Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Upcoming Funerals

JERRY NUMAZU, 9/17/2010 , 11:00AM @ ROL



An Individual, Group, or Ministry to Coordinate and Run the Lighthouse Homeless Shelter Dinner Serving on Sunday, September 26, 2010.
If you are interested in helping out in the Blessed service to our Lord, by helping the "Least among Us" please contact Bob Mace or Liz Shippen for more details. Liz Shippen lizshippen@hawaii.rr.com 808-497-7567, Bob Mace matthew25@clearwire.net 808-232-5386
Thanks and God Bless

A wheelchair bound member of our parish is in need of someone to do yard work around his house, one or two times a month.
He also needs someone to complete the sanding, priming and painting of the exterior of the house.
The house is located close to Resurrection of the Lord Church. Both jobs are paid in cash or check
If you are interested, please contact Bob Mace matthew25@clearwire.net 808-232-5386 for details

Confirmation I and II: August 29, 2010: The Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time - Read the Gospel: Lk 14:1,7-14

Journal: How did you live out last week's Gospel message? What was tough? What was rewarding?

The school cafeteria. Picture it. Over there are the jocks. There's the drama club. There's the band. There's that one kid who always eats alone. Who will you eat with? Who wouldn't you be caught dead eating with? Those are the questions Jesus asks in this week's Gospel. Parties and meals are social time. It's pretty normal to spend the time with friends and people who share your interest. But sometimes friendships can become cliques that exclude or look down on others. Jesus calls us to expand our circles of friends. Why? Because many people need our company. Meals were huge in Jesus' ministry. He brought outcasts to meals with people of honor. He ate in the homes of people considered sinners. His meals revealed God's Reign-where everyone has a place around the table. He tells his followers to stop worrying about whether their seat location proves they're honorable. He asks them to welcome outcasts to their meals and into their lives. What does that mean for us? Reach out. Each cafeteria has teens that sit alone. Invite them to your table. Each school has teens that are friendless. Welcome them into your circle of friends. Each city has nursing homes with lonely people. Find yourself another grandpa or grandma. Honor the people others forget, and others will see that Jesus' ministry continues.

Journal: What concrete step could you take to follow this Gospel this week? Identify the situation that you know to exist in your own home, your school, or in your community. Put some thought into this. Then allow your heart to guide you to make it happen. Be specific.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Confirmation I and II: August 22, 2010: The Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time – Read the Gospel: Lk 13:22-30

Journal: How did you live out last week’s Gospel message? What was tough? What was rewarding?

Was Jesus talking about the church parking lot in this Gospel?
Watch our church parking lot after Mass. See who lets others go first and who races to be the first out, cutting off other parishioners.
Or maybe Jesus was talking about the sign of peace. I remember one parishioner who refused to offer it to another because he was angry with him.
Or maybe Jesus was talking about who is welcome at church. I remember another time, while I was in college on the mainland, when a parishioner at the church I frequented was angry when her church let homeless people spend the night in a parish building. I think Jesus was talking about all of the above in this week’s Gospel. You see, going to church, where we eat and drink in Jesus’ company, is really pretty easy. It takes about an hour. But after the final blessing, some people think they’ve done their part for the week, and don’t connect that “meal” with their behavior for the next six days.
But following Jesus requires much more. The challenge we face is letting the Sunday Eucharist shape our lives all week long. How does your weekly meal with Jesus shape how you play sports, treat outsiders, live with family, work at your job and act at school?
And there’s another challenge in this reading. We might be surprised, Jesus says, by who we meet at God’s banquet in heaven. I’ve met homeless people who never go to church but are more compassionate than some people I know who go to church weekly. Eat and drink in Jesus’ company. But remember your dinner partner for the rest of the week. And also remember that he dines with a lot of people we’ll never see in church.

