From the Pastor's Desk
Dear Brothers and Sisters: This week we have some significant celebrations taking place in our Local Church and Universal Church. 100th anniversary of Our Blessed Mother’s First apparition at Fatima, in Portugal to 3 Children on May 13, 1917. On this Day Pope Francis will Declare 2 children (Francisco and Jacinta) as Saints for the Church in Fatima on the anniversary of the apparition.
This week end we also salute all our Mothers who brought our Life into this world and nurtured Life of every children born and unborn. Mothers should be saluted
- for their tenacious and sacrificial love for their children
- for the tremendous impact they have on their children and
- for their intimate relationship with us from birth to death.
We learn to speak by calling “mom” and die with the same name on our lips. Let us offer mothers on the altar today: We offer this Mass on Mother’s Day for all our mothers, whether they are alive or have gone to their eternal reward. We also thank God for all the mothers in this congregation and offer them on the altar. A Christian has two mothers: On Mother’s Day, let us Christians acknowledge the truth that we have two mothers: our earthly mother and our Heavenly Mother, Mary, the mother of Jesus. The Catholic Church proclaims the great nobility of the Mother of Jesus, Mary most holy, and presents her as the supreme model for all mothers.
Today’s readings tell us how the early Church accepted the challenge of keeping Jesus’ memory alive by remaining a dynamic Christian community, bearing witness to Christ by their unity, fidelity in worship and spirit of loving and humble service. Today’s Gospel introduces Jesus as the Way to God, the Truth to be accepted and the Life to be shared and lived.
We need to accept Jesus as the Way, Truth and the Life: We accept Jesus as the Way by walking the narrow way of loving, humble and sacrificial service. We accept Jesus the Truth by learning and practicing what he taught as given in the Bible and in the teachings of the Church. We share the Divine life of God by making use of the means Jesus established in his Church. a) By actively participating in the Eucharistic celebration and properly receiving the Body and Blood of Christ in Holy Communion. b) By the worthy reception of the other Sacraments. c) By the meditative and daily reading of the Word of God. d) By allowing the Holy Spirit living in the Church and within us to guide and strengthen us. e) By communicating with God the Source of Life, in personal and family prayers.
Local Kalihi Boy called to the Priesthood
In this week Local church will gain another priest...: Priestly ordination a childhood dream for Kalihi native Deacon Alfred Omar Guerrero. The Diocese of Honolulu will gain a new priest May 19, when Bishop Larry Silva is scheduled to ordain Deacon Alfred Omar Guerrero in a special 6 p.m. liturgy at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa. Deacon Guerrero, 28, will receive the sacrament of Holy Orders at his home co-cathedral parish, culminating for the young Kalihi native eight years of seminary study and formation, and a lifelong dream. He will become the latest local boy ordained to the diocesan priesthood in a refreshing “miniboom” of Island vocations.
Deacon Guerrero is the son of the late Calixto and Zenaida Teresa Guerrero, and has one younger sister. He is a 2006 alum of Farrington High School. Before entering seminary in 2009, he worked at McDonald’s as a teen, and later had a brief stint as an airport transportation security officer. He was baptized Anglican as an infant. At around age 8 or 9, he began serving as an altar boy at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa. He had been innocently receiving Eucharist there, but at the time had not yet been brought to full communion in the Catholic faith.
On his way to the park one day, a young Deacon Guerrero encountered kids playing at Our Lady of the Mount Church in Kalihi Valley. They invited him to their “Youth Night,” which later led to Deacon Guerrero becoming more involved in the parish. It was there he officially received his Sacraments of Initiation as a Catholic in 2001.After graduating from high school, Deacon Guerrero went to the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa seeking a spiritual director. The rector at the time instead offered him a “church experience,” which included volunteer office work and assisting in liturgies as a master of ceremonies. Deacon Guerrero eventually became the co-cathedral’s lay pastoral associate at age 18.A deep love of liturgy and of giving to God’s people was what fostered in Deacon Guerrero a priestly vocation since childhood.
“I was just so attracted to the celebration of the Eucharist,” he said. “I couldn’t wait to serve at Mass every week.” Although he discerned other career paths, such as becoming a forensic pathologist and doing crime scene investigations, Deacon Guerrero said “it was hard to run away from the call of the Lord to serve him.” “Throughout my years of growing up, the understanding of the call to the priesthood and what the ordained priesthood meant constantly changed,” he said. “I had the opportunity to see and experience the different facets of priestly life” Since entering the seminary, he has done pastoral work on all the major Hawaiian Islands. He has also been involved in administering sacraments as a deacon in parishes abroad. “The most favorite thing about priestly formation has been meeting new people and going to new places where I thought I would never be,” Deacon Guerrero said. “The most challenging part of priestly formation so far was saying goodbye to the people you meet and minister to.” A few weeks away from ordination, Deacon Guerrero is excited about becoming a witness to Jesus for Island Catholics.
His first priestly assignment will be as parochial vicar of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Pearl City beginning July. He will celebrate his First Thanksgiving Mass here at Christ the King on May 27 (Saturday) @ 5.P.M Mass. Please join us to thank God for his gift of Priesthood.
Priests Annual Convocation
FROM MAY 15 TO MAY 19 IN OAHU. Most of Hawaii’s priests will disappear from their parishes for five days in May to convene on Oahu’s north shore for their annual week of rejuvenation and fraternity. It’s the Priests Convocation 2017, May 15-19, at the Turtle Bay Resort in Kahuku. The priests check in Monday at 2 p.m. Each day they will pray together, celebrate Mass together, dine together and socialize and listen to guest speakers talk about parish ministry and stewardship. The convocation ends at 12:30 p.m. on Friday. That evening the priests will gather at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa in Honolulu for the priestly ordination at 6 p.m. of Alfred Omar Guerrero. The convocation is mandatory for Hawaii’s active diocesan priests and religious order priests working in parishes. Retired priests and religious order priests working in other areas are “highly encouraged” to attend, according the Father Manuel Hewe, director of the diocesan Office of Clergy, which is coordinating the gathering. Father Hewe said about 120 priests are expected. While the priests are gone from their parishes, communion services led by deacons or lay people take the place of daily Mass, or Mass is arranged to be celebrated by priests not attending.
PLEASE FOR ALL THE PRIESTS OF THE DIOCESE IN THIS WEEK AS WE GATHER FOR OUR ANNUAL ASSEMBLY. May these Celebrations make us always dynamic Catholics witnessing to Christ by Unity in our worship and service to one another as members of the Church