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December 6, 2022 - Second Week of Advent

Tuesday within the Second Week of Advent (V49)
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Holy Days of Obligation

Please note that in the Diocese of Honolulu, in addition to all Sundays of the year, there are only two Holy Days of Obligation on which the faithful are obliged to attend Mass: December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary; and December 25, Christmas (which falls on a Sunday this year).  Be sure to check your parish’s Mass schedule for these special days of our faith.

Merger of Parishes

On Wednesday, November 28, 2022, Bishop Silva announced the merger of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Papaikou (which includes Good Shepherd Church Honomu), and St. Anthony Parish, Papaaloa (with a mailing address in Laupahoehoe) into a single parish, effective January 1, 2023. This newly configured parish will be named “Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish,” with each church retaining its original title. Reverend Stephen Macedo was appointed as pastor of this newly configured parish, continuing his prior term as pastor of the parishes separately.

Bishop's Misa de Gallo and Simbang Gabi Mass Schedule

This year Bishop Larry Silva has scheduled seven early morning Misa de Gallo Masses and four evening Simbang Gabi Masses from December 16th through December 24th on Oahu, Maui, and Lanai. 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

  • Sunday, Dec. 18, 5:00 am, Christ the King, Kahului.
  • Monday, Dec. 19, 6:00 am, St. Joseph, Makawao.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 20, 5:00 am, St. Theresa, Kihei.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21, 5:00 am, Sacred Hearts, Lanai City.
  • Thursday, Dec. 22, 5:00 am, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Pearl City.
  • Friday, Dec. 23, 5:00 am, St. John Apostle & Evangelist, Mililani.
  • Saturday, Dec. 24, 4:30 am, St. Joseph, Waipahu.

Simbang Gabi Mass

  • Friday, Dec. 16, 6:30 pm, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Ewa Beach.
  • Sunday, Dec. 18, 5:00 pm, St. Anthony, Wailuku.
  • Monday, Dec. 19, 6:00 pm, Maria Lanakila, Lahaina.
  • Friday, Dec. 23, 6:00 pm, St. Philomena, Honolulu.

Jerry Correa was St. Francis Healthcare CEO for 10 Years

By Patrick Downes
Hawaii Catholic Herald

Jerry J. Correa, the first non-Franciscan to head St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii, who steered the organization through some of its roughest years to see his vision of elder care grow to fruition, died unexpectedly Oct. 27. He was 58.

He had worked for St. Francis 24 years, the last 10 of those years as president and chief executive officer.

Bishop Larry Silva called Correa “a man who was full of love and passion” who “gave himself unselfishly to the community in Hawaii.” Read more...

Good News for SNAP Recipients

(Jonathan Weiss/Shutterstock.com)

From the Office for Social Ministry

Governor Ige issued a fifth Emergency Proclamation related to SNAP benefits whereby recipients will receive an increase each month thanks to federal COVID Relief Funding. This additional emergency allocation has been extended thru the holidays till January 16, 2023. Based on the State of Hawaii’s application to the USDA requesting emergency allotment funding, 85,590 families totaling 159,725 individuals rely on SNAP (previously known as Food Stamps).

The State Department of Human Services’ Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division (BESSD) through its Processing Centers manages our SNAP program. Since COVID, they’ve processed a large number of new SNAP recipients. Households impacted by job loss or reduced wages suddenly found they qualified for supplemental food assistance due to the pandemic. Read more...

Prayers at the Advent Wreath - Second Week

Two candles are lighted on the second Sunday by the oldest child and allowed to burn as before. The prayer for the second week is:

Leader: Let us pray. O Lord, stir up our hearts that we may prepare for your only begotten Son, that through his coming we may be made worthy to serve you with pure souls. Through Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

All: Amen.

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.

Catholic Charities Hawaii 75th Anniversary Mass, Dec 9

Friday, December 9, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.
Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu

Join this special Mass for the 75th Anniversary of Catholic Charities Hawaii to becelebrated by Bishop Larry Silva. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to celine.allouchery@catholiccharitieshawaii.org.

"The Chosen" New Episodes Viewing, Dec 9

Friday, December 9, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
One Community Center
St. John Apostle & Evangelist Church, Mililani

Join St. John Apostle & Evangelist Church in Mililani to watch episodes 1 & 2 of The Chosen - Season Three.

Tickets are available at www.stjohnmililani.org.

Synopsis: What now? After Jesus completes a sermon that turns the world upside down, all 12 disciples (including newcomer Judas) are ready to follow him to the ends of the earth. But problems remain. Matthew wrestles with estrangement from his family. Andrew visits an imprisoned John the Baptist. Mary and the women must find a source of income. Simon and Eden face the costs of following Jesus. Most importantly, the disciples face their biggest challenge yet when Jesus sends them out, two by two, to preach and perform miracles without him.

