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April 2, 2024 - Easter Blessings!

Tuesday within the Octave of Easter (V14)
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Bishop's Homily for Easter Vigil/Easter Sunday

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[Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace; Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa]

The Saturday after Jesus died was, as the seventh day, a day of rest.  But there were different ways of observing it in different places.

There was a fever pitch of rejoicing in hell!  The demons relished their victory.  They had convinced many people that good was bad and bad was good.  They laughed at the disciples of Jesus who said they were so faithful, yet abandoned, denied, and even betrayed him.  They delighted in Pontius Pilate, who knew the truth but did not want to be bothered any more with those pesty people, so he washed his hands, thinking he could wash the blood off of them with water.  Sweet!  The demons who had often been so insulted by Jesus when he ordered them to leave people they enjoyed being with, were beside themselves because God himself had been put to death.  How delicious was that?!

Then there were those on earth who experienced that Saturday in a variety of ways.  Some also rejoiced that the one who dared to confront them and call them hypocrites was finally silenced forever.  Some who simply could not accept the radical things he said and left his company, sadly shook their heads, not surprised that he got what was coming to him.  Others truly mourned and grieved, not only because someone they loved so dearly was gone, but because their own hopes for the future were dashed with his death.  They thought he was the Messiah, but it was obvious he could not even save himself.  Some felt guilty about the way they had abandoned him and shame for their own lack of courage.  For most, however, it was just another Saturday, like any other, a day of rest after a week of hard work.  Read more...

Stations of the Cross Rise with Hard Work, Support

La Salette Father Anton Nyo stands next to the 18-foot concrete cross he built by hand at the church. (Courtesy photo)

By Jennifer Rector
Hawaii Catholic Herald

With Lent in full swing, many Catholics are continuing to commit to their personal fasts. On top of that, some are also participating in traditional meditations such as the Stations of the Cross.

At Our Lady Queen of Angels Church in Kula, Maui, parishioners walk while they pray, with the Stations of the Cross arranged on the perimeter of the tree-ringed church grounds.

Each station is marked by a sturdy cement cross, all made by hand — the work of La Salette Father Anton Nyo, who has been pastor at the church for several years.

The stations are anchored by a towering cross, which measures 18 feet tall including a 4-foot base. The other 13 crosses are about 5-1/2 feet tall and include plaques from Rome. The largest cross alone required about 250 bags of concrete, Father Nyo said. Read more...

The Pope's Easter Message

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From the Office for Social Ministry

“Today we want, first and foremost, to turn our eyes to the holy city of Jerusalem, that witnessed the mystery of the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus, and to all the Christian communities of the Holy Land. My thoughts go especially to the victims of the many conflicts worldwide, beginning with those in Israel and Palestine, and in Ukraine. May the risen Christ open a path of peace for the war-torn peoples of those regions.” – Pope Francis Easter Message to the World Urbi et Orbi – A Prayerful Appeal for Peace

As we begin our prayerful journey of joy in the Easter Season, let us keep in mind and heart the words of Pope Francis Easter Message appealing for peace in the world.

In particular our Holy Father asked us to pray for specific actions for peace and reconciliation in the Russia and Ukraine, and Israel and Palestine: “In calling for respect for the principles of international law, I express my hope for a general exchange of all prisoners between Russia and Ukraine: all for the sake of all! I appeal once again that access to humanitarian aid be ensured to Gaza, and call once more for the prompt release of the hostages seized on 7 October last and for an immediate cease-fire in the Strip.”  Read more...

"November's Song" Fundraiser for the Joseph Dutton Guild, Apr 1-2

Monday, April 1 & Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.
The Brad Powell Theater, Honolulu

Experience an inspiring evening! See "November’s Song" presented by The Actors’ Group, a fundraiser for The Joseph Dutton Guild. Limited seating. Suggested donation: $75 per ticket includes a charcuterie bento.

"November’s Song" is a monologue about the life of St. Marianne who will be played by Stephanie Conching who has directed and participated in numbers productions locally.

Your generous support will help with the beatification and canonization of Servant of God, Joseph Dutton, Layman, who devoted 44 years of his life to serving those with Hansen’s disease alongside Saint Damien and Saint Marianne.

Reserve your tickets online at https://www.josephdutton.org/events-new

Flyer available HERE.

