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May 7, 2024 - Sixth Week of Easter

Tuesday within the Sixth Week of Easter (V19)
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Mary Inspires Deep Devotion in Isles

The Sacred Heart of Mary is seen in a stained-glass window at Sacred Heart Church in Honolulu. (Jennifer Rector / Hawaii Catholic Herald)

By Jennifer Rector
Hawaii Catholic Herald

May often arrives with blooming flowers, a feminine and subtle reminder of Mother’s Day — one day out of 31 when we celebrate some of the most important women in our lives. The Catholic Church takes it a step further by celebrating Mary, the mother of God, all month long.

Throughout May, traditions honoring Mary include consecrations, crowning her in flowers, praying rosaries and celebrating feast days.

This monthlong devotion dates to the earliest missionaries in ancient Greece.

In the early church, the month of May was originally dedicated to Artemis, the goddess of fertility. To convert the country away from its pagan traditions, early missionaries dedicated the month to Mary instead. Read more...

End of an Era: St. Catherine School to Close After 78 Years of Catholic Education Legacy

[Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii] St. Catherine School, a beacon of Catholic education for 78 years, sadly announces its closure in June 2024. Despite tireless efforts to sustain its mission, the school will cease operations, marking the end of an illustrious legacy of educating generations of students.

“We wish to thank every teacher, administrator, priest, nun, family member, and student who chose to be a part of St. Catherine School legacy,” says Father Nicholas “Nick” Apetorgbor, Pastor of St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish.   “You will not be forgotten,” adds Mandy Thronas-Brown, Interim School Principal, “Please know just how special you are to our community, and we thank you for all of your hard work, dedication and love you have given over the years.”

The School and Parish is committed to ending the school year celebrating St. Catherine School’s contribution to the community since 1946. Read more...

“Talk Story” with Sacred Hearts School in Lahaina

(Courtesy MCYIA Interior Architecture & Design)

From the Office for Social Ministry

“Earth's creator, Everyday God, Loving Maker, O Jesus, You who shaped us, O Spirit, Recreate us, Come, be with us. In your presence, Everyday God, We are gathered, O Jesus, You have called us, O Spirit, To restore us, Come, be with us. Life of all lives, Everyday God, Love of all loves, O Jesus, Hope of all hopes, O Spirit, Light of all lights, Come, be with us.” ~ Lyrics from the song “Everyday God” by Bernadette Farrell.

God is lovingly with us all the time, even in the darkest moments. This message seemed to resonate deeply during a recent visit to Maui, when we were blessed to participate in intimate “talk story” sessions with some directly impacted by the August 8, 2023 wildfires. Persons from the Maria Lanakila Parish Sacred Hearts School (SHS) ohana and Diocese of Honolulu gathered to share quality time with each other and reflect on where they have been, where they are now, and where they are going. The “talk story” began with a heartfelt slideshow-video of their 9-month journey, accompanied by the beautiful hymn “Everyday God.” Everyone was immediately moved to tears as they watched images of their keiki hugging one another upon arrival at the makeshift Sacred Hearts School in Kapalua, just weeks following the destructive fires. The pictures brought back memories of pain and hope, while the haunting beautiful melody and lyrics of the song reminded all of the enduring presence of God–even amidst the devastating aftermath. Read more...

Inquiry Weekends Aim to Nourish Permanent Deacon Vocations

From the Office of Permanent Deacon Formation

In April, the Office of Permanent Deacon Formation hosted eight married couples and two single men discerning the call to the Diaconate. According to Deacon Renier Torres, these “Inquiry Weekends” allow men and married couples to “receive a comprehensive overview of the formation program, guiding them to make well-informed decisions” about their calling.

One of the most impactful features of the weekend is mealtimes, during which inquirers have an opportunity to engage directly with deacons, deacon wives, and those currently in the formation process. “This direct line to personal experience and wisdom is invaluable as you consider your own path,” says Deacon Henry Costales. “Whether these questions are theological, practical, or personal, getting them addressed can help clarify your understanding and expectations of the diaconal ministry.” Read more...

Memorial of St. Damien, May 10

Friday, May 10, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, downtown Honolulu

All are invited to attend the annual Memorial of St. Damien on May 10th, 2024 which will be the 151st anniversary of the date of his arrival in Kalaupapa, Molokai. Father Ed Popish, SS.CC. will celebrate the Mass at the historic Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace located in downtown Honolulu.

St. Joseph School, Hilo May Day Festival, May 10-11

Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11, 2024
St. Joseph School, Hilo

Join St. Joseph School in Hilo for their May Festival and Fundraiser.

Friday, May 10 will feature the Nohona Hawai'i Cultural Workshop from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. Learn hula, lei Hilo, and ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi. Admission is $10.

Saturday, May 11 will feature the 'Aha Mele Manu'ula from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm with the cardinal concert, ono food, and crafts. Live music will be performed by Darlene Ahuna, Ku'uipo Kumukai, and Pililani Pua-Kaipo. General Admission is $15 / $20 at the door.

