& The School Parish

TheParish SchoolNews
NOVEMBER 7, 2014
Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish
On Oct. 22, members of the Filipino Ministry and other volunteers gathered at the pastoral
center to prepare dinner for 200
residents of Next Step Kakaako
Homeless Shelter. Preparing
the meal were Bernie Cabatu,
Joyce and Sage Valdez, Don
and Rose Domondon, Pam
Andrews, Nora Salvador,
Espi and Mary Jane Espinueva and Geri Aranaydo. Our
Samoan Church Community
delivered the meal. The volunteers
agreed it was hard work but truly
worthwhile because they were
able to do something for their less
fortunate brothers and sisters. …
On Sept. 21, the Filipino Ministry
prepared and served dinner for
the families at Fisher House at
Tripler Medical Center. Fisher
House is a home away from home
for families of patients receiving
medical care at major military and
VA medical centers. There are 64
Fisher Houses on 23 military installations and 24 VA medical centers in the United States. The families enjoyed a dinner of lumpia,
chicken adobo, pansit, rice, and
vegetable salad with dressing and
orange Jello cake. (Reported by Julia Cabatu and Don Domondon)
sionaries for looking after our
spiritual needs while we await
our assigned pastor. We send our
heartfelt appreciation to the parishioners of Christ the King
Parish on Maui, who shared their
priests, Father Adondee Arellano, MS, and Father Joseph
Pilotin, MS, during this time. …
The annual parish picnic was
Oct. 12 instead of its normal early
September date. Father Adondee
opened the picnic with a prayer
and everyone enjoyed the prizes,
games, the fishpond, the tallest
waterslide yet, volleyball, face
painting, shave ice, bingo, and a
tasty roast pork lunch. Congratulations to picnic committee chair
Ernie Barreira, committee
members Carol Nacion, Allan
Villaflor, Charlie and Della
Silva, Gabby and Marianne
Manintin, Caroline Freudig,
Ron and Loretta Blackstad,
Sherwood and Peggy Hara,
Maggie Honjo, Cyrus and Bev
Tumbaga and the many helpers
who made the day an immense
success! … In another annual parish event, the Westside Ministries Concert of Choirs, neighboring Christian church choirs
come to share spiritual and inspirational music. Our parish’s mixed
choir was directed by Charlie
Silva. Everyone enjoyed listening
to the choirs give praise and glory
to God with their instruments
and voices. Performances by the
children, pictured, and a teen
group made the night memorable.
… Twenty-seven youth, one young
adult and eight adult leaders attended the Diocesan Youth
Rally Oct. 25 at Sea Life Park.
Participants were able to catch the
dolphin show between activities.
The day’s highlight was the concert by Mathias Michael, Louis
Garglula aka Fusion and Elle
Bega, a junior from Maui’s Seabury Hall. … Our Ladies of the
Altar Society bazaar is 7 a.m.-1
p.m., Nov. 8, in the parish hall.
Beautiful handcrafts, baked goods,
plants and their famous sweet
bread are all for your perusal and
purchase. Come early and get
some holiday shopping done. (Reported by Judy Cabating)
Annunciation Parish
Father Stephen Macedo’s
Relay for Life team, Annunciation Angels, along with cocaptain Jane Aganus and many
parish volunteers, helped make
the Relay for Life on Oct. 25 a
huge success. From early morning
until 11 p.m., the Annunciation
Angels booth was an active, joyful
place to be. There was constant
lap walking, talking story, cooking
and selling steak plates, giving
away handouts, etc. Our team
took first place in funds raised
— more than $5,000 and donations are still coming in. Pictured
is parishioner Lisa Winborne
at the Relay for Life. (Reported by
Mary Erickson; photo by Marlene
St. Rita Parish
We welcomed two new altar
servers on Sept. 21. Father
Leonard Ssempijja with joy
introduced the current and new
altar servers at Sunday Mass. Our
parish is blessed to have these
dedicated youngsters serve each
week. Pictured from left, Abbey
Freeman, Cheyenne Yap,
Father Leonard, Isaac Freeman, (bottom row) new altar
servers Joshua Fernandez and
Sophia Mortejo. … Before Mass
ended, Isaac, Abbey and Cheyenne
made an announcement about
the persecution Christians and
other religious minorities are facing in the Middle East and asked
the congregation to support their
fundraising efforts by purchasing chocolate candies after Mass.
