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March 12, 2024 - Fourth Week of Lent

Tuesday within the Fourth Week of Lent (V11)
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Bishop's Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Lent

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[Newman Center/Holy Spirit Parish, Manoa (Episcopal Visitation)]

I recall a family that seemed so close and loving. Then the mother died, and it soon became clear that she was the glue that kept them together. When she was gone, they drifted away from each other and even became a bit hostile. Unfortunately, that family was glued together by the personality of one member. It was apparently not founded on a very firm foundation that would enable it to weather storms.

This is what happened to Israel. They were a people with a strong identity, and the center of their lives was their worship of God, the God who revealed himself to them as mercy and love. They turned to other gods and forgot about the true and living God. As a consequence, their culture disintegrated, not only religiously, but socially, politically and economically, to the point that they were so weak that Babylon took them over by force and exiled many away from the Promised Land to Babylon, where they suffered for 70 years. Read more...

Men’s Ministry Offers Spiritual Support, Brotherhood

Participants in the 2022 Men’s Conference posed for a group shot with special speaker Jessie Romero at St. Ann Church, Kaneohe. (Courtesy photo)

By Jennifer Rector
Hawaii Catholic Herald

Men who want to grow in their faith, and who desire to answer the call of the Holy Spirit to become the men they were created to be, now have the support of a new ministry in the Diocese of Honolulu.

Catholic Men’s Fellowship of Hawaii (CMFH) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that emerged as a response to the need for a place where men can come together in faith, camaraderie and support.

“We inspire, equip and empower ministry to men with regular parish meetings, yearly conferences, quarterly breakfasts, retreats and other activities focused on prayer, discussion and reflection,” said Ron Gochenouer, chairman of CMFH. Read more...

Lenten Reflection: Giving Freely Without Expecting a Return

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From the Office for Social Ministry

“To embrace the cross is...joining in the mission of Jesus to bring ‘good news to the poor…to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed. It is to truly touch the wound of that brother, that community, who has a name, who has an infinite value for God, to bring him light, to strengthen his legs, to cleanse his misery, to offer him the opportunity to respond to the plan of love the Lord has for him.” - Pope Francis Message to Church Aid in Latin America, March 2024

As we journey together this Lenten season, Pope Francis has urged all to reflect and act on a deeper understanding of the values of charity and service. Our Holy Father sent a message to a meeting of church humanitarian aid and development organizations (such as Catholic Relief Services-CRS) involved in Latin America. The papal message focused on the theme of “gratuitousness” which stems from the Latin word gratuitus––“given freely.” Read more...

CRS Rice Bowl Lenten Story of Hope: Week Three

(Photo by Benny Manser for CRS)

From the Office for Social Ministry

The Christian theme of giving freely, or agape love, plays a vital role in this year’s third Rice Bowl Lenten Story of Hope which comes from Indonesia. Located in Southeast Asia between the Pacific and Indian Oceans, Indonesia has diverse cultures and nearly 280 million people—the fourth highest population in the world! Many of the country’s more than 17,000 islands are in the Ring of Fire, a region around the rim of the Pacific Ocean where volcanic eruptions and earthquakes are common. Climate-related disasters such as cyclones also threaten the islands and are becoming more frequent and destructive. Strong rains and wind from these storms—combined with long periods without rain, called drought—make it difficult for the population of Indonesia to grow food. Read more...

Learn more about this CRS Story of Hope HERE.

Meatless Meals from Around the World - Indonesia

(Photo by Lauren Carroll for CRS)

During Lent, we abstain from eating meat to experience a little of the hunger that many experience daily. Journey around the world and incorporate these Lenten recipes into your meatless Fridays. Give the money you saved each week by not eating meat—about $3 per person per meal—to your CRS Rice Bowl to feed those in need around the world.

Sayur Asem is a traditional Indonesian sour soup known for its sweet and sour flavor. Sayur means vegetables, and asem refers to tamarind, which is the key ingredient that gives the dish its distinctive tangy taste. The dish is typically served with steamed rice.

See the full recipe at https://www.crsricebowl.org/recipe/sayur-asem

Nominate Favorite Teacher and Administrator for the Golden Pine"apple" Award

From the Hawaii Catholic Schools

Hawaii Catholic Schools and Chaminade University with the support of John C. and Mary Lou Brogan present The Golden Pine"apple" Awards for both Administrator and Teacher of the Year. Both awards recognize excellence in outstanding teachers/specialists and administrators within the Catholic Schools in the State of Hawaii. The recipients of the 2023-2024 school year's award will be announced at the Recognition Ceremony in May and will receive the Golden Pine”apple” trophy and a check for $1,000. Nominations are being accepted until the end of the month. For more details, click HERE for Teacher of the Year and click HERE for Administrator of the Year.

