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August 22, 2023 - Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

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

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[St. Damien of Molokai Church, Kaunakakai (Confirmation & First Communion)]

Worshipping the right God is the most important thing you can do!

We know that Jesus was very open to foreigners, and he had no problem associating with non-Jews. He healed the son of a Roman centurion, and he praised the Samaritan who rescued a man beaten and left by the side of the road to die. So why was he ignoring the pleas of the Canaanite woman, who begged him to heal her daughter from the grip of a demon? My guess is that she was seeking some kind of magical healing of her daughter without any intention to praise and worship the true and living God of the Jews. She wanted a product, and Jesus might be the one who could provide it for her. So Jesus at first ignores her. Gradually, she must have started to believe in him as God, and to recognize that, even though she was a foreigner, she was confident he would heal her daughter. And then, when he saw her faith, Jesus did heal her daughter. Read more...

Maui Mourns

Lahaina’s Maria Lanakila Church and rectory appear unscathed Aug. 9, the day after a wildfire destroyed Lahaina town on Maui. (Photo courtesy of James Ortiz)

By Patrick Downes
Hawaii Catholic Herald

In the days following the fierce Maui wildfire that burned to the ground the town of Lahaina Aug. 8-9 in the deadliest natural disaster in state history, Pope Francis expressed his solidarity with those “suffering from this tragedy,” the Lahaina Catholic church was found to be still standing, and the Diocese of Honolulu began taking donations to aid the thousands of victims.

Bishop Larry Silva, in an Aug. 11 message to Hawaii Catholics, expressed “unwavering support” for the fire victims and how to help them financially through the Hawaii Catholic Community Foundation.

“As a community of faith, we are called to come together and provide unwavering support to those who are suffering,” he said. “It is in times like these that our collective love, faith and compassion can make a tremendous difference.” Read more...

Support the Maui Wildfire Relief Efforts

To our Catholic Faithful in Hawaii and Beyond:

Peace be with you!

Today our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the devastating wildfires that have ravaged the island of Maui. As a community of faith, we are called to come together and provide unwavering support to those who are suffering. It is in times like these that our collective love, faith, and compassion can make a tremendous difference.

In 2008, the Hawaii Catholic Community Foundation (HCCF) was established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation to support our parish and school communities. We have set up a dedicated webpage for donations to go directly to HCCF to support the relief efforts for our fellow community members affected by the Maui wildfires. This is an opportunity for us to show our solidarity as a Catholic faith community and lend a helping hand to those who have lost so much.

You can make a tax-deductible contribution by visiting the following link: https://tinyurl.com/MauiCatholic. Every donation, no matter the amount, will play a crucial role in helping to rebuild lives and restore hope.

Let us also remember the power of prayer. In our collective prayers, we ask for strength, resilience, and healing for the fire victims and their families. May we find the grace to rebuild our families, their livelihoods, and the physical structures that were lost. Let our faith guide us as we navigate the challenges ahead, knowing that with the grace of God, all things are possible.

May God bless you all abundantly, and may our efforts bring comfort and hope to those in need. Maria Lanakila (Our Lady of Victory), pray for us!

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Larry Silva
Bishop of Honolulu

View Bishop Silva's letter as a PDF HERE.

Hawaii Catholic Men's Conference, Aug 26

Saturday, August 26, 2023 at 9:00 a.m.
St. Ann Church, Kaneohe

Join the 2023 Hawaii Catholic Men's Conference Valiant Discipleship featuring Fr. Larry Richards. A gifted and captivating speaker, preacher, retreat master, and author, Fr. Richards holds the answer to some of life’s profound questions. Tickets are $30 and includes lunch. For more information contact Ron Gochenouer at gochron@gmail.com.

Register on Eventbrite HERE. Flyer available HERE.

‘Ohana Mass, Aug 26

Saturday, August 26, 2023 at 5:30 p.m.
Mary, Star of the Sea Church, Honolulu

From the Office for Social Ministry

This year, including all during summer at Mary, Star of the Sea Church on Oahu, parishioners have shared 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.

Livestream available at Mary, Star of the Sea's YouTube Channel.

