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January 11, 2021

Tuesday within the First Week of Ordinary Time (V2)
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Bishop's Homily for the Baptism of the Lord

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[Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu]

She is all in! He was completely absorbed by it! She was drowning in self-pity. He is fully immersed in his work. These are expressions we often use to describe when a person is totally absorbed by something, whether good or bad. They imply total and complete commitment to some work, object or attitude. They may be a bit of an exaggeration, but they express a reality that someone is more than peripherally involved.

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. John the Baptist was performing a ritual cleansing of people who truly wanted to repent of their sins, change their lives, and set themselves on a different course. So he immersed them in the waters of the Jordan. (It is no coincidence that this was the very river the people of Israel crossed to enter the Promised Land after wandering forty years in the desert.) Those who went to John knew they were absorbed in destructive and toxic behavior, and they wanted to immerse themselves in fidelity to the covenant with God. Read more...

School Superintendent Llewellyn Young Keynote Speaker at Red Mass

By Anna Weaver
Hawaii Catholic Herald

Superintendent of Hawaii Catholic schools Llewellyn K. Young Jr. will describe how he steered the state’s Catholic educational system through the turbulence of the coronavirus pandemic as the guest speaker for the Diocese of Honolulu’s Red Mass, 9 a.m., Jan. 18, at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace.

The Mass, celebrated during the week of the opening of the Hawaii State Legislature, is the annual prayer to the Holy Spirit for guidance and wisdom for Hawaii’s civic leaders. Bishop Larry Silva will preside.

According to Young, who has been superintendent for little more than a year, the pandemic presented the schools with both challenges and opportunities.

Following a philosophy and approach he described as “thriving and not just surviving,” he said the schools experienced growth and progress in many critical areas, including significant increases in enrollment. Read more...

Parish Social Ministry Listening Sessions

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From the Office for Social Ministry

Our Parish Social Ministry volunteers work hard to care for our dear neighbor, particularly those whose voices go unheard. Whether food insecure, imprisoned, homeless or disabled, our mission of care is meant to serve the disenfranchised and vulnerable and to ensure they are not ignored. Serving the growing number of people in need during the COVID pandemic is a challenge that many in our parishes do with fearless conviction. They proclaim the living Jesus Christ in our food pantries, in the prisons and vulnerable populations throughout the community. We owe a debt of gratitude to these volunteers

In response to Bishop Larry Silva’s call-out to our Church in preparation for the 2023 Synod of Bishops with Pope Francis, the Office for Social Ministry will be conducting Virtual COFFEE HOUR Listening Sessions with parish social ministry volunteers and staff. Before the holidays, food ministry coordinators serving pantries in West Hawaii gathered on zoom to talk story. We will continue to Talk Story with the remaining vicariates beginning with KAUAI on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 7:00 PM. The zoom link is being forwarded directly to volunteers and staff. Read more...

St. Francis Healthcare System Home Modification Program

From the St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii

Through a grant from the Teresa F. Hughes Trust, St. Francis Healthcare System offers families minor home modification services
and assistance to seniors who are age 70 years and older at no cost.
You can receive:

  • Grab bars for bathrooms and showers;
  • Night lights for better hallway lighting during the night;
  • ADA-compliant toilets to help seniors more easily get on and off a toilet on their own;
  • Assistive devices such as canes, walkers and wheelchairs; and
  • Housekeeping services that enhance mobility and improve indoor and outdoor safety at home.

To qualify one must be a Hawaii resident, 70 years or older, have a medical or disabling condition, need assistance with daily living but can still live safely in a community setting, and demonstrate financial need. The maximum allowable spend per person is up to $500.

For more information about home modifications, contact us today at (808) 547-8006.

Flyer available HERE.

Loss of the Clerical State and Dispensation from Celibacy

Bishop Silva hereby notifies all that Jon T. Cabico, ordained as a priest of the Diocese of Honolulu, has petitioned for and received a rescript of laicization, including a dispensation from clerical celibacy, granted by Pope Francis and effective on January 5, 2022.  Mr. Cabico remains a full member of the Catholic Church in good standing, but he may no longer function as a cleric or perform priestly ministry.  We are grateful for his years of priestly service and pray God’s continued blessings on him.

Advocate Training, Jan 11 - Mar 16

Avaialable from January 11 March 16, 2022

Advocate Training is being offered by the Diocesan Tribunal Staff for Priests and Deacons who were not previously trained and Lay Persons designated by their pastor. The workshops will provide training on:

  • How to assist those who are divorced with petitioning for a Declaration of Marital Nullity
  • When a Lack of Canonical Form applies
  • What is need for a Pauline Privilege petition

To register, contact Roxanne Torres at rtorres@rcchawaii.org or (808) 203-6766.

Flyer available HERE.

Annual Red Mass, Jan 18

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, downtown Honolulu

The Red Mass has been a tradition since 1955 for government officials and the community to gather at the beginning of the Legislative Session to pray together. Bishop Larry Silva will be the principal celebrant and this year will feature guest speaker Dr. Llewellyn Young, Superintendent of the Hawaii Catholic Schools, on “Hawaii Catholic Education: A Pandemic Story of Thriving and Not Just Surviving.”

The Red Mass will also be livestreamed at www.hictv.com and honolulucathedral.org/live-stream.

Flyer available HERE.

Saint Marianne Cope Walk & Wellness Fair, Jan. 22

Saturday, Janauary 22, 2022 at 7:30 a.m.

Registration is now open for the 9th Annual Saint Marianne Cope Walk & Wellness Fair. Enjoy this virtual event on Saturday, January 22 at 7:30 a.m. from wherever you are!