Flyer available HERE.

Catholic Sisters Week, Mar 8-14

Catholic Sisters Week is celebrated every March 8 to 14 during Women’s History Month. Catholic Sisters Week began in 2015 to celebrate women religious. Our local religious Sisters serve the poor and immigrants, teach children, youth, young adults, and adults, fight injustice, pray with the sick and dying, share spirituality, empower women, promote peace, mālama i ka ‘āina, offer hope, and much more! This Catholic Sisters Week we invite you to celebrate these women religious. Send them a card in the mail, call them, email them, and spend quality time with them. If you’d like our woman religious to speak at your parish or school, email larcvocations@rcchawaii.org. Let us also remember to pray for them as they continue to witness to God’s great love for us!

Flyer available HERE.

Flame of Love in Hawaii, Mar 17-18

Sunday, March 17 - Monday, March 18, 2024

Join the Flame of Love in Hawaii with keynote speaker John Sullivan III. Five different talks will be available. There is no charge but a love offering is appreciated.

March 17
4:00 p.m. at St. Pius X, Manoa
6:30 p.m. at St. Pius X, Manoa

March 18
10:00 a.m. at St. Pius X, Manoa
1:30 p.m. at St. Pius X, Manoa
7:00 p.m. at St. Ann Church, Kaneohe

For more information please email dolaso@rcchawaii.org or visit

Flyer available HERE.

Movie Night "Forty-Seven Days with Jesus," Mar 18

Monday, March 18, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.
St. John Apostle & Evangelist Church, Mililani

"Forty-Seven Days with Jesus" is about a disconnected family finding hope and unity through a cinematic retelling of Jesus’ final 47 days on Earth. Starring THE CHOSEN's Yoshi Barrigas and Catherine Lidstone and featuring an unforgettable original soundtrack, Forty-Seven Days with Jesus brings the Easter story to life and reminds us of The Gospel’s enduring impact.

Tickets available at www.stjohnmililani.org.

Flyer available HERE.

’Ohana Mass, Mar 23

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.

Pontifical Good Friday Collection, March 29

Pope Francis has asked for support for the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, which helps Christians in the Holy Land, where they are now less than 2% of the population. Your support is essential to help the Church minister in parishes, provide Catholic schools, and offer religious education. The Pontifical Good Friday Collection also helps to preserve the sacred shrines of Christianity, including in Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem, to name only a few.

The pandemic had hit Christians in the Holy Land particularly hard. Most of them depend on pilgrimages for work. The war made their situation even more dramatic In these times of crisis, the collection is necessary to meet the basic needs of the People of God still living in this Land and to maintain a Christian presence where the Church was born.

When you contribute to the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, you join with Catholics around the world in solidarity with the Church in the Holy Land. Please be generous!

For more information about Christians in the Holy Land, visit www.myfranciscan.org or www.custodia.org.

"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 St. Michael the Archangel, Kailua-Kona

Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at Immaculate Heart of Mary, 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.

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.

Rest in Peace

Please pray for the happy repose of the soul of Martin Bristol, the father of Father Mark Bristol, who serves as a Chaplain at the Kaneohe Marine Corps Base. Condolences may be sent to Father Mark Bristol at 6244-B Kaawa Street, Kailua, HI 96734. May he rest in the peace of the risen Lord!

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


Maui Lenten Adoration, Benediction, and Reflection, Mar 13

Chrism Mass for the Maui-Lanai Vicariate, Mar 14

Flame of Love in Hawaii with John Sullivan III, Mar 17-18

Maui Lenten Adoration, Benediction, and Reflection, Mar 20

Chrism Mass for the East and West Hawaii Vicariates, Mar 21

‘Ohana Mass, Mar 23

Mass for Passion (Palm) Sunday, Mar 24

Chrism Mass for Oahu-Molokai Vicariates, Mar 26

Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Mar 28

Good Friday Holiday, Mar 29

Good Friday Morning Prayer, Mar 29

Good Friday Liturgy of the Lord's Passion, Mar 29

Holy Saturday Morning Prayer, Mar 30

The Easter Vigil, Mar 30

Mass for Easter Sunday, Mar 31


"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


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