Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Aloha to Fr. Khanh Hoang

With Margaret and Carl Berger

With Deacons Modesto and Fred

With Mela and Eric Kim

diaconate formation group

The news that a good priest leaves a diocese or a parish brings many of us an unpleasant feeling. On the other hand, though it is not exactly a time of rejoicing over God's unfolding of mysteries, we can put our trust in him knowing that he has the best of plans, and even the best of interests.

Fr. Khanh Hoang has been with our diocese for many years now, I would say about ten. He served at St. Jude's Church and had been our Vicar for Clergy after that. He leaves the Diocese of Honolulu this Thursday, May 26. He flies to California and embarks on a cross country trip from there to Florida, where his new parish awaits him.

Our aloha, mahalo, and prayers are with you, Fr. Khanh! May your vacation be as rejuvenating as God meant it to be!

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Fifth Week of Easter

This is the fifth week in the glorious Easter Season. As we listen to the daily readings from the Acts of the Apostles, we are reminded that both the Resurrection and Good Friday are concurrently present in our lives. This week's readings give examples of the many ups and downs experienced by Saint Paul in his efforts to share the faith. Paul and Barnabas gave their disciples assurances that: "We must undergo many trials if we are to enter into the reign of God." In Tuesday's reading from Saint John's Gospel, we are also reminded of Jesus' promise, in one of his last discourses, to his followers: "Peace is my farewell to you, my peace is my gift to you ... Do not be distressed or fearful." We also hear this text of Jesus' promise in the prayers of every mass. While it is easy to see the great sufferings of Paul as distant from us and our relatively comfortable world, it is helpful to remember that these words of encouragement apply, as well, to our own various efforts, frustrations, challenges and accomplishments as Pauline Cooperators. Thank you, Margie, for your last posting reminding us of the great value of spending prayer time with Jesus -- our Way, Truth, and Life -- in the Blessed Sacrament.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Jesus, Our Divine Master, Way, Truth & Light, have mercy on us.

Today's 2nd reading from the 1st Letter of St. Peter, and today's Gospel, tell us of the love of Jesus, Our Divine Master, who is the Way to the Father in heaven. He is the Truth. He is the Light. From His passion, death, and resurrection, Our Divine Master has gone to the Father. Where is, He will prepare a place for us.

As we seek to know Our Divine Master more and more each day, we could spend our time, even now on earth, with Him in front of the Blessed Sacrament. We could hear/listen to His words when we read the Holy Bible, inspired by the Holy Spirit. We could receive Him in Holy Communion.

Let us thank the Lord for all of God's blessings and let us continue to love God above all and love our neighbors as ourselves from moment to moment.

Jesus, Our Divine Master, Way, Truth & Light, have mercy on us.
Mary, Queen of Apostles, pray for us.
St. Peter & St. Paul the Apostles, pray for us.
Blessed James Alberione, pray for us.
Venerable Mother Thecla Merlo, pray for us.
Blessed Timothy Giaccardo, pray for us.