Journal: If you were on trial for being a Christian, would the prosecutor find enough evidence if they looked only at the way you live your life Monday through Saturday? Give examples of what the prosecutor might find as evidence against you. Use the Ten Commandments or the Corporal or Spiritual Works of Mercy as the basis for your examination of your life. Be specific.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Lighthouse Dinner Serving for Sunday, August 29th

Lighthouse Homeless Dinner Serving for August 29th

“Give us this day our daily bread”

Menu: In keeping with the prayer and theme, “Give us this day our daily bread” we will accept food donations after all three Masses the weekend of Aug 28th/29th on a table set up on the lanai. Whatever we receive at that time will be served at the Lighthouse Homeless Shelter on that Sunday evening. Whatever is left at the end of the day will be donated to either IHS, Lighthouse, or anyone in need so that whatever food we receive that day, will be given away that day. You can donate anything, meats, fresh fruit or vegetables, bread, canned goods, deserts, anything.

Preparation: If you wish to help in the preparation of the meal, come to the parish between 4 pm and 5:30 pm on the evening of Sunday, August 29th and help us prepare it. Since we don’t know what we will be receiving until that day, it should be quit an adventure.

Serving and transporting: If you wish to help transport the meal to the Lighthouse Homeless Shelter in Waipahu and serve it, be at the parish at 5:30 pm on the same evening.

It’s that simple. Through the generosity and service of the parish members of Resurrection of the Lord, our Lord will provide the daily meal for our brothers and sisters in need in our community.

If you have any questions, contact Bob Mace at matthew25@clearwire.net. Thank you and God bless

Thursday, August 19, 2010

ROL Donation Page to Mercy Corps for Pakistan Flood Relief

You may have heard about the deadly floods in Pakistan that have affected 20 million people.

Mercy Corps has staff on the ground working to provide clean water to tens of thousands of people, and staple foods and clean-up tools to hundreds of affected families.

Please help me raise money to help Mercy Corps aid families affected by the flooding. Thank you and God bless

Resurrection of the Lord's Fundraising Page for Pakistan Flooding

Sunday, August 15, 2010

From the desk of Father Paul, August 15, 2010

Today (August 15th) is the feast of the Assumption of Mary. This is a particularly Catholic Doctrine based on what the Scriptures tell us about Mary. It simply states that when Mary died, she was taken, body and soul, into heaven. In other words, her body never faced decay like ours will. The Christian doctrine about resurrection of the body is that our bodies will rejoin our souls at the end of time. Mary, just as she was preserved from original sin at her conception (Immaculate Conception) in her mother’s womb, so too was her body preserved from corruption at her death.
The main Scriptural verse that the doctrine of the Assumption is based on is the same verse the Church uses for the Immaculate Conception: “Hail Mary, full of grace! The Lord is with you! (Lk. 1:28). More modern translations replace the word “grace” with “O highly favored one”. Unfortunately this phrase does not have the same impact as the word “grace”. The original Greeks use the word “kecharitomene” (translated as “grace”) which means so much more than “O highly favored one”. It implies and conveys permanency; hence Mary was full of grace, or complete in grace at any given time throughout her life. In declaring the Assumption as a doctrine, the Church applies kecharitomene to her entire life – from conception to natural death. No sin ever touched her and therefore she was assumed into heaven, body and soul, at her death. Happy feast day! Mary, pray for us!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Register to Vote - Faithful Citizenship from Mary B

Please take a moment this weekend to register to vote if you haven't already. You must be registered before the 17th of this month in order to vote in the September primary. You can still register after that but will only be eligible for the general election in November. A table will be set up on the lanai after all Masses.

This is an election that you won't want to miss. There are society-changing issues up for grabs. The candidates for governor differ widely on their views on civil unions (same-sex marriage.) With one candidate for sure, we know we are headed for another fight. He says, without a doubt, that he is in favor of same-sex marriage. Without mentioning names, this candidate is back in Hawaii after 20 years of work in Washington. He says we in Hawaii are tired of the "old guard" and are crying for "change." He is that fresh face!

This week we learned that the repairs to the Honouliuli Sewage Treatment Plant will require increases of 3% for each of the next 20-25 years. The rail system is projected to cost 5.3 billion, and they've given up calling it a solution to our traffic problem. It's now a way to kick-start our construction industry. Just by way of personal note, we were recently in downtown Chicago where they have the steel-on-steel el train. If you are having a conversation nearby when the train arrives, you will not hear a thing! I feel sorry for people who live near the rail if the proposed system is built.

But, let us not despair. As Winston Churchill said, "No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."

