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February 28, 2023 - First Week of Lent

Tuesday within the First Week of Lent (V9)
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Bishop's Homily for the First Sunday of Lent


[St. Michael the Archangel Church, Kailua-Kona (Rite of Election);
Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu (Rite of Election)]

Winning big on a lottery would be very exciting, but it would not make a very engaging movie. Now, finding a hidden treasure, such as in the Raiders of the Lost Ark or in the Lord of the Rings, that is much more dramatic! One has to go through many trials and tribulations, perform many incredible feats, fight off countless enemies within oneself and without, and suffer many deprivations, all to win the great prize. This is the stuff of good movies, good novels, and of life itself. And we find that in the end, not only is the sought-after treasure found, but the person who finds it has grown in character, courage, and dedication. The greater the struggle, the greater is the appreciation of the prize.

It was certainly the experience of Jesus as he sought to win the prize of our salvation. He who made all creation by simply saying the word, could have won our salvation just as easily. But for some reason, he decided it would be best for all of us if he first engaged in a titanic struggle with that ancient enemy who thwarted his plans early on in the Garden of Eden. Read more...

Dispensation for St. Patrick’s Day, 2023

Many people enjoy celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, with corned beef and cabbage. In light of this tradition, Bishop Silva dispenses from the obligation of Lenten Friday abstinence from meat any Catholic living in or visiting the Diocese of Honolulu (State of Hawaii) for that day only. Those who take advantage of this dispensation should choose another day that week to abstain from meat.

Many Milestone Years Mark This Year’s Catholic School Educators Gathering

Educators celebrating 20, 30, 40 and 50 years of working in Hawaii Catholic schools at the 2023 ACCE Mass. (HCH Photo | Anna Weaver)

By Anna Weaver
Hawaii Catholic Herald

If the number of lei piled around Raymond Abregano Jr.’s neck equaled the number of years he’s served in Hawaii Catholic schools, they would have gone above his head and tumbled off during the Annual Conference of Catholic Educators Mass on Feb. 3. As it was, the lei Abregano kept on while receiving his 50-year award reached to his chin.

Abregano, who has taught at St. Anthony School, Wailuku, and Saint Louis School, is the rare half-century honoree. But there were 20 other faculty and staff from across the islands who received their 20-year, 30-year and 40-year milestone awards at the annual recognition ceremony. Read more...

CRS Rice Bowl Lenten Story of Hope: Week One

From the Office for Social Ministry

Pope Francis’s Message for Lent 2023 reminds us that “the Lord speaks to us through our brothers and sisters, especially in the faces and the stories of those who are in need.” In a similar way, Bishop Larry Silva’s 2023 Rice Bowl letter calls us to encounter Christ with others this Lent. “I strongly encourage all to participate in the CRS Lenten Rice Bowl journey to come closer to God and witness to Jesus by responding to Christ’s call to help our sisters and brothers in need.” CRS Rice Bowl provides faces and stories of others in need and how their journey transforms vulnerability into hope.

The first CRS Rice Bowl Lenten Story of Hope this year is from the mountainous valleys in Honduras. The changing climate has had an impact on lands in Honduras, but farmers are learning new techniques to water their crops, protect the natural resources and keep their families healthy. Rony lives with his wife Reina and their two sons, Emilson, age 14, and Maynor, age 9, about two hours from Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. Rony is a farmer who grows corn, beans and bananas. But it’s hard to get good harvests working in the Dry Corridor—an area impacted by high temperatures and lack of rain. Read more...

Newman Connection

From the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Studies have shown that up to 70% of young Catholics leave the faith in college. This may be overwhelming, but it is certainly not hopeless! Studies have confirmed that college graduates, who have been active in campus ministry, are more likely to attend Mass, to volunteer for leadership roles in parishes, and to consider religious vocations. As part of our pastoral responsibility, we want to support these students as they embark on this next step in their lives.

The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry is working to implement a High School Outreach Program in our parishes and Catholic high schools with the help of Newman Connection.

Youth and Campus Ministers can download posters and more HERE.

World Youth Day Lisbon 2023 – Last Call

Final call for anyone interested in attending this year’s World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal. The last day to register is February 28, 2023. For more information or to register, visit our website: https://www.catholichawaii.org/oyyam/yam/wyd.

40 Days for Life, Feb 22 - Apr 2

40 Days for Life begins on Wednesday, February 22nd and runs through Sunday, April 2nd. 40 Days for Life is an internationally coordinated 40-day campaign that aims to end abortion locally through prayer and fasting, community outreach, and a peaceful all-day vigil in front of abortion businesses.

To sign-up to pray in Honolulu, please visit www.40daysforlife.com/honolulu.

Learn more about 40 Days for Life at www.40daysforlife.com.

Flyer available HERE.

