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OFFICE HOURS:

Tues-Sat:

Monday

9:00 arn to 5:00 pm 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

PASTOR

Fr. Khanh Pham-Nguyen

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PERMANENT DEACON Deacon Ronald Choo

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ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Rosemary Hashrmoto

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FAITH FORMATION

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Velma Guieb-Mamuad

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Rosemary Hashimoto (interim)

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WEEKEND MASS

P arislr Scrip ture Cr"ou p s Francis Jordan

SATURDAY (Main

PARISH MINISTRIES

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Church

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Homebound & Eereqaetnent

(Main Church) ..

Virginia Jordan & Helen Luke

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CONFESSION 4:oo 7:15

pm am

9:3o am

WEEKDAY MASS

I{aspitality

DEVOTION & ADORATION Eucharistic Adoration ...... WED

Chapel of St. Catherine

TBA-

(SaturdayVigil) Donald Yee (Sunday) Altar Seruer Nicole Heafner

SATURDAY 3:oo - 3:45 pm SUNDAY 8:45-9:15am

MONDAY_SATURDAY 8:ooam

Holy

Rosary

Mass

before Mass

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Liturgical Music Leka Leaeno (Saturday Vigit) Stanley Wong lSunday)

VISITATIONOFTHESICK: Priest and Homebound Ministers are available to visit

the infirm or hospitalized. Please contact the parish. For

Lector

sacramental

emergency, call595-3105 and press #2

Beverly Perry Cammurzion at Mass Jennifer Tamayo

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BAPTISM: Sacramental preparation is required. If you are expecting or have a child to be baptized, please call the Parish office for more information

Sccrisfy Celine Asato & David Tom

Justice & Peace TBA TBA

ORGANIZATIONS -

TBA PARISH

MARRIAGE:

(Respect Life) (Aloysius Food Pantry) (Family Promise Hawaii)

Pastoral Council Patricia 5ilva

Ste ut ard ship / D isc iple ship C a u

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Bernard Ho (interim) Finance Council James Solidum (interim)

Liturgy Cootmission TBA

BuitdinsI P lanning Committee Loretta Chee & Richard Leong

Social Fellautship 5ui Kozuma & Kitchen Crew

The Diocese of Honolulu requires couples to marry in the church

to participate in the preparation for the Sacrament of Matrimony. couples should contact the office for Marriage Preparation at least 6 months before the wedding FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS: KoKua! Please contactyour Church prior to making arrangements with a funeral home {FLtnercrls on Tuesday, Thursttay or Friday)

PARISHIoNERS: when changing address/telephone, Parish, please kindly notifi/ the office

or moving out of

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NEW PARISH|oNERS: If you would like to become a parishioner of st. Stephen, please use forms available at the entrance of the Church or contact the office E KOMO

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GCI8P hIEl^iS Micah 5:e-4a / Hebrews ro:5-eo / Luke e:39-45

I love short work weeks. A Monday holiday makes the rest of the week fly by even though l'm forced to cram five days of work into four. Does the same hold true for this final week of Advent, which is just two days long? Today it's still Advent (ex-pectation, anticipation, preparation); in 48 hours, it will be Christmas (fulflllment, completion, celebration). That's a quick turnaround. How do we fit seven days of spiritual preparation into a few hours? We can take a lesson from Mary, who first experienced the transition from Advent expectation to the celebration of Christmas-through her own body. Mary's preparation included a long journey "in haste" (at several months' pregnant, I couldn't do anything "in haste," so to me this is an especially impressive feat!) to see her also-pregnant cousin Elizabeth. The women's joy is palpable. Elizabeth's recognition of Mary's blessedness speaks volumes about true spiritual preparation: "Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled." Mary believed that God would do what he said he would do. She believed God keeps promises. This was the key to Mary's holiness-trusting that God would keep his word.

Perhaps, in this short fourth week of Advent, instead of a spiritual cramming session, we need only undertake this basic preparation for Christmas: Believe that God keeps his promises. God has promised that we will not be alone; God has promised that we need not be afraid; God has promised abundant life, both here on Earth and through resurrection.

Saturday, December zz: 4 pm Vigil: Parish Families Sunday, December z3: 7:15 am Mass: Fr. Shay Auerbach

9:3o am Mass: Parish Families Monday, December z4: 8 am Mass: No Mass

Tuesdan December z5: 8 am Mass: SOLEMNITY Wednesday, December z6:

t Eduardo Zabanal & souls in pl,rgatory

8 am Mass:

Thursday, December z7: 8 am Mass: + Zacharias Baron {axniversary} Friday, December z8: 8 am Mass, f Eduardo Zabanal & souls in purgatory

Saturday, December z9: 8 am Mass: Elaine Yamashita {he*li:zg}

God kept his promise to Mary. Do we trust God will do the same for us? Janel Esker I sundaf bulletins@liguori.org

ROLAND ALBARADO, MARGARET ROBELLO, HARRY BENDER, GINNY STAHL, ETHEL AU, MABEL LUKE

,qLOYSIUS TOM FOOD PANTRY ". Go to the poor: you will find God.