All proceeds will support St. Francis Healthcare System’s diverse range of services, including hospice care, care coordination, caregiver support, transportation for seniors, preschool and adult day care. Together, we'll be helping create healthy communities here in Hawaii.

While there is no fee to register, all participants are encouraged to raise critical funds to support our mission of creating healthy communities.

Learn more and register HERE.

Youth Ministry Training, Jan 22

Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.
St. Elizabeth Parish, Aiea

All you ministry leaders and core team members are invited to participate in this Youth Ministry Training covering relational ministry, Gen Z, and sharing faith. Space is limited. Registration required. This event is sponsored by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.

Register at https://forms.gle/PVLCWyFxcDvik8KM7

Flyer available HERE.

"Seek and You Will Find" Marriage Enrichment, Jan 28

Friday, January 28, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.
via Zoom

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Hawaii presents a free on-line enrichment for all married couples "Seek & You Will Find" to help you seek God's guidance in your marriage. The enrichment will be presented by Tom and Elaine Bruno.

Register at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItdO6uqjstH9CdvOM_KR4Uf5PrKFb8RZCU

Flyer available HERE.

Saint of the Week

Saint Hilary of Poitiers
c. 310–367
January 13 – U.S.A. Memorial
Patron Saint of Lawyers

Today’s saint was born a pagan, to pagans, in a pagan city. But his broad and deep education brought him into contact with Holy Scripture, where he found the truth he did not know he was seeking. He became a Catholic through reading. He was to then spend his adult life defending Catholic truth with his pen. The convert converted others and preserved the orthodoxy of the Nicene Creed against the Arian heresy. Saint Athanasius called St. Hilary a “trumpet” of orthodoxy against theological error.

St. Hilary was elected the Bishop of Poitiers, France, about 350. His learning and intelligence inevitably placed him at the center of the violent theological battles of the fourth century. The Council of Nicea of 325 had left some theological definitions open to incorrect interpretation. Read more...

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Synod of Bishops - Diocese of Honolulu Phase

From: Bishop Larry Silva
To: The Clergy, Religious and Faithful of the Diocese of Honolulu

Peace be with you!

Pope Francis has announced a Synod of Bishops, which is to take place in October 2023 in Rome. In preparation for that Synod, he has asked every diocese in the world to conduct its own consultation process between October 17, 2021 and February 2022. I therefore invite all in our diocese to carefully read this Request for Input and to respond as requested. The documents issued by the Vatican describe a rather complex process, and anyone who wants to read them can do so at Documento Preparatorio della XVI Assemblea Generale Ordinaria del Sinodo dei Vescovi (vatican.va) and For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission Vademecum for the Synod on Synodality (vatican.va). I have attempted to simplify the process to make it more effective in our diocese.

The Synod consultation process involves these steps:

1. Pray, using the Scripture readings provided.
2. Reflect on the readings, on the Synod questions, and most of all on the ONE KEY QUESTION being asked of everyone in our Diocese of Honolulu.
3. Have a discussion with ANY group on the ONE KEY QUESTION. (E.g. parish pastoral council, finance council, school board; Legion of Mary, Knights of Columbus, Filipino Catholic Clubs; households; neighbors; a small group from your parish; a small group at your workplace; attendees at youth sports; youth groups; young adult groups; senior groups; etc.) The objective is to be as inclusive as possible.
4. Collate responses in a brief summary and submit them to https://bit.ly/SynodResponses.
5. Repeat this consultation process with other people or groups, especially with those who are not a part of our normal parish groups. Read more...

Read the "Synod of Bishops - Diocese of Honolulu Phase" as a PDF

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 Good Counsel, Pearl City
Weekdays at 6:30 AM, Saturday at 7 AM on Facebook Live:
Sundays at 8:30 AM on YouTube
(Other special parish/school events may be posted at the above links.)

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Ewa Beach
Sundays at 9 AM
Weekdays at 8:15 AM, Saturdays at 7 AM and 5 PM

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

Sacred Heart, Punahou
Sundays at 11 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. John Apostle and Evangelist, Mililani
Sundays at 11 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


Annunciation, Waimea
Saturdays at 5 PM
Sundays at 10 AM (at Ascension Mission Church, Puako)

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


Christ the King, Kahului
Sundays at 8 AM

Maria Lanakila, Lahaina
Sundays at 7 AM, 8:45 AM, 10:30 AM, 5:30 PM
Mondays to Saturdays at 7 AM

Our Lady Queen of Angels, Kula
Daily at 7 AM

St. Anthony, Wailuku
Sundays at 9:30 AM

St. Joseph, Makawao
Sundays at 9 AM

Resources to Prepare for Watching a Livestream Mass:

Previous Announcements


Advocate Training at St. Michael, Kona, Jan 11

Ministry with Families: Leadership Formation, Jan 15

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday, Jan 17

Annual Red Mass, Jan 18

Advocate Training at St. Anthony, Wailuku, Jan 20

Saint Marianne Cope Walk and Wellness Fair, Jan 22

Mass in Honor of St. Marianne Cope, Jan 22

Ministry with Families: Leadership Formation, Jan 22

Advocate Training at St. Jude, Kapolei, Jan 26

Ministry with Families: Leadership Formation, Jan 29


Mass for the Annual Conference of Catholic Educators, Feb 4

Ministry with Families: Leadership Formation, Feb 5

Advocate Training at Sacred Heart, Pahoa, Feb 10

Ministry with Families: Leadership Formation, Feb 12

Presidents' Day Holiday, Feb 21


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

The latest updates regarding the Diocese's response to COVID-19 can be found at www.catholichawaii.org/covid19.

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