Monday, May 31, 2010

We pray for our priests

We pause today to remember our soldiers
who fought in battles.
Let us also remember the priests who died
as they ministered to the soldiers.
May their lives inspire us to continue the fight
to retain the freedom which they died for.
May they all attain eternal life
and enjoy the company of our Lord,
the angels, and the saints.

Let us pray for our living priests that their lives
may always be filled with strength and courage...

Dear Lord,
we pray that the Blessed Mother
wrap her mantle around your priests
and through her intercession
strengthen them for their ministry.
We pray that Mary will guide your priests
to follow her own words,
“Do whatever He tells you” (Jn 2:5).
May your priests have the heart of St. Joseph,
Mary’s most chaste spouse.
May the Blessed Mother’s own pierced heart
inspire them to embrace
all who suffer at the foot of the cross.
May your priests be holy,
filled with the fire of your love
seeking nothing but your greater glory
and the salvation of souls.

Source of prayer:

Our Lady of Hope

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

End of Year for Priests



DATE : Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 (FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI)

Program for the Evening : Concurrently

5:00 pm - 6:15 pm ~ Exposition & Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

~ Prayers for Priests and Seminarians

~ Sacrament of Reconciliation

( All priests are welcome to be confessors )

6:15 pm - 6:25 pm ~ Prepare Lay Ministers w/ banners to process into Church

6:30 pm - 7:45 pm ~ HOLY MASS ~ Presider : Most Rev. Bishop Larry Silva

( All Priests are invited to concelebrate)

7:45 pm - 9:00 pm ~ Refreshments : Mingle with Priests, Seminarians & Laity

Lay Ministries are encouraged to come as a group and bring your banners

Catholics throughout the Diocese of Honolulu are encouraged to come as the Body of Christ.



Please see pledge paper at back of your church. Turn in your pledges with your lay group or bring on June 3rd for collection. Outer islands / faithful who cannot attend but will pray, please send your pledge to any of the emails below.

Contact for more information. Any lay group wishing to participate please contact us

: Jack Kampfer (President) Email : : Lleander Jung Email : : Estrella Estillore Email :


Posted by Esther G. Posted 9:20 AM on her blog, A Catholic Mom in Hawaii. Thank you, Esther!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Blessed Mother Marianne

Bishop Larry said Mass on Friday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace on Friday, May 14. It was a celebration of the life of Mother Marianne Cope. Being the feast of St. Matthias, the Mass was all the more special. The presence of the Sisters of St. Francis, of course, added joy to the occasion.

Mother Marianne’s generosity and courage were celebrated at her May 14, 2005 beatification in Rome. She was a woman who spoke “the language of truth and love” to the world, said Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes. Cardinal Martins, who presided at the beatification Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, called her life “a wonderful work of divine grace.” Speaking of her special love for persons suffering from leprosy, he said, “She saw in them the suffering face of Jesus. Like the Good Samaritan, she became their mother.”

Source: here

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

First Feastday of St. Damien of Moloka'i

People lined up to view the relic of St. Damien of Moloka'i at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace, before and after the special Mass held in his honor. All viewers could touch the reliquary. This took place on Monday, May 10, 2010, the first time Hawai'i celebrated the feast day of Fr. Damien as a saint. Fr. Damien was canonized on October 11, 2009. The 12n Mass at the Cathedral was officiated by Fr. Gordon Gomes, Associate Pastor.

Relic of St. Damien of Moloka'i
(right heel)

Photos by Easter A.

Here's an article sent to me by St. Margaret Charles:
AMERICA/UNITED STATES - Hawaii celebrates feast of St. Damien of Molokai for first time since canonization

Honolulu (Agenzia Fides) – Today, the state of Hawaii will be celebrating the feast of their first saint, St. Damien of Molokai, for the first time since his canonization in Rome on October 11, 2009. The state of Hawaii includes the island of Molokai, where the Belgian missionary spent the last sixteen years of his life serving the Lord and the leper colony on the island. The feast day of the “Apostle of the Lepers” is celebrated on May 10, as it marks the day the saint arrived on Molokai: May 10, 1873.