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St. Vincent de Paul

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For the recently deceased: JANE AKI, MARTIN LUKE, IRENE

JOHNSON, DAVID LlU, BOBBY LOWE, BEN SANTOS, ETHEL LEE, JOHN NASCI MENTO, WALLY CHANG, FANNIE GORA, ELLEN SHAM, PATSY TAM, GWENDOLYN JOSEPH, HAZEL ANDRADE, MARIA GUIEB

STEIA/AFIDSHIP OF OUR LORD

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Weekly Offerings Sat 4:oo

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For the sick & homebound:

Georgia Vieirra Emiliana Tangonan

:-zlz4 Victoria Makulehua :-zlz5 Violet Farm Harold Lum

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James Robello Hilda Azevedo

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Antone Perreira Zacarias Baron

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a.m. Practice Dec z3rd -B:3o Dec z3rd -Caroling Nu'uanu Hale Jan

Dec aoth-Break 6th-join in the Epiphany

celebration, gifts and games

YOUTH Dec

aoth-planning for Jan 6

Voices and cheery dispositions needed after the 9:3o a.m. Mass for about an hour to help with Christmas Caroling at Nu'uanu Hale. Afterward we will come and help decorate the church and have lunch. Mahalo to all who helped set up trees and put up lights.

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Monday, December z4th (No 8:oo a.m. morning Mass) Christmas Vigil Mass begins at 5:3o p.m. All children who are participating in the please be here at 4:3o p.m. in the SPAM building (where we have CCD classes). We will have snack and a drink and their costumes. Family and friends will sing carols beginning at 5:oo p.m. in the church. Afterward you are welcome to stay for cookies and saimin in the Parish Hall. Mahalo for all who helped to prepare our Liturgy.

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R.C.I,A. Jan 6

NU{.JANU HA.LE CHFIISTMAS CA.ROI-II\IG-Dec . ZSrd

CHF?ISTMAS MA55 SCHEDULE

Parish Scripture Groups

Wed. Dec.

Mahalo for making our Loving Tree so successful this year. Your kind words, your prayers and your loving hearts. You have brightened the Christmas of many who may have been forgotten this year and reminded them that someone is prayinq forthem. Emmanuelis come.

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There will be fellowship before the Midnight Mass beginning at 9:3o p.m. All are invited to share in singing Christmas carols from around the world and warming our hearts and voices to celebrate the end of long nights and the coming of light. Mahalo to all who have helped to plan and put this celebration of Christmas together.

Tuesday, Dec.z4lz5: SOLEMNITY OF CHRISTMAS

Wednesday, Dec. 26: Sffice wlll be elosed Euchzristi( Ador*tion

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Midnight Mass Liturgy begins at midnight. On this nighg the days begin

to get longer and the nights shorter. We celebrate the coming of the one who overcame the darkness of death and sin. Please come early for caroling (rr:r5 p.m.) and quiet prayer. Mass will be followed by jook and bread.

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Tuesday, December z5th Christmas Day Liturgy will be held in the Chapel of St. Catherine, next door to the church. lt will be a bit tight, but warm and festive. Mahalo to all our daily Mass attendees who helped decorate the chapelfor Christmas. EPIPH^A.NY CELEBR,ATICIN

Our Christmas celebration continues with the commemoration of the coming of the Wisemen on the Solemnity of the Epiphany. Our youth will be putting together our Epiphany Celebration of Sharing of Gifts Breakfast Fellowship on January 6th following the 9:3o a.m. Mass. We had many gifts to share last year. If you would like to participate in the sharing of your talent, please see one of our youth or Geno or Christiana Astarita. Practice will be January 5th at ro:oo a.m. (also Family Mass singing practice)

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for Life

Sat, z6 Jan zor3 @ r:oo PM - 5:oo PM at the State Capitol "A Clear Voice for lf you do not speak up for the little ones who are dying each day, who will?

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Opposition to Christmas as a holidav or liturgical tcast rloesn't, hou,ever, mean tllat the Puritans $,eren't Christian. Christianiry has to do rvith rccogrizing and loliorving Christ as the ()ne true Son trf God and Savior. and this the Puritar-rs did.

It's not necessary to celebrate the religious feast day of Christmas to believe in Christ. In fact, for several of the Church's early centuries, the celebration of Christmas was spotty. The feast day took time to develop within the Church, and the date of its celebration on December 25 only truly became settled for'Western Christians in the fourth century. Fr. Mqtthew Allman, CS'R I sundaybulletins@liguori.org 2012 Liguori Publications, Liguori, MO 6305'7-9999. Printed in U.S.A. hnprimatur: Most Rev. Robert J. Hennann, Archdiocesan Adminisfiator, Archdiocese of St. Louis Used with pennission

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