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April 4, 2023 - Holy Week

Tuesday within Holy Week (V14)
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Bishop's Homily for Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord


[Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu]

It is extremely painful to reconcile with someone who has hurt you very deeply. It takes a lot of determination, struggle, perhaps even rejection. Sometimes we just give up and hold a grudge forever.

It is a great burden to face the stresses of life and to keep on going when so many things seem to be going wrong. Sometimes we try to escape by anesthetizing ourselves with drugs, alcohol, pornography, or just by gluing our eyes to a cell phone screen.

It is never easy to survive a painful and debilitating disease or accident or to do the extremely hard work of recovery. We may be tempted to just take a pill and end it all.

It is extremely difficult to be freed of an addiction, to bear and raise a child one did not want, or to live life normally when one is being bullied. And so we find creative ways to simply not deal with these issues. Read more...

150th Anniversary of Father Damien’s Arrival in Kalaupapa

From the Office of the Bishop

The annual Memorial of St. Damien is May 10, which is the anniversary of the date of his arrival in Kalaupapa, Molokai. Wednesday, May 10, 2023 is the 150th anniversary of that momentous event. Bishop Larry Silva will celebrate a Mass at 6:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace on that day, to which all are invited. We also urge parishes and schools to mark this special anniversary in their own celebrations of this Obligatory Memorial.

Final Week of Rice Bowl’s Lenten Program

From the Office for Social Ministry

The 40 days we spend praying and doing penance help us prepare to celebrate some of the Church’s greatest feast days: Holy Week leading up to Easter Sunday. Jesus had to go through his passion and death before he could rise. Our sacrifices enable us to experience—in a small way—Christ’s suffering, and they lead us to the joy and wonder of his resurrection.

Over the last few weeks, through the Rice Bowl Stories of Hope, we’ve learned how people in Honduras, the Philippines and Kenya made sacrifices so their families and communities can thrive.

In Honduras, Rony fixed his reservoir and installed a low-cost system to water his fields. Although this work took time and effort, Rony’s hard work allowed him to provide nourishing food for his family and community. Read more...

Good Friday’s Taize Prayer Around the Cross Returns to Newman

Taize Prayer around the Cross. (Photo courtesy of Dann Ebina)

By Jon James
Hawaii Catholic Herald

After a three-year absence due to COVID-19, the contemplative Taize Prayer around the Cross service will be held again at the University of Hawaii Newman Center-Holy Spirit Parish on Good Friday evening, April 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Taize Prayer around the Cross stems from a tradition adopted by the Taize Brothers in France at the suggestion of Eastern European Christians where it has long been customary. The candle-lit ceremony includes chants, prayers, reflections, Scripture reading of the Passion, a period of meditative silence.

The prayer culminates, as music continues, with participants coming in small groups to kneel and place their heads on the wood of the large Taize icon cross displayed flat on stools and praying deeply in invisible communion with those who suffer throughout the world: for the abandoned, immigrants, the poor, the homeless, the tortured, and for those who suffer injustice of any kind. Read more...

Pontifical Good Friday Collection, Apr 7

Pope Francis has asked for support for the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, which helps Christians in the Holy Land, where they are now less than 2% of the population. Your support is essential to help the Church minister in parishes, provide Catholic schools, and offer religious education. The Pontifical Good Friday Collection also helps to preserve the sacred shrines of Christianity, including in Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem, to name only a few.

The pandemic hit Christians in the Holy Land particularly hard. Most of them depend on pilgrimages for work. In these times of crisis, the collection is necessary to meet the basic needs of the People of God still living in this Land and to maintain a Christian presence where the Church was born.

When you contribute to the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, you join with Catholics around the world in solidarity with the Church in the Holy Land. Please be generous!

For more information about Christians in the Holy Land, visit www.myfranciscan.org or www.custodia.org.

"His Only Son" Movie, Apr 14

Friday, April 14, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.
One Community Center at St. John Church, Mililani

St. John Apostle & Evangelist Church will be showing the newly released movie His Only Son! Light refreshments provided by the Knights of Columbus.

His Only Son recounts one of the most controversial moments in the Old Testament—when Abraham was commanded by God to sacrifice his son Isaac on the mountain of Moriah. While traveling to the place of the sacrifice, alongside Isaac and two servants, Abraham is flooded with vivid memories from the years he and Sarah spent longing for the son they were promised—the son he must now lay upon the altar.

