Our Hawaii Catholic Calendar this week is extra-packed with events. We’ve included listings for Thanksgiving weekend and early December to give you a head-start on your holiday planning.
As always, feel free to email us here if you know of an event we should post. Happy (early) Thanksgiving!
Year of Faith Catholic Cultural Celebration: Nov. 23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Star of the Sea Church, Waialae-Kahala. The diocese’s closing event for the Year of Faith will include food, games, entertainment by parish cultural groups and Oahu Catholic school bands and choruses, confession on the lawn and Mass. More info: www.catholichawaii.org
Maui Faith Formation Conference: Nov. 22, 6-9 p.m., and Nov. 23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church and Jr./Sr. High School in Wailuku. Sessions carry themes related to the “Year of Faith,” including evangelization, youth/young adult ministry, Catholic social teaching and theology. The conference is for everyone — parish staff and council members, catechists, ministry volunteers and parishioners of all ages. Advance registration is closed, but walk-ins will be welcome ($10 per course). More info: Kristina De Neve, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter “Spanish” weekend: Nov. 22-24 at St. Theresa Church in Kihei. An opportunity for Spanish-speaking couples to rejuvenate their Sacrament of Marriage. Couples can escape their everyday routines and focus on each other. The weekend is being supported by Maui’s Marriage Encounter community. More info: Ignacio and Patricia Iniquez, 562-228-3617 or email@example.com.
HCCRS Christ the King celebration: Nov. 24, praise and worship at 5 p.m. and Mass at 6 p.m., at St. John the Baptist Church in Kalihi. The Hawaii Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services will be hosting this annual celebration marking the end of the liturgical year. Featuring praise and worship by Obadiah, and Mass celebrated by Father John Fredy Quintero. Potluck fellowship afterward. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advent “family day”: Dec. 1, 2-6 p.m. at St. Anthony Retreat Center in Kalihi Valley. The theme for this event is “Let us make room in our hearts.” The retreat will allow kids and adults to explore the traditions of Advent, such as the Advent wreath, Jesse Tree, O Antiphons and more. $20 per family. More info: www.saintanthonyretreat.org or 845-4353.
An introduction to “centering prayer”: Dec. 6, 6-9 p.m. and Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at St. Joseph Church in Hilo. Marianist Brother Jim Vorndran will be speaking on this practice. He is a pastoral assistant who has taught about spirituality and forms of contemplative prayer for 40 years. The event is free, but calabash offerings will be gratefully accepted. More info: 935-1465.
Christmas Concert: Dec. 7, 7-8:30 p.m. at Star of the Sea Church/School in Waialae-Kahala. This event is sponsored by the Star of the Sea Peace and Justice Ministry (Next Step Shelter, Waikiki Homeless, free medical clinics in the Philippines). Performers include vocalist Mel A. Ona, pianist/vocalist Gordon Mattos, pianist Bill Samaritano and the Star of the Sea 10:15 Choir, and Tony Au Leung with the Chinese Catholic Ministry choir. More info: 734-0396.
“Theology on Tap” Fall Series: Dec. 7, 6-9 p.m. and Dec. 21, 6-9 p.m. at Hukilau restaurant in downtown Honolulu. On Dec. 7, diocesan young adult ministry coordinator Makana Aiona will be leading a session called “This is the Way.” Dec. 21 guest speaker will be Benedictine Sister Celeste “CC” Cabral with a talk called “Let Him Lead.” Admission is free; participants pay for food and drinks. All ages welcome. More info: www.tothawaiidec13.eventbrite.com.
“The Catholic Church & Hawaiian Culture”: Dec. 12, 5:15 p.m. at St. Stephen Church in Honolulu (on Pali Highway). The Leadership Association of Religious Congregations is hosting this event, featuring Father Alapaki Kim. Father Kim is a Native Hawaiian priest who is currently serving as pastor of St. Rita Church in Nanakuli. Admission is free. Supper will be provided, but salads and dessert are requested for potluck. Reservations required by Dec. 2. More info: Gayle Burgher, 735-4737 or email@example.com.