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January 4, 2021 - Happy New Year!

Tuesday within the last week of Christmas (V1)
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Bishop's Homily for the Solemnity of the Epiphany


[St. John Vianney Church, Kailua (Installation of Pastor)]

In this severely rainy weather, many people have very little shelter from the elements, and perhaps they feel abandoned and alone. In the midst of this pandemic, many are filled with great fear that they or their loved ones will become deathly ill. In this country that is so richly blessed with materials goods, we have one of the highest rates of suicides in the world. As we go about our lives celebrating the holidays, perhaps a little restricted because of the pandemic, there are people in the world who only dare to celebrate these holidays quietly and underground, because if they did so publicly, then could be severely persecuted. As we complain about the restrictions placed upon us because of the pandemic, others live with restrictions because their governments are oppressive or because they are the victims of human trafficking. There is indeed much darkness in this world.

But today we celebrate the manifestation – or epiphany – of Light. This is not the light that can be measured by the laws of physics, but the Light that is Christ himself. Read more...

Hope Services’ Senior Affordable Housing Units Move to Pāhoa

The second half of a modular unit is lowered into place by a crane on December 27, 2021. Each unit was constructed of two pieces, which were delivered separately by truck to the Pahoa site. (Photo courtesy of Hope Services Hawaii)

From Hope Services Hawaiʻi

Last week HOPE Services announced that six of its twelve affordable homes have been moved from HPM’s baseyard to their permanent site in Pahoa. The modular units, which were constructed at HPM’s Keʻeau factory, will comprise the Sacred Heart Affordable Housing Project, which will offer permanent affordable housing and supportive services for seniors experiencing homelessness in our community. The remaining six homes are scheduled to arrive onsite by the end of this week.

The project is being funded by donors, who have provided $2.2 million for the purchase of the property, site work, and construction and installation costs for the dozen units and service center. “We are grateful to our partners and funders who stepped up to bring this project to fruition,” said HOPE Services CEO Brandee Menino. “It was many years in the making and we can’t wait to welcome our kūpuna home.” Read more...

Webinar Explores Life of Joseph Dutton, Molokai’s Potential Third Saint

Screenshot of the Brother Dutton webinar hosted by the DMCC.

By Anna Weaver
Hawaii Catholic Herald

The Damien and Marianne Catholic Conference hosted a webinar on Servant of God Joseph Dutton on Dec. 11.

Hosting the live session was Deacon Modesto Cordero, who remains the DMCC’s president after relocating to California from Hawaii where he was previously the diocesan director of the Office of Worship.

The featured speakers were seasoned Kalaupapa historian and tour guide Patrick Boland, Brother Joseph Dutton Guild treasurer Ed Paz, and Father Jon Schnobrich, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Stowe, Vermont, where Dutton was from.

Boland gave a biographical overview of Dutton’s life that included excerpts from Dutton’s own writing, as well as historical photos. Dutton, who fought in the Civil War, soon after had a short-lived marriage that ended in divorce. He held various jobs and fell into alcoholism before converting to Catholicism, largely due to its focus on penance. Read more...

You can watch past DMCC webinars including the Brother Joseph Dutton session at https://dmcchawaii.org/past-webinars-series.

Walking For Wellness - In Honor Of Saint Marianne

From the Office for Social Ministry

“He rules the world, with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove, the glories of his righteousness, and wonders of His love, and wonders, wonders of His love…”

As we have celebrated the Christmas season filled with joyful wonder, hope, and love, it’s important that we remember those on the receiving end of our charitable giving in the past, present and future. From keiki to kupuna, our faith calls us to care for our dear neighbor, especially the vulnerable whose needs exist far beyond the holiday season. Supporting organizations that give back to the community year-round is one way to perpetuate the spirit and wonders of Christmas.

We invite you to reserve a spot in our Office for Social Ministry’s team at the 9th Annual Saint Marianne Cope Walk & Wellness Fair scheduled on January 22, 2022. This year the event will be virtual so anyone can participate from wherever they are! Proceeds will go toward the St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii (SFHS). Read more...

January is Kalaupapa Month

From Ka 'Ohana O Kalaupapa

Kalaupapa Month was established as a time to remember the people of Kalaupapa and key dates throughout history that took place in January.

Perhaps the most significant date in the history of Kalaupapa occurred on January 6, 1866, when the first 12 people were forcibly isolated on the peninsula known as Kalaupapa, never to return home, because of government policies regarding leprosy. They were the first of nearly 8,000 men, women and children taken from their families and sent here. Most were Native Hawaiians.

On January 2, 1836, Queen Emma was born. She would carry on a correspondence with her cousin, Peter Kaeo, who was at Kalaupapa from 1873-1876.

