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November 7, 2023 - Thirty-First Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday within the Thirty-First Week of Ordinary Time (V45)
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Bishop's Homily for the Thirty-First Week of Ordinary Time

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[Diocesan Congress of Filipino Catholic Clubs – Ala Moana Hotel, Honolulu]

I once lived in a rectory with three other priests. We often had dinner together, but we did not have regular places at the table.  It was the custom, however, that whoever arrived last would sit at the head of the table. This was fine, except when one particular priest arrived last.  In that case, he would insist that someone else should move to the head of the table, because he was too humble to sit there. He was very proud of his humility!

Jesus has much to say about this in today’s Gospel. He pointed out that the teachers of the law occupied the place of Moses, and people should listen to them; but that they did not live the law of Moses themselves and were not to be imitated. There was a disconnect between what they said and what they did, and so their teaching was obviously ineffective and inauthentic.

This is something we always need to examine ourselves on: Do we live what we say we believe? Or are our words just cheap talk, because our actions do not correspond to them? Read more...

Revitalized Carmelite Convent Celebrates 50th Year in Hawaii

Seated, Mother Agnella Iu, Mother Mary Elizabeth “Liza” Sedo. Standing, from left, Sister Angelica Guevarra, Sister Elizabeth de Jesus, Sister Anne Therese Ocampo, Bishop Larry Silva, postulant Tiffanie Han, Sister Leslie Watanabe and Sister Mary Francis Apordo. (HCH photo | Patrick Downes)

By Patrick Downes
Hawaii Catholic Herald

Hawaii’s revitalized Carmelite convent celebrated its 50th year tucked in the Kailua-side slope of the Koolaus with a morning Mass Oct. 16 celebrated by Bishop Larry Silva and about 70 of the sisters’ families, friends and supporters.

The congregants overflowed the Carmelites small public chapel, while in the chapel’s adjoining cloistered wing, the community’s eight sisters, mostly unseen, sang in soft harmonic voices accompanied by a single nylon-stringed guitar.

The occasion also marked the 50th anniversary of the final vows of the one surviving member of the original seven sisters from Hong Kong who, in 1973, founded the monastery they call Carmel of the Holy Trinity on the grounds of St. Stephen Diocesan Center. Read more...

Second Collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development

From the Office for Social Ministry

This year November 19 is the World Day of the Poor. On that Sunday, here in Hawaii all parishes will participate in the US Bishop’s annual national second collection in support of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development - CCHD, which helps people work together to respond to complex challenges of poverty across the United States. CCHD was founded in 1970 as a US Catholic Church’s response to systemic poverty. Over the last 50 years, CCHD has given more than $440 million in grants supporting parishioners’ involvement in 12,000 community-based organizations working to overcome poverty. More than 12,000 parishes are currently engaged with the work of CCHD-funded groups, enabling Catholics of all ages to address and transform poverty in their community and provide opportunities for parishioners to go out to the peripheries, to “touch and heal the wounds of others.”

It is important to remember that 25% of the annual CCHD collection in our diocese stays right here in Hawaii to help our local neighbors in need. Read more...

Diocese of Honolulu - Eucharistic Revival Pilgrimage

The Diocese of Honolulu - Eucharistic Revival Pilgrimage started on November 1.

This Year of Parish Revival is about falling deeper in love with the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus and following him more closely. Mirroring this internal journey with an external one is a beautiful way to connect body and soul in the pursuit of Christ. Most of us will not have the opportunity to join the Euchaistic Caravan on the mainland leading to the Eucharistic Congress on July 17, 2024 in Indianapolis.

We can participate in the revival here at home. Make the Honolulu Diocese Pilgrimage a part of your experience of revival by planning a self-led personal pilgrimage in the next months leading up to the beginning of the Eucharistic Caravan in San Francisco.

The Diocese of Honolulu offers a Hawaii Eucharist Revival virtual pilgrimage called Hawaii Pilgrim HERE or by getting the Polarsteps - Travel Tracker app for your digital device. Sign up for a free Polarsteps account. Enter “Hawaii Pilgrim” on the Explore (Search people & places) tab. Click on “Follow” and begin your journey. Use Hawaii Pilgrim to find church addresses, Mass, adoration and other regularly scheduled events when the church will be open.

Learn more HERE.

140th Anniversary of the Arrival of Mother Marianne and the Franciscan Sisters, Nov 8

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

Come and celebrate, all are invited. Bishop Larry Silva will celebrate Mass to mark the 140th year of the arrival of Mother Marianne and the first Franciscan Sisters to Hawaii. A mini reenactment of the arrival will precede the Mass. Refreshments and fellowship to follow. Church parking will be validated.

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

Hawaii Catholic Men’s Conference Golf Tournament, Nov 10

Friday, November 10, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. (2:00 p.m. check-in)
Moanalua Golf Club, Honolulu

The Hawaii Catholic Men’s Conference is a biblically based Catholic Men’s program that assists Catholic men in becoming the man that our Lord Jesus Christ has designed us to be. To assist in the funding of future conferences, a nine-hole two-person team best ball golf tournament will be held. All proceeds will be used to fund future conferences. Donations accepted.

