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December 21, 2021 - Fourth Week in Advent

Tuesday within the Fourth Week in Advent (V50)
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Bishop's Homily for the Fourth Sunday in Advent


[St. Catherine Church, Kapaa; Holy Cross Church, Kalaheo; Immaculate Conception Church, Lihue]

It is intriguing when we read a novel and all the seemingly unrelated incidents seem to fit together in the end as if they were all pieces of a puzzle.  So it is with our Scripture readings today.

Did you know that the word “Bethlehem” means “House of Bread?”  As we hear the prophet Micah sing the praises of Bethlehem because, even though it was “small among the clans of Judah,” from it would come forth one who would be the ruler in Israel, shepherding his flock.  He could have been speaking about King David, who was born in Bethlehem and who was a shepherd, but his prophecy is about the future, and King David had already died.  But do you remember that God had promised that his kingdom would last forever?  Centuries had passed without a king, and it seemed that God had forgotten about his promise, but he had not.  Jesus, born in Bethlehem, the House of Bread and City of David, would become the Bread of Life for us and would be the son of David who would rule forever, shepherding his flock, the Church.

Optional Collection for Philippine Typhoon Recovery

Typhoon Rai has devastated a vast area in the Philippines, and funds are need for humanitarian, rebuilding and recovery needs.  All parishes have the option of taking up a second collection for this cause within the next several weeks.  Proceeds can be sent to the Finance Office of the Diocese of Honolulu, clearly marked as “SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR PHILIPPINE TYPHOON RECOVERY”.

Order of Malta Seeking Ill Persons to Take to Lourdes

By Hawaii Catholic Herald

The Order of Malta Western Association U.S.A. is looking for Hawaii Catholics with a life changing illness or physical challenge to go on a pilgrimage next year, April 26 to May 4, to wash in the healing waters of Lourdes, France.

The trip is free for the ill person, whom the Order of Malta refers to a “malade.” However, he or she must travel with a paying caregiver.

To be considered as a malade, contact Thomas Cabrinha at thomascabrinha@att.net or (808) 284-3224, or Darryl Wong at dwong@99imperial.net or (808) 381-2711. 

The malade must be able physically to make the trip. Those on dialysis or other treatments that would cause them to miss processions, visits to the grotto spring, meals and Masses, will not likely be selected.

Modeling the Holy Family through Caregiving

From the Office for Social Ministry

The fourth week of Advent heightens our anticipation for the culmination of Christmas. Tis the season to be jolly … but for many people spending the holidays with loved ones who are sick, elderly or have special needs, it can also be a trying time. Some caregivers are so busy taking care of others that they forget to care of themselves. Fortunately, St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawai’i offers free monthly Caregiver Education and Wellness Classes to offer support and to encourage all families to “Live every Moment.” January classes will cover a variety of caregiving topics that include arts and crafts, exercise, kidney health, long-term care options, and social security benefits. To register, visit their website

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.

Open House to View Nativity Sets, Dec 26

Bishop Larry Silva has been collecting Nativity sets from all over the world for over 40 years. Over 170 sets are on display in the library at St. Stephen Diocesan Center, 6301 Pali Road, Kaneohe, HI 96744. All are invited to an OPEN HOUSE the afternoon of Sunday, December 26, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Some of our seminarians will also be there to co-host with Bishop Silva so that you can meet them. There is no charge. [Note: Library is on the ground floor for those able to park in the cobblestone courtyard. For those able to climb stairs, please park in the area below to leave spaces in the courtyard for those with mobility challenges. We ask that all visitors wear masks.]

Advocate Training, Jan - Mar

Flyer available HERE.

"Follow Me" Retreat, Jan 8

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. We welcome all who desire a quiet place to spend time in prayer, reflection, and meditation.

This year, the 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. Rev. Lane Akiona, ss.cc. and Rev. Tio Nuiliki, ss.cc. will conduct a day of spiritual reflection and discernment. The flyer gives details including date, times and registration.

Flyer available HERE.

Ministry with Families Leadership Formation, Jan 8 - Feb 12

The recently formed Diocesan Marriage and Family Life Ministry Task Force is proud to present Ministry with Families Leadership Formation, presented by 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 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.

Learn more and register HERE.

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.

Saint of the Week

Saint Dominic of Silos

Feast Day – December 20

As a youth Dominic tended sheep on the foothills of the Pyrenees where he learned to appreciate solitude. He then pursued the quite life as a monk. Dominic became the prior of his monastery, but was forced to flee by the king of Navarre, who intended to seize the monastery’s land. The monastery of St. Sebastian at Silos welcomed him. There as prior, Dominic conducted a successful program of spiritual and material renewal. The Dominicans especially honor him. For a century after Dominic’s death, Blessed Joan of Aza visited his tomb. There she had a vision promising her that she would have another son. When the child was born she named him Dominic and he became he founder of the Dominican Order.

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 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


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


"Follow Me" Retreat, Jan 8

Ministry with Families Leadership Formation, Jan 8 - Feb 12

Annual Red Mass, Jan 18

Prayer for Christian Unity, Jan 20

Saint Marianne Cope Walk and Wellness Fair, Jan 22

Mass in Honor of St. Marianne Cope, Jan 22


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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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