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Holy Family Catholic Church

830 Main Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96818
Telephone: 422-1135 Fax:423-0389
Email: HFC830@gmail.com and Sebchacko@hawaii.rr.com
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time October 19, 2014
Mass Schedule
Monday-Saturday: 7:15 AM
Saturday Vigil: 5:00 PM

Sunday: 8:30 AM, 11:00 AM &
7:00 PM

1st Sunday—Samoan Mass-2 PM

3rd Sunday-Pohnpeian Mass-2 PM

Confessions Saturday:
4:00—4:45 PM
and after daily Masses

First Friday of the Month
Benediction
After 7:15 am Mass
WEBSITES

PARISH:
Holyfamilyhonolulu.org

ACADEMY
Hfcahawaii.org

2014– THE YEAR
OF THE
CONSECRATED
LIFE

“Come Follow me.”

Matthew 4:19
PASTOR’S CORNER

Those of us who try to think like God and not like hu-
man beings, sometimes have a problem in deciding what
to do. Paying taxes to the Government, when we know
that there is much waste and abuse of money and power;
our giving donations to the Church and charitable
causes, where too there are evidences of abuse and mis-
use of funds, one wonders what one should do. It is not
easy to make a decision. Our Scripture Readings give us
some clues as to how to decide and live with our deci-
sions. May the words of God help guide your decisions.

In the Gospel Jesus says, ‘give to Caesar what belongs to
Caesar.’ It was a way for Him to out-wit the Pharisees,
who were there to trap and find Him guilty of not paying
taxes to the Roman Empire. That would have been trea-
son.

Money had become a powerful tool in controlling peo-
ple. In many countries and societies, even today, it is
obedience, allegiance, family service and loyalty to the
tribe, that brings honor to a person and a culture. Money
has slowly but surely taken over most cultures and val-
ues in the world. Our First Reading and the letter of
Saint Paul to the Thessalonians, help us understand how,
we need to keep God as the source of all wealth and well
-being. Money is a very tangible thing and therefore
unless we truly have faith, hope and love for God, we
shall easily be overcome by the power of money to con-
trol our thoughts and life itself. We need money, but we
need not become slaves to working hard to get money
and lose our souls. Father Sebastian.
GIVE TO CAESAR,
WHAT BELONGS TO CAESAR.
St. John Paul II

“Open wide the doors to Christ,” urged John Paul II during the homily at the Mass when he was installed as pope in 1978. Born in Wadowice,
Poland, Karol Jozef Wojtyla had lost his mother, father and older brother before his 21st birthday. Karol’s promising academic career at Kra-
kow’s Jagiellonian University was cut short by the outbreak of World War II. While working in a quarry and a chemical factory, he enrolled in an
“underground” seminary in Kraków. Ordained in 1946, he was immediately sent to Rome where he earned a doctorate in theology. He at-
tended all four sessions of Vatican II and contributed especially to its Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World. Appointed as
archbishop of Kraków in 1964, he was named a cardinal three years later. Elected pope in October 1978, he took the name of his short-lived,
immediate predecessor. Pope John Paul II was the first non-Italian pope in 455 years. In time, he made pastoral visits to 124 countries, includ-
ing several with small Christian populations. He promoted ecumenical and interfaith initiatives, especially the 1986 Day of Prayer for World
Peace in Assisi. He visited Rome’s Main Synagogue and the Western Wall in Jerusalem; he also established diplomatic relations between the
Holy See and Israel. He improved Catholic-Muslim relations and in 2001 visited a mosque in Damascus, Syria. “Christ is the center of the uni-
verse and of human history” was the opening line of his 1979 encyclical, Redeemer of the Human Race. In 1995, he described himself to the
United Nations General Assembly as “a witness to hope.” His 1979 visit to Poland encouraged the growth of the Solidarity movement there
and the collapse of communism in central and eastern Europe 10 years later. In his 27 years of papal ministry, John Paul II wrote 14 encycli-
cals and five books, canonized 482 saints and beatified 1,338 people. In the last years of his life, he suffered from Parkinson’s disease and
was forced to cut back on some of his activities. Pope Benedict XVI beatified John Paul II in 2011, and Pope Francis canonized him in 2014.
Church Bulletin: Editor—Joe Padron, Phone 423-2439. Bulletin deadline is Tuesday 12:00 noon. Please
email notice and picture if applicable to pad.ronjoe@gmail.com
Our Weekly Offerings
October 12, 2014


Will be published next week





A REMINDER. October is the month of
the Rosary.
Please come early to recite the Rosary to-
gether before Masses. Please pray the Ro-
sary at home, asking Our Blessed Mother’s
intercession in binging about PEACE and
defeating the forces of Terror in the world,
especially in the Middle-East.

Father Sebastian will return to Hawaii today
with all the pilgrims. He thanks all the Parishioners
for their monetary donations and especially for their
prayers. Father Sebastian will celebrate all the
Masses next Sunday in the Parish.

