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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    May 12, 2019

    [Our Lady of the Mount Church, Kalihi (Confirmation and First Holy Communion); Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Ewa Beach (Confirmation and First Holy Communion)] Sixty-three years ago today, which was also Mothers’ Day, I received my First Holy Communion.  Who would have known then that I would be here today to give First Communion to these brothers and sisters of ours?  And who would have thought that I would be givin...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Third Sunday of Easter

    Bishop Larry Silva
    May 05, 2019

    [St. John the Baptist Church, Kalihi; Resurrection of the Lord Church, Waipio; St. Anthony of Padua Church, Kailua (Confirmations and First Communions)]  Have you ever noticed that Jesus had different ways of revealing himself after he rose from the dead?  I once saw a painting of Jesus meeting Mary Magdalene outside his tomb.  He was dressed with a dirty tunic, a floppy hat, and a hoe on his shoulder.  She thought he was ...

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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    May 05, 2019

    [Sacred Heart Church, Punahou; St. John Vianney Church, Kailua (Confirmation & First Holy Communion)]  If I came back here a year from now and met you who are receiving Confirmation and First Holy Communion today, I bet you would be bigger.  You are at an age in which your bodies are growing.  The clothes and shoes you are wearing today probably won’t fit you in just a year from now.  Do you know that the Body o...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday)

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 28, 2019

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace (Confirmation & First Communion);Vietnamese Catholic Community, at Co-Cathedral (Confirmation & First Communion)] One of the winners in this year’s Merrie Monarch Hula Competition said she danced so well because she could feel the spirit of her kupuna, her elders, living and dead, surrounding her.  This is a beautiful expression of a love that never dies and that brings out the best ...

  • Bishop's Homily for Easter Sunday

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 21, 2019

    [Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa] Do you realize what it takes to put together the liturgies we celebrate during this Sacred Triduum, of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter?  First the liturgical rites handed on to us by the Church must be studied by all who are planning the celebrations.  They give a basic guideline on the flow of the liturgy and some details.  Even so, there are many blanks that need to be filled in by...

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