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April 9, 2024 - Second Week of Easter

Tuesday within the Second Week of Easter (V15)
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Bishop's Homily for the Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday)

(Kat Buslaeva/Shutterstock.com)

[Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu
(Confirmation & First Communion)

What a wonderful day this is, the day of your Confirmation and First Holy Communion!  We hope it will be a day you remember for the rest of your lives.  You may forget my name or even where this all took place, but we hope you will never forget this wonderful day on which God pours out his love upon you in a special way.

When you talk about this to your friends at school or maybe to distant relatives who visit, maybe you will tell them about what you wore, who was your godparent, the wonderful party you had afterwards, or the gifts you receive on this occasion.  Those are all good.  But I hope you will tell them how wonderful it was to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to have the risen Jesus come into your own body and your own heart.  If you forget all those other things that make this day such a special day for you, I pray you will never forget the heart of it all: your physical encounter with the risen Jesus.  And I hope that is the main message you share with your friends.

What happened long ago and far away on that first Easter day is exactly what is happening here today.  The risen Jesus is not just someone who is a person from the history books, but he is really and truly present with you today in an intimate and holy communion.  Just as he appeared physically to the apostles, who also thought he was history, and brought them such joy, so may you know his presence with you today and every day you receive him in the Eucharist.  May you hear over and over again his loving message, “Peace be with you!”  May you, like those first apostles, tell about your encounter with him to anyone who has not yet experienced him.  This is what they did to Thomas, who was not with them when Jesus appeared.  Even though they told him about seeing Jesus alive, speaking with such joy and conviction, he did not believe them.  Do not expect that everyone will believe you right away either.  It might take them a while, but in his own time, Jesus can appear to them, too, and you will have opened the door of their locked hearts so that they will know him and embrace him, just as you do today.  Read more...

Catholic Charities USA Chief Praises Islands’ Response to Crises

A charred boat lies in the scorched waterfront in Lahaina after deadly flames tore through the historic Maui city.  
(Mason Jarvi / handout via Reuters / OSV News)

By Jennifer Rector
Hawaii Catholic Herald

The president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA visited Hawaii earlier this month to see the aftermath of last year’s devastating wildfire in Lahaina and to thank staff members of the organization’s Hawaii branch for their efforts in facing that crisis as well as others across the islands.

Catholic Charities USA was one of the first groups to respond to the tragedy on Maui, providing more than $2 million.

President and CEO Kerry Alys Robinson visited Maui on March 9 and 10, spending time with fire victims and members of Catholic Charities Hawaii’s Maui office. Later she met with staff members at CCH’s Ching campus in Honolulu to recount her visit and outline Catholic Charities’ aid priorities.

“This was extremely important from my perspective, because I can read about it, I can talk to people on Zoom or on the phone, but there is nothing like being present,” Robinson said of her Maui stop. “My deepest, deepest sorrow and, gratitude for the people who are helping their neighbors in this healing process.” Read more...

Easter with Our Migrant Brothers and Sisters

Migrants wade through water as they continue their their trek toward the Darién Gap in Acandi, Colombia, July 9, 2023. Considered one of the world's most dangerous migration routes, the Darién Gap is on the border between Colombia and Panama and consists of more than 60 miles of dense rain forest, steep mountains and vast swamps.
(OSV News photo/Adri Salido, Reuters)

From the Office for Social Ministry

“May the Risen One make the light of his face shine upon migrants and on all those who are passing through a period of economic difficulty and offer them consolation and hope in their moment of need." - Pope Francis Easter Message March 31, 2024

Pope Francis’s Easter morning message of prayer for consolation and hope for all in need echoes similar sentiments he shared with bishops visiting the Darien Gap in Central America a few days before Holy Week. In his correspondence to their meeting called “Easter with Our Migrant Brothers and Sisters: An Encuentro of Border Bishops of Colombia Panama and Costa Rica,” our Holy Father quoted the story from the gospel of Matthew 26:7, in which the disciples asked Jesus where they should prepare his Passover meal. Our Holy Father said that if Jesus were to answer today, he would say: “In the Darién, with our migrant brothers and sisters. It is there that they are waiting for us, on the shore of a sea of tears and death that unites men and women, adults and children from the most diverse latitudes.”

The Darién Gap is one of the most dangerous regions where migrants and refugees from Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, Haiti, and other parts of the world courageously trek through a wild lawless jungle on their journey for a better future. Many do not make it to the other side. As Pope Francis pointed out, “With its multicultural facet, this human caravan passes through the Darién Gap, a jungle that is a triumph of nature, but which today has become a real Via Crucis that not only highlights the limits of migration governance in the Western hemisphere, but also feeds a thriving business that allows for the accumulation of illicit profits from human trafficking.”  Read more...

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.

’Ohana Mass, Apr 27

Saturday, March 23, 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.

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.

Saint of the Week

Saint Stanislaus

Memorial - April 11

Very little is known for certain about Saint Stanislaus, since his first biography was not written until more than a century after his death. Nonetheless, his influence upon Poland has been great. He is believed to have been born and raised in southern Poland, in the village of Szczepanów. His town and the surrounding area stood out from the rest of Poland for their unique culture, architecture, traditional costumes, dances, food, and dialect. The capital and largest city of the territory was Krakow. His parents were prominent and wealthy, as well as devout and charitable. For most of their marriage, they were without children. When his mother conceived Stanislaus later in their lives, his parents saw their child as a gift from Heaven.

As a youth, Stanislaus became very devout, charitable toward the poor, fervent in mortifications, and dedicated to growth in virtue. As a young man, it is believed that he was sent to study in the then capital of Poland, Gniezno, and later completed his theological studies in Paris. After his parents died, Stanislaus received a huge inheritance, which he immediately gave to the poor. He was ordained to the priesthood by the Bishop of Krakow and appointed canon at the cathedral, became a well-respected preacher, was later appointed as a pastor, and eventually became the Vicar General of Krakow, a position of great importance in the local church. When the Bishop of Krakow died, Stanislaus was chosen as his successor by popular acclaim. At first he refused the position, but on the explicit order of the pope, he accepted and was ordained a bishop around the age of forty-two. Read more...

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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


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

Rachel's Vineyard Retreat, Apr 26-28

'Ohana Mass, Apr 27


Annual Priests Retreat, May 20-24

Memorial Day Holiday, May 27


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