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.
 
 
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 and Children: Classes for the following grades will start next week, Aug. 20, both at the 7:30 and 9:30 sessions:
• Pre-Kinder
• Kinder
• First Grade – this class may include second graders who are attending CCD for the first time.
• Confirmation and First Communion, Grade 2, Grades 3 to 5, Grades 5-8, Grades 6 to 8.  These are children who are on their second year of preparation for Confirmation, First Reconciliation
and First Communion
• Grade 3
• Grade 4 - children in these classes have already received their First Holy Communion
• Grade 5
• Pre-Confirmation & Communion – Grades 3 to 8.  They are either baptized or need Baptism or baptized in a non-Catholic Church, Children in these classes will be on their first year of preparation for Confirmation and First Communion.

An alphabetical list of the children, their room number and catechists’ name will be posted on the garage door and the two school buildings.  A list will also be posted on the door of each classroom.
 
 
 
• Aug. 14, Monday – Infant Baptism Preparation classes for parents and godparents, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the church
• Aug. 16, Wednesday, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm – Parents Orientation Night
• Aug. 18, Friday, 7:00 pm to 8:30 – Parents Orientation Night for those who missed last Wednesday and last week Friday
• Aug. 19, Saturday – Presentation for Baptism and RCIA Dismissal, 5:00 pm Mass
• Aug. 20, Sunday - First day of classes for 7:30 and 9:30 sessions
• Aug. 20, Sunday – Presentation for Baptism and RCIA Dismissal, 5:00 pm Mass
• Aug. 21, Monday – Second class for Infant baptism, 7:00 pm, in the church
• Aug. 23, Wednesday – Orientation Night for Confirmation 2 class (Aunty June’s class), 7:00 pm in the church
• Aug. 26, Saturday – Infant Baptism at 10:00 am
• Aug. 27, Sunday – CCD classes at 7:30 and 9:30
• Aug. 30, Wednesday – Confirmation 2 class in the church, 7:00 pm
• Sept. 3, Sunday - Orientation Day for Edge parents and teens, 1:00 pm, in the church
• Sept. 3, Sunday – No classes at 7:30 am and 9:30 am
 
 
Parents: if you missed the orientation last Friday, please come this Wednesday, Aug. 16 or Friday, Aug. 18 for your orientation.  Sign-in at 6:45 pm with orientation to start at 7:00 pm and end at 8:30 pm.  This is a very important orientation in light of the new norms for sacramental preparation.   Please DO NOT miss the orientation.
 
 
Q – I am concerned that if children are now confirmed in the second grade, they will drop out of religious education later.
Confirmation has been misunderstood and treated as graduation from learning about the faith.   This is neither the true meaning of the sacrament nor the intention of the Church.  Growth in the understanding and living out of our faith is the result of a life-long effort.  Parents and siblings have the first responsibility of being an example of Jesus Christ to each other and living the Gospel each day.  Children will stay in religious education if they see their parents striving to grow in holiness through family prayer, Scripture reading, Sunday Mass, regular confession, and living a life of charity.  Parents are to keep their children in religious education programs just as they keep their child in school. While there will be an emphasis on parent involvement, it is the parent’s responsibility to see that their children grow in the faith.  Our parishes are there to assist in this process.

Q – How can a young child know everything about the faith?
Religious education or catechesis is a life-long process.  Adults should regularly study our faith, read the Scriptures, participate in the sacraments, and practice charity. Children and youth from kindergarten through high school are expected to participate in the process of faith formation.  With this in mind, Confirmation preparation is simply an explanation of the sacrament itself in the context of an active family faith life and parish catechesis.  This is similar to what took place for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.

Q – How will my child be preparing for Confirmation?
In original order, Confirmation preparation is integrated into the preparation for Eucharist.  This means that the close connection between Baptism and Confirmation is emphasized while recognizing the importance of Eucharist as the culmination of Christian initiation.
 
 
Parents of children and youth in our religious education and youth ministry programs!  If you have not received the Sacrament of Confirmation, NOW is a perfect time to think about preparing for it.  You and your child (or children) may be Confirmed at the same time.  It could be a total family celebration.  Call the Office of Religious Education at 689-8681 Ext. 107 for any questions or more information or see Julia at the registration table after Mass.
 
 
That the Church exists to evangelize? Pope Paul VI stated it in his “Evangelii Nuntiandi (see par. 14).  The first question then is, who is the Church or who belongs to the Church?  Well, all the baptized belong to the Church.  Second question – what does evangelization mean?  Pope Paul VI again teaches that to evangelize means to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to “all strata of humanity”  (par. 18).  Third question – should you go to third world countries to evangelize?  You’re not expected to unless you would like to; however you may live your baptismal calling wherever you are - family, workplace, etc.  It’s a life of witness to the Gospel.
 