$100 per person and includes green fees, cart, and after tournament pupus. Drinks and snacks will be provided during the round. The field is limited to the first 20 (two-person) teams.

Register your team on EventBrite HERE. Flyer available HERE.

Celebrate National Vocations Awareness Week, Nov 11

Saturday, November 11, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.
Paewalani, 45-901 Wailele Rd., Kaneohe

Celebrate vocations and Veteran’s Day with a BBQ and all young adults, friends, and family are invited! Come eat and fellowship with us! Our Catholic Scouting Organizations will lead us in praying the Rosary at 10:30 a.m. Bring your own drinks.

Please RSVP by November 6 to Sr. Ivy Yim at (808) 845-0065 ext. 3 or email larcvocations@rcchawaii.org.

Flyer available HERE.

Jesse Manibusan "An Evening of Song and Faith," Nov 17-20

Friday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m. - St. Jude, Kapolei
Sunday, November 19 at 5:00 p.m. - St. Elizabeth, Aiea
Monday, November 20 at 6:00 p.m. - St. Joseph, Waipahu

Jesse Manibusan is a composer, singer/songwriter, storyteller, humorist, catechist, evangelizer, and encourager. Working with any and every age group, Jesse has that knack to build instant rapport, connect to his audience, and create life-giving memories that help deepen faith and cultivate the joy that inspires service, sacrifice, and the celebration of life.

Jesse earned an MA in Multicultural Ministries from the Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, CA, and gives concerts, workshops, parish missions, and retreats. Jesse’s music is published by Oregon Catholic Press and Spirit & Song (a division of OCP). In 2014, Jesse received the National Catholic Youth Award for Presenter/Artist Category by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministries, INC.

For more information, contact Keahi Teson at kteson@rcchawaii.org or (808) 492-1059.

Flyer available HERE.

Light Up a Memory Tree Lighting Ceremony and Fundraiser, Dec 1

Friday, December 1, 2023 at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
St. Francis Kūpuna Village Courtyard in Liliha
2230 Liliha Street, Honolulu

This year, St. Francis Healthcare System dedicates its 44th Annual Light Up a Memory Tree Lighting Ceremony and Fundraiser to the Maui families and others in our community whose loved ones have passed. We know that we all cherish our loved ones who are no longer with us, and our memories of them are our precious gifts no one can take away from us. We’re going to light up their memory together!

You can RSVP for the event, request snowflakes, and donate by mail, online or phone. To guarantee that your snowflake(s) will be ready at the event, that your loved one’s name(s) will be included in our event video, and to receive refreshments at the event, please submit your request by Monday, November 13, 2023.

Your tax-deductible donation will support our patients and family members in St. Francis Healthcare System’s hospice and bereavement programs as well as those impacted by the wildfires.

For questions, please contact (808) 547-6500 or lightupamemory@stfrancishawaii.org

Request a snowflake ornament HERE.

Saint of the Week

Saint Leo the Great
c. 400–461
Memorial – November 10

When Cardinal Ratzinger was elected pope, taking the name Benedict XVI, the first words he spoke from the balcony of Saint Peter’s Basilica referred to his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, whom he referred to as “the great pope.” Since then, many have referred to him as “John Paul the Great.” Prior to that, only three popes came to be universally called “the Great”—Saint Gregory the Great (590–604), Saint Nicholas the Great (858–867), and the pope we honor today, Saint Leo the Great (440–461), who was the first pope to receive that title. Read more...

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:

Events and Previous Announcements


140th Anniversary of the Arrival of Mother Marianne and the Franciscan Sisters, Nov 8

Veterans Day Holiday (Observed), Nov 10

Hawaii Catholic Men’s Conference Golf Tournament, Nov 10

Celebrate National Vocations Awareness Week, Nov 11

2nd Collection for Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Nov 18-19

Thanksgiving Day Holiday, Nov 23-24

Annual Convocation of Priests, Nov 27-Dec 1


Second Collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious, Dec 8-9

Misa de Gallo at St. Michael, Waialua, Dec 16

Simbang Gabi Mass at St. Philomena, Honolulu, Dec 16

Misa de Gallo at St. Elizabeth, Aiea, Dec 17

Simbang Gabi Mass at St. Rock, Kahuku, Dec 21

Misa de Gallo at St. John Apostle & Evangelist, Mililani, Dec 22

Christmas Eve Holiday (Observed), Dec 22

Misa de Gallo at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Dec 23

Simbang Gabi Mass at St. George, Waimanalo, Dec 23

Misa de Gallo at St. Joseph, Waipahu, Dec 24

Christmas Day Holiday, Dec 25

Christmas Midnight Mass, Dec 25

Mass for Christmas Day, Dec 25

New Year's Eve Holiday (Observed), Dec 29


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