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. Note St. Michael's installed a new A/C filtration system and the church is sanitized after every Mass. Please join us. We can safely accommodate up to 200 people per Mass. All mission churches remain closed until further notice. Mahalo!
Track Our Diocese COVID-19 Updates
Go to catholichawaii.org/covid_19 and to hawaiicatholicherald.com/tag/coronavirus/
Local Celebrations of Mass on TV and Online
* Mass LiveStreamed 9am Sundays in English and 11 a.m. in Spanish from St. Michael's
Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/onecatholicohana/live
YouTube Channel: bit.ly/stmichaelkonayoutube
* 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 9am with Bishop Larry Silva presiding
2. Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace - Monday to Saturday at 8am
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 Jan. 4-10, 2021 totaled $49,978.57. (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
We have collected $569,419.10 for the Parish Center Campaign. Mahalo for your continued generosity. Please use St. Michael’s online giving, “Parish Center Campaign” for your donation.
Human Trafficking Awareness Month
January is Human Trafficking Awareness month. Learn more about trafficking on Hawaii Island and how to fight it by attending free online classes by Ho`ola Na Pua. The January classes: Guy Talk – Fight Sex Trafficking, Thursday, January 14, at 4pm, Commercial Sexploitation of Children: Trauma Information Response, Thursday, January 22nd at 12noon, and Wednesday, January 27th at 4pm. Register at www.holanapu.org.
Pray for those who have been trafficked and for an end to trafficking by joining the Way of the Cross prayer sessions every Wednesday at 12 noon at St. Michael’s.
9 Days for Life Novena Starts January 21
The 9 Days for Life is an annual period of prayer and action sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) that focuses on cherishing the gift of every person's life. We begin a novena on Thursday, January 21st at 3pm along with a Rosary for Life at the Grotto, followed by Sign Waving in front of the Church at 4pm and a Respect Life Mass at 5pm. On Friday, January 22nd, which is The Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, we will pray the Novena and a Rosary for Life after the 5pm Mass at the Grotto. Then, from January 23rd to January 29th the Novena will be prayed after the 7am and 5pm Masses. Please join us. If you are unable to attend, you may sign up to pray it at
"Into the Breach," A Call to Battle for Catholic Men, Starts January 22 Via Zoom
Join us in a 12-episode video series, entitled Into the Breach. The Knights of Columbus in conjunction with the SMA Men’s Fellowship Group will host one series on a Friday each month from 6:30—8pm via the Zoom Virtual platform. Our first presentation will be on January, 22nd and there is no cost. Contact Joe James at or 727-480-4172.
Marriage Convalidation Ceremony June 5 Requires Preparation
The Diocese of Honolulu has announced that a Marriage Convalidation Ceremony will take place on June 5, 2021 at 10am at St. Michael’s. Bishop Larry Silva will preside. A convalidation is not simply a renewal of the previous intention to marry, but the creation of a valid marriage in the eyes of the Catholic Christian community.
Canon law requires proper preparation for entering into the Sacrament of Matrimony. A couple married outside the Catholic Church needs to learn all that the Sacrament of Matrimony entails. Prior to the Convalidation Ceremony in June, there are several Enrichments and Encounters that will be offered which fulfill preparation requirements for Con-validation set forth by the Diocese. It is extremely important to start this process now as each couple’s situa-tion is different and may require more time for preparation.
Regardless of what happened in the past, the Catholic Church invites you to bring new meaning to your lives by embracing the vocation of marriage and dedicating your family’s mission to sharing God’s love.
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 started off the new year with a great pick-up party! All the families received their Gospel Weeklies, and the teachers have begun checking in again weekly. The children all made welcome cards for new parishioners. Parents, you must work with your child on the Safe Environment lesson we sent home, and text me a picture of the signed “turn-in” page to show the lesson was completed. In addition, all children who are eligible for Reconciliation received notice of the MUST-ATTEND meeting on either January 19th or 20th between 6-7 pm to pick up the instructions, materials, and checklist to guide you. Finally, as always, thank you for your generous donations to our food pantry! Our next pick-up party is Sunday, February 21st. Put the date on your calendar now! —Darlene Gawlik, Catechist
Happy New Year! Upcoming YM meetings on Zoom: January 24 and February 14, 2021 at 6pm. Our challenge for the next two weeks: add 10 minutes of prayer to your day every day. For more information, please contact Edwina Fujimoto at efujimoto@rcc hawaii.org or call/text 808-895-7105.
