Click on the link to access the Infant Baptism schedule for the remainder of 2017.  Please note the deadlines for registration and the dates to the preparation classes for parents & godparents.
 
 
 
 
      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.
 
 
The inquiry session on Friday nights will continue through the summer.  If you or anyone you know would still like to join the group, please do so.  It starts at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Sessions are held at the Parish Office Conference Room.  Why no summer break for RCIA?  Formation in RCIA stems from the Sunday liturgy.  The next question then is: Does the liturgy (the Mass) have summer break?  Do we not go to Mass on Sundays in the summer?  Of course we do!!!  And we must!!!   RCIA is year-round.
 
 
  • Date: May 21, 2017
  • Day: Sunday
  • Time: 8:00 am to 10:30 am
  •  Place: OLPH School Playground
EVENT SCHEDULE:
  • 7:00 am Set up of tables, tents, supplies, etc.
  • 8:00 am Crowning of the Blessed Mother and Rosary
  • 8:30 am Acknowledgment of catechists and assistants
  • 8:45 am CCD Child of the Year Awards
  • 9:15 am Potluck Brunch
  • 10:15 am Breakdown and clean up
  • 10:45 am Go to church for the 11:00 am Mass

WHAT TO BRING FOR POTLUCK BRUNCH?

Grade or Class
7:30 am Classes
9:30 am Classes
Pre-K and Kinder
Forsks, napkins
Fruits
First Grade
Dinner plates
Noodles
All First Communion Classes
Chicken dish
Chicken dish
Grade 3
Beef dish
Beef dish
Grade 4
Dessert plates
Vegetable dish
Grade 5
Dinner plates
Desserts
Pre-Communion Grades 3 to 5
and 3 to 8
Rice:  Fried rice, steam rice
Salad:  Macaroni, potato

 

 
Oahu Faith Formation Conference
Lay Ecclesial Ministry (LEM)  Courses – formerly called Catechist Certification courses – are great introductory course to the important areas of our faith and are helpful to all lay ministers, including RCIA, Youth Ministers, Liturgical Ministers, Hawaii Catholic School teachers, and of course, our religious education catechists.   The Conference will take place on June 16 and 17 at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa.  Click the link below for the schedule of courses:
 
 
There are other courses that are not credited towards Lay Ecclesial Ministry training and formation but interesting and informative as well.  For description of these courses, please refer to the flyers posted on our bulletin boards at the breezeway and on the lanai by the bell.
Advance Registration Deadline is June 7. Registration fees are $15.00 per course with no refunds or parish billing.    registration is available online at www.catholichawaii.org/oahufaithconference.
 
 
  • May 20, Saturday: Edge Core meeting, 12pm to 2pm, Presentation for Baptism, 5pm Mass
  • May 21, Sunday:  Year-End celebration for Pre-K to 8th Grade, including Edge;  Presentation for Baptism at 5:00 pm Mass
  • May 22, Monday: Adult Confirmation class and preparation for Infant Baptism, both at 7:00 pm
  • May 24, Wednesday: A Night of Recollection for Confirmation 2 and HSRCIA 2, 7:00 pm, in church
  • May 25, Thursday: Adult RCIA Inquiry and Catechumenate Sessions, both at 7:00 pm
  • May 26, Friday: Adult RCIA Mystagogia on break
  • May 27, Saturday: Infant Baptism at 10:00 am
  • May 29, Monday: Adult Confirmation class on Memorial Day break
  • May 31, Wednesday: Practice for Confirmation Mass
  • June 3, Saturday: Confirmation Mass at 5:00 pm
 
 
As we come to close Catechetical Year 2016-2017, we would like to invite you to the ministry of catechetics.  The next few weeks are such perfect time to sign up being that training and formation will be held on June 17 and 18.  Lack of knowledge of our faith is one excuse that we hear from invitees.  The Oahu Faith Formation Conference will be of great help in grounding you in our faith so that you will have more confidence in catechizing our people.  Please pray on being a catechist in any level: Pre-Kinder to Grade 8, high school, RCIA, and Edge Middle School Youth Ministry.  Increase your knowledge of our Catholic faith while you share it with children, youth, and adults.
 
