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  1. St. John the Baptist Catholic Church is a faith-filled community enriched with parishioners of different ethnic backgrounds. Our mission is to be dedicated followers of Christ through loving and caring service to one another and through prayer, worship, and fellowship.

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MEMORANDUM

To:  All Pastors and Parishioners

From:  Bishop Larry Silva

Date:  March 5, 2021

Subject:  Resumption of Sunday Mass Obligation

Peace be with you!

As we continue on our Lenten journey, we look forward to the joyful celebration of the Paschal Mystery, the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, the greatest event in the history of the world.  We have been living in this strange time of the pandemic, and now with decreasing numbers of cases, increasing accessibility to vaccines, and “herd immunity” on the horizon, we should be able to celebrate Easter in a more normal fashion this year. Since our Sunday encounter with the Risen Lord in the Eucharist is the source and summit of who we are as Christians, it is important that we return to our weekly celebrations.

Effective Easter Sunday, April 4 (or as of the Easter Vigil, April 3), I am ending the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass, which has been in effect since mid- March, 2020. However, anyone who is sick, may have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19, or who has a health condition that would endanger themselves or others by being present in church, continues to be dispensed.

In order to better accommodate larger numbers of people, especially on Easter Sunday, pastors are to determine whether extra seats can be added on lanais, additional Masses can be added to the schedule, or live-streaming in the parish hall can be done and Holy Communion taken to those who participate by this means.

If anticipated numbers simply cannot be safely accommodated in a particular parish, a pastor can dispense from the Sunday Mass obligation, either for individual parishioners or certain groups of parishioners, and for a specified period of time not to exceed two months without consultation with the Bishop of Honolulu.

At the same time, I realize that we must stay vigilant about our health protocols, and so the following norms must continue to be observed:

•             Masks must be worn by all who attend Mass or other liturgical services.

•             Social distancing and no-touch greetings and Sign of Peace remain the norms.

•             Holy Communion is to be given only under the species of Bread.

The use of a small choir is permitted during Holy Week and the Easter season.  If the parish is using a choir, choir members need to continue following the rules for indoor singing as directed by the state [“Any person(s) singing shall maintain physical distancing of at least ten (10) feet from any other person(s) while singing. Members of the same performing group singing may be closer than ten (10) feet together while performing, provided the group consists of less than ten (10) persons.  

To the extent reasonable and practicable, a physical barrier (e.g., plexiglass) of sufficient size to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 shall separate any person(s) singing from any other person(s), but not including members of the same performing group.

•             A distance of 10 feet between the cantor and the congregation needs to be observed as much as possible.

•             In addition to the Entrance, Offertory, Communion and Leave taking hymns,  the Kyrie, Gloria, Responsorial Psalm, Gospel Acclamation and the rest of the Mass part responses could be sung during Holy Week and the Easter season, observing the proper precautions.

•             Sanitization is to continue between Masses.

•             Social gatherings after Mass should still not take place.

•             We encourage parish priests to start/continue live-streaming their liturgies to their parishioners via social media platforms and to communicate to them the times of these services and log-in information for their parish’s Facebook and/or website.

Any questions about these protocols should be referred to the Office of Worship by emailing   cchun@rcchawaii.org.

God bless you all, and have a blessed Lent, a joyful Easter Triduum, and a grace-filled Easter season!

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Larry Silva 

Bishop of Honolulu

 

 


Masses

Weekend

Saturday Vigil: 5:00 PM 
Sunday: 6:00 am, 8:00 am, 10:00 am, 12:30pm (Hispanic)

 

Weekdays 

Mondays - No Mass.
Tuesday - Friday: 7:15 am

 

Confessions: 

Every Saturday @ 4pm or by appointment


MEET OUR STAFF

 

Fr. Clement. Beeri
Interim Administrator
 

 

Fr. Diego Restrepo

 


Ricardo Burgos

Deacon


Peter Soumwei

Deacon


Bertha Guerrero

Secretary


 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION REGISTRATION; 

 Important Announcement:

For our parish, If you or you know of anyone who's interested to have your child/children for our Religious Education School/Class. Registration for the new cyle 2021-2022 is open. Click on the link and follow the procedure for registration. If you have any questions or concern, you can call the parish office. (808)845-0984. Mahalo!!

https://www.osvhub.com/

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