NEWS & EVENTS
St. Michael's Church is Open: We Have a Seat for You
Visit the Home Page of this website for details on Mass times and our "Revised COVID-19 Safety Guidelines in Effect" to help curb the pandemic. The dispensation will not be extended past April 3 and our parishʻs live streamed masses are discontinued. However, anyone who is sick, may have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19, or who has a health condition that would endanger themselves or others by being present in church, contin-ues to be dispensed.
St. Michael’s installed a new A/C filtration system and the church is sanitized after every Mass. We practice hand sanitizing, face coverings and safety distancing. Seating is also available on the lanais and we have lots of space at the 1pm and 4pm Sunday masses. All mission churches remain closed until further notice. Mahalo!
Track Our Diocese COVID-19 Updates
* Live-streamed Holy Mass in the Diocese of Honolulu (go to CatholicHawaii.org for links):
1. Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace - Sundays at 10am
2. Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace - Mon.-Fri. noon; Sat. noon and 5pm
Other Celebrations of Holy Mass on TV and Online
* EWTN.com - Mass online [check the website for time]
* EWTN Mass on TV at Spectrum Channel 408 or 1408 [check the TV Guide for time]
* USCCB directs people to go to:
1. WatchTheMass.com from the Catholic TV Network - Masses daily; go to the website to check the time.
2. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception - go to nationalshrine.org/mass/ and click on the red box, "Watch Mass Online."
Stewardship of Treasure
Blessings on all who continue to give their weekly offerings! Your sacrificial giving in this difficult time, through mailed-in donations or through OnLine Giving, are gratefully received. Your stewardship of treasure the week of Mar. 29-Apr.4, 2021 totaled $37,946.03. (Note: Offerings can mailed directly to the parish office; or go to the website and click on “OnLine Giving” to make your donation. Mahalo!]
We Paid Off Our Building Debt! and Now Look to Financing Our Future Parish Center
We did it—we paid off our mortgage debt and our balance is $0! Praise God and Mahalo! We can now begin the last phase of our building project, breaking ground on completing our parish hall, without the burden of our Church building debt. This gives us a clean slate to focus our fundraising for our parish hall. This smaller-scale project will benefit all of us, all for the great glory of God. If you have been using online giving to donate to Debt Reduction, please update the gift to “Parish Center Campaign Donation.” The Debt Reduction and Building Fund giving tab was removed. Mahalo!
Parish Center Update
Divine Mercy Sunday April 11
The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed at 3pm. A video accompaniment from the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy will be shown.
New Parishioners Welcomed April 18
You are invited to our New Parishioner Orientation on Sunday, April 18th from 2:30—3:30pm at St. Michael’s. Come and meet our priests, ministry coordinators, and receive a welcome gift! Please RSVP by calling Brenda Nelson at the Parish Office to leave your name, phone number and how many will be attending.
Marriage Convalidation Ceremony June 5 Requires Preparation
Bishop Silva will be celebrating the Convalidation Ceremony on June 5, 2021 at 10am at St. Michael’s. If you were married outside of the Catholic Church by civil officials or by ministers from other religious traditions, please contact the office to discuss what is required to have your marriage sacramentally validated within the Catholic Church.
We are in need of Ushers at the Saturday 5pm and the Sunday 7am, 9am and 1pm Masses. If you are interested please contact Chris Guillen at 808-938-8363.
We hope your Easter was joyous, that you enjoyed mak-ing the Easter lily, and that you did the guided meditation as a family. How humbling was it to have another family member wash your hands? The April 4th and 11th Gospel Weeklies were combined, and your child's teacher will be contacting you again this week after a week off. “Halfway” reviews are being held this week for those children preparing for Communion and Confirmation. Your child should have completed through lesson 4, and parents should have watched the One Ohana videos. If you have not already chosen a sponsor and texted the form to me, please bring it with you to your review. Remember to also bring the red folder with completed lessons and the checklist.
—Darlene Gawlik, Catechist
Youth Ministry Grades 6-12
HAPPY EASTER!! What really happened on Good Friday and why was it so "good?" Know your Easter Trivia and join the meeting at 6pm and we'll begin with a Trivia Chat Challenge. You will answer in the chat so be sure to have a keyboard handy. Yes, of course there are prizes. Know your stuff, love the Lord, love others and good luck.
Next class is Sunday, April 11th: Healthy Relationships for Teens 2.0. Congratulations to Giselle Minez-Cruz the high scorer in our Lent Trivia Chat Challenge.
Questions? For more information, please contact Edwina Fujimoto at or call/text 808-895-7105.