 
The Lay Ecclesial Ministry Certification Program laid out by the diocese provides a basic foundation in Catholic theology and ministry-specific training.  The theological foundation courses are recommended of all lay ecclesial ministers in the Diocese of Honolulu, which includes religious education catechists, teachers in the Hawaii Catholic Schools, youth ministers, young adult ministers, RCIA process team members and liturgical ministers.
That said, Oahu Faith Formation Conference will take place on June 16 and 17, Friday and Saturday, at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa.  The schedule and description of courses offered are posted on our bulletin boards.  You may also go to the website: www.catholichawaii.org/oahufaithconference for more information or to register. All catechists and catechist assistants should submit registration forms to Julia ASAP.
 
 
This year’s Confirmation Mass will be on
Date: Saturday, June 3rd
Time: @ the 5:00 PM Mass
Celebrant: Bishop Larry Silva

31 teens and adults will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation including ten who will receive their 1st Holy Communion.  All are welcome to join us for this joyous occasion, however be aware that Mass will be longer than usual.  Thank you for your kind understanding.
 
 
If you have not heard yet, our second graders and up will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on May 20, 2018.  This change in the age for Confirmation is in compliance with the new diocesan norms for sacraments.  What does the new norms mean?

Second graders and up who are on their second year of preparation for First Holy Communion will also receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Parents will need to find a Sponsor.

Third graders and up who have received their 1st Holy Communion and are actively participating in the life of the parish (meaning attending Mass every Sunday since receiving 1st Holy Communion) and attended CCD in 2016-2017 will also receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
 
 
Learn about opportunities to minister to and with our Catholic Moms! Come to a workshop on May 19, 2017, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon at St. Stephen Diocesan Center, 6301 Pali Highway, Kaneohe.  The workshop presenter is Dorothy Pilarski, founder of CatholicMomsGroup.com and popular guest on Salt and Light TV and Ave Maria Radio.  Please RSVP to: Kdeneve@rcchwaii.org.  Advance registration is appreciated but not required. For further questions/comments, please call Kristina DeNeve at 203-6767.  If you are interested in getting the ministry started at OLPH and would like to go to the workshop but need a ride, please call Julia at 689-8681 Ext. 107.  She can take 3 passengers.
 
 
Hello mom and dad (and children too). Jared Dees from Religion Teacher gives us one way to pray.   Go online to www.thereligionteacher.com/five-finger-prayer.
 

Put hands together and number the fingers:

1. Thumb: is closest to your body and so you pray for people closest to you such as your parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents, etc.
2. Index finger or pointer finger: is people who point you in the right direction such as teachers, catechists, priests, etc.
3. Middle finger: tallest finger so pray for the leaders of our Church, country and world.  Pray that the Holy Spirit will help them to lead us well in justice and peace.
4.  RIng finger:  weakest of all fingers, so pray for those who are weak such as the sick, homeless
and those in pain and suffering.
5. Pinky finger: is the smallest finger.  Pray for yourself in humility.

This a great way to remember those who you intend to pray for.  When you are on distracted or run dry in your spiritual prayer life, just place your hands in a prayer gesture and remember the explanations stated above.  A suggestion would be after praying the “5 Finger Prayer” end it with the prayer Our Lord taught us, “Our Father”.
 
 
Have you heard that:
  •  First Communicants in 2018 will also receive the Sacrament of Confirmation?
  • Children who have received their First Holy Communion will also be Confirmed on May 20, 2018 depending on their practice of the faith and family involvement.
  • Starting August of this year, all high school students,except for those in Confirmation 1 class at present, will join Life Teen Youth Ministry.  It means therewill be no Confirmation 1 class for high school starting August of this year.  Watch for further announcements and information meetings in the summer or early Fall.

