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May 2, 2023 - Fourth Week of Easter

Tuesday within the Fourth Week of Easter (V18)
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Bishop's Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Easter


[Mary, Star of the Sea Church, Honolulu (Confirmation & First Holy Communion); Holy Family Church, Honolulu (Confirmation & First Holy Communion)]

This is a very exciting day for our brothers and sisters who are being confirmed and making their First Holy Communion today! It is a day they will remember for a long time. But some people see these sacraments not as the sacraments of initiation that they are, but as sacraments of termination. They might say, “I’ve received my sacraments, so there is no need to go to faith formation classes or even to Mass any more.” Pope Francis once referred to the sacrament of Confirmation as the sacrament of “goodbye” for this reason, and even some of our pastors think we should move Confirmation back to the teen years so that there is a carrot that will bring people back, at least for a while. If any of these is our attitude, then we have missed the point of what is happening here. Read more...

Pastors Bring Back the Shared Cup to a Cautious Faithful

Deacon Joseph Almuena passes the chalice at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace on Holy Thursday, April 6. (HCH photo | Anna Weaver)

By Patrick Downes
Hawaii Catholic Herald

Bishop Larry Silva on Holy Thursday brought back reception of the precious blood by the sharing of the Communion cup to a cautious faithful for the first time since March 2020, the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The hesitancy is likely because some parishioners are still wary of the possibility of catcing the invisible COVID-19 virus by a communal cup.

Whether parishioners have the option to receive Christ’s blood in the form of wine is up to their pastors.

An informal survey of pastors last week by the Hawaii Catholic Herald shows that most, but not all, have brought back the practice even though it has not been embraced by all Mass-goers. Read more...

Social Ministry Collaboration Builds Bridges

(Brian Goodman/Shutterstock.com)

From the Office for Social Ministry

Many parish communities in our diocese are already actively building bridges to life through social ministry. During a recent Leeward Oahu Vicariate meeting at St Jude’s parish, participants opened their talk story session with a reflection from Pope Francis’s Fratelli Tutti Prayer to the Creator about “common projects and shared dreams.” The gathering shared how they collaboratively face and overcome challenges in their efforts to continue nourishing families and communities on Oahu. Pastors spoke of how their volunteers and staff kept their food ministries alive (especially during the darkest days of the pandemic) by sharing their surplus food, including fresh produce, with all the vicariate parish food pantries. The vicariate collaborative social ministry includes the parishes of St. Joseph in Waipahu, Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Immaculate Conception in Ewa Beach, St. Jude in Kapolei, St. Rita in Nanakuli, and Sacred Heart in Waianae. Together, they publish a comprehensive list of all the vicariate’s food pantries dates and times of services on a parish website www.immaculateconceptionewa.org/leeward-area-food-pantries. Read more...

Diocesan Baccalaureate Mass, May 5

Friday, May 5, 2023 at 7:00 PM
St. Jude Church, Kapolei

All 2023 graduates from middle school, high school, colleges, and universities are invited to participate in celebrating the Diocesan Baccalaureate Mass with Bishop Larry Silva! RSVP your attendance HERE.

Flyer available HERE.

Maui Celebration of Father Damien's Arrival in Kalaupapa, May 9 and 10

Tuesday, May 9 and Wednesday, May 10, 2023
St. Anthony Church, Wailuku

Join Maui's celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Father Damien's arrival in Kalaupapa with Bishop Larry Silva.

  • Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. - Prayer Service
  • Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at 8:15 a.m. - Mass

Veneration of the relic of St. Damien after the Prayer Service and Mass.

Flyer available HERE.

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.

Damien and Marianne Catholic Conference Webinar "The Voices of Vermont," May 13

Saturday, May 13, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. (HST)

Join this special webinar The Voices of Vermont, USA hosted by the Damien & Marianne Catholic Conference. This live presentation from Vermont will feature several panelists who will share their story on how their personal and professional lives have been impacted and continually been influenced by Servant of God Joseph Dutton layman, affectionately known to the people of Vermont as "Brother Joseph Dutton, Beloved Son of Stowe."

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

Flyer available HERE.

Christian Leadership Institute, Jun 25-30

Sunday, June 25 – Friday, June 30, 2023
St. Stephen Diocesan Center, Kaneohe

Registration is now OPEN for Christian Leadership Institute (CLI) this summer! Leadership training is open to all high school youth in grades 10-12. Applications are due to the OYYAM by May 17, 2023. Packets and more information on the website: www.catholichawaii.org/oyyam/ym/cli-hi. Questions? Contact the OYYAM at oyyam@rcchawaii.org.

Flyer available HERE.

Introduction to Spiritual Direction, Jul 10-21

Monday, July 10 - Friday, July 21, 2023
Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Chaminade Univeristy of Honolulu

Join the Introduction to Spiritual Direction course offered through Chaminade University of Honolulu. The course will feature Fr. William Meyer, SM who has been a spiritual director for over 40 years and holds a Doctorate in Ministry. Fr. Meyer currently serves as the Rector of St. Mary's University in San Antonio.

For registration assistance or more information, please contact claire.nishiguchi@chaminade.edu or dustyn.raga@chaminade.edu.

Flyer available HERE.

Saint of the Week

Saint Athanasius
c. 296–373
Memorial – May 2

Arius was a priest from Alexandria, modern-day Egypt. The belief that Jesus was 100% human and 100% divine seemed logically incompatible to him. As a result, Arius taught that the Father created the Son, making the Son subordinate to the Father and neither co-eternal nor co-equal with Him. The debate would finally be resolved at a Church council in Nicaea, called by the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great. The answer came by way of the formulation of the Nicene Creed, which we continue to profess as a Church today. The Nicene Creed got it right, and today’s saint made sure of it. 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
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


Diocesan Baccalaureate Mass, May 5

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I, Part A, May 5-7

Walking with Moms Baby Shower at St. Elizabeth, Aiea, May 7

"God is Real in the Eucharist," May 7

Maui Celebration of Father Damien's Arrival in Kalaupapa, May 9-10

Mass for the Memorial of St. Damien, May 10

"The Voices of Vermont, USA" Webinar, May 13

Annual Priests Retreat, May 15-19

Priesthood Ordination of Deacon Arrion Rosales-Llantos, May 19

Diaconate Ordination of Kurt Meyer and Hai (Francis) Pham, May 20

Christian Life Program Session One, May 20

2nd Collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign, May 20-21

Walking with Moms Baby Shower at Holy Trinity, Kuliouou, May 21

Christian Life Program Session Two, May 27

Memorial Day Holiday, May 29


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