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January 16, 2024

Tuesday within the Second Week of Ordinary Time (V3)
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Bishop's Homily for the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

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[St. Stephen Diocesan Center, Kaneohe (Rite of Admission to Candidacy for Permanent Deacon Aspirants); Our Lady of the Mount Church, Kalihi (Santo Niño Fiesta)]


Can you hear the cries of a teenaged woman who is single and pregnant, and whose boyfriend has abandoned her? Can you hear her embarrassment and her anguish about telling her parents as she decides what to do with the baby?

Can you hear the anguish of our brothers and sisters in Myanmar, Ukraine, or the Holy Land, who are suffering so much because of the war that is raging around them?

Can you hear the lament of the teen who thinks there is nothing to live for and who is contemplating ending life now? Read more...

Canonization Cause for Joseph Dutton Proceeds to Rome

Joseph Dutton, a sainthood candidate with the title of “Servant of God,” is seen in this undated photo. (Hawaii Catholic Herald file photo)

By Msgr. Robert J. Sarno
Special to the Herald

Many years ago, on these islands of Hawaii, three people dedicated their lives to the service of their brothers and sisters afflicted with the disease of leprosy. St. Damien de Veuster was a priest of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts and St. Marianne Cope was a professed religious of the Sisters of St. Francis. Recognized for their heroic sacrifice, the church declared them to be among the saints in heaven, thus presenting them to the faithful for their imitation and intercession in the Communion of the Saints.

Few know about a man of the world, Joseph Dutton, who served in the Civil War and suffered from what today we call PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder. Reeling from a broken marriage, Dutton led a reprobate life and became an alcoholic. After a religious experience and his conversion to Catholicism, he searched for a way to do penance for his past life. Read more...

Messages of Joy, Hope, and Peace for 2024

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From the Office for Social Ministry

He, the Only-Begotten Son of the Father, gives us “power to become children of God” (Jn 1:12). This is the joy that consoles hearts, renews hope and bestows peace. It is the joy of the Holy Spirit: the joy born of being God’s beloved sons and daughters. ~ Pope Francis, Christmas Day 2023

In a world beset by war and natural disasters, Pope Francis ended 2023 and began 2024 with messages about joy, hope and peace. On Christmas morning the Pope invited all to be instruments of the “good news of great joy” in the new year, especially with the most vulnerable. “From the manger, the Child Jesus asks us to be the voice of those who have no voice. The voice of the innocent children who have died for lack of bread and water; the voice of those who cannot find work or who have lost their jobs; the voice of those forced to flee their lands in search of a better future, risking their lives in grueling journeys and prey to unscrupulous traffickers.” Our Holy Father focused on fundamental meaning of Christmas Day that we are all now children of God and therefore called to live in peace as brothers and sisters. The Pope underscored the need for peace all over the world and urged “political authorities and all persons of good will… to devise suitable ways to resolve social and political conflicts, to combat forms of poverty that offend the dignity of persons, to reduce inequality and to address the troubling phenomenon of migration movements.” Read more...

March for Life Events, Jan 18-19

Members of Hui Maluha (Guardians of Life), a Students for Life group Students from St. Elizabeth School in Aiea join the 2023 March for Life around the state capitol. (Photo courtesy of Dann Ebina)

Mark your calendars for these upcoming March for Life events:

March for Life Mass with One-Hour Adoration
Thursday, January 18, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.
Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu

March for Life Rally
Friday January 19, 2024 at 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Hawaii State Capitol, downtown Honolulu

Ecumenical Taizé Service, Jan 24

Wednesday, January 24, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.
Newman Center - Holy Spirit Parish, Univeristy of Hawaii Manoa

All are welcome to the join the Ecumenical Taizé Service in observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Join us for an hour of Sacred Music, Scripture, and Prayer. Parking is available at the Old St. Francis School Parking Lot (2707 Pamoa Rd., Honolulu, HI 96822.)

For more information, contact the Office of Worship at alguerrero@rcchawaii.org or (808) 585-3342.

Flyer availale HERE.

’Ohana Mass, Jan 27

Saturday, January 27, 2024 at 5:30 p.m.
Mary, Star of the Sea Church, Honolulu

From the Office for Social Ministry

At Mary, Star of the Sea Church on Oahu, parishioners have shared their Ministry for Persons with Disabilities by welcoming persons with varying gifts and abilities to celebrate the “’Ohana Mass.” Ushers who are members of the Knights of Columbus offer a warm welcome and escort them to the designated pews where they were able to better participate in the Eucharist. After Mass, the community continues fellowship together through a potluck supper where all joyfully serve each other with nourishing food and aloha. These “‘Ohana Masses” and potluck fellowship normally take place on the fourth Saturday each month, 5:30 PM at Mary, Star of the Sea where all are welcomed to celebrate and share their gifts as one ‘Ohana.

