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November 23, 2021

Have wonderful, safe, and healthy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday within the Last Week in Ordinary Time (V46)
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Pope Francis: Kingship of Christ Signifies Truth, Service, Life

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Vatican News, November 21, 2021

Reflecting on the readings for today's Solemnity of Christ the King, Pope Francis pointed out how Jesus said clearly during Pilate's interrogation, "I am a king", where previously we read in the Gospels how he did want others to acclaim him as their king. The reason is the understanding of "kingship" according to worldy standards is very different from what He intended. Jesus came into the world, not to dominate, "but to serve", the Pope, noted, and he did this not through "signs of power", but rather, through the "power of signs." His kingship signified service to the point of being nailed on a cross, something "truly beyond human parameters" that regard a king as manifesting pride, fame, glory and power over others. Read more...

Prayers for the U.S. Supreme Court and Pending Pro-Life Decision

From Bishop Larry Silva

Peace be with you!

In the early days of December, the U.S. Supreme Court will deliberate on Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health, a ruling that could possibly lead to the reversal of Roe vs. Wade, which has allowed the abortion of over 60 million girls and boys in our country. While the Supreme Court should not be influenced by public opinion, its wisdom can certainly be guided by fervent prayer. Therefore, I am asking everyone to pray that the Supreme Court be guided by the Holy Spirit in this decision.

I apologize for the very short notice on this initiative, but I hope that everyone will be able to pray for the sake of all the unborn babies and their mothers and families.

Blessings to you all, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Bishop Larry's Thanksgiving Message

Bishop Larry Silva has recorded a special message of thanksgiving to express his appreciation for your generous support of many church causes and ministries in the Diocese of Honolulu – especially the new ‘Ohana in Christ appeal.

Watch Bishop Silva's message on YouTube HERE.

Memorials for Children Who Died Before Birth

Memorials at Holy Trinity Church, Kuliouou. (Photo courtesy of the Respect Life Office)

By the Diocesan Respect Life Office
Hawaii Catholic Herald

Have you ever noticed a memorial for the unborn on your church grounds? If so, when was the last time you meditated or prayed at the memorial for an unborn child or the child’s parents? A memorial for the unborn is a place of love and honor for a child lost to a miscarriage, stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy, or an abortion. It is a sign of remembrance and trust.

Miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss are more common than realized because parents mostly suffer in silence. As many as one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage before 20 weeks gestation. If you include those lost by infant mortality and those taken in abortion the percentage is even higher.

For every mother and father, the loss of an unborn child is stressful, frightening and a very lonely experience. Normally, no funeral or grieving process takes place and, except for support of extended family, community help is almost non-existent. Grief may take a long time to heal. Read more...

Thanksgiving Message from the Office for Social Ministry


From the Office for Social Ministry

“Let us remember the past with gratitude, live the present with enthusiasm, and look forward to the future with confidence.” Pope John Paul II

We have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, especially for those dedicated to parish social ministry this past year. Responding to people in need during a pandemic has not been an easy task. Yet our volunteers and church staff have shown tremendous compassion, strength and fortitude, even during these trying times.

For instance, food pantries of all sizes have witnessed an unprecedented rise in feeding those in need; but were still able to provide regular distributions, while maintaining the safety, health and welfare of others. The pandemic also revealed just how much we rely on kupuna volunteers to keep social ministries up and running. MAHALO to all our senior citizens who have continued to serve in various capacities amidst their own personal challenges.

Understanding vulnerable populations and how best to respond with the compassion and love of Christ takes an entire faith community to come together. We are truly blessed to have so many collaborating to reduce the impacts of food insecurity and lack of affordable housing in Hawaii. Read more...

42nd Annual Tree Lighting and Blessing Ceremony, Dec 3

Friday, December 3, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

From the St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii

Over the past few weeks, our hearts have been warmed as we've received hundreds of requests for snowflake ornaments in honor of your loved ones. Although we are apart, we look forward to remembering those who have passed on together at our virtual Light Up a Memory Tree Lighting and Blessing Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s virtual program will include music by multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner, Kūpaoa. KSSK’s Michael W. Perry will emcee this special event, which will culminate in a spectacular tree lighting ceremony and blessing by Bishop Larry Silva.

Watch the Tree Lighting Ceremoy preview video HERE.

On the evening of the event, the virtual ceremony can be viewed at: https://www.vimeo.com/stfrancishawaii/2021treelighting

Click HERE to make a gift to St. Francis Hospice or to request a snowflake to honor your loved one. For questions, please contact (808) 547-6500.

"Adore" Adoration Night for Young Adults, Dec 3

Friday, December 3, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Holy Family Church, Honolulu

Join "Adore," a night of adoration for Young Adults with Bishop Larry Silva. Masks are required. Learn more HERE.

Flyer available HERE.

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.

Rest in Peace

Funeral Services for Father Chris Keahi, SS.CC.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021
St. Ann Church [46-129 Haiku Road, Kaneohe]
3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Visitation
6:30 p.m., Wake Service

Thursday, December 16, 2021
St. Ann Church [46-129 Haiku Road, Kaneohe]
9:00 a.m., Visitation
10:30 a.m., Funeral Mass

12:00 p.m. Noon, Burial at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park [47-200 Kahekili Hwy, Kaneohe]

Saint of the Week

Saint Edmund the Martyr
Feast Day – November 20

An English patriot-king, Edmund began life with a Saxon lineage and Christian upbringing. He may have been elected king of East Anglia as early as 855, when he was 14, and of Suffolk the following year. He ruled wisely and was regarded as a good man. The great Viking invasion of 866, led by Ingvar, reached his domain a few years later. Because of his faith, Edmund repeatedly rejected Ingvar’s attempts to have them rule jointly. Ingvar finally had him scourged, pierced with arrows and beheaded. Edmund is sometimes depicted in art with the wolf that allegedly guarded his head after his murder, and is the patron of wolves.

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 Thanksgiving Day, Nov 25

Thanksgiving Day Holiday, Nov 25-26

Annual Priests Convocation, Nov 29 - Dec 3


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

Simbang Gabi Mass at St. Roch, Kahuku, 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


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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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