The next infant Baptism is scheduled on June 30, Saturday at 10:00 am.  Mandatory preparation classes for parents and godparents will be held on June 18 and June 25, two Monday nights from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.  Baptism packets are available at the parish office.  Completed paper works must be turned in between May 21 and May 31.
Godparents must:
Be fully initiated Roman Catholic having received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist
Have reached 16 years of age
Must lead a life in harmony with the Catholic faith
If married, marriage must be in the Catholic Church and if single, not cohabitating
 
 
We will celebrate Infant Baptism on the following dates: May 12, June 30, July 28, August 25, Sept. 29, October 27 and November 24.  Mandatory preparation classes for parents and godparents are held on two Monday nights prior to baptism date.  Registration for baptism are due one month prior to baptism date.  You may pick up a baptism packet at the parish office.
 
 
 
      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.
 
 
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”.
 
 
Fr. Ed and Fr. EJ will confer the Sacrament of Confirmation and Eucharist to 314 children and youth at three EXTRA MASSES.  The schedule of these extra Masses are as follows:
  • Saturday, May 19, 7:00 pm for Group 1, Confirmation only
  • Sunday, May 20, 1:30 pm for Group 2--- Confirmation and First Communion
  • Sunday, May 20, 7:00 pm for Group 3 – Confirmation only
 
The five regular weekend Masses WILL NOT have any celebration of Confirmation/First Communion.
“Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created and you shall renew the face of the earth.
O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit, we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, through Christ, our Lord, Amen. ”
 
 
Please pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on all our children and youth who will receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist:
~Group 1 – Saturday, May 19, 7:00 pm, Confirmation only: Ethan Abellera, Andrew Acidera, Abigail Acidera, Maydelene Agnes, John Lorenz Krissh Agtang, Everett Allen, Kaitlyn Allen, Ava Alvarez, Jacob Alvarez, Jeremy Alvarez, Joshua Alvarez, Bryson Ancheta, Alex Anderson, Danica Anderson, Brennen Ansagay, Ethan Baptista, John-Rafael Bautista, John-Vincent Bautista, Nicholas Bergonia, Riona Borromeo, Kyle Borromeo, Megan Camacho, Galo Camacho, Lukas Chan, Jesse Campos, Trinity Campos, Jianne Castro, John Albert Ching, Patrick Clifford, Cailin Clifford, Dion Rae Tyler Danao, Chaz-Ayden Delto, Lorenzo Dimapilis, Lucy Doles, Gabriel Doles, Leann Domingo, Rieley-Eden Elkins, Zachary Jonah Espiritu, Austin Jeremiah Espiritu, Christian Espiritu, Aurea Mikayla Farr, Jazlei-Raean Fernandez, Ariel Ssavanna Fernandez, Collin Andrew Fontanilla, Mia Camille Fontanilla, Ashlee Taylor Gallardo, Tanner S.K. Gouveia, Logan C.K. Gouveia, Angelina E. Heikell, Curtis L. James, Jr., Chrystelle D. Jose, Edward E. Lachance, Jarrett Colby Ladines, Jensen Jayden Ladines, Jysselle Ladines, Kristine Joyce Locquiao, Chelsea Manaois, Kimberly Mikesell, Christian K. Militante, Aurora-Marie Munoz, Jaine Pabalan, Ethan Dominic Reyes, Mia Yumiko Ricalde-Harada, Sharey M. Romero, Brianna Soliman Rongcal, Aiyana D. Sabuco, Rhylie S. Sabuco, Gabriel Sagucio, Leila Sagucio, Lucas Seson Salcedo, Jon Christopher Sejalbo, Tobey B. Shibata, Sean Anthony Sollano, Keith A. Sollano, Miyah E.K. Suster, Toni Aiko Tanji, Ryan L. Todd, Briley Ciarra Tolentino, Natalie Brooke Tolentino, Brooke E. Weida, Jacob C.K. Yogi, Alyssa Ann Warren.