 

 
On May 13, 1917, three children: Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco, saw a vision of the Blessed Mother at Fatima, Portugal.  
May 13, 2017 is the 100th Year Anniversary of that apparition. The Blessed Mother appeared to the children until October 1917 with messages of prayer, repentance and reparation, messages that  which still hold true to this day.  Thousands of people have gone and continue to go to Fatima.  One does not necessarily need to go to Fatima to heed the Blessed Mother’s call to prayer.   Let us pray the rosary every day; better yet, pray it with your family.   Make it a habit to pray the rosary in your family.   You don’t know how to pray the rosary?   There are some flyers in the resource racks or if you have internet connection, google:  How to Pray the Rosary.
There are five prayers at Fatima:  the Eucharistic Prayer, Pardon Prayer, Sacrifice Prayer, Decade Prayer and the Angel’s Prayer.  Most people are familiar with the Decade Prayer which is prayer  recited after the Glory Be at the  end of each decade of the rosary.  “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fire of hell, lead all souls to heaven especially those who are most in need of Thy mercy.   For the other prayers, please visit:  http://www.catholictradition.org/Children/fatima-prayers.htm
By the way, Pope Francis will canonize Francisco and Jacinta on May 13 during his pilgrimage to Fatima.
 
 
 
Statistics from the diocese show a big gap between the number of Infant Baptism and Confirmation.  It means that all children who were baptized were not all Confirmed. Parents do not follow through on the completion of initiation sacraments; hence many adults are not Confirmed.  They may have received their First Communion but they skip the Sacrament of Confirmation.  The question then is why must we be Confirmed?
The Sacrament of Confirmation is one of the three initiation sacraments, the other two being Baptism and Eucharist.  We read in the Catechism that “reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.  For by the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.   Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed” (CCC 1285).  Paragraph 1306 says that “Christian initiation remains incomplete” without Confirmation.
Paragraph 1 in the “Order of Confirmation” (the Rite of Confirmation) says that “those who have been baptized continue on the path of Christian initiation through the Sacrament of Confirmation, by which they receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, whom the Lord sent upon the Apostles at Pentecost”.
Would you like to complete your initiation sacraments? Now is the time! Preparation sessions will start on April 3 and every Monday thereafter from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Confirmation Mass will be celebrated on June 3, Saturday at the 5:00 pm Mass.

 
What would you need to do?
  • Complete the registration form that you may find in the resource racks
  • Submit copies of Baptism and First Communion certificates if you did not receive these sacraments at OLPH
  • Submit the registration forms and certificates ASAP
 
Questions? Please call 689-8681 Ext. 107.
 
 
A common challenge for parents and candidates for Confirmation is finding a qualified sponsor/godparent.  Our Code of Canon Law No. 874 lists five prerequisites for sponsors:
1. Be designated by the one to be baptized, by the parents or the person who takes their place, or in their absence by the pastor or minister.
2. Have completed the 16th year of age, unless the diocesan bishop has established another age, or the pastor or minister has granted an exception for a just cause
3. Be a Catholic who has been Confirmed and has received the Blessed Eucharist, and who lives a life of faith which befits the role to be undertaken
4. Not labor under canonical penalty whether imposed or declared
5. Not be either the father or mother of the person to be baptized

