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January 18, 2021

Tuesday within the Second Week of Ordinary Time (V3)
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Bishop's Homily for the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

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[St. John Vianney Church, Kailua; St. Anthony Church, Kalihi (Santo Niño Celebration)]

I have reached the end of my rope! I’ve hit a dead end! I am running out of gas! I just can’t take this anymore!

These, I believe, are our common ways of saying that the wine is running out, that what brings joy to our lives is drying up, or that we just do not know how we can go on another step. They are our ways of saying that “The party is over!” because we just do not know where to go with all the challenges and frustrations in our lives. Pandemic, sickness, loss of work, news that someone I love has a serious health concern, long-lasting domestic conflicts, political fighting – or sometimes just sheer boredom – can be the factors that lead us to the conclusion that we simply cannot go on.

The Gospel is never only about what happened in the past. It is the living Word of God, and the stories it tells are the stories of how the Lord is acting in our world today, not just how he did two millennia ago. Read more...

Regarding the Celebration of the Latin Mass of the Missal of 1962

From Most Reverend Larry Silva
Bishop of Honolulu

To the Clergy and Faithful of the Diocese of Honolulu regarding the celebration of the Latin Mass of the Missal of 1962

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Peace be with you!

You may have heard that on July 16, 2021, Pope Francis issued an Apostolic Letter called Traditiones Custodes (Custodians of the Tradition), which changes the regulation of the Latin Mass that was in use before the Second Vatican Council.  Pope John Paul II had allowed the celebration of this pre-Vatican II Mass under certain circumstances as a concession to those who felt attached to this older form of the liturgy, and he entrusted the local bishop to oversee the celebration of such Masses in his own diocese.  Only priests authorized by the bishop were allowed to celebrate the Mass of the 1962 Missal.  Pope Benedict XVI was also concerned for those who were attached to what is often called the “Tridentine Mass” because it was formulated at the Council of Trent (1545-1563) – though it was changed several times in the years following, so that the 1962 Missal of Pope St. John XXIII was the one in use at the time of Vatican II.  Pope Benedict dubbed this Mass of the 1962 Missal “the extraordinary form” and gave a wider permission to any priest to celebrate the Mass of the 1962 Missal, and the priest did not need the permission of the bishop.  Pope Francis, after consultation with the bishops of the world, decided to restore the situation to resemble what was in place under Pope John Paul II.

With the new norms issued by Pope Francis, it is the local bishop who must give permission for any priest or any community to celebrate the pre-conciliar Mass that Pope Benedict called the “Mass in the extraordinary form.”  Pope Francis is concerned about the unity of the Latin Church and the importance of celebrating according to the form that grew out of the Second Vatican Council.  While not completely suppressing the Mass of the Missal of 1962, he is clear that it is only celebrated today as a concession. Read more...

See also:

Join the Jericho March, Combat the Violations Against Sanctity of Life

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By Deacon Gary and Valerie Streff
Hawaii Catholic Herald

As we ring in the New Year, we invite everyone to join in solidarity with people of goodwill across America by marching around our state capitol on Friday, Jan. 21 — day seven and the grand finale of seven capitol marches beginning on Jan. 15.

It’s called the Jericho March, a modern interpretation of the infamous Old Testament event that destroyed the walls of the city of Jericho.

Today’s Jericho March is an inspiring, peaceful, joyful march during which participants pray to resolve the many injustices in the world, in this case, violations against the sanctity of life, from conception to natural death.

During each day’s march, Christians look to our Lord for his strength, not ours, to combat the evils in our midst. This procession is inspired by the Old Testament story of Jericho (Joshua 1-6) in which God commanded Joshua and the Israelites to march around that city’s walls. Read more...

Office for Social Ministry - We Want to Hear From You!

