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  • Bishop's Homily for the 5th Sunday of Easter

    Bishop Larry Silva
    May 14, 2017

    Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year A[Our Lady of the Mount Church, Kalihi] When I was a pastor and was trying to make the liturgy in the parish as engaging as possible for the parishioners, I knew that it would take a lot of hard work.  First, the place we gather has to be in good condition and its order and decor needs to reflect that something very important is happening here.  Lectors need to be recruited, properly trained, and schedul...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter

    Bishop Larry Silva
    May 07, 2017

    Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year A[Confirmation:  Sacred Heart Church, Honolulu; Vietnamese Holy Martyrs Community, Honolulu; Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu] I recall a TV game show in which the contestants had to choose which of three doors the grand prize would be behind.  Behind the other two doors was either a lesser prize or a gag prize.  In light of today’s gospel we might reflect upon the same concept; only thi...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Easter

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 30, 2017

    Third Sunday of Easter, Year A[St. George Church, Waimanalo (Confirmation); Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Wahiawa Confirmation)] What makes you downcast?  Is it trouble in the family?  Worry about a serious illness you or someone close to you has?  Loss of a job, or not being able to find a job?  Are you downcast about terrorism, or the wars and divisions that are part of the world right now?  Are you downcast about the...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Easter

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 23, 2017

    Second Sunday of Easter (Sunday of Divine Mercy), Year A[Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace (Confirmation/First Communion)] Wouldn't we be amazed if Jesus stood right here before us in this room?  If we could touch the wounds in his hands and put our hand into his wounded side?  We would be thrilled to see him standing before us, risen from the dead. But the fact is that he is here among us right now.  We do not see him w...

  • Homily for Easter Sunday

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 16, 2017

    Easter Vigil/Easter Sunday, Year A - April 15/16, 2017 [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu / St. John the Apostle & Evangelist Parish, Mililani] Cute little yellow chicks. Pastel colors and butterflies. Easter eggs, Easter parades, Easter bonnets, Easter baskets, and Easter bunnies. That’s what Easter is all about! Or so one would think from visiting the Easter card rack at the local drug store! Few and far between is...

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