Saturday, June 29, 2013

Photos from the celebration Mass in honor of Sts. Peter and Paul

Saints Peter and Paul Church, celebrated their patron's feast day with a vigil Mass last evening.  It began with vespers, followed by Holy Mass.  Afterwards, there was fellowship and finally, the evening ended with the viewing of the movie Peter and Paul starring Anthony Hopkins.

The Consecration:

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Saint Josemaría Escrivá - On the Priesthood

Picture source

Today is the optional memorial of the founder of Opus Dei. The following are some of his quotes from his book The Way, on the priesthood.

66.  "A priest - whoever he may be - is always another Christ".

67.  "Though you well know it, I shall remind you again that a Priest is 'another Christ'.  And that the holy Spirit has said:  'Nolite tangere Christos meos - do not touch my Christs'."

68.  "Presbyter - Priest - means, literally, an elderly man.  If old age deserves veneration, think how much more you ought to venerate the Priesthood."

69.  "It shows very little refinement--and great lack of respect--to make fun of a Priest, whoever he is, and whatever the pretext!"

70.  "I repeat:  to make fun of a Priest - no matter what the circumstances- is always, at best, a sign of coarseness and poor taste."

71.  "How we should admire sacerdotal purity!  It is their treasure.  No tyrant can ever wrest this crown from the Church."

72.  "Don't place a Priest in peril of losing his dignity.  It is a virtue which, without being pompous, he simply must have.

How that young cleric- a friend of ours- prayed for it:  'Lord, grant me...eighty years of dignity!'

Pray for it for the whole Priesthood, and you will have done a good thing."

73.  "It cut you to the heart to hear people say that you have spoken badly of those Priests.  And I am glad that it hurt:  for now I am quite sure you have the right spirit!"

74.  "To love God and not venerate his not possible."

75.  "Like the good sons of Noah, throw the mantle of charity over the defects you see in your father, the Priest.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Bishop Larry Silva to Receive the Order of Honorary Alii Knight Companion, 7th Degree

Congratulations to our dear Bishop of the Diocese of Honolulu, Bishop Larry Silva, whose dedication to the mission of the Church is most exemplary.
The Royal Order of Kamehameha I will bestow the order of Honorary Alii Knight Companion, 7th degree, on Roman Catholic Bishop Larry Silva, in an investiture ceremony, 6:00 p.m., June 25, in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in downtown Honolulu. MEDIA NEED TO BE IN PLACE BY 5:45 PM 
The presiding high chief at the ceremony will be Alii Aimoku O Hawaii I, Alii Sir Arthur K. Aiu, Knight Grand Cross Knight (KGCK), and escorting Bishop Silva are Alii Aimoku O Kuhio VI of Kaneohe, Alii Sr. Gary Keawe-Aiko (KGCK) and Alii Aimoku O Kapuaiwa VIII of Kapolei, Alii Sir Clarence DeLude III (KGCK).Bishop Silva will be enrolled as a member of the Hawaii Chapter I of the Royal Order.
The invitation to become of the Honorary Alii Knight Companion, 7th degree, also states of Bishop Larry:
"distinguished himself to membership of Hawaii Chapter I of the Royal Order of Kamehameha 1 during the ceremony at Iolani Palace for Saint Marianne Cope OSF who served with Saint Damien at Kalaupapa, Molokai..."
"Bishop Silva has gained the respect and admiration of the High Chiefs, Chief, Officers, Mamo Hawaii and Na Wahine Hui o Kamehameha 1 for his ecumenical spirit of aloha, kindness sensitivity to our island ways and for his love of the Hawaiian culture and all the cultures for people from around the world who call Hawaii home."

Full text from the Diocese of Honolulu main website.

(This is an invitation-only event. Coverage will be provided by our local t.v. stations, so watch the local news tonight.)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Discernment Retreat, July 7


A retreat for anyone between the ages of 18 and 35 who is discerning 
the possibility of a religious vocation 

Sunday, July 7, 2013 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

St. Anthony Retreat Center 
@Bishop Libert Hall 

3351 Kalihi Street Honolulu HI 96819 

Join us for an afternoon of 
worship & amp,  and reflection with: 

Sister Helene Wood,, 
Father David Lupo,, 
and Sister Ivy Yim, 

RSVP/more information, contact:
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or Father David Lupo, at 

Sponsored by St. Anthony Retreat Center 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

After 10-year absence, Hawaii priest returns to ministry

Story from the Hawaii Catholic Herald

Father Stephen Macedo - Eucharistic Procession, Honolulu -  Feast of Corpus Christi
The bishop presented Father Macedo to the faithful, on the Feast of Corpus Christi.  Father Macedo is now back in active ministry!  Praise God!  Please keep him in your prayers as he makes the transition to being a priest again.  We are also in the process of having him spiritually adopted!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Thursday, June 6, 2013

World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests 2013

Today is the last day of the Novena to the Sacred Heart for our priests' intentions.  Tomorrow we commemorate World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests.
Blessed John Paul II established that, on the solemnity of the Sacred Heart, the Church will observe the World Day of prayer for the Sanctification of Priests.

In 2002, the Catholic Church announced a special annual world priest day, a day of prayer for the sanctification of priests to be held on the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The 2010 to 2011 ''Year of The Priests'' was a tremendous success worldwide. We are most grateful to all who participated in making this year of prayer such a special gift to all priests.

We strongly encourage each and every one of the faithful to begin, if not already doing so, to pray for our priests today - this day, this very moment - in preparation through prayer, celebration of the Mass and Eucharistic Adoration, so that the 07th June 2013 will be an even greater celebration of the priesthood of Jesus Christ worldwide.

