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January 9, 2024

Tuesday within the First Week of Ordinary Time (V2)
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Bishop's Homily for Epiphany

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[St. George Church, Waimanalo (Opening of 70th Anniversary Year)]

We must never think of the Gospel as only something that happened long ago and far away that can teach us some lessons for today. The Word of God is living and active, and the Gospel unfolds today, just as it did 2000 years ago.

Most of the world does not yet know Jesus Christ as its Savior and Lord. Yes, they may know him as a personage from the history books, but they do not know that they can actually have a living relationship with him. Like the Magi of old, they were not brought up in the faith of Israel and are not familiar with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God who so loved the world that he sent his only begotten Son to be its Savior. But there was a light that led the Magi to make their journey of faith, a star that guided them. We are all meant to be that star for others, to fascinate them so much with our own relationship with Jesus that they will be compelled to follow his Way, to set out on a journey to discover him, to find him, and to worship him. This is what a parish is meant to help us do, to energize the stars that we are all called to be so that we can go out into the darkness of the world and be a light that leads it to its Savior. Read more...

Bishop to Ordain Anthony Tran a Deacon in Last Step to Priesthood

By Patrick Downes
Hawaii Catholic Herald

Bishop Larry Silva will ordain Anthony Huy-Cuong Tran a deacon at 5 p.m., Jan. 6, at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace. Tran will be a “transitional” deacon, a step toward his ultimate ordination as a priest.

“I want to be a priest because I have encountered God’s love in my lifetime this far and want to evangelize the love of God to all people I meet,” Tran told the Hawaii Catholic Hearld by email. “Living the life of the sacraments and growing close to Christ through the Eucharist is key for me.”

Tran, 41, was born in the Los Angeles suburb of Westminster, the youngest of two children of Minh and Anh-Tuyet Tran. His parents still live in Southern California although he now calls Ewa Beach his home. Read more...

Red Mass Speaker to Address Juncture of Faith and Politics

By Patrick Downes
Hawaii Catholic Herald

Eva Andrade, who has represented the Catholic Church on public policy issues in Hawaii for 30 years, will be the speaker at the annual diocesan Red Mass, at 9 a.m., Jan. 16, at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace.

The Red Mass, celebrated during the week of the opening of the Hawaii State Legislature, is the annual prayer to the Holy Spirit for guidance and wisdom for Hawaii’s civic leaders. Bishop Larry Silva will preside.

Andrade is executive director of the Hawaii Catholic Conference, the public policy arm for the Roman Catholic Church in the State of Hawaii. She is also president of Hawaii Family Forum, a non-profit educational organization promoting life, faith, family and religious freedom in Hawaii. Read more...

"How to Evangelize the Pro-Life Message" with Fr. Shenan Boquet, Jan 12

Friday, January 12, 2024
at 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
St. Elizabeth Church Hall, Aiea

Join us for this presentation by renowned guest speaker, Father Shenan Boquet, the President of Human Life International. Fr. Boquet will speak on "How to Evangelize the Pro-Life Message." You won’t want to miss his presentation.

Human Life International is a Catholic, pro-life non-profit organization that sponsors life-saving missions in over 100 countries.

"The Sacredness of All Life" Presentation by the Sisters of Life, Jan 15

Monday, January 15, 2024 at 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
St. Stephen Church , Honolulu

Parish Respect Life Coordinators and Supporters Pease Join Us!

Sisters of Life guest speakers Sr. Veronica Mary and Sr. Amata Filia will present on "The Sacredness of All Life." Sisters of Life are a Catholic religious community of women consecrated for the protection of human life. They serve women who are pregnant, offer retreats, and speak at major events. Potluck to follow the event.

For more information, pleace contact Juanita Ruiz at (808) 595-3105 or Deacon Gary and Valerie Streff at (808) 673-3074 .

Annual Red Mass, Jan 16

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 at 9:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, downtown Honolulu

The Red Mass has been a tradition since 1955 for government officials and the community to gather at the beginning of the Legislative Session to pray together.

Bishop Larry Silva will be the principal celebrant and this year will feature guest speaker Eva Andrade, President of Hawaii Family Forum & Director of Hawaii Catholic Conference, speaking on “Navigating Politics with Positivity and Purpose.”

The general public is welcome to attend the Red Mass.

The Red Mass will also be livestreamed at https://honolulucathedral.org/live-stream/

March for Life Events, Jan 18-19

Members of Hui Maluha (Guardians of Life), a Students for Life group Students from St. Elizabeth School in Aiea join the 2023 March for Life around the state capitol. (Photo courtesy of Dann Ebina)

Mark your calendars for these upcoming March for Life events:

March for Life Mass with One-Hour Adoration
Thursday, January 18, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.
Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu

March for Life Rally
Friday January 19, 2024 at 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Hawaii State Capitol, downtown Honolulu

’Ohana Mass, Jan 27

Saturday, January 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 have shared 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.

Livestream 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.

Mass for the World Day of the Sick, Feb 11

Sunday, February 11, 2024 at 12:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE SICK is celebrated on the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, February 11. Msgr. Gary Secor will preside at a Mass with Anointing of the Sick at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace at 12:00 noon. Any Catholic in good standing who is seriously ill is invited to receive this sacrament of healing and strength. (Note: Only those who are sick are to receive the Anointing of the Sick. No one may receive the sacrament as a proxy for someone else.)

Flyer available HERE.

Rest in Peace

Please pray for the happy repose of the soul of Francis Menendez, the brother of Roxanne Torres. Roxanne is the Administrative Assistant in the Diocesan Office of Canonical Affairs and the wife of Deacon Renier Torres. May he rest in peace.

Saint of the Week

Baptism of the Lord
Feast – January 8

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is a liturgical bridge that connects the Christmas season to Ordinary Time. During the Christmas season we pondered the Incarnation, Nativity, Presentation in the Temple, and Epiphany. Today, we see Jesus manifesting Himself to the world as He began His three years of public ministry.

Jesus begins His ministry through an act of deep solidarity with the fallen human race. John the Baptist had been preaching in the desert and offering a baptism of repentance. John’s baptism was not the same as our baptism today. 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


Rite of Admission to Candidacy for Deacon Aspirants of Cohort 11, Jan 14

Annual Red Mass, Jan 16

Mass for the March for Life, Jan 18

March for Life, Jan 19

Deacon Ordination of Cohort 10, Jan 20

Deacon Ordination at St. Joseph, Makawao, Jan 27

Breakfast with Bishop at St. John Vianney, Kailua, Jan 28


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