Tickets for both days are available HERE.

Holy Ghost Feast, May 18-19

Saturday, May 18 - Sunday, May 19, 2024
Holy Ghost Church, Kula

All are welcome to join the 131st Holy Ghost Feast "Blessed be God Forever" in Kula for a day of celebration and fun for the whole family. The two days will feature food booths, live entertainment, locally baked goods, the Queen's meal, keiki zone, and much more!

Flyer available HERE.

ʻOhana Mass, May 25

Saturday, May 25, 2024 at 5:30 p.m.
Mary, Star of the Sea Church, Honolulu

From the Office for Social Ministry

At Mary, Star of the Sea Church on Oahu, parishioners 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 PM at Mary, Star of the Sea where all are welcomed to celebrate and share their gifts as one ‘Ohana.

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

For more information, please call the parish office at (808) 734-0396 or email rafmendoza@rcchawaii.org.

Maui Corpus Christi Eucharistic Procession, Jun 2

Sunday, June 2, 2024 at 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
From St. Anthony, Wailuku to Christ the King, Kahului

A Eucharistic procession is like a holy parade that brings Jesus, truly present in the Holy Eucharist, into the world that he loves. The Blessed Sacrament is placed in a monstrance and carried out of the church by a priest. A Eucharistic procession sometimes begins at one church and ends at another and is connected to the celebration of the Mass or a time of Adoration.

The Eucharistic Procession will begin with 9:30 a.m. Mass at St. Anthony Church in Wailuku. The procession will start after Mass going to Christ the King Church in Kahului.

Flyer available HERE.

Oahu Eucharistic Procession, Jun 2

Sunday, June 2, 2024 at 10:30 a.m.
Beginning at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu

Join the Mass for Feast of Corpus Christi with Msgr. Gary Secor at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa in Honolulu. The Mass will be followed by the Eucharistic Procession to the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in downtown Honolulu and finish with the Adoration and Benediction celebrated by Msgr. Secor. Please bring your own water and sun protection for the approximate 1.5 mile march.

For more information please call the Office of Worship at (808) 585-3342.

Flyer available HERE.

Global Rosary Relay for Priests, Jun 7

Friday, June 7, 2024 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.

Maui/Lana'i Vicariate Eucharistic Congress, Jun 8

Saturday, June 8, 2024 at 8:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
St. Anthony Church, Wailuku

The Eucharistic Congress is a gathering of the Church to bear witness to the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, which is an important Catholic doctrine. The Congress bring together people from a wide area and typically involves conversations, talks, and stories about the Eucharist.

In summary, the Eucharistic Congress will serve as a powerful moment for Catholics to come together, celebate the Eucharist, and to strenghten their faith in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

Click HERE to register for this free event. Registration deadline is June 5, 2024.

Flyer available HERE.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I, Part A, Jun 3-14

Monday, June 3 - Friday, June 14, 2024
Mary, Star of Sea Early Learning Center, Honolulu

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is an approach to religious formation for children ages 3-12. The Level I course is the foundation course and prepares catechists to work with 3-6 year-old children. Level I course participants (Parts A and B) will receive certification from the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

Sessions held weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Optional materials making from 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Printable Trifold Flyer available HERE. Register Online HERE.

Rest in Peace

Please pray for the happy repose of the soul of Debbie Alnas Reyes, the sister of Father Cipriano (Jojo) Alnas. She died in the Philippines on May 5. Father Alnas is currently the parochial vicar at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace. May she rest in peace!

Saint of the Week

Saint Damien of Molokai
Memorial - May 10

Jozef De Veuster was the youngest of seven children born into a poor farming family in central Belgium. Jozef went to school until the age of thirteen, at which time he had to assist his father on the family farm. A few years later, after his older brother entered religious life, Jozef’s father sent Jozef to college to prepare him to take over the family business. At school, during a mission, he heard God calling him to religious life. At the age of twenty, Jozef followed in his brother’s footsteps and entered the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Jozef later took the name Damien after a fourth-century saint who was a physician and martyr. His brother Auguste took the name Pamphile. Two of their sisters also entered religious life. Read more...

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Online Giving for Parishes

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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


Mass for the Memorial of St. Damien, May 10

St. Joseph School, Hilo May Day Festival, May 10-11

131st Holy Ghost Feast in Kula, May 18-19

Annual Priests Retreat, May 20-24

Priesthood Ordination of Deacon Kurt Meyer, Deacon Anthony Tran, and Deacon Hai (Francis) Pham, May 24

Memorial Day Holiday, May 27


Maui Corpus Christi Eucharistic Procession, Jun 2

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I, Part A, Jun 3-14

Maui-Lana'i Vicariate Eucharistic Congress, Jun 8

King Kamehameha Day, Jun 11

Juneteenth Holiday, Jun 19


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