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 Forms are being revised, please contact Parish Office for Baptism Forms.
 
PARENTS: If you are planning for a January baptism, please note that your completed paper works are due tomorrow, December 18. Baptism will be celebrated on January 27, 2018.  Preparation classes for parents and godparents are on January 15 and January 22.   Baptism packets are available by the door to the parish office.
 
 After January, the next Baptism will be in April, 2018.
 
 
 
 
      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”.
 
 
 
UPDATED CALENDAR, PRE-K TO EDGE
• Jan. 14, Sunday – CCD Classes and Edge Sessions, RCIA dismissal
• Jan. 21, Sunday – CCD classes and Edge Sessions, RCIA dismissal
• Jan. 28, Sunday – CCD classes and Edge Sessions, RCIA dismissal
• Feb. 1, Thursday - Session 2 on the Eucharist for parents of First Communicants, 7 pm-8:30 pm
• Feb. 4, Sunday – CCD classes, EDGE sessions, RCIA dismissal
• Feb. 10, Saturday – 9 am to noon.  Eucharist Retreat for parents AND child (or children).  This retreat is for First Communicants only
• Feb. 11, Sunday – CCD classes, EDGE sessions, RCIA dismissal
• Feb. 18, Sunday – CCD classes, EDGE sessions, RCIA dismissal
• Feb. 22, Thursday, 7 pm to 8:30 pm - Parents and sponsors, Group One, Sacrament of Confirmation
• Feb. 25, Sunday – CCD classes, EDGE sessions, RCIA dismissal
• Mar. 1, Thursday, 7 pm to 8:30 pm – Parents and sponsors, Group Two, the Sacrament of Confirmation
• Mar. 4, Sunday – CCD classes, EDGE sessions, RCIA dismissal
• Mar. 8, Thursday, 7 pm to 8:30 pm, Parents and Sponsors, Group Three, Sacrament of Confirmation
• Mar. 11, Sunday – CCD classes, EDGE sessions, RCIA dismissal
• Mar. 18, Sunday – Spring Break. NO CCD, NO EDGE, NO RCIA Dismissal
• Mar. 25, Sunday – Palm Sunday, No CCD, No EDGE, there is RCIA Dismissal
• April 1 – Easter Sunday - NO CCD, No EDGE sessions
• April 8, Sunday, CCD classes and EDGE sessions; first communicants practice in classroom
• April 15, Sunday – CCD classes and EDGE sessions; first communicants practice in classroom
• April 21, Saturday, 9 am to noon – Confirmation Retreat, Group One. Parents and child (or children). Sponsors join them at 11 am for Confirmation practice
• April 22, Sunday – CCD classes, EDGE sessions; First communicants practice in classroom
• April 28, Saturday, 9 am to noon – Confirmation retreat, Group 2, Parent(s) and child (or children).  Sponsors join them at 11 am for practice
• April 29, Sunday – CCD classes and EDGE sessions
• May 5, Saturday, 9 am to noon – Confirmation Retreat, Group 3; parent(s) and child (or children). Sponsors join them at 11 am for practice
• May 7 to 11 – Reconciliation for all Grades 2 to 12; Time to be announced later.  Check alphabetical listing to be posted in April
• May 9, Wednesday, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Confirmation practice, Group 3 with Fr. EJ
• May 10, Thursday, 7 pm to 8:30 pm – Confirmation practice, Group 2 with Fr. Ed
• May 11, Friday, 7 pm to 8:30 pm – Confirmation practice, Group 1, with Fr. Ed
• May 13, Sunday – Mother’s Day. NO CCD, NO EDGE
• May 14, Monday, 7 pm to 8:30 pm – Confirmation Mass practice, Group 3
• May 17, Thursday, 7 pm to 8:30 pm – Confirmation Mass practice, Group 2
• May 18, Friday, 7 pm to 8:30 pm – Confirmation Mass practice, Group 1
• May 19, Saturday, 7:00 pm – Confirmation Mass, Group 1
• May 20, Sunday, 1:30 pm – Confirmation and First Communion Mass, Group 2
• May 20, Sunday, 7:00 pm – Confirmation Mass, Group 3
• May 27, Sunday – Memorial Day Weekend. NO CLASSES
• June 3, Sunday – All classes in session, Mystagogy for Grades 2 to Edge
• June 10, Sunday – Year-End celebration, potluck brunch, awarding of prizes

PARENTS: Please check the bulletin boards at the breezeway or by the bell area to see which group your child (or children) belong(s) to.  Listing is in alphabetical order.
 
 
OAHU CATECHIST RETREAT 2018:
"LET'S TALK STORY"

• When: Sat, 20 Jan 2018 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
• Where: Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, 712 N. School Street Honolulu, HI 96817

Bring your own lunch.  No registration fee.  Register by January 15, 2018.  For registration assistance, contact Chad at cchun@rcchawaii.org or (808) 203-6747
 
“A Life Lived in the Power and Presence of the Holy Spirit” is the theme of our Confirmation Retreat on February 2 to 4, 2018 at St. St. Anthony’s Retreat Center.  Please pray for our sixty-four high school candidates for Confirmation that they may experience a life-changing encounter with the Holy Spirit.  Please pray also for our team members who are working hard to prepare for the retreat.  Mahalo.
 
 
      I am sure those who went through the Baltimore Catechism can easily and readily recite the answer:  a sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace.  I like the delivery method of the Baltimore Catechism whereby the children and/ or youth had to memorize the answer to a question.  I say this because I am in the process of interviewing our high school candidates for Confirmation but I have yet to hear a definition or explanation of the word “sacrament” that somehow comes close to  the Baltimore definition.  The best answer, although not completely correct,  I received was “the seven steps Catholics have to take to get to heaven”. 
 
