Would you like to learn/review what the Sacrament of Baptism is about?  We can suggest two videos: “Baptism, One Ohana” from our diocese and “Why We Baptize” from Busted Halo series on Sacraments 101.
      To access Baptism, One Ohana, please go to the diocesan website: catholichawaii.org, click on diocesan offices, scroll down to Office of Religious Education, then click on “Baptism, One Ohana”.  We use this video to prepare parents and godparents for infant Baptism.
      Here’s the link to “why we baptize infants” from Busted Halo :  http://bustedhalo.com/video/baptism
Or you may Google: Why we baptize infants, busted halo you tube.  It’s narrated by Fr. Dwyer.
Planning on Getting Married Soon?   Or would like to have your marriage Validated in the Church?
We can help.  Please call the parish office or speak to one of our Deacons to get started!
Things to keep in mind:
· Marrige prep should be started at least 6 months before your planned wedding date.
· A newly issued baptism certificates (not more than 1 year old) is required.
· You will need to attend an Engaged Encounter Weekend prior to getting married.
Do you know of anyone who would like to join the Catholic Church either through:
(a) Baptism or
(b) Reception into Full Communion of the Catholic Church? (This means the person has a valid baptism from another Christian Church.)

Please call Julia at 689-8681 Ext. 107 for questions on “valid baptism”.

Sept. 19, Sunday – Religious Education classes and IRL Youth Ministry sessions
Sept. 19, Sunday – Catechetical Sunday. Commissioning of catechists
Sept. 24, Friday – RCIA Adult sessions via Google Meet, 7:00 pm
Sept. 26, Sunday -- Religious Education classes and IRL Youth Ministry sessions
Today, we acknowledge and celebrate the ministry of the catechists who are entrusted in handing on the faith to our children and youth through formal catechetical instructions. Please pray for our primary catechists: Aileen Leonardo-Pila, Aurora Agcaoili, Caroline Barredo, Connie Dichner, Consuelo Gouveia, Donna Alvaro, Eleanor Ragojo, Joe Rayray, Josey Choe, Joyce Ablog, Kariann Camacho, Kathy Sniffen, Lyn Salis, Maridena Salayon-Richison, Mela Kim, Precy Cuizon, Priscila Rayray, Remi Cabrera, Stephanie Belaski, Susan Marbella, Terra Harding, Wayne Campos.
We also appreciate very much the young people who are helping with our catechetical ministry: Aiden Gouvenia, Danika Pila, Emily Wolleat-Leonardo, Joshua Wolleat-Leonardo, Noah Pila, Tanner Gouveia.
May the Good Lord bless you abundantly for your generous hearts.
Loving Father, we pray today for our catechists. We thank you for their gift of ministry in your Church.  Grant them yourwisdom that they may grow in the understanding and teaching of your Word.
Grant them also your love that they may be fruitful heralds of your Word and lead others to love you.  Pour forth your Holy Spirit upon them to grant them wisdom
about what is important; knowledge of the truths of faith; understanding of their meaning; right judgement about how to apply them in life; courage to persevere even in the face of adversity; reverence before all that is sacred and holy; and
that loving zeal which leads others to a transforming encounter with your Son.

We pray this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
We read in Matthew 19:14 that Jesus told his disciples to “let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these”.  Parents, you started bringing your children to the Lord when you had them baptized.  Please continue bringing them to the Lord:
• Bring them to Mass every Sunday and holy days of obligation
• Register them with religious education that they may get to know the Lord better each day.  You may register them online via the parish website: www.olphewabeach.org. Click on sacraments and on the next screen, click on “online registration”.
Aloha Parents: Please make sure to register for religious education today because we have to order materials tomorrow to get them in time for the opening on September 12.  We will continue to accept registration after today but you may have to pay an additional fee.  Why?  Because if you register late, we will need to order again which means another billing for postage and shipping.  So, let’s all help each other.  Register today! You may register in-person before or after any Mass or online via our parish website: olphewabeach.org.  On the homepage, click on “Sacraments”.  On the next screen click on “online registration”.  Complete the form, then click “Submit”.  Your registration will go directly to Julia.  You may either mail your registration fee or bring it to the parish office during regular office hours.
In 1935, the Vatican published On the Better Care and Promotion of Catechetical Education, a document that asks every country to acknowledge the importance of the Church’s teaching ministry and to  honor those who serve the Christian community as catechists.  For the first few years after Catechetical Sunday was established, national catechetical congresses were held in conjunction with the celebration.  Beginning in 1971, the USCCB’s Department of Education began producing materials to help parishes celebrate the event at the local level.  When the Committee on Catechesis, now named the Committee of Evangelization and Catechesis, was named by the Conference as a standing Committee, it continued to publish Catechetical Sunday materials each year.  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has  designated the third Sunday in September as Catechetical Sunday.

Those whom the community has designated to serve as catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry.  Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel.  Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith.  (https://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/catechesis/catechetical-sunday/catechetical-sunday-about) 9/7/2021