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March 21, 2023 - Fourth Week of Lent

Tuesday within the Fourth Week of Lent (V12)
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Bishop's Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Lent

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[Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace; Our Lady, Queen of Angels, Kula (Confirmation & First Communion)]

I once lived in a rectory with five other priests. We often ate dinner together, and we would normally take whatever place at the table was available. However, the person who came in last usually was left with the seat at the head of the table – except for one of the priests. Whenever he was last, someone else had to get up and move there, because he insisted he was too humble to sit at the head of the table. Unfortunately, he was blind to how proud he was of his humility!

In pro-abortion rhetoric, we often hear that if you do not accept abortion, you are anti-woman. Those who say this are blind to the fact that most of the people in the pro-life movement are women! And I am often amazed how often in the Gospels Jesus performs some fantastic miracle – like feeding the multitudes, or healing the sick, or giving sight to the blind – and then some people tell him, “Show us some sign that you are from God.” They are blind to the incredible sign they just witnessed. 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.

Restoring the Cup

Msgr. Gary Secor elevates the chalice with the Precious Blood. (Photo courtesy of Dann Ebina)

Diocese of Honolulu to bring back Communion under the form of the Precious Blood

By Anna Weaver
Hawaii Catholic Herald

Holy Communion under the form of the cup is coming back to Hawaii. But the cup won’t runneth over or even perhaps be half full based on reactions so far to its restoration.

The Diocese of Honolulu’s Bishop Larry Silva has announced that on Holy Thursday Communion via the cup can be given for the first time since 2020, the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a March 6 memo to all Hawaii clergy, religious communities and parishes, Father Alfred Omar Guerrero, director of the diocese’s Office of Worship, explained that pastors have the final say on bringing back the Communion cup in their parish. Read more...

CRS Rice Bowl Lenten Story of Hope: Week Four

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 CRS Lenten Rice Bowl program provides faces and stories around the world that reveal God’s transforming love through service with others. This year the second Lenten Rice Bowl’s Story of Hope is from the Philippines, where farmers are learning about the importance of diversifying their livelihoods to improve their sources of income and nutrition for their families.

Raul and Rhodora Enecillo live on their farm in Northern Samar, Philippines, with their granddaughters Loraine and Kate. Raul and Rhodora get up at 5 a.m. each day to tend to the fishpond, pigs, and chickens before getting their granddaughters off to school. Education is important to Raul and Rhodora. Their dream is that their granddaughters graduate from college and get good jobs—one wants to be a doctor and serve their community when she grows up. For years, Raul and Rhodora worked hard as coconut farmers. After harvesting, they prepared the coconuts for making oil—but it took a lot of work before they made money. On top of that, periods of heavy rain caused flooding, making farming difficult. Read more...

Pathways to Holiness: Retreat for Youth, Mar 25

Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
St. Stephen Diocesan Center, Kaneohe

This retreat will help teens understand their current universal vocation and explore the possibilities of their personal vocations through the lives of the saints. Cost is only $10 per person. We do have a limited number of scholarships available. If needed, please contact the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. More information here: https://www.catholichawaii.org/oyyam/ym/retreat. Retreat hosted by the Office of Vocations and the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.

Flyer available HERE.

Catholic Nurses' Fellowship, Mar 25

Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.
Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu

Join the Nursing with a Heart: Catholic Nurses' Fellowship after Mass for a fellowship potluck to meet other Catholic nurses and for a time of sharing and reflecting. Everyone is welcome! Please RSVP to Vebs Dominguez at (908) 758-6597 or authorvebs@gmail.com.

'Ohana Mass, Mar 25

Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 5:30 p.m.
Mary, Star of the Sea Church, Honolulu

There are many ways in our Diocese to see the beauty of God’s transforming love in the faces of others.  At the beginning of Lent in Mary Star of the Sea Church on Oahu, parishioners established their Ministry for Persons with Disabilities by welcoming persons with varying gifts and abilities to celebrate the “’Ohana Mass.” This beautiful Eucharistic celebration included signing for the deaf and altar servers with down syndrome and autism.

Parishioners experienced Mass through the eyes of the blind and heard the Word through sign language, together as one ‘Ohana. Some were new to Mary Star of the Sea parish, so ushers who are members of the Knights of Columbus offered a warm welcome and escorted them to the designated pews where they were able to better participate in the Eucharist and clearly see the beautiful sign language by a teenager whose mother has transformed her hearing loss into a special gift filled with visual expression. The pastor’s homily called all in the congregation to contribute their gifts by actively participating in the Mass as part of the parish’s Eucharistic Revival. Later, the community continued the breaking of bread through a potluck supper where all joyfully served each other with nourishing food and aloha, further revealing Christ’s face of God’s love.

These “Ohana Masses” and potluck fellowship will continue on the fourth Saturday of each month, 5:30 p.m. at Mary, Star of the Sea Church where all are welcomed to celebrate and share their gifts as one ‘Ohana. For more information please contact Deacon Rafael Mendoza at rafmendoza@rcchawaii.org.

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.

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) 349-5071 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 Monsignor Thaddeus (Ted) Mercado, who died on March 11, 2023 in the Philippines. He was a priest of the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia in the Philippines who served us here in the Diocese of Honolulu for many years and is well known to many of our parishes. May he rest in peace!

Saint of the Week

Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo
Memorial – March 23

Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo (Turibius) was born of noble parents in the town of Mayorga, northwest Spain. He was named after a local fifth-century bishop and saint. Turibius was a devout child. He had a strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, prayed to her daily, and fasted every Saturday in her honor. He had a heart for the poor and was generous in caring for them. When Turibius was twelve, he was sent to study humanities in Valladolid and was later sent to the University of Salamanca to study law. Turibius’ brilliance quickly became known and caught the attention of King Phillip II, who appointed him as the Grand Inquisitor in Granada in 1571. He was only thirty-three and held that post for five years. 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


40 Days for Life, Feb 22 - Apr 2

Chrism Mass for the Maui/Lanai Vicariate, Mar 23

Pathways to Holiness: Retreat for Youth, Mar 25

Catholic Nurses' Fellowship, Mar 25

Prince Kuhio Day Holiday (Observed), Mar 27

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

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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