St. Joseph Statue Hilo

photo Credit: Anna Weaver

covid requirements

Covid Mass Attendance Requirements

  • All weekend Masses must have CONFIRMED RESERVATIONS
    to attend.
    CALL THE OFFICE at: 935-1465
    9:00 AM TO 1:00 PM ONLY

    No message machine
    reservations will be accepted.

  • Weekend Masses
    (Sat: 5pm; Sun: 7am, 9am, 11:45am, & 6pm).

  • Weekday Mass
    do not need reservations

    (6am & 12:15pm)

  • Masks must be worn at all times while on Church Property.

  • Everyone must follow the NEW RULES & PROCEDURES or we risk the closure of the church. thank you!
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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.

padre pio
lead with prayer

SJC - Announcements & Activities

eternal rest

Saint Joseph
Church Calendar

September 18 - 25

18 Saturday

Daily Masses:
7:00 am - Fr. Lito
5:00 pm - Fr. Lito
w/ Dcn. David

10:00 am Confession
- Fr.Lito

19 Sunday

Sunday Masses:
7:00 am -Fr. Lito
w/ Dcn. David

9:00 am - Fr. Lito
w/ Dcn. David
11:45 am - Fr.Lito
6:00 pm - Fr. Lito

20 Monday

Daily Mass:
6:00 am - Fr. Jong
12:15pm -Fr. Lito

10:00am Prayer Service - Dodo Mortuary
+Bryon Ah Hee

21 Tuesday

Daily Masses:
6:00 am - Fr. Lito
12:15 pm - Fr. Jong

22 Wednesday

Daily Masses:
6:00 am - Fr.Lito
12:15 pm - Fr. Lito

23 Thursday

Daily Masses:
6:00 am - Fr. Lito
12:15 pm - Fr. Lito

24 Friday

Daily Masses:
6:00 am - Fr. Lito
12:15pm - Fr. Lito

11:00am Prayer Service Dodo Mortuary
+L.Naihe Sr.
-Dcn Jim

5:30 pm Wedding Rehearsal
- Fr.Lito

25 Saturday

Daily Masses:
7:00 am - Fr. Jong
5:00 pm - Fr. Fr.Lito
w/ Dcn. David

10:00 am Confession
- Fr.Lito

1:00 pm Wedding
- Fr.Lito


“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”


st. jospeh

Prayer for the
Year of St. Joseph

Written by Pope Francis

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.


Fr. Gregorio de Guzamn, SSS

We were saddened to learn that Fr. Gregorio de Guzman, SSS, known as Fr. Grogee passed away on September 17, 2021.
Fr. Grogee served along with Fr. Sammy here at St. Joseph Parish.

A memorial Mass is being planned.

+Rev. Fr. Gregorio (Grogee) Andaya de Guzman, Jr., SSS
Born: March 20, 1960
Ordination: May 1, 1995
Passed away: September 17, 2021

25th Sunday n Ordinary Time – 2021 (B)

“Whoever receives me…”

Who is the most important or the greatest person that you have welcomed into your homes?

This Sunday’s gospel reminds us that if we are to be true disciples of Our Lord, then we must be ready to welcome little children and be ready to serve our brothers and sisters particularly thee least among us the way Jesus did. But why little children? A child has no social status nor influence. A child is a nobody. But it is the “nobody” that God takes a preferential option to care for because they have no one else to rely on.

To make a gift of ourselves the way Jesus did and to serve as He served takes a lot of courage and humility. And we can very well find our encouragement when Our Lord Jesus said, “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me. “ I pray that you had the opportunity to welcome the Lord in your homes when you welcome the little and the least of our brothers and sisters.

But this is easier said than done. That is why he reminded his disciples the second time about his coming passion and death. This is part of the consequence of the life he has chosen. Sadly, his disciples did not understand and were afraid to ask Our Lord. It will take a lot of courage to face the challenges of the cross. Let the Lord Himself be our strength!


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

The Daughters of Saint Paul

Since we are not able to visit St. Joseph Church, Hilo at this time because of the pandemic we have included below a flyer of selected titles of newly released books for your spiritual growth to accompany you during this difficult time.

For Ordering Information: Email:
or Call: 521-2731

Faithfully yours in ministry,
The Daughters of Saint Paul

franciscan university

Bishop Silva is endorsing and implementing a new Faith Formation program for everyone in the diocese. From clergy and staff to catechists and parishioners, he is inviting as many people as possible to be formed and catechized in the doctrines and truths of our Catholic Faith. Best part, IT IS ALL FREE (for at least the first year and hopefully for the next two years).

What is this program?

It is an online virtual presentation of highly renowned professionals from Franciscan University in the non-degree program where individuals or small Christian Communities can join at their own paces and take their own "tracks" of topics. Gathering the people at the parish, providing quality trained Catechesis is not currently available and possible, but with The Franciscan University Catechetical Institute, the Church can. Individuals have free entry once their parish or school has registered in our system. Once their institution has subscribed, they can then go to Once there, scroll down to the following section with a blue button:

By clicking on this button, they can then fill in registration information to create a new account. After completing the registration, they are then taken to a page that asks for the name of their diocese. Once they choose the name of their diocese, the name of their parish or school will appear in the second drop-down box (provided that their parish or schoolhas registered already). Once they have selected their parish or school, they have access to all the workshops for free!

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Prayer for the

Written 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,
Jesus, I trust in you.
Saint Damien, pray for us!
Saint Marianne, pray for us!