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To: Clergy, Parishes and Catholic Faithful

From: Most Reverend Larry Silva, Bishop of Honolulu

Date: March 27, 2020

Subject: Updated General Directives and Liturgical Guidelines Due to the COVID-19 (Update #4)

Peace be with you!

As we continue to adapt to a different way we live our daily lives, as well as to the way we worship during the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, our Diocese's top priority remains the spiritual welfare, health, and safety of our faithful, employees, and the vulnerable of our community. Our Governor has ordered a stay-at-home lockdown until April 30 in order to mitigate the effects of the virus and stop its spread. After consultation with my staff and the Presbyteral Council, I am issuing the following directives, which go into effect immediately: 

  • Parish churches, chapels, oratories, centers, and missions are to be closed to the public through April 30, 2020, or until further notice. (This is more restrictive than the last notice, which encouraged that they remain open, and is based on the restrictions recently imposed by Governor Ige.) 

  • There will be only one Chrism Mass for the Diocese on Thursday, April 2, at 7:00 p.m., but it will be celebrated in private with only the Bishop and the handful of ministers needed for the liturgy. The invitation of priests and deacons issued earlier is rescinded in light of new developments. The Office of Worship will see to the distribution of the sacred oils to the parishes on all islands.

  • All liturgical and sacramental celebrations from now through April 30 are canceled, including those during Holy Week, the Paschal Triduum, and Easter Sunday. The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays is dispensed through April 30, 2020. [Priests are to celebrate private Masses, with only the liturgical ministers necessary, especially for the intentions of their people. We encourage parish priests to live-stream their liturgies to their parishioners via social media platforms and to communicate to them the times of these services and log-in information.] 

  • The celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, First Communion) for the Elect, normally celebrated at the Easter Vigil, are postponed to a future day after the Covid-19 crisis subsides. A future date when these sacraments may be rescheduled will be announced by the Bishop.

Office of the Bishop . Diocesan Chancery. 1184 Bishop Street, Honolulu, HI 96813-2859 Phone: 808.585.3356 • Fax: 808.537. 1860 • Email:

  • Parishes are invited to inform their parishioners of opportunities to view the Mass and other services via livestream or the parish's Facebook. Daily and Sunday Mass are currently being live streamed from various parishes in our diocese. For a comprehensive and updated list please visit our website at 

  • The faithful are encouraged to keep the Lord's Day holy. Some ways to do this include: reading the Scriptures of the day, especially the Gospels, praying with your families, and joining yourself to the sacrifice of the Mass by making an act of spiritual communion. For more information and resources, please visit our website at 

  • Sacramental confessions will not be offered, for the safety of penitents and priests, Confessions by phone or via the internet are not permitted. General absolution is not permitted, because it presumes a gathering of people. Because confessions will be curtailed during this time, the following should be noted from The Catechism of the Catholic Church #1452:

"When it arises from a love by which God is loved above all else, contrition is called 'perfect' - contrition of charity. Such contrition remits venial sins; it also obtains forgiveness of mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible."

What the Apostolic Penitentiary said about the Sacrament of Penance might be applied analogously to the Sacrament of the Sick: "Where the individual faithful find themselves in the painful impossibility of receiving sacramental absolution, it should be remembered that perfect contrition, coming from the love of God, beloved above all things, expressed by a sincere request for forgiveness (that which the penitent is at present able to express) and accompanied by votum confessionis, that is, by the firm resolution to have recourse, as soon as possible, to sacramental confession, obtains forgiveness of sins, even mortal ones."

The following Act of Contrition, sincerely prayed, might be used:

Father of mercy, like the prodigal son, I return to you and say: "I have sinned against you and am no longer worthy to be called your child." Jesus Christ, Savior of the world, I pray with the repentant thief to whom you promised Paradise, "Lord, remember me in your kingdom.” Holy Spirit, fountain of love, I call on you with trust, "Purify my heart, and help me to walk as a child of light." 

  • All funerals, weddings and baptisms should be postponed at this time until further notice. All Confirmations/First Holy Communions scheduled from now through April 30 are postponed. The Office of the Vicar General will contact parishes which need to reschedule once the wall clear” is indicated by the civil authorities.
  • Liturgies at which Bishop Larry Silva will preside will be private, with only the liturgical ministers necessary, but will be live-streamed for all to see at or They are as follows:
  •  Mass for Fifth Sunday of Lent, 9:00 a.m. • Lenten Penance Service (without individual confessions): Wednesday, April 1, 7:00 p.m.
  • Chrism Mass: Thursday, April 2, 7:00 p.m.
  •  Mass for Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord: April 5, 9:00 a.m.

  • Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper: Thursday, April 9, 7:00 p.m. 
  • Good Friday Liturgy of the Lord's Passion: Friday, April 10, 3:00 p.m. 

  • Easter Vigil of the Holy Night: Saturday, April 11, 7:00 p.m. [NOTE: This is a long but very beautiful liturgy, with many Scripture readings and Mass, as a Vigil for the celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus. ]
  •  Easter Sunday Mass: Sunday, April 12, 9:00 a.m. 

  • TENTATIVE, PENDING FURTHER NOTICE: Easter Sunday Mass: Sunday, April 12, 12:00 noon. Broadcast on KHNL, a Hawaii News Now Station and local NBC affiliate; virtual channel 13; digital channel 35; spectrum TV: channel 8 or 1008.

  • Mass for Second Sunday of Easter/Divine Mercy Sunday: April 19, 9:00 a.m. 

  • Mass for Third Sunday of Easter: April 26, 9:00 a.m.


Please feel free to contact Deacon Modesto Cordero at the Office of Worship, 808-585-3342 or email at should you have any questions.

Our Lady of Peace, patroness of the Diocese of Honolulu, pray for us!

Lenten and Easter blessings!

*Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord  - Mass at 9am

* Holy Thursday -The Lord's Supper  -  Mass at 6pm

* Good Friday  -  Mass at 6pm

* Easter Vigil  -  Mass at 6pm

* Easter Sunday  -  Mass at 9am




                       *** HAVE A BLESSED AND A HOLY WEEK ***







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