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August 15, 2023 - Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday within the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time (V33)
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Bishop's Homily for the Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Destroyed cars and buildings after the deadly fire in Lahaina, Maui. (Zane Vergara / Shutterstock.com)

On Sunday, August 13, I celebrated Mass at Sacred Hearts Church, Kapalua, one of the churches of Maria Lanakila Parish in Lahaina, Maui. I was accompanied by the pastor, Father Kuriakose Nadooparambil, MF; the Maui-Lanai vicar forane, Msgr. Terrence Watanabe; the former pastor, Father Gary Colton; and the former parochial vicar, Father Robert Ni Ni, MF. It was a very sad occasion, during which we drove past the rubble of Lahaina town to reach Kapalua. We listened to the stories of those who are grieving family members and neighbors, who lost their homes and their livelihoods, and who are still reaching out to those in need in whatever way they can. Please continue to pray for our brothers and sisters who were so devastated by the recent fires in Lahaina. Here is the homily I preached at Mass.

[Sacred Hearts Church, Kapalua (Sunday following the catastrophic fire in Lahaina)]

Strong and heavy wind; earthshaking events; fire – these are all realities with which you are very familiar because of the devastating fire earlier this week. The voice of God was not in any of these things, because they were so destructive, destroying lives, homes, and livelihoods for thousands of people. And like the prophet Elijah, we are gathered here today, after having experienced these dramatic events, to hear a tiny whispering sound, the voice of God, who assures us of his love and care for us, despite whatever horrors or tragedies may befall us. We are here to worship the God who never abandons us, but who embraces us with his whispers of comfort, love and care. And despite the difficulties you have had in sending and receiving communications to others outside this devastated community, know that God’s hand is moving in thousands of people throughout Hawaii, the United States, and the world in reaching out to you in this greatest hour of need. Countless prayers have been offered for you, and donations and services for recovery and rebuilding are pouring in. We gather to give thanks that this whisper of God’s love is stronger than the noise and drama of any disaster. Read more...

Bishop's Message for the Maui Wildfires

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

Rev. Msgr. Terrence Watanabe
Vicar Forane of Maui-Lanai

View Bishop Silva's letter as a PDF HERE.

Papal Message Regarding the Maui Wildfires

Bishop Larry Silva received the Papal Message below regarding the Maui wildfires on Friday, August 11, 2023:

The Most Reverend Larry Silva, Bishop of Honolulu

His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and the destruction caused by the wildfires on the Hawaiian Island of Maui, and he expresses his solidarity with all those suffering from this tragedy, especially those whose loved ones have died or are missing. His Holiness also offers the assurance of prayers for the dead, injured and displaced, as well as for the first responders and emergency personnel. As a sign of his spiritual closeness the Holy Father willingly invokes upon all the people of Maui Almighty God's blessings of strength and peace.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State

View the full letter HERE.

Prayers and Donation Drives for Maui Relief

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From the Office for Social Ministry

As wildfires continue to ravage upcountry and West Maui, we pray for all those impacted by the disaster that has resulted in at least 96 fatalities so far, displaced thousands of persons, and destroyed more than hundreds of structures. So far there are 96 fatalities confirmed. In the aftermath of this catastrophic tragedy, Pope Francis, along with the whole world, offered prayers for the dead, injured and displaced, as well as for the first responders and emergency personnel.

Bishop Larry Silva, who just returned from the World Youth Day in Portugal, traveled to Maui to console the suffering there and addressed the Diocese, delivering a message of solace, along with Msgr. Terry Watanabe, Vicar of Maui, saying: “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.” The Diocese has set up a donation fund account through the non-profit Hawaii Catholic Community Foundation (HCCF) to “lend a hand to those who have lost so much.” Read more...

Seven-Year Parish, School Financial Review a Success

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By Patrick Downes
Hawaii Catholic Herald

It could take a while to get your financial ducks in order. Years, perhaps, if you are a Catholic parish or school unaccustomed to the particulars of worldly accounting. Seven years if you are a parish or school of the Diocese of Honolulu.

In 2016, the diocese embarked on an ambitious six-year financial review project for all its parishes and schools to “ensure transparency and accountability” in their fiscal affairs. Due to the pandemic, the journey actually took seven years.

The goal was to minimize financial loss through compliance with the diocesan Finance Manual, diocesan policies and procedures, and legal, tax and regulatory requirements; and to make sound decisions based on complete, accurate and timely financial reports. Read more...

Marian Icon Prayer Service, Aug 15

Tuesday, August 15, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.
St. Jude Church, Makakilo

From the Knights of Columbus

The Marion icon presented by the Knights of Columbus of Our Lady of Persecuted Christians is a powerful symbol of devotion and solidarity. It depicts the Virgin Mary, a beacon of hope and compassion, enveloping the suffering and persecuted in her loving embrace. With her tender gaze and outstretched arms, Mary conveys a sense of comfort and protection, offering solace to those who face adversity due to their faith. The icon serves as a reminder of the Knights' commitment to standing alongside those who endure persecution, advocating for religious freedom, and fostering a global community united in prayer and support.

The Hawai’i State Council of the Knights of Columbus, along with councils 14620 and 12733 invite our Catholic community to join us on August 15th at St. Jude Church in Makakilo. Service will begin at 7pm and lasts approximately an hour. All are welcome!

Flyer available HERE.

A Night of Prayer for Maui, Aug 17

Thursday, August 17, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Koʻolau Ballrooms, Kane‘ohe and Virtually

From HIM Co-founder, Dan Chun

Hawaiian Islands Ministries (HIM) is calling our brothers and sisters from all churches to come together to pray for Maui this Thursday, August 17, 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Join us in person on O'ahu at Koʻolau Ballrooms in Kane‘ohe. Or take part virtually by signing onto our livestream HERE.

The night will be a time of lamentation, as often expressed by the Psalmists, and also a time of thanksgiving for the first responders, and also a cry for help to our Lord. It’s a plea for renewal, revival, and restoration.

Come join us for a night of worship, prayer, and solidarity. It is our statement to Maui that “we stand with you.” We meet on the night before Statehood Day. We are connected.

May all of Hawaiʻi know that the body of Christ cares.

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 John Eudes
Memorial – August 19

John Eudes was born in Ri, a small farming village in the Normandy region of northwestern France. The region’s fertile soil produced abundant crops of wheat, barley, and fruit. John had two younger brothers and four sisters, and his parents were devout Catholics. Following John’s birth, they made a pilgrimage to the Church of Notre-Dame de la Recouvrance, about 120 miles from Ri, to dedicate their son to God. Their devotion paid off, as John developed a strong Catholic faith from a young age. A story recounts that when a playmate struck ten-year-old John on the cheek, John immediately fell on his knees, turning the other cheek in obedience to the Gospel command. 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


Marian Icon Prayer Service, Aug 15

Mass of the Holy Spirit, Aug 17

Hawaii State Admissions Day Holiday, Aug 18

Summer Sunset Rosary and Potluck, Aug 18

Mass at Damien Memorial School, Aug 23

Hawaii Catholic Men's Conference, Aug 26

‘Ohana Mass, Aug 26


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

Labor Day Holiday, Sep 4

Reboot! with Chris Stefanick, Sep 6

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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