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August 23, 2022 - Twenty-First Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday within the Twenty-First Week of Ordinary Time (V34)
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Bishop's Homily for the Twenty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time


[Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Pearl City]

Inclusion and diversity seem to be on everyone’s minds today.  Universities and businesses now often have an “Inclusion and Diversity Department. This can be a good thing, even for our Church, because it is always good for us to notice who is not with us and to reach out to them. Do we exclude certain ethnic groups from our activities? Are our youth participating as robustly in our Church as we say we would like them to? Do we pay sufficient attention to the elderly and to the middle-aged? As we hear today’s first reading from Isaiah, it seems that this is what God wants, to bring all the nations to him and to open all hearts to come and worship him. It is God’s desire to save all people in Jesus Christ.

By contrast, we have Jesus – who is usually so inclusive in all he does – teaching us that we must enter through the narrow gate. He makes clear that, in the end, there will be those who are admitted to his heavenly kingdom and those who are excluded because he does not truly know them. Read more...

Catholic Radio on Oahu

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Peace be with you!

When Jesus gave the Great Commission, telling his first disciples to go out to all the world and tell the Good News of his love, he meant for all his disciples, in every age, to do the same. It is our grave responsibility but also our joy to share the Gospel with others. We do this in various ways, but one of the most effective means for evangelization is through Catholic radio programming. People in their cars, doing their housework, or lounging at the beach can tune in to radio and be nourished with living stories of the saving presence of Jesus among us today.

St. John Paul II Catholic Radio, which already has several stations in the Western United States, would like to partner with us to establish a Catholic radio station in Oahu in order to reach the largest number of people in our State with the Good News of Jesus. It will feature national programming, but will also include local programs about the Catholic Church here in Hawaii.

In order to establish a station, St. John Paul II Catholic Radio must purchase a station, with its licenses; and raise the budget for its first year of operations. After that, the station should be able to sustain itself with sponsors and with listener support. What is needed is $1.5 million. Your support for this initiative will be greatly appreciated. Large donations are essential. However, more modest donations, in large numbers, will also help us reach our goal quickly and sustain the station. Through your support you will be participating in this wonderful opportunity for evangelization.

Donations may be sent to: ­­­­­­www.oahucatholicradio.com. St. John Paul Catholic Radio is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, and your donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

May the Lord bless you and your participation in fulfilling his Great Commission!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Larry Silva
Bishop of Honolulu

State of Catholic Schools 2022

Llewellyn Young, superintendent of Hawaii Catholic Schools, in his office at St. Stephen Diocesan Center in Kaneohe in early August. (HCH Photo | Anna Weaver)

By Anna Weaver
Hawaii Catholic Herald

Hawaii Catholic Schools Office superintendent Llewellyn Young sat down with the Hawaii Catholic Herald in early August. He talked about how things are going in the 27 Catholic schools on four islands, and how his department is here to “serve, empower and make a positive difference.”

Hawaii Catholic schools saw a higher amount of turnover in faculty and staff between last school year and this school year. Why is that?

In the K-8 schools in particular, we’re seeing this exodus of individuals. And I was really concerned about that because even the Hawaii Department of Education is having a difficult time replacing some of their faculty. There’s a shortage of teachers, we can all acknowledge that.

But the Lord is on our side because we haven’t struggled in the same way in replacing our teachers, even though we don’t have the same salary capacity as the Department of Education. People are attracted to Catholic schools for a variety of reasons. The caliber of our students, the small class sizes, the safe environment, the spiritual aspects of the school. Those factors are attractive to people. So that’s a good thing. Read more...

Back to School Supplies for Keiki in Need


From the Office for Social Ministry

As Hawaii’s keiki return to the classrooms this fall, many families are still struggling to purchase basic school supplies. Thankfully, there are several organizations standing by to respond to this hardship. For example, Helping Hands Hawaii’s READY TO LEARN (RTL) initiative distributes school supply kits to students with verified needs. Founded in 1998 by the late Senator Dan Inouye and his wife Maggie, RTL has been providing thousands of students in grades K-12 with basic school supplies.

Agencies that typically refer clients for help include Catholic Charities Hawaii, The Salvation Army, Child and Family Service, QLCC and PACT. If your family receives social services assistance, ask your case worker for a referral to receive items such as backpacks, face masks, pencils, erasers, crayons, and so much more. Read more...

Search for Longest Married Couple

Nominate your longest married couple at wwme.org. Click "Nominate Today" located at the upper right of the wwme.org home page. The nomination deadline is September 10, 2022.

Flyer available HERE.

Clergy Workshop "Come and Follow Me," Aug 25-27

Thursday, August 25 - Saturday, August 27
On Oahu, Hawaii, and Kauai

All Priests and Deacons are welcome to join the Clergy workshop, “Come and Follow Me” with Speaker: Fr. Ralph O’Donnell, Former Director of USCCB Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations.

