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May 23, 2023 - Seventh Week of Easter

Tuesday within the Seventh Week of Easter (V21)
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Mass Attendance is Up, But Still Far Below Pre-Covid Numbers

By Patrick Downes
Hawaii Catholic Herald

Sunday Mass attendance in Hawaii suffered a big hit from COVID-19 and, though recovering, has a long way to go to return to its pre-pandemic numbers, according to the 2022 October count, the annual tally of heads in church conducted by the diocesan chancellor’s office.

Last October saw 31,874 men, women and children in the pews of Hawaii’s 65 parish churches, two dozen “missions” and two ethnic communities.

That is a stunning 14,266 fewer than the 2019 pre-pandemic total of 46,140.

But the trend is upward. The lowest point was 2020 when the pandemic hit hardest and churches across the board lost 50-60% in attendance. Read more...

Volunteers Needed for Lanakila Meals on Wheels

From the Office for Social Ministry

During some of the most difficult moments of the Covid pandemic, volunteers from Diocesan parishes helped provide Meals on Wheels to kupuna who included some of the most vulnerable elders on Oahu. Since 1971 Lanakila Meals on Wheels have been a trusted provider of healthy and delicious complete meals with goal to ensure seniors and individuals with disabilities receive meals so they can continue to live at home. Now as their program grows, Lanakila Meals on Wheels needs more volunteers who are willing and able to volunteer some of their time, once a week Monday-Friday.

Home delivered meals and so much more. Whether for a short recovery period, caregiver respite or over the long-term for independent living, Lanakila Meals on Wheels home-delivered meal service is a convenient way to receive nutritious meals. Lanakila Meals on Wheels works with registered dieticians and chefs to ensure our healthy and delicious meals meet or exceed USDA nutrition guidelines and have the local flavors we all love! Read more...

First Spanish Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend for Hawaii

A priest and couples from California will present to married couples who communicate more freely in Spanish. It will be at St. Anthony Retreat Center from August 4-6. We ask all of our priests to spread the word to their Spanish communities. More information will be sent to the parishes with the hope of making announcements and putting information in bulletins.

September 1-3 will be an English weekend at St. Anthony with Fr. Steve Macedo presenting!

Please encourage your people to renew their Sacraments in this wonderful way.

Primer Encuentro Matrimonial Fin de Semana en Hawaii
Un sacerdote y parejas de California van a presenter a parejas casadas que comunican en español. Se llevará a cabo en St. Anthony Retreat Center, Kalihi Valley, Honolulu el fin de semana del 4-6 de Agosto. Les pedimos a todos nuestros sacerdotes a diseminar esta noticia a sus comunidades que hablan español. Más información será enviada a las parroquias con la esperanza de que diseminen anuncios e información en sus boletines.

Naturalization Info Session, May 24

Wedesday, May 24, 2023 at 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Lanakila Multi-Purpose Senior Center
1640 Lanakila Avenue, Honolulu

Representatives from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will provide an overview of the naturalization eligibility requirements and filing process, including information on the naturalization interview, testing, and Oath Ceremony. This event is co-sponsored by Catholic Charities Hawaii.

Flyer available HERE.

‘Ohana Mass, May 27

Saturday, May 27, 2023 at 5:30 p.m.
Mary, Star of the Sea Church

From the Office for Social Ministry

At Mary, Star of the Sea Church on Oahu, parishioners have established their Ministry for Persons with Disabilities by welcoming persons with varying gifts and abilities to celebrate the “‘Ohana Mass.” Ushers who are members of the Knights of Columbus offer a warm welcome and escort them to the designated pews where they were able to better participate in the Eucharist. After Mass, the community continues fellowship together through a potluck supper where all joyfully serve each other with nourishing food and aloha. These “‘Ohana Masses” and potluck fellowship normally take place on the fourth Saturday each month, 5:30 p.m. at Mary, Star of the Sea where all are welcomed to celebrate and share their gifts as one ‘Ohana. However this month, Mary, Star of the Sea will celebrate the ‘Ohana Mass this coming Saturday May 27, 2023.

Livestream available at Mary, Star of the Sea's YouTube Channel.

For more information please contact Deacon Rafael Mendoza at rafmendoza@rcchawaii.org.

130th Holy Ghost Feast, May 27-28

Saturday, May 27 - Sunday, May 28, 2023
Holy Ghost Mission Church, Kula (Maui)

Join the 130th Holy Ghost Feast "Come and Make Us Whole," over a century of Kula tradition. The two days will feature live entertainment, food booths, locally baked goods, the Queen's Meal, a Keiki Zone, live auction, farmers market, crafts, bingo, the Queen's procession, and so much more!