According to a note sent to Fides by Patrick Downes, editor of the “Hawaii Catholic Herald,” the newspaper for the Diocese of Honolulu, the first feast day of the saint will be “celebrated modestly.” In the morning, beginning at 10am, “ the outdoor bronze statue of Father Damien will be the site of the now familiar ceremony of songs, prayers and lei presentations,” organized by the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts. It will begin with a welcome by Sacred Hearts Father Lane Akiona, a performance of Hawaii Ponoi performed by Maryknoll School students, and an invocation by vicar general Father Marc Alexander. The program will include a Scripture reading, a reflection by Sacred Hearts Father Herman Gomes, a hula by students from Sacred Hearts Academy, the draping of the statue with leis, the singing of “E Kamiano” and “Hawaii Aloha,” and a benediction by Sacred Hearts Father Christopher Keahi. In the evening, Bishop Larry Silva of Honolulu will celebrate the feast day Mass at 6 p.m. at the co-cathedral. The relic of St. Damien, now on display at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace, will be brought to the Kapalama church for veneration that evening.

Saint Damien of Molokai, with his words and life, is an example for all missionaries and faithful. He once said: “Without the constant presence of our Divine Master upon the altar in my poor chapels, I never could have persevered casting my lot with the lepers of Molokai.” (AR) (Agenzia Fides 10/5/2010)

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This blogpost is also found on A Tribute to Our Priests

Monday, May 10, 2010

Happy Feast of St. Damien of Moloka'i

Statue of St. Damien - St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa,
Photo by Esther G.

Bishop Larry Silva will celebrate the feast day Mass at 6 p.m. at the co-cathedral. The relic of St. Damien, now on display at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace, will be brought to the Kapalama church for veneration that evening.

Many of the members of the choir created for the Hawaii pilgrimage to the October canonization in Rome will reassemble for the co-cathedral Mass.

Light refreshments will be served after the Mass.

Source: Hawaii Catholic Herald

Thanks Easter!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Message Re: Priests Retreat This Week

Photo by Esther G.

Since most of the priests are at the Convocation retreat this week, most churches are having Communion services instead of the celebration of daily Mass.

If you would like to attend Mass, please feel free to come to Sts. Peter and Paul, Honolulu. Daily Masses are at 7am and noon.  A visiting priest has been invited to celebrate the Holy Mass.

Pray for our priests!

Our beloved priests in our diocese are having a convocation this week at Turtle Bay. What a joy this should be for all of them, a well-deserved time-off, a retreat, of prayer, exercise and fun -- a time of rejuvenation overall!

May our heavenly Father bless them all -- each one of them -- renew their hearts and minds, and fill them with much gladness and strength. May they fellowship with the love of our Most High Priest Jesus Christ, sing and dance to the delight of the Father, and renew friendships among themselves.

We pray to the Mother of all Priests, Mary, that she will embrace each one of them with the same affectionate love she bears for her own Son.

May all the choirs in heaven rejoice this week for our priests, the image of priesthood of the Risen Christ, and guard them all as they commune, pray and play!

We give Jesus Christ, the Most High Priest, the glory and honor. Now and always!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Tell About Your Heroic Priests

From an email received today and on the Catholics Come Home website here


ATLANTA, Ga. (April 29, 2010)—The new lay Catholic outreach effort to support priests called™ is now accepting video and story submissions for the launch of its updated, interactive website.

Catholics around the country may submit written or video stories about priests who have had an impact on their own lives or who are doing heroic work—on a small or large scale—in their parish and local communities.™ is inviting all lay people to get involved in an effort to show their appreciation for their priestly fathers this Father’s Day.

Written story submissions should be 250 words or less.

Video submissions must be 100MB or smaller and can be standard or high definition. If standard definition, video dimensions should be 480x360 if 4:3 video or 640x360 if 16:9 video. For high definition, dimensions are 1280x720 (720p) or 1920x1080 (1080p). Videos can be .WMV, .AVI, .MOV, .MP4, or .MPEG files.

Please visit to submit all entries. will accept and post stories and videos on an ongoing basis, but if you would like your entry to be considered as a feature on the Father’s Day launch, it must be submitted by June 1.

For more information, visit
E-mail all questions to™ was established in Lent 2010 by the non-profit Catholic media apostolate, Catholics Come Home, Inc. ® ( Its mission is to encourage priests and promote priestly vocations.