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May 14, 2024 - Seventh Week of Easter

Tuesday within the Seventh Week of Easter (V20)
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Bishop's Homily for the Ascension of the Lord

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[St. Philomena Church, Honolulu (Confirmation & First Communion); Sacred Heart Church, Honolulu (Confirmation & First Communion)]

The worse thing that could happen as we think about the Ascension of Jesus into heaven, which we celebrate in a special way today, is that we would think that he is gone from the earth. Yes, we are very much like the apostles who were staring up into the sky, trying to keep their eyes fixed on Jesus as he disappeared beyond their sight. We talk about what Jesus did when he was here on earth and what Jesus taught way back then. We try to conjure up a distant memory of Jesus, preserved for us in the Bible, so that we can learn from this person who lived long ago, far away, and once upon a time. Read more...

Taking the Next Step

Bishop Larry Silva ordained Kurt Meyer, left, and Hai “Francis” Pham, center, to the diaconate in May 2023 at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa in Honolulu. Bishop Silva ordained Anthony Tran, right, to the diaconate in January 2024 at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu. (Photos courtesy Dann Ebina)

Deacons Kurt Meyer, Hai “Francis” Pham and Anthony Tran prepare for their priestly ordination

By Jennifer Rector
Hawaii Catholic Herald

Years of hard work, discernment and lots of prayers have led three men to the priesthood in the Diocese of Honolulu.

On May 24, Bishop Larry Silva will ordain Deacons Kurt Meyer, Hai “Francis” Pham and Anthony Tran at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa in Honolulu.

This has been a long time coming for the transitional deacons.

“While focusing on my academic work at the seminary, I am mindful of how these years of preparation will shape me into a humble, joyful and holy priest,” said Deacon Tran. Read more...

Transportation Friends for Kupuna Project

Catholic Charities Hawai‘i is looking for more volunteers as a driver and/or chaperone to assist kupuna 60 years and older for our Transportation Friends for Kupuna (TFK) Project.

As a volunteer driver, you will use your own vehicle to transport kupuna clients to needed destinations, and as a chaperone, you will assist in accompanying kupuna to and from their destinations. Your contribution as a volunteer will make a meaningful impact on the lives of frail kupuna who live independently.

If you are interested or need more information, please contact Program Volunteer Coordinator at (808) 527-4783

“Talk Story” with Sacred Hearts School in Lahaina

(Courtesy MCYIA Interior Architecture & Design)

From the Office for Social Ministry

God is lovingly with us all the time, even in the darkest moments. This message seemed to resonate deeply during a recent visit to Maui, when we were blessed to participate in intimate “talk story” sessions with some directly impacted by the August 8, 2023 wildfires. Persons from the Maria Lanakila Parish Sacred Hearts School (SHS) ohana and Diocese of Honolulu gathered to share quality time with each other and reflect on where they have been, where they are now, and where they are going. The “talk story” began with a heartfelt slideshow-video of their 9-month journey, accompanied by the beautiful hymn “Everyday God.” Everyone was immediately moved to tears as they watched images of their keiki hugging one another upon arrival at the makeshift Sacred Hearts School in Kapalua, just weeks following the destructive fires. The pictures brought back memories of pain and hope, while the haunting beautiful melody and lyrics of the song reminded all of the enduring presence of God–even amidst the devastating aftermath. Read more...

Inquiry Weekends Aim to Nourish Permanent Deacon Vocations

From the Office of Permanent Deacon Formation

In April, the Office of Permanent Deacon Formation hosted eight married couples and two single men discerning the call to the Diaconate. According to Deacon Renier Torres, these “Inquiry Weekends” allow men and married couples to “receive a comprehensive overview of the formation program, guiding them to make well-informed decisions” about their calling.

One of the most impactful features of the weekend is mealtimes, during which inquirers have an opportunity to engage directly with deacons, deacon wives, and those currently in the formation process. “This direct line to personal experience and wisdom is invaluable as you consider your own path,” says Deacon Henry Costales. “Whether these questions are theological, practical, or personal, getting them addressed can help clarify your understanding and expectations of the diaconal ministry.” Read more...

Holy Ghost Feast, May 18-19

Saturday, May 18 - Sunday, May 19, 2024
Holy Ghost Church, Kula

All are welcome to join the 131st Holy Ghost Feast "Blessed be God Forever" in Kula for a day of celebration and fun for the whole family. The two days will feature food booths, live entertainment, locally baked goods, the Queen's meal, keiki zone, and much more!

Flyer available HERE.

ʻOhana Mass, May 25

Saturday, May 25, 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 established 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.

Live stream 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.