Click here for the source and to read the The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests 07th June 2013 LETTER TO PRIESTS

EWTN will be broadcasting live the Rosary Relay for Priests on First Friday, June 7th, 2013 at 9:30 A.M. EST. The following are prayers for our priests.

Suggested devotion/prayer:

Reflective Moment at 3:00 P.M.  3:00 P.M. begins the Hour of Mercy.  We can start this reflective moment by praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

We are encouraging people around the world to stop whatever they are doing at 3pm local time and spend a quiet moment praying in thanksgiving for our priests and contemplating the gift of priesthood.

Set your cell phone alarm to ring at 3pm local time as a reminder to stop reflect and pray for a few moments.

''I remind you, My daughter, that as often as you hear the clock strike the third hour, immerse yourself completely in My mercy, adoring and glorifying it; invoke its omnipotence for the whole world, and particularly for poor sinners; for at that moment mercy was opened wide for every soul. In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking; it was the hour of grace for the whole world - mercy triumphed over justice''. --From the diary of Saint Faustina Kowalska, 1572

"If we make Jesus' call to have 'confidence in his divine mercy' penetrate our being, which the Pope has relaunched in the present time, we will realize that it is precisely priests who are personally called to allow themselves to be imbued by the Spirit given to us by the risen Christ, which makes us a sign of God's forgiveness for all". --Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos, Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Clergy

eternal High Priest, you offered yourself to the
Father on the altar of the Cross and through the
outpouring of the Holy Spirit gave your priestly
people a share in your redeeming sacrifice.
Hear our prayer for the sanctification of our priests.
Grant that all who are ordained to the ministerial
priesthood may be ever more conformed to you,
the divine Master. May they preach the
Gospel with pure heart and clear conscience.
Let them be shepherds according to your own Heart,
single- minded in service to you and to the Church
and shining examples of a holy,simple and joyful life. Through the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
your Mother and ours,draw all priests and the flocks
entrusted to their care to the fullness of eternal life where
you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.



His Holiness Benedict XVI's Prayer for Priests
(specially composed for Worldpriest)


Risen Lord Jesus,
You love your priest with all your priestly Heart.
Hear our heartfelt prayer for our priests and in particular today for Father __________________.
We pray for our faithful and fervent priests,
for joyful and dedicated priests,
for unfaithful and struggling priests,
for lonely and desolate priests,
for sick and dying priests,
for the souls of priest in Purgatory.
Merciful Heart of Jesus, remember that they are weak and frail human beings.
Increase in them a deep faith, a bright and firm hope, and a burning love.
We ask that in their loneliness, You comfort them;
in their sorrow, You strengthen them;
in their frustration, You show them that it is through suffering that the soul is purified.
Eternal High Priest, keep them close to your sacred Heart,
and bless them abundantly in time and eternity.
Please call forth more priests to serve Your Church.

Amen Source: Diocese of Jefferson City, MO via EWTN


by John Cardinal O'Connor

Lord Jesus, we your people pray to You for our priests. You have given them to us for OUR needs. We pray for them in THEIR needs.
We know that You have made them priests in the likeness of your own priesthood. You have consecrated them, set them aside, annointed them, filled them with the Holy Spirit, appointed them to teach, to preach, to minister, to console, to forgive, and to feed us with Your Body and Blood.
Yet we know, too, that they are one with us and share our human weaknesses. We know too that they are tempted to sin and discouragement as are we, needing to be ministered to, as do we, to be consoled and forgiven, as do we. Indeed, we thank You for choosing them from among us, so that they understand us as we understand them, suffer with us and rejoice with us, worry with us and trust with us, share our beings, our lives, our faith.
We ask that You give them this day the gift You gave Your chosen ones on the way to Emmaus: Your presence in their hearts, Your holiness in their souls, Your joy in their spirits. And let them see You face to face in the breaking of the Eucharistic bread.
We pray to You, O Lord, through Mary the mother of all priests, for Your priests and for ours.

March, 1995


Jesus, meek and humble of heart,
give all priests Thy spirit of humility;
Jesus, poor and worn out for souls,
give all priests Thy spirit of zeal;
Jesus, full of patience and mercy for sinners,
give all priests Thy spirit of compassion;
Jesus, victim for the sins of the world,
give all priests Thy spirit of sacrifice;
Jesus, lover of the little and the poor,
give all priests Thy spirit of charity.
Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for us;
and obtain for us numerous and holy
priests and religious.

Source:  EWTN

Prayer for Priests by St. Therese of Lisieux

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

For the Spiritual Moms: Grace

We praise you, Holy Trinity, for the gift of grace!

What is grace? What are the two kinds of grace? Catholic Answers gives us what we need to understand grace; it also serves as a good review. The reading is easy; it is great for ages 10 to 110 so, yes, you can send this site to friends and family. 

I will be posting "lessons" such as this one to remind us of the rich teachings of our Church. We are and have been equipped with an abundance of teachings to learn from and be reminded of, so that we may truly learn from them and live in holiness. 

Dear Spiritual Moms, we pray that priests may live in holiness -- a noble task! -- but we ourselves should remain holy, or do our best to become holy and live in holiness as best we can. (Which grace do we need to live this kind of holiness?) Read Catholic Answers that tells us about grace.

Let us pray for one another. "Pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians 5:16). We are encouraged to pray for one another because "the prayer of a righteous mans is powerful and effective" (James 5:16b).

"Do not confirm yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect" (Romans 12:2). 

Happy Reading!