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December 14, 2021 - Third Week in Advent

Tuesday within the Third Week in Advent (V49)
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Bishop's Homily for the Third Sunday in Advent


[St. John the Baptist Church, Kalihi (with Commemoration of Our Lady of Guadalupe)]

Before this Mass, we participated in a serenade to the Virgin of Guadalupe, and we all sang with much gusto and joy to honor our heavenly Mother. However, I am sure that some among us have broken hearts because a loved one has recently died. Others are very worried because they do not have sufficient work to sustain their families. Others have the great burden of sins they have committed, and they are very conscious of the darkness in their souls. In spite of all this, we raised our voices to praise God and his most holy Mother, Our Lady of Guadalupe. We put aside our sorrows and sufferings to offer our devotion to the Mother who has so much devotion toward us.

But the prophet Isaiah says something very curious: “The Lord, your God, is in your midst, your mighty savior; he will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love; he will sing joyfully because of you, as one sings at festivals.” How can it be that God, who knows all our sins and all our anxieties, lifts his voice to celebrate us?

Season of Angels: Heavenly Hosts are Part of the Christian Story


By Anna Weaver
Hawaii Catholic Herald

During a season where angels abound on Christmas trees, in holiday decor and in the retelling of Christ’s birth, you’re more likely to have these heavenly hosts on your mind.

The word angel in Hebrew (malakh) and Greek (aggelos) means “messenger.” Angels are referenced in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible (295 times to be exact, according to the New American Bible Revised edition). The archangels Michael, Gabriel and Rafael get their own feast day on Sept. 29, also known as Michaelmas. Catholics celebrate the feast of the Holy Guardian Angels on Oct. 2.

You might have grown up saying the Guardian Angel prayer: “Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here, ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.”

But have you experienced angels in your own life? These five local Catholics say they have. Here are their stories. Read more...

Walking For Wellness - In Honor Of Saint Marianne

From the Office for Social Ministry

“Let us make the very best use of the precious moments and do all in our power for His dear sake and for His greater honor and glory.” ­ ­­–Saint Marianne Cope

We enter this third week of Advent with joyful hearts in the spirit of Gaudete Sunday. “Gaudete” in Latin means “to rejoice.” So, it is clearly a time when we are all called to share that joy with others, especially those who may not be feeling the lightness of the holidays. Supporting organizations that give back to the community year-round is one way to spread Christmas cheer. For starters, we invite you to reserve a spot in our Office for Social Ministry’s team at the 9th Annual Saint Marianne Cope Walk & Wellness Fair scheduled on January 22, 2022. This year the event will be virtual so anyone can participate from wherever they are! Proceeds will go toward the St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii (SFHS). Read more...

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.]

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 Lucy
c. 284–304
Feast Day – December 13

This saint, venerated by Christians since her own time, likely was martyred in Sicily, probably during the persecutions of Roman Emperor Diocletian, who ruled 284-305. Legends about Lucy include a rejected suitor denouncing her as a Christian and miracles that saved her from life in a brothel, from being burned at the stake, and from having her eyes plucked out. Another legend says she bled to death after her throat was cut. Lucy, whose name suggests light, is among the saints listed in the canon of the Mass; she is the patron saint of electricians and ophthalmologists, and Christians pray for her intercession regarding diseases of the eyes.

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. Elizabeth, Aiea, Dec 16

Misa de Gallo at St. Joseph, Waipahu, Dec. 17

Simbang Gabi Mass at St. Roch, Kahuku, Dec. 17

Vigil Mass at St. Catherine, Kapaa, Dec 18

Misa de Gallo at Holy Cross, Kalaheo, Dec 19

Mass at Immaculate Conception, Lihue, Dec 19

Misa de Gallo at St. Raphael, Koloa, Dec 20

Simbang Gabi Mass at Immaculate Conception, Lihue, Dec 20

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


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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