Gotta go boot up my hard drive! Aloha---- Mary B

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Volunteers Needed for the St. Damien Catholic Worker Newspaper

Hello All,

My name is Matthew Flynn--we may or may not have met over the past months. I am writing to you because at some point you expressed interest in our work to or worked with someone in our group, the St. Damien Catholic Worker, which is starting a Catholic Worker community here in Honolulu. We are planning on starting a newspaper and need your help. Specifically, we need people to write articles, help edit and/or put together the newspaper, aid in distributing, contribute money for the publishing costs (what they will be we do not yet know, but every little bit helps), and, of course, above all else, pray for us. Anyone who is interested in helping is most welcome, and, since no one in our group has much experience with newspapers, anyone with experience would be of great assistance. We are hoping to have a meeting in the next couple of weeks and will set a time and date soon, so please let me know if you are interested by replying to this e-mail address and let us know what days, evenings, mornings, or general periods of time would work best for you--we will try to accommodate everyone as best we can. Thank you for your help and prayers.

God bless,
Matthew Flynn and the St. Damien Catholic Worker

St. Damien House Email: stdamienhouse@gmail.com
Hello everyone,

Thank you so much for all your help in the back to school supplies drive. Through our joint effort and determination we collected a total of 81 boxes. All of them was shipped the following day, Monday to Molokai. Carissa please extend my deepest appreciation to all the youth of your parish for answering the call to service.

To all of you may God continue to bless you abundantly with all the work that you do to serve His people.

Aloha Ke Akua

Tess - OLPH

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Confirmation I and II: August 1, 2010: The Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Read the Gospel: Lk 12:32-48

Journal: How did you live out last week’s Gospel message? What was tough? What was rewarding?

Many years ago, in a Confirmation class, a teenager asked about “the end of the world” and how some Christians were convinced that the end was coming soon. The discussion centered on concerns about who Jesus would take with him, would they not be chosen to go with our Lord. A few of them were even worried about it. That saddened me.
There’s a lot of talk out there, all the time, about the world’s end. Some Christian books predict exactly how and when it will happen. Some people even use fear about the world’s end and God’s judgment to motivate people to follow Jesus.
Luke wrote this week’s Gospel for early Christians who expected Jesus to return fairly soon. He urges Christians to be prepared, but he is also skeptical of people who claim to know when or how he’s coming.
That’s good advice for us. We don’t know how the world will end. People who claim to find details about it in the Scriptures usually are misreading the Bible. We need to steer clear of people who use fear tactics to spread the Gospel. Our God motivates through love, not fear, always reminding us that we’re loved despite our sins. So don’t worry about whether the world might end before you’re “good enough” in God’s eyes.
It’s our job to wait, not worry. We wait by praying and worshiping. We wait by doing our best and acknowledging our sins. We wait by serving the poor. We wait by opening up to Christians we trust. When you wait in these ways, you’ll be surprised. Suddenly you’ll realize God’s grace and peace is with you—and that our Lord has arrived!

Journal: Can you remember a time when you were suddenly surprised because you actually felt like God was present with you? What was the situation? Be specific.

From the desk of Father Paul, August 8, 2010

Last week, we received a check from the "With Grateful Hearts Campaign" for $26,611.41. This represents 25% of the pledge monies that have been sent in so far. That amount totaled $106,446.00. We will continue to receive a quarterly check from "Grateful Hearts" amounting to 25% of the monies sent in since the last check was sent.
Just a reminder, once our stated goal of $345,000.00 is reached, the checks after that will cover 50% of the monies sent in; and when, and if, we reach a point where we have paid 150% of the stated goal, the checks will cover 80% of everything collected. So I encourage you to pay off your pledges and "Mahalo" to all who worked so hard and who are fulfilling their pledges.

