Food Pantry Ministry
This ministry distributes food at the Immaculate Conception parking lot from 9-9:45 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturday of each month.Each household receives a bundle containing rice, canned vegetables, tuna, spam, pasta, a drink and more. In addition, we distribute fresh produce from the Sharing Garden and Honaunau Market. Our average distribution helps feed about 300 people.
We have seen a dramatic increase of families in need. Please consider making a donation to this much needed ministry. Items most needed are Peanut Butter, Canned Fruits, Canned Vegetables, and Spam. Diaper sizes needed are sizes 5 and 6 and Pull-Ups 4T-5T Boys and Girls. Please place your donations in the baskets at the back of church when you come to Mass. Mahalo for your continued support.
Volunteers also sort and prepackage at 9am on the Thursday morning before each distribution. One to five hours of service per month are requested of volunteers. Please join us!
The Diaper Ministry provides diapers and pull-ups at our Food Pantry distribution on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. Throughout 2022, we have helped approximately 50-80 children at each distribution. We also provide supplies to local agencies who are resources to families in need. Mahalo for your donations and your continued support for this much needed ministry.
Meals That Heal Ministry
Dedicated volunteers prepare and deliver meals to those who are temporarily homebound or ill. Our goal is to help alleviate any extra stress on families during these times. It is a very beautiful way to let our Parish family know that we are thinking of them and praying for them. It is one small thing that we can do to show that we care. Please contact call the parish office or Cheryl Roderer at [email protected] to join as a volunteer or to give us the name of a family who could benefit from this ministry.
Malama Na Keiki
The Malama Na Keiki (Backpack Program) suspended the program with Holualoa School at the end of the school year due to logistical challenges with school being closed for the summer. We referred our families to the Food Pantry for assistance during the break. We will resume in the fall for the school year. The program in June contributed healthy snacks for 130 keiki attending the Aloha Map Keiki Summer program, and in July we will do the same for a Football Day Camp for 150 keiki.
In the 2nd Quarter of 2023 the Sharing Garden harvested 1575 pounds of fruit and vegetables. The produce was pro-vided to Malama Na Keiki, Ulu Wini family supportive housing and the Parish Food Pantry. While our production was down from previous quarters by weight, we were encouraged by the quantity of greens we harvested that included green beans, lettuce, eggplant, Bok choi, carrots, cabbage, cucumbers, pumpkin (squash), radish, peppers, green onions and kale.
Neighborhood/Traveling Rosary Inspires Community Prayer
“Of all the prayers, the Rosary is the most beautiful and the richest in graces; of all it is the one most pleasing to Mary, the Virgin Most Holy.”. – Pope St. Pius XI Display the statue of the Blessed Mother in your home and invite your Catholic neighbors to pray the Rosary with your family. For more information, call Beth Smith at (760) 212-4533.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Jesus chose the desert as a place to pray in solitude. He fought temptation, the temptations of the devil himself. He taught us how to be victorious over temptation. We must desire victory over it. Call upon the Lord to help you fight temptation. Often, we crowd out the opportunity to be victorious for Christ. We allow “My schedule”, “My time”, “My life” to come before the voice of Christ which says, “Come to Me”. When we permit this, temptation wins. Think about it!
Try to pray as St. Augustine prayed, “God, give me the grace to triumph over my enemy, temptation.” You have a special hour of adoration waiting for you on Wednesdays from 7:30am to 5pm. Call the office at 326-7771 to claim your victory!
Gift Shop Ministry
Volunteers in this ministry create a welcoming environment while assisting the Gift Shop manager with operations. Come join us and volunteer at least once a month on the North Lanai before or after the Sunday Mass you attend or during the weekday while the Gift Shop is open. Call the Parish Office if you are interested in meeting new people by helping out at the Gift Shop! Gift Shop Hours: Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri. from 9:30am-1:30pm and Sunday from 6:30am – 2:30pm
Altar Servers & Sacristans
We welcome anyone who is interested in becoming an Altar Server or Sacristan. For more information, please call the parish office at 808-326-7771.
Way of the Cross for an End to Trafficking on Wednesdays
Each Wednesday at noon, we pray the Stations of the Cross at St. Michael’s for the safety of all those who are held captive by traffickers for either sex or agricultural work and usually have no way of escaping the status of slavery. The prayers were developed by Bishop Silva and require about twenty minutes of your time. Please join us!