The proceeds will help Middle
East refugees. The youth wanted
to do their part and respond to
our suffering brothers and sisters
in Christ. They raised $262.50,
which was added to the parish
special collection for the Middle
East. (Reported by Esther Yap)
Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish
The children and their families enjoyed a night of fun and
fellowship on Oct. 24. A costume
parade and contest, a papaya
jack-o-lantern carving contest, a
donut eating contest, and games
made up the festivities. There
were prizes for contest winners
and goodie bags for the children.
Thank you to Keala Galdones
who chaired the event and to
those who assisted. Pictured are
the costume contest winners, front
from left, Kennedy Rose Asejo,
Christopher Asejo, Aleea
Takayesu, Jordyn Kawachi
and Tianna Cabbab. Back from
left, Magdlena Madrid, Garnet Galdones, Cody Sakanoi,
Ashton Greenleaf and Aaron
Aughe. (Reported by Pat Phillips;
photo by Oarlene Wingate)
St. Jude Parish
Parishioners gathered on Oct. 26
to celebrate the feast day of our
patron Saint Jude Thaddeus
with a picnic on parish grounds.
The children enjoyed games and
prizes. All who attended shared
good fun, good food and fellowship. Pictured sitting are Suzette
Rivera, Father Tim Tuyac,
Socorro DeGuzman and pastor
Father Khanh Hoang. Standing
are Elizabeth Recamara, Pat
Reyes-Dukes, Pacita Rabi,
Judy Datzman, Rose Zabanal
and Beth Vallejos. … To thank
those who give of their time, talent and treasure to the parish
Food Pantry/Outreach, the
ministry hosted an appreciation
dinner on Oct. 23. (Reported by
Caren Argenzia)
Christ the King Parish
The rosary, because it starts
with Mary’s own experience, is an
exquisitely contemplative prayer.
As Pope Paul VI clearly stated:
“Without contemplation, the
rosary is a body without a soul,
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish
and its recitation runs the risk of
becoming a mechanical repetition of formula, in violation of the
admonition of Christ: ‘In praying
do not heap up empty phrases
as the Gentiles do; for they think
they will be heard for their many
words’” (Mt 6:7). Through the rosary, the faithful receive abundant
graces, as though from the very
hands of the Mother of the Redeemer. About 70 parishioners
from different ministries gathered
in church on Sunday, Oct. 26, to
form a living rosary led by associate pastor Father Joseph
Pilotin, in participation with Father James who was visiting from
India, with Irene Cambra on the
piano leading the music. (Reported
by Audie Pascual and Mila Corpuz;
photo by Paul Pigao)
Holy Cross Parish
The parishioners of Holy Cross
and Sacred Heart Mission,
Eleele, want to express their
gratitude to the La Salette Mis-
The Parish Pastoral Advisory
Council is working on communications. Starting Sept. 27, they
are scheduled to greet and meet
parishioners after Masses every
other week. In addition, the council has appointed two liaisons to
each parish ministry, first, to be a
presence at ministry meetings, and
second, to listen to a ministry’s
needs and concerns. The liaisons
are Joe Hernandez and Tash
deCastro for worship; Tess Texeira and Darryl Saronitman
for religious education and faith
formation; Debbie Naranjo and
Shirley Fernandez for social
ministry; Donald Harlor and
Helen Cordeiro for temporalities, Matt Brady and Rey Clarin for youth and young adults.
Martha Camacho is the council
chairperson, the vice chairperson
is Matt Brady and secretary is
Kathy Sniffen. The council is
also reviewing the Parish Self
Survey Results of 2012 to determine where the parish stands in
addressing the challenges identified in it. It is also looking into
NOVEMBER 7, 2014
ringing the bell before all Masses.
Pictured is the council at its September meeting. Seated from left,
Kathy Sniffen, Debbie Naranjo, Helen Cordeiro, Rey
Clarin, Tess Texeira, Matt
Brady, Martha Camacho and
Father Ed Barut. Standing from
left, Darryl Saronitman, Tash
deCastro, Joe Hernandez and
Shirley Fernandez. Missing:
Donald Harlor. (Reported by
Julia Torres)
they were asked to think about
their neighborhood and, with their
family, create a model of a
community. They recycled milk
cartons, cereal boxes, cardboard
tubes, and cans to form buildings
and automobiles. They decorated
their structures with household
items such as buttons and empty
spools of thread. Some fashioned
trees out of paper, sticks, and pipe
cleaners. A few chose to make
their dream community, places
that wished were a part of where
they lived, such as Disneyland.
The other classes, from pre-school
3 through eighth grade, were invited to the first grade classroom.
