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July 21, 2023 - Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday within the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time (V30)
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Bishop's Homily for the Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

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[Sacred Hearts Church, Lanai City (Parish Visitation; Confirmation & First Communion)]

I think of Saul of Tarsus, who was such a dedicated religious man that he felt compelled to persecute the followers of a certain Jesus, who had been crucified and whose followers were spreading the “heretical” tale that he had risen from the dead. He presided over the stoning of a deacon named Stephen, who actually prayed for the forgiveness of those who were stoning him. When the risen Jesus appeared to Saul personally on the road to Damascus, perhaps it was that little seed of the witness of Stephen that helped him to finally see how much Jesus was alive and loved even him. Saul was like a weed, trying to choke off the wheat of the Kingdom of God, but because God allowed that weed to grow along with the wheat, Paul had even greater credibility when he became one of the greatest preachers of the risen Lord Jesus. Read more...

Longtime Waikiki Parish Food Program Shuts Down After Pressure from the City

St. Augustine by-the-Sea Parish in Waikiki pastor Sacred Hearts Father Lane Akiona (center in white T-shirt) talks with University of Hawaii-Manoa Newman Center students during their volunteering at the parish’s food program, Aunty Carmen’s Kitchen, in Nov. 2020. (Photo: Dann Ebina)

By Anna Weaver
Hawaii Catholic Herald

Aunty Carmen’s Kitchen at St. Augustine by-the-Sea Parish in Waikiki has been giving out free hot meals on weekdays to the hungry for going on 50 years.

But after pressure from Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi’s office, St. Augustine’s pastor is temporarily stopping the program, which serves about 50 people a day and 1,800 meals a month.

Sacred Hearts Father Lane Akiona said Aunty Carmen’s Kitchen stopped giving out its free lunches July 14, for about a week, while the parish tries to figure out an alternative way to serve those who are hungry. Read more...

Office for Social Ministry Talk Story: It is a Burden of Love

Homeless shelters on King Street in Honolulu. (Theodore Trimmer / Shutterstock.com)

From the Office for Social Ministry

“Jesus can enter the lives of those who live with so little peace, who have to sleep by day to guard against the human predators who prowl at night … Jesus chooses each one of us to witness his presence to someone in our lives.” (Bishop Larry Silva, homily, Feast of Our Lady of Peace, July 9, 2023)

Bishop Larry Silva’s homily on the feast day of Our Lady of Peace delivered a compelling message about the ways we can each address the complicated challenge of homelessness in Hawaii by sharing the peace of the presence of Christ with those who need. “It is a burden of love,” he said, “and if we take it up in whatever situation the Lord may put us in, we will not only find peace for our own souls but will bring the peace of Christ to many others as well.”

Bishop Silva was inspired by attending a recent Living Waters webinar featuring leaders from the River of Life Mission, who discussed a change in their approach in reaching out to houseless people. Read more...

Couples for Christ Welcomes New Members

Couples for Christ welcomed new members through the Christian Life Program (CLP) that was concluded on June 17, 2023 at the Immaculate Conception Church, Ewa. The new members are:

  • Nelisa Hernandez, Handmaids of the Lord
  • Paul Lawrence Flores, Servants of the Lord
  • Ryan and Myra Ontalan, Couples for Christ
  • Kirsten-Jacob and Melanie Acorda (Engaged to be married and will be Couples for Christ)
  • Jason and Larrielle Austria, Couples for Christ

The CLP is an integrated course intended to lead the program participants into a renewed understanding of God’s call to them as Christian couples or individuals. It ran for a total of four sessions, held once a week. Most sessions consisted of three basic ingredients: a teaching, a group discussion, and a time for fellowship. Each session lasted for about 2.5 to 3 hours. 

This program was presented by Couples for Christ and its Family Ministries. Couples for Christ is a Catholic Movement Intended for the Renewal and Strengthening of Christian Family Life.

“Moved by the Holy Spirit, one with the Catholic Church, Blessed to witness to Christ’s love and service, Couples for Christ is a united global community of family evangelizers that sets the world on fire with the fullness of God’s transforming love.”

Ho'oponopono Workshop for Veterans, Jul 29

Saturday, July 29, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Catholic Charities Hawaii - Maui
2050 Main Street #3A, Wailuku

Catholic Charities Hawaii’s Veteran's Program will be holding a Ho'oponopono, a traditional Hawaiian practice that helps reconcile, forgive, and heal spiritually, mentally, and physically. This workshop will be facilitated by Kumu Ramsay Taum, a well-known expert in cultural healing. Coffee, light refreshments, and lunch will be provided at the workshop.