 
The most problematic of the five prerequisites is Item No. 3.  First, Catholics do not bother with receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. They do not complete their initiation sacraments for whatever reason; thus there are not too many fully initiated Catholics around.  Additionally, a fully initiated person does not necessarily mean he/she may be a godparent/sponsor. The sponsor/godparent must live a life of faith meaning practicing the faith they profess which means: (a) regular attendance at Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligations; (2) if married, marriage must be in the Catholic Church; (3) not cohabiting if single.  The rationale behind all the requirements is the sponsor’s/godparent’s role does not end at the conclusion of the ceremony.  They assist the baptized (or the parents of the baptized in case of infant baptism) to live the Christian faith.
A misinformation or misunderstanding from adult Catholics is the belief that because they received their Holy Communion in the second grade or prior to their cohabiting or marriage outside the Catholic Church, they could continue receiving Holy Communion.  They fail to realize or acknowledge that their status has changed from when they were in second, or third, or fourth grade to the present situation of cohabiting or being married outside the Catholic Church.  Anyone cohabiting or married outside the Catholic Church is not allowed to receive Holy Communion; thus someone in either situation is not practicing the faith.
We are calling then all of you who are cohabiting or married outside the Catholic Church.  For a healthy faith life, please pray and consider either getting married in the Church or marriage convalidation.  Call the parish office to set up an appointment with one of the deacons or priests. We are here to assist you.
 
 
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) focuses on the seven themes of Catholic Social Teachings (CST) to help us Encounter the Lord during this Season of Lent.  The seven themes of CST are: (1) Option for the Poor – in every economic, political and social decision, a weighted concern must be given to the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable.   When we do this, we strengthen the entire community, because the powerlessness of any one person wounds all of society; (2) Sacredness and Dignity of the Human Person – Created in the image of God, all human life is sacred and possesses a dignity from our creation, not from any action of our own; (3) Call to Family, Community and Participation -- the person is not only sacred but also social.  How we organize our society – in economics and politics, in law and policy – directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community; (4) The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers – the economy must serve people, not the other way around.  Work is more than a way to make a living; it is a form of continuing participation in God’s creation; (5) Solidarity – we are all part of one human family, whatever our national, racial, religious, economic or ideological differences.  In an increasingly interconnected world, loving our neighbors has global dimensions; (6) Care for God’s Creation -- there is inherent integrity to all of creation and it requires careful stewardship of all our resources, ensuring that we use and distribute them justly and equitably, as well as planning for future generations; (7) Rights and Responsibilities –Every person has a fundamental right to life and a right to those things required for human decency.  Corresponding to these rights are duties and responsibilities to one another, our families and the larger society. [Sources: CRS Rice Bowl Lent 2017 Resources for Coordinators and United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catholic-social-teachings 2/21/2017]
 
 
(1) Right a wrong; (2) Keep a promise; (3) count your blessings; (4) Mend a quarrel; (5) Spread joy; (6) Pray for refugees; (7) Be grateful for family; (8) Attend Mass more frequently; (9) Fast from gossip; (10) Be humble in success, patient in hardship, hopeful in disappointment and generous in prosperity; (11) Offer approval; (12) See your problems as challenges, your challenges as blessings; (13) Encourage an enemy; (14) Seek peace; (15) Pray the Way of the Cross; (16) Listen; (17) Apologize if you are wrong; (18) Think first of someone else; (19) Stop in church for a moment; (20) Give alms; (21) Laugh a little, laugh a little more; (22) Say “Thanks”; (23) Read the Bible daily; (24) Tender a compliment; (25) Don’t run the faucet continuously when you brush your teeth, shave, or do dishes; (26) Rejoice in the beauty and wonder of Earth; (27) Inspire hope in another; (28) Be hopeful yourself; (29) Plant a flower; (30) Sponsor a just cause; (31) Gladden the heart of a child; (32) Make a new friend; (33) Renew an old friendship; (34) Paint a fence, a room, a picture; (35) Take time to imagine; (36) Do a job for nothing; (37) Plan as a family, ways to minimize the electricity you use for a day; (38) Eat by candlelight; (39) Abstain from complaining; (40) Spend an hour in church on Good Friday; (41) Give Easter flowers to someone.
      Some Rice Bowls are available at the Resource Rack on Sundays or at the Office of Religious Education on week days. You may also download the app from the Rice Bowl website, http://www.crsricebowl.org/
 
