NEWS & EVENTS
Upcoming Events at a Glance
• Kona Choral Black History Month Concert: Friday, January 24 at Immaculate Conception
• Epic: A Journey through Church History Bible Study: 10:30-11:30 am Thursday, February 13 for 20 weeks
• Ash Wednesday Masses: 7am, noon, 5 and 7pm Wednesday, February 26 at St. Michael's
• St. Michael's Golf Tournament: Saturday, March 21 at Kona Country Club in Keauhou
• Visitor Industry Charity Walk: Saturday, May 9 in Waikoloa
UPCOMING SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES
Kona Choral Society Concert January 31
The Kona Choral Society Presents its 4th Annual Black History Month Concert, “Peace Like a River” a celebration of African-American Gospel and Spirituals 7-8pm Friday, January 31st at St. Michael’s. The concert is free but donations are appreciated.
National Marriage Week/ World Marriage Day in February
National Marriage Week: This February 7—14, 2020, we will celebrate National Marriage Week! This annual observance is a great prompt for everyone to reflect on the gift marriage is to our Church and our country, as well as an opportunity for couples to build up their own marriages. Spend a little dedicated time in prayer and reflection by participating in a seven-day virtual retreat (available in pdf in English and Spanish) focused on marriage. This year the retreat theme is “Stories from the Domestic Church.” For more information and resources, please visit foryourmarriage.org.
World Marriage Day (WMD) is on Sunday, February 9th: WMD honors hus-band and wife as the foundation of the family, the basic unit of society. It salutes the beauty of their faithfulness, sacrifice and joy in daily married life.For more information, please visit wwme.org/wpd-wmd.
Discover the “Epic” Story of the Catholic Church Starting February 13
— Experience Church History from a Catholic Perspective!
As Catholics, we are heirs to a remarkable heritage. The history of our Faith is so much more than a list of facts and dates. It is a fascinating story of adventure, rebellion, tragedy, and triumph. A story 2,000 years in the making, one word best describes Catholic history: Epic.
Epic: A Journey through Church History is a captivating and fast-paced look at the story of the Catholic Church. Beginning with the lives of the apostles all the way up to the present day, Epic takes the immense history of the Church and simplifies it into twelve, color-coded time periods. In the course of twenty ses-sions, participants learn about the major people, places, and events that comprise the captivating story of Christianity. This Study provides participants with an understanding of Church history that enables them to have a greater sense of meaning and identity as Catholics.
Join us for the Epic: A Journey through Church History at Immaculate Conception Hall beginning February 13, 2020 from 10—11:30am and continuing every Thursday. For more information or to register for the study, call Hin Cheung at 714-308-5493.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter June 26-28
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.
Next Opportunity for Infant Baptism January 26
The Sacrament of Baptism will be offered for infants and children under the age of 7 on Sunday, January 26th. The preparation class will take place on Sunday, January 19th at 1:30pm at St. Michael’s Church. Please pick up the registration form and submit it. It can be obtained on the website, in the Parish Office, or on the kiosk. We also need a copy of the child’s Birth Certificate.
Please prepare to submit as soon as possible. There are always questions about godparents that are a challenge to resolve. We will do every-thing possible to help you make this a blessed day for your family. Feel free to call Cheryl Appleby on Tuesday at the parish office: 326-7771 with questions; however, if we fail to receive the information prior to January 22nd, we will delay your Baptism until later in the year.
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 February 1st and 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.
We are approaching several important dates, so I’d like you to put them on your calendars. The Lenten Retreat will be held here at St. Michael’s on Saturday, March 14th from 9am—2pm, and is open to all children in grades 2-12. Registration forms will be available shortly. There will also be a Passion retreat at St. Benedict’s on April 4th, from 10am—3pm. These retreats are wonderful opportunities, so I hope your children can attend at least one. Many children in grades 3-5 are preparing for Reconciliation. The Communal Penance Service date will be announced shorty, so stay tuned. Finally, the second graders will be receiving Com-munion and Confirmation on Tuesday, May 19th. Put this date on your calendar now!
Thank you for participating in our Safe Environment Class, if you missed it be ready for a make up class, your par-ents will be contacted. Prayers for our families in Mexico City and their friends and family here.
Next class is Friday, February 14th at 6pm preparing for our visit to the Life Care Center on Saturday, February 15th from 2:30—3:30 pm.
For more information contact Edwina Fujimoto, Youth Ministry Coordinator, efujimoto @rcchawaii.org or 808-895-7105.
The Sharing Garden donated 16,693 pounds of fruits and vegetable this year. This total exceeds last year’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.
Malama Na Keiki
The Malama Na Keiki (Backpack Program) added an extra delivery ahead of the Christmas break to help the families through the holidays. The team is greatly appreciative for the recent financial contributions we have received from individual parishioners. These gifts will keep us going through the remaining school year. Mahalo.
Items especially needed for the Food Pantry are canned fruit, juice, canned tuna and spam. Please drop off at Masses in the carts at the back of the Churches. In 2019 the parish Food Pantry was able to help feed 947 households containing 5180 people. Thanks to the many volunteers and the support of the parish for making this possible.
The Friendly Place Lunches
We did something a little different at The Friendly Place for the second Tuesday in December. A group of 8 folks visiting from Detroit asked if they could help feed the hungry, so we provided the food and they did the work. It was a nice Christmas break for our usual volunteers and the recipients were pleased and grateful that a group of visitors were willing to devote a couple hours of their vacation to our island’s less fortunate.
THIS AND THAT
The Parish Office will be closed on Monday, January 20th in Observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday.
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
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.
Stay informed with the latest happenings at the parish (including last minute schedule changes or weather cancelations), engage in online spirituality dis-cussions, and also access the entire Bish-op Robert Barron's Word on Fire pro-gramming giving you FREE complete access to everything ever produced by WOF including all videos and digital media. You just text: SMACCKK to phone number 84576
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.
Free Tax Help for low to moderate income taxpayers
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, an AARP Foundation program to help low to moderate income taxpayers have more discretionary income for everyday essentials, such as food and housing, by assisting with tax services and ensuring they receive applicable tax credits and deductions. AARP Tax-Aide is available free to taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those 50 and older.
West Hawaii has 3 sites offering service beginning February 4th thru April 9th. Hale Halawai located at 75-5600 Ali’i Drive is open on a walk-in basis Thursdays beginning February 6th from 8am—Noon, Yano Hall located at 82-6156 Mamalahoa Hwy in Captain Cook is open on a walk-in basis Wednesdays beginning February 5th, from 9am—Noon. Catholic Chari-ties located at 73-5618 Maiau St, Ste B201, Kamuna Center (Mauka of Costco) is open on Tuesdays beginning February 4th, from Noon—4pm. For an appoint-ment at the Catholic Charities site call 808-498-7309; walk-ins after 2pm.
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!