Maui Corpus Christi Eucharistic Procession, Jun 2

Sunday, June 2, 2024 at 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
From St. Anthony, Wailuku to Christ the King, Kahului

A Eucharistic procession is like a holy parade that brings Jesus, truly present in the Holy Eucharist, into the world that he loves. The Blessed Sacrament is placed in a monstrance and carried out of the church by a priest. A Eucharistic procession sometimes begins at one church and ends at another and is connected to the celebration of the Mass or a time of Adoration.

The Eucharistic Procession will begin with 9:30 a.m. Mass at St. Anthony Church in Wailuku. The procession will start after Mass going to Christ the King Church in Kahului.

Flyer available HERE.

Oahu Eucharistic Procession, Jun 2

Sunday, June 2, 2024 at 10:30 a.m.
Beginning at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu

Join the Mass for Feast of Corpus Christi with Msgr. Gary Secor at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa in Honolulu. The Mass will be followed by the Eucharistic Procession to the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in downtown Honolulu and finish with the Adoration and Benediction celebrated by Msgr. Secor. Please bring your own water and sun protection for the approximate 1.5 mile march.

For more information please call the Office of Worship at (808) 585-3342.

Flyer available HERE.

Farewell Mass for St. Catherine School, Jun 5

Wednesday, June 5, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.
St. Catherine Church, Kapaa

To commemorate St. Catherine School, Kapaa’s legacy and honor the countless individuals who have been part of the school community, a special invitation is extended to all to join the Farewell Mass with Bishop Larry Silva followed by dinner to be hosted by St. Catherine Parish and School on June 5th, 2024. The Mass will begin at 5 PM.

Please RSVP for the event by contacting the school office at 808-822-4212. The deadline for the RSVP is on May 17, 2024.

Join us to celebrate the rich history, cherished memories, and enduring legacy of St. Catherine School as we bid a fond farewell.

Global Rosary Relay for Priests, Jun 7

Friday, June 7, 2024 at 11:30 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, downtown Honolulu

Join the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in reciting the Sorrowful Mysteries on Friday, June 7th for the sanctification of all priests. We especially pray for Bishop Larry Silva and the priests in the diocese for continued strength, good health, and thanksgiving for all they do. The event will be live-streamed at 11:30 a.m. through these links: Honolulu Cathedral at https://honolulucathedral.org/live-stream/, or, Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HonoluluCathedralBasilica.

Flyer available HERE.

Maui/Lana'i Vicariate Eucharistic Congress, Jun 8

Saturday, June 8, 2024 at 8:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
St. Anthony Church, Wailuku

The Eucharistic Congress is a gathering of the Church to bear witness to the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, which is an important Catholic doctrine. The Congress bring together people from a wide area and typically involves conversations, talks, and stories about the Eucharist.

In summary, the Eucharistic Congress will serve as a powerful moment for Catholics to come together, celebate the Eucharist, and to strenghten their faith in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

Click HERE to register for this free event. Registration deadline is June 5, 2024.

Flyer 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 Father Alapaki Kim, a retired priest of the Diocese of Honolulu. Father Alapaki passed away this afternoon, May 8, 2024, on the Big Island. He was 71 years old. May he rest in peace. Funeral services are as noted below:

Vigil for the Deceased
Date: Thursday, June 27, 2024
Time:  6:30 p.m.
Place:  Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa

Funeral Mass
Date:  Friday, June 28, 2024
Time:  Viewing at 8:00 a.m.
            Funeral Mass 10:00 a.m.
Location:  Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa

Saint of the Week

Saint Isidore
c. 1070 – c. 1130
Memorial - May 15

Saint Isidore, whom we honor today, is often called Isidore the Laborer, or Isidore the Farmer. He was an ordinary man, husband, and father who lived a humble and simple life working the fields for a landowner. His extraordinary faith, by which he always sought first the Kingdom of God, sets for us an excellent example of achieving extraordinary sanctity in the ordinary grind of daily work. Read more...

Image: Joseph von Führich, via Wikimedia Commons. Copyright © 2024 My Catholic Life! Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission. www.mycatholic.life

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
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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


131st Holy Ghost Feast in Kula, May 18-19

Annual Priests Retreat, May 20-24

Priesthood Ordination of Deacon Kurt Meyer, Deacon Anthony Tran, and Deacon Hai (Francis) Pham, May 24

‘Ohana Mass, May 25

Memorial Day Holiday, May 27


Maui Corpus Christi Eucharistic Procession, Jun 2

Oahu Corpus Christi Eucharistic Procession, Jun 2

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

Annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests, Jun 7

Maui-Lana'i Vicariate Eucharistic Congress, Jun 8

King Kamehameha Day, Jun 11

Juneteenth Holiday, Jun 19


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