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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

Are You Registered?

If you are new to the parish or need to update your registration please download our SJ Registration Form then print, fill-out and return. Mahalo!

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

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.

Respect Life Articles

Killing the Pain not the Patient


When live stream viewing of the Mass during the Communion rite - when we would receive the Precious Body and Blood of Christ - recite the Spiritual Communion prayer below.


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. Amen.

lead with prayer


by Pope Francis

Lord God of peace, hear our Prayer!
We have tried so many times and over so many years to resolve our confilcts by our own powers and by the force of our arms.
How many moments of hostility and darkness have we experienced?
How much blood has been shed?
How many lives have been shattered?
How many hopes have been buried?
But our efforts have been in vain.

Now, Lord come to our aid!
Grant us peace, teach us peace;
guide our steps in the way of peace.
Open our eyes and our hearts,
and give us the courage to say:"Never again war!""With war everything is lost".
Instill in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace.

Lord, God of Abraham, God of the Prophets, God of Love, you created us and you call us to live as brothers and sisters.
Give us the strength daily to be instruments of peace; enable us to see everyone who crosses our path as our brother or sister.
Make us sensitive to the plea of our citizens who entreat us to turn our weapons of war into implements of peace, our trepidation into confident trust, and our quarreling into forgiveness. Keep alive within us the flame of hope, so that with patience and preserverance we may opt for dialogue and reconciliation. In this way may peace triumph at last, and may the words "division" "hatred" and "war" be banished from the heart of every man and woman.

Lord, defuse the violence of our tongues and our hands. Renew our hearts and minds, so that the word which always brings us together will be "brother," and our way of life will always be that of: Shalom, Peace, Salaam!


A prayer
for after meals:

"Lord, by this meal you brought us together in joy and peace, keep us always united in Your love. Through Christ our Lord.


Use of Candles for Prayer

In the scripture, fire is associated with God. And Jesus himself said: "I am light of the world." At baptism, a lighted candle is presented with the words: "Received the light of Christ." Today we lit candles during liturgy and prayer moments as a token of the yearning of our hearts to be one with the Lord. And we refer them to as prayer candles or intention candles.

As Catholics, we light candles for a prayer intention for an individual. This may be for the soul of a deceased loved one or someone who is sick or one who is in need of divine intervention. Individuals also light prayer candles when seeking divine guidance. But we also lit a candle in gratitude blessings received.

SJC - Announcements & Activities


There will be no 12:15 Mass on Tuesday, December 12 due to the East Hawaii Vicariate Meeting and Christmas gathering.

All Mass Intentions have been rescheduled To the 6 am Mass for that day.

Simbang Gabi Schedule:

Fri, Dec. 15 @ 6 pm
Sat, Dec. 16 @ 5 pm
Sun, Dec. 17 @ 6 pm
Mon, Dec. 18 @ 6 pm
Tue, Dec. 19 @ 6 pm
Wed, Dec. 20 @ 6 pm
Thu, Dec. 21 @ 6 pm
Fri, Dec. 22 @ 6 pm
Sat, Dec. 23 @ 5 pm

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Please accompany ALL minors (ages 17 & younger) to the restrooms. It is YOUR kuleana to keep them safe while attending Mass & parish events.

Effective immediately the bathrooms will remain locked during Sunday 6pm mass. Please see a Hospitality Minister to accompany you to the bathroom.


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St. Joseph Church Collection

The General Collection is used for the day to day operation of the parish and its programs. You may set up a one-time or recurring donations to our parish

St. Joseph School

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Gifts help support the diocesan mission, parishes, pastors, schools, service agencies, and communities.

Envelopes are avaiable in the Church or donate online.

All gifts are important and appreciated.


