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  • Bishop Larry Silva
    February 20, 2018

    [St. Theresa Church, Kihei (Rite of Election);Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu (Rite of Election; Mass for Great Aloha Run/Akua Run Participants)] Bungee jumping.  Sky diving.  Swimming with sharks.  These are all activities that most of us would avoid at all costs but that a few people would love to engage in because it gives them such a rush of adrenaline.  They are risky and can be dangerous.  That is why the ...

  • 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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