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  • Homily for Stewardship Day Mass

    Bishop Larry Silva
    February 17, 2018

    Mass for Stewardship Day; Saturday after Ash Wednesday – February 17, 2018[Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa]  Once upon a time a king ordered that a great feast be held.  He had his chancellor write up a note to the chief banquet steward that on a certain night he was to prepare a great feast in the royal banquet hall, filling it to its fullest capacity.  The diligent steward immediately began planning the feast.  He line...

  • Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    January 28, 2018

    [St. John Vianney Church, Kailua; St. Ann Church, Kaneohe (Installation of Pastor)] In a house of ill repute?  Yes.  In a bar?  More than likely.  These are we might expect to find people taken over by demons that lead them astray.  But in a synagogue, where people gather to hear the Word of God?  Apparently that is precisely where Jesus encountered this man with the unclean spirit.  And in a Catholic Mass?&...

  • Homily for Red Mass

    Bishop Larry Silva
    January 18, 2018

    [Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Kalihi] He was an immigrant.  He took a months-long and dangerous voyage to reach a place he had only heard about, but that was very different from his place of birth.  He had to learn not one, but two different languages.  At one point, he lived under a tree, because there was no house for him.  We know this immigrant as Father Damien, and revere him as a saint.  He came not so much to s...

  • Bishop's Homily for 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    January 15, 2018

    [Fiftieth Anniversary of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Ewa Beach (at Honolulu Country Club)] We thank God for teachers!  And we thank God for students! Our readings today are filled with both students and teachers.  In the Scriptures, of course, it is obvious that the students are learning to listen to and to share the Word of God.  It may not always be so obvious, but that is exactly what happens in our Catholic schools,...

  • Homily for the Solemnity of the Epiphany

    Bishop Larry Silva
    January 07, 2018

    [Carmelite Convent Chapel, Kaneohe] When I visit the parishes of our diocese, I am always impressed by the faith and devotion of our parishioners.  Our parishes offer schools to educate our youth, religious education programs, youth ministry, outreach to the homebound, programs to feed the hungry, and many other wonderful services.  I was thinking of the recent pre-Christmas Misas de Gallo, those early morning (4:30 or 5:00 a.m.!) M...

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