 
Confirmation is Not Us Confirming Our Faith
Reflections on the Original Order
Diocese of Honolulu
Questions? kdeneve@rcchawaii.org

Sometimes Catholics approach Confirmation like a graduation, saying, “I made my Confirmation,” as if it is something that they earned after completing X number of service hours or attending Y percentage of Confirmation classes.  But, that is not what Confirmation means.
We the baptized do not “confirm” our faith in the sacrament of Confirmation. Rather, it is God who confirms us in the free gift of our faith: “He has put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee” Ephesians 1:13, 4:30
Pope Francis addressed this point in his general audience of Jan. 29, 2014: “Confirmation, like every sacrament, is not the work of men but of God, who cares for our lives in such a manner as to mold us in the image of his Son, to make us capable of loving like him. God does it by infusing in us his Holy Spirit, whose action pervades the whole person and his/her entire life.”
Soon, seven year-olds who were baptized as infants will be confirmed prior to receiving First Communion.  (When this will happen depends on your parish plan.) God will perfect in them the grace received at Baptism, perfect in them the common priesthood of all the faithful (Catechism of the Catholic Church, Nos. 1305 and 1316).
 
 
  • At least 16 years old
  • Fully initiated Roman Catholic. This means the Sponsor has received all three initiation sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist
  • Is living a life of faith. This means the sponsor comes to Sunday Masses; if married, the marriage must be in the Catholic Church, and if single, is not cohabiting.
  • Is able and willing to undertake the role of a Confirmation sponsor which will include Sponsor’s sessions and attendance at liturgical celebrations

 

 
(from the diocesan website, catholichawaii.org)

We started last week our Q & A on the restored order of initiation sacraments.  If you did not pick up the bulletin last week, you may visit our parish website, olphewabeach.org.  Click on parish news, then click on July 2, 2017.  Below are more Q & A on the sacraments:
Q – What is the Original Order of the Sacraments?  An increasing number of dioceses 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.
Q – Why do they call it Original Order?  During the first 500 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 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.
 
 
Parents: If your child (or children) attend a Catholic School and need any of the initiation sacraments, their catechetical preparation will be done at the school; however, retreats, parents and/or sponsors sessions, rehearsals and liturgical celebrations take place at the parish.  The school will need to furnish the Parish Religious Education Office with a list of students being prepared for the sacrament(s).
High School students in Catholic schools: although your catechetical preparation for the sacraments are done at your school, you are highly encouraged to join Life Teen Youth Ministry to ground you in the parish community.
Questions/clarifications may be directed to the Office of Religious Education at 689-8681 Ext. 107 preferably during office hours.  It is difficult to answer everyone’s questions on Sundays during registration.  Mahalo for your kind understanding.
 
 
Parents and Teens: please note that due to the change in sacramental policy in our diocese, all high school students, (Grades 9 to 12) will be in Youth Ministry.  Starting now, all high school students, whether you need the sacrament(s) or not, will register to join Life Teen.  Last day to register is July 31.  There is a penalty of $5.00 per person for anyone who register after July 31.  Those who need the Sacrament of Confirmation (or Confirmation and First Holy Communion) will attend immediate preparation for reception of the sacrament (s) on a case-by-case basis.   Family involvement in faith life and the teen’s participation in parish life and practice and knowledge of the Catholic faith will be considered.  Weekly attendance at Life Teen is a must.  Please note that teens who were in Confirmation 1 class last year with Aunty June Melendez will still keep their Confirmation 2 class on Wednesday nights.
 
 
• Morning session for Edge is closed.
• Afternoon session is still open (2:30 pm to 4:30 pm)
• Parents and Teens Orientation is on September 3 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  Orientation is for  all teens registered with Edge, both from morning and afternoon sessions.
• Regular sessions start on September 10.
 
