St. Joseph Statue Hilo

photo Credit: Anna Weaver

New Mass Attendance Requirements

  • All weekend Masses must have CONFIRMED RESERVATIONS
    to attend.
    CALL THE OFFICE at: 935-1465
    8:00 AM TO 4:00 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!
 Eucharist image

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


SJC - Announcements & Activities

St. Joseph Church

We know that Covid 19 has affected many households and families. We ask that you prayerfully consider giving whatever you can to help support St. Joseph Parish.

Give Online using the link below or mail in your contributions to:
43 Kapiolani Street,
Hilo, 96720



Please continue
to pray for
St. Joseph School



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.


catholic Link

For The

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!

Seminary Education Fund

Second collection for Dec. 5/6

Unless given specific instruction otherwise, your contribution will go towards our "Seminary Education Fund". All gifts in this category are tax-deductible and will be used towards paying expenses of tuition, room, and board (totaling approximately $45,000 per theologian/pre-theologian, annually) for those seminarians enrolled in Theology or Pre-Theology programs.

Donate online at:


First Sunday of Advent – Year B (Dec. 2020)

Be watchful! Be alert!"


On this First Sunday of Advent, we mark the beginning of the new liturgical year with the blessing and lighting of our first Advent Candle. Again we are invited to enter a period of joyful waiting for the coming of the Lord.

And this is not primarily about our anticipation of Christmas, which is a commemoration of the first coming of Jesus, when the "Word became flesh and dwelt among us." At that time Jesus came as Savior -- to save humankind from sin. But it is more about the second coming of the Lord in the "end time." where He as King of the universe, will render to us fulfilment of everything He has promised.

But right now, we see ourselves between these two coming of Jesus. And we are being called to prepare and ready ourselves. How we are to prepare ourselves during this Advent season is made clear by Jesus with the Parable of the Watchful Servants who are asked to be on the watch for their master's unannounced return: "Be watchful! Be alert!"

This means we must not be idle while we wait. In fact we are to be engaged in productive activity- to be diligent in carrying out the responsibilities entrusted to us. And while we do not know when He will finally come, we are given every day of our lives to practice the warm welcome we will accord to him as we encounter Him in the Eucharist and in “least of our brothers and sisters.”

-Fr. Poli


St. Joseph Church Happenings


  • Mass Times 2020 Seat Reservations Required (808-935-1465)
  • Masks/face coverings must be worn at all times
  • Sanitization is required before entry & church will be closed immediately after each liturgical event for disinfecting.

NEW SEAT Reservations are required for Special (Immaculate Conception, Advent Novena & Christmas) Masses, on a “first come, first served” basis.

  • Reservations will be set according to the order of calls that come into the rectory office.

  • Parishioners must call 935-1465 to make the reservations.

  • Take note to the detailed flyers placed on the back of every pew.

  • Immaculate Conception Dec. 8th
    6:00a, 12:15p & 7:00p (w/streaming)

  • Advent Novena Masses (Simbang Gabi)
    Dec. 16 , 17, 18, 21, 22-w/Bishop Silva Presiding, & 23: 7:00pm
    Dec. 19-20 (any regular mass schedule attendance counts towards novena)
    Dec. 24 (6:00 am)

  • Christmas Eve
    6:00pm | 9:00pm | midnight [w/streaming]

  • Christmas Day
    7:00am | 9:00am | 11:45am

This Week . . .


29 Sunday ( First Sunday Of Advent)

7:00am Mass - Fr. Lito | 9:00am Mass-Fr. Lito
11:45am Mass Fr.Poli | 6:00pm Mass Fr. Poli

30 Monday

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


1 Tuesday

6:00am Mass - Fr. Poli |12:15pm Mass-Fr.Lito
8:30am Confessions SJ Elementary Only Fr. Polie & Fr. Lito

2 Wednesday

6:00am Mass-Fr. Poli | 12:15 Mass Fr. Lito
SJS School Board Meeting

3 Thursday

6:00am Mass -Fr. Lito | 12:15pm Mass Fr. Poli
Confessions SJ Jr./Sr. High Only Fr. Lito & Fr. Poli

4 Friday

6:00am Mass-Fr. Poli | 12:15Mass-Fr. Lito
3:00pm Confessions W/ D. Kealoha & N.Benbouzig (pre wedding)

5 Saturday

7:00am Mass Fr. Poli | 5pm Mass Fr. Lito
10:00am Confession- Fr. Poli
1:00pm Wedding-Fr. Poli


Bring Christ into Our Homes

Everyone is welcome to join the Parish Religious Ed Families in their Faith Formation!

Join the Parish Religious Ed Families in Faith Formation as their “Bring Christ into their Homes” plan. Only Sacrament seeking students need to register for the program. Enjoy the time spent in each activity.

  • Step 1 Use your monthly calendar (located below) and pray the scripture for the month.
  • Step 2 Visit the parish youtube channel and watch the video about the Theme of the Month
  • Step 3 Keep a log or short journal/notes on each activity using the following questions:
    Who participated in the activity?
    Were you able to identify the presence of God there?

View and/or print pdf
December Whole Parish Calendar

View and/or print pdf
November Whole Parish Calendar