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October 19, 2021

Tuesday within the Twenty-Nineth Week in Ordinary Time (V41)
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Bishop's Homily for the Twenty-Nineth Sunday of Ordinary Time


[St. Stephen Diocesan Center Chapel, Kaneohe;
Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu]

Now that most of us are so dependent on our computers, ransomware is a new crime we have to deal with. Someone hacks into your computer and holds your personal information hostage, then demands a high monetary payment to just walk away and leave you alone; or else your hard work that is stored on your computer is gone in an instant. It is very insidious. But suppose someone said, “I will pay your ransom,” so that you can be at peace (after, of course, you change your passwords and other security measures!). You would be incredibly grateful to that person. It would be an act of pure kindness and generosity on his or her part.

We are aware of a ransom that is demanded when someone is kidnapped, and we want so desperately to get the person back that we might seriously consider paying the ransom.

What we reflect upon today is that we are all held hostage by Satan.  He wants to claim our very souls. Read more...

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

Child Saints: Religious Education Students Learn About Their Holy Peers

St. John Vianney religious education student Adrian Barney and his mother Katherine look at a relic and statues of Sts. Francisco and Jacinta Marto. (HCH photo | Anna Weaver)

By Anna Weaver
Hawaii Catholic Herald

Some were only in elementary school. Others never went to school. One was a computer whiz. Another befriended sheep and lived in a barn.

All these are young people who became saints or are on the path to sainthood. Hagiographer and St. Anthony, Kailua, parishioner Peter Cruz highlighted them in a presentation to religious education students at St. John Vianney Parish in Kailua on Oct. 3.

Cruz used a slideshow with photographs of saints like Blessed Carlos Acutis and sibling saints Francisco and Jacinta Marto, who saw the Marian apparitions at Fatima in Portugal, because he believes showing the real faces of saints brings the faithful closer to them than do embellished or idealized statues and paintings. Read more...

Free Wellness Classes for Caregivers

From the Office for Social Ministry

People who care for the sick, elderly, or disabled are often too generous with their time for others that they sometimes forget about their own personal needs. Whether caregivers are prepping meals, running errands, doing household chores or driving loved ones to doctor appointments, the Family Caregiver Alliance encourages all caregivers to not forget about taking care of themselves: “Caring for yourself is one of the most important – and one of the most often forgotten – things you can do as a caregiver. When your needs are taken care of, the person you care for will benefit, too.” Preventive healthcare and positive self-care behavior are key for maintaining mental and emotional health.  

That’s why our friends at St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii offer a variety of Caregiver Wellness Classes each month to keep your body in shape through basic exercises, boxing and even Zumba! Read more...

Day of Recollection: Saint John Paul II, Oct 23

Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.
Online via Zoom

Each year, the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting offers a Day of Recollection for young people of all ages. This Day of Recollection is an opportunity for scouts and non-scouts, young people of all ages to explore various aspects of their faith. This year we celebrate Saint John Paul II, the patron saint of young people. We will learn more about who he is, what he did, and some ways that you can 'witness to Jesus' as he did.

Participation in the event allows attendees to earn the Saint John Paul II patch. Learn more at www.catholichawaii.org/dor.

Flyer available HERE.

"Hope Heal Renew" Virtual Catholic Conference, Nov 4-6

November 4-6, 2021

Our purpose is clear: to be messengers of hope, healing, and renewal to all  we encounter along the way. 

You are invited to join uplifting prayer services & liturgies, live interactions with presenters, learning sessions in multiple languages, real-time “coffee talk” conversations with colleagues in ministry, and so much more! Come, be with us as our journey continues. This virtual Catholic Catechetical Conference will feature family style events and workshops.

The event is co-hosted by the Catholic Dioceses of  Fresno, Honolulu,  Las Vegas, Monterey, Reno, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Jose, Stockton, and the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Register at hopehealrenew.com.

Flyer available HERE.

Rest in Peace

Please pray for the happy repose of the soul of Father Christopher Keahi, SS.CC., who died the morning of Sunday, October 17, 2021 in Honolulu. May he rest in peace and be rewarded for his faithful ministry to the people of Hawaii. Funeral services are pending.

Saint of the Week

Saint Paul of the Cross
Feast Day – October 20

Paolo Francesco Danei, the oldest son in a poor but noble Italian family, lived austerely even as a teen. After a year in the Venetian army, he returned to a monk-like life of prayer and penance and refused to marry. In a vision in 1720, Our Lady, wearing a black habit with a white cross and bearing Jesus’ name, told Paul to start an order to preach Christ’s passion. With his bishop’s approval, he founded the Discalced Clerks of the Most Holy Cross and Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, which he led for the rest of his life, and later began a nuns’ institute. Passionists were soon doing missions, retreats and spiritual direction throughout Italy. Paul was canonized in 1867.

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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 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 10 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


Day of Recollection: Saint John Paul II, Oct 23


Mass for All Souls Day, Nov 2

"Hope Heal Renew" Catholic Catechetical Conference, Nov 4-6

Veterans Day Holiday, Nov 11

Mass for Thanksgiving Day, Nov 25

Thanksgiving Day Holiday, Nov 25-26

Annual Priests Convocation, Nov 29 - Dec 3


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