 
Our Religious Education Department needs your prayers! Pray the rosary individually, as a family, or as a group of friends.  Pray a novena, any novena that will help with our projects.  We are launching some big projects in conjunction with the new norms on sacramental preparation.  You have probably heard or read already that on May 20, 2018,  We will confirm all those from second grade through adult.  Yes, all first communicants graders will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and First Holy Communion at the same Mass.  To assist families and to give opportunities for children and youth to participate actively in parish life, we are planning on the following:
 
  • American Heritage Girls to start at OLPH.  American Heritage Girls (AHG) is a Christ-centered leadership and character development ministry for girls ages 5 to 18.  AHG focuses on spiritual and character development, leadership and life skills, social development, building teamwork, etc. It was an off-shoot of Girls Scouts but AHG recognizes the necessity and importance of placing God in its programs. Adult volunteers are needed.  AHGis one area for our girls to take on as they continue their faith journey before, during, and after reception of the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion.
    • There is a REC training (Religious Emblems Coordinators) at St. John Mililani on August 5 from 12 noon to 4 pm.  Please see the flyer on the bulletin board.
    • I understand that it will take several months to get a troop started. We need to lay the foundation and actual sign up of girls may take place sometime in the first quarter of 2018. For now, we need your prayers for adult volunteers. More information later but if you would like to read more about AHG, please google American Heritage Girls.
  • Trail Life USA for Boys - this is the boys’ counterpart of American Heritage Girls.
  • Catholic Moms Group - A ministry for and with mothers to help each other in living out their vocation as faith-filled mothers.  They will form a support group in creating a community of pray-ers and learners of our Catholic faith.  They will turn to the Blessed Mother as their role model in living out their motherhood as a disciple of the Lord.  We are calling on all mothers to pray the rosary for the success of this group.  We are praying and hoping theMoms Group will help families in our parish as we transition to the new sacramental norms.
  • Children’s Choir - At present, all members of our children’s choir are students of our school.  We would liketo open membership to all children in our parish.   Ten children signed up last weekend.  We hope more will come forward to participate in the liturgical life of our parish.  The choir is a ministry that is open to children Grades 3 to8.  There will be a general rehearsal this Wednesday at 1:30 pm.  The children’s choir sings at the 11 am Mass on the last Sunday of the month.
  • Children as lectors - they will serve also at the 11 am Mass on the last Sunday of the month.  Training will be provided.
 
Children Grades 3 to 8: if you would like to participate in the children’s choir or be a lector, please ask your parents to see Julia before/after any Mass this weekend, or call her at 689-8681 Ext. 107
 
 
Our Pre-Catechumenate sessions are held every Thursday evening at 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.  If you know of any adult who are seeking Baptism in the Catholic Church, or baptized Catholic but needs Confirmation and First Communion, please send them our way.  Better yet, please accompany them to the breezeway on any Thursday evenings.
 
 
We are in the Centenary Year of the appearance of our Blessed Mother at Fatima, Portugal in 1917.  She appeared to the three children for six consecutive months on the 13th of each month beginning on May 13 and ending on October 13.  Per a memo from the diocesan Office of Worship, one may gain plenary indulgence when visiting the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace on the anniversaries of Our Lady’s apparition (May 13, June 13, July 13, Aug. 13, Sept. 13 and October 13).  To gain the plenary indulgence, one must meet the following conditions:
• Sacramental confession with an intention to renounce all attachment to sin
• Reception of Eucharistic Communion
• Prayer for the intention of the Supreme Pontiff
Here at OLPH, we are planning to show “The Day the Sun Danced” on July 13, Thursday, at 7:00 pm. Watch and listen for follow up information via parish bulletin or announcements at Mass.
 
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
Hello Mothers!  Would you like to join a group of mothers to minister with and for each other?   Please pray the rosary each day and ask the Blessed Mother to help us get the group started.   Another prayer intention we ask of you is the organization of American Heritage Girls, a faith-based group that helps girls ages 5 to 18 develop life and social skills.  It is an off-shoot of Girls Scouts.
 
 
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.

 

 
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!
 
 
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
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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/
 
 
August 12th, Saturday
7 am - Mass (Church)
5 pm  - Vigil Mass (Church)
 
August 13th, Sunday
19th Sunday in
Ordinary Time
Masses: 7 am, 9 am. 11 am
& 5 pm (Church)
6:15 pm - Life Night
(Church & Breezeway)
 
August 14th, Monday
8:15 am - Mass (Church)
 
August 15th, Tuesday
Assumption of
the Blessed Virgin Mary
8:15 am - Mass (Church)
 
August 16th, Wednesday
 8:15 am - Mass (Church)
6 pm -  :Mass (Church)
 
August 17th, Thursday
8:15 am - Mass (Church)
 
August 18th, Friday
Parish Office CLOSED -
Admissions Day
8:15 am - Mass (Church)
 
August 19th, Saturday
7 am - Mass (Church)
5 pm  - Vigil Mass (Church)
 
August 20th, Sunday
20th Sunday in
Ordinary Time
Masses: 7 am, 9 am. 11 am
& 5 pm (Church)
1 pm - Senior BINGO (Breezeway)
6:15 pm - Life Night
(Church & Breezeway)
 
If you have any questions,
please call the
Parish Office.
 
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