Our next Infant Baptism is scheduled for May 12, 2018, Saturday, at 10 am.  Mandatory preparation classes for parents and godparents will be held on April 16 and April 23.  Completed application must be turned in by the end of March.
Parents: please note that godparents must be:
- At least 16 years old
- Fully initiated Catholic having received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist
- Must lead a life in harmony with the Catholic Church
- If married, marriage must be in the Catholic Church
One question that parents ask is: could their child be baptized even if they are not married in the Church?  The question then is why are they not married in the Church?  Based on the answer given, we give them advice, Catholic teachings on the sacraments, and suggestions on how they can correct their situation including an assurance that the Church is here to help them.  We also explain that we do not deny baptism to the child based solely on the parents marital situation.
Attention: Parents -- registration for the April infant baptism must be turned in no later than the end of March.  A complete baptism packet is available at the parish office.  Please pick up a packet and complete the forms.  Godparents must also complete the godparent form.  Once you have all paper works done, please call Julia at 689-8681 Ext. 107 to set up an appointment for a meeting.

Mandatory preparation classes for parents and godparents will be on April 16 and April 23.
      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”.
 My name is Kaha’e Maika’i-Iakopo and after five years of teaching in a Catholic school, I have finally chosen to become a Catholic.  These past two years of preparing for receiving the sacraments and especially my BAPTISM, have been amazing.  I was able to spend time with new people that I now consider family within the Catholic community here at OLPH Parish and in the Diocese.  I have learned and grown so much through the wonderful homilies shared at every Mass I attend, through my students, the fellowship and discussions with my colleagues, friends and through the RCIA program.  I am thankful for the wonderful examples of LOVE that everyone shares with their time, talents and gifts within the Catholic community.  The relationship with one another and most importantly, the relationship with God are LOVE.  I thank Uncle Mel, Sandi, Auntie Julia, Auntie Remi, Father Ed, Father EJ ,Frank, Deacon Ron, Deacon Eric, Auntie Mela and Sister Davilyn for always reminding me how simple our faith is … “It’s all relationship.  It’s LOVE. It’s GOD. Our FAITH is a beautiful thing.”  Thank you for journeying with me!   I now see these things in everything and everyone!  I just can’t wait to grow in our faith and become a CATHOLIC!
We invite the families to start bringing your Rice Bowls.  During collection when the baskets are going around, the children may come forward to drop their rice bowl in a box/crate marked “Rice Bowl”  We would appreciate it very much if you do not put the rice bowl in the collection basket because the rice bowls are usually heavy with coins and our collection baskets are not that sturdy.  Thank you for your kind understanding.  Remember too that there are more rice bowls available at the resource racks if generosity calls on you.
Both CCD and EDGE sessions will be on break today, March 18; next Sunday; March 25, Palm Sunday and on April 1st, Easter Sunday.  Everyone returns to class on April 8.  Our focus in our classes now is the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Parents should make CCD and EDGE a priority on Sundays.  A reminder to parents to turn in your child’s (or children’s) Confirmation sponsor form if you have not already done so.  If you need the form, please download one from the diocesan website. Here is the link: http://catholichawaii.org/media/647460/godparents.pdf
Please download the form, print it and have the Sponsor complete and sign it.
We will celebrate the third Scrutiny with our Elect at the 7 am and 5:00 pm Masses today.  The readings are taken from:  First Reading: Ezekiel 37:12-14; Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 130; Second Reading – Romans 8:8-11; Gospel: John 11:1-45.  We find Jesus in the Gospel raising Lazarus to life.  The intercessions for our Elect are from RCIA:
• That these Elect may be given the faith to acknowledge Christ as the resurrection and the life;
• That they may be freed from sin and grow in the holiness that leads to eternal life;
• That liberated by repentance from the shackles of sin, they may become like Christ by baptism, dead to sin and alive for ever in God’s sight;
• That they may be filled with the hope of the life-giving Spirit and prepare themselves thoroughly for their birth to new life;
• That the Eucharistic food, which they are soon to receive, may make them one with Christ, the source of life and of resurrection;
• That all of us may walk in newness of life and show to the world the power of the risen Christ;
• That all the world may find Christ and acknowledge in him the promises of eternal life.
Last Thursday, March 8, was the last in our series of sessions on the Sacrament of Confirmation with parents and Confirmation sponsors. If you – parents and sponsors --- missed any of the session on February 22, March 1 and March 8, you have another opportunity to make up for what you missed.  Please watch the following videos:
(1) The Sacrament of Confirmation from the diocesan website; (2) Busted Halo - Why We Confirm.  Here’s how you access the videos:
Google the diocesan website: catholichawaii.org; on the home page, click on “diocesan offices:”, next screen, click on “Office of Religious Education”; next screen, click on “Sacrament videos”; next screen, scroll down to the bottom where you will find “Confirmation, One Ohana”.  Download the parent handout for your own reflection.
Here is the link for Busted Halo:
If it’s a big challenge to type the url, just google: why we confirm, sacraments 101, busted halo, you tube.
Lent for the unbaptized is a period of final preparation prior to their initiation sacraments.  It is also called the Period of Enlightenment and Purification.  For those of us who are baptized, Lent is a period of preparation to renew our baptismal promises at the Easter Vigil or on Easter Sunday.  The question then would be: how are we preparing to renew our baptismal promises?  What/how are we doing with the three disciplines of Lent: Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving?  It is important also to reflect on why we are doing what we are doing.
Schedule for Confirmation retreats for Grades Two to Eight, including OLPH School:

