Newsletter Articles

Our Upcoming Parish Retreat an Opportunity to Grow in Understanding of the Stewardship Way of Life

We set aside time for the things that matter to us. Whether it’s keeping up with our children’s activities or scheduling a vacation, we plan ahead. Similarly, we can plan and intentionally set aside time for God. “We have to be intentional about our time, talent, and treasure because there’s no other way,” says Fr. Brian O’Brien. “If we’re not intentional, life will quickly pass us by and what God can do through us will […]

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National Eucharistic Revival

By Deacon Sándor Hernández Morales This year on the Solemnity of The Body and Blood of the Lord, Corpus Christi Sunday, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) launched a National Eucharistic Revival with a myriad of Eucharistic processions and adoration throughout the country. The revival is composed of three phases — a year of Diocesan Renewal, a year of Parish Renewal, and a National Eucharistic Congress that will complete the renewal in 2024. […]

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The Importance of Catholic Faith Formation

Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from the 2022 book, Stewardship Starts at Home: Using God’s Gifts To Grow As Disciples Of Christ In Our Domestic Church, written by stewardship expert/retreat leader Lisa McArdle and published by Catholic Stewardship Consultants. This excerpt is reprinted with permission from CSC. There are Four Pillars of a Stewardship Parish — Prayer, Hospitality, Formation, and Service. The third pillar — Formation — teaches us to know and love […]

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Hula Ministry: Perpetuating the Native Hawaiian Practice of Worship Through Sacred Gestures of Hula

As explained in 1918 by Fr. Romano Guardini in his seminal book, The Spirit of the Liturgy, the Church “desires, as a rule, that spiritual life should be impregnated with the wholesome salt of genuine and lofty culture.” At St. Michael, our hula ministry practices the Native Hawaiian tradition of prayer and worship through the sacred gestures of hula. “We recognize and understand the duality of being a cultural practitioner of hula and of our […]

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The Principles of Catholic Social Teaching

What makes being Catholic, well, “Catholic”? Things like the Mass, the Rosary and the Seven Sacraments come to mind. But there is also an element of Church teaching that’s often overlooked and sometimes misunderstood — Catholic Social Teaching. Catholic Social Teaching guides Catholics on how to apply the faith to all aspects of life, and lays the framework for the Church’s teachings on the dignity and sacredness of human life. Catholic Social Teaching can be […]

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Deacon Arrion Rosales-Llantos Reflects on the Call to the Priesthood

On July 1, Arrion Rosales-Llantos was ordained to the transitional diaconate for the Diocese of Honolulu. This exciting step toward the priesthood is a milestone for any seminarian. Currently, he is assigned to Annunciation Catholic Church in Waimea and will remain there until he returns for his last year of seminary formation. “The most memorable moments from my ordination would, without a doubt, be the prostration and the laying on of hands by the bishop,” […]

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Beach Evangelization Ministry: Sharing the Message of Hope

Catholics are always called to share the joy and truth of our faith with those around us. Now that two years of COVID restrictions are finally easing up, parishioner Dr. Scott French is hoping to bring the Good News to both Catholics and non-Catholics alike through the Beach Evangelization Ministry. “Before COVID, I approached Fr. Lio with the idea to combine that with a booth for evangelization, where we could have refreshments and tell people […]

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Debbie and Ed Cunningham Restore the Via Crucis at St. Michael

This past spring, parishioners Debbie and Ed Cunningham generously gave of their time and talent to restore and paint the church’s Stations of the Cross. The Cunninghams initially lived in Kona from August 1998 to December 2001 with their two daughters — who were altar servers at St. Michael — and their son. Currently, they are seasonal parishioners, part of our hānai `ohana, who come to enjoy the warm Hawai`i weather in the winter and […]

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The Return Ministry: Prayer Group Formed to Bring People Back to Catholic Faith

from St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Parish Newsletter — Mar /Apr 2022by Catholic Stewardship Consultants The statistics are disheartening. The St. Michael Pastoral Council recently read the book, Return: How to Draw Your Child Back to the Church, by Brandon Vogt. Shirley David gave one to each member asa summer reading gift. After reading and discussing the book, Pastoral Council members each decided to start praying for someone specific who had become disengaged with the Catholic Church. […]

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Entering into Kalema (Lent)

from St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Parish Newsletter — Mar /Apr 2022by Catholic Stewardship Consultants Entering into Kalema:  How We Can Make the Most of the Sacred Season of Lent How might we make the most of this solemn, sacred season? There are three main aspects to Lent in which the Church asks us to engage — prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We don’t need to take on many things in order to make this season worthwhile, but […]

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