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April 16, 2024 - Third Week of Easter

Tuesday within the Third Week of Easter (V16)
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Bishop's Homily for the Third Sunday of Easter

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[St. Joseph Church, Hilo; Holy Rosary Church, Pahala; Sacred Heart Church, Pahoa]

While I am not expert in Greek, I would like to speak about a particular Greek word that is sometimes used to describe the Mass, the Eucharist: anamnesis. We are all familiar with amnesia, which means someone forgets something or loses the ability to remember. The “an” that goes before it in Greek indicates the opposite; in this case the opposite of forgetting. This is, of course, “remembering.” And didn’t Jesus, when he gave us the Eucharist say, “Do this in remembrance of me”? We also refer to the Eucharist as a memorial sacrifice, a living remembrance of the death and resurrection of Jesus.

I mention this, because this day is a day to be remembered forever – but not just as something that happened in the past, but rather as something that sharpens our memory that God is always with us. Read more...

Marriages within Church Continue to Decline

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By Jennifer Rector
Hawaii Catholic Herald

A recent study shows that across the country, fewer and fewer adults are getting married — including within the Catholic Church.

In Hawaii, statistics confirm that fewer Catholics are getting married within the Diocese of Honolulu every year.

From June 2022 to July 2023, there were 215 marriages in the Diocese of Honolulu and 56 interfaith marriages, according to the Office of the Chancellor. (Interfaith means one member of the party is from a different faith or not practicing a faith.)

The parish with the most marriages in that timespan was the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa in Honolulu with 22. Read more...

Easter with Our Migrant Brothers and Sisters

Migrants wade through water as they continue their their trek toward the Darién Gap in Acandi, Colombia, July 9, 2023. Considered one of the world's most dangerous migration routes, the Darién Gap is on the border between Colombia and Panama and consists of more than 60 miles of dense rain forest, steep mountains and vast swamps.
(OSV News photo/Adri Salido, Reuters)

From the Office for Social Ministry

“May the Risen One make the light of his face shine upon migrants and on all those who are passing through a period of economic difficulty and offer them consolation and hope in their moment of need." - Pope Francis Easter Message March 31, 2024

Pope Francis’s Easter morning message of prayer for consolation and hope for all in need echoes similar sentiments he shared with bishops visiting the Darien Gap in Central America a few days before Holy Week. In his correspondence to their meeting called “Easter with Our Migrant Brothers and Sisters: An Encuentro of Border Bishops of Colombia Panama and Costa Rica,” our Holy Father quoted the story from the gospel of Matthew 26:7, in which the disciples asked Jesus where they should prepare his Passover meal. Our Holy Father said that if Jesus were to answer today, he would say: “In the Darién, with our migrant brothers and sisters. It is there that they are waiting for us, on the shore of a sea of tears and death that unites men and women, adults and children from the most diverse latitudes.”

The Darién Gap is one of the most dangerous regions where migrants and refugees from Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, Haiti, and other parts of the world courageously trek through a wild lawless jungle on their journey for a better future. Read more...

Windward Vicariate's 40 Hours Adoration, April 21-23

Sunday, April 21 - Tuesday, April 23, 2024
St. George Church, Waimanalo

Oahu's Windward Vicariate 40 Hours Adoration is being hosted by Saint George Parish in Waimanalo on the occasion of Saint George’s Feast Day. Offered over three days from Sunday, April 21 through Tuesday, April 23, you will have the opportunity to offer public and personal devotions for Eucharistic adoration, pray before the Blessed Sacrament, and reflect on scripture and God’s will and desire for your life. The 40 Hours also includes Mass, personal testimony, inspiring talks from the laity and clergy. This 40 Hour Adoration devotion to encounter the Real Presence of Jesus Christ present in the most Holy Eucharist is an initiative of the National Eucharistic Revival's Year of Parish Renewal.

Flyer available HERE. Adoration Booklet with Schedule available HERE.

Maui/Lana'i "Face to Face" Youth Retreat, Apr 26-27

Friday, April 26 - Saturday, April 27, 2024
St. Theresa Church, Kihei

Our Maui/Lana'i Vicariate will be hosting an overnight youth retreat open to youth grades 6-12.

This youth retreat will focus on the REAL PRESENCE of Jesus in the Eucharist. Allowing our young people to grow in a face-to-face relationship with not only their friends, family, community and Jesus Christ.

Flyer available HERE.

Rachel's Vineyard Retreat, Apr 26-28

Friday, April 26 - Sunday, April 28, 2024
(Arrival at 5:30pm on Friday/departure on Sunday at 5:00pm)

If you or a friend are hurting from a past abortion and are searching for a confidential, non-judgmental, safe place of healing and support to express and reconcile painful emotions and begin the healing process, look no further... and join us on our next retreat!

Both women and men are impacted by abortion and greatly benefit from the retreats. Singles, couples and family members of aborted children have come to Rachel's Vineyard for peace and inner healing. Call us today if you need someone to talk to.

To register, contact Lisa Shorba at (808) 490-4702 or email rvinhawaii@gmail.com.

Retreats are held at a private retreat center for 3 days and 2 nights. The retreat fee of $175.00 covers accommodations, daily meals/snacks, and materials. Space is limited. Registrations & Retreats are strictly confidential. Need-based scholarships are available. For more information visit www.rachelsvineyard.com.

Flyer available HERE. Brochure available HERE.

’Ohana Mass, Apr 27

Saturday, April 27, 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.

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.

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 beign 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.

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 peopel from a wide area and typically involve conversations, talks, stories about the Eucharist.

In summary, the Eucharistic Congress serve as a powerful moment for Catholics to come together, celebate the Eucharist, and 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 Arcadio, the father of Father Valentine Sun Tun, MS, the parochial vicar of St. Joseph Church, Waipahu. Arcadio died at the age of 96 in his native Myanmar. May he rest in peace.

Saint of the Week

Saint Martin I
c. 595–655
Memorial - April 13

Martin was born in a small town about 100 miles north of Rome. He was of noble birth, an excellent student, and exercised great charity to the poor. As a cleric, he assisted two popes in important roles. In 641, he was sent by Pope John IV across the Adriatic Sea to Dalmatia and Istria (modern-day Croatia) where he assisted those who had suffered the effects of war. After the death of John IV, Theodore I was elected pope. Martin became his papal legate to Constantinople, where he worked closely with the emperor and patriarch, representing Pope Theodore in all matters. Read more...

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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
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:

Events and Previous Announcements


Bagels with Bishop at Sacred Hearts Academy, Apr 19

Bagels with Bishop at St. Louis School, Apr 19

Annual Mass for Clergy and Religious Jubilarians, Apr 20

Bagels with Bishop at Damien Memorial School, Apr 26

Rachel's Vineyard Retreat, Apr 26-28

'Ohana Mass, Apr 27


Annual Priests Retreat, May 20-24

Memorial Day Holiday, May 27


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