, mentally, and physically. This workshop will be facilitated by Kumu Ramsay Taum, a well-known expert in cultural healing. Coffee, light refreshments, and lunch will be provided at the workshop.

The Catholic Charities Hawaii’s Veteran's Program is dedicated to assisting Hawaii's veteran community in overcoming their obstacles and providing them with the necessary resources and support to attain improved stability, independence, and well-being. CCH has been providing a variety of services, including case management, housing assistance, job training and placement, and referrals for counseling, therapy, and other supportive services to improve the lives of veterans in Hawaii.

To register for the workshop, please click on the event link HERE.

Flyer available HERE.

Reboot! with Chris Stefanick, Sep 6

Wednesday, September 6, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.
St. John Apostle & Evangelist Church, Mililani

Join REBOOT! featuring Catholic author and speaker, Chris Stefanick. REBOOT! is the fun, inspiring and practical experience of applying the beauty and genius of the Gospel to every aspect of your life from prayer and spirituality, to work, dating, marriage, parenting, health and more! Rediscover the message of the Gospel as powerful for us all, beautiful in its application to life, engaging for those searching, and fun & captivating for all ages, including our youth. Don't miss the opportunity to hear one of the most sought-after voices of our time. Offering practical insight into living the life God has created for you. Come, be energized! Invite someone! Tickets available at www.stjohnmililani.org or www.reallifecatholic.com.

Flyer available HERE.

Rest in Peace

Please pray for the happy repose of the soul of Gretchen Leandro, the mother of Kristin Leandro, Diocesan Director of Safe Environment. Mrs. Leandro passed away at the age of 93 in Honolulu on June 29, 2023. Condolences may be sent to Kristin and her sister, Carla Kansky at 1357 16th Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96816. Funeral services are pending. May she rest in peace.

Please pray for the happy repose of the soul of Father Harold Meyer, who died at the Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina, California on June 26. He was a native of Molokai, and before becoming a Cistercian monk, he was a priest of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary here in Hawaii. May he rest in peace.

Saint of the Week

Saint Elizabeth of Portugal
Memorial – July 5

Rainha Santa Isabel, or Saint Elizabeth, was born into the royal family of Aragon, Spain. She was one of three daughters of King Peter III of Aragon and Queen Constance of Sicily. Elizabeth’s older brothers would become successive kings of Aragon, Alfonso III and James II. Her namesake was her great-aunt, Saint Elizabeth of Hungary.

As a young princess, Elizabeth enjoyed all the privileges of a royal upbringing, yet her stature did not distract her from her faith. She was deeply devout from a young age, spending hours in the castle chapel engaged in prayer. 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


Independence Day Holiday, Jul 4

Holy Hour for Vocations with Relic of St. Junipero Serra, Jul 5

Christmas in July at Holy Ghost Church, Jul 8

Introduction to Spiritual Direction at Chaminade University, Jul 10-21

Clergy Special Session on Evangelization and Eucharistic Revival, Jul 14

"I Thirst" Hawaii Conference, Jul 14-15

"Armor Your Marriage" Maui Workshop, Jul 15

Episcopal Visitation for Sacred Hearts, Lanai City, Jul 22-23

Ho'oponopono Workshop for Veterans - Maui, Jul 29


Spanish Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend, Aug 4-6

Second Collection for Catholic Charities Hawaii, Aug 5-6

Mass of the Holy Spirit, Aug 17

Hawaii State Admissions Day Holiday, Aug 18

Mass at Damien Memorial School, Aug 23


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

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Relic of St. Junipero Serra at July Vocation Holy Hour

Free Nutrition & Life Skills Classes on Oahu and Big Island

Diocesan Guidelines for Speaker Approval

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