Guests not only viewed the creations, but asked questions about
what materials were used, what
the communities represented, and
how long it took to make them.
(Reported by Ginger Kamisugi)
Sacred Heart Parish
Congratulations to youth minister
Sally Ganiron and her group for
achieving their goal and thanks
to our parishioners for supporting
them. The hard work paid off as
13 youths and five chaperones attended Diocesan Youth Day on
Oahu, Oct. 24 to 26. … The parish
hosted a second town hall meeting
and pot luck in Avery Hall Oct. 26
for the lava flow with special guest
speaker Darryl Oliveira, County
of Hawaii Civil Defense Director.
Father Bob Stark was also there
to provide needed information
to our parishioners. … Parishioners participated in the October
Block Rosary with the statue
of Blessed Mother visiting houseto-house and from one family to
another. … Team Truck Evacuation is offering free help to those
homeowners needing to evacuate
their property because of the lava.
The group will be available at the
Puna Neighborhood Place next to
the church grounds. (Reported by
Richard Robbins)
St. Theresa Parish
We celebrated Priesthood Sunday Oct. 26 by honoring our pastor Father Arnel Soriano, MS,
with lei and a special blessing at
all Masses. At a brunch potluck
in our parish hall, cards and acknowledgements were presented
from our students by principal
Mary Jean Buza-Sims, from
our religious ed students by
Lola Cruz, and from the children of Little Church by Little
Church youth leader Alyssa Pigao. Our parish youth were at
Diocesan Youth Day on Oahu but,
before they left, they made a beautiful banner, pictured, with many
accolades to the pastor. We also
welcomed our new religious education director Sister Michael
Ann O’Donnell and Father
Joseph Pilotin, MS, of Holy
Cross Parish. Choir members from
our Sacred Hearts Mission in
Waimea performed. Especially
enjoyable was their rendition of
“Ain’t He Sweet” and solos by
parish songbird Marie Ceballos. Alyssa Pigao also sang a
beautiful solo and our Filipino
Catholic Club serenaded Father
Arnel with a special song as well.
New parishioner Moses Wang
shared an inspirational story about
his prayer encounter with God as
Hurricane Ana spared our islands. Everyone enjoyed ono food,
fellowship and fun. We especially
thank Father Arnel for his enthusiasm in moving our church forward
and bringing us closer to our Risen
Lord. God bless you, Father Arnel!
(Reported by Chantal A. Duarte)
Holy Trinity Parish
November is ministry month
in the parish. All of the parish
ministries will be highlighted
at each Mass during November.
Come and discover how your God-
Our Lady of Perpetual Help School
Our fourth grade students, as
part of their science project, gathered 10 different kinds of seeds.
They learned that seeds come
in different shapes, colors, coat
textures, sizes, and had a variety
of longevity. The size of the seed
does not determine how small or
big a plant may grow. For example, a mustard seed is one of the
smallest seeds, and yet it can grow
into a tree so huge that various organisms make it their haven. The
most popular seed collected by the
fourth graders was the apple seed,
and the least was the avocado
seed. Sharing their seeds display
are, from left, Jayla Stephens,
Kylee Sanchez and Kristianne
Edrosa. (Reported by Remedios O.
Sacred Hearts Academy High
given gifts match a parish need.
Become a community. (From the
parish bulletin)
Sts. Peter and Paul Parish
In a letter to pastor Father
Khanh Pham-Nguyen published in the bulletin, Stella
Wong of Catholic Charities
thanked the parish for its generous gift of $1,654 for Catholic
Charities Sunday. “Your generosity
provides help and hope to those
who have come upon troubled
times,” she wrote. “We give thanks
for friends like you who help us to
empower our brothers and sisters
to take positive steps to improve
their lives.” (From the parish bulletin)
St. Michael Parish
Last week, pastor Father Chris
Keahi and priest-in-residence Father Lusius Nimu went on their
annual retreat in Kaneohe. In the
parish bulletin, parishioners were
asked to keep the two priests in
their prayers as they rejuvenated
themselves spiritually so that,
filled with God’s graces and blessings, they can continue to minister
to all of us here on the North
Shore of Oahu. (From the parish
St. Michael Parish
Liz Mihelich, Jim Echle and
Steve Johnson were among 20
men and women who arrived at
Immaculate Conception Mission in
Holualoa on Sept. 29 with shovels,
rakes and a variety of tools to prepare the Sharing Garden. This
is an example of how the people
in our parish bring to life the Corporal Work of Mercy, “When I was
hungry, you gave me to eat.” The
fresh fruits and vegetables from
the garden will find their way to
the tables of the poor. (Reported by
Shirley David)
St. Theresa Parish
On Oct. 18, the Flores de Mayo
princesses led a procession of
parishioners carrying roses down
the center aisle of the church to
the statue of St. Theresa where
they placed the flowers in vases
to honor her at the start of a Mass
to celebrate her feast. The concelebrants were Msgr. Terrence
Watanabe and Father Jim
Orsini. This annual event brings
together the adult, Hispanic
and Tongan choirs for multilingual hymns and prayers. This
year the readings were proclaimed
in Ilocano and Tongan. The universal prayers were read in eight
languages. In his homily, Father
Terry combined the stewardship
theme of these six weeks with the
life of service that St. Theresa led.
