Information on COVID-19
April 3, 2020
Palm Sunday Greeting from your Pastor
My Beloved Parishioners of the St. Philomena,
Greetings of peace, love, and joy to you and your family! “do not be afraid, little flock, for your father
has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32)
The pandemic of the coronavirus has tremendously affected our lives, our families, and our church. It is
causing us so much sadness, anxieties, fear, and uncertainties. Each day, as we hear the news, we get
worried and caught in fear about the numbers of our brothers and sisters who are affected by this. But there
is so much hope upon hearing as well, that many have recovered from it. In as much as we get to hear all
these in the news, the best thing that we can do is, beside praying constantly, also to keep protecting our lives
and the lives of the ones we love by doing everything that needs to be done, from eating healthy, exercising,
social distancing and the personal hygiene that we need to keep.
When the “stay at home/work at home” order took effect on March 24 in our city and county of Honolulu,
our church doors were closed. But even though our doors were closed, Fr. Tony and I never stopped
celebrating the Mass inside our loving church of St. Philomena for your well-being and intentions, even
without you and the rest of the Catholic Faithful. With Bishop Larry’s memorandum and dispensation from
participating in the Sunday Masses, we are here to commune with you spiritually within the confines of your
home. I must say, I am sad about this situation because I do miss your presence here. But know that with
the closing of our churches, Bishop Larry’s top priorities are your spiritual welfare, health, and safety, which
extends to your families, the employees in the parish offices, and most of all, the vulnerable in our
But for now, let us heed to what our Bishop is calling us to observe. Let us, in the best way that we can,
through the guidelines set by those in authority to look after our physical well-being. In our desire to
participate physically present in any liturgical celebrations, for now, we spiritually commune ourselves in
our home by joining us in the live-streaming of Masses. Invite your family members to join you. It is our
way of sharing God’s message of comfort, love, and mercy when you pray