NOVEMBER—PRAYING FOR THE
DEAD.
It is our tradition to pray for the Dead and
offer Masses for the Souls in Purgatory.
Next week-end onwards, you will have en-
velopes displayed in the Church, for this
purpose. Remembering and praying for
those who have died, also make us aware
that one day we too will die and we need to
prepare ourselves for a happy death. All the
Masses in November will be offered for the
souls in Purgatory.
Nov. 7-Friday-Holy Family Catholic
Academy Fall Fair

Holy Family Catholic Academy will spon-
sor a dessert booth at the HFCA Fall Fair
on Friday evening, November 7. We wel-
come all donations of baked or dessert
items that can be divided and packaged
into individual sizes (e.g. cookies, brown-
ies, chex mix, mocha, small breads, etc.).
Donations must be delivered to the booth
no later than 4:00 pm on November 7th. If
you can provide a dessert item or are avail-
able to work a shift in the booth, please
sign up after Mass or contact Chet Malins
at 456-3933 or malins001@hawaii.rr.com.

NEW PARISHIONERS: Newcomers are encouraged to register with the parish and are welcome to par-
ticipate in all parish activities and ministries. Registration forms are available in the back of the Church.
Read the Bible? Me?
By Alice Camille

How many words does it take to change
your life? For most of us, it depends on
which words we may be waiting for.
“Marry me!” “I forgive you.” “You have
talent, kid.” “The test results look good.”
One thing is for sure: Words have power
to shape our destiny. The right word—
one of life, love, or hope—can make all
the difference.

In fewer than a dozen words one Sunday morning, my life was jarred
awake. “You duped me, O Lord, and I let myself be duped.” How
strange it was to be entranced by something happening in church, of all
places! As a teenager, sitting still for an hour was next to martyrdom.
Going to Mass was an obligation endured. My general posture in the
assembly was to slump until it was gratefully over. But now I was
leaning forward, attending to words that splashed like a shower of truth
on my heart. More than truth, even: It was like someone was reading
my diary and discerning my secret thoughts.


Duped. Could you say that to God? Could you talk to God as frankly
as that, in a tone that was nowhere near as reverent sounding as the
prayers I was used to? For the first time in my life, I lingered after
Mass to pick up the missalette and read the passage again. “Duped” is
what it said. What he said — the prophet Jeremiah. I copied the whole
thing down on the back of my notebook, and for the next few weeks I
sat in school and stared at the prophet’s words until they were branded
into my memory.

“But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart,/imprisoned in my
bones;/I grow weary holding it in, /I cannot endure it.” Jeremiah was
talking about the gift of prophecy and how it affected him. If he didn’t
shout out God’s word when it came to him, it gave him something like
spiritual heartburn.

The whole passage from that Sunday, Jeremiah 20:7-9, became the
first words from the Bible to claim me. They would not be the last.
Because as a teenager, I already knew what withholding the truth could
cost me. Not being true to myself felt every bit as bad as Jeremiah
described it. I know now that Jeremiah first received his call to be a
prophet when he was a teenager himself. He complains to God that
he’s “too young” to be drummed into divine service; in ancient Israel,
you “counted” as an adult male at 20. The fierce passions of youth
seep and seethe through Jeremiah’s prophecies and into his prayers.
And if he verged on being rude occasionally, well, that goes with the
territory of being young.


Of course, when I had my epiphany of identification with Jeremiah’s
melodramatic outburst, I didn’t know anything about him. Like most
figures in the Bible, I knew the name and could place which Testament
he appeared in, and that was about it.
But Jeremiah became my port of entry into wanting to know more.
Still, if someone had used those two deadly words, “Bible study,” to
describe my interest, I would have gone
screaming into the night from the notion.
What is it those words convey that
sounds so horrible? “Study” evokes
memories of school, hard work, and mis-
ery to no purpose. Bible study is the spin-
ach of the spiritual life to many Catholics
in particular. Don’t we get our multivita-
min of Scripture with three readings and
a psalm on Sundays, and do we really
have to know more than Father has to say
about it all in the homily?

I confess I’m a Bible junkie. I first tackled it cover-to-cover when I
was 22. (They always tell you this is a bad approach, but I tend to
be a kamikaze when I get it into my head to do something.) After-
ward, I studied Scripture formally in theology school. Then it be-
came my profession for the last 20 years as a religious educator
and writer. All of this has made me acutely aware that most people
think it must be just about the most boring thing you could do with
your life, reading the Bible over and over again. When I tell people
what I do for a living, their eyes glaze over — or worse, they be-
come terrified that I might start talking about it. Horrors!

I believe that words have power. And God’s word above all has
the power to create, heal, transform, and save. Just read the first
story in Genesis: God brings a whole world into being on the
power of words alone. “Let there be this, that, and the other,” God
says — and reality takes shape, one creature at a time. But when
reality gets into trouble because of the sadness of sin, God speaks
into the world once more, this time as a Word-Made-Flesh to liber-
ate us. It’s no accident either that the Church is born at the mag-
nificent language feast of Pentecost, in which the Apostles are
given words that everyone can understand no matter what tongue
they speak, healing the pain of human division. Words have this
kind of reconciling power because the word comes from God and
unites us with God from the first hour. Can we still doubt that
“God’s word is alive,” as the Letter to the Hebrews tells us, or that
spending more time with the source of that divine word will bring
us to better, fuller life?


