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February 15, 2022

Tuesday within the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time (V7)
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Bishop's Homily for the Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time


[St. Stephen Diocesan Center, Kaneohe (Institution as Lectors of Deacon Candidates)]

When I was Director of Vocations in the Diocese of Oakland, I was in residence at St. Anthony Church in East Oakland. I was not in charge there, but I did have the privilege of getting to know the people. Some years later I returned there as pastor, and at one of my first Masses there a woman who had been a lector for quite a while. She read from Isaiah [in the dullest, unanimated voice]: “The Lord has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might preach to the weary a word that will rouse them.” I almost dozed off! It was not the way that reading should have been proclaimed, with energy and rich expression. My first thought was to tell her after Mass that she could not be a lector any more. But my second thought – which is often the more prudent one – was that this woman KNEW the Word of God and had an intimate relationship with him, and everyone in the parish knew that she was a very holy woman. So I did give her some training, which helped a bit, but she remained as a lector. What seemed on the surface to be an unacceptable proclamation of the Word was actually a witness to the importance of the Word in that woman’s life. Read more...

Synodal Process Nears Local Deadline of February 28

To All Members of the Diocese of Honolulu

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Peace be with you!

Pope Francis has called for a worldwide involvement of engagement of as many people as possible to prepare for the Synod of Bishops in October 2023, whose theme is: The Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission. Each diocese has prepared its own format for this worldwide consultation, and I am happy to say that many groups and individuals have already participated.

Now that our local deadline of February 28 is approaching, I ask everyone to give special attention to this consultation over the next two weeks. Pastoral councils, families, parish staffs, neighbors (Catholic or not), and EVERYONE is invited to participate in this reflection. We invite all individuals and groups in the diocese to discuss and share your reflections. The exercise itself has been enriching and engaging, and it will help our Church to grow, locally, nationally, and internationally.

The format for participating in the Synodal Process can be found on the website of the Diocese of Honolulu: Synod of Bishops - Diocese of Honolulu Phase (catholichawaii.org). The web portal for reporting responses can be found in the document.

May the Lord bless you all as we walk together on this journey of renewal of ourselves and our Church!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Larry Silva
Bishop of Honolulu

A Modern Day Medieval Order

Former U.S. Grand Prior of the Knights of Lazarus Dr. Kenneth Moritsugu lays a sword on the shoulder of Bishop Larry Silva, investing him as a member of the order. (Photo courtesy of Dann Ebina)

By Anna Weaver
Hawaii Catholic Herald

On Jan. 22, the first investiture ceremony for the Hawaii branch of an ancient chivalric order took place at St. Augustine Church in Waikiki.

The Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, which dates back to the medieval ages, has been in Hawaii since the late 1990s, and focuses its ecumenical mission on helping people with Hansen’s disease, or what was once called leprosy.

Seven members were invested in a short ceremony at St. Augustine, including Bishop Larry Silva. Two members had come from the mainland specifically to share their investiture with Bishop Silva, and a few had previously been unofficially invested over video call because of COVID-19 travel restrictions. Read more..

Current Resources for Financial Assistance

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From the Office for Social Ministry

Since the pandemic, Congress has passed multiple relief packages enabling providers to distribute millions to help feed the hungry, pay for housing and other utiilities for those struggling from COVID-related challenges. Although many funds from those large initiatives have been expended, there are still resources available for those still in need. Recently, Hawaiian Electric issued a $2 million Kokua Fund that helped 22,000 households receive $90 off their late electric bill effective January 31, 2022.

Yet parishes continue to receive requests from individuals and families seeking financial assistance to pay back rent and utilities. If your parish has an outreach or social ministry coordinator or office staff fielding calls and people stopping by for kokua, this chart will prove helpful, especially for those needing assistance on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island. Read more...

Youth Ministry Training, Feb 19 and 22

Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.
or Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.