Livestream available at Mary, Star of the Sea's YouTube Channel.

For more information, please call the parish office at (808) 734-0396 or email rafmendoza@rcchawaii.org.

Preparing a Catholic Advanced Healthcare Directive, Feb 3

Saturday, February 3, 2024 at 9:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.
St. John Apostle & Evangelist Church, Mililani

Join this free workshop on Catholic Advanced Healthcare Planning and Directives, where we guide you through the essential steps of aligning your healthcare decisions with your Catholic faith. This session will provide a comprehensive understanding of Catholic teaching on end-of-life care, ethical considerations, and the importance of creating advanced directives that reflect your values.

RSVP to Elaine Gison at (808) 779-2600 or Eva Andrade at (808) 203-6704.

Flyer available HERE.

Mass for the World Day of the Sick, Feb 11

Sunday, February 11, 2024 at 12:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE SICK is celebrated on the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, February 11. Msgr. Gary Secor will preside at a Mass with Anointing of the Sick at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace at 12:00 noon. Any Catholic in good standing who is seriously ill is invited to receive this sacrament of healing and strength. (Note: Only those who are sick are to receive the Anointing of the Sick. No one may receive the sacrament as a proxy for someone else.)

Flyer available HERE.

Marianist Lecture: God and Democary, Feb 18

Sunday, February 18, 2024 at 4:00 p.m.
Mystical Rose Oratory at Chaminade University of Honolulu.

Join the Marianist Lecture - God & Democracy: Catholic Perspectives on the American Experiment with Dr. Steve Neiheisel. During this election year with so much public discussion about democracy at home and around the world, this topic could not be more timely and important. Dr. Neiheisel is an award-winning lecturer, writer, and national leader in Catholic education. He served as professor of political science at St. Mary’s University and the University of Dayton and most recently as Executive Director of the Association of Marianist Universities.

Learn more at chaminade.edu/marianist-lecture

Flyer available HERE.

Theology of the Body Sundays, Feb - Apr

Sundays in February April, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.
511 Main Street, Honolulu

From the Hāmau I Loko Foundation

Aloha Kākou! The powerful conversation about love, lust, grasping at sexual gratification, confusion regarding gender issues, sex changes, teenage dating, and marriage coupled with the teaching of John Paul IIʻs Theology of the Body brings incredible fulfillment as we discover Truth. Join us if you have the courage to face your humanity in an ongoing lively conversation about love!

Theology of the Body is for young adults and married couples. For more information contact Maile Aiu Domingo at (808) 222-0644 or Ed & Betty Coda at (808) 256-5088.

Flyer available HERE.

'Onipa'a - Steadfast Christian Sexual Diginity

From the Hāmau I Loko Foundation

Hāmau I Loko continues to challenge the status quo regarding sex ed. In all the courses, video and discussions at schools, public and private, the sex ed talks NEVER talk about marriage or babies. It's very carnal and utilitarian. But at Hāmau I Loko, we delve into the very conversations that call us into what it means to be HUMAN and the intentional choices we can make today to bring personal fulfilment and build a culture of family. Call us so that we can bring 'ONIPA'A to your school, your parish, your vicariate, or your business. We will effectively change the mindset of the sexual conversation amongst youth. We serve middle school, highschool, and just out of school young adults!

For more information contact Maile Aiu Domingo at (808) 222-0644.

Flyer available HERE.

Rest in Peace

Please pray for the happy repose of the soul of Deacon George Thorp, who passed away on January 10, 2024. Funeral arrangements are pending. May he rest in peace.

Saint of the Week

Saint Anthony of Egypt
Memorial – January 17

Anthony was born into an upper-class Catholic home. His parents raised Anthony and his younger sister in a small village in southern Egypt. He received a basic education and was twenty years old when his parents suddenly died. He was left with a large inheritance and the responsibility of caring for his sister. Some months later, Anthony was attending Mass and heard the Gospel story of Jesus’ command to the rich young man: “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven” (Matthew 19:21). As Anthony heard these words, he knew Jesus was speaking directly to him. Shortly after, he gave away most of his property, sold almost everything else, and kept only what he needed to care for himself and his sister. But that’s not exactly what the Lord had commanded! Jesus said that perfection is obtained only if one were to sell everything and give it to the poor. 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:

Events and Previous Announcements


Mass for the March for Life, Jan 18

March for Life, Jan 19

Deacon Ordination of Cohort 10, Jan 20

Deacon Ordination at St. Joseph, Makawao, Jan 27

Breakfast with Bishop at St. John Vianney, Kailua, Jan 28


Mass for the Annual Conference of Catholic Educators, Feb 2

Preparing a Catholic Advanced Healthcare Directive, Feb 3

Mass for the World Day of the Sick, Feb 11


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