Mass for 40 Days for Life, Feb 28

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.
Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu

Join the mass for 40 Days for Life that supports the 40-Days for Life Winter Campaign with Bishop Larry Silva. Mayra Rodriguez, a former Planned Parenthood Director, will share her testimony prior to the mass at 6:00 p.m. All are encouraged to attend; no pre-registration is required. A potluck and social will follow mass.

Flyer available HERE.

Maui Stewardship Day, Mar 4

Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 8:00 a.m.
St. Anthony Church, Wailuku

All are invitied to the Maui Stewardship Day “It is Right and Just.” The day will begin with Mass with Bishop Larry Silva and feature stewardship speakers Seminarian Larry Denis from the Big Island and Fr. Ace Tui, Parochial Vicar at St. Anthony Church in Wailuku. Lunch will be provided.

Register & RSVP with your parish stewardship contact person by February 25, 2023. For information, call your parish stewardship contact of Mary Jean Bega at mauisd23@gmail.com.

Flyer available HERE.

Faithful Citizenship, Mar 4

Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
St. Stephen Diocesan Center, Kaneohe

Join this Faithful Citizenship training session hosted by Eva Andrade of the Hawaii Catholic Conference. This training cover a variety of topics including the mechanics of respectful writing to your state and federal representatives/senators to voice your opinions on legislation as it goes through the legislative process. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Flyer available HERE.

Parish Lenten Misison with Fr. Leo Patalinghug, Mar 6-7

Monday, March 6 & Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.
St. John Apostle & Evangelist Church, Mililani

Join these two nights of dynamic spiritual presentations with Fr. Leo Patalinghug, IVDei. Fr. Patalinghug is a priest member of a community of consecrated life, Voluntas Dei (The Will of God). He is the creator and founder of an international food and faith movement called Plating Grace, and founder and chair of the nonprofit group The Table Foundation. He is a best-selling author, acclaimed international speaker, host for radio, podcast and a weekly international food and faith show on EWTN, Savoring our Faith.

Register for each presentation at www.stjohnmililani.org.

Flyer available HERE.

Parish Lenten Mission with Jeremy Rivera, Mar 6-8

Monday, March 6 - Wednesday, March 8, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.
St. John Vianney Church, Kailua

LIFE IN THE DESERT: A Lenten Journey to Greater Faith
March 6: The Hidden Power of Weakness
March 7: The Limitations of Strength
March 8: The Test of Love

This is a free event and all are welcome! Award-winning speaker and author, Jeremy Rivera, will explore how the three temptations of Jesus can lead us closer to God and experience deeper healing, conversion and integration of our life stories. Mr. Rivera has produced international documentaries on the lives of St. Damien of Molokai, St. Patrick of Ireland, JRR Tolkien and St. James the Apostle for global Catholic television network, EWTN.

Flyer available HERE.

St. Patrick's Seminary Day of Giving, Mar 16

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Please support St. Patrick's Seminary and their work in preparing priests for service in our diocese. The Diocese of Honolulu currently has 10 seminarians at St. Patrick's Seminary located in Menlo Park, California. To participate in the Day of Giving or for more information, please visit https://igfn.us/vf/PRIEST.

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.

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.

Diocesan Baccalaureate Mass, May 5

Friday, May 5, 2023 at 7:00 PM
St. Jude Church, Kapolei

All 2023 graduates from middle school, high school, colleges, and universities are invited to participate in celebrating the Diocesan Baccalaureate Mass with Bishop Larry Silva! RSVP your attendance HERE.

Flyer available HERE.

Saint of the Week

Saint Katharine Drexel
Memorial – March 3

On November 26, 1858, Catherine Marie Drexel was born in Philadelphia to Hannah Langstroth Drexel and her husband, Francis Drexel, an international banker and one of the wealthiest men in the United States. Her mother died when Catherine was only five weeks old, so Catherine and her older sister Elizabeth were cared for by their aunt and uncle until their father remarried in 1860. Three years later, Francis and his new wife, Emma, had a daughter, Louisa. The three girls had what many would describe as an ideal childhood. 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

Mass for the 40 Days for Life, Feb 28


Maui Stewardship Day “It is Right and Just," Mar 4

Parish Lenten Misison with Fr. Leo Patalinghug, Mar 6-7

Clergy Workshop, Mar 9

Catechist Retreat - Kauai, Mar 11

St. Patrick's Seminary Day of Giving, Mar 16

Scout Mass and Awards Ceremony, Mar 18

Confirmation & First Holy Communion for Our Lady Queen of Angels, Kula, Mar 19

Chrism Mass for the Maui/Lanai Vicariate, Mar 23

Catechist Retreat - Molokai, Mar 25

Pathways to Holiness: Retreat for Youth, 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


For our most recent news, visit www.catholichawaii.org.

The latest updates regarding the Diocese's response to COVID-19 can be found at www.catholichawaii.org/covid19.

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