Four parish youth performed
a sacred gesture during the hymn
of praise and everyone sang a
special song to St. Theresa, “The
Little Flower” at the close of Mass.
The international potluck to follow was cancelled because of the
threat of Hurricane Ana. (Reported by Anita Carrington; photo
by Leroy Carrington)
Our Lady of Good Counsel School
The first graders are learning
about the world around them. As
a class project for social studies,
Our varsity bowling squad
wrapped up an undefeated season
(30-0) with a 3-0 victory over
Island Pacific Academy on
Oct. 15. The team captured the
team Interscholastic League of
Honolulu (ILH) Championship
and qualified for state tournament
competition in Kona, Oct. 29-Nov.
1. With title in hand, the bowlers
competed in the Jared Kaufmann
Memorial Tournament, Oct. 21, 22
and 24, to determine the league’s
singles and doubles champions.
The Lancer bowlers dominated in
doubles competition with seniors
Hailey Ganiron and Caitlin
Cunningham repeating as defending ILH doubles champions
for the third consecutive year.
Teammates Leeyanah Santos
and Cameron Pires took fifth
place, while Desiree Batangan
and Kehaulani Ho rounded out
the top 10. In singles competition,
Ganiron placed fifth overall, and
Cunningham was eighth. Head
coach Allen Wallace guides
the team. (Submitted by Hayley
Maryknoll School
Maryknoll School Spartans
vote! On Oct. 22, the school
teamed up with WeVoteHawaii
to get gubernatorial candidates
David Ige and Duke Aiona,
congressional contenders Charles
Djou and Mark Takai, and state
Rep. Della Au Belatti to visit
the school. Guests were greeted
with paper-chain leis made by
our grade school students
and welcomed with many smiles.
NOVEMber 7, 2014
The guests spoke to the entire
student body of 1,250 students
in the school’s community center.
The students learned about the
importance of voting and civic engagement. Afterward, our special
guests sat down for a smaller session with the high school senate
officers who learned about leadership, what makes a leader, and
the hurdles they have to overcome
when representing the people.
This experience has had a positive
impact on the students, staff and
faculty. Know the value of your
vote, and cast your ballot on Nov.
4! (Reported by Laura Essenberg)
Purse International Relief,
which delivers gift-filled shoe
boxes to children in need. The
deadline for filled shoeboxes is
Nov. 14. For ideas about what to
put in the boxes and how to pack
and label them, please contact the
school office at 261-4651. … For
our school-wide running activity,
the SJV Turkey Trot, Nov. 26,
the early learning center and
kindergarten students will
complete a course on the school
campus. The first through
eighth grade students will
run/walk around the Keolu Drive
Lake (approximately three miles).
Families may join them. Volunteers will monitor the route. Proceeds from this event will be used
for one of the school’s Christmas
projects, adopting a family in the
Laulima Program with Keiki O Ka
Aina. Anyone wishing to volunteer
for this event may call the school,
261-4651. (Reported by Earl
Sacred Hearts Academy Lower
Our lower school media specialist Taylor Oshiro and assistant
Heather Maggini-McKay
convened their Nene Book
Club, which is open to students
in grades four to six. During their
bi-weekly meetings, members discuss a book from this year’s Nene
Award Nominee list and complete
activities related to the book. The
book featured this week was “You
Will Call Me Drog” and the students created their own Drog puppet. Pictured are Miya Brown,
Chloe Villamil and Kimberly
Kealoha. (Reported by Hayley
Star of the Sea Early Learning
Our students celebrated Halloween with a costume parade
on Oct. 31. Students in costumes
marched up to the elementary
school and then to the early learning center for trick-or-treating.
