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April 19, 2022 - Happy Easter!

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

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[Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu]

There were many trees in the Garden of Eden, but two are given special attention in the Bible. One tree was handsome, pleasing to the eye, and very attractive, but its fruit was toxic to the point of death.  Because of this, God forbade Adam and Eve to eat the fruit of this tree, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The other tree was scrawny, odd-shaped, and tortuous to behold, but God actually hoped Adam and Eve would choose to eat the fruit of this tree because it was the Tree of Life, and if they ate its fruit, they would live forever. But, as we know, that slimy serpent, Satan, tricked them into eating that forbidden and toxic fruit by telling them that they would be like gods if they did. They thought this would be a good thing, because, after all, God is good, so what could be wrong with wanting to be like him? So they took and ate, and through this disobedience of God’s warning, sin entered the world and sin’s consequence of death. The sin was not so much disobedience, though that was serious enough. The sin was thinking they needed to eat some fruit or do some other thing to be like God. The fact of the matter was that they already were like God, since he had made them in his very own image and likeness. They were tricked into thinking that they lacked something essential, and so they ate the fruit that seemed so sweet but was a bitter as death itself. Read more...

Easter Welcomings

Kimberly Likiche and her children, the Nethon siblings, with Deacon Joseph Albert (at right), most of whom are becoming fully initiated into the Catholic church this Easter at St. Theresa Parish in Mountain View. (HCH Photo | Anna Weaver)

By Anna Weaver
Hawaii Catholic Herald

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Hawaii — If you browse the names of those entering the Catholic Church in Hawaii this Easter, you’ll spot one of the longest lists of names under the small St. Theresa Parish in Mountain View on the east side of the Big Island. And that doesn’t even include those already baptized but receiving their confirmation and first Communion this Easter.

Most are from the Micronesian island of Chuuk or of Chuukese descent and have come to join the church through the help of St. Theresa’s newest deacon, Joseph Albert.

Deacon Joe, as he’s known, is also from Chuuk. While he was formally assigned to the parish in March, during the last year, he has been helping many non-Catholics or not fully initiated Catholics reconnect with the local Catholic community thanks to his fluency in both Chuukese and English and his background in sacramental preparation. Read more...

Give Your Community A Boost!

In addition to the announcement below, the Office for Social Ministry wishes to share with all the following Easter Greeting Card from the Migrants and Refugee Section of the Holy See.

From the Office for Social Ministry

April is National Minority Health Month (NMHM), a time to raise awareness about health disparities among racial and ethnic minority groups and to promote healthier lifestyles among these vulnerable populations. This year’s theme is “Give Your Community a Boost!” It’s a campaign in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) and other partners to promote the importance of COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters.

State Department of Health (DOH) data indicates communities of color have been disproportionately affected throughout the pandemic, especially Hawaiians, Filipinos and Pacific Islanders. To help prevent the spread of the virus, you can help spread the word to these communities by sharing Multilingual Resources from the DOH website which includes guidance and information about COVID-19 translated in twenty-four different languages. Anyone can log on and learn how to schedule a vaccination or booster shot and where to find testing sites. Read more...

Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend Retreat, Apr 22-24

Friday, April 22 - Sunday, April 24, 2022

The next Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat will be held on April 22-24, 2022. (Arrival at 5:30pm on Friday/departure on Sunday at 5:00pm)

Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend Retreats offer healing and support for anyone who has experienced emotional pain and suffering after abortion. Both women and men are welcomed to this private retreat where the mercy, love and compassion of Jesus Christ will be felt in an environment of safety and trust for healing to take place.

To register, contact Lisa Shorba at (808) 349-5071 or email: rvinhawaii@gmail.com.

A fee of $175/person (covers room, meals/refreshments and retreat materials). Need-based scholarships are available. Space is limited. Registrations are strictly confidential. For more information visit www.rachelsvineyard.com.

Flyer available HERE. Brochure available HERE.

Diocesan Baccalaureate, May 12

Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu

All 2022 graduates from middle school, high school, colleges and universities, and their family and friends are invited to attend the Diocesan Baccalaureate with Bishop Larry Silva.

RSVP at https://forms.gle/Uy5oFgCubLvEqQBH9

Flyer available HERE.

