St. Joseph Statue Hilo

photo Credit: Anna Weaver

covid requirements

Covid Mass Attendance Requirements

  • All weekend Masses must have CONFIRMED RESERVATIONS
    to attend.
    CALL THE OFFICE at: 935-1465
    9:00 AM TO 1:00 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.

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.

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lead with prayer

SJC - Announcements & Activities

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St. Joseph Church is excited to announce that our new online portal is up and can be view by accessing the parish website.

For those of you who have used the WeShare portal, please go to our VANCO site and set up a new user account with them. And for those of you who have considered online giving yet never’s the time!

Thank you for your support of our parish!

Mass for
Medical Professionals

On Monday, October 18 St. Joseph will hold its annual St. Luke’s Mass for Medical Professionals at our regular 12:15 pm Mass. The purpose is to honor physicians of our community active, retired and deceased.

Saint Joseph
Church Calendar

October 9 - 16

16 Saturday

Daily Masses:
7:00 am - Fr. Jong
5:00 pm - Fr.Lito
w/ Dcn. David

10:00 am Confession
- Fr.Lito

1:00pm Wedding- Fr. Lito

17 Sunday

Sunday Masses:
7:00 am -Fr. Lito w/ Dcn David
9:00 am - Fr. Lito w/ Dcn David
11:45 am - Fr.Lito
6:00 pm - Fr. Lito

18 Monday

12:15 MASS
St. Luke’s Memorial Mass for Medical Professionals

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

19 Tuesday

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

20 Wednesday

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

21 Thursday

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

22 Friday

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

16 Saturday

Daily Masses:
7:00 am - Fr. Jong
5:00 pm - Fr.Lito
w/ Dcn. David


“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”

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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.



29th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 2021

To serve and not to be served

The Gospel today tells us what kind of people he has chosen to be his disciples. No, they were not perfect people. James and John are example of those who follow Jesus with the wrong motivation – theirs is for personal glory. With such selfish intention how then can a disciple proclaim the good news of Christ, who came to serve and not to be served. That is why, James and John failed to understand Jesus and his mission.

Christ wanted to correct their understanding of what it means to be a disciple. First of all, a true disciples of Jesus must share his life and mission – to drink of the cup that Jesus is to drink and to be baptized with the same baptism. But it will be a cup of suffering and baptism of cleansing. A disciple will have to let go of his selfish motivations and be ready to offer even his life if necessary to be of service to others.

Discipleship, therefore, is not about acquiring power - it is about loving and serving our brothers and sisters without counting the cost. But we have to re-learn the meaning of the word service today. Service and to serve mean readiness to offer from our hearts and does not carry with it a price in terms of money. To serve is to make a gift of ourselves. This is the example of Jesus – when he came to serve and not to be served.


RCIA classes starting soon

The RCIA is for:

  • Unbaptized... persons at the age of reason (7 years and older) who follow a process to help them grow in awareness to God's call to conversion as well as ways to respond to that call. They are considered catechumens.

  • Baptized in Another Christian Church...those catechized and uncatechized persons from a faith tradition other than Catholic who are seeking full communion with the Roman Catholic Church (Eucharist and Confirmation). They are considered candidates.

  • Baptized but uncatechized Catholic Adults... persons who were baptized as infants in the Catholic Church yet not given any religious upbringing within the Catholic Tradition. These adults will be prepared to celebrate the sacraments of penance, confirmation and eucharist. They are also considered candidates.

For more information
visit our website's RCIA Page
or call the office at 935-1465.


St. Joseph Church is still seeking a Director of Religious Education.

We will be continuing with our on-line baptism preparation. Parent of a child 7 years and younger who want baptism, please see our website for more information. Please complete the forms, attach your documents and bring it by the office. Once we receive all of this we will invite you in to Phase I which is self-directed. Upon successful completion of Phase I, you will be asked to attend a Phase II virtual class led by Kekoa Lake. When you have completed Phase II we will be happy to schedule your baptism.

For all others 7 and older, we are happy to say that Zack Pacleb and Jeff Bergbauer will be leading your RCIA instruction this year. We are hoping to begin those classes in a couple of weeks.

We truly appreciate your pa-tience as we work through this time. We are so grateful to the volunteers who have stepped forward to assist us.

May God bless each of you!

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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

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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!