~Group 2 – Sunday, May 20, 1:30 pm, Confirmation and First Communion: Jessica Ancheta, Jaclyn Ancheta, Mary Aliyah Aurelio, Anna Victoria Averion, Joseph Averion, Blaise Babineck, Andrew Babineck, Ariane Bercasio, Janzen Blas, Christina Joy Bonilla, Christian James Bonilla, Richard Brown, Aeden Bucasas, Aezriel Bucasas, Rylee Buckley, Kyle Buckley, Bryce Buckley, Jessie Cabigon, Emarah Carvalho, Caleb John Corrigan, Caitlyn DeGuzman, Jozelle DeGuzman, Logan DeGuzman, Angela Elizz Domingo, Catherine Dumbrigue, Clark Dumbrigue, Mark Dumbrigue, Karl Derick Dumbrigue, Hazel Dumbrigue, Clyde Dumbrigue, Gian Dumbrigue, Regine Dumbrigue, Mason Faga, Andrew Fortuno, Jr., Analyn Fortuno, Syreena Fortuno, Gabrielle Gamil, Isabelle Gamil, Raiden Ganitano, Hailey Ganitano, Vivienne Garcia, Gabrielle Garcia, Jave Garcia, Theresa Geis, Kiptin Hernandez, Seamus Herrington, Abigail Herrington, John Herrinton, Peter Herrington, Lance Ibe, Leslie Ibe, Louise Ibe, Lowell Ibe, Juliana Jornacion, Aeryka Jornacion, Carl Jornacion, Jason Lacar, Jeremiah Lacar, Richard Legaspi, Jr., Ryan Limet-Lim, Marcus Luke, Jr., Haylie Macaraya, Nia Macaraya, Amaya Maculam, Brogan Masterson, Brock Masterson, Bruce Masterson, Michael Matsuda, David Mauga, Gabriella Mauga, Katherine Mauga, Kenseth Mayola, Kaile Morales, Mikayla Morales, Tyler Morales, Jayren Mundala, Jeremy Mundala, Romel Oliveros, Ronson Oliveros, Rica Joy Oliveros, Carlo Parale, Quintin Pascua, Nadine Pascua, Seijah Pascual, Zhalea Pascual, Micah Pascual, Jr., Micheala Marie Pascual, Lawrence Pastor, Louis Pastor, Lily Perreira, Andre Jayden Petrona, Aiden-Kainoa Pine, Kaylee Ramirez, Brandon Ramirez, Alanna Rillorta, Angelica Rillorta, Keiko Rocco, Hailey-Joy Romero, Adrienne Rosal, Julia Riley Rosal, Benjamin Salaguinto, Kayla Mae Salaguinto, Andres Jordan Sanders, Rihanna Santiago, Sidney Sario, Carmichael Sayat, Xavier Sayat, Jessa Secretario, Esteban Solano, Braeden Somera, Khloe Somera, Stryder Somera, Sienna Somera, Tessa Stanley, Elijah Stanley, Cherish Tauyan, Naiomi Thompson, Jace Torres, Eseese Tui, Alexis Valenciano, Jarobel Ventura-Acosta, Andre Josh Villarino, Alexio Blaize Viloria, Alexander Joel Viloria, Jeremy Viray, Karla Anne Viray, Justine C. Waje, Emily Wolleat-Leonardo, Joshua Wolleat-Leonardo.