• Group One -- April 21, Saturday, 9 am to noon
• Group Two – April 28, Saturday, 9 am to noon
• Group Three – May 5, Saturday, 9 am to noon

These retreats are for Parents and child (or children).  Sponsors are required to come at 11:00 am for seating arrangement and practice.
• March 1, Thursday, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Parents and Sponsors Session, GROUP TWO
• March 3, Saturday, 7 am Mass – Rite of Election for Conner Chinen and Aureana Kawatomari
• March 4, Sunday: CCD and Edge Sessions; First Scrutiny at 7 am and 5:00 pm, Masses
• March 7, Wednesday, 8:15 am Mass – Presentation of the Creed to Sam Atuatasi, Max Atuatasi, Jonah Tuiteleleapaga, Joseph Tuiteleleapaga, Aureana Kawatomari, Kahae Maikai-Iakopo
• March 8, Thursday, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm - Parents and Sponsors Session, GROUP THREE
• March 10, Saturday, 7 am Mass – Presentation of the Creed to Frank Mabrey, Jr. and Conner Chinen
• March 11, Sunday: CCD and EDGE Sessions; Second Scrutiny at 7 am and 5 pm Masses
• March 18, Sunday: Third Scrutiny, 7 am and 5 pm Masses; CCD and EDGE on break
• March 21, Wednesday, 8:15 am Mass – Presentation of the Lord’s Prayer to Sam Atuatasi, Max Atuatasi, Jonah Tuiteleleapaga, Joseph Tuiteleleapaga, Aureana Kawatomari, Kahae Maikai-Iakopo
• March 24, Saturday, 7 am Mass – Presentation of the Lord’s Prayer to Frank  Mabrey, Jr. and Conner Chinen; RCIA Retreat from 9 am to noon
• March 25 - PALM Sunday, NO CCD and EDGE sessions
• March 31, Saturday, 9 am to 11 am. RCIA Preparation Rites; Easter Vigil –  celebration of initiation sacraments
1. High School Confirmation 2 class on Wednesday nights with Aunty June is on-going
2. Immediate preparation for Confirmation Sunday group high school Confirmandi from 7:15 pm to 8:30 pm in the garage is on-going
3. Adult Confirmation class on Monday nights from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm continues in March
4. Adult RCIA group on Thursday nights from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm continues
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
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
• 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:


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.