When folks are just wading into the Bible, I ask them to make lists
of their favorite Bible stories; the top five Scripture personalities
they’d most like to invite to dinner; the three they’d want to be-
friend for life. Jot those answers down on a bookmark and keep
them in your Bible for just a year as you read along. I bet you’ll
discover that your lists evolve, as your relationship to this living
word grows in warmth and depth. When’s the best time to begin
reading the Bible? To borrow one of Scripture’s favorite words,
now. Far from being merely a story about long ago, the word of
God is always on the brink of doing something new.
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Five keys to a better prayer life
By Sister Melannie Svoboda

On his way out to recess one day, 9-year-old
Bobby said to his teacher, “Sister Michelle,
could you please say a prayer for me today?”

“Sure, Bobby,” Sister said. Then she asked,
“Do you have a problem or some special reason
you want me to pray for you?”

“No,” the boy replied. “I just thought it would be neat to have
someone who talks to God every day talk about me.”

Bobby was only 9, yet he knew something very important about
his teacher: She was someone who talked to God every day. She
was someone who prayed. In fact, one of the most definitive traits
of a healthy Christian spirituality is prayer.

One of my favorite definitions of prayer was given by Catherine
de Hueck Doherty, who wrote: “Prayer is love. It is love ex-
pressed in speech, and love expressed in silence. To put it another
way, prayer is the meeting of two loves: the love of God and our
love.” A good friend of mine once described prayer in a similar
way. She said, “Prayer is being in the presence of someone I love
and who loves me.”

Which brings us to a very important question: Why do we pray
anyway? If God is all-knowing, as our faith tells us God is, then
why bother to pray? After all, God already knows what’s on our
minds and in our hearts, so why should we waste time telling God
what God already knows?

There are two answers to this question. First, God may know
what’s on our minds and in our hearts, but do we know? Life
can get so busy and so hectic at times that we easily lose touch
with our thoughts and feelings. Prayer is our “time out” from the
busyness of life to reflect on our deeper needs and desires. One
reason we pray to an all-knowing God, then, is this: to discover
what is really on our minds and in our hearts. Honest prayer
Another reason we pray is not only to
discover what we think and feel, but also
to learn what God thinks and feels. As
we said earlier, prayer is a two-way
street. When we pray, we give our all-
knowing God a chance to communicate
with us. This is risky business. All
prayer is. By inviting God to speak to us,
we risk being changed; that is, we risk
having our attitudes altered, our perspectives broadened, our
plans modified. And, if we are honest with ourselves, most
of us resist change.

I was counseling a woman once who, as a child, was abused
by her parents who are now deceased. For years, this woman
clung to her hatred for her parents. Eventually she stopped
praying. When I asked her why she no longer prayed, she
said simply, “I’m afraid if I pray, God will somehow con-
vince me to forgive my parents, and I can’t do that — not
yet.” I admired her honesty. Her words also told me she
knew exactly what prayer could lead to: God somehow per-
suading her to change, in this case, to forgive her parents,
something she clearly did not want to do — at least “not
yet.” This woman’s “not yet” gave me hope that, in time,
she might make herself available to God’s convincing love.
I heard later she did.

Quotes on prayer
I’d like to share some of my favorite quotes on prayer and say
a few words about each of them:

1) Pray as you can, and do not pray as you can’t. Take your-
self as you find yourself; start from that. - Dom Chapman
This is excellent advice. If today we don’t feel like praying,
that’s OK. We start our prayer with that. Maybe on another
day we feel depressed or we’re worried about something.
That’s fine too. We bring those thoughts and feelings to our
prayer. Or maybe we’re very busy or very happy about some-
thing. That’s good too. Wherever we find ourselves today, we
start our prayer from there.

2) God walks amid the pots and pans. - St. Teresa of Avila
Sometimes we think we have to go somewhere special to pray
— for example to church, to a park, or to a retreat center. Al-
though it is good on occasion to find places that are very con-
ducive to prayer, the fact remains: Any place can be a good
place for prayer. We can pray in the car on our way to the
mall, at the bank while standing in line, at the kitchen sink as
we do the dishes, or even in the bathtub. Most of us learned as
little children that God is everywhere. This means that prayer
can be everywhere too. Most of us learned as little children
that God is everywhere. This means that prayer can be every-
where too.

3) Of all things we do, prayer is the least practical. - Abra-
ham Heschel
Sometimes we see the results of our prayer. Maybe we re-
ceive a favor we asked for, we get the grace to do something
difficult, or we experience consolation. When this happens,
we thank God, of course. But the truth is, most of the time we
will not see any results of our prayer — but that’s perfectly