         The Catechism of the Catholic Church, states that “sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us.  The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament.  They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions.” (CCC 1131)  We read that “sacraments are powers that comes forth from the Body of Christ, which is ever living and lifegiving.  They are actions of the Holy Spirit at work in this Body, the Church.  The are the masterworks of God in the new and everlasting covenant”. (CCC 1116)  We find that “the purpose of the sacraments is to sanctify men, to build up the Body of Christ and finally, to give worship to God.  Because they are signs, they also instruct.  They not only presuppose faith, but by words and objects, they also nourish, strengthen, and express it.” (CCC 1123)  
 
         In much simpler terms, a sacrament is a sign, but it’s not just any sign such as a red traffic light for “stop” but it carries grace.  What is grace?  It is a “participation in the life of God” (CCC 1997), the “gift of the Spirit who justifies and sanctifies us.   It also includes the gifts that the Spirit grants us to associate with His work, to enable us to collaborate in the salvation of others and in the growth of the Body of Christ, the Church” (CCC 2003).  Therefore, we could say that grace is the presence of God in our lives.
 
         Since we are discussing sacrament here, we have what we call “sacramental grace” which refers to the grace proper to each sacrament; hence we have “baptismal grace”, etc.  To receive sacramental grace, one must be properly disposed to receive the sacrament.  This means that when we receive the sacrament, we believe in what we are going to receive and intend to live the sacrament.  Example, when we receive Holy Communion, do we REALLY believe that we receive the Body and/or Blood of Christ?    In other words, do we believe in the REAL PRESENCE of Christ in the sacred species?  In addition, do we intend to live as the Body of Christ, giving life, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to others?  Or when we go to Reconciliation, do we go with the intention “of doing penance and to sin no more”? 
 
Attention:  Parents of First Communicants! By way of clarification, “First Communicants” refer to children/youth who are on their  second year  of preparation for reception of First Communion.  Session One on the Eucharist for parents only is this Thursday, January 11, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the church.  Your attendance in Parents’ Session is required as we read in the Norms for Sacramental Preparation:
 
“As primary educators of their children, parents have the right and the duty to be involved in preparing their children for Confirmation and Fist Holy Communion. The parish is to offer programs to parents to teach them practical ways to fulfill their role and deepen their own faith life. The catechesis offered to parents should help them grow in their own understanding and appreciation of the sacraments and enable them to catechize their children more effectively” (Norms Par. 43).
 
Because parents’ sessions are very important part of your child’s (and your family’s) preparation for First Holy Communion, the only acceptable excuses would be:  (a)  you are out of town;  (b)  you are sick. Please confirm your attendance with Julia. Mahalo.
 
If you are over 18 and need the Sacrament of Confirmation only, then this notice is for you!  There will be a brief and immediate preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation starting next month (February) with reception of the Sacrament during the Easter Season (separate from the Confirmation of the children and youth).  Registration forms are available at the resource racks or at the parish office with Julia.
 
Requirements:
  • Baptized in the Catholic Church
  • Has received First Holy Communion
  • If married, marriage must be in the Catholic Church and if single, not cohabitating
(NOTE: marriage outside of the Catholic Church or cohabitation will need to be corrected prior to Confirmation. If you fall in either category, you need to speak with Fr. Ed, Fr. EJ, Dcn Eric or Dcn Ron). 
 
For any questions, please see/email/call Julia: Julia.torres133@gmail.com;  689-8681 Ext. 107.
 
 
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.
 
 
Attention Parents: Confirmation Sponsor form was due last December 3.  Quite a few number of you have not turned in your child’s (children’s) Confirmation Sponsor form.

Please let me know the reason for the delay in submitting the form.
Email/call me how I can help you: julia.torres133@gmail.com or 689-8681 Ext. 107.

I need to get all paper works completed before our schedules get very hectic.  Mahalo for your cooperation.
 
 
Parents of First Communicants: your Session 1 on the Sacrament of Eucharist is scheduled on January 11, 2018, Thursday, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Session 2 is on February 1, 2018, also Thursday, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.  First Eucharist Retreat for parents and child (or children) will be on February 10, 2018, Saturday from 9 am to noon.

Mark your calendar accordingly. Parents sessions and retreat are integral parts of your child’s (children’s) preparation for reception of the Sacrament of Eucharist.

Please watch the video on the Eucharist prior to Session 1.
Here is the link:
http://catholichawaii.org/catholic-essentials/sacramentvideos/eucharist-one-ohana/
 
 
We have 321 children and youth on our roster who will receive the Sacraments of First Communion and/or Confirmation on Pentecost weekend next year.  Of the 321, only 147 have submitted Confirmation Sponsor forms.  Parents of 174 children are either not paying attention, not putting this on their priority, or are still looking for a qualified sponsor.  Parents: please note that your son or daughter cannot receive the Sacrament of Confirmation without a Sponsor.  Questions? Confusions?  Concerns?  Please call/see/email Julia at 689-8681 Ext. 107.
 
 
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.
 
 
There is no Infant Baptism in December.  After this month, the next Infant Baptism is on January 27, 2018.  Completed paper works and initial interview are due no later than Dec. 18, 2017.   There is no Baptism during the Lenten Season, therefore the next infant baptism will be in April, 2018 with applications due in March.  Baptism packets are available at the parish office.
Godparents for Baptism must:
• Be fully initiated Catholic having received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist
• Have completed sixteen years of age
• Be practicing Catholic which means regular Mass attendance at OLPH or the Catholic Church they belong to.  Non-Catholic Christians cannot be godparents but could be a Christian witness along with a Catholic godparent.
• Be married in the Catholic Church, if married; and not cohabitating if single
 
 
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??