St. Joseph Statue Hilo

photo Credit: Anna Weaver

Please note that our church remains closed through the end of this month and we encourage all of you to remain at home and be safe. We look forward to welcoming you all back once the threat of Covid-19 has subsided.

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Mass Schedule

7:00 am
Vigil 5:00 pm

7:00 am, 9:00 am
11:45 am, 6:00 pm

M- F: 6:00 am
& 12:15 pm

Legal Holidays
7:00 am


10:00 am - 11:00am
or by appointment

*Please note: Confession schedule does not apply during some liturgical seasons.

Prayer Times

M-F: 4-5:00 pm
Sat:. 3-3:30 pm
Sun: 4-4:30 pm

Evening Prayer
& Benediction

M-F: 5:00 pm

Sat: 3:30 pm

Sun: 4:30 pm

Home & Hospital Communion

Please call the rectory to make arrangements
to receive Communion at home or in the hospital.

Funeral Arrangements

Please contact the Parish office at (808) 935-1465 before making arrangements with the funeral director / mortuary.
We must confirm the parish calendar is open for the funeral date you choose for your loved one.

Are You Registered?

If you are new to the parish or need to update your registration please click the registration form link SJ Registration Form then print, fill-out and return. Thank you!

Mail to: St. Joseph Church 43 Kapiolani St. Hilo, Hi 96720

Respect Life Articles

Killing the Pain not the Patient

SJC - Announcements & Activities



My Jesus I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love You above all things and I desire to receive you in my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, Come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.


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[By Bishop Larry Silva]

Dear God of all the living, you sent your Son Jesus to heal us from illness and sin. We turn to his healing power in this time of anxiety over the pandemic of this potentially deadly virus.

St. Damien and St. Marianne Cope dedicated their lives to the service of those who had an infectious disease. St. Marianne Cope said, “I am not afraid of any disease,” because she was confident in your power to save. At the same time, she took prudent precautions of hygiene to assure that she and her Sisters would not be infected.

Let us learn from this example to put our trust in you to save us from the ravages of disease and to take prudent measures to prevent its spread. Guide us to know when to isolate ourselves from the possibility of infection, but never let anyone be left without the care and concern of others in the community.

As our Diocese of Honolulu has been dedicated to the Divine Mercy, we pray with confidence,

I trust in you.

Saint Damien,
pray for us!

Saint Marianne,
pray for us!


“Let us try, if we can, to make the best use of this time: let us be generous; let us help those in need in our neighborhood; let us look out for the loneliest people, perhaps by telephone or social networks; let us pray to the Lord for those who are in difficulty in Italy and in the world.
Even if we are isolated, thought and spirit can go far with the creativity of love. This is what we need today: the creativity of love.
~Pope Francis

God has given us:

Eyes, not to judge
other but to look
beyond situations,

Mouth, not to criticize
but to speak for the truth,

Hands, not to punish
but to give a helping hand,

Ears, not to be insensitive but to
listen and aid those
in pain.

Everything God gave
us has its purpose.
Use them for the
greater glory
of the Lord.


Fresh Produce Distribution
for registered St. Joseph (SJC) Church Parishioners Impacted by COVID-19

Fifty (50) boxes of fresh produce (various fruits and vegetables) will be distributed at St. Joseph Church parking lot to only registered parishioners of St. Joseph Church who are impacted by Covid-19. Application process details below. Parishioners will receive confirmation for pickup during the six week interval.

  • Why: This produce distribution event is provided to St. Joseph Parishioners who are in need by the United States Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) as part of the Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program in response to the Families First Corona-virus Response Act. This is a collaborative effort of the Roman Catholic Church Diocese of Honolulu, Catholic Charities, Office of Social Ministries, Hope Services, Hilo Products, Inc. and St. Joseph Church.

  • Who: For St. Joseph Parishioners who are impacted by COVID-19. Please apply for the fresh produce box, 1 per household per confirmation date.

