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September 26, 2023 - Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday within the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time (V39)
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Bishop's Homily for the Twenth-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

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[Immaculate Conception Church, Lihue (installation of pastor)]

I was recently speaking to one of our deacons who is having trouble wrapping his mind around the fact that he will soon be going to the wedding of his 90-year-old father. We think that at that age, one should not be hired to go into the vineyard, so to speak, but God’s ways are not our ways!

I also was speaking to an 80-year-old who was raised as a Catholic, but drifted away from the Catholic Church while he was in college. I invited him to come back, and he said he would give it some thought. Many people would think that after such a long absence from the Catholic Church, we would just look the other way and leave the man in peace, not bothering to even invite him back. But the Lord of the harvest can call people into his vineyard even at the last hour of the day and give them the same eternal reward that we who have never left hope to receive. Read more...

Hope Emerges on Maui with Strength in Solidarity

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From the Office for Social Ministry

Millions of people around the globe today are the move, migrating and not by choice. Many are forced to flee their homes because of natural disasters, wars and dire poverty. For this year’s 109th World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR) on September 24, Pope Francis provided a profound message that resonates deeply with all forcibly displaced persons, including those affected by the devastating wildfires in Maui. Pope Francis called the world to see all forcibly displaced persons as migrant companions on our journey as one human family. He encouraged all “to see in the migrant not simply a brother or sister in difficulty, but Christ himself, who knocks at our door. The important thing is that there always be a community ready to welcome, protect, promote and integrate everyone. Only by walking together will we be able to go far and reach the common goal of our journey.”

On Maui, we are witnessing Lahaina’s diverse population of Hawaiians, Filipinos, Tongans, Vietnamese and Latinos, working together as One Ohana alongside people from the mainland, Europe, Asia, South Pacific, Latin America and other regions worldwide to support all who lost loved ones, homes, and livelihoods. Maria Lanakila Parish’s Sacred Heart School faculty and parents are providing learning opportunities not only for the students who were previously enrolled, but also for many from the public schools which were consumed by the wildfires. (To donate to the fund for Sacred Hearts School, please go to www.shsmaui.org.)

While volunteering with Maui’s Ministry of Presence and Catholic Charities Hawaii at the Lahaina Civic Center, we talked story with wildfire victims about their faith experience of compassion, solidarity and resilience. The Lahaina Civic Center also had a Filipino Resource Fair, where thousands impacted by the wildfires gathered to share their support for one another. (For more about what Catholic Charities Hawaii is doing on Maui please visit www.catholiccharitieshawaii.org).

At St. Anthony Parish parking lot in Wailuku, volunteers from most Maui's parishes gathered to pick up and deliver appliances donated from the mainland for those displaced by the wildfires. Days earlier the monthly vicariate meeting discussed establishing a "faith-sharing accompanying" mental health ministry in Maui. (To support the Catholic Diocese and Maui vicariate ministries with Maui fire victims, please go to https://tinyurl.com/MauiCatholic).

Let us continue relief and recovery efforts together in Maui as One Ohana in the hopeful Aloha spirit Pope Francis’s WDMR prayer: "God, Father Almighty, sustain us by the power of your Spirit, so that we can reflect your tender love to every migrant whom you place in our path, and to spread in hearts and in every situation the culture of encounter and of care.” Mahalo.

Speaker Urges Listeners to Seek the Joy God Offers Freely

Chris Stefanick speaks to a crowd of 500 about God’s love Sept. 6 in St. John Apostle and Evangelist Church, Mililani. (HCH photo | Jennifer Rector)

By Jennifer Rector
Hawaii Catholic Herald

International Catholic speaker Chris Stefanick jumps up and down with passion and love for the Lord at St. John Apostle and Evangelist Church. He does not hide his love for God or, you can say, he cannot hide it. When he approached the doors of the Mililani church on Sept. 6, several hours before his “REBOOT” presentation there, he spread his arms wide to embrace the volunteers who would be working that evening at his talk.

Stefanick chatted with them over some ono food. His arrival was like a homecoming. He recognized faces he had seen when he was there some years ago.

“My hope is that half the people don’t know who I am but that they come because they know you,” Stefanick told the volunteers. Read more...

Give to the ‘Ohana in Christ Appeal Today!

Give to the ʻOhana In Christ 2023-2024 Annual Appeal for the Catholic Church in Hawaii today at https://www.catholichawaii.org/12075.

Flyer available HERE.
View Bishop's letter HERE.
View ‘Ohana in Christ FAQs HERE.

Missionary Families of Christ Endorsed to Minister in Diocese of Honolulu

Dear Mr. Vistavilla,

Peace be with you!

Thank you for the Zoom meeting yesterday with you and your colleagues, during which you asked that I endorse the Missionary Families of Christ to minister in the Diocese of Honolulu.

I am happy to grant permission for the Missionary Families of Christ to minister in the Diocese of Honolulu, effective immediately. The only condition is that you must also have the written permission of the pastor to work in any particular parish in the diocese.

Thank you for all you do to evangelize and to strengthen family life!  May your work bear much good fruit for the service of the Lord and his people!

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Larry Silva
Bishop of Honolulu

Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 25th Anniversary, Sep 30

Saturday, September 30, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Pearl City

Flyer available HERE.