For info on Baptism Preparation, please contact Cheryl Appleby at 253-334-2788 or email Baptism.StMichaelKona@RCCHawaii.org
Rite of Christian Initiation of Children and Youth ages 7-17
If you know a child or youth asking about the Catholic Faith or want information on baptism over the age of 7, contact Sharmayne Naone at 808-938-3895 or call the Parish office.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults 18+
(Baptism, Confirmation, & Eucharist)
RCIA for adults continues to journey with folks who are interested in receiving the Sacraments and becoming fully initiated Catholics. For more information, contact Sándor Hernández Morales at 305-491-1277 or shernandez@ rcchawaii.org.
Anointing of the Infirm Homebound & Hospitalized
If you would like the Sacrament of anointing & Eucha-rist, call the Parish Office to make arrangements.
OUR PARISH HELPING OTHERS
Knights of Columbus Need Your Help
The Knights of Columbus needs your financial help in order to transport food supplied by the USDA from Hilo to Kona. The cost to rent the U-Haul truck, gas and mileage is $150.00 each pickup. If you would like to support the effort to feed our hungry, please make your check out to “Knights of Columbus” and write “Food Pantry Transportation” in the Memo on your check. Thank you for your support!
Distributions are now on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. Because we are the only food pantry in West Hawaii open on the weekend, our numbers are up, and we could use some more volunteers. If you are interested, please contact Bill Culhane at 339-7470 or BandCCulhane@ yahoo.com. Volunteers are needed for the 2nd & 4th Saturdays of each month from about 8-10am.
In March and April, the Knights of Columbus has continued its outstanding support of the food pantry by bringing boxes of USDA produce, dairy and meat from Hilo. We are also very grateful to Málama lá Hawai’i for donating 100 restaurant gift cards. We passed out the $30 gift cards at our March distributions and the recipients were very pleasantly surprised. Also donated were 8,000 disposable masks which were especially appreciated by families with school age children.
Malama Na Keiki
The Malama Na Keiki continues to work with Holualoa School administration in providing food for 30 to 35 families with 70 to 80 needy students. Dry goods and fresh produce from the Sharing Garden are distributed too.
Virtual Lectio Divina Presentation April 10
On Saturday, April 10th from 6—7pm, Pauline Books and Media is holding a virtual presentation on Discovering Secrets about Praying with Scripture. Please RSVP by Fr-day, April 9th. For more information, contact Sr. Joane Caritas, fsp at or 808-521-2731.
Catholic Advance Care Planning April 19-20
Join us online on April 19th and 20th from 6:30—8pm for a two-part presentation on preparing a new or reviewing your existing Advance Directive that is consistent with Catholic teachings. Since we never know when we may be facing medical issues or dealing with end-of-life situations, it is recommended that adults 18 and older have this legal document. These two sessions will show participants how to discuss end-of-life decisions with loved ones, the moral aspects of end-of-life decisions, palliative care, hospice, and how to complete the Hawaii Catholic Advance Healthcare Directive (provided). Sign up at: https://whv-advance-care-planning. eventbrite.com or call 808-756-5989 for more information.
Theology of the Body (TOB) Free Virtual Conference April 30-May 2
TOB is the monumental work of Saint John Paul II. Through his theology of the body, Saint John Paul II seeks to explain what the body means as a sign of the person and the person’s call to be a gift, and how it reveals the nature of God and His plan for mankind. This free virtual conference will begin at Noon EDT on Friday, April 30 and close at midnight on May 2nd. Sign up at:
Marriage Encounter May 4-25
The Marriage Encounter experience helps you listen, share, and connect more deeply. There’s no group discussion. It’s just about the two of you learning to be the best, most loving and thriving couple you can be. Nine in ten couples who attend a Marriage Encounter recognize a long-lasting positive effect on their lives. The next Hawaii-based Encounter Experience via Zoom is May 4-25 (seven sessions, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings). To apply or for more info: Tom & Sara Heath, 864-787-6797.
Fr. Lou Cameli's New Video
"Confession in the Time of Pandemic"
New Video fro
OFFICE HOURS/THIS AND THAT
Parish Office Staff Hours:
Regular office hours are 8am-4:30pm Monday-Friday, 808-326-7771. Please wear a face mask and use hand sanitizer station as you enter the office. You can also contact the office via email: StMichaelArchangel@RCCHawaii.org. Mahalo.
Mass Intentions are Available
If you would like to request a Mass Intention, please stop by or call the office at 808-326-7771. If you’d like to request a specific day and Mass time, call well in advance of the date to secure it. Mass cards are available. Mass Intentions are again listed in the Sunday bulletin found on this website: https://www.konacatholicchurch.net/our-bulletins-newsletters
Bulletin Folders Needed!
We are in need of people who can fold the weekly bulletins every Saturday after the 7am Mass. Please call the office if you can help with this special ministry. Mahalo for your stewardship.
