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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.

SJC - Announcements & Activities


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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


"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

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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,

I trust in you.
Saint Damien,

pray for us!
Saint Marianne, pray for us!


26th Sunday - 2023

“A man had two sons…’

There are good sons and there are not-so-good sons. But regardless whether they are good or not in the eyes of the father or mother they are simply their sons, who are and must be loved unconditionally. And that is the first message of Jesus in the gospel today. We all are God’s children and are loved unconditionally by the Father. And like all loving parent, God has a master plan for humanity so that we may be able to live our life to the fullest. And we are all asked to take part in this plan of God. But the question is : “Are we ready to do God’s will?”

This is the question Jesus posed in the parable: “Which of the two did his father’s will?” Is it the son who said yes to the request of the father but did not do it or is it the son who said no but changed his mind and did what the Father requested? The answer is evident. True obedience is manifested in action. As the saying goes: Action speaks louder than words.

And as experience will tell us that in obeying the Father’s will, most of the time we have undergo a change of mind and heart. This entails a true conversion and renewal.

But the truth is there is actually the third son in the gospel – Our Lord Jesus. He is our example for the doing the will of His Father. He has made this His whole mission. Our Lord himself said: “My food is to the do the will of my Father (John 4:34). Likewise, his prayer is: “Not my will but thy will be done.”


Recently, Fr. Poli posed this question to some of our students at St. Joseph School, “Why do you choose to be a Catholic?” Here is what they said:

“I was born and raised to be a Catholic. I have learned that being a Catholic is part of what my family chose for me and who God wants me to be. I know that God, Jesus and the Catholic Church will never abandon me. I know in my heart the Church will always be a place that I can go to whenever I need to meet Jesus. But most of all I choose to be Catholic because Jesus has given us His body and blood so that He may be within me always!” ” -Hailey (gr. 12)

“I choose to be a Catholic for many reasons. First and foremost, I was born into a Catholic family and grew up attending Mass. I learned about Catholicism in Sunday school. I believe that being raised in a Catholic family is probably the main reason I choose to be a Catholic. However, the knowledge I acquired during the time spent in Sunday school and while receiving both the sacrament of Communion and Confirmation led me to personally choose to become a Catholic wholeheartedly, completely and of my own decision, no longer just because I was raised in a Catholic family. The rich history & tradition I learned about my faith is what I feel drew me in the most, this feeling of the same belief makes me feel personally connected to my Catholic faith.”
-Grant (gr. 12)

What wonderful and honest responses!


A Letter of Appeal to All From
Most Reverand Lary Silva Bishop of Honolulu
Click to view pdf


Mark Your Calendars!



6 am Mass
7 am Our Mother of Perpetual Help
8 am SJS Seniors
9 am Weekend prayer group
10 am Puainako Prayer Group
11 am Noon rosary group/Knights of Columbus
12:15 Mass


Please come and join us for whatever amount of time that you are able to spare. Let’s pray for each other, our community and our world. We hope to see you there!

Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, Lead us to him!


The Feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz

The Filipino Catholic Club cordially invites you to celebrate the feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz, the first Filipino Saint canonized by Pope John Paul II on October 18, 1987. A nine day novena rosary will begin Tuesday 9/19 until Wednesday 9/27. Weekday novena will take place @ 6pm and weekend novena @ 3pm in the downstairs meeting room. On his feast day Thursday September 28, there will be a mass @ 6pm followed by potluck fellowship in the downstairs meeting room. Spread the good word and hope to see you there. For any questions, please contact me, Christina @ 808-640-4180



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 October 8.

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.

Teaching the Mass -Bulletin Inserts

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