Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Scenes from a Parish Visitation by the Bishop

Bishop Silva was the celebrant at all the weekend Masses at Saints Peter and Paul Church. It was a joy to be with our bishop, the priests and deacons together, celebrating the Holy Mass. Here are some photos.

The Bishop's Crozier

 The Processional


The Consecration

The Recessional

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sunday Night Live - Vocations - Fr. Groeschel, CFR with Archbishop Timot...

Prayer Novena for the Pope Benedict XVI and the Papal Visit to UK Starts Today

The Novena period which precedes the Feast begins on Wednesday
15th of September - Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.

As this Novena period surrounds the Papal Visit - (September
16th to 19th) it is suggested that people pray the Novena for
the following intentions:

"For God's mighty blessing and protection upon the Papal Visit
and for the Holy Father's intentions".

For overseas readers, perhaps the best way of joining in the Novena is to say the Rosary each day, or at least one decade, for this intention.

Here at this blog, we are asking that you offer your Holy Rosary prayers for the Holy Father's intentions for nine consecutive days, along with the following prayer from the Knights of Columbus' prayer card, for his intentions:


Lord, source of eternal life and truth,
give to your shepherd, Benedict, a spirit
of courage and right judgment, a spirit
of knowledge and love. By governing
with fidelity those entrusted to his care,
may he, as successor to the Apostle Peter
and Vicar of Christ, build your Church
into a sacrament of unity, love and peace
for all the world. Amen.

V. Let us pray for Benedict, the pope.
R. May the Lord preserve him,
give him a long life,
make him blessed upon the earth,
and not hand him over
to the power of his enemies.
V. May your hand
be upon your holy servant.
R. And upon your son,
whom you have anointed.
Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory Be…

Monday, September 13, 2010

WAF - Honolulu Division - 4th Annual Public Rosary

In honor of the Anniversary of the Last Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima on October 13th, 1917.

WHERE:  Thomas Square Park (Beretania and Victoria)

WHEN:  October 13, 2010

TIME:  2:30 p.m.  Assembly
             2:45 p.m.  Procession and Coronation
             3:00 p.m.  Chaplet of Divine Mercy (Chanted)
             3:20 p.m.  The Most Holy Rosary

Please join us!  Invite your family and friends to gather together and show your love for our Blessed Mother and her Divine Son.

The following are photos from last years public rosary.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Church: The Mission: The Priest

"The Church is the mystery of the Incarnation prolonged throughout the centuries, the Church is essentially a mission. That is the meaning of the word "apostolate." It is sent. It is a mission: "As the Father has sent me, so I send you." (John 20:21).

This mission character of the Church is of infinite importance because the authority of the Church is derived from this mission. It is because it is sent that the Church can address itself to the entire world, because, precisely, it is totally entrusted with the presence of Jesus it bears throughout history in order to gather all humankind in one flock under the leadership of one sole Shepherd.

We are all sent by the One who sends us, by the Only One who sends us, who is Jesus Christ, ad each degree of authority is essentially the repetition of being sent, of mission: Ite Missa est. This is of absolutely prime importance. It is clear that as a priest I am not myself. I am a priest precisely so as not to be myself, in order to be the sacrament of Jesus Christ.

It is clear that if men entrust their soul, their deepest secrets, to a priest, it is because the priest is not himself, it is because he is the sacrament of Jesus. It is clear that the priest could never enter into the mystery of man if he was not sent. And, even if he is mediocre, he is sent. And even if he is mediocre, he has the grace of the mission.

It happens that the priest gives some souls some counsels that are infinitely beyond him, because he is a sacrament and that , insofar as he conforms to this mission, he can count on the help of God.I have experienced that, I know that I must never undertake anything on my own, because I am sent.

- Father Maurice Zundel

From the Magnificat, September 2010, Vol.12 No. 7

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Upcoming Events from Divine Mercy Center of Hawaii

From a recent email from the Divine Mercy Center of Hawaii:

You are invited to attend two inspirational events that will lift up your weary souls. Mark your calendars for these important Divine Mercy Healing events. We have invited great guest speakers who will encourage you to hope in the love and mercy of God amidst trials, tribulations and sufferings. Don't miss these great opportunities to receive God's healing mercy. Spread the word. God bless you always.

Jesus, I Trust in You

Visit the website for more details.

Divine Mercy Healing Mass, Oct 5
at Our Lady of Good Counsel
on October 5, Tuesday 6 pm - 9 pm
in celebration of the Feast of St. Faustina
at Our Lady of Good Counsel
1525 Waimano Home Road, Pearl City, Oahu

Admission is free; everyone is invited,

6 pm - Divine Mercy Healing Mass
7 pm - "Deliver Us From Evil" a talk by Fr. Bill Halbing
8 pm - Healing Service
9 pm - Refreshment

Divine Mercy Healing Conference 2010
Theme: "The Healing Power of God's Mercy"
Featuring 5 guests coming from the East Coast.

Registration is required.
Procession, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Adoration, Holy Mass, Holy Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Reflection Talks on God's Healing Mercy and other topics, Healing Services, Dramatic multi-media presentation, Veneration of the St. Faustina's relic, Praise and Worship, Fellowship and more. Register by Sept. 30

Event Info
October 7-10, 2010
St. Philomena Church
3300 Ala Laulani St.
Honolulu (Salt Lake)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

May Father Felix Vandebroek Rest in Peace

Thanks for EJ Resinto, one of our seminarians for sharing this sad news:

A beloved catholic priest who's spent more than 50 years in Hawaii has died.
Father Felix Vandebroek was found dead this morning at the Sacred Hearts Center in Kaneohe, after returning to Hawaii from a trip to Belgium where he's originally from.

Vandebroek moved to Hawaii in 1956, and has served in parishes on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai and the Big Island.

Most recently, he was the pastor at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Kalaupapa on Molokai.

He served that role for the past three years, working with people with hansen’s disease, just as fellow Belgian Saint Damien had done before.

Father Vandebroek was 83-years-old.

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and may your perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.

Friday, September 3, 2010

First Friday Reminder - Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with Hymns

Shared by my Twitter friend @janvier2007.

A Priest Teaches Kids How to Skateboard

I have totally enjoyed this video. So very cool! Please, please don't miss it.

Thank you to my friend, Dann Ebina, for sending me the link.

Source: Deacon's Bench

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Heroic priests deserve not to be left alone at the altar

HE ITALIAN alpine village of Villaretto was drowsing under its blanket of snow when, on January 26th, 1985, the parish priest hanged himself, just before the Saturday evening Mass. He left three farewell letters, one addressed to the altar servers. It read: “Be more friendly and generous with your next priest: do not leave him alone at the altar.”
Read the rest here
H/T to Deacon Greg

This article literally brought tears to my eyes. Be friendly to every priest you come in contact with. Smile, and chat with them. Compliment their homily if you liked it. Keep quiet about it, if you did not. Ask them to your home for lunch or dinner with your family. Do not judge or criticize them. Recently at Mass, during the elevation of the Blessed Sacrament, I pray for that particular priest's intentions.

Pray for our priests