The Catholic Charities Hawaii’s Veteran's Program is dedicated to assisting Hawaii's veteran community in overcoming their obstacles and providing them with the necessary resources and support to attain improved stability, independence, and well-being. CCH has been providing a variety of services, including case management, housing assistance, job training and placement, and referrals for counseling, therapy, and other supportive services to improve the lives of veterans in Hawaii.

To register for the workshop, please click on the event link HERE.

Flyer available HERE.

World Youth Day Stateside Celebration, Aug 4

Friday, August 4, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.
Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu

All young adults invited to the World Youth Day Stateside Celebration "An Evening with Christ & Community." The evening starts with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament followed by food and fellowship.
Learn more at www.catholichawaii.org/oyyam/yam/wyd.

Flyer available HERE.

Hawaii Catholic Men's Conference, Aug 26

Saturday, August 26, 2023 at 9:00 a.m.
St. Ann Church, Kaneohe

Join the 2023 Hawaii Catholic Men's Conference Valiant Discipleship featuring Fr. Larry Richards. A gifted and captivating speaker, preacher, retreat master, and author, Fr. Richards holds the answer to some of life’s profound questions. Tickets are $30 and includes lunch. For more information contact Ron Gochenouer at gochron@gmail.com.

Register on Eventbrite HERE. Flyer available HERE.

Reboot! with Chris Stefanick, Sep 6

Wednesday, September 6, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.
St. John Apostle & Evangelist Church, Mililani

Join REBOOT! featuring Catholic author and speaker, Chris Stefanick. REBOOT! is the fun, inspiring and practical experience of applying the beauty and genius of the Gospel to every aspect of your life from prayer and spirituality, to work, dating, marriage, parenting, health and more! Rediscover the message of the Gospel as powerful for us all, beautiful in its application to life, engaging for those searching, and fun & captivating for all ages, including our youth. Don't miss the opportunity to hear one of the most sought-after voices of our time. Offering practical insight into living the life God has created for you. Come, be energized! Invite someone! Tickets available at www.stjohnmililani.org or www.reallifecatholic.com.

Flyer available HERE.

Eucharistic Rosary Congress, Oct 7-13

Saturday, October 7 - Friday, October 13, 2023

With the blessing of Bishop Larry Silva, the Diocese of Honolulu will once again join other dioceses around the nation for the 2023 Eucharistic Rosary Congress (ERC) for seven days and nights of Masses, perpetual Eucharistic adoration, and hourly rosary. The ERCs are held in response to Our Lady of Fatima’s call to conversion, consecration and prayer.

Our diocese will follow the “The Traveling Congress” model. The relay will start on Saturday, October 7 at 6 p.m. and will end on Friday, October 13 at 6 p.m. Each 6-hour period is held at a different parish, religious community, or Catholic school in the Diocese. To cover all 168 hours, about 24 parishes or religious communities and/or schools need to join this commitment.

Please have your coordinator contact, Cami Adams at camikjmj@gmail.com or at (808) 721-2307 no later than Friday, September 25 with the desired day(s) and hours you would like to reserve.

For more information on the ERC, you can visit www.rosarycongressusa.org.

Flyer available HERE.

Saint of the Week

Saints Martha, Mary, and Lazarus
First Century
Memorial – July 29

“Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus” (John 11:5). This is how John’s Gospel describes Jesus’ relationship with these siblings whom we honor together today. Of course, Jesus loves all people equally with the perfection of divine charity. So why does John’s Gospel single these three out this way? In the Gospel passage, the word “love” does not only mean the perfect charity in the Heart of Christ for all people. It also implies that Jesus had a special relationship with them, perhaps throughout His life, but at least during the time of His public ministry. 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:

Previous Announcements


Ho'oponopono Workshop for Veterans - Maui, Jul 29


Spanish Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend, Aug 4-6

Second Collection for Catholic Charities Hawaii, Aug 5-6

Ho'oponopono Workshop for Veterans - Hawaii Island, Aug 12

Mass of the Holy Spirit, Aug 17

Hawaii State Admissions Day Holiday, Aug 18

Summer Sunset Rosary and Potluck, Aug 18

Mass at Damien Memorial School, Aug 23


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