Flyer available HERE.

Catholic Men's Fellowship of Hawaii Breakfast, Jun 3

Saturday, June 3, 2023 at 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Hall, Wahaiwa

Join the Catholic Men's Fellowship of Hawaii Breakfast with a talk by Sean Berg, a Colonel in the Army with 28 years of service. The cost for breakfast is $10. Please RSVP to Ron Gochenouer at gochron@gmail.com or call (808) 206-4420.

Flyer available HERE.

Oahu Parish Stewardship Leadership Gathering, Jun 12

Monday, June 12, 2023 at 9:00 a.m.
St. Stephen Diocesan Center, Kaneohe

Who Should Come: Parish Stewardship Leaders & Committee Members - Pastors and Staff are most welcome as well!

How It Will Help You: Connecting with other parish stewardship people on similar challenges and best practices.

Specific Topic Areas:
-Improving Parish Communications
-Building Database Usage & Efficiency
-Enhancing Pastor Support & Involvement

REGISTER for FREE. Call (808) 203-6723 or Email: mclark@rcchawaii.org

09:00 AM – Continental Breakfast
09:20 AM – Opening Remarks
09:30 AM – Session One Breakout Groups
10:30 AM – Session Two Breakout Groups
11:00 AM – Wrap-up & Next Steps

Flyer available HERE.

Global Rosary Relay for Priests, Jun 16

Friday, June 16, 2023 at 11:30 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, downtown Honolulu

Join the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in reciting the Sorrowful Mysteries on Friday, June 16th for the sanctification of all priests. We especially pray for Bishop Larry Silva and the priests in the diocese for continued strength, good health, and thanksgiving for all they do. The event will be live-streamed at 11:30 a.m. through these links: Honolulu Cathedral at https://honolulucathedral.org/live-stream/, or, Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HonoluluCathedralBasilica.

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.

"I Thirst" Hawaii Conference, Jul 14-15

Friday, July 14 at 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
St. Elizabeth Church, Aiea

Saturday, July 15, 2023 at 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
St. Ann Church, Kaneohe

"Jesus Thirsts for America", a 21-city, 3-year National Evangelization tour that began in November 2022 is coming to Oahu on July 14-15, 2023. Its purpose is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in such a compelling way that participants will be encouraged and strengthened to become more excited in expressing their faith.

The "I Thirst" events include dynamic teachings, personal testimonies, inspiring music, healing, prayer, mass, and reconciliation which in combination opens participants to encountering the Risen Lord. Six National Presenters have been approved by our Diocese to minister in Hawaii. These presentations are geared towards the love of the Sacraments, focusing on the Eucharistic Revival. Bishop Larry Silva will celebrate Mass. Dominic Olaso (Head of the Diocesan Evangelization TaskForce) will emcee and lead the Praise & Worship.

To register for the “I Thirst” Hawaii, go to https://www.spiritfilledevents.com/i-thirst-hawaii

Flyer available HERE.

Saint of the Week

Saint Christopher Magallanes
Memorial – May 21

“¡Viva Cristo Rey! ¡Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!” Long live Christ the King! Long live the Virgin of Guadalupe! This was the cry of the Christeros, mostly peasant Catholics who opposed the fierce political and anti-Catholic oppression inflicted by the Mexican government on its citizens in the early twentieth century.

The Catholic faith arrived in modern-day Mexico in the early 1500’s with Spanish Franciscians. In 1531, the apparition of Our Lady in Guadalupe greatly aided efforts to share the Gospel. Devotion to the Mother of God and conversions to the Catholic faith grew far and wide. By the turn of the nineteenth century, the Catholic Church was a powerful force in the Spanish colony of Mexico. As a result, some ruling parties resented the Church and sought to eradicate Her influence. Anti-Catholic sentiment especially grew once Mexico declared its independence from Spain in 1810. 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


Christian Life Program Session Two, May 27

‘Ohana Mass, May 27

Memorial Day Holiday, May 29


CAN (Faithful Citizen) Training Class, Jun 3

Catholic Men's Fellowship of Hawaii Breakfast, Jun 3

Christian Life Program Session Three, Jun 3

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I, Part A, Jun 9-11

Christian Life Program Session Four, Jun 10

Mass and Procession for the Feast of Corpus Christi, Jun 11

King Kamehameha Day (Observed), Jun 12

Oahu Parish Stewardship Leadership Gathering, Jun 12

Summer Sunset Rosary and Potluck, Jun 16

Sidewalk Advocates for Life Class, Jun 17

2nd Collection - Diocesan Seminarian Education Fund, Jun 17-18

Juneteenth Holiday, Jun 19

Christian Leadership Institute, Jun 25-30


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