Flyer available HERE.

Damien and Marianne Catholic Conference Webinar "Environment and Art in Catholic Worship," Dec 10

Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. (HST)

Join this special webinar "Environment and Art in Catholic Worship, Built of Living Stones: Art, Architecture and Worship" hosted by the Damien & Marianne Catholic Conference. An intimate look and conversation with Bishop Larry Silva of the Diocese of Honolulu on the art of the Saints of Hawaii and the impacts to Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace.

Pre-register for this complimentary webinar at www.dmcchawaii.org.

Flyer available HERE.

EPIC Ministry Christmas Banquet "A White Christmas," Dec 30

Friday, December 30, 2022, 6-10 PM
Hawaii Okinawa Center Ballroom
94-587 Uke'e St.
Waipahu, HI 96797

Join us as we kick-off the 10 year anniversary of EPIC Ministry at this year's Christmas Banquet, "A White Christmas".

For more information, visit epicministry.net

Flyer available HERE.

Annual Red Mass, Jan 17

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 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 Robert Van Tassel, President and CEO of Catholic Charities Hawaii, on “75 years of hope that transforms, action that heals and charity that brings justice.”

The Red Mass will be livestreamed at https://honolulucathedral.org/live-stream/

Catechist Retreat 2023

Join us as we reflect upon Jesus, the Good Shepherd, who calls us by name; refresh ourselves in the joyful company of fellow catechists; and renew our catechetical approach to teaching about the Sacrament of Eucharist.

Our day will be filled with Sacred Scripture, peaceful silence, artful calligraphy, and practical new ways to teach about the Eucharist. Register HERE.

Saturdays from 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
January 14: Immaculate Heart of Mary, Papaikou, Hawaii
January 28: St. Theresa, Kihei, Maui
February 4: St. Stephen Diocesan Center, Oahu
March 11: St. Raphael, Kauai
March 25: St. Damien of Molokai, Molokai
April 29: Sacred Hearts, Lanai

Flyer available HERE.

Rest in Peace

Please pray for the happy repose of the soul of Theresia Tukidia, the sister of Father Patrick Tukidia, parochial vicar of St. Ann Church, Kaneohe. May she rest in peace!

Saint of the Week

Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
c. 15 B.C.
Solemnity – December 8

The Ark of the Covenant was a sumptuously adorned chest housing the Jews’ most sacred objects: the tablets of the Ten Commandments, a pot of manna, and Aaron’s staff. Before its disappearance, the Ark was the centerpiece of the Holy of Holies, the mysterious chamber lying behind the curtain in Jerusalem’s Temple. Only the high priest dared to enter this sacred chamber. Mary is the Ark of the New Covenant. She is not a gold-encrusted trunk filled with artifacts but the flesh-and-blood person whose womb nurtured Jesus Christ. Today’s feast celebrates Mary’s own stainless conception, the remote preparation that formed her into that vessel of honor where the living Word first sprang to life. God prepared Mary from her first instant for this great purpose—to be the perfect edifice to carry, birth, and mother the Son of God, one to whom any taint of sin would be repugnant. 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
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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


Mass for Immaculate Conception, Dec 8

2nd Collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious, Dec 10-11

Simbang Gabi Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Ewa Beach, Dec 16

Mass for the 90th Anniversary of Christ the King, Kahului, Dec 17

Misa de Gallo at Christ the King, Kahului, Dec 18

Simbang Gabi Mass at St. Anthony, Wailuku, Dec 18

Misa de Gallo at St. Joseph, Makawao, Dec 19

Simbang Gabi Mass at Maria Lanakila, Lahaina, Dec 19

Misa de Gallo at St. Theresa, Kihei, Dec 20

Misa de Gallo at Sacred Hearts, Lanai City, Dec 21

Misa de Gallo at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Pearl City, Dec 22

Christmas Eve Holiday (Observed), Dec 23

Misa de Gallo at St. John Apostle & Evangelist, Mililani, Dec 23

Simbang Gabi Mass at St. Philomena, Honolulu, Dec 23

Misa de Gallo with Bishop Silva at St. Joseph, Waipahu, Dec 24

Christmas Midnight Mass, Dec 25

Christmas Day Mass, Dec 25

Christmas Day Holiday (Observed), Dec 26

New Year's Eve Holiday (Observed), Dec 30

EPIC Ministry Christmas Banquet "A White Christmas," Dec 30


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