~Group 3, Sunday May 20, 7:00, Confirmation only: Taylor Abad, Rayden Abad, Kaylee Abad, Janlyn Aliviado, Javlyn Aliviado, Alyssa Alvarez, Jordyn Bala, Kaelynn Balderas, Jaelynn Balinbin, Landen Balisacan, Layden Balisacan, Julia Barbasa, Jorj Caguioa, Larrett Campos, Michelle Collins, Gavin Darroch, Hunter Darroch, Alyssa DeVera, Kathy delos Santos, Jared delos Santos, Rey-Joseph Dinulong, Angela Mae Domingo, Kristianne Edrosa, Jonel Escobar, Rafael V. Firme, Ethan Florentin, Keenan Florentin, Mercedes Fonoti, Chanelle Galang, Kristen Giang, Fiona Giaretto, Ronan Giaretto, Keenan Gonzales, Jacob Gutierrez, Angela Gutierrez, Keali’i Harding, Kauhane Harding, Nestor Herana, Ariel Isidro-Balisacan, Roi Angelo Katigbak, Sherman Kho, Janelle Labador, Kevin-Clark Labador, Ynamariah Labador, Megan Lapitan, Bryce Linsangan, Elias Lopez, Elizabeth Lopez, Tiana Macias, Zylyne Mandado, Zhaemarc Mandado, Christian Mantanona, Mia Mantanona, Ty McCutcheon, Marielle Mendoza, Michelle Mendoza, Keona Mora, Angelina Nguyen, Erica Nishikata, Kailee Nomura, Ixchel Ochoa, Jacob Ogata, Mia Ogata, Caitlyn Onato, Alexander Osorio, Terajei Pascual, Angelina Perez, Beau Allen Perez, Gavin Perez, Mikayla Ponce, Desiree Ann Pugay, Draeden Pugay, Eric Dalen Quemado, Ethan Dale Quemado, Miqayla Reyes, Janelle Rodrigues, Jared Rodrigues, Jayna Rodrigues, Andrea Rodriguez Allison, Sofia Rodriguez Allison, Jake Rosales, Jonathan Ryan, Jeslyn Sagaysay, Aaron-James Santa Cruz, Alexander Santa Cruz, Ryan Sniffen, Matauaga Song, Siaumau Song, Rylan Sotelo, Jaynalyn Sotelo, Jared Thomas, Dove Tupper, Sophia Star Turla, Kim Franceen Villar, Kaira Villar, Landon Villareal, Logan Villareal, Tyler Welsch, Trevor Yap, Micah Yap, Curstyn Yoshimoto, Daniella White, Rhonaliza Navarro.

Parents: please remember that Confirmation is the completion of initiation sacraments.  It is NOT a graduation from religious education and faith formation.  Registration for Grades Pre-K to Edge Middle School Youth Ministry starts in July with classes in mid-August.  All high school students in School Year 2018-2019 should be with our Life Teen Youth Ministry.
 
 
Welcome to the newest members of the Catholic Church and OLPH Parish.  They belong to the
household of God by virtue of their baptism last Saturday.  They are: Madison Grace Magbual
Baltero, Yuane Francis Orlina Del Mundo, Alex James Razon Del Rosario, Ellie Kalea Niana Salom Gabriel, Avery Reign Toribio Malubay, and Blythe Nicolette Rosal.  Congratulations to the parents and godparents!  May you continue to nourish the seed of faith planted in their hearts and soul of your child.  Baptism is the beginning of their faith journey.  By asking for baptism for your child, you are expected to enroll them in religious education and faith formation.  The next two initiation sacraments are Confirmation and Eucharist.  However, even before they attend religious education classes, children should have some basic faith formation at home. 
Please remember that parents are the primary teachers and formators of faith.  The next infant baptism is on June 30 with mandatory preparation classes for parents and godparents on June 18 and June 25.  Baptism packets are available at the parish office.  Application for baptism must be received at the office between May 21 and May 31.
 
 
* May 20, Sunday - No CCD and EDGE sessions. We are celebrating the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist at 1:30 pm and 7:00 pm.
* May 27, Sunday - No classes. Memorial Day Weekend.
* June 3, Sunday - Classes resume for Mystagogy sessions.
* June 10, Sunday - Year-End celebration for CCD.  Potluck brunch.  Flyers were sent home last May 6.  Please refer to next weekend’s bulletin for more information.
 
 
 
Parents, if you read the parish bulletin last Sunday, April 29, you may have noticed that we have only one class on schedule for May, and that will be today, May 6.  We do not have classes on May 13 (Mother’s Day); May 20 (Confirmation Masses); and May 27 (Memorial Day weekend.  CCD classes resume on June 3.  Our annual year-end celebration is on June 10. We will, however, be very busy with practices for Confirmation and First Communion.  Thank you!
 