There are three workshops locations:

  • Honolulu, Oahu: Thursday, August 25, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Laulima Conference Room at St. Stephen Diocesan Center
  • Kailua-Kona, Hawaii: Friday, August 26, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, St. Michael the Archangel Parish
  • Wailuku, Maui: Saturday, August 27, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, -St. Anthony of Padua Parish

Please see flyer for contact information for registration at each location.

Flyer available HERE.

Hawaii Catholic Men's Conference, Aug 27

Saturday, August 27, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.
St. Ann Church, Kaneohe

Save the date for the upcoming Hawaii Catholic Men's Conference Prepare My Hands for Battle featuring guest speaker Jesse Romero. There will also be other opportunities to see Jesse Romero from August 23-25, 2022. These events are sponsored by the Hawaii Catholic Men's Conference.

Cost: $30 (includes lunch and snacks). Register for the conference on Eventbrite HERE.

How to Overcome Depression Catholic Style
Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
Blessed Sacrament Church, Pauoa

The Power of Prayer
Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
St. Michael Church, Waialua

The Benefits of Prayer and Church Attendance
Thursday, August 25, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
St. Ann Church, Kaneohe

Flyer available HERE.

Catechist Training Day, Sep 3

Saturday, September 3, 2022 at 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
In-person at St. Stephen Diocesan Center, Laulima Auditorium

Join Fr. Mark Gantley, JCL for a review of the "Norms for the Preparation for and Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation and First Penance". This session is suitable for clergy, and parish/school catechists who help children, youth, and adults to prepare for the reception of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, and First Penance. This event will also be livestreamed. Register to receive the livestream link.


Hosted by the Office of Faith Formation. For more information contact Chad Chun at (808) 203-6747 or chadkchun@rcchawaii.org.

Diocesan Rosary Congress, Oct 1-7

Saturday, October 1 - Friday, October 7, 2022

From October 1-7, 2022 the Diocese of Honolulu will join other dioceses around the nation on the 2022 Diocesan Rosary Congresses (DRC). The purpose of the DRC is to assist the faithful to fulfill the message of Fatima.

This year our diocese will follow the “The Traveling Congress” model. The relay will start on Saturday, October 1 at 6 p.m. and will end on Friday, October 7 at 6 p.m. Each 6-hour period is held at a different parish or religious community in the Diocese.

Parishes and religious congregations that are interested in participating can contact Cami Adams at (808) 721-2307 or camikjmj@gmail.com with their desired day(s) and hours no later than Friday, September 23.

For more information on the DRC visit www.rosarycongressusa.org.

Flyer available HERE.

Marianist Lecture with Fr. James Heft, Oct 9

Sunday, October 9, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. (HST)
Mystical Rose Oratory, Chaminade University
Livestream Available

Join the upcoming Marianist Lecture, "Empty Churches: Where have all the young people gone?" with Fr. James L. Heft, S.M.

A study by the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies found that the Catholic population, like that of other faith communities, has been declining in the U.S. and the majority of millennials raised Catholic typically now report that they are unaffiliated. Fr. James Heft, SM will explore the social phenomena of the growing number of individuals who no longer affiliate with a religious tradition, the impact non-affiliation has on society and what the future will look like for faith communities like Catholicism.


Rest in Peace

Please pray for the happy repose of the soul of Mary Ann (Silva) Owens, mother of Father Michael Owens, who passed away on Friday, August 19, 2022. May she rest in peace!

Condolences may be sent to:
Reverend Michael Owens
St. Stephen Diocesan Center
6301 Pali Highway
Kaneohe, HI  96744

Saint of the Week

Saint Bartholomew
First Century
Feast Day - August 24

Little is known with certainty about today’s Apostle, and perhaps Saint Bartholomew is just fine with that. If he were like Saint John the Baptist, he would want Christ to increase and himself to decrease. It is possible, although not certain, that Bartholomew is the same Apostle as Nathaniel. Bartholomew means “Son of Tolmai” and is not a name, technically, but a patronymic, like the Scandinavian “son” found in “Anderson” or “Erikson.” The Bartholomew of Matthew, Mark, and Luke may describe the man known in the Gospel of John more correctly as Nathaniel. Bartholomew is paired with Philip in some Gospel lists, which corresponds, interestingly, with Philip being an old friend of Nathaniel in John’s Gospel. But so little is known with certainty about the Apostles that these conjectures will likely never be resolved. 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
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

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 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


Maria Lanakila, Lahaina
Sundays at 7 AM, 8:45 AM
Mondays to Saturdays at 7 AM

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


Clergy Workshop "Come and Follow Me" - Oahu, Aug 25

Get Back! to Church Benefit Concert, Aug 25

Clergy Workshop "Come and Follow Me" - Hawaii, Aug 26

Clergy Workshop "Come and Follow Me" - Maui, Aug 27

Get Back! to Church Benefit Concert, Aug 27


Catechist Training Day, Sep 3

Labor Day Holiday, Sep 5

2nd Collection for the Catholic University of America, Sep 10-11

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Experience - Big Island, Sep 16-18


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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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