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Effective Easter Sunday, April 4 (or as of the Easter Vigil, April 3), I am ending the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass, which has been in effect since mid-March, 2020. However, anyone who is sick, may have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19, or who has a health condition that would endanger themselves or others by being present in church, continues to be dispensed.
In order to better accommodate larger numbers of people, especially on Easter Sunday, pastors are to determine whether extra seats can be added on lanais, additional Masses can be added to the schedule, or live-streaming in the parish hall can be done and Holy Communion taken to those who participate by this means.
If anticipated numbers simply cannot be safely accommodated in a particular parish, a pastor can dispense from the Sunday Mass obligation, either for individual parishioners or certain groups of parishioners, and for a specified period of time not to exceed two months without consultation with the Bishop of Honolulu. - Bishop Larry Silva
Effective tomorrow, Thursday, February 25, 2021 the City and County of Honolulu (Oahu Island) will move to Tier 3. All other counties (islands) need to continue observing the rules promulgated by their respective Mayor’s offices. An official declaration from the Mayor of Honolulu office is not yet published, so we don’t have too many details regarding how it will affect our spiritual services and current practices. However, the following is already known:
- Deacon Modesto Cordero, Director, Office of Worship
"As we go through the pandemic, we are enjoying the lifting of some restrictions, even as we still need to observe others for the safety and health of our community. I had extended the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation through February 16, 2021. I wanted to reinstate the obligation beginning with Lent, but since we still need to maintain social distancing in our churches, I am hereby extending the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday and Holy Day Mass through noon on Holy Thursday, April 1, 2021, which marks the end of Lent. However, this time I am strongly urging that all who take the dispensation engage in some other form of prayer or worship as suggested below. While none of these can be the equivalent of attending Sunday Mass, they will serve to keep us connected to worship, especially during the penitential season of Lent." - Bishop Larry Silva
- Memo: "COVID-19 Vaccinations for clergy, lay employees and volunteers" - Dara Perreira, Director of Human Resources, Diocese of Honolulu
Moral Considerations Regarding the New COVID-19 Vaccines - United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
Letter from Bishop Larry Silva regarding COVID-19 vaccines - January 8, 2021
May 14, 2020: Bishop Larry Silva wanted to share this inspirational song that features our own Fay Pabo, a parishioner at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa:
"The Hawai'i Blessing"
Diocese of Honolulu 2021 Lenten Regulations During the COVID19 pandemic - January 12, 2021
Liturgical Directives for the Christmas Season During the Time of Pandemic - December 7, 2020
Update on COVID-19 Protocols - September 23, 2020
"Prayers During the Time of the Coronavirus Disease" - March 17, 2020
"Cold and Flu Season and the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Update #2" - March 12, 2020
"Cold and Flu Season and the Coronavirus Outbreak" - January 31, 2020
Deacon Modesto R. Cordero, Director
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