 
Lent is a time when we attend more to our spiritual needs. In addition to Good Grounds Press, here are more resources
and/or links you may use to walk these 40 days of Lent:
  • Loyola Press - http://www.loyolapress.com/ for 3-minute retreats
  • Franciscan Media for daily minute meditations. Type the url then subscribe to Daily  Minute Meditations.  It’s free.  Here’s the url: http://blog.franciscanmedia.org/minute-meditations 
  • The Five Loaves for reflections on Sunday Gospel readings.  Subscription is also free.  Here is the url: http://www.thefiveloaves.com/
  • Catholicmom.com for activities for Sunday’s Gospel readings.  These are excellent for families and children.  Here’sthe url: http://catholicmom.com/. On the home page, please click on Sunday Gospel Activities for coloring, crossword puzzles and worksheet on Sunday Mass.
Rice Bowl by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) provides a great opportunity for all of us to practice the three disciplines of Lent: Fasting, Almsgiving, and Prayer.  You might ask how giving to Rice Bowl makes it possible to do so.  Well, you pray that the Holy Spirit will help you get out of your comfort zone to reach out to the needy in the six countries/communities featured in the Rice Bowl Program this year.  You also pray for the recipients of your donations whoever they may be.  Almsgiving will allow you to set aside some money in whatever amount every day or every week to put in the Rice Bowl.  In addition, the food that you give up to eat during Lent corresponds to Fasting; however, please note that what you give up will be given to someone who needs it more than you do.  Indeed, Rice Bowl is an excellent way to walk the 40 days of Lent this year.
       Some Rice Bowls are available at the Resource Rack on Sundays or at the Office of Religious Education on week days. You may also download the app from the Rice Bowl website, http://www.crsricebowl.org/
 
 
  • Have you been coming to Mass even though you were baptized in another religion?
  • If you were not baptized at all, would you like to consider getting baptized?
  • Were you baptized in the Catholic Church in infancy but did not receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion?
Good News! You will have an opportunity to know aboutthe Lord and to know Him.  (Knowing about the Lord and knowing Him are two different things.)  We have an inquiry session going on every Thursday evening from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.  There is no commitment on your part because this is an Inquiry or Pre-Catechumenate Session only.  Come and see!
 
 
Preparation classes for the Sacrament of Confirmation for adults will start on April 3, 2017.  Sessions will be held every Monday night from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.  Confirmation Mass will be celebrated on June 3, Saturday, at the 5:00 pm Mass.  Please pick up a registration form from the resource racks. Deadline to register: March 26, 2017.
Inquiry sessions for adults who would like to be baptized in or received into full communion of the Catholic Church are ongoing on Thursday nights from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Breezeway Conference Room 2.  Come and see!
 
 
Children in Grades 1 to 5 use “Alive in Christ” for our textbook.  (Please note that Grades 3 to 8 who registered for the first time and have not received First Holy Communion are using “Faith Fusion” as textbook.)  “Alive in Christ” is an excellent textbook for parents and child (or children) to study, learn together, or submit e-assessment to the catechist or DRE.  “Alive in Christ” is accessible through their website: http://aliveinchrist.osv.com/.  We ask parents if they could/would you invest 30 minutes every week to sit down with their child (children) to do eassessments, interactive reviews, or other activities online.  Here’s the instructions on how to access “Alive in Christ”:
  • Goggle: http://aliveinchrist.osv.com/
  • ¨ On the home page, click on “Student and Family”
  • When you click on “e-assessment”, you will be asked to create an account.
  • For interactive reviews and games click on your child’s Grade level and just follow the instructions
 
Call/email Julia if you need help logging in: 689-8681 Ext. 107, email: julia.torres133@gmail.com
 
 
In one of the webinars on Amoris Laetitia, the presenters/panelists suggested that families should work on a Family Mission Activity.  What does this mean? Families should have a mission statement, something similar to our Parish Mission Statement.  The Family Mission Statement names and identifies the family – this is who we are and these are what we do because of who we are.  A simple example would be: “We are the Torres family who live and practice our Catholic faith by living in the sacraments of the Church and practicing our stewardship of time, talent and treasure.”  The Family Mission Statement should be at the center of the family’s faith life, define the family and the source of their daily living.
 