Get your tickets today at http://www.stjohnmililani.org.

Watch the trailer on YouTube HERE. Flyer available HERE.

Ho'oponopono Workshop for Veterans, Apr 15

Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Aligned Mortgage of Hawaii Events Room
94-539 Puahi Street, Waipahu, HI, 96797

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 April 15 workshop or to stay informed about upcoming workshops, please click on the event link HERE.

For questions, please contact Xiao Yi at Catholic Charities Hawaii via phone at (808) 913-8804 or email xiao.yi@catholiccharitieshawaii.org.

Flyer available HERE.

Rachel's Vineyard Retreat, Apr 28-30

Friday, April 28 - Sunday, April 30, 2023
(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) 490-2571 or email rvinhawaii@gmail.com.

A fee of $175/person (covers room, meals/refreshments and retreat materials). Need-based scholarships are available. Space is limited. Registrations are strictly confidential. For more information visit www.rachelsvineyard.com.

Flyer available HERE. Brochure available HERE.

Eucharist Retreat - Lanai, Apr 29

Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Sacred Hearts Church, Lanai City

Join us as we reflect upon Jesus, the Good Shepherd, who calls us by name; refresh ourselves in the joyful company of fellow catechists; and renew our catechetical approach to teaching about the Sacrament of Eucharist.

Our day will be filled with Sacred Scripture, peaceful silence, artful calligraphy, and practical new ways to teach about the Eucharist.

Register HERE. Flyer available HERE.

God is Real in the Eucharist, May 7

Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 5:45 p.m.
Immaculate Conception Church, Lihue

Join God is Real in the Eucharist: Four Way to Live Fully Alive in Christ! with guest speaker Joe Melendrez.

Flyer available HERE.

Damien and Marianne Catholic Conference Webinar "The Voices of Vermont," May 13

Saturday, May 13, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. (HST)

Join this special webinar The Voices of Vermont, USA hosted by the Damien & Marianne Catholic Conference. This live presentation from Vermont will feature several panelists who will share their story on how their personal and professional lives have been impacted and continually been influenced by Servant of God Joseph Dutton layman, affectionately known to the people of Vermont as "Brother Joseph Dutton, Beloved Son of Stowe."

Pre-register for this complimentary webinar at www.dmcchawaii.org.

Flyer available HERE.

Saint of the Week

Saint Isidore
Memorial – April 4

Saint Isidore of Seville was among the most learned and prolific writers in the history of the Catholic Church. His influence was felt directly for more than a millennia, as his books were among the most copied and read books throughout the Middle Ages. Today, the world is unquestionably different because of this holy and brilliant man.

Isidore was born in Cartagena, modern-day Spain, to Severianus and Theodora, a well respected, influential, and upper-class couple. Isadore had an older brother, Leander, who became a monk and then the Bishop of Seville. His younger brother, Fulgentius, became the Bishop of Astigi, and his sister, Florentina, became a nun of prominence. All three of Saint Isidore’s siblings are saints. Read more...

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:

Previous Announcements


Chrism Mass for Oahu Vicariates, Apr 4

Second Collection for Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl, Apr 6

Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Apr 6

Good Friday Holiday, Apr 7

Pontifical Collection for the Holy Land, Apr 7

Good Friday Morning Prayer, Apr 7

Good Friday Liturgy of the Lord's Passion, Apr 7

Holy Saturday Morning Prayer, Apr 8

The Easter Vigil, Apr 8

Mass for Easter Sunday, Apr 9

Ho'oponopono Workshop for Veterans, Apr 15

Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend Retreat, Apr 28-30

Second Collection for the Diocesan Priests’ Retirement Fund, Apr 29-30

Lanai Eucharist Retreat, Apr 29

Mass for Clergy and Religious Jubilarians, Apr 29


Diocesan Baccalaureate Mass, May 5

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I, Part A, May 5-7

Mass for the Memorial of St. Damien, May 10

Annual Priests Retreat, May 15-19

Christian Life Program Session One, May 20

2nd Collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign, May 20-21

Christian Life Program Session Two, May 27

Memorial Day Holiday, May 29


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