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March 19, 2024 - Holy Week

Tuesday within Holy Week (V13)
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Bishop's Homily for Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

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[Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu]

Jump on the bandwagon, everyone! It will go here. It will go there. But jump on, because everyone is jumping on the bandwagon.

How fascinating that at the beginning of this liturgy, we heard of the people of Jerusalem welcoming Jesus as the Son of David, waving palm branches, and shouting, “Hosanna!  Hosanna!” Then less than a week later, we see the people of Jerusalem waving their fists at Jesus and shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” At one moment we see Pontius Pilate declaring the innocence of Jesus, insisting he had done nothing wrong. And a moment later, when the mood of the crowd shifted, he condemned Jesus to death by crucifixion. We witness Peter swearing to the Lord that he will never abandon him, and that he will go to death with him, and just a few minutes later, struck with fear, declaring strongly “I do not know the man!” Read more...

Catholic Initiation Process has New Name, but the Same Goal

A parishioner received ashes from Bishop Larry Silva during Ash Wednesday Mass.  (Hawaii Catholic Herald / Jennifer Rector)

By Jennifer Rector
Hawaii Catholic Herald

Easter is right around the corner, and many thousands of people across the country are awaiting the day with anticipation to enter the Catholic Church. That includes 241 catechumens in the Diocese of Honolulu who will be baptized at the  Easter Vigil.

Each one of them prepares for the big day through their parish’s Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, or RCIA.

According to the diocese, the rite of Christian initiation is based on the principle that the process of conversion proceeds gradually, in stages.

Put in a simpler manner, Father Alfred Guerrero, the head of the Office of Worship for the diocese which includes RCIA, said that the process has to do with one’s relationship with God. Read more...

Lenten Reflection: Encounter Christ

(CRS Rice Bowl social media)

From the Office for Social Ministry

“He emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
- Philippians 2:7-8

This passage from St. Paul’s message to the Philippians about the Christ’s Incarnation is very profound especially during Holy Week when we are called to reflect on how Jesus willingly emptied himself for all humanity and how we might be able to follow his example of selfless love in service for others. During this final week of our Lenten journey, as we ponder the pascal mystery of Jesus’s sacrificial love, it can also be helpful to remember the saying: “Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional.” The Son of the God knew of the pain he would endure and still chose to suffer and die for our salvation. He not only accepted heavy crosses of excruciating agony through the crucifixion; but also embraced his suffering and that of the whole world and transformed his pain and suffering through total giving of self and unconditional love into redemption and hope for all.

The culmination of Lent in Holy Week’s focus on the Eucharistic celebration of the Passover and the Passion of Christ on the Cross helps us focus on how we can empty ourselves and embrace the cross to be transformed into the hope of the resurrection. The Lenten Rice Bowl program helps us keep in mind the countless men, women and children who today carry heavy crosses of their own in various forms of hunger, homelessness, and lack of security. Read more...

Nominate Favorite Teacher and Administrator for the Golden Pine"apple" Award

From the Hawaii Catholic Schools

Hawaii Catholic Schools and Chaminade University with the support of John C. and Mary Lou Brogan present The Golden Pine"apple" Awards for both Administrator and Teacher of the Year. Both awards recognize excellence in outstanding teachers/specialists and administrators within the Catholic Schools in the State of Hawaii. The recipients of the 2023-2024 school year's award will be announced at the Recognition Ceremony in May and will receive the Golden Pine”apple” trophy and a check for $1,000. Nominations are being accepted until the end of the March. For more details, click HERE for Teacher of the Year and click HERE for Administrator of the Year.

Flyer available HERE.

Pontifical Good Friday Collection, March 29

Pope Francis has asked for support for the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, which helps Christians in the Holy Land, where they are now less than 2% of the population. Your support is essential to help the Church minister in parishes, provide Catholic schools, and offer religious education. The Pontifical Good Friday Collection also helps to preserve the sacred shrines of Christianity, including in Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem, to name only a few.

The pandemic had hit Christians in the Holy Land particularly hard. Most of them depend on pilgrimages for work. The war made their situation even more dramatic. In these times of crisis, the collection is necessary to meet the basic needs of the People of God still living in this Land and to maintain a Christian presence where the Church was born.

When you contribute to the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, you join with Catholics around the world in solidarity with the Church in the Holy Land. Please be generous!

For more information about Christians in the Holy Land, visit www.myfranciscan.org or www.custodia.org.

123rd Annual Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service, Mar 31

Sunday, March 31, 2024 at 6:15 a.m.
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu

All are welcome to join the wider Christian community in celebrating Easter on Sunday, March 31, 6:15 AM at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu!

Come enjoy the sunrise from Pūowaina ("Hill of Sacrifice") and worship with music from the Royal Hawaiian Band and others, and a message by The Rev. David Nagler, Bishop of the Pacifica Synod ELCA.

Flyer available HERE.

"November's Song" Fundraiser for the Joseph Dutton Guild, Apr 1-2

Monday, April 1 & Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.
The Brad Powell Theater, Honolulu

Experience an inspiring evening! See "November’s Song" presented by The Actors’ Group, a fundraiser for The Joseph Dutton Guild. Limited seating. Suggested donation: $75 per ticket includes a charcuterie bento.

