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.
Schedule for the remainder of 2017 is being revised.
Baptism of children up to six years old will take place on November 25, 2017, Saturday at 10:00 am.  Application is due Monday Oct. 23.  Any application received after Oct. 23 will be included in the January 2018 baptism.  Please note that there is no celebration of Baptism in December.
      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:, 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 :
Or you may Google: Why we baptize infants, busted halo you tube.  It’s narrated by Fr. Dwyer.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Inquiry or Pre-Catechumenate session is on-going on Thursday nights from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.  We are currently watching a video on “The Bible and the Sacraments”.
PARENTS:  If you have not heard, our Bishop issued a decree on the norms for celebration of  initiation sacraments.  First communicants will also receive the Sacrament of Confirmation starting 2018.  Every parish in Group I, to which our parish belongs, will also Confirm next year those who have received First Communion.  Our CCD families are already registered but we are waiting for families who have children attending Catholic Schools (OLPH School, Damien, Sacred Hearts Academy, Maryknoll) to get their registration in.  You deadline to register is October 31, 2017.   Registrations received after the deadline may be put on hold until 2019.  Please note that we already have almost 300 children and youth to Confirm on May 20, 2018.
Attention: Parents of children Grades 2 to 12 who are attending Catholic Schools.   Please register your child (or children) for Confirmation.  Please bring a letter from the school stating that your child is being catechized at the school for the Sacrament of Confirmation.   Deadline to turn in paper works will be October 31, 2017.  Please call the Office of Religious Education at 689-8681 Ext. 107 if you need more information or have some questions.  Please note that your son or daughter must be on our roster to be included in the Confirmation Mass on May 20, 2018.
Furthermore, although your child will be catechized for the Sacrament of Confirmation at the Catholic school he/she is attending, parents’ sessions, retreats, practices, sponsors’ sessions, meetings, and Mass will be with the parish community.
One may ask what is the Sacrament of Reconciliation for if one was Baptized?  Does not Baptism cleanse us from the stain of original sin?  The answer is “yes” but Baptism does not remove “frailty and weakness of human nature nor the inclination to sin that tradition calls concupiscence” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, Par. 1426).  Therefore, when we give in to sin (and who doesn’t), we need the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  The apostle John writes that “if we say, we are without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrong-doing.  If we say ‘we have not sinned’, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.” (1 John 1:8-10).
If you have not gone to Confession for some time, there are three videos you may want to watch.  One is from our diocese.  Here is the link:
There are also two short videos from Busted Halo by Fr. Jack Dwyer.  Here are the links:


If the last two links are too much to type: Google “why we go to Confession, you tube”.  It should say “Sacraments 101” by Fr. Jack Dwyer.  The second video is also by Fr. Dwyer on how to go to Confession.  Questions or need more help? Please call the Office of Religious Education at 689-8681 Ext. 107.  Our weekly Confession schedule is on Saturday afternoon from 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm.  You may also call the parish office at 689-8681 to make an appointment to see Fr. EJ or Fr. Ed on his return, hopefully next month.
What are the qualifications of a Confirmation sponsor?  To take on the function of a sponsor, a person must:
• Be a fully initiated Catholic, having received Baptism, Confirmation, and First Holy Communion
• Have completed his or her sixteenth year unless the pastor makes an exception for a just cause
• Be practicing Catholic, leading a life in harmony with the Catholic faith, and, if married, be in a marriage recognized as valid in the Catholic Church; and if single, not cohabiting
• Be someone other than a parent
When is the Sponsor form due?  It is due on or before December 1, 2017
Can a parent be a sponsor?  The Code of Canon Law, Par. 874, states that a godparent or sponsor must be “someone other than a parent”.
Can someone on the mainland or neighbor island be a sponsor?  Yes. The sponsor needs to submit Pastor Verification Form that can be obtained either from the Office of Religious Education or downloaded from the parish website.  The sponsor takes the form to his or her pastor to answer the questions and sign.  The parish seal is also required.
Can a sponsor have two candidates?  Ideally, there should be one sponsor for each candidate but if you are having difficulty finding sponsor, we will allow one sponsor to have two candidates.
What if a sponsor cannot make it at the Confirmation Mass?  Parents can assign someone to be proxy at the Confirmation Mass.
November 11, 2017, Saturday.  First Reconciliation retreat from 9 am to 12:30 pm at the church and school.  This retreat is for parent(s) and child.
