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October 26, 2021

Tuesday within the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time (V42)
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Bishop's Homily for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time


[St. Raymond Church, Dublin, California]

I don’t want to see!

This, of course, is the opposite of what the blind man said in today’s Gospel. He said, “I want to see!” But how often do we, in effect, say that we do not want to see?

I drive by a homeless encampment, and while I see perhaps a tent or a shopping cart, I may not see the real people who live there. I may not want to see what brought them there in the first place: drug addiction, domestic violence, depression. I would just rather drive by and note a homeless encampment. But if I begin to see – to really see – I may feel compelled to follow through in some way. I may feel I need to give to a homeless shelter or an agency that deals with victims of domestic violence, or a street-counseling agency. I may see that I can have an influence on the local government to do something about this situation. In other words, if I follow through, it will demand some kind of commitment on my part, so I would rather not see. Read more...

All School COVID Cases Originated Elsewhere, Superintendent Says

A St. Theresa School, Kalihi, preschooler on the first day of school in August 2021. (HCH photo: Anna Weaver)

By Anna Weaver
Hawaii Catholic Herald

The Hawaii Catholic Herald checked in with superintendent of Hawaii Catholic Schools Llewellyn Young in early October to ask about the COVID-19 case numbers in parochial and private Catholic schools in Hawaii. Here are some highlights of his response.

At the end of the 2020-2021 school year, 40 total positive COVID-19 cases had been reported to the HCS office. But the Delta variant and rise in the number of coronavirus cases across the state has led to more students and employees getting sick with the virus.

“Within the first quarter of the school year, we’ve had more cases reported than the entire year last year,” Young said. “All known cases were infected outside of schools.” Read more...

Financial Aid for COVID-19 Related Funeral Expenses

From the Office for Social Ministry

Losing a loved one from the deadly impacts of the COVID-19 virus is very challenging, especially for those suffering from financial hardships. That why Congress passed the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act and the American Rescue Act of 2021, which includes up to $9,000 in financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is currently offering monies through the FUNERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM and has been accepting applications since April 12, 2021.

Applicants are required to be a U.S. Citizen, a non-citizen national or qualified alien; however, the decedent does not. A death certificate must show evidence of COVID-19 as the cause of death and that it occurred in the United States, in one of the U.S. territories or the District of Columbia. Applications may only be submitted if the person died on or after January 20, 2020. Read more...

Flyer for COVID-19 FEMA Funeral Assistance available HERE.

"Hope Heal Renew" Virtual Catholic Conference, Nov 4-6

November 4-6, 2021

Our purpose is clear: to be messengers of hope, healing, and renewal to all  we encounter along the way. 

You are invited to join uplifting prayer services & liturgies, live interactions with presenters, learning sessions in multiple languages, real-time “coffee talk” conversations with colleagues in ministry, and so much more! Come, be with us as our journey continues. This virtual Catholic Catechetical Conference will feature family style events and workshops.

The event is co-hosted by the Catholic Dioceses of  Fresno, Honolulu,  Las Vegas, Monterey, Reno, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Jose, Stockton, and the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Register at hopehealrenew.com.

Flyer available HERE.

Hawaii Celebration for 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines, Nov 6

Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Ewa Beach

Join this special Mass of thanksgiving for the 500 Years of Christianity in the Phillipines - Hawaii Celebration. To join the Mass via livestream, please visit https://www.facebook.com/olphparishewabeach/.

Flyer available HERE.

Hawaii Engaged Encounter Weekends for 2022

You are invited to experience a Catholic Engaged Encounter weekend in 2022. Participating in an Engaged Encounter weekend is a normative part of marriage preparation in the Diocese of Honolulu. Please contact your parish to arrange for a Catholic wedding before registering. 2022 Weekends are available for each island. For more information please visit hawaii.engagedencounter.com/.

See the Hawaii Catholic Engaged Encounter 2022 brochure HERE.

Saint of the Week

Blessed Bonaventure of Potenza
Feast Day – October 26

Carlo Antonio Lavagna, born in Potenza in the Kingdom of Naples, took the name Bonaventure when he joined the Conventual Friars Minor. Some of his actions, done in exact obedience to the friars’ rule, were seen as miracles. Of his assignments, the most fruitful was eight years in Amalfi, where he focused on pastoral care and educating youths. Humility kept him from positions of authority within his community, except for master of novices. Especially devoted to the Immaculate Conception, he died at Ravello with Mary’s name on his lips. He was beatified in 1775, and is among saints from the Neapolitan region whose blood has liquefied after death.

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


Mass for All Souls Day, Nov 2

"Hope Heal Renew" Catholic Catechetical Conference, Nov 4-6

Veterans Day Holiday, Nov 11

Mass for Thanksgiving Day, Nov 25

Thanksgiving Day Holiday, Nov 25-26

Annual Priests Convocation, Nov 29 - Dec 3


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The latest updates regarding the Diocese's response to COVID-19 can be found at www.catholichawaii.org/covid19.

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