Francesca LaRosa in Hawaii, Apr 2-3

Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.
St. Michael the Archangel Church, Kailua-Kona

Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Papaiko

Francesca LaRosa, is a Catholic composer and singer-songwriter from Indianapolis. It is Francesca’s mission to help others grow in their faith by memorizing the sacred Word of God, as well as prayers and hymns, through music. Together with her husband David, she continues to compose USCCB and ICEL approved Psalms in multiple styles and languages every week, as well as create the best resources possible for music directors and cantors.

An Evening with Sarah Hart in Concert, Apr 12

Friday, April 12, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.
St. John Apostle & Evangelist Church, Mililani

Sarah Hart is one of the leading figures in contemporary Catholic music today and has been a singer, songwriter, retreat author, and keynote speaker for over twenty years. A Grammy-nominated songwriter (“Better Than an Hallelujah” as well as many others), her songs have been recorded by numerous recording artists, and have appeared in TV, movies, commercials, and theater. Her writing is visible in hymnals across the globe. To learn more about Sarah visit www.sarahhart.com.

General Admission tickets: $35. Purchase tickets at www.stjohnmililani.org.

Flyer available HERE.

Rachel's Vineyard Retreat, Apr 26-28

Friday, April 26 - Sunday, April 28, 2024
(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) 490-4702 or email rvinhawaii@gmail.com.

Retreats are held at a private retreat center for 3 days and 2 nights. The retreat fee of $175.00 covers accommodations, daily meals/snacks, and materials. Space is limited. Registrations & Retreats are strictly confidential. Need-based scholarships are available. For more information visit www.rachelsvineyard.com.

Flyer available HERE. Brochure available HERE.

’Ohana Mass, Apr 27

Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 5:30 p.m.
Mary, Star of the Sea Church, Honolulu

From the Office for Social Ministry

At 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.” Ushers who are members of the Knights of Columbus offer a warm welcome and escort them to the designated pews where they were able to better participate in the Eucharist. After Mass, the community continues fellowship together through a potluck supper where all joyfully serve each other with nourishing food and aloha. These “‘Ohana Masses” and potluck fellowship normally take place on the fourth Saturday each month, 5:30 PM at Mary, Star of the Sea where all are welcomed to celebrate and share their gifts as one ‘Ohana.

Live stream available at Mary, Star of the Sea's YouTube Channel.

For more information, please call the parish office at (808) 734-0396 or email rafmendoza@rcchawaii.org.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I, Part A, Jun 3-14

Monday, June 3 - Friday, June 14, 2024
Mary, Star of Sea Early Learning Center, Honolulu

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is an approach to religious formation for children ages 3-12. The Level I course is the foundation course and prepares catechists to work with 3-6 year-old children. Level I course participants (Parts A and B) will receive certification from the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

Sessions held weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Optional materials making from 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Printable Trifold Flyer available HERE. Register Online HERE.

Saint of the Week

Saint Vincent Ferrer
Memorial - April 5

It can be said that today’s saint lived two sequential lives. The first forty-nine years of his life were, in many ways, a preparation for the final twenty years of his life. All sixty-nine years, however, were years of fervent study, prayer, zeal, and extraordinarily impactful preaching.

Vincent was the fourth child of noble parents born in Valencia, Spain. According to popular legend, Vincent’s father had a dream that his son would become famous throughout the whole world. This was miraculously confirmed when his mother was said not to have experienced any pains during his birth. 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:

Events and Previous Announcements


"November's Song" Fundraiser for Joseph Dutton Guild, Apr 1-2

Francesca LaRosa at St. Michael, Kailua-Kona, Apr 2

Francesca LaRosa at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Papaiko, Apr 3

Bagels with Bishop at Maryknoll School, Honolulu, Apr 5

An Evening with Sarah Hart in Concert in Mililani, Apr 12

Bagels with Bishop at Sacred Hearts Academy, Apr 19

Bagels with Bishop at St. Louis School, Apr 19

Annual Mass for Clergy and Religious Jubilarians, Apr 20

Bagels with Bishop at Damien Memorial School, Apr 26

Rachel's Vineyard Retreat, Apr 26-28

'Ohana Mass, Apr 27


Annual Priests Retreat, May 20-24

Memorial Day Holiday, May 27


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