THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME - June 26th
REFLECTION ON TODAY’S READING:
Elisha is summoned to follow the prophet Elijah and to succeed him.
Jesus insists that those who follow him must abandon all material or
psychological securities, walking ever forward without looking
back. It is the Lord alone who is to hold fast out lot. Paul
distinguishes between true freedom and license.
Living Catholic in the 808:
How to Really Grow in Faith
By: Gariss Pereira , Young Adult Leader St. Theresa Parish, Oahu
Honestly, being in community is one of the best ways for our faith
to grow. Have you ever noticed that no matter how strong willed or
minded someone is they are usually hanging out with people that have
the same morals/goals as them? This is human nature - God called us
to be in community with one another.
So, if you really want to deepen your faith and to grow in it, you
need to surround yourself with people that also want this. When you
surround yourself and hangout with people that have the same
morals/goals as you, you have a higher chance of growing in your
faith than if you surrounded yourself with people who don’t.
These friends also may know things about your faith that you do not
know and can help you see it in a different light. It is truly a
different experience when you have people in your life that are
growing along side you. The truth is, no matter what we want to do
in life, there is only so much we can do by ourselves. Even when it
comes to our faith. Four words capture the Eucharist – Take, Bless,
Break, Give – are done not only with bread and wine but with us
disciples. God takes our lives, as messy as they are, blesses them,
breaks us (yes, this too!) and then gives us a better version of
ourselves to be shared with one another. This is one important
reason why we come to Mass.
2015/2016 Bishop's Circle
For the Diocese of Honolulu and the Catholic Church in Hawaii
We are…Stewards of the Gospel The Bishop’s Circle Appeal is a
special invitation to join Bishop Larry Silva as a fellow Steward
of the Gospel by honoring the Lord with your stewardship of treasure
in support of our clergy, our youth and our needy. For more
information and to make a donation, please visit
or use the envelope available in the bulletin / in-pew / at the back
Mahalo for your kind support.
(Reflection on Sunday
"No one who looks back"
Are you surprised to see two of Jesus'
disciples praying for the destruction of a Samaritan village? The
Jews and Samaritans had been divided for centuries. Jewish pilgrims
who passed through Samaritan territory were often treated badly and
even assaulted. Jesus did the unthinkable for a Jew. He not only
decided to travel through Samaritan territory at personal risk, but
he also asked for hospitality in one of their villages!
A Powerful Study on the Blessed Mother Begins July 11, 2016
on location in the Holy Land, Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed
Mother will place you in the midst of the powerful drama of Mary’s
earthly life, taking you through her joys and her sorrows. You will
learn how she works in our lives today, drawing us ever closer to
her divine Son. Seeing Mary in this way will change you forever. She
will become a part of your daily life and help you to become more
like Christ. Join us for Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed
Mother here at St. Joseph parish at the 5th grade classroom
beginning July 11, 2016 and continuing every Monday. For more
information or to register for the study, call Diane Jacinto at
(808) 572-4623, David Sereda at (808) 298-9091, Chris AhPuck at
(808) 463-1585 or Arsie Anderson at (808) 572-8290.
CATHOLIC ENGAGED ENCOUNTER
Catholic Engaged Encounter is part of an international and national
family and is an in-depth, private, personal, marriage preparation
experience within the context of Catholic faith and values. During
the weekend experience, a couple will have plenty of time alone
together to meaningfully dialogue honestly and intensively about
their prospective lives together. Catholic Engaged Encounter is the
official marriage preparation program in the Diocese of Honolulu.
For more information and/or to register for a weekend, please visit
our website at
As the summer vacation season begins,
think about taking some time off for a weekend getaway to focus on
your sacramental relationship with your spouse and focus on God’s
plan for marriage. It’s not too late to sign up for the next
Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend.
Consider attending and sign up for a
Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend. The next weekend is:
August 26-28, 2016. For more
information, contact Lee & Tanya Barbero @ (808) 268-1578 or visit
our website at