43rd Regional Catholic Charismatic Conference, Oct 7

Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 9:30 a.m - 6:00 p.m.
Catholic Charities Hawaii
1822 Keeaumoku Street, Honolulu

Join HCCRS' 43rd Regional Catholic Charismatic Conference "Remain in Me." The conference will feature speakers Fr. Greg Honorio, Fr. EJ Resinto, Fr. Romple Emwalu, Fr. Mario Palanca, and Fr. Bill Petrie, SS.CC. Admission is free. For more information, please email info@hccrs.org or call (808) 990-8153.

Flyer available HERE.

Eucharistic Rosary Congress, Oct 7-13

Saturday, October 7 - Friday, October 13, 2023

With the blessing of Bishop Larry Silva, the Diocese of Honolulu will once again join other dioceses around the nation for the 2023 Eucharistic Rosary Congress (ERC) for seven days and nights of Masses, perpetual Eucharistic adoration, and hourly rosary. The ERCs are held in response to Our Lady of Fatima’s call to conversion, consecration and prayer.

Our diocese will follow the “The Traveling Congress” model. The relay will start on Saturday, October 7 at 6 p.m. and will end on Friday, October 13 at 6 p.m. Each 6-hour period is held at a different parish, religious community, or Catholic school in the Diocese. To cover all 168 hours, about 24 parishes or religious communities and/or schools need to join this commitment.

For more information, please contact Cami Adams at camikjmj@gmail.com or (808) 721-2307. For more information on the ERC, you can visit www.rosarycongressusa.org.

Flyer available HERE.

Marianist Lecture "God’s Mechanics", Oct 8

Sunday, October 8, 2023 at 4:00 p.m.
Chaminade University, Mystical Rose Oratory

Save the date for the next Marianist Lecture God’s Mechanics: How Scientists and Engineers Make Sense of Religion with Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ. This presentation will cover the connection between science, faith and religion. The event and parking are free. The lecture can also be viewed online.

For more information, please visit https://chaminade.edu/mission-rector/marianist-lecture-series/. Registration is encouraged but not required.

Flyer available HERE.

Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend Retreat, Oct 13-15

Friday, October 13 - Sunday, October 15, 2023
(Arrival at 5:30pm on Friday/departure on Sunday at 5:00pm)

If you or a friend are hurting from a past abortion and are searching for a confidential, non-judgmental, safe place of healing and support to express and reconcile painful emotions and begin the healing process, look no further... and join us on our next retreat!

Both women and men are impacted by abortion and greatly benefit from the retreats. Singles, couples and family members of aborted children have come to Rachel's Vineyard for peace and inner healing. Call us today if you need someone to talk to.

To register, contact Lisa Shorba at (808) 490-2571 or email rvinhawaii@gmail.com.

A fee of $175/person (covers room, meals/refreshments and retreat materials). Need-based scholarships are available. Space is limited. Registrations are strictly confidential. For more information visit www.rachelsvineyard.com.

Flyer available HERE. Brochure available HERE.

Source & Summit: A Eucharistic Day of Recollection

Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
St. Stephen Diocesan Center (6301 Pali Highway, Kaneohe)

This retreat is open to ALL children and youth, ages 6+, and their families. Please note that children ages 6-10 must be accompanied by an adult. Join us for a morning of prayer, learning, and fellowship. Learn more here: https://www.catholichawaii.org/oyyam/workshops.

Flyer available HERE.

140th Anniversary of the Arrival of Mother Marianne and the Franciscan Sisters

Rik Fitch, the artist of this painting, lost his business in the Maui fire. (Image used with artist's permission)

Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at 6:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, downtown Honolulu

This year marks the 140th year of the arrival of Mother Marianne and the first Franciscan Sisters to Hawaii. The celebration will take place on November 8, 2023, at the Cathedral Basilica with Mass at 6:00 p.m. Prior to the Mass, there will be a dramatization of the arrival. A dialogue between Mother Marianne and the Bishop, a chant of a verse of King Kalakaua's hymn of the coming of the Sisters, and a lamentation of sadness will accompany the narration. There was great joy that the Sisters had answered the plea for help, but sadness at the same time because the high ranking officials who represented the King and Queen knew what the Sisters would encounter in their life-giving service. The Mass itself will highlight a special tribute to Mother Marianne.

Contact Sr. Marie Romano at srmromano@aol.com for more info or to offer assistance if needed.

Saint of the Week

Saints Cosmas and Damian
c. Late Third Century
Memorial – September 20

Today, the Church honors Saints Cosmas and Damian—twin brothers, physicians, and martyrs who have been widely venerated in the East and West since the time of their deaths. Little is known for certain about these saints. What we do know is that they were martyrs, most likely under Roman Emperor Diocletian. What has come down to us by way of legend, however, offers an inspiring witness of faith and courage from the early Church. 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


Clergy Workshop, Sep 29

`Ohana in Christ Diocesan Appeal, Sep 30-Oct 1


Eucharistic Rosary Congress, Oct 7-13

Marianist Lecture "God's Mechanics," Oct 8

Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend Retreat, Oct 13-15

Second Collection for World Mission Sunday, Oct 21-22


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

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