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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!

SJC - Announcements & Activities

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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.


Calling all former youth and young adults
and anyone intested in joining. St. Joseph is in the process of restarting our Youth Ministry!
Contact Fr. Lito for additional information.


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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



"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!


Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity – 2023

God is Love

If God were to walk in our streets today, would we be able to recognize Him? What face or appearance would He take?

Today’s Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity reveals to us that our God desires that we get to know Him and indeed encounter Him in our lives. He does not want to be a distant God whom we cannot reach. And neither is He a faceless spirit that we will never have a glimpse of. And a proof of this desire of God to be known is the Incarnation – Our Lord Jesus taking a human nature to be with us.

But at the same time our human understanding will not be able to grasp the entirety of who God is. To begin with the very entirety of God is without limit – He is Eternal. Hence, we speak of the Trinity as a mystery because any God who can fit my expectation and definition is too small to be the one True God.

But the Mystery of the Trinity as One God in Three Persons - allows us to have a glimpse of who our God is. God prefers to be a communion of persons being the God of Love that He is. He does not only love but that He is love! “ To speak of Trinity is to profess that God at its core is a relationship of love – a love between the Father and Son and Holy Spirit which overflows to include all of creation. And from what we know of love among ourselves, we can say that the way to come to know God is by way of love.



There will be a Chuukese/Micronesian Mass on the Feast of Corpus Christi, Sunday, June 11, 2023, at 11:45 am at Holy Rosary Church in Kea’au.

Holy Rosary Church is next to the HMSA building, across from Long’s and between the gas station (7-11) and Kea’au Middle School.

Parking is available on the Church grounds next to the Micronesian Ministry Office at Holy Rosary, or nearby.

Please come and join us for a joyous celebration of Chuukese music and singing in honor of the Body and Blood of Jesus on Corpus Christi Sunday at 11:45 am.

Please invite your extended family and friends as well!

Dcn Jim


Commissioning of Ministers has been postponed.

Thanks to everyone who has already signed up or expressed interest in our different ministries. If you were thinking to do sign up...there is still time.
Commissioning is now planned for the Feast of Corpus Christi.


Mother of Perpetual Help
Prayer Group

Novena devotions to resume 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).

Religious Education Programs


If you or someone you know is interested in any of our religious education programs, please contact Crystal at the office or email We are currently offering the following programs:

1. Baptism (under 7 years old)
2. Holy Communion & Confirmation (For the Baptized)
3. Youth & Young Adult Ministry
4. RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)
(for new and returning members seeking Baptism, First Holy Communion, and /or Confirmation


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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Sunday Insert for January 29, 2023
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Sunday Insert for January 15,2023

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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. Amen”