(Reported by Lisa Foster)
St. Anthony School
Our school celebrated its annual
United Nations Day celebration on
Oct. 24. The event started with the
Parade of Nations featuring United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia,
Ireland, Samoa, Colombia,
Japan, Spain, Philippines and
Cuba. Each grade level represented a nation and performed the nation’s cultural dance. Food, games,
crafts, bounce house, prizes and
fun followed after the student
body sang the finale song, “Don’t
Stop Thinking About Tomorrow.”
This year’s theme was “Alive in the
Word, Let Us Be Light” which was
the message of the school principal, Sister Victoria Lavente,
SPC, to everyone. The event was
well attended by family members
and friends of the school ohana.
Pictured are Kendall Ramelb
and Lilzen Dacua dancing a Filipino folk dance, “Tinikling” (The
Bamboo Dance). (Reported by Tess
St. Anthony Junior-Senior High
Salon 253 co-owner and hairstylist Adiel Cline holds up a
ponytail of approximately 10
inches of hair she cut from junior
St. Catherine School
St. Joseph Early Learning Center
Junior firefighters from the
early learning center had a lot of
practice learning and experiencing
a day as a firefighter. Thanks to
the wonderful crew at the Kahului Fire Station, Engine 10,
the students enjoyed a complete
tour. They met the crew, toured
the living quarters, shot water at a
simulated fire, went on a fire truck
and even saw “Spider Man” rappel
down the station tower. After the
visit, the children had playtime
and lunch at Keopulani Park in
Kahului. We pray for all the firefighters and emergency crews that
work hard to keep us safe. (Reported by Helen Souza)
Taylor Tavares’ head. Taylor
was inspired to give to “Locks of
Love” by her 10-year-old cousin
Sabrina Reid who lost her battle
against leukemia, and by religion
teacher Kathleen DeLima, a
nine-year breast cancer survivor.
Taylor and two other students,
freshman Krislyn Martinez and
eighth-grader Sohka Furumoto,
donated more than 30 inches of
hair. With classmates watching,
Salon 253 co-owners Nicole Vincent and Adiel Cline, and Cline’s
sister Lauren Sneary cut off the
long tresses and gave the three
brave students a new hairdo on
Oct. 28. Locks of Love is a nonprofit organization that accepts
donations of human hair to make
wigs for Canadian and American
children whose medical conditions have caused them to lose
their hair. St. Anthony students
have been raising awareness about
breast cancer and paying tribute
to cancer survivors during October, Breast Cancer Awareness
Month. (Reported by Claudine San
St. Elizabeth School
Our kindergarten class participated in Make A Difference
Day by donating toiletries and
school supplies to our parish
Good Samaritan Ministry.
This put into practice our student
learning expectations of Catholic
values and global awareness. This
proves that you are never too
young to make a difference in the
world! (Reported by Sharon Nagasawa)
St. John Vianney School
On Oct. 28 we supported Breast
Cancer Awareness Month
with our second annual PinkOut Day! Students were encouraged to wear appropriate pink
clothes that day. … This year the
school will again participate in
Operation Christmas Child,
sponsored by the Samaritan’s
On Oct. 3, several teachers,
parents and students joined
Mahelona Hospital employees
and residents on the multi-use
path in Kapaa to support the hospital’s efforts to raise money for
the American Cancer Society.
Our school has an on-going relationship with the hospital. Our
Service Club, under the direction of Mrs. Patricia Doherty,
visits residents weekly. Hospital
resident Melody Pascual, diagnosed with breast cancer last
year, waits for the students each
week and calls them “my kids.” In
honor of Melody, the hospital had
its second annual walk to support
breast cancer awareness. Although
our school was on break, many
came out to support this great
cause. … On Sept. 24, our school
hosted a number of professionals for a career orientation day.
Presenters included a priest, a
chef, a police officer/detective, the Grand Hyatt sous
chef, a firefighter, a nurse, a
lifeguard, a social worker/
US army officer and a renewable energy KIUC engineer.
The purpose of this day was to
inspire students with many interesting careers. … Oct. 26 marked
the first school and parish Family
Day Celebration. It began with
beautiful music and wise words
from our mayor about the importance of family, followed by Mass.
A delicious lunch was served in
Coyle Hall with entertainment by
comedian Frank De Lima and
our school choir directed by
Mrs. Mary Alfiler. Awards were
given for posters made by students
from the school and the religious
education program. Afterward,
students enjoyed a water slide,
bouncy house, face painting and
balloon animals by our curriculum coordinator Michele Rutz.
Everyone enjoyed the fun day.
Father Anthony is already talking about doing it again next year!
(Reported by Andrea Corbo and
Patricia Doherty)