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When the day of Pentecost came, the followers of Jesus were all in one place and of one accord.

Our Parish Today

Obligatory Prayer

"Let Us Pray:  Almighty Father, we raise our hearts to You in gratitude for the wonders of creation of which we are part, for Your providence in sustaining us in our needs, and for Your wisdom that guides the course of the universe. We ask that we, our loved ones and our hard earned possessions be spared from the threat of calamities natural and man-made. We beseech You to inspire us all to grow into responsible stewards of Your creation, and generous neighbors to those in need. Amen.”


Dear Friends,

I ask every parish in the diocese to offer prayers for the people of the Big Island, who are suffering from the effects of the volcanic eruption; and for the people of Kauai, who are recovering from floods.  Below are samples that could be used:

That all on the Island of Hawaii may be safe from the effects of the volcanic eruptions, and that those eruptions will soon cease, we pray to the Lord.

That all who were affected by the recent flooding, especially in Kauai, will be afforded the means to rebuild their homes and their livelihoods through the generous care of all the members of the Church, we pray to the Lord.

Thank you!

+ Larry Silva
Most Reverend Clarence (Larry) Silva
Bishop of Honolulu


Aloha Kakou,

It has been amazing to see the outpouring of love from people all across Hawai'i and even the nation.  Mahalo nui to all that have donated both time and resources.  Your continued support is much appreciated.  This is a very unique disaster because unlike other disasters we do not know when this is going to end.  The needs are ongoing, and additional families are needing help each day.  What a wonderful opportunity for us to stretch and become a little more like our Savior as we minister to those in need.  I know many people want to know how they can help so I have listed below updated volunteer and donation needs.

Volunteers Needed:
Pu'uhonua O Puna Distribution Center at corner of Hwy 130 and Pahoa High School needs volunteers to help distribute items to families that have evacuated.  Here is the link to sign up...


World Central Kitchen Volunteer Come help local chefs prepare meals for our emergency first responders, firefighters and community residents affected by the disaster.  They will be prepping and delivering 500+ meals twice a day (lunch and dinner).  They can use help in the kitchen (professional kitchen experience preferred/must be comfortable with knives), assembly line (anyone), and delivery drivers. Location: 15 1450 KahaKai Blvd, Pahoa, HI 96778-6606

Salvation Army Distribution Center set up near the Pahoa Pool needs volunteers to help distribute items.  Here is the link to sign up:

Recovery Information and Assistance Center (RIAC) set up at the Pahoa Community Center needs volunteers to help with intake forms and to move people through the process.  Here is the link to sign up

The Red Cross Shelter at the Pahoa Community Center and Pahoa Gym (pet friendly shelter) needs volunteers to assist the Red Cross workers.  To register with the red cross go to  After you register you will need to attend a brief 1 hr orientation at the Red Cross head quarters in Hilo 55 Ululani st.  Once the orientation is complete you will have access online to sign up for the shifts that you would like to volunteer.  

Donations Needed
Pu'uhonua O Puna (grass roots distribution center on corner of Hwy 130 and Pahoa High School) see wish list... go/60b0a4aa4a82aa6fa7- donations .  Please note that unlike the Red Cross, Pu'uhonua O Puna will take gently used items.

Pahoa Red Cross Shelter- see wish list here...  Items should be dropped off to the Pahoa Gym (pet friendly shelter).

Kea'au Red Cross Shelter-  see wish list here...  Items should be dropped off to the Kea'au Shelter   

Salvation Army is in charge of meal service for both the Pahoa and Kea'au Red Cross Shelter.  They are in need of help with hot meals.  If you have a certified kitchen and would like to provide a hot meal(s) or if you are willing to purchase hot meals from a restaurant and donate it to the shelter please call 756-0306

If you would like to donate money the best place to donate to is or  These monies go directly to relief efforts and to helping the families that have been affected.  

Other Ways you Can Help
If you have housing available for families in need please register your housing with this website

Perform at the Pahoa Shelter:  If you have a performing group (vocalists, dancers, musicians etc) and are interested in providing entertainment at the shelter please call Red Cross worker Amy Hegy 619-708-1970

God has great plans for Puna :)  Five years down the road we will be able to look back and see more clearly the mighty work that He is doing.  What a privilege to be instruments in his hands to help bring about this great work.  May God bless you in your efforts to serve our community.  May God bless all the families and individuals that are suffering right now that they will see clearly His plan for them. May God bless us as we serve that we can keep our minds and hearts centered and focused on Christ.

me ke aloha o ke Akua
Angie Woods


By Disaster Awareness Relief Team (D.A.R.T.)

