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March 8, 2022 - First Week of Lent

Tuesday within the First Week of Lent (V10)
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Bishop's Homily for the First Sunday of Lent

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[St. Anthony Church, Wailuku (Rite of Election); Christ the King Church, Kahului; Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu (Rite of Election)]

Sign me up! So says the enthusiastic young woman as she joins the Marines. Soon after she reports for duty, however, she goes through one of the most grueling, humiliating, and demanding experiences of her life called basic training. Many times she is tempted to throw in the towel, to quit, but if she resists the temptation and perseveres, well, as they say, “The few, the proud.”

Sign me up! So says the young man who loves the Lord and wants to serve God’s people as a priest. Soon he enters the seminary where every aspect of his life if evaluated, where he is challenged to study more than he ever thought possible, and where he is often disillusioned to find that the Lord does not always call the most saintly people to his service. He is often tempted to give it all up, but if he perseveres, he will find a life that is filled with countless demands that are themselves great blessings. Read more...

"Lent for Life" Week Two - CRS Rice Bowl Stories of Hope

From the Office for Social Ministry

Catholic Social Teaching reminds us that all people deserve to work in dignity and be protected with basic rights such as fair wages and equal opportunities for economic growth. This week, CRS Rice Bowl introduces us to a family in GUATEMALA whose community struggles with water scarcity, poor education, poverty, and climate change. By participating in CRS funded programs, Raul and Lilian were able to receive agriculture training, nutrition education for their children, and skills to manage and care for their farm.

To view their full Story of Hope, visit the CRS website where you can also find delicious Lenten recipes. During the second week of Lent, consider preparing a Guatemalan meatless dish for dinner on Friday. Here’s a recipe for tostadas your family is sure to enjoy! Read more...

Practicing Virtues During Lent

Practicing Virtues During Lent are for meditation created by Deacon Joe and Easter Almuena. Deacon Joe is assigned to diaconal ministry at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace and his wife Easter helps with Adult Faith Formation at the Cathedral Basilica.

1. TEMPERANCE: Hold the tongue when spoken to with an irritating tone or hurtful words. (Proverbs 21:23)
2. JUSTICE: Work for universal peace and for the common good. (Matthew 6:24)
3. PRUDENCE: Focus on the spiritual — my relationship with God — rather than the physical, e.g., If you eat one chocolate, how about picking up the bible and read for at least 10 minutes? (Psalm 62)
4. FORTITUDE: Pray the “Hail Mary” when facing difficulties, or, say “Thank you, Lord” for big and little things that tend to be annoying. (2 Corinthians 12:9-11)
5. CHARITY: Say “I love you” often but most of all, ask how you may be of help. (Beatitudes, Matthew 5:3-12)
6. FAITH: You’ve done your best, leave everything else to God. (Romans 8:28)
7. HOPE: Say or post on social media only words that build up the person and the body of Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

View Practicing Virtues During Lent as a PDF file HERE.

Diocese to Welcome 200 Catechumens in Rites of Election

 (Photo courtesy of Hawaii Catholic Herald)

By Patrick Downes
Hawaii Catholic Herald

The Diocese of Honolulu will see 200 catechumens baptized in parishes across Hawaii this Easter Vigil, April 16, 51 more than last year.

The catechumens 7 and older, also called the elect, will make public their intention to receive the three sacraments of initiation — Baptism, Confirmation and first Eucharist — in Rites of Election during the first weekend in Lent, March 5 and 6.

At the rites, the future Catholics will sign their names in their parish’s Book of the Elect.

The diocese has counted approximately 200 catechumens a year over the past decade, with the exception of last year when the number dipped to 149, most likely because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Advocate Training, Mar 9

Next Session: Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 9:00 a.m
St. Stephen Diocesan Center, Kaneohe

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.

500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines, Mar 19

Saturday, March 19, 2022
Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu

Celebrate the culminating activities of the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines-Hawaii Celebration on Saturday, March 19, 2022 at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa in Honolulu. The activies will begin at 9:00 a.m. with registration and a video presentation follow by Mass at 10:00 a.m. celebrated by Bishop Larry Silva.

To attend in-person, please RSVP by Thursday, March 10, 2022 by email: 500YOChawaii@rcchawaii.org. The Mass will also be available via live stream at https://www.facebook.com/hicocathedral.

Flyer available HERE.

2022 Hawaii Catholic Men's Conference, Aug 27

Saturday, August 20, 2022
St. Ann Church, Kaneohe

Save the date for the upcoming Hawaii Catholic Men's Conference Prepare My Hands for Battle featuring guest speaker Jesse Romero. More information to come at a later date.

Flyer available HERE.

Saint of the Week

Saint John of God
Feast Day - March 8

There are many “Johns” who are saints, beginning with those found in Scripture itself: Saint John the Baptist, Saint John the Evangelist, Saint John of the Cross, Saint John Fisher, etc. The name John has also been taken by many popes. Today’s John has the title “of God.” It is a simple and direct title. The word “God” conveys everything under God and everything that is God, without distinctions such as “of the Cross,” “of the Holy Name,” or “of the Infant Jesus.” Neither does it carry any hint of a homeland such as “of Assisi,” “of Calcutta,” or “of Padua.” All saints are “of God,” of course, but the plain title “of God” fits the personality, outlook, education, and simplicity of today’s John very well. The name was not given to him posthumously. John said that the Infant Jesus gave him the name in a dream. A Spanish Bishop who personally knew John and his work ordered him to bear this appellation once he knew its divine origins. Read more...

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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

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. Stephen Diocesan Center, Mar 9

Scout Mass, Mar 12

Advocate Training at Immaculate Conception, Lihue, Mar 16

Mass for 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines, Mar 19

Prince Kuhio Day Holiday, Mar 25

Second Collection for Catholic Relief Services, Mar 26-27


Mass for Passion (Palm) Sunday, Apr 10

Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Apr 14

Good Friday Holiday, Apr 15

Good Friday Morning Prayer, Apr 15

Good Friday Liturgy of the Lord's Passion, Apr 15

Holy Saturday Morning Prayer with Preparatory Rites, Apr 16

The Easter Vigil, Apr 16

Mass for Easter Sunday, Apr 17

Annual Jubilee Mass for Clergy and Religious, Apr 23


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