The panelists in the same webinar mentioned that families should be at the center of faith formation.  The new norms for the sacrament of initiations also emphasize family involvement.   Our hope and prayer is that families would respond more actively in our call for family participation especially with the new curriculum that started this catechetical year 2016-2017.
 
 
We are preparing our First Communicants for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, however Confession is not for First Communicants only.  Here are some statements to reflect on.  Check off whichever applies to you or complete the sentence:

1. I go to Confession:
____ once a month
____ during Advent or Lent Penance Service
____ once a year
____ very seldom
2. The last time I went to Confession was in:
___________________
3. I go to Confession because:
__________________________________________
4. I don’t go to Confession because:
a. ___ I am not as bad as the other person
b. ___ I don’t think I have committed any big sin
c. ___ I can go straight to God
d. ___ I don’t know how to go to Confession
e. ___ I am nervous because I have not gone in a long time
f. ___ I don’t know the Act of Contrition

 
Here are links to some short videos on the Sacrament of Reconciliation
which may help you:
http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Sacraments+101+Penance+You+Tube&view=detail&mid=804302CE3F4A6EA28995804302CE3F4A6EA28995&FORM=VIRE. This is a good video if you checked off 4c above.
http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Sacraments+101+Penance+You+Tube&&view=detail&mid=0E17B6EB59A940CFE3660E17B6EB59A940CFE366&rvsmid=804302CE3F4A6EA28995804302CE3F4A6EA28995&fsscr=0&FORM=VDFSRV. This video will show/remind you how to go to Confession.
 
 If it is challenging for you to write/type the above links, google Sacrament of Penance You Tube.  The two videos are part of Fr. Jack Dwyer’s series on the sacraments.
 
Here is another video resource from our diocese.  Here is how to access the website:
1. Google: catholichawaii.org
2. On the home page, click on: diocesan office
3. Next screen, scroll down till you find: Office of Religious Education
4. Next, click on: Sacrament videos
5. Next, scroll down and click on: Reconciliation, One Ohana
 
 
Here is an excerpt from “A How-To-Pray Primer for Parents and Families” by Sr. Janet Schaeffler, OP.…”family prayer helps to make tangible the reality that we are never alone; that God is intimately with us, always and everywhere, and uniquely in family life.  The Second Vatican Council restored the ancient belief of "domestic church," of family church (Lumen Gentium, no. 11). The first and foremost way most people experience God is within family relationships and the encounters of everyday life within the family. Prayer is what binds the family together:  it is the power that enables the recognition of God with them always and everywhere, and the strength that upholds them as they live a faith-filled life in their 24/7 world.
Family prayer flows from everyday life.  Sometimes when we think of family prayer, we think that it takes much time, a great deal of work.  We might think we have to duplicate what we do in church.   Even though families may use the prayers of the church (Liturgy of the Hours, lectio divina, the rosary, etc.), family prayer flows from what is happening in all daily moments.  Some ideas to weave prayer into your daily family life include: When something good happens, stop and pray a one-sentence prayer of thanksgiving.  When something is worrying someone in the family, pause and pray for God's strength.  When you hear of someone—or some part of our world—that is experiencing a difficult time, stop for prayer, asking God's care for the people involved, and that you will have the time and sensitivity to help.
http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/catechesis/catechetical-sunday/prayer/family-resources-sr-janet-schaeffler-op.cfm    8/23/2016
 
 
Parents, here is a great resource from the diocese on why we are conferring the Sacrament of Confirmation to second graders.  Here is the link:
If you are unsuccessful in clicking on the link, here is another way to get to it:
  • Google search, catholichawaii.org
  • On the home page, scroll down to the bottom where you will find: “Original Order of Sacraments”
  • Click on “learn more”
  • Next page, click on the video trailer for “One Ohana”
There are also other resources on that same page that you may want to read. Actually, I highly encourage you to read those articles to help all of us at the Parents Orientation meeting on August 24 and 25.
 
