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December 27, 2022 - Merry Christmas!

Tuesday within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord (V52)
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Bishop's 2022 Christmas Message

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Get ahead! Be successful! You can be whatever you want to be! These are messages that constantly bombard us and that shape our lives more than we wish to admit. They all reinforce the notion that each one of us is our own god, and that we and we alone make ultimate decisions for ourselves. But when we take this burden upon ourselves, thinking that divinity builds us up higher and higher, we ultimately collapse and fall. Being god is to carry a burden none of us is fully equipped to carry. Moreover, lesser gods tend to compete with one another, since there is only so much room at the top. Is it any wonder then that we experience an increase in demonizing one another. (If I am god, and you do not agree with me, you must be a demon!) Is it any surprise that suicides are skyrocketing? How can a mere human being bear the burden of being god? Read more...

Melody of Love

Famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma gives an outdoor concert on a borrowed cello at Papaloa Cemetery on the Airport Road in Kalaupapa, Molokai, on Nov. 30. (Courtesy photo)

A reflection on Yo-Yo Ma’s Kalaupapa concert among the headstones

By Sisters Alicia Damien Lau and Barbara Jean Wajda
Hawaii Catholic Herald

“Melody of Love.” That seems a fitting description of the moving performance of Yo-Yo Ma as he made his borrowed cello sing with the energy of all those who have ever lived on the Kalaupapa peninsula.

The setting was Papaloa Cemetery on the Airport Road on Nov. 30. The intimate, half-hour performance for a small group of residents, patients and National Park Service employees was part of a worldwide tour “exploring how culture connects us to the natural world.”

“Over the next several years, Yo-Yo will visit places that epitomize nature’s potential to move the human soul, creating collaborative works of art and convening conversations that strengthen our relationship with our planet and each other.” Read more...

National Eucharistic Congress – Registration for Tickets

From Bishop Larry Silva

In conjunction with the National Eucharistic Revival taking place in dioceses and parishes throughout the United States, a National Eucharistic Congress will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana from July 17 to 21, 2024. Wide participation is encouraged, and until the end of this month bishops are able to pre-order discounted tickets for those who plan to participate. The normal registration fee is $350 per person, but if tickets are reserved before December 31, 2022, each bishop may order up to 250 tickets at the reduced rate of $200 per person. This registration fee does not include transportation, hotel accommodations, or meals, for which each participant will be personally responsible.

If you or a group of you would like to reserve tickets at this discounted rate, you must submit the names of all who wish tickets along with a contact email address. These should be sent to euchcongress2024@rcchawaii.org no later than Tuesday, December 27, 2022. Payment will be due shortly thereafter. After the bishop’s office receives these orders, he will place an order for the proper number of tickets. Groups may include parishes, schools, young adults, youth, families, or clubs, but all must pay for the tickets (at $200 each) during the month of January, 2023 or the order will be canceled.

We hope many will be able to join in this unique and inspiring experience!

EPIC Ministry Christmas Banquet "A White Christmas," Dec 30

Friday, December 30, 2022, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Hawaii Okinawa Center Ballroom
94-587 Uke'e St.
Waipahu, HI 96797

Join us as we kick-off the 10 year anniversary of EPIC Ministry at this year's Christmas Banquet, "A White Christmas".

For more information, visit www.epicministry.net.

Flyer available HERE.

Open House to View Nativities, Jan 1

Sunday, January 1, 2023 at 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Library of St. Stephen Diocesan Center, Kaneohe

Bishop Larry Silva invites all to an Open House to view his 200+ Nativity sets, collected over a period of over 40 years from all over the world. It will be held on Sunday, January 1, 2023, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Library of St. Stephen Diocesan Center, 6301 Pali Highway, Kaneohe, HI 96744. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome!

"Kalaupapa Month: A Time To Remember," Jan 14

Saturday, January 14, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.

January is Kalaupapa Month! Ka 'Ohana O Kalaupapa invites everyone to save the date for their first webinar of 2023: "Kalaupapa Month: A Time To Remember" on Saturday, January 14, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. (Hawai`i Standard Time)

This webinar of historical and modern-day photographs will look at how January became designated annually as Kalaupapa Month. We will talk about the people connected to the significant dates that occurred during January throughout the history of Kalaupapa -- and discuss ways each of you can observe this time to remember the people and history of Kalaupapa. There is no charge.