November 30, 2017 – Thursday - First Reconciliation at 7:00 pm.
Parents: please make sure your child or children know and memorize the “Act of Contrition”.  A notice or reminder to all parents that these two events (Nov. 11 and Nov. 30) are for children who are on their second year of preparation for First Holy Communion.
First Reconciliation retreat for parent(s) and child (or children) is on November 11, 2017, Saturday from 9 am to noon.  Parents: please note that this retreat is one of the requirements in your child’s preparation for reception of the sacraments.
At Session 2 on the Sacrament of Reconciliation for parents last October 12, we asked parents to complete an anonymous survey on their practice of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Twenty parents turned in their answers.  Of these 20:  twelve very seldom went to Confession, three went once a year while the other five do not go because they either do not know how, or are nervous because they have not gone to Confession for a long time or has never received First Holy Communion and therefore has never gone to Confession.
Although only twenty responded to the survey, what are the results telling us about how we live and practice our Catholic faith?  What can we do to live in the sacraments?  Most especially, what can parents do to model for their children how to live our faith?  How can the community assist or teach or evangelize our brothers and sisters who may have been coming to Mass on a regular basis but skipping the Sacrament of Reconciliation?
• Oct. 21, Sat. – EDGE Core Meeting, 10 am in the garage
• Oct. 22, Sun. – Safe Environment Training at 7:30 am and 9:30 am classes; regular EDGE session at 8:30 am and 2:30 pm
• Oct. 23, Mon. – Infant Baptism preparation classes
• Oct. 25, Wed. – Safe Environment Training for Confirmation 2 class
• Oct. 26, Thurs. – Adult RCIA Inquiry and Catechumenate
• Oct. 28, Sat. – Infant Baptism at 10 am; EDGE Core meeting at 10 am in the garage
• Oct. 29, Sun. – CCD classes at 7:30am and 9:30 am; EDGE at 8:30 am and 2:30 am
Our Edge Middle School Ministry learned how to make a knotted rosary last October 8.  Here is Tanner Gouveia from the 8:30 am session concentrating on making knots.
Parents and Teens:  With our parish transitioning to the new norms in sacramental preparation, the Sacrament of Confirmation program the way we knew it is GONE. There is NO MORE Confirmation 1.  Therefore:
• Starting Year 2017-2018 and on…. All high school students will need to register with our Life Teen Youth Ministry.  If the youth is not Baptized, he/she will be prepared for full initiation sacraments which may take two years or so.  This preparation will go through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process but done within the context of Youth Ministry.  If the youth need Confirmation only, there will be immediate preparation when the youth is “suitably prepared”.   If the youth need Confirmation and First Holy Communion, preparation may take longer especially if the youth is not catechized at all.
• For this year 2017-2018, we will confer the Sacrament of Confirmation to second graders up to high school, provided the second grader is on the second year of preparation for First Holy Communion.  The third graders and up who have received First Holy Communion and attended religious education last year, will be Confirmed in May, 2018.  They will be on regular religious education classes right now but will have immediate preparation for Confirmation next year.  The calendar was given to all the parents who attended Parents Orientation Night last August 11, August 16 or August 18.  Parents who missed the Orientation should call Julia at 689-8681 Ext. 107.
As mandated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and our Diocese of Honolulu, our Religious Education and Youth Ministry Departments will conduct Safe Environment Training for all children and youth in our program, Life Teen included.  The schedule of the training is as follows:
• Pre-K to Grade 8 except Edge: October 22, Sunday at 7:30 am and 9:39 am  (all sessions)
• Confirmation 2 class (Wednesday night): October 25, 2017, Wednesday, 7 pm
Permission forms will be sent home this week. Parents: please note that if you decline to let your child or children participate in the training, you still need to turn in a signed form indicating your choice to keep your child at home on the scheduled training date.  Should your child come to class without the signed form, you will need to come to the office either to pick up your child or to sign the form.  Thank you for your kind understanding and cooperation.
Would you like to help as substitute catechist on Sunday mornings, either at 7:30 or 9:30?  If you are looking to do some ministry work but not on a weekly basis, substitute catechist is probably one for you.  You don’t need to know a whole lot about doctrine or dogma.  The catechist guide will give you directions how to lead the class.  A brief training will be provided.  If you feel called to catechetical ministry, please call Julia at 689-8681 Ext. 107.  Mahalo.