 
Hello Parents/Children/teens!  Here are some online resources for your reflection and/or activities to share at home prior to/after Sunday’s liturgy:
For children: catholicmom.com.  On the home page, right side, middle of the page, click on “Sunday Gospel Activities”.  Then find the date then click on the activities: coloring page, crossword puzzle, Word Search.  You will also find a link for the Sunday readings.
For adults:  Five Loaves.  This site will give you a reflection for the Sunday Gospel reading plus a bonus of a song connected to the reading. http://www.thefiveloaves.com/
 
 
Here is a questions that comes up when I meet with godparents/sponsors for Baptism and Confirmation.
Q – A person received First Holy Communion in second grade; is now an adult and married civilly.  Why can she/he not receive Holy Communion now when she/he has received Communion in her/his younger years?
A - Simple answer: in second grade, one is not married civilly or not married, period.  On the other hand, the answer from the catechetical point of view is this: “Anyone who desires to receive Christ in Eucharistic communion must be in the state of grace.  Anyone aware of having sinned mortally must not receive Communion without having received absolution in the sacrament of penance.”  (Catechism of the Catholic Church, Par. 1415).
So what is the “state of grace”?  The Catechism states that “grace is a participation in the life of God” (CCC 1997).  One cannot be in the state of grace if one is living in a marriage relationship that is not recognized by the Catholic Church.  Civil marriage and marriage in a non-Catholic  Church is not recognized by the Catholic Church.  The question then is how can marriage outside of the Catholic Church be recognized by the Catholic Church?  The answer is “MARRIAGE CONVALIDATION.”

If you are in the above situation, please make an appointment to meet with Deacon Ron, Deacon Eric, Fr. EJ or Fr. Ed.  They can help you get started on marriage convalidation.  Don’t wait too long.  Nourishment for your soul is very important.

Based on Par. 1415 from the Catechism, can one just go to Confession in order to receive Holy  Communion but without marriage convalidation?  The answer is NO.  Again, please see one of the deacons or priests.
 
 
Hello Parents!  Our Confirmation Masses will be celebrated on the Pentecost Weekend (May 19/20, 2018).  If you have not heard or read yet, we have three extra Masses on that weekend to celebrate the Sacraments of Confirmation and Confirmation/First Communion.  Please check our two bulletin boards to find which Mass your child (or children) will be Confirmed.  The three extra Masses are Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm; Sunday, May 20 at 1:30 pm; and Sunday, May 20 at 7:00 pm.  Please note that ALL FIRST COMMUNICANTS will be at the 1:30 pm on Sunday, May 20.
Please turn in your child’s (or children’s) Confirmation Sponsor form if you have not already done so.  The updated calendar was on last week’s bulletin.  If you did not pick up the bulletin, please go to our parish’s website: olphewabeach.org ,click on “parish news” then click on “January 14, 2018”; read Page 5 – Religious Education/Faith Formation.  Questions?  Please call/email Julia at 689-8681 Ext. 107, julia.torres133@gmail.com
 
 
CANDIDATES FOR CONFIRMATION 
Parents: here is a list of our candidates for the Sacrament of Confirmation on May 19, 2018, Saturday, 7:00 pm Mass: (alphabetical by last name): Ethan Michael Abellera, Andrew Acidera, Abigail Acidera, Maydelene Agnes, John Agtang, Everett Allen, Kaitlyn Allen, Ava Alvarez, Jacob Alvarez, Jeremy Alvarez, Joshua Alvarez, Bryson Ancheta, Alexander Anderson, Danica Anderson, Brennen Ansagay, Anna Victoria Averion, Joseph Averion, Ethan Baptista, John Rafael Bautista, John Vincent Bautista, Nicholas Bergonia, Riona Borromeo, Kyle Borromeo, Megan Camacho, Galo Camacho IV, Jesse Campos, Trinity Campos, Larrett Campos, Jianne Castro, Lukas Chan, John Ching, Patrick Clifford, Cailin Clifford, Dion Rae Danao, Chaz-Ayden Delto, Lorenzo Dimapilis, Lucy Doles, Gabriel Doles, Leann Domingo, Rieley-Eden Elkins, Austin Espiritu, Zachary Espiritu, Christian Espiritu, Aurea Mikayla Farr, Jazlei-Raean Fernandez, Ariel Fernandez, Rafael Firme, Collin Fontanilla, Mia Camille Fontanilla, Syreena Fortuno, Andrew Fortuno, Analyn Fortuno, Ashlee Gallardo, Fiona Giaretto, Ronan Giaretto, Tanner Gouveia, Logan Gouveia, Angelina Heikell, Curtis James, Jr., Chrystelle Jose, Edward LaChance, Jarrett Ladines, Jensen Ladines, Jysselle Ladines, Kristine Locquiao, Chelsea Manaois, Bruce Masterson, Kimberly Mikesell, Christian Militante, Aurora-Marie Munoz, Jaine Pabalan, Ethan Reyes, Miqayla Reyes, Mia Ricalde-Harada, Sharey Romero, Brianna Rongcal, Aiyana Sabuco, Rhylie Sabuco, Gabriel Sagucio, Leila Sagucio, Lucas Salcedo, Andres Jordan Sanders, Jon Christopher Sejalbo, Tobey Shibata, Keith Solano, Sean Solano, Matauaga Song, Siaumau Song, Rylan Sotelo, Jaynalyn Sotelo, Miyah Suster, Toni Tanji, Ryan Todd, Natalie Tolentino, Briley Tolentino, Alyssa Warren, Brooke Weida, Tyler Welsch, Joshua Wolleat-Leonardo, Emily Wolleat-Leonardo, Micah Yap, Trevor Yap, Jacob Yogi.

