NEWS & EVENTS
Upcoming Events at a Glance
Events Pending Based on CDC guidelines for the COVID-19 Virus
• Visitor Industry Charity Walk: Saturday, May 9 in Waikoloa
• Worldwide Marriage Encounter: June 26-28 at Immaculate Conception
UPCOMING SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES & CANCELLATIONS
What is Cancelled in the Parish due to COVID?
This is a reminder of what has been cancelled in an effort to halt the spread of the coronavirus:
• All In-Person Masses, however our priests are celebrating Mass privately and honoring the Mass intentions of the day. See schedule below of masses on TV and Online.
• Saturday Confessions / Stations of the Cross / Lenten Penance Services / Adoration / and no Faith Formation classes will be held through April 30th.
• Visits to the hospital, the homebound and the Life Care Center are all suspended.
• Due to the shutdown of airline flights, funerals and weddings have been postponed or cancelled.
Celebration of Mass on TV and Online
* Livestreamed Masses in the Diocese of Honolulu (go to catholichawaii.org):
1. Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace - Sundays at 9am with Bishop Larry Silva presiding
2. Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace - Monday to Saturday at 8am
* Mass with Bishop Robert Barron daily at 8:15am ET - go to wordonfire.org/daily-mass/
* EWTN.com - Mass online [check the website for time]
* EWTN Mass on TV at Spectrum Channel 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. Vatican News Live Stream of Pope Francis’ Masses - go to “Pope Francis-Holy Mass”
3. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception - go to nationalshrine.org/mass/ and click on the red box, "Watch Mass Online."
Contacting Church Office Staff During COVID Outbreak
The parish office is closed but staffed remotely while the State of Hawaii is shutdown. If you call the office number, your call will be forwarded to: (808) 657-5077. The office will be open on Monday—Wednesday—Friday from 8:30am-12:30pm.
Lenten Fasting Regulations
Fasting: Catholics aged 18 through 59 are bound to fast on both Ash Wednesday (Feb. 26th) and Good Friday (April 10th). To fast means to consume one full meal a day at most, although taking the other, smaller quantities of food at the other customary mealtimes is permitted. Food and drink between meals (excepting water and medicine) is not permitted on fast days. Abstinence from meat: Catholics aged 14 and up are to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesdays, all Fridays of Lent, and Good Friday. To abstain means refraining from eating beef, veal, pork, or poultry at least, although eggs and milk products are acceptable. The consumption of fish and shellfish is permitted, thought the penitential character of the abstinence should be kept in mind.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter June 26-28
PENDING: The new dates for Worldwide Marriage Encounter at Immaculate Conception will be June 26—28.
For more information or to register, please go to hawaiiwwme.org or call 808-268-1578.
If you are planning a Catholic wedding either here or in another Catholic Church, please remember that preparation takes an average of 6 months. Depending on the circumstances, it could take longer. Engaged Encounter Weekend is required in the Diocese of Honolulu. The next opportunity on the Big Island is August 22nd of this year at St. Joseph’s in Hilo. Call Susan Bender in the Parish Office for detailed information about preparation: 326-7771.
No classes due to CDC guidelines for the COVID virus.
No classes due to CDC guidelines for the COVID virus.
The Sharing Garden donated 16,693 pounds of fruits and vegetable in 2019. This total exceeds 2018's total by 30% and is due in part to the added help we enjoyed this year from full and part-time parishioners who faithfully return each week to plant, weed and harvest.
Food Pantry Remains Open During COVID Outbreak
Our Food Pantry will remain open to distribute canned and dry foods, plus produce from the Sharing Garden, on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday each month from 9-9:45am. It is located in the parking lot of Immaculate Conception Mission, directly across from Holualoa School. If you’re in need of food, call the office for more information.
THIS AND THAT
Protect Yourself to Prevent Illness
Changes at St. Michael’s due to the flu season and steps to prevent spread of the COVID virus:
1) We are suspending distribution of the Precious Blood to the congregation until further notice.
2) Faithful are encouraged to receive communion in the hands.
3) If you still want communion on the tongue, please only go to the Priest.
4) Please do not hold hands during recit-ing of the Our Father.
5) For the Sign of Peace, smile or simply say Peace be with you, without shak-ing hands.
6) If you are ill, remain at home.
For more updates, go to cdc.gov
Requesting a Mass/Current Mass Intentions
For those who have Mass intentions scheduled from March 18th through and including March 31st for the 7am and 12pm daily Masses and for all weekend Masses, please know Fr. Lio will celebrate these Masses privately at Immaculate Conception Mission Church. All scheduled Mass intentions will be honored and held in prayer during these Masses.
A Mass intention can be scheduled by calling the Office at 326-7771. If you’d like to request a specific day and Mass time, kindly call well in advance of the date to secure it. Mass cards are available.
Extending a Warm Welcome to All Who Attend Our Church—
Member Registration Encouraged
We extend a warm Aloha to all who attend our church. 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. You can register on our website at stmichaelparishkona.org, in the office or complete the form in the kiosks.
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.
Sign up for Parish Updates with Flocknote
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 due to the coronavirus crisis. You’ll also have access to the entire Bishop Robert Barron’s “Word on Fire” programming, giving you FREE access to everything produced by WOF and much more.
Just text the word SMACCKK to phone # 84576 to join, or sign up online at smack.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. Neo requesting a favor and to reply back as soon as you get it, DO NOT open or reply. It is spam. Delete it immediately. Fr. Lio and Fr. Neo 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 Pray-ers” 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.
A Friendly Tax Reminder
Think of your Church when you are making your end of year tax free contributions. Important Notice: To ensure the deductibility of your Church contributions, please do not file your 2019 Tax Return until you’ve received a written acknowledgment of your contributions from the Church. You may lose a deduction for some contributions if you file your tax return before receiving a written acknowledgment from us.
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
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 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 and click on the Amazon Smile link. 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 and enter the program code STMICHAEL. Mahalo!
ABOUT THE INFO ON THIS PAGE
Upcoming events, news and church info appearing on this page is 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. Go to Home> Our Parish> Our Bulletins & Newsletters. Mahalo!