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June 13, 2023 - Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday within the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time (V24)
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Bishop's Homily for Corpus Christi

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[Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Wahiawa (Confirmation & First Holy Communion); Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu]

I was very touched when I heard the now-retired Bishop of Sacramento tell about his long struggle with liver disease, which resulted in progressive weakening of his body.  This all changed very dramatically when a Sacramento fireman decided that he would donate a part of his liver to the bishop.  The fireman suffered for a while, but the part of his liver he donated has now grown back, he is in fine health, and he is very happy that he was able to share a vital organ with the bishop.  This happened about twenty years ago, and the bishop is still in amazingly good health, even though he thought he was going to die young.  As you might imagine, a tremendous bond was established between this firefighter and the bishop, and now they are like brothers to one another.  Moreover, the fireman feels a great sense of pride when the bishop preaches or ministers, knowing that his giving up a part of his body made that ministry possible.

Today we celebrate the wonderful gift that Jesus Christ has made to all of us who believe in him.  His own body, which he offered for us on the cross, and his own blood, which he poured out for us in that great sacrifice of love, are given to us as food and drink, to transform our bodies and souls, to take away the disease of sin, and to give us life.  How fitting it is that we come together every Sunday, indeed every day, to worship and praise the God who has given us such a life-giving gift.


The 150th Anniversary of Father Damien’s Arrival in Kalaupapa

Students from St. Patrick School dance a hula in honor of St. Damien at the State Capitol, May 10. (Photo courtesy of Dann Ebina)

By Patrick Downes
Hawaii Catholic Herald

The diocese commemorated the 150th anniversary of St. Damien’s historic arrival to Kalaupapa on May 10, 1873, with three days of activities remembering the Belgian missionary’s supreme sacrifice.

May 10 is also Father Damien’s liturgical feast day.

On that day, a century and a half ago, at age 33, Father Damien de Veuster, accompanied by Bishop Louis Maigret, stepped off the ship Kilauea onto Kalawao, the Kalaupapa peninsula’s northeast settlement, to begin what would turn out to be a permanent assignment. Read more...

'Ohana in Christ Appeal - Last Call

From the Office of Stewardship & Development

Thank you to everyone who has already contributed to ‘Ohana in Christ appeal! The ‘Ohana in Christ appeal strengthens vital diocesan and parish ministries throughout the islands.

If you haven't given yet, please consider making your gift today to this year's appeal ending June 30th at: https://www.catholichawaii.org/ohana-in-christ/

Mahalo Nui Loa!

Eat Healthy, Move More!


From the Office for Social Ministry

If you’re looking to eat better, get active and reset your physical goals this summer, check out the free nutrition and life skills series through the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Expanded Food Nutrition and Education Program (EFNEP). Class slots are filling up quickly so please schedule your classes now at the location of your choice.

Eating Smart/Being Active Classes for Summer & Fall 2023 offer nine sessions that include 60-90 minute lessons in diet, nutritional well-being, and overall personal development for the family. Food demonstrations with kitchen supplies and cookbook are also included!


Diocesan Retirement and Job Opening Announcement

From Human Resources, Diocese of Honolulu

This is the official notification that two of our valued Diocesan directors will be retiring this year.

Jayne Ragasa-Mondoy, our Director of Faith Formation who was hired in June 2005, will retire as of September 1, 2023. Please note that she will not be available during the month of July, as she was generous enough to extend her original retirement date of June 30th to September 1st to give us some time to replace the position.

Mark Clark, our Stewardship and Development Director who was hired in July 2012, will also retire by the end of 2023 depending on when we find a replacement. As of August 1, he will move to part-time (20 hours) until we can identify his successor.


Global Rosary Relay for Priests, Jun 16

Friday, June 16, 2023 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 16th 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.

‘Ohana Mass, Jun 24

Saturday, June 24, 2023 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 have 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. This month, Mary, Star of the Sea will celebrate the ‘Ohana Mass on Saturday June 24, 2023.

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

Flyer available HERE.

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

Basic Christian Community of Hawaii (BCCH) Two-Night Summer Retreat, Jun 30-Jul 2

Friday, June 30, 2023 at 6 PM through Sunday, July 2 at 3 PM
St. Anthony Retreat Center

Located deep in the valley of the Koolau mountain range, Basic Christian Community of Hawaii (BCCH) offers a two-night summer retreat for adult men and women led by spiritual directors the Very Reverend Msgr. Gary Secor of the Diocese of Honolulu, and Sr. Meristella Umdor, a Missionary Sister of Mary Help of Christians. Retreatants come to enjoy the natural beauty of the peaceful location, and the freedom from modern distractions. Since 1985, BCCH has welcomed guests to experience true Christian community, found in song, prayer, witness talks, educational and reflective experiences, and small faith-sharing groups. The theme of BCCH Adult Retreat #123 is "I'm so Blessed."