Extending a Warm Welcome to All Who Attend Our Church—
Member Registration Encouraged
We hope you will find our parish community a place where your faith will be nourished. If you haven’t registered as a member of our parish, we encourage you to register today. Please pick up a registration form in the kiosk, or complete online at stmichaelparishkona.org. To our vis-itors, we pray that you enjoy your stay in Kona and for your safe travels.
Update Changes on Your Contact Info—Mahalo!
Please keep the Church Office informed of changes in names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. By letting us know you have moved, we can save money on postage returns and keep our membership roster up-to-date. Please email us your updates here: StMichaelArchangel@RCCHawaii.org.
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St. Michael's wants to communicate more effectively with you so you control what announcements you get from us and how you are notified. We have a simple FREE parish information service using text messages and emails to reduce the risk of scams and spam messages.
To stay connected with each other, join our interactive parish info system and stay informed! You will receive alerts regarding what is happening at Church including COVID-19 updates. You’ll also have free unlimited access to the entire Bishop Robert Barron’s “Word on Fire” programming, giving you FREE access to everything produced by World on Fire and much more.
Just text the word SMACCKK to phone # 84576 to join, or sign up online at SMACCKK.Flocknote.com.
Beware of Fake Emails and Test Messages!
If you have received an email or phone text message from Fr. Lio and/or Fr. Noé requesting a favor and asking to reply back as soon as you get it, DO NOT open or reply. It is a scam. Delete it immediately. Fr. Lio and Fr. Noé do not use email. If they need something from you they will ask you directly.
Kindly Let Us Know If You Don't Want Church Envelopes
If you are receiving envelopes but not using them, please let us know so we can cancel your envelopes. Just write a check and we’ll be able to track your donations for tax purposes. It saves the Church the cost of unused envelopes. Thank you.
Did You Know About Free Catholic Laudate App?
The most popular and most comprehensive free Catholic App. Laudate includes many awesome resources such as an interactive Rosary, Daily Readings, the Liturgy of the Hours, the Roman Missal changes, and the NAB and Douay-Rheims versions of the bible – all in a simple to navigate layout. But what makes this app shine for me is the HUGE selection of prayers – in both Latin and English!
They are sorted into intuitive groups such as the “Marian Group” and “Mass Group” and you can even create your own folder of “My Prayers” to easily access your favorites. The font size and color scheme are customizable, and there are six language options. The developers are also constantly updating this app, providing a huge selection of up to date, bug-free content.
You can download for free to your iPhone, android and/or iPad. Just search in your app store.
If you know someone in need of prayers, we can place them on the Prayer List. All information is confidential. Part of what the Charismatic Prayer Group does on Tuesday evenings when they gather, is pray for those on the Prayer List. Contact the parish office before the end of the month to add a name to the list.
St. Michael's Church provides Online Giving—a convenient and safe way to make a one-time or recurring donation. Getting started is easy—visit StMichaelParishKona.org and click our ONLINE GIVING tab. When you participate, your gift will be securely transferred directly into the parish bank account. Or visit: https://www.konacatholicchurch.net/online-giving.
Kona's Denny’s Restaurant Donation 20% of Your Bill
The co-owner of Denny’s Restaurant, Ali Sahito, has offered to donate 20% of your total bill from Denny’s to St. Michael’s Church. Just bring your receipts to St. Michael’s and place in the metal box attached to each kiosk.
Smile.Amazon Purchases Benefits St. Michael's
St. Michael’s is registered at Smile.Amazon as a non-profit. When shopping on Smile.Amazon, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible Smile.Amazon.com purchases to St. Michael’s. Support St. Michael’s when shopping for holidays, birthdays, weddings, etc., by clicking on our unique Smile.Amazon link at https://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-4686125 in your browser and it will automatically ask you if you want to support St. Michael the Archangel Church. Click Yes! There is no cost to you.
Or you can go to www.StMichaelParishKona.org and click on the Amazon Smile link on the bottom of our homepage. This is a great way to raise money for your parish!
Hawaiian Airlines Discount
Our church is now part of the Hawaiian Airlines Preferred Affiliate Program. With this program, parishioners and visitors will receive a 5% discount on all transpacific flights booked through our Preferred Affiliate page, including First Class. Our church will earn one HawaiianMile for every dollar spent that our ministries will use for free air travel in the future. And you still receive your miles! Book your flight today by going to www.HawaiianAirlines.com/Affiliate and enter the program code STMICHAEL Mahalo!
ABOUT THE INFO ON THIS PAGE
Upcoming events, news and church info appearing on this page are updated weekly by the volunteer Media Ministry and taken from the weekend bulletin passed out in church. Find the entire weekly bulletin and inserts—in English and Spanish— on this website. On our website menu, go to Home> Our Bulletins & Newsletters. Mahalo!