 
TRANSITION TABLE FOR GROUP #1 - OLPH
Starting 2018, all 2nd graders who will receive First Holy Communion will also receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at the same Mass. OLPH belongs to Group #1 where these changes will start in 2018. Here is the transition table for our parish and other parishes who belong to Group #1:
 
2016-2017
2017-2018
2018-2019
First Reconciliation during Advent.
Catechist Retreats/Training.
Map out new curriculum and parent involvement strategies. 
Update program handbook.
Catholic Youth Ministry Implementation.
Grades 2 to 12 - CONFIRMATION by
Pastor or Parochial Vicar on Pentecost Sunday, May 20, 2018
NORMATIVE
Pre-Communion Classes, 
Grades 1 & 2, 3 to 5, 6 to 8
New Curriculum includes  Parent/Child Formation
Pre-CC Classes
Grade 1 & 2, 3 to 5
Curriculum includes Parent/Child  faith formation.
Pre-CC Classes
Grades 1 & 2, 3 to 5
Curriculum includes Parent/Child  faith formation.
FC grades 2  to 8
First Reconciliation during Advent
First Holy Communion in 2017
Awaiting Confirmation in 2018
Grade 2
Reconciliation in Advent
Confirmation and First Holy Communion with Pastor at Pentecost. 
Parent/Child faith formation
Grade 2
Reconciliation in Advent
Confirmation & First Holy Communion with Bishop (schedule TBD)
Parent/Child faith formation
Grades 3, 4 & 5
Children in these classes have received
First Holy Communion. Awaiting Confirmation in 2018. Parent/Child faith
formation
Grades 3, 4 & 5
Special Sacraments for Confirmation/Eucharist as needed.
Parent/child faith formation
Grades 3, 4 & 5
Already Confirmed.
Parent/Child Faith Formation / Evangelization / Discipleship
EDGE Middle School Youth Ministry Children in this group have received First Holy Communion. 
Awaiting Confirmation in 2018
EDGE Middle School Youth Ministry
Grades 6 to 8
Confirmation/Eucharist as needed.
EDGE Middle School Youth Ministry
Grades 6 to 8
Grades 9 to 12
YEAR 1: Confirmation Class (last batch)
YEAR 2: Confirmation with Bishop in 2017
Grades 9 to 12
Life Teen Youth Ministry
Special sacrament for Eucharist as needed
YEAR 2: Confirmation with Bishop
Grades 9 to 12
Life Teen Youth Ministry
_________________________
Special Sacraments
Grs. 3 to 12
Confirmation/Eucharist
 
Our Bishop issued new norms concerning the restoration of the Sacraments of Initiation in their original order.  Here are some questions you may have and explanations/answers from the diocese:

What are the initiation sacraments?  Baptism, Confirmation, and First Holy Communion

What is the original order of initiation sacraments?  An increasing number of dioceses and parishes in the United States are adopting a Restored (Original) Order policy for the celebration of the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.  This means, quite simply, that it becomes standard policy for Catholics who were baptized in infancy to receive Confirmation BEFORE First Holy Communion, not AFTER.  Practically speaking, this means that the two sacraments are received at the First Holy Communion Mass, with Confirmation being celebrated after the homily.

Why do they call it Original Order?  During the first five hundred years or so of the history of the Roman Catholic Church (and still today in the Christian churches of the East), it was always the case that the sacraments of Christian initiation were celebrated in an invariable sequence: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.  And it was almost always the case that all three sacraments were celebrated together at the same time, even with infants.  The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) requires that children and adults in the catechumenate receive all three sacraments together, even if the children are younger than the age at which the Catholic children of the parish are routinely confirmed.