FOR MAY 20, 2018, SUNDAY AT 7:00 PM
Kaylee Abad, Taylor Abad, Rayden Abad, Joshua Aguinaldo, Javlyn Aliviado, Janlyn Aliviado, Alyssa Alvarez, Jordyn Bala, Kaelynn Balderas, Jaelynn Balinbin, Layden Balisacan, Landen Balisacan, Jorj Caguioa, Michelle Collins, Harrison Coutant, Madeline Coutant, Gavin Darroch, Hunter Darroch, Alyssa DeVera, Caitlyn DeGuzman, Logan DeGuzman, Kathy Delos Santos, Jared Delos Santos, Rey Joseph Dinulong, Angela Mae Domingo, Kristianne Edrosa, Jonel Escobar, Keenan Florentin, Ethan Florentin, Mikaela Fonoti, Channel Galang, Kristen Giang, Kasidy Gonzaga, Triton Gonzaga, Keenan Gonzales, Jacob Gutierrez, Angela Gutierrez, Kea’lii Harding, Kauhane Harding, Nestor Herana, Louise Ibe, Lowell Ibe, Leslie Ibe, Lance Ibe, Ariel Isidro-Balisacan, Roi Angelo Katigbak, Sherman Kho, Janelle Labador, Kevin Labador, Ynamariah Labador, Megan Lapitan, Bryce Linsangan, Elias Lopez, Elizabeth Lopez, Tiana Macias, Zhaemarc Angelo Mandado, Zylyne Mandado, Christian Mantanona, Mia Mantanona, Ty McCutcheon, Marielle Mendoza, Michelle Mendoza, Keona Mora, Alexis Natividad, Makaila Natividad, Angelina Nguyen, Erica Nishikata, Kailee Nomura, Ixchel Ochoa, Jacob Ogata, Mia Ogata, Caitlyn Onato, Alexander Osorio, Terajei Pascual, Seijah Pascual, Angelina Perez, Beau Allen Perez, Gavin Perez, Mikayla Ponce, Desiree Pugay, Draeden Pugay, Ethan Dale Quemado, Eric Dale Quemado, Janelle Rodrigues, Jared Rodrigues, Jayna Rodrigues, Andrea Rodriguez-Allison, Sofia Rodriguez- Allison, Jake Rosales, Jonathan Ryan, Jeslyn Sagaysay, Aaron-James Santa Cruz, Alexander Santa Cruz, Ryan Sniffen, Jared Thomas, Eseese Tui, Dove Tupper, Sophia Star Turla, Kaira Villar, Kim Villar, Landon Villareal, Logan Villareal, Justine Waje, Daniella White, Curstyn Yoshimoto.

NOTE: The list for First Communicants and their siblings will be published in the bulletin next week. You may also want to check the bulletin boards.
 