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Come Pray
the Liturgy of the Hours

Join us daily in the morning immediately following the Morning Mass and in the evenings: Weekdays & Sundays at 4:00 pm

Saturdays at 3:00 pm


Come pray
the Liturgy
of the Hours

Join us daily in the

immediately following
the Morning Mass.
And in the

Weekdays & Sundays
at 4:00 pm

at 3:00 pm


How to reverently receive
Holy Communion:

Those who receive Communion may receive either in the hand or on the tongue, and the decision should be that of the individual receiving, not of the person distributing Communion.
If Communion is received in the hand, the hands should first of all be clean. If one is right handed the left hand should rest upon the right. The host will then be laid in the palm of the left hand and then taken by the right hand to the mouth. If one is left-handed this is reversed. It is not appropriate to reach out with the fingers and take the host from the person distributing.
( - Prayer and Worship)


"No sin or crime is greater than God's mercy. The sacrifice of the Cross reveals that Christ's greatest desire is to forgive those with a repentant heart."

USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities "Death Penalty: Catholic Q&A"



Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. To you God entrusted his only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became man.

Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life. Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage, and defend us from every evil. Amen


We will have Eucharistic Adoration after the 9 am Mass this Sunday! Hope to see you there!


Beginning Monday, December 18 through Friday, December 22, confessions will be heard daily from 4 pm to 5 pm. There will also be our regular confession on Saturday, December 23 at 10 am


2ND SUNDAY OF Advent – 2023 (B)

“The Beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ”

I am sure we all look forward to the day that the world we live in will be transformed, our shall I say recreated according to the world that God intended it to be. To do so we have to hear the word of God again and allow it to breathe new life in us. For the Word of God has the power to heal and to offer forgiveness; to encourage and to inspire; to bring comfort and to ease pain; to bring joy and to bring hope – a word to give life to our broken world.

And St. Mark wants to recapture that moment of creation – when he wrote: “The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the son of God. The new heaven and the new earth will have its foundation in the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

But 2000 years have passed since Jesus came but much as we want the world to be different and perfect, our world is not. We look around and we see how good and evil are so entangled in the world that we live. Just when we thought something great is happening, we see the ugly head of selfishness and corruption emerging. But we are not to despair. That is the reason why we are called to celebrate Advent. For more real that this entangled world is the presence of a Patient God, who is always ever ready to give us a second chance to begin anew.

As we hear once more the cry of John the Baptist, let our hearts be filled with joy and hope. The spirit of Advent comes with the promise of the power of the Word to recreate the world and our hearts.


Recently, Fr. Poli posed this question to some of our parishioners:
“Why do you choose to remain a Catholic?”

Here are some of their responses:

My Dad and mom were faithful Catholics. Dad started a small business many years ago and considered it as a gift from God. Grateful for the blessing, he committed to help the church and those in need. When my brother and I took over, we wanted to transform it to a big company. We were so focused on our own skills and management capacity, and along the way forgot about this being a gift from God. And for awhile, it seemed that we were successful in running the business. But then unexpectedly, the world wide financial crisis of 2008, hit us hard. We barely survived. That is when I realized, I have forgotten about God and had taken Him out of the picture. We started to rebuild the business again, but this time conscious of my Dad’s original disposition – “without God we cannot do nothing.” Now the dream is no longer about being successful but being grateful to God, who is with us. And now not only are we thriving even after COVID strike but we also have more peace of mind and heart.

So, what are your reasons?

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
for the Sick and Homebound

Prior to the pandemic, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion were regularly called forward after Communion to take the Body of our Lord Jesus Christ to the sick and homebound members of our parish. The ritual sending of these ministers not only extended the grace of Communion to those too ill or infirm to attend Mass, but also reminded the congregation of those who are still one with us even though they can’t be present.

To keep the clergy and lay ministers safe during the pandemic, parishes were encouraged to limit the handling of vessels, including the pyx used to carry the Body from Mass to the home. This meant that the pyxes were filled when the Eucharistic ministers themselves received Communion, so the ritual sending was omitted.

St. Joseph parish was recently informed that the diocese has returned to the practice of ritually sending Eucharistic ministers to the homebound. For those ministers who have been distributing Communion to the homebound, you may now give your pyx to the sacristan prior to Mass. Please label the pyx with the number of hosts you need. The pyxes will be laid on the altar during the preparation of gifts, so the hosts in them will be consecrated during the Eucharistic Prayer. After Communion and the commentator announcements, the priest will call up those who will take Communion to the homebound. You may then go to him to receive your pyx.

