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  • Homily for The Solemnity of Pentecost

    Bishop Larry Silva
    June 04, 2017

    The Solemnity of Pentecost, Year A - June 3-4, 2017 [Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Ewa Beach (Confirmation); Holy Ghost Mission, Kula (Confirmation and Holy Ghost Festa); Christ the King Church, Kahului (Spanish Confirmation)] Strong driving winds can be very destructive.  Just this week, a bishop in Florida issued a prayer for protection during the hurricane season.  Fire, too, can be extremely dangerous, and many have lost t...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Ascension of the Lord

    Bishop Larry Silva
    May 28, 2017

    Ascension of the Lord, Year A – May 27/28, 2017[St. Mary Church, Hana (Confirmation at 9:00 a.m. Mass); St. Peter Mission, Puuiki] I remember how disappointed I was the first time I ordered a teriyaki steak at a restaurant.  The steak was good, but it was only glazed over with teriyaki sauce, while I had been accustomed to the ones my mother would make, in which she marinated the steak for at least 24 hours in the teriyaki sauce.&n...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter

    Bishop Larry Silva
    May 21, 2017

    Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year A – May 20/21, 2017[Confirmation at: Holy Cross Church, Kalaheo; Immaculate Conception Church, Lihue; St. Raphael Church, Koloa; St. Catherine Church, Kapaa] What miracles will you perform?  You might ask, “Who, me?!”  Yes, you! Philip performed some miracles because he was a disciple of Jesus filled with the Holy Spirit.    There is no less power in the Holy Spirit now t...

  • 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...

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