 
Last week, I published the names of our candidates for Confirmation for May 19 and May 20, 2018, both at 7:00 pm.  Here is a list of our candidates for May 20 at 1:30 pm.    The list is alphabetical by last name.   By the way, they are our First Communicants and their siblings who need Confirmation only:
 
Ancheta, Jessica;  Ancheta, Jaclyn;  Aurelio, Mary Aliyah; Babineck, Blaise; Babineck, Andrew; Bercasio, Ariane; Blas, Janzen; Bonilla, Christina Joy; Bonilla, Christian James; Brown, Richard; Bucasas, Aeden; Bucasas, Aezriel; Buckley, Rylee; Buckley, Kyle; Buckley, Brice; Cabigon, Jessie; Carvalho, Emarah; Corrigan, Caleb John; DeGuzman, Jozelle; Domingo, Angela Elizz; Dumbrigue, Catherine; Dumbrigue, Clark; Dumbrigue, Mark; Dumbrigue, Karl Derick; Dumbrigue, Hazel; Dumbrigue, Clyde Ivan; Dumbrigue, Gian; Dumbrigue, Regine; Faga, Mason; Gamil, Gabrielle; Gamil, Isabelle; Ganitano, Raiden; Ganitano, Hailey; Garcia, Vivienne; Garcia, Gabrielle;  Garcia, Jave; Geis, Theresa; Hernandez, Keptin; Herrington, Seamus; Herrington, Abigail; Herrinton, John; Herrington,  Peter; Jornacion, Aeryka; Jornacion, Carl; Jornacion, Juliana; Lacar, Jason; Lacar, Jeremiah; Legaspi, Richard Jr.; Limet-lim, Ryan; Luke, Marcus Jr.; Macaraya, Haylie; Macaraya, Nia; Maculam, Amaya; Masterson, Brogan; Masterson, Brock; Matsuda, Michael; Mauga, David; Mauga, Gabriella; Mauga, Katherine; Mayola, Kenseth; Morales, Kaile; Morales, Mikayla; Morales, Tyler; Mundala, Jayren; Mundala, Jeremy; Oliveros, Romel; Oliveros, Ronson; Oliveros, Rica Joy; Parale, Carlo; Pascua, Quintin; Pascua, Nadine; Pascual, Zhalea;  Pascual, Zyrex;  Pascual, Micah Jr.; Pascual,  Micheaala Marie; Pastor, Lawrence; Pastor, Louis; Perreira, Lily; Petrona, Andre Jayden; Pine, Aiden-Kainoa; Ramirez, Kaylee; Ramirez, Brandon; Rillorta, Alanna Nicole;  Rillorta, Angelica; Rocco, Keiko; Romero, Hailey-Joy; Rosal, Adrienne; Rosal, Julian Riley; Salaguinto, Benjamin; Salaguinto, Kayla Mae; Santiago, Rihanna; Sario, Sidney; Sayat, Carmichael; Sayat, Xavier; Secretario, Jessa; Solano, Esteban; Somera, Braeden; Somera, Khloe; Somera, Stryder; Somera, Sienna; Stanley, Tessa; Stanley, Elijah; Tauyan, Cherish; Thompson, Naiomi; Torres, Jace; Valenciano, Alexis; Ventura-Acosta, Jarobel; Villarino, Andre Josh; Viloria, Alexio Blaize; Viloria, Alexander Joel; Viray, Jeremy; Viray, Karla Anne.
 
Parents:  if you missed last Sunday’s bulletin, please see our bulletin boards for complete listing.   The list of candidates was published early for families to mark their calendars and to help families with relatives on neighbor islands or mainland who need to make flight reservations.
 
 
Because of the number of children and youth candidates for the Sacrament of Confirmation (and First communion for some), we have added three extra Masses on Pentecost weekend in May 2018.  The extra Masses are: May 19, Saturday at 7:00 pm; May 20, Sunday at 1:30 pm and 7:00 pm.  There will be no celebration of sacraments at our five regular weekend Masses.
Heads up Parents: A list of children and youth at each extra Mass will be posted on our bulletin boards on or before December 31, 2017.
 
 
Some parents and teens are still confused about the new norms on initiation sacraments.  Several parents still think Year 2017-2018 is Year One of preparation for Confirmation!!!  NO!!!

