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Little Bethlehem Christians Selling Religious Articles from the Holy Land

March 22, 2017

From Very Rev. Mark J. Gantley, JCL
Judicial Vicar & Director of Canonical Affairs

Ghassan & Siham Al Sahouri from Little Bethlehem Christians are planning to be in Hawaii during the summer to sell olive wood crosses and other religious articles.  They are currently making their plans.  Any pastor who is contacted by them is free to permit this, with the following stipulations:

  • Pastors are free to accept or decline these requests. They are under no obligation whatsoever to permit such requests.

  • The group has a license to pay the General Excise Tax (GET) to the State of Hawai`i so the parish is not responsible for this.

  • If any pastor would like to contact them to invite them to his parish, he can email them at sssahouri@gmail.com.

  • No other individuals or organizations are currently authorized to sell religious articles from the Holy Land in the Diocese of Honolulu.  Any other charitable group who seeks diocesan approval to sell their items should be directed to contact Fr. Mark Gantley at mgantley@rcchawaii.org.