  • How: Parishioners registered at St. Joseph Church can apply by emailing, tex-ting or leaving a voice mail with the following information: Your name, tele-phone/cell number(s) and email address. Identify your pickup person. ONLY one call per household. Contact: Bernie Rasay:, cell 640-8709, or Charlene Miyashiro:, cell 895-1811, or Mary Correa,, cell 345-0483. We will email, text or call you with confirmation for a specific date only.

  • A list will be compiled of all names in the order that we receive your call, text or email. The produce box will be distributed according to the list order.

  • If you do not pick up the produce box by 5 pm of the pickup date, it will be given to another parish family.
  • When: Starting May 22nd and Distribution will continue for the next five Fridays: May 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

  • Where: Drive-by pickup at St. Joseph Church-Hilo parking lot.

It is with grateful hearts we are thankful:

Bishop Larry Silva, Roman Catholic Church Diocese of Honolulu; Rob Vantassell, CEO, Catholic Charities; Father Bob Stark, Director, Office of Social Ministries; Brandee Menino, CEO, HOPE Services; Brandon Bartolome, Hilo Products, Inc.; Lance S. Uchida, Deputy Fire Chief, Hawaii Fire Dept.; Father Poli Ty, Pastor, St. Joseph Church Hilo; Bernie Rasay, St. Joseph Church Hilo Stewardship Service Pillar Coordinator; Gwen DeCoito, East Hawaii Vicariate Stewardship Representative


St. Joseph Church
Prepares for Re-Open

Aloha Parishioners,

We have all heard the state and various Island counties are preparing the opening of places of worship. Although we follow the directives from the Diocese of Honolulu, each pastor and parish is tasked to create a protocol plan that must be shared with their County Leadership. Father Poli, the staff and the a small task force selected by father, has been working on a plan. However, like all good things especially with regards to the safety of our parish family, things take time and we are committed to following all cautionary procedures.

Please keep us in prayer as we do our best to create a safe environment to gather our parish family once again. Look for updates on the parish website, on the my parish app and the St. Joseph Hilo Facebook page.



Ascension Sunday - 2020

“And remember,
I am with you always,
till the end of time”.

We might think that the Ascension of the Lord to heaven is the end of his journeying with us…that He has left us. But actually it is the beginning of His being with us in a new way. He assures us in the Gospel: , “And remember, I am with you always, till the end of time”.
But He also made it clear that from that day on we are called to be witnesses of His saving death and His glorious resurrection. Thus, His ascension is a call for us to continually make Him present by allowing ourselves to become a living “Jesus” to other people. Our task is to proclaim God’s gift of salvation, not only to the “people of Israel” but to “all the nations” – to our homes, offices, schools, and work areas.

So as we continue to face the challenge the crisis brought about by COVID 19 remember that we are not left alone in this mission. We are call part of the mission of making known the presence of Christ in the world today.

Fr. Poli


Dear St. Joseph Hilo Parishioners,

It is with a heavy heart I come to you giving you the status of our parish school but still hopeful.

Over the past years we have supported our parish school. We at the Parish have worked with the school administration and the Diocesan Schools Office to make Catholic Education on Hawaii Island a great first-class education. St. Joseph School received multiple accreditations and is considered a premier educational center for students from pre-school through high school. This has come at a high cost.

Over the years our Parish school has not been able to fully sustain itself requiring assistance from both the Parish and the Diocese. With our recent COVID-19 crisis, this situation has exacerbated. While budgets were balanced, actual tuition receipts were below that anticipated as families have difficulties as the school year progresses. This is the main reason for consistent shortfalls over the past years. The parish and diocese had given as much assis-tance as it could through the loans that has been extended to the school to cover its necessary expenses.

This past year the school administration has worked very hard to come up with alternatives. With the current COVID-19 crisis new educational models to include numerous on-line courses are being considered. To date, models being considered do not support a self-sustainable St. Joseph School. Many models have been considered to include all or parts of the existing school to continue. With the models considered for the school to continue for one more year outside funding of at least $500,000 is needed.

Regretfully, neither the diocese nor the parish have the funds to sustain our Parish school for another year. This is especially true now. With the current economic crisis, the parish has laid off employees and continues to pinch pennies just to pay our regular bills (electricity, other utilities, and basic necessities to keep our facilities maintained). With smaller collections, our contribution, and that of other parishes, to the diocese has decreased. Thus, the Diocese is also not able to jump in and help our Parish school.