• First Communicants or those who will receive their First Holy Communion in May will also receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Therefore children/youth in the following classes are included:  Ms. Consuelo Gouveia’s class; Ms. Cora Yahiku/Ms. Shannon Ancheta’s class; Ms. Priscila Rayray’s class; Ms. Donna Alvaro’s class; Ms. Eleanor Ragojo’s class; OLPH School students
• Those who have received First Holy Communion and are presently in the following classes:

1. Grade 3 at 7:30 and 9:30 ( Ms. Cynthia Walker’s class and Ms. Susan Marbella’s class)
2. Grade 4 at 7:30 and 9:30 (Ms. Josie Banasihan’s class and Ms. Crystal Baliguat’s class)
3. Grade 5 at 7:30 and 9:30 (Ms. Raquel Ochoa’s class and Ms. Precy Cuizon’s class)
4. EDGE Middle School Youth Ministry at 8:30 am and 2:30 pm
5. Aunty June’s class on Wednesday night
6. Most high school students participating with Life Teen Youth Ministry on Sunday night
7. OLPH School students
8. Students from Catholic schools: Damien, Sacred Hearts, St. Louis, and Maryknoll who have requested the Sacrament of Confirmation
 
 
Godparent for Baptism and Sponsor for Confirmation must:
• Have completed sixteen years of age
• Be fully initiated into the Roman Catholic Church having received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist
• Be practicing Catholic - at least regular Mass attendance
• Be married in the Catholic Church, if married; not be cohabitating if single
• Be willing and able to undertake the role and responsibilities of a godparent/sponsor
NOTES:
• Parents cannot be godparent at Baptism
• Parents cannot be sponsor at Confirmation although they may present their child for the sacrament at the Confirmation Mass in case the designated sponsor cannot make it to the Mass; however, a qualified Sponsor is still required and must submit a Sponsor form.
 
 
Heads Up!  Parents of children who will receive First Communion on May 20, 2018 : --- Parents’ Sessions are scheduled for January 11, 2018 and February 1, 2018.  Eucharist Retreat for parents and child will be on February 20, 2018.  Please mark your calendars to ensure 100% attendance at all events.  These sessions and retreat are a “must attend” for you.  Please call Julia at 689-8681 Ext. 107 if you cannot make it to any of the dates.
 
 
Our First Communicants will celebrate their First Reconciliation on November 30 while our parish’s Advent Penance Service is on December 5.  Do you know your Act of Contrition?  At our First Reconciliation retreat last November 11, our children were asked to complete the Act of Contrition.  Here is that activity.  Fill in the blanks:
My ______, I am sorry for my ________ with all my ___________.  In ______________ to do ____________ and ________________ to do _______________, I have sinned against _______ whom I should _______________ above all ______________.  I firmly _________________ with your ________________ to do ________________, to
_________ no more, and to _____________ whatever leads me to ___________.  Our Savior ____________ suffered and __________ for us.  In His _____________, my __________, have ___________.
 
 
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: http://catholichawaii.org/catholic-essentials/sacrament-videos/reconciliation-one-ohana/
There are also two short videos from Busted Halo by Fr. Jack Dwyer.  Here are the links:
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Why+we+go+to+Confession%2c+You+Tube&view=detail&mid=804302CE3F4A6EA28995804302CE3F4A6EA28995&FORM=VIRE

 

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.
 
 
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?
 
 
To take on the function of a Confirmation sponsor, a person must:
• Be fully initiated Catholic, having received Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Communion.  This means the Sponsor is fully initiated at the time of Confirmation.  A question came up if someone who will be Confirmed on May 20, 2018 may be a Sponsor for someone who will also be Confirmed on the same date.  The answer is NO.
• Have completed his or her sixteenth year.  Another parent asked if her child’s sponsor who will be 16 by the end of the year is qualified.  The answer is NO.  I even received Sponsor forms where the sponsor is a child under ten years of age.
• Be a 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.  This means those married outside the Catholic Church cannot be Confirmation sponsor.  Examples of marriage outside the Catholic Church are civil marriage, marriage officiated by a minister or judge, marriage on the beach or hotel, etc.
• Be someone other than a parent.  I received several Sponsor forms where the parents are the Confirmation sponsor for their children.

If I may add, the candidate for Confirmation CANNOT be a Sponsor for himself or herself.  Parents: PLEASE, please read the qualifications.  Mahalo.  Any questions?  Please call the Office of Religious Education at 689-8681 Ext. 107
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
DID YOU KNOW….
THIS PARISH WILL SOON OFFER CONFIRMATION PRIOR
TO FIRST HOLY COMMUNION??