Afternoon Snack with Bishop Larry, May 13

Friday, May 13, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.
via Zoom

All high school seniors are invited to bring their favorite snack and join Bishop Larry for a virtual ‘talk story’ opportunity. Pre-registration required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Registration required: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcodeivqzspGdyafe-Tc8GqOZwdsilehSiy

Flyer availalble HERE.

Christian Leadership Institute Hawaii, Jun 26-Jul 1

Sunday, June 26 – Friday, July 1, 2022
St. Stephen Diocesan Center, Kaneohe

Christian Leadership Institute (CLI) is back this summer! Leadership training is open to all high school youth in grades 10-12. Applications are due to the OYYAM by April 29, 2022. Packets and more information on the website: www.catholichawaii.org/oyyam/ym/cli-hi. Questions? Contact the OYYAM at oyyam@rcchawaii.org.

Flyer available HERE.

Rest in Peace

Please pray for the happy repose of the soul of Father Michael Sawyer, OSB, one of the founders of the Benedictine Monastery of Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit in Waialua. After celebrating his 97th birthday on April 11, he passed away on Easter Sunday morning, April 17, at Hale O Meleana, Honolulu, the care home where he had been residing for the past several months. Funeral services are pending.

Saint of the Week

 Saint George
c. Late Third Century
Solemnity - April 23

Saint George suffered martyrdom in Palestine before the reign of Constantine. And that is all that can be said with certainty about Saint George. Yet where the documentary record is lacking, other traditions suffice. No one, after all, can document why we blow out candles on a birthday cake, where this nearly universal custom originated, or in what century it even began. Someone, somewhere, for some reason, thought it was a lovely thing to do, and started doing it, otherwise it would not be done today. But questions of where, when, and why fade when friends and family gather around their loved one in the dark, the simple joy on their faces captured in the flickering of the candlelight. Knowing the origin of a tradition matters, since it may reveal unappreciated depths to a common practice. But that a healthy tradition continues is more significant than knowing, or explaining, where it came from.  Read more...

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First Inquiry for the Cause of Joseph Dutton

From Bishop Larry Silva

I am happy to announce that, with the completion of preliminary steps, we are now going to proceed with the First Session of the Diocesan Inquiry for the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Servant of God, Joseph Dutton, Layman.

On Tuesday, May 10, 2022, I will celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at 6:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, 1184 Bishop Street, Honolulu, Hawaii. It is the Memorial of St. Damien DeVeuster. At the end of the Mass, there will be a short ceremony to formally open the Diocesan Inquiry Phase of the cause of Servant of God Joseph Dutton. The members of the Joseph Dutton Guild will be present, and the officials who will play various roles in the investigation of the cause will take their oaths of office.

It should be noted that beatification and canonization in the Catholic Church is a rigorous process, and there is no guarantee that the process will finally result in Joseph Dutton’s beatification or canonization. Nevertheless, many of the faithful in the Diocese of Honolulu and in other parts of the world have spoken favorably and are hopeful that Joseph Dutton’s holiness of life will be deemed by the Church to be worthy of public veneration and imitation. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will guide this process to its completion according to the will of God and for the good of his holy Church.

See the PDF of the First Inquiry for the Cause of Joseph Dutton HERE.

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

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


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. Joseph, Makawao
Sundays at 9 AM

Resources to Prepare for Watching a Livestream Mass:

Previous Announcements


Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend Retreat, Apr 22-24

Annual Jubilee Mass for Clergy and Religious, Apr 23

"Called to Intimacy" Marriage Enrichment Series, Apr 29


Second Collection - Diocesan Priests’ Retirement Fund, May 7-8

Mass for the Memorial of St. Damien, May 10

Diocesan Baccalaureate with Bishop Silva, May 12

Afternoon Snack with Bishop Silva, May 13

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Experience - Big Island, May 13-15

Annual Priests' Retreat, May 16-20

Priesthood Ordination of Deacon Dario Rinaldi, May 20

"Called to Intimacy" Marriage Enrichment Series, May 27

Second Collection - Catholic Communication Campaign, May 28-29

Memorial Day Holiday, May 30


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

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