To schedule baptism classes, please contact Cheryl Appleby at 253-334-2788 or email email@example.com.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Children and Youth ages 7-17
Youth began to discover the historical and scriptural roots of baptism. 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)
The RCIA process is continuing at St. Michael during COVID. For more information, contact Sándor Hernández Morales at 305-491-1277 or SHMPax@Gmail.com.
Eucharist to Homebound & Hospitalized
Call the Parish Office to make arrangements for a visit.
OUR PARISH HELPING OTHERS
Annual Appeal for St. Joseph School
Saint Joseph School has a history of 151 years on the Big Island, edu-cating generations of students and many members of our community. Founded on April 1, 1869, St. Joseph is the oldest private school and the only Catholic school on the island of Hawaii. They appeal for support from our Catholic community. Please see the insert in the bulletin on how you can donate.
Food & Diaper Drive
The next Food & Diaper Drive is Monday, January 25th from 9-11am in St. Michael’s front parking lot. Food items needed are soup, spam, canned vegetables, and pork & beans. Diaper sizes needed are 1 and 4. Mahalo for your continued support of those in need!
The Sharing Garden donated 11,733 pounds of fruits and vegetables in 2020. It was distributed to St. Michael’s Food Pantry (3127 pounds), residents of Ulu Wini (4635 pounds), Malama Na Keika (2021 pounds), Salvation Army (1194 pounds), and individuals in need (756 pounds).
Malama Na Keiki
The Malama Na Keiki is participating in the USDA program through December that provides fresh produce, dairy, and meat packages to 30 needy families in our program. We appreciate the assistance of the Knights of Columbus for delivering these packages to us from Hilo. The Malama Na Keiki will continue in 2021 to work with Holualoa School administration in providing food to needy students and their families. We are grateful to be a part of the charity network that provides for those in need in our community, thanks to generous patrons of our program.
Fallout from the pandemic led to a record year for the food pantry. In 2020 we helped feed over 6,800 people, one third more than the previous year. Our thanks to the volunteers, the donors and the parish who make this ministry possible.
Food Pantry New Home
We are thrilled with the Food Pantry’s new home in the Immaculate Conception Mission Hall. The additional space gives us more space, efficiency, and comfort. The switch has been timely since our volume continues to grow. We have been able to meet the demand because of your wonderful gifts to the food drives held on the last Monday morning of each month.
Food Pantry Monthly Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday
Your contributions to the monthly food drive on the last Monday morning of each month is greatly appreciated as it is allowing us to feed more people than ever. The next food distribution will be held Wednesday, January 27 at Immaculate Conception parking lot from 9-9:45am.
Marriage & Family Life
Marriage Enrichment: Married couples are encouraged to attend periodic Enrichments to reflect on their marriages and find areas where good marriages can become even better. Couples considering Convalidation are also encouraged to attend this Enrichment which will supplement preparation by your parish priest. The next HI-based Enrichment (Marriage Takes Three) is January 16th via Zoom. Register online at or contact Lee & Tanya Barbero (808)268-1578 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next Hawaii-based virtual ME Experience is scheduled for Feb 12-14. For more information or to apply, go to www.wwme. org or contact Tom and Sara Heath at 808-373-0890.
Fr. Lou Cameli's New Video
"Confession in the Time of Pandemic"
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OFFICE HOURS/THIS AND THAT
Parish Office Staff Hours: Office Closed January 18 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
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: email@example.com. 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:
Keep Our Keiki Safe
Mahalo to all who sign waved recently on World Day Against Human Trafficking. Learn more about sex trafficking on Hawaii island and how to prevent it from Ho’ola Na Pua. Register for free online classes at: Check our facebook page for photos, St. Michaels the Archangel Parish:
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 Holy Communion in the hands.
3) If you still prefer Holy Communion on the tongue, please follow Pastorʻs guidelines on our homepage.
4) There will be no physical contact during the Lordʻs Prayer (Our Father) at Holy Mass.
5) For the Sign of Peace, wave or simply say "peace be with you," without any physical contact.
6) If you are ill, please remain at home. The bishop has extended our dispensation to attend Holy Mass.
7) For more COVID-19 updates, go to cdc.gov
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 or in the parish office. Welcome!
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 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 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.
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 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 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. Go to Home> Our Parish> Our Bulletins & Newsletters. Mahalo!