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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.

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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.


"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"


4th Sunday of Ordinary Time – 2023

Cycle A – January 29, 2023


Everyone wants to be happy. It is part of our human nature to seek what will make us happy. However, we have different understandings of what it means to be happy and what will bring happiness. Some believe happiness lies in acquiring great wealth, others seek it in external beauty, some in success in their professional career, others try to find it in relationships. Only to discover that these bring fleeting happiness and we end up feeling: "is that all there is?" Recognizing man’s desire to be happy, the Lord Jesus pointed the way to experiencing true happiness. At the beginning of his sermon on the Mount, the Lord proclaims who are those that are to be considered “Blessed”, which is also translated as happy or favored. And for Jesus it is the poor, those who mourn, those who are persecuted, who have found divine favor. Jesus turned the world upside–down. Not the rich, nor the strong, nor the powerful, nor the well–fed, nor the good–life chasers, but those who place their total trust in God are the truly happy or blest ones. The Beatitudes tell us that being with God is the real source of happiness that knows no disappointment.

But as the Beatitudes tell us that blessedness or happiness is the desire of God for us, we must not forget that it is also a task. Embracing the values the Beatitudes proclaim entails giving up what the world would prioritize. Instead we are called to uphold that which reflects the values of the Kingdom of God. Ultimately, the Beatitudes show us the way to true holiness —life in union with God! And this entails a call to live up to God's will in every moment.

For a disciple, the invitation of Jesus to repent is not one of the many options. It is the only way that we have if we are to share a life with Him. But it will be good to have an insight of what repentance means. First of all, to repent is not about feeling badly about ourselves. In fact it is about experiencing hope because a light has shone for us and is now directing our ways. Thus, to repent is about changing the direction of our lives and definitely choosing God to be the one focus and center of our lives.

If God's Kingdom has not yet become a reality here and now, is it not because we still hesitate to live by the Beatitudes?

It's been a month since Christmas and the church is in Ordinary Time. Not ordinary in the sense of boring, but rather from the Latin word ordinalis, “marking the place or position…in an order or series,” meaning that the weeks between Christmas and Lent are numbered. This is the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time. In keeping with this season of growth and hope, the clergy vestments and altar linens are green

These seven weeks depict the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. So far in the Gospels, we’ve seen Jesus baptized and heard John the Baptist proclaim Him as the “Lamb of God.” Last week we saw Jesus invite the first disciples to follow him. Today we hear His radical vision of heaven. He has not come for the comfortable. As we move through this season, Jesus offers hope, but asks for conversion. The journey is long, so that we might take the time to grow our faith. He called to Peter and the others working by the shore and they promptly left their boats and nets. Are we as ready to follow His call?


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

Sunday Insert for January 29, 2023
Sunday Insert for January 22, 2023
Sunday Insert for January 15,2023


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.



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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

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Prayer to 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.


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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! Amen.

 St. Joseph Church, Hilo

Celebrating 100 Years!

St. Joseph Catholic Church

Served by the Blessed Sacrament Congregation!

43 Kapiolani Street Hilo, Hawaii 96720 | Phone: (808) 935-1465

Emergency: (808) 430-0481 or (808) 785-5761

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 9am to 1pm