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December 7, 2021 - Second Week in Advent

Tuesday within the Second Week in Advent (V48)
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Bishop's Homily for the Second Sunday in Advent

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[Resurrection of the Lord Church, Waipio (25th Anniversary Celebration)]

What were you wearing when you came to Mass today? While I could talk about whether our dress appropriately expresses the importance of our encounter with Jesus Christ here during the Eucharist, I really am talking about another kind of garment. Did you come to Mass clothed in hurt because you just had an argument with someone or someone said something hurtful to you? Did you come clothed in anxiety because you are worried about your health or that of a loved one? Did you come wearing a robe of mourning because you recently lost a loved one and your heart is still aching beyond belief? Did you come clothed in armor, defending yourself subtly against the possibility of infection or the judgment you think people may be making against you? Did you come wrapped up in worry for any of a hundred things we may have legitimate reason to worry about? Read more...

Purple, Purple, Pink, Purple: Catechesis by Advent Wreath

Improvise an Advent wreath using backyard greenery and Mason jars filled with scented Epsom salt that hold your Advent candles. (HCH photo | Anna Weaver)

By Anna Weaver
Hawaii Catholic Herald

In case you need a refresher on why Catholics and other Christians use Advent wreaths as a way to prepare for the birth of Christ, we turned to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website for a quick summary.

“The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and to the anniversary of Our Lord’s birth on Christmas,” according to the USCCB.

While other colors are sometimes used, in the U.S., three purple candles and one pink candle are most often incorporated into Advent wreaths. Purple represents “the prayer, penance, and charitable works undertaken during this season.”

Advent is sometimes called “Little Lent,” and like Lent, is marked by the liturgical color of purple. Priests and deacons wear violet vestments and churches are simply decorated. Each week at Mass and at home, a new candle is lit on the Advent wreath. Read more...

Catholic Charities Hawaii's "Holidays from the Heart" Campaign

From the Office for Social Ministry

While many of us may enjoy holiday shopping and the general anticipation of Christmas, let us not forget about the great number of people still struggling during this pandemic with financial difficulties, medical challenges, and other hardships. That’s why Catholic Charities Hawaii (CCH), one of the state’s largest social service agencies, is making it easy for us to share our gifts with others through their annual Holidays from the Heart campaign.

This Christmas, consider sharing your aloha with families, keiki and kupuna in need by donating gift cards to grocery or retail stores such as Foodland, Wal-Mart, Target, Long’s or Ross. These gifts make it possible for individuals and families in need to purchase everyday essentials as well as other toys and goodies to brighten their holiday season. If you have donations, questions or queries about Holidays from the Heart please call the CCH Oahu Office at (808) 527-4820. Read more...

Bishop's Misa de Gallo and Simbang Gabi Mass Schedule

This year Bishop Larry Silva has scheduled eight early morning Misa de Gallo Masses and two evening Simbang Gabi Masses from December 16th through December 24th. All throughout the diocese are warmly welcomed to experience and become part of this great tradition. Please contact the parishes for more information.

Misa de Gallo

  • Thursday, Dec. 16, 5:00 am, St. Elizabeth, Aiea.
  • Friday, Dec. 17, 4:30 am, St. Joseph, Waipahu.
  • Sunday, Dec. 19, 5:00 am, Holy Cross, Kalaheo.
  • Monday Dec. 20, 5:00 am, St. Raphael, Koloa.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 21, 5:00 am, St. Theresa, Kekaha.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 22, 5:00 am, St. John Apostle & Evangelist, Mililani.
  • Thursday, Dec. 23, 5:30 am, Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu.
  • Friday, Dec. 24, 5:00 am, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Pearl City.

Simbang Gabi Mass

  • Friday, Dec. 17, 6:30 pm, St. Roch, Kahuku.
  • Monday, Dec. 20, 6:00 pm, Immaculate Conception, Lihue.

Advent Resources from the USCCB

Beginning the Church's liturgical year, Advent (from, "ad-venire" in Latin or "to come to") is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas.

The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas.

Damien and Marianne Catholic Conference Webinar, Dec 11

Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. (HST)

Join the webinar "The Servant of God Joseph Dutton, Layman!" to learn more about the story and life of Joseph Dutton as we know if today with panelists Patrick Boland, Ed Paz, and Fr. Jon Schmobrich. The webinar is hosted by the Damien & Marianne Catholic Conference. Register at www.dmcchawaii.org/webinars/

Flyer available HERE.

Second Collection: Retirement Fund for Religious, Dec 11-12

Please give to those who have given a lifetime.

30,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious
order priests benefit from the Retirement Fund for Religious. Most ministered in Catholic schools, hospitals, parishes, and social services, usually for little or no pay.

Today, hundreds of religious communities lack enough savings for retirement and eldercare. Your gift to the Retirement Fund for Religious offers vital support for necessities, such as medications and nursing care. Please be generous.

Learn more at https://retiredreligious.org/.

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.

Rest in Peace

Please pray for the happy repose of the soul of Feliciano Galang, the brother of Father Danilo Galang, Pastor of Holy Cross Church, Kalaheo, Kauai. Mr. Galang passed away December 1, 2021 in the Philippines. May he rest in peace!

Saint of the Week

Saint Juan Diego
Feast Day – December 9

Baptized at about age 50, this Mexican Indian was walking to Mass on December 9, 1531, when Mary appeared to him on Tepeyac Hill, near Mexico City. Speaking in his native language of Náhuatl, she asked him to petition the bishop for a shrine to be built there. But the bishop asked for a sign. On December 12, Juan returned to Tepeyac; Mary told him to pick flowers blooming atop the hill and put them in his cloak to take to the bishop. When Juan opened the cloak, the flowers fell out and the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe adorned his garment. This miraculous image is preserved in the famous basilica in Mexico City. Juan lived out his days as a hermit near the first chapel built there; he was canonized in 2002.

For better viewing on Catholic Current, click HERE.

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 10 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


Mass for Immaculate Conception, Dec 8

"The Servant of God Joseph Dutton, Layman!" Webinar, Dec 11

Misa de Gallo at St. Elizabeth, Aiea, Dec 16

Misa de Gallo at St. Joseph, Waipahu, Dec. 17

Simbang Gabi Mass at St. Roch, Kahuku, Dec. 17

Vigil Mass at St. Catherine, Kapaa, Dec 18

Misa de Gallo at Holy Cross, Kalaheo, Dec 19

Mass at Immaculate Conception, Lihue, Dec 19

Misa de Gallo at St. Raphael, Koloa, Dec 20

Simbang Gabi Mass at Immaculate Conception, Lihue, Dec 20

Misa de Gallo at St. Theresa, Kekaha, Dec 21

Misa de Gallo at St. John Apostle & Evangelist, Mililani, Dec 22

Misa de Gallo at Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu, Dec 23

Christmas Day Holiday (Observed), Dec 24

Misa de Gallo at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Pearl City, Dec 24

Christmas Midnight Mass, Dec 25

Christmas Day Mass, Dec 25


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

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

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