Ministries Update

Environment and Linens Ministry: Ensuring the Beauty of Our Worship Space for the Entire Liturgical Year

It takes many stewards, with all kinds of gifts, to keep our church running. Some proclaim the Word as lectors, distribute Holy Communion, or use their musical talents to give glory to God.  One ministry that might not be immediately apparent is the Environment and Linens Ministry, which ensures that all of the linens in St. Michael’s reflect the liturgical season.  Fr. Lio asked Bonnie Miki to be part of the Environment and Linens Ministry […]

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Altar Servers Find Great Joy in Sharing Talents with God and Parish at Mass

  We know how vital altar servers are in assisting our clergy with the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Altar servers also have a meaningful impact on their own families as they bring them closer together and closer to the liturgy.  “The impact that the servers have on their families is priceless,” says Ivan Toguchi. “I enjoy watching how much the servers really look forward to serving Mass. When the servers are […]

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Lector Ministry: Proclaiming God’s Word for All to Hear

St. Paul has much to say in his letter to the Romans about those who bring the Word of God to others — “For ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can people […]

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Feeding the Hungry with Malama Na Keiki

As Catholics, we are called to feed the hungry, especially in our own communities. In the State of Hawai’i, one in six children faces hunger and food insecurity. Here at St. Michael, the Malama Na Keiki ministry has partnered with Holualoa Elementary School — across the street from the Immaculate Conception mission church — to reach students who are facing hunger. “It’s a Corporal Work of Mercy to feed the hungry, and there is great […]

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Coffee and Donuts

Is there any better tradition of fellowship in our church than sharing coffee and donuts after Mass? There is a reason why this opportunity to spend time with our parish community is such a long-storied part of the church. After we come together on Sundays to worship our Lord by celebrating the source and summit of our faith, the Eucharist, we take the time to gather as a community and enjoy each other’s company, share […]

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Meals That Heal Ministry Kau Kau for Kōkua and Aloha in Times of Need

from St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Parish Newsletter — Apr/May 2023 by Catholic Stewardship Consultants When a friend or family member is going through an overwhelming time in his or her life, we are called to reach out to our loved ones to offer them support. In the same way, we are also called to m ālama those in our parish ʻ ohana who may need our help. The Meals That Heal Ministry provides meals to those […]

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Traveling Rosary Bringing Many Graces to the Homes of Our Parish ʻOhana

from St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Parish Newsletter — Apr/May 2023 by Catholic Stewardship Consultants The Rosary is a prayer that developed from a long history with roots going as far back as the third-century Desert Fathers’ prayer ropes, and St. Dominic’s dream in the year 1208. The word rosary refers to a garland of roses and is associated with many heavenly promises. St. Louis de Montfort was a great proponent of the Rosary and he spoke […]

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Hula Ministry: Perpetuating the Native Hawaiian Practice of Worship Through Sacred Gestures of Hula

As explained in 1918 by Fr. Romano Guardini in his seminal book, The Spirit of the Liturgy, the Church “desires, as a rule, that spiritual life should be impregnated with the wholesome salt of genuine and lofty culture.” At St. Michael, our hula ministry practices the Native Hawaiian tradition of prayer and worship through the sacred gestures of hula. “We recognize and understand the duality of being a cultural practitioner of hula and of our […]

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Beach Evangelization Ministry: Sharing the Message of Hope

Catholics are always called to share the joy and truth of our faith with those around us. Now that two years of COVID restrictions are finally easing up, parishioner Dr. Scott French is hoping to bring the Good News to both Catholics and non-Catholics alike through the Beach Evangelization Ministry. “Before COVID, I approached Fr. Lio with the idea to combine that with a booth for evangelization, where we could have refreshments and tell people […]

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The Greeters Ministry: Welcoming All to the Celebration of the Mass with Aloha and Ho’okipa

Courtesy of Catholic Stewardship Consultants Now more than ever, in the wake of the isolation brought by COVID restrictions, it is important to welcome parishioners and guests into the church with the aloha that characterizes St. Michael’s Parish. “There has been a loss of connection with the church,” says Jo Anne Fay, a member of the Greeters Ministry here at St. Michael the Archangel. “And we want people to feel the joy, celebration, and closeness […]

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