"November’s Song" is a monologue about the life of St. Marianne who will be played by Stephanie Conching who has directed and participated in numbers productions locally.

Your generous support will help with the beatification and canonization of Servant of God, Joseph Dutton, Layman, who devoted 44 years of his life to serving those with Hansen’s disease alongside Saint Damien and Saint Marianne.

Reserve your tickets online at https://www.josephdutton.org/events-new

Flyer available HERE.

Francesca LaRosa in Hawaii, Apr 2-3

Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.
St. Michael the Archangel Church, Kailua-Kona

Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Papaiko

Francesca LaRosa, is a Catholic composer and singer-songwriter from Indianapolis. It is Francesca’s mission to help others grow in their faith by memorizing the sacred Word of God, as well as prayers and hymns, through music. Together with her husband David, she continues to compose USCCB and ICEL approved Psalms in multiple styles and languages every week, as well as create the best resources possible for music directors and cantors.

An Evening with Sarah Hart in Concert, Apr 12

Friday, April 12, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.
St. John Apostle & Evangelist Church, Mililani

Sarah Hart is one of the leading figures in contemporary Catholic music today and has been a singer, songwriter, retreat author, and keynote speaker for over twenty years. A Grammy-nominated songwriter (“Better Than an Hallelujah” as well as many others), her songs have been recorded by numerous recording artists, and have appeared in TV, movies, commercials, and theater. Her writing is visible in hymnals across the globe. To learn more about Sarah visit www.sarahhart.com.

General Admission tickets: $35. Purchase tickets at www.stjohnmililani.org.

Flyer available HERE.

Rachel's Vineyard Retreat, Apr 26-28

Friday, April 26 - Sunday, April 28, 2024
(Arrival at 5:30pm on Friday/departure on Sunday at 5:00pm)

If you or a friend are hurting from a past abortion and are searching for a confidential, non-judgmental, safe place of healing and support to express and reconcile painful emotions and begin the healing process, look no further... and join us on our next retreat!

Both women and men are impacted by abortion and greatly benefit from the retreats. Singles, couples and family members of aborted children have come to Rachel's Vineyard for peace and inner healing. Call us today if you need someone to talk to.

To register, contact Lisa Shorba at (808) 490-4702 or email rvinhawaii@gmail.com.

Retreats are held at a private retreat center for 3 days and 2 nights. The retreat fee of $175.00 covers accommodations, daily meals/snacks, and materials. Space is limited. Registrations & Retreats are strictly confidential. Need-based scholarships are available. For more information visit www.rachelsvineyard.com.

Flyer available HERE. Brochure available HERE.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I, Part A, Jun 3-14

Monday, June 3 - Friday, June 14, 2024
Mary, Star of Sea Early Learning Center, Honolulu

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is an approach to religious formation for children ages 3-12. The Level I course is the foundation course and prepares catechists to work with 3-6 year-old children. Level I course participants (Parts A and B) will receive certification from the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

Sessions held weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Optional materials making from 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Printable Trifold Flyer available HERE. Register Online HERE.

Rest in Peace

Please pray for the happy repose of the soul of Michelle Brown, the wife of Deacon Mike Brown, a deacon of the Diocese of Honolulu who is currently living in Colorado. Michelle passed away on March 19, 2024. Condolences may be sent to Deacon Mike Brown and his family at:11627 S. Tumble Brush Street, Parker, CO  80134. May she rest in the peace of Christ.

Saint of the Week

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
Sixth Sunday of Lent

This day could be thought of as a day of contradiction. The Mass begins with the reading of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and His joyous reception by the crowds who strewed palm branches before Him, crying out, “Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest.” Today, this inspiring scene is commemorated by processions of the faithful carrying palm branches into their churches. The contradiction, however, is experienced as the full narrative of the Passion of Christ is read, culminating with Jesus’ death on the Cross. 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


Chrism Mass for Oahu-Molokai Vicariates, Mar 26

Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Mar 28

Good Friday Holiday, Mar 29

Pontifical Good Friday Collection, Mar 29

Good Friday Morning Prayer, Mar 29

Good Friday Liturgy of the Lord's Passion, Mar 29

Holy Saturday Morning Prayer, Mar 30

The Easter Vigil, Mar 30

Mass for Easter Sunday, Mar 31


"November's Song" Fundraiser for Joseph Dutton Guild, Apr 1-2

Francesca LaRosa at St. Michael, Kailua-Kona, Apr 2

Francesca LaRosa at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Papaiko, Apr 3

Bagels with Bishop at Maryknoll School, Honolulu, Apr 5

An Evening with Sarah Hart in Concert in Mililani, Apr 12

Bagels with Bishop at Sacred Hearts Academy, Apr 19

Bagels with Bishop at St. Louis School, Apr 19

Annual Mass for Clergy and Religious Jubilarians, Apr 20

Bagels with Bishop at Damien Memorial School, Apr 26


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