All youth ministry leaders, core team members, and volunteers are invited to participate in this month’s Youth Ministry Training covering relational ministry, Gen Z, and sharing faith with teens. Both sessions will be offered online, using Zoom. This event is sponsored by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.

Register here: https://forms.gle/ZvXgWzDW7VMgieS67

Flyer available HERE.

The Marianist Lecture, Feb 27

Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.
Online Event

The Synod on Synodality is in 2023, what does that mean?

Bishop Robert McElroy (Diocese of San Diego) will present on the topic of “Synodality: Proclaiming Jesus to the World” to help us prepare for the Synod on Synodality that Pope Francis has called for October 2023. The lecture will be about 50 minutes, followed by a period of questions and answers.

The Most Rev. Robert W. McElroy is the sixth bishop of San Diego, appointed as Ordinary by Pope Francis in 2015. He was ordained as a priest in 1980 and served as Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco from 2010-2015.

Register at marianistlecture.com.

Flyer available HERE.

500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines, Mar 19

Saturday, March 19, 2022
Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu

Celebrate the culminating activities of the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines-Hawaii Celebration on Saturday, March 19, 2022 at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa in Honolulu. The activies will begin at 9:00 a.m. with registration and a video presentation follow by Mass at 10:00 a.m. celebrated by Bishop Larry Silva.

To attend in-person, please RSVP by Thursday, March 10, 2022 by email: 500YOChawaii@rcchawaii.org. The Mass will also be available via live stream at https://www.facebook.com/hicocathedral.

Flyer available HERE.

Rest in Peace

Father Thomas Joseph
Please pray for the happy repose of the soul of Father Thomas Joseph (formerly Father Thomas Purayidathil) who died February 9, 2022 in India after struggling with brain cancer for some time. He was a priest of the Diocese of Honolulu and served in several parishes. His last assignment was at St. Pius X Church, Manoa. May he rest in peace!

Memorial Masses for Father Thomas Joseph
Date: Thursday, February 17, 2022
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: St. Elizabeth Church, Aiea
Presider: Father Arnold Ortiz 

Date: Thursday, March 10, 2022
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: St. Pius X Church, Manoa
Presider: Most Reverend Larry Silva

Guadalupe Jaramillo Dumag
Please pray for the happy repose of the soul of Guadalupe Jaramillo Dumag, the mother of Father Peter Dumag. She died at her home in the Philippines on February 13, 2022 at the age of 97 years old. Father Dumag is a priest of the Diocese of Honolulu currently serving as Chaplain in the Air Force. May she rest in peace.

Saint of the Week

Saints Cyril and Methodius
Feast Day - February 14

The Cyrillic alphabet used by hundreds of millions of people in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and Russia, is named after today’s Cyril. Numerous proofs could be advanced for why a certain person is historically significant. Few proofs, however, can eclipse an alphabet being named after you. The evangelical labors of Cyril and Methodius were so path breaking, long lasting, and culture forming that these brothers stand in the very first rank of the Church’s greatest missionaries. Shoulder to shoulder with brave men such as Patrick, Augustine of Canterbury, Boniface, Ansgar, and others, they baptized nations, mustered clans from the forests, codified laws, transcribed alphabets, and gathered the crude pagan gropings for the divine into the transcendent worship of the one true God at Mass. Saints Cyril and Methodius helped form the religiously undivided reality of Christendom long before it was ever called Europe. Read more...

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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

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


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


Online Youth Ministry Training, Feb 19

Presidents' Day Holiday, Feb 21

Online Youth Ministry Training, Feb 22

The Marianist Lecture, Feb 27


Mass for Ash Wednesday, Mar 2

Advocate Training at St. Stephen Diocesan Center, Mar 9

Scout Mass, Mar 12

Advocate Training at Immaculate Conception, Lihue, Mar 16

Mass in Celebration of 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines, Mar 19

Prince Kuhio Day Holiday, Mar 25

Second Collection for Catholic Relief Services, Mar 26-27


For our most recent news, visit www.catholichawaii.org.

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

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