Faithful Citizenship, August 8, 2010

The election season is heating up. We will be making choices both on a local as well as a national level. Will we be voting as Catholic Christians? Pope Benedict XVI said in one of his encyclicals, “charity must animate the entire lives of the lay faithful and therefore also their political activity, lived as ‘social charity.’ OK, so he doesn’t talk like we do, but you get the point!
We are challenged to be guided as voters more by our moral convictions than by our attachment to a political party or interest group. Catholics have always been asked to place the highest level of importance on human life whether that concerns the unborn, care of the less fortunate, or issues regarding euthanasia or the aging. As concerned citizens we are also aware that every person needs food, shelter, health care, education, and meaningful work. Just as we vote against issues that negatively affect human life, we must look for candidates who support the just treatment of those less fortunate than ourselves.
As we begin to break apart the political rhetoric, we can use the seven key themes provided by the Council of Bishops: 1) The right to life and dignity of the human person. Human life is sacred. 2) Call to family, community, and participation. The family, based on marriage between a man and a woman, is the fundamental unit of society. 3) Rights and responsibilities. Every human being has a right to life and a corresponding responsibility to the larger society. 4) Option for the poor and vulnerable. A moral test for society is how we treat the weakest among us. 5) Dignity of work and the rights of workers. 6) Solidarity. We are one family, whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. 7) Caring for God’s creation. We are called to be careful stewards of God’s creation. Register to vote, and then begin your homework!
Gotta go boot up my hard drive! Aloha----- Mary B

Monday, August 2, 2010

August 1st, 2010 at ROL

A Request for Help for Moloka'i from St. John's Hui O Laulima Ministry

I just received a request from Aunty Jan (Maunaloa) last evening for some childrens clothes and food items...We were able to satisfy the request for clothes for the elementary school children (we had 7 boxes of childrens clothes in our locker), but need some assistance in obtaining food supplies for the food bank at Maunaloa...Aunty Jan requested mostly protein foods (spam, vienna sausage, tuna, salmon, corned beef, etc...), breakfast items and condiments (oil, mayonaise, mustard, catsup, etc...)...I was wondering if you could put out the word at your Parish for some of these items...We will collect food at ourParish at the Masses on 31 July/1 August and send the items on the barge on 5 August.

What ever food we can collect during the week and at next week's Masses, will be delivered to St. Johns in time for the barge shipment on August 5.

Mahalo and God bless

Confirmation I and II: August 1, 2010: The Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Read the Gospel: Lk 12:13-21

Journal: How did you live out last week’s Gospel message? What was tough? What was rewarding?

Several years ago, there were 9 of us from my workplace who volunteered to cook and serve lunch on one Saturday a month. We kept this up for almost 3 years. I remember that during one of our first few Saturdays, maybe our second or third time there, we were to make hot dogs with rice. We found dozens of hot dogs in their large refrigerator. I did notice that there were about 2 small packages of the wieners that were of a different brand from the other packages. Believing that the Mission’s homeless guests would be hungry, I made the decision to cook all of the hot dogs. Needless to say, all the food was eaten up and gone in about 10 minutes before the door closed.
Another guest, Alan, arrived just before the lunch hour ended. He came up to me, smiling, and introduced himself and said that he was not only a guest there, but that he did little things around the mission to help upkeep the place such as cleaning the bathrooms and sweeping around. He had just come from his very part-time janitorial job. He asked me to heat up a few of his hot dogs that they allowed him to keep in the refrigerator. Embarrassed, I realized that the hot dogs in the different packaging were Alan’s. I quickly apologized and offered to replace them. He laughed at my mistake and said, “Don’t worry about it. As long as all the people ate, that’s all I care about.”
Alan was the exact opposite of the man in Jesus’ parable this week. This Gospel is important for Americans, especially. Our culture pushes us to buy nonstop and do whatever we can to get more money and more stuff for ourselves. Some people joke that those who die with the most toys wins. That’s an easy trap to fall into, but Winston Churchill once said something like “you make a living with what you get, but you make a life with what you give.” Churchill would have agreed with others who quip that those who die with the most toys just die. A “more for me” attitude can take over your life and kill relationships. This week’s Gospel condemns greed not because greedy people go to hell but because greedy people construct their own hell on earth.
Greed traps people in hell by keeping them from the best part of life, that which matters to God—sacrifice for others; service to the poor; and relationships based on character, not appearance. You build a life—and find happiness—by using your talents for others and putting their needs first.
I still forget that sometimes. That’s why I’m so grateful that God sends people like Alan to remind me.

Journal: When have you seen greed hurt people? Has it ever hurt you? How? What happened? Be specific.