From the Office for Social Ministry

During the next several weeks, the Office for Social Ministry will be hosting Virtual Coffee Hour Listening Sessions with parishes and faith groups across the Diocese of Honolulu. It’s an opportunity for all clergy, religious, parishioners, and lay people to contribute their thoughts and opinions about ways to grow together as a Church in Christ. We welcome your honesty and openness in this diocesan phase of the synodal process. Feedback will be compiled and shared with the Vatican in preparation for the 2023 Synod of Bishops with Pope France in Rome. The hope is to walk together, listen to one another and to engage in meaningful dialogue that will lead to positive change.

In addition to the Synod questions suggested by the Vatican, Bishop Larry Silva is also inviting us all to consider one key question: How can all the members of the Catholic Church be more effective in proclaiming the living Jesus Christ to the World? From a social ministry perspective, we suggest starting with prayer and reflection on the following scriptural references (1 Corinthians 12, John 6 and Matthew 25) which relate to how we evangelize the living Christ throughout our communities by responding to the poor. Read more...

St. Francis Healthcare System Home Modification Program

From the St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii

Through a grant from the Teresa F. Hughes Trust, St. Francis Healthcare System offers families minor home modification services
and assistance to seniors who are age 70 years and older at no cost.
You can receive:

  • Grab bars for bathrooms and showers;
  • Night lights for better hallway lighting during the night;
  • ADA-compliant toilets to help seniors more easily get on and off a toilet on their own;
  • Assistive devices such as canes, walkers and wheelchairs; and
  • Housekeeping services that enhance mobility and improve indoor and outdoor safety at home.

To qualify one must be a Hawaii resident, 70 years or older, have a medical or disabling condition, need assistance with daily living but can still live safely in a community setting, and demonstrate financial need. The maximum allowable spend per person is up to $500.

For more information about home modifications, contact us today at (808) 547-8006.

Flyer available HERE.

Saint Marianne Cope Walk & Wellness Fair, Jan. 22

Saturday, Janauary 22, 2022 at 7:30 a.m.

Registration is now open for the 9th Annual Saint Marianne Cope Walk & Wellness Fair. Enjoy this virtual event on Saturday, January 22 at 7:30 a.m. from wherever you are!

All proceeds will support St. Francis Healthcare System’s diverse range of services, including hospice care, care coordination, caregiver support, transportation for seniors, preschool and adult day care. Together, we'll be helping create healthy communities here in Hawaii.

While there is no fee to register, all participants are encouraged to raise critical funds to support our mission of creating healthy communities.

Learn more and register HERE.

Youth Ministry Training, Jan 22

Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.
St. Elizabeth Parish, Aiea

All you ministry leaders and core team members are invited to participate in this Youth Ministry Training covering relational ministry, Gen Z, and sharing faith. Space is limited. Registration required. This event is sponsored by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.

Register at https://forms.gle/PVLCWyFxcDvik8KM7

Flyer available HERE.

"Seek and You Will Find" Marriage Enrichment, Jan 28

Friday, January 28, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.
via Zoom

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Hawaii presents a free on-line enrichment for all married couples "Seek & You Will Find" to help you seek God's guidance in your marriage. The enrichment will be presented by Tom and Elaine Bruno.

Register at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItdO6uqjstH9CdvOM_KR4Uf5PrKFb8RZCU

Flyer available HERE.

World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life, Feb 5

Saturday, February 5, 2022, at 9:00 a.m.
Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu

Bishop Larry Silva will celebrate Mass in honor of the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life on Saturday, February 5, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa.

Even though the actual World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life is celebrated on February 2, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, our Leadership Association of Religious Communities (LARC) has requested a Mass on the following Saturday.