Sacred Heart Parish is organizing to help evacuees in our community. We have tried to contact members of the parish who live in affected neighborhoods to find out how we can help. This past Sunday after Mass we signed-up those in need and those who can help with transportation, rooms or houses as well as other personal needs. We also ask that if you have changed your contact information in the past 2 years since our parish census: mailing or residence address, home or cell phone numbers or email, please update your information with us. In addition, our Food Pantry is preparing bags for those who need food assistance. Fr. Ernie is organizing people to visit, pray and talk story with those in the shelter in the evenings from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Those who have visited said pillows and thick blankets are especially needed. Let us work together to sustain Puna in this trying time. Mahalo.

County Opens Eruption Information Center 

The County of Hawai’i and numerous service agency partners has opened a community information center in Pahoa to address the questions and concerns of people affected by the eruption in Puna.

The following agencies will staff the Information Center:

County of Hawaii – Office of Aging
Neighborhood Place of Puna
Child and Family Services
The Food Basket
Bodacious Women
Catholic Charities
HOPE Services Hawai`i
Big Island Substance Abuse Council
County of Hawaii – OHCD, Existing Housing Division

We encourage the Puna community affected by the eruption to avail themselves of the Information Center.  We are grateful to all of the agencies that have stepped up to offer help and comfort to our distressed neighbors.

Anyone wishing to make donations for those affected by the eruption please contact the Salvation Army at (808) 756-0306

15-3022 Kauhale Street, Pāhoa, HI 96778
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 3:00pm
Besides providing information about the eruption, the center will offer social service information for the evacuees from the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens subdivisions.

Animal friendly, hosted by The American Red Cross and the Department of Parks and RecreationPahoa Community Center: 15-3022 Kauhale Street, Pāhoa, HI 96778
Kea’au Community Center: 16-186 Pili Mua St, Keaau, HI 96749

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Mass Schedule


7:00am, 9:00am, and 11:00am



 Monday, Wed-Saturday 8:00am  


Saturday Vigil - 5:00pm

First Friday 

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   Saturdays 4:20-4:50pm. or by appointment





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Feast of Pentecost







A Prayer for All Graduates


Dear God,

We pray for our graduates today and lift them before you. We thank you so much for these we love and for the work you are continuing to do in their lives. They are a gift to us and to many others. And during this season of new beginnings, we ask that you would make their way clear. We ask that you would keep their footsteps firm and remind them that you are with them, always. May they sense the freshness of your Spirit over their lives in amazing ways, may they be strengthened, instilled with hope, for the new roads you have in store.

And today, again, we release our children straight into your tender care. Because we know that’s the best place they could ever be. We thank you in advance for all you have in store, for this day, for this year, for their lives.

We pray for protection, for your covering, that you would surround their lives as with a shield. Protect their coming and going. We ask that you would help them to live aware in a dark world and keep harm or evil intent far away. We ask that you would hide them in the safety of your powerful presence.

We ask for your wisdom and clear direction over their lives, that you would give them understanding beyond their years. Thank you that your timing is perfect. We pray that you would direct their steps, that your plans for them would prosper; that every place you have determined for them to walk would be paved clear. We ask for you to open doors that need to be opened and close every one that should be shut tight. Allow every gift and treasure you have placed inside their lives to grow, develop, and flourish, to bring you glory.

We ask that you would remind them every day how very much you love them, that they would find security and confidence fully in you, knowing that you are trustworthy and true.

We ask that you would teach them your ways and fill them with an unquenchable desire to learn your word. Give them a compassionate spirit, and the wisdom to look beyond outward appearances to the heart within. We pray that you would surround them with friends and leaders who would challenge them to press closer to you.

We ask for your peace to cover them. We ask for laughter and joy to fill their days. We pray that you would give them boldness and courage to face challenges set before them, with the confidence and peace that can only come from your spirit.

We ask that you would raise up greatness in their lives, greatness in this generation, willing to stand strong and true, passionate for you, believing that you have designed them for purpose and good works, which you have planned and prepared in advance for them to do.

Be a lamp for their feet, and a light to their path. Shine over them. Fill them with your spirit. Bless them with your favor and peace.

In Jesus’ Name,