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Covid 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!
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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.

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St. Joseph Church Collection

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Saint Joseph Church

July 25-31

25 Sunday

Sunday Masses:
7:00 am - Fr.Jong
9:00 am - Fr. Lito
11:45 am - Fr.Lito
6:00 pm - Fr. Lito - stream

26 Monday


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

27 Tuesday

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

28 Wednesday

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

29 Thursday

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

30 Friday

Daily Masses:
6:00 am - Fr. Lito

8:00am SJS Faculty & Staff Mass- Fr.Lito

12:15 pm - Fr. Lito

31 Saturday

Daily Masses:
7:00 am - Fr. Lito
5:00 pm - Fr. Lito

5:00 pm - Fr. Lito

10:00 am Confession - Fr.Lito


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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.



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.


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Dcn. David Watson

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“Let us beware, brothers and sisters, of efficiency, let us put a halt to the frantic running around dictated by our agendas. Let us learn how to take a break, to turn off the mobile phone, to contemplate nature, to regenerate ourselves in dialogue with God.”

Pope Francis

SUNDAY, JULY 25, 2021

Like the people in today’s Scriptures, we, too, can search out the wrong things in life: things that we think we need or that we are sure will fulfil our every desire. In the face of the dusty roads of life, we can grumble as the Israelites did, preferring the fleshpots of Egypt even as their fullness came with slavery. We can even ask, What is this? – refusing to be grateful that God chooses us to be his privileged sons and daughters, preferring to indulge in our rebellious grumbling and finding ourselves on the verge of refusing his gift of self.

Yet, as Paul tells the Ephesians – and his words ring true for us – we are not to live like Gentiles, but in Christ. There is truth about life that we have learned from Jesus and it urges us to live in righteousness and holiness. The Eucharist we celebrate today seeks to nourish our hearts and feed our souls. No matter what our response, God’s unfailing love and abundant care are ever-present if we are only ready to accept them. For to accomplish the works of God is to believe in the one he sent.


Ano’ai ma ke aloha (Greetings with Love),

Over the last sixteen years, it has been a privilege for me to serve our parish as the Director of Religious Education as well as the Youth and Young Adult Minister. I enjoyed serving in the same parish ohana that I grew up in. I would like to say thank you to all who have blessed me with their participation, prayers, and support over the years in the various programs.

From Sunday RE classes to youth nights & retreats; to the annual Holiday Goodie bag sales and the summer carwashes; and all the liturgical events & activities: RCIA at Easter Vigil and Confirmation & First Communion; to our Easter Family Egg Hunt and our off-Island retreats, I am forever thankful for all the volunteers and participants who came and gone through those events and ministries. I am grateful for all the individuals who I had the honor to collaborate with in the creating and implementing of programs.

I wanted to tell you personally, that I have accepted a new job position, at St. Joseph Jr./Sr. High School as their full time Theology teacher and Campus Minister. I will be transferring in my mission of the Church to our extended ministry of Catholic School Education. May I ask that we all pray for the clergy and for the next Coordinator of Religious Education and Family Faith Formation Ministries.

This is not goodbye…My husband and I will continue to serve our parish and worship alongside with you. We choose to raise our children here in our home parish, so I will see you all from time to time. Thank you again for the many years of trust, faith, and love.

A Hu Hou! Malama Pono
Me Ke Aloha Pumehana,
Chrislyn A. Villena

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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!