Flyer available HERE.

Register HERE.

Introduction to Spiritual Direction, Jul 10-21

Monday, July 10 - Friday, July 21, 2023
Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Chaminade Univeristy of Honolulu

Join the Introduction to Spiritual Direction course offered through Chaminade University of Honolulu. The course will feature Fr. William Meyer, SM who has been a spiritual director for over 40 years and holds a Doctorate in Ministry. Fr. Meyer currently serves as the Rector of St. Mary's University in San Antonio.

For registration assistance or more information, please contact claire.nishiguchi@chaminade.edu or dustyn.raga@chaminade.edu.

Flyer available HERE.

"I Thirst" Hawaii Conference, Jul 14-15

Friday, July 14 at 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
St. Elizabeth Church, Aiea

Saturday, July 15, 2023 at 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
St. Ann Church, Kaneohe

"Jesus Thirsts for America", a 21-city, 3-year National Evangelization tour that began in November 2022 is coming to Oahu on July 14-15, 2023. Its purpose is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in such a compelling way that participants will be encouraged and strengthened to become more excited in expressing their faith.

The "I Thirst" events include dynamic teachings, personal testimonies, inspiring music, healing, prayer, mass, and reconciliation which in combination opens participants to encountering the Risen Lord. Six National Presenters have been approved by our Diocese to minister in Hawaii. These presentations are geared towards the love of the Sacraments, focusing on the Eucharistic Revival. Bishop Larry Silva will celebrate Mass. Dominic Olaso (Head of the Diocesan Evangelization TaskForce) will emcee and lead the Praise & Worship.

To register for the “I Thirst” Hawaii, go to https://www.spiritfilledevents.com/i-thirst-hawaii

Flyer available HERE.

Ho'oponopono Workshop for Veterans, Jul 29

Saturday, July 29, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Catholic Charities Hawaii - Maui
2050 Main Street #3A, Wailuku

Catholic Charities Hawaii’s Veteran's Program will be holding a Ho'oponopono, a traditional Hawaiian practice that helps reconcile, forgive, and heal spiritually, mentally, and physically. This workshop will be facilitated by Kumu Ramsay Taum, a well-known expert in cultural healing. Coffee, light refreshments, and lunch will be provided at the workshop.

The Catholic Charities Hawaii’s Veteran's Program is dedicated to assisting Hawaii's veteran community in overcoming their obstacles and providing them with the necessary resources and support to attain improved stability, independence, and well-being. CCH has been providing a variety of services, including case management, housing assistance, job training and placement, and referrals for counseling, therapy, and other supportive services to improve the lives of veterans in Hawaii.

To register for the workshop, please click on the event link HERE.

Flyer available HERE.

Saint of the Week

Saint Anthony of Padua
Memorial – June 13

Saint Anthony of Padua is one of the most revered saints within the Catholic Church. He was born in Lisbon, Portugal and was given the name Fernando Martins de Bulhões. His parents were wealthy nobility who provided a good education for him as a youth, most likely at the Cathedral school in Lisbon. At the age of fifteen, Fernando decided to enter religious life and joined the Canons Regular of St. Augustine, not far from his home. During his two years with the canons, he excelled in his studies and prayer. However, being so close to his home led to frequent visits from family and friends, prompting Fernando to desire greater solitude to more deeply embrace his vocation. 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


Global Rosary Relay for Priests, Jun 16

Summer Sunset Rosary and Potluck, Jun 16

Sidewalk Advocates for Life Class, Jun 17

2nd Collection - Diocesan Seminarian Education Fund, Jun 17-18

Juneteenth Holiday, Jun 19

‘Ohana Mass, Jun 24

Christian Leadership Institute, Jun 25-30

Basic Christian Community of Hawaii (BCCH) Two-Night Summer Retreat, Jun 30-Jul 2


Second Collection for the Holy Father (Peter’s Pence), Jul 1-2

Independence Day Holiday, Jul 4

Introduction to Spiritual Direction at Chaminade University, Jul 10-21

Clergy Special Session on Evangelization and Eucharistic Revival, Jul 14

"I Thirst" Hawaii Conference, Jul 14-15

Episcopal Visitation for Sacred Hearts, Lanai City, Jul 22-23

Ho'oponopono Workshop for Veterans - Maui, Jul 29



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