Information on how to register for the webinar will be sent out in early January. We look forward to you joining us!

For more information, please visit: www.kalaupapaohana.org/webinars

Annual Red Mass, Jan 17

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 9:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, downtown Honolulu

The Red Mass has been a tradition since 1955 for government officials and the community to gather at the beginning of the Legislative Session to pray together. Bishop Larry Silva will be the principal celebrant and this year will feature guest speaker Robert Van Tassel, President and CEO of Catholic Charities Hawaii, on “75 years of hope that transforms, action that heals and charity that brings justice.”

The Red Mass will be livestreamed at https://honolulucathedral.org/live-stream/

Catechist Retreat 2023

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.

Saturdays from 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
January 14: Immaculate Heart of Mary, Papaikou, Hawaii
January 28: St. Theresa, Kihei, Maui
February 4: St. Stephen Diocesan Center, Oahu
March 11: St. Raphael, Kauai
March 25: St. Damien of Molokai, Molokai
April 29: Sacred Hearts, Lanai

Flyer available HERE.

Mass for the Memorial of St. Marianne Cope, Jan 23

Monday, January 23, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.
Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu

All are invited to the celebration of St. Marianne's feast day Mass on Monday, January 23, 2023.

A special presentation on Mother Marianne by the youth and young people of the Diocese of Honolulu will take place as a prelude to the Mass. A new meditation booklet of Mother Marianne will be give to those who come to the Mass. Dinner will follow the Mass in the parish hall.

RSVP by January 9, 2023 with the number coming to Sr. Marie Romano at (808) 397-7228. Priests, please RSVP to Fr. Alfred Guerrero.

World Youth Day in Portugal, Aug 2023

There is still time to sign-up for World Youth Day happening THIS SUMMER (2023) in Lisbon, Portugal. There are two options to choose from. Visit our website for more information: www.catholichawaii.org/oyyam/yam/wyd.

The last day to sign-up is January 31, 2023.

Flyer available HERE.

Rest in Peace

Please pray for the happy repose of the soul of Teodora Corpuz Galang, the mother of Father Danilo Galang, MS who is the Pastor of Holy Cross Parish, Kalaheo, Kauai. She was 84 years old and passed away on Saturday, December 24, 2022, in Ramon, Isabela, Philippines. May she rest in peace.

Funeral services for Gloria Watson
The funeral services for Gloria Watson, the wife of Deacon David Watson who passed away on December 9, 2022, will be as follows:

Vigil for the Deceased: Thursday, January 5, 2023, 6:00 p.m., at Dodo Mortuary (199 Wainaku Street), Hilo, HI 96720.

Funeral Mass: Friday, January 6, 2023, 9:30 a.m., at St. Joseph Church (43 Kapiolani Street), Hilo, HI 96720. Burial to follow Mass.

Saint of the Week

Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist
c. Early First Century–c. 100
Feast – December 27

Saint Jerome, while living in Palestine in the late 300s, relates a touching anecdote still being told at that time about John the Evangelist.  When John was old and feeble, Jerome recounts, and no longer able to walk or preach, he would be carried among the faithful in church and would repeat only one thing over and over again: “My little children, love one another.” Saint Polycarp, through Saint Irenaeus, tells us that Saint John’s long life ended peacefully in Ephesus about 100 A.D. John was the only Apostle not to die a martyr. 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


New Year's Eve Holiday (Observed), Dec 30

EPIC Ministry Christmas Banquet "A White Christmas," Dec 30


New Year's Day Holiday (Observed), Jan 2

Island Treasures for the West Hawaii Vicariate, Jan 7

Catechist Retreat - Hawaii Island, Jan 14

Kalaupapa Month "A Time To Remember" Webinar, Jan 14

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday, Jan 16

Annual Red Mass, Jan 17

Prayer for Christian Unity, Jan 18

Mass for the March for Life, Jan 19

The March for Life, Jan 20

Mass for the Memorial of St. Marianne Cope, Jan 23

Ordination to Priesthood of Michael Kamauoha, SS.CC., Jan 24

Catechist Retreat - Maui, Jan 28

Breakfast with Bishop at St. John Vianney, Kailua, Jan 29


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