Saint of the Week

Saint Anthony, Abbot
January 17 – Memorial

Many extraordinary people who live heroic, path breaking lives remain unknown to posterity for one simple reason—no one writes their biography. How many other saints, heroes, and martyrs would be known to mankind if just one witness to their actions had put pen to paper! Just one author is needed to introduce a great man to subsequent generations. Today’s saint may have been forgotten forever, and may have wanted to remain unknown. But a talented and famous contemporary of his wrote what he knew. Saint Athanasius, the great champion of orthodoxy at the Council of Nicea, wrote a short biography of his fellow Egyptian, The Life of Saint Anthony the Great. Saint Athanasius’ work was so widely shared, and so often translated, that it was never lost to history. It has preserved St. Anthony’s memory down to the present. Read more...

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Synod of Bishops - Diocese of Honolulu Phase

From: Bishop Larry Silva
To: The Clergy, Religious and Faithful of the Diocese of Honolulu

Peace be with you!

Pope Francis has announced a Synod of Bishops, which is to take place in October 2023 in Rome. In preparation for that Synod, he has asked every diocese in the world to conduct its own consultation process between October 17, 2021 and February 2022. I therefore invite all in our diocese to carefully read this Request for Input and to respond as requested. The documents issued by the Vatican describe a rather complex process, and anyone who wants to read them can do so at Documento Preparatorio della XVI Assemblea Generale Ordinaria del Sinodo dei Vescovi (vatican.va) and For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission Vademecum for the Synod on Synodality (vatican.va). I have attempted to simplify the process to make it more effective in our diocese.

The Synod consultation process involves these steps:

1. Pray, using the Scripture readings provided.
2. Reflect on the readings, on the Synod questions, and most of all on the ONE KEY QUESTION being asked of everyone in our Diocese of Honolulu.
3. Have a discussion with ANY group on the ONE KEY QUESTION. (E.g. parish pastoral council, finance council, school board; Legion of Mary, Knights of Columbus, Filipino Catholic Clubs; households; neighbors; a small group from your parish; a small group at your workplace; attendees at youth sports; youth groups; young adult groups; senior groups; etc.) The objective is to be as inclusive as possible.
4. Collate responses in a brief summary and submit them to https://bit.ly/SynodResponses.
5. Repeat this consultation process with other people or groups, especially with those who are not a part of our normal parish groups. Read more...

Read the "Synod of Bishops - Diocese of Honolulu Phase" as a PDF

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 Good Counsel, Pearl City
Weekdays at 6:30 AM, Saturday at 7 AM on Facebook Live:
Sundays at 8:30 AM on YouTube
(Other special parish/school events may be posted at the above links.)

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Ewa Beach
Sundays at 9 AM
Weekdays at 8:15 AM, Saturdays at 7 AM and 5 PM

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

Sacred Heart, Punahou
Sundays at 11 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. John Apostle and Evangelist, Mililani
Sundays at 11 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


Annunciation, Waimea
Saturdays at 5 PM
Sundays at 10 AM (at Ascension Mission Church, Puako)

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


Christ the King, Kahului
Sundays at 8 AM

Maria Lanakila, Lahaina
Sundays at 7 AM, 8:45 AM, 10:30 AM, 5:30 PM
Mondays to Saturdays at 7 AM

Our Lady Queen of Angels, Kula
Daily at 7 AM

St. Anthony, Wailuku
Sundays at 9:30 AM

St. Joseph, Makawao
Sundays at 9 AM

Resources to Prepare for Watching a Livestream Mass:

Previous Announcements


Advocate Training at St. Anthony, Wailuku, Jan 20

Saint Marianne Cope Walk and Wellness Fair, Jan 22

Mass in Honor of St. Marianne Cope, Jan 22

Ministry with Families: Leadership Formation, Jan 22

Advocate Training at St. Jude, Kapolei, Jan 26

"Seek and You Will Find" Marriage Enrichment, Jan 28

Ministry with Families: Leadership Formation, Jan 29


Mass for the Annual Conference of Catholic Educators, Feb 4

Ministry with Families: Leadership Formation, Feb 5

Advocate Training at Sacred Heart, Pahoa, Feb 10

Ministry with Families: Leadership Formation, Feb 12

Presidents' Day Holiday, Feb 21


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