For more information please contact Deacon Rafael Mendoza at rafmendoza@rcchawaii.org.

"The Truth" with Fr. Larry Richards, Aug 27

Sunday, August 27, 2023
at 5:00 p.m.
St. Ann Church, Kaneohe

Join Father Larry Richards for Mass at 5:00 p.m. followed by his talk – “The Truth.” This event is open to all. Free admission – Good Will Offering.

For questions or for more information, please
contact Ron Gochenouer at gochron@gmail.com.

Flyer available HERE.

Reboot! with Chris Stefanick, Sep 6

Wednesday, September 6, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.
St. John Apostle & Evangelist Church, Mililani

Join REBOOT! featuring Catholic author and speaker, Chris Stefanick. REBOOT! is the fun, inspiring and practical experience of applying the beauty and genius of the Gospel to every aspect of your life from prayer and spirituality, to work, dating, marriage, parenting, health and more! Rediscover the message of the Gospel as powerful for us all, beautiful in its application to life, engaging for those searching, and fun & captivating for all ages, including our youth. Don't miss the opportunity to hear one of the most sought-after voices of our time. Offering practical insight into living the life God has created for you. Come, be energized! Invite someone! Tickets available at www.stjohnmililani.org or www.reallifecatholic.com.

Flyer available HERE.

"How to Share Your Faith" with Chris Stefanick, Sep 8

Friday, September 8, 2023 at 5:30 p.m.
St. Anthony Church, Wailuku

Flyer available HERE.

Maui/Lanai Vicariate Youth Gathering, Sep 9

Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
St. Anthony Church, Wailuku

Flyer available HERE.

Molokai Eucharist Retreat, Sep 16

Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
St. Damien of Molokai Church, Kaunakakai

Children, families, and catechists are welcome! Our morning together will be focused on Jesus, the Good Shepherd, who gently calls each of us by name and feeds us with the Bread of Life in the Eucharist.

Learn the names of the sacred articles used on the altar, the meaning of the priest's gestures and prayers spoken on our behalf, and how we are to live the Eucharist in our daily lives!

Register HERE. Flyer available HERE.

Marianist Lecture "God’s Mechanics", Oct 8

Sunday, October 8, 2023 at 4:00 p.m.
Chaminade University, Mystical Rose Oratory

Save the date for the next Marianist Lecture God’s Mechanics: How Scientists and Engineers Make Sense of Religion with Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ. This presentation will cover the connection between science, faith and religion. The event and parking are free. The lecture can also be viewed online.

For more information, please visit https://chaminade.edu/mission-rector/marianist-lecture-series/. Registration is encouraged but not required.

Flyer available HERE.

Saint of the Week

Saint Bartholomew the Apostle
First Century
Feast – August 24

Today, the Church honors one of the Twelve Apostles whom Jesus handpicked to form His Church and to go forth to the ends of the earth to share the Good News. Bartholomew, as he is named in the Synoptic Gospels, is most likely not his actual name, but a description of his lineage. His name in Aramaic is bar-Tôlmay, which is translated as “son of Tolmai.” While there are mentions of others named Tolmai in the Old Testament, nothing is known about Bartholomew’s father or background. Though nothing is certain about “Bartholomew,” most scholars agree that the Bartholomew mentioned in the Synoptics is the same person as Nathanael in John’s Gospel. Hence, it might be that “Nathanael, the son of Tolmai,” is the full name of today’s saint. 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:

Previous Announcements


Mass at Damien Memorial School, Aug 23

Hawaii Catholic Men's Conference, Aug 26

‘Ohana Mass, Aug 26

"The Truth" with Fr. Larry Richards, Aug 27


2nd Collection for the Catholic University of America, Sep 2-3

Labor Day Holiday, Sep 4

Reboot! with Chris Stefanick, Sep 6

"How to Share Your Faith" with Chris Stefanick, Sep 8

Maui/Lanai Vicariate Youth Gathering, Sep 9

Summer Sunset Rosary and Potluck, Sep 15

Molokai Eucharist Retreat, Sep 16

Clergy Workshops, Sep 28-29

`Ohana in Christ Diocesan Appeal, Sep 30-Oct 1


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