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March 28, 2023 - Fifth Week of Lent

Tuesday within the Fifth Week of Lent (V13)
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Bishop's Homily for the Fifth Sunday of Lent

 Bronze relief of the Resurrection of Lazarus from the gate of Basilica Collegiata di San Sebastiano, Acireale, Italy.  (Renata Sedmakova/Shutterstock.com)

[St. Raphael Church, Koloa]

There are some very nice looking tombs in the world. The Taj Majal, the Pyramids in Egypt, and even the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, DC are quite striking. They are all different, but they all contain dead bodies, rotting away over the passage of time, as the body of Lazarus began to do after he was in the tomb for four days.

But when Ezekiel is talking about people rising from their tombs, he is talking to those who are alive but still live in tombs that lead to decay and decline as much as any tomb in a cemetery. Their lives may look normal and full of activities, but the prophet knew they lived in tombs of despair, of hopelessness, of sin, and of darkness. 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.

CRS Rice Bowl Lenten Story of Hope: Week Five

From the Office for Social Ministry

The Lord speaks to us through our brothers and sisters, especially in the faces and the stories of those who are in need.” - Pope Francis Message for Lent 2023

The final Story of Hope in the CRS Lenten 2023 Rice Bowl program provides faces from Keyna to reveal God’s transforming love through service with others. This inspiring African Story of Hope is about a farming family that is confronting climate change and their community which learns how to use a solar powered well for water.

Turkana, Kenya is very hot and dry. Temperatures reach the mid-90s year-round. Most people in this area raise livestock such as goats and camels, and a few are farmers. But the climate makes this work difficult—and climate change is making it even harder. Rebecca and her husband, Lotiang, have farmed and raised goats for years. They rely on rain and river water to irrigate their crops and feed their animals. But it is raining less and less in Turkana, and —when it does rain—it can be unpredictable and intense, leading to floods that wash away the seeds. Read more...

Diocese of Honolulu the Setting for a Novel about a Confessor Priest

By Patrick Downes
Hawaii Catholic Herald

Page 25. That’s where “Hawaii Catholic Herald” appears in the novel “Lion’s Way” by local writer Rita Ariyoshi and when I knew I had to finish reading the book’s remaining 305 pages. What I found surprised me.

It is not every day that you come across a novel about a diocesan priest in Hawaii, much less one who is not distinguished by his crime-fighting abilities or sexual scandals or political intrigue, but for his gift for hearing confessions.

And, no, the author doesn’t stoop to entice the reader with salacious tales from the booth. She treats the sacrament reverentially as the channel of God’s mercy that it is. Read more...

Engaged Encounter Retreat

A wedding is a day. A marriage is a lifetime.
We congratulate the 14 couples who attended the Hawaii Catholic Engaged Encounter Retreat on March 18-21, 2023 at St. Stephen Diocesan Center, Kaneohe. Team: Deacon Ray and Tyra Lamb, Cliff and Irene Villareal, David and Denise Oliveira.

Fish Fry Fundraiser, Mar 31

Friday, March 31, 2023 at 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
St. John Vianney Parish Hall, Kailua

Help to support this year's Annual Fish Fry Fundraiser sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Hawaii Council 6307. The menu will feature beer battered fish, hush puppies, fries, coleslaw, and fruit. Choose drive-thru pick-up or dine-in at the Parish Hall. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. All proceeds to benefit Ho’ōla Nā Pua and Catholic School Scholarships for St. John Vianney School and St. Anthony School in Kailua.

Tickets are available at https://buytickets.at/kofccouncil6307/829531

Flyer available HERE.

Kūlia I Ke Ke'a Couple's Retreat, Mar 31

Friday, March 31, 2023 at 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
511 Main Street, Honolulu

Hāmau I Loko presents "Kūlia I Ke Ke'a: Strive for the Victory of the Cross," a couple's retreat on finishing Lent strong. The retreat will be infused with Theology of the Body. To register text #Kūlia to Ed Coda at (808) 256-5088.

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.

Christian Life Program, May 20

Beginning Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.
Immaculate Conception Church, Ewa

The Christian Life Program is an integrated course intended to lead the program participants into a renewed understanding of God’s call to them as Christian couples or individuals. It runs for a total of four sessions, held once a week. Most sessions consist of three basic ingredients: a teaching, a group discussion, and a time for fellowship. Each session lasts for about 2.5 to 3 hours.

  • Saturday, May 20: "God’s Love Talk" & "Who is Jesus Christ?"
  • Saturday, May 27: "Repentance and Faith" & "Loving God and Neighbor"
  • Saturday, June 3: "The Christian Family" & "Empowered by the Holy Spirit"
  • Saturday, June 10: "Growing in the Spirit" & "Transformation in Christ"

This program is presented by Couples for Christ and its Family Ministries. Flyer available HERE.

Rest in Peace

Please pray for the happy repose of the soul of Thomas Kuninune, who passed away on April 16, 2023 at the age of 90. He is the father of Lisa Sakamoto, Diocesan Finance Officer. May he rest in peace.

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


40 Days for Life, Feb 22 - Apr 2

Chrism Mass for the Island of Hawaii, Mar 30

Annual Fish Fry Fundraiser at St. John Vianney, Mar 31


Mass for Passion (Palm) Sunday, Apr 2

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

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


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