Putting the celebration of Confirmation between Baptism and Eucharist better expresses its role as the completion of Baptism.  As a matter of fact, the sacrament that is the culmination of a person’s Christian initiation is the Eucharist, not Confirmation.

Theologically, it is the gift of the Holy Spirit given in all its fullness at Confirmation that best prepares one to receive Eucharist, and thus to be most fully joined to the Body of Christ.  As a result, this change reflects an emphasis on the belief that everything leads to the Eucharist, which is the source and summit of our faith.

Following the lead of official documents that were issued by the Church after the Second Vatican Council, more and more places are restoring this original order to the celebration of the sacraments of Christian initiation.

Every week, we will keep you informed on this shift that bishop promulgated and how we will proceed to comply.  We belong to Group 1, which means our children who will receive First Holy Communion on May 20, 2018 and at the same day, receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

What about children who have already received First Holy Communion?  They will also be Confirmed in 2018.  However, this coming Catechetical Year, 2016-2017 there will be several changes in our Religious Education Program.

Stay tune as information will come your way.  Check the bulletin or our parish website: olphewabeach.org.  You may also visit the diocesan website: catholichawaii.org for more information.   We will also schedule information nights to go over these changes.
 
 
 
Using the five fingers of your hand, here is one way to remember what to do when you go to Confession: Thumb – think of your sins; Pointer Finger – Be sorry for your sins; Middle Finger – Tell your sins to the priest; Ring Finger – Say the Act of Contrition; Baby Finger - Do your Penance.
 
 
      Hello young adults and adults!  Are you so busy that sometimes you can’t find time to reflect on your daily goings and comings?  Well, here are some resources that could help you spend a few minutes with God and connect with your inner self.  Loyola Press has “3 minutes retreat” available 24/7 on the internet.  All you need are an internet connection and two to three minutes a day.  Here’s the link: http://www.loyolapress.com/3-minute-retreatsdaily-online-prayer.htm
      Our second online resource is from Tom Tomaszek, author, composer, educator and liturgical musician.  He and other guests offer reflection for the upcoming Sunday readings.  There is usually a song, not necessarily his, that goes with the video and audio reflection.  His website is named “Five Loaves”.  Here is the link: http://www.thefiveloaves.com/
       A third resource is from USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops). Here you will find a reflection for each day of the week, including Sunday.  It would be a good practice to listen to the reflection and also go over the readings before you come to Mass on Sunday.  If you didn’t pick up a copy of the parish bulletin, you may always go to USCCB site for the readings.  Here’s the link for the video reflection: http://www.usccb.org/bible/reflections/

Here’s the link from USCCB for the readings:  http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/
 
 
May 20th, Saturday
7 am - Mass (Church)
5 pm  - Vigil Mass (Church)
 
May 21st, Sunday
6th Sunday of Easter
Masses: 7 am, 9 am. 11 am
& 5 pm (Church)
8 am  - CCD Classes
Year End Celebration - Combined
Sessions including EDGE (School)
NO Life Night - JCHS Graduation
 
May 22nd, Monday
8:15 am - Mass (Church)
 
May 23rd, Tuesday
8:15 am - Mass (Church)
 
May 24th, Wednesday
 8:15 am - Mass (Church)
6 pm -  :Mass (Church)
 
May 25th, Thursday
8:15 am - Mass (Church)
 
May 26th, Friday
8:15 am - Mass (Church)
 
May 27th, Saturday
7 am - Mass (Church)
5 pm  - Vigil Mass (Church)
 
May 28th, Sunday
Ascension Sunday
Masses: 7 am, 9 am. 11 am
& 5 pm (Church)
7:30 am & 9:30 am
CCD Classes (School)
6:15 pm - Life Night
(Church & Breezeway)
 
If you have any questions,
please call the
Parish Office.
 
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