Nevertheless, in a very recent discussion there are some additional alternatives to be considered. Thus, by June 15, a final decision will be made as to the continued operation of St. Joseph School.

This information is sent to you to provide the most transparency possible. If you, or others you know are willing to commit resources to allow St. Joseph School to continue for another year, please share that with me by the end of this month (by May 30). We will continue to work with the School administration and Diocesan leadership to look at a couple more alternatives. As time is short, we meet frequently to find ways to continue Catholic education on Hawaii Island.

I promise to keep everyone abreast of our considerations and by no later than June 16, to let everyone know of the fate of St. Joseph Schools in Hilo.

Thank you all for your support of St. Joseph Parish and St. Joseph Schools. Please pray for us and for God’s guidance to make the best decision for all.

God Bless you all,
In Christ
Fr. Poli Ty

Mary flowers rosary

Date Saturday, May 30th – 9:00 am to 11:00 am



9:00a -9:20a Rosary
(-People will not be exiting their vehicle and all vehicles will be parked in designated parked stalls)

9:25a – 11:00a Drive Thru floral offerings -will be made to the attending minister/clergy. (They will drive thru and drop off flowers and/or monetary donations.
– estimated contact time less than 3 min per vehicle)

Church building(s) will remain closed.

People will NOT be exiting their vehicle. All individuals MUST USE A MASK. All family members MUST REMAIN IN THEIR VEHICLE WITH A SEATBELT ON AT ALL TIMES.

For those with trucks, NO ONE is allowed to be in the bed of the truck. If at any point, a member gets out of the vehicle, they will be escorted out of the line and will not participate in this event.

Enter through the Kapiolani & Haili Side Entrance Exit through the Haili Side Exit Only

All vehicles must follow designated parking lot traffic patterns (do not cut through the lot, please follow the line of vehicles). If there is an overflow of cars in line, you may be directed to a holding area in the grassy field adjacent to our parking lot.

St. Joseph Church is committed to following the directives from the Diocese of Honolulu and the recommendations made by the Hawaii County.

All participants and church members will be wearing face coverings, practice social distancing and will disinfect each time after coming in physical contact with items being dropped off.

Three Ways to Start Walking With Mary



My relationship with Mary continues to ebb and flow, just like any other relationship. But, I know that she is fighting for me, protecting me, guiding me, and loving me even when I fall short or get lazy. However, I have found that even the simplest of prayers is heard by the Blessed Virgin.

The Memorare

One of the most beautiful prayers we can say to ask Mary to help us is the memorare. A priest recently gave me a copy in confession and I keep it in my car for particularly long red lights and when I begin and end my workday.

The memorare goes like this:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen

Not only is the memorare simple but it’s also incredibly powerful. It’s an easy way to start incorporating Momma Mary into your life.



The Rosary:

It’s especially hard for me to pick up my rosary but also incredibly important. St. Louis de Montfort says, “It would hardly be possible for me to put into words how much Our Lady thinks of the Holy Rosary and of how she vastly prefers it to all other devotions.” and “The Rosary is the most powerful weapon to touch the Heart of Jesus, Our Redeemer, who loves His Mother.” Recitation of the Rosary, with sincere love, has great power to restore us and pull us close to the heart of Jesus. I found that carrying my rosary with me throughout the day led me to pray it more often. I encourage you to keep a rosary on you as often as you have your cell phone, you’ll be amazed at how often you begin to pray it.


Praying with Mary in Scripture:

Lastly, find the heart of Mary in scripture. Though she says little, her words mean much. She is constant in her trust in the Lord and perfect in her surrender and gives us an example of the perfect disciple. Mary doesn’t pick favorites. She is here for all of us as a gift from the Lord. I encourage you to persevere in your relationship with Mary, even when you feel forgotten or left out. Mary has a love and heart for you because she knows how much Jesus yearns for you. Let your mother help you, she’s just waiting for you to ask.