Spiritual & Mental Health Ministry

We all have burdens to bear in life. We move away from loved ones and friends. We lose a job or a significant part of our savings. We are anxious about performance at school or work. We are stricken with grief at the death of a loved one. We feel imprisoned by a destructive habit such as alcohol abuse or pornography. We are in a destructive relationship and do not know how to extricate ourselves from it." 

We experience trauma at some life events, like what is happening in west Maui.

It is because of these normal kinds of challenges to our spiritual and mental health that the Diocese is introducing a SPIRITUAL AND MENTAL HEALTH MINISTRY. This is not meant to take the place of mental health professionals. It is a ministry of accompaniment. A Handbook is available for your use.


Please call Deacon Jim Dougherty at (808) 315-1319 if you are interested in becoming a facilitator or participant for this Ministry. 


A Letter of Appeal to All From
Most Reverand Lary Silva Bishop of Honolulu
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As of November 30, 2023 St. Joseph Church has reached 67% of our goal for the fiscal year.


CLICK To Donate Online
at the Diocese of Honolulu Website:


Or Mail Your Check Donation To:
PO BOX 380019
Honolulu, HI 96838-0019


As part of our response for the Year of Eucharistic Revival, St. Joseph Church
will offer Eucharistic Adoration
on the 2nd Sunday of each month
from 10:30am to 11:30 am.

Please plan to join us
on December 10


National Eucharistic Revival Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, you give us your flesh and blood for the life of the world, and you desire that all people come to the Supper of the Sacrifice of the Lamb.

Renew in your Church the truth, beauty, and goodness contained in the Most Blessed Eucharist.

Jesus living in the Eucharist,
come and live in me.

Jesus healing in the Eucharist,
come and heal me.

Jesus sacrificing yourself in the Eucharist,
come and suffer in me.

Jesus rising in the Eucharist,
come and rise to new life in me.

Jesus loving in the Eucharist,
come and love in me.

Lord Jesus Christ, through the paschal mystery of your death and resurrection made present in every Holy Mass, pour out your healing love on your Church and on our world.

Grant that as we lift you up during this time of Eucharistic Revival, your Holy Spirit may draw all people to join us at this Banquet of Life. You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever.

Our Lady of Peace, Mother of the Eucharist, Pray for us.

St. Joseph, silent adorer of the Eucharist, Pray for us.


Mother of Perpetual Help
Prayer Group

Novena devotions have resumed on Tuesday,
at St. Joseph Church; 6:00p.m. (evening).

Come join us every Tuesday praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Rosary, Consecration and Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

Rejoice Always, Pray without ceasing, Give Thanks in all circumstances. For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Oh Mother of Perpetual Help, grant that I may ever invoke your powerful name, the protection of the living and the salvation of the dying. Purest Mary, let your name henceforth be ever on my lips. Delay not, Blessed Lady, to rescue me whenever I call on you. In my temptations, in my needs, I will never cease to call on you, ever repeating your sacred name, Mary, Mary. What a consolation, what sweetness, what confidence fills my soul when I utter your sacred name or even only think of you! I thank the Lord for having given you so sweet, so powerful, so lovely a name. But I will not be content with merely uttering your name. Let my love for you prompt me ever to hail you Mother of Perpetual Help. Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for me and grant me the favor I confidently ask of you.

(Then say three Hail Marys).


What is the National Eucharistic Revival?

The National Eucharistic Revival is a three-year initiative sponsored by the Bishops of the United States to inspire and prepare the People of God to be formed, healed, converted, united, and sent out to a hurting and hungry world through a renewed encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist – the source and summit of our Catholic faith. The Revival officially launched in June 2022, and its milestone event will be a National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis, IN, from July 17-21, 2024. The National Eucharistic Revival and National Eucharistic Congress are a direct response to the Holy Father’s call for a “pastoral and missionary conversion which cannot leave things as they presently are” so that the Church in the United States might be “permanently in a state of mission” (Evangelii Gaudium, n. 25).

This eucharistic movement seeks to bring together clergy, religious, laity, apostolates, movements, and parish and diocesan leaders to spur momentum, collaboration, and lasting impact for the renewal of the Catholic Church in the U.S. over the next three years. Each year will have a strategic focus for formation and missionary discipleship.

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