Facebook icon Twitter icon Forward icon

April 11, 2023 - Easter Blessings!

Tuesday within the Octave of Easter (V15)
Click on Web Version above for best viewing of this eNewsLetter

Bishop's Homily for Easter Sunday

 (Romolo Tavani/Shutterstock.com)

[Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu]

The liturgical directives are very clear: The Easter Vigil is to be celebrated at night, after darkness has covered the earth. During the Vigil we light a new fire and from it we light the Easter candle, that pillar of beeswax that signifies the victory of Christ over the darkness of sin and death. It is quite dramatic to enter a darkened church with a hundred flickering lights that all came from the one light of the Easter candle. It makes very clear that a “people who walk in darkness have seen a great light,” as we hear in the prophet Isaiah. Yet I was watching a broadcast of this year’s Easter Vigil from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, ground zero of the Easter event, the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead. But that Easter Vigil was being celebrated in the morning of Holy Saturday rather than the night, and the reason is that Jerusalem has experienced great tensions in the past few days that have caused the local government to impose a curfew. The Catholics who normally would have celebrated at night instead celebrated in the light of day, because that was the only time available for them to gather. Read more...

Faith Journeys

Army Specialist Sasha Robello and her RCIA sponsor, Giordano “Gio” Saenz, got engaged in January. (Courtesy photo)

This Easter, among the more than 220 in Hawaii who will be welcomed into the Catholic faith, receiving the sacraments of initiation — Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist — will be a soldier and a second-grader.

By Anna Weaver
Hawaii Catholic Herald

A void not being filled

When Army Specialist Sasha Robello arrived in Hawaii on her first active-duty assignment, she couldn’t have predicted that she’d find in the islands both her future husband and her new faith.

Robello, 21, met her now-fiancé, Giordano “Gio” Saenz, 25, online and started learning more about the Catholic faith from him. Saenz is originally from Peru but raised in Florida, and his family is “very Catholic” according to Robello.

However, she says her faith journey began even before she met Saenz. Read more...

"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.

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.

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.

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.

Rest in Peace

Please pray for the happy repose of the soul of Donna Carlbom, the wife of Deacon Ernest Carlbom (St. Anthony of Padua Church, Kailua). She passed away on Good Friday morning, April 7, 2023. May she rest in the peace of the risen Lord!

Saint of the Week

Saint Martin I
Memorial – April 13

Martin was born in a small town about 100 miles north of Rome. He was of noble birth, an excellent student, and exercised great charity to the poor. As a cleric, he assisted two popes in important roles. In 641, he was sent by Pope John IV across the Adriatic Sea to Dalmatia and Istria (modern-day Croatia) where he assisted those who had suffered the effects of war. After the death of John IV, Theodore I was elected pope. Martin became his papal legate to Constantinople where he worked closely with the emperor and patriarch, representing Pope Theodore in all matters. 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
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


"His Only Son" Movie Showing, Apr 14

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

"God is Real in the Eucharist," May 7

Mass for the Memorial of St. Damien, May 10

"The Voices of Vermont, USA" Webinar, May 13

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


For our most recent news, visit www.catholichawaii.org.

Bishop's Homily for Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Final Week of Rice Bowl’s Lenten Program

Good Friday’s Taize Prayer Returns to Newman

Diocesan Guidelines for Speaker Approval

How to Order a Papal Blessing?

Subscribe to the Hawaii Catholic Herald

Members of Hawaii Catholic parishes may receive a subscription free through the Hawaii Catholic Herald Parish Plan.
Others: $28 Hawaii, $32 Mainland, $35 foreign.

Visit:  www.hawaiicatholicherald.com/subscriptions