On January 3, 1840, Jozef de Veuster was born in Belgium -- he would become Father Damien and work with the people of Kalaupapa to make life better for everyone from 1873 until his death in 1889.

On January 5, 1879, Ambrose Hutchison arrived at the peninsula, a young man who would overcome the challenges of leprosy and evolve into a great leader unrecognized for his contributions until recently.

For more details on each date and the people involved, please click here or visit www.kalaupapaohana.org.

"Follow Me" Retreat on Discernment, Jan 8

Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 8:30 a.m.
St. Anthony Retreat Center, Honolulu

This year the St. Anthony Retreat Center has planned a series of one day retreats for all in our Catholic, Christian Community. The first retreat is "Follow Me" on January 8, 2022 with Rev. Lane Akiona, ss.cc. and Rev. Tio Nuiliki, ss.cc. who will conduct a day of spiritual reflection and discernment on God’s call for you during this New Year. The flyer gives further details including registration details.

St. Anthony Retreat Center invites individuals and groups to share the quiet atmosphere of Kalihi Valley. The Center is the largest Retreat facility in the State of Hawaii. All who desire a quiet place to spend time in prayer, reflection, and meditation are welcome!

Flyer available HERE.

Ministry with Families Leadership Formation, Jan 8 - Feb 12

Saturdays from January 8 February 12, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.
via Zoom

The recently formed Diocesan Marriage and Family Life Ministry Task Force is proud to present Ministry with Families Leadership Formation, with presenters Steve and Kathy Bierne of the National Association of Catholic Family Life Minsters. This training is meant for all whose ministry efforts impact families. 

The leadership formation course is an experiential learning process designed to be an introduction to ministry from a family perspective. This six-session training will be held on Saturdays beginning January 8 through February 12, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. via Zoom and is meant for ALL Parish Staff, Ministry leaders, Catholic School faculty and staff as a way to learn how to incorporate a family perspective in all that we do. Read More...

Learn more and register HERE.

Flyer available HERE.

Advocate Training, Jan 11 - Mar 16

Avaialable from January 11 March 16, 2022

Advocate Training is being offered by the Diocesan Tribunal Staff for Priests and Deacons who were not previously trained and Lay Persons designated by their pastor. The workshops will provide training on:

  • How to assist those who are divorced with petitioning for a Declaration of Marital Nullity
  • When a Lack of Canonical Form applies
  • What is need for a Pauline Privilege petition

To register, contact Roxanne Torres at rtorres@rcchawaii.org or (808) 203-6766.

Flyer available HERE.

Annual Red Mass, Jan 18

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 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 Dr. Llewellyn Young, Superintendent of the Hawaii Catholic Schools, on “Hawaii Catholic Education: A Pandemic Story of Thriving and Not Just Surviving”

The Red Mass will also be livestreamed at www.hictv.com and honolulucathedral.org/live-stream.

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.

Rest in Peace

Please pray for the happy repose of the soul of Ricardo de la Cruz, brother of Father Manuel de la Cruz, MS (former pastor of St. Anthony Church, Kalihi and currently residing at St. Joseph Church, Waipahu; and of Sister Aurora de la Cruz, MM.

Please pray for the happy repose of the soul of Rico Monton, who served at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Pearl City while he was discerning about a return to priestly mininistry.

Saint of the Week

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
January 4 – U.S.A. Memorial
Patron Saint of Catholic schools, widows, loss of parents

In late 1803 Elizabeth Ann Seton, with her husband, left the United States for Italy, as a confident, high-born, wealthy, educated Yankee Protestant. She returned in June 1804 bankrupt, a widow, burning with love for the Holy Eucharist, tenderly devoted to Mary, and with the heart of a Roman Catholic. She was received into the Church the next year. Her upper class friends and family abandoned her out of anti-Catholic spite.

Our saint was an unexpected convert. She was, well into adulthood, a serious U.S. Episcopalian. She loved the Lord. She loved the Bible. She loved to serve the poor and the sick. Her excellent Episcopalian upbringing provided sufficient preparation for not being Episcopalian any longer. She took that faith as far as it could go. She probably never suspected her faith was lacking until she experienced the abundance of Catholicism. 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


"Follow Me" Retreat on Discernment, Jan 8

Ministry with Families Leadership Formation, Jan 8 - Feb 12

Advocate Training at St. Michael, Kona, Jan 11

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday, Jan 17

Annual Red Mass, Jan 18

Prayer for Christian Unity, Jan 20

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

Advocate Training at St. Jude, Kapolei, Jan 26


Mass for the Annual Conference of Catholic Educators, Feb 4

Advocate Training at Sacred Heart, Pahoa, Feb 10

Presidents' Day Holiday, Feb 21


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The latest updates regarding the Diocese's response to COVID-19 can be found at www.catholichawaii.org/covid19.

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