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March 14, 2023 - Third Week of Lent

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


[Holy Family Church, Honolulu (Episcopal Visitation)]

The people of this parish know very well the difference between living water and toxic water. For months, many of you who live in this area could not stay in your own homes because the water was contaminated by a jet fuel leak from the fuel storage tanks on Red Hill. Drinking or even washing in this toxic water could lead to temporary and even long-term illness – the opposite of what water is supposed to do for us. The kind of water we drink or wash in is very important.

So it was in this encounter of Jesus with the woman of Samaria. We are not referring to the water in the well of Jacob, which apparently was good, fresh water, but the other kinds of toxic waters she – and we – are often exposed to. First, there was the toxic water of racial and religious division. Jews do not talk to Samaritans nor Samaritans to Jews. Samaritans worshipped on one mountain, while Jews worshipped in Jerusalem. To this situation, Jesus brought living, life-giving water when he dissolved those barriers, speaking to the Samaritan woman and explaining that true worship is not tied to any particular locale but is worship in Spirit and in truth. Read more...

150th Anniversary of Father Damien’s Arrival in Kalaupapa

From the Office of the Bishop

The annual Memorial of St. Damien is May 10, which is the anniversary of the date of his arrival in Kalaupapa, Molokai. Wednesday, May 10, 2023 is the 150th anniversary of that momentous event. Bishop Larry Silva will celebrate a Mass at 6:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace on that day, to which all are invited. We also urge parishes and schools to mark this special anniversary in their own celebrations of this Obligatory Memorial.

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.

Hearts Aglow for Kailey

Kailey with St. John Vianney principal Caryn DeMello. (Photo courtesy of St. John Vianney School)

St. John Vianney School rallies with prayers and funds for fellow student with cancer

By Anna Weaver
Hawaii Catholic Herald

At 6 years old, Kailey Jong-Perez loves many things kids her age do: riding her bike, eating sushi and mochi waffles, skateboarding, blowing bubbles and reading “Elephant and Piggie” books with her little brother, all arts and crafts, and baking with her mom.

“She’s brave, strong, happy and very loving,” Renee Jong said.

So when Jong got a call from the St. John Vianney School office that Kailey had been in too much pain to make it to the first water station of the school’s charity run in late November, she knew something was very wrong. Read more...

Reflection for the Third Week of Lent

From the Office for Social Ministry

This year the papal messages for Lent highlight contemplation and service as vital for coming closer to God. During this solemn season, the Holy Father is reflecting on how the Transfiguration of Jesus reveals the beauty of God’s transformative love. The Pope points out that by focusing contemplation on Christ’s face transfigured in our midst, we can see the beauty of God’s transforming love that surrounds us, “even when it bears the mark of the cross.” Through the contemplative focus of Lenten prayer, fasting and almsgiving, we can “learn to see the same beauty on the faces of the people who walk beside us every day – family, friends, colleagues who take care of us in the most varied ways. How many luminous faces, how many smiles, how many wrinkles, how many tears and scars reveal love around us!”  This Lenten contemplation focused on the face of Christ in the world can lead us to deepen our love of God and neighbor through “service of others.”

There are many ways in our Diocese to see the beauty of God’s transforming love in the faces of others. At Mary, Star of the Sea Church on Oahu, parishioners recently established their Ministry for Persons with Disabilities by welcoming persons with varying gifts and abilities to celebrate the “’Ohana Mass.” This beautiful Eucharistic celebration included signing for the deaf and altar servers with down syndrome and autism. Read more...

Nominate Your Favorite Teacher/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 presents the HCS Teacher of the Year Award, The Golden Pine"apple". In addition, there is a separate award for the HCS Administrator 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 2022-2023 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 till the end of the month. For more details, click HERE for Teacher of the Year and click HERE for Administrator of the Year.

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.

Spirit in the Time of Radical Change, Mar 19

Sunday, March 19, 2023 at 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Mystical Rose Oratory at Chaminade University, Honolulu

In the face of climate change and humanitarian crisis, what lessons can we learn from the different spiritual traditions to cope? Join this free conversation. Sponsored by the BDK-Fujitani Interfaith Program at Chaminade University of Honolulu. For more information please contact Dr. Malia D. Wong, O.P. at mwong2@chaminade.edu.

Flyer available HERE.

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.

Catholic Nurses' Fellowship, Mar 25

Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.
Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu

Join the Nursing with a Heart: Catholic Nurses' Fellowship after Mass for a fellowship potluck to meet other Catholic nurses and for a time of sharing and reflecting. Everyone is welcome! Please RSVP to Vebs Dominguez at (908) 758-6597 or authorvebs@gmail.com.

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.

Eucharist Retreat - Lanai, Apr 29

Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Sacred Hearts Church, Lanai City

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. Flyer available HERE.

Eucharist Retreat - Molokai, Sep 16 (New Date)

Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
St. Damien of Molokai Church, Kaunakakai

Children, families, and catechists are welcome! Our morning together will be focused on Jesus, the Good Shepherd, who gently calls each of us by name and feeds us with the Bread of Life in the Eucharist.

Learn the names of the sacred articles used on the altar, the meaning of the priest's gestures and prayers spoken on our behalf, and how we are to live the Eucharist in our daily lives!

Flyer available HERE.

Saint of the Week

Saint Patrick
c. 387–c. 393
Memorial – March 17

Patrick was born in Roman-ruled Britain to loving parents, perhaps as an only child. His father was a senator and a deacon, and his grandfather was a married priest. Despite his Christian upbringing and the clerical influences of his father and grandfather, Patrick struggled with his faith, stating later that when he was young he “did not know the true God.” This testimony, and the quotes to follow, come from his own hand, preserved in his Confessio, Saint Patrick’s short autobiographical confession about the workings of God’s grace in his life and ministry. 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

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

Scout Mass and Awards Ceremony, Mar 18

"Spirit in the Time of Radical Change" Lecture, Mar 19

Chrism Mass for the Maui/Lanai Vicariate, Mar 23

Pathways to Holiness: Retreat for Youth, Mar 25

Catholic Nurses' Fellowship, 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


Mass for Passion (Palm) Sunday, Apr 2

Chrism Mass for Oahu Vicariates, Apr 4

Second Collection for Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl, Apr 6

Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Apr 6

Good Friday Holiday, Apr 7

Pontifical Collection for the Holy Land, Apr 7

Good Friday Morning Prayer, Apr 7

Good Friday Liturgy of the Lord's Passion, Apr 7

Holy Saturday Morning Prayer, Apr 8

The Easter Vigil, Apr 8

Mass for Easter Sunday, Apr 9

Second Collection for the Diocesan Priests’ Retirement Fund, Apr 29-30

Lanai Eucharist Retreat, Apr 29

Mass for Clergy and Religious Jubilarians, Apr 29


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