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January 3, 2023 - Happy New Year

Tuesday within the last week of Christmas (V1)
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Bishop's Homily for the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Icon of the Nativity, Petrodolinskoe Village, Odessa Region, Ukraine


[Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu]

The shepherds probably did not stay very long. After all, it was very late at night, and the couple they visited had just completed a long and tiring journey; and the woman had just given birth. Courtesy demanded that their visit be short. Yet in that short time, those shepherds experienced a life-changing reality.

The shepherds, of course, did not raise their sheep as pets, but as commodities for the market so that they could feed themselves and their families. Most would end up on normal household dinner tables, but perhaps they took special care so that some could be sold to become the Passover lambs that families would prepare to celebrate the great feast of liberation, when God ordered the angel of death to pass over their houses, marked with the blood of the lamb; and when God would then liberate them from slavery in Egypt. These shepherds took special care of those lambs, so that they would remain unblemished for this great feast of their faith. The shepherds also knew that the very best lambs in the flock might be selected for sacrifice in the Temple, where they were slain and offered to God for the sins of the people. They had a keen eye for the best lambs in the flock, which alone would be worthy to be offered to God. Read more...

Memorial Mass for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

From the Office of the Bishop

A special Memorial Mass for the late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will be held tomorrow on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu at 6:30 p.m.

The Memorial Mass will also be available via livestream on www.facebook.com/hicocathedral, www.hictv.com, and www.kuuakua.com.

Priest’s Funeral Brings together Lives He Touched Over 83 Years

The ashes of Father Patrick Freitas are surrounded by white flowers at his funeral Mass Dec. 7 in the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa. (HCH photo | Patrick Downes)

By Patrick Downes
Hawaii Catholic Herald

The funeral Mass for Father Patrick Henry Freitas Dec. 7 brought together people in Honolulu’s Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa whose lives he had touched in his 83 years on earth and his 57 years of priesthood — former parishioners including a group from rural Maui, catechists whom he taught and mentored, a beloved sister, aunties and hanai sons, and 20 priests, nearly all younger than he. Bishop Larry Silva presided.

Father Freitas was present as ashes sealed in a simple bronze urn placed amid an arrangement of white roses and lilies. The photo of him on display was one he picked because it showed him in Mass vestments. Read more...

"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.”

Tthe general public is welcome to attend the Red Mass.

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.

Mass for the Memorial of St. Marianne Cope, Jan 23

Monday, January 23, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.
Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu

All are invited to the celebration of St. Marianne's feast day Mass on Monday, January 23, 2023.

A special presentation on Mother Marianne by the youth and young people of the Diocese of Honolulu will take place as a prelude to the Mass. A new meditation booklet of Mother Marianne will be give to those who come to the Mass. Dinner will follow the Mass in the parish hall.

RSVP by January 9, 2023 with the number coming to Sr. Marie Romano at (808) 397-7228. Priests, please RSVP to Fr. Alfred Guerrero.

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.

Saint of the Week

Saint John Neumann
Feast – January 5

Born in Prachatitz, Bohemia (modern-day Czech Republic), the young John Neumann received a fine education. Upon completing his childhood schooling, he considered becoming a medical doctor. His mother, however, being a woman of much faith, could see that her son’s true desire was to be a priest, so she encouraged him to apply to the seminary. To his surprise, he was accepted and began his seminary studies for the Diocese of Budweis on November 1, 1831 at the age of twenty. 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


New Year's Day Holiday (Observed), Jan 2

Island Treasures for the West Hawaii Vicariate, Jan 7

Catechist Retreat - Hawaii Island, Jan 14

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

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday, Jan 16

Annual Red Mass, Jan 17

Prayer for Christian Unity, Jan 18

Mass for the March for Life, Jan 19

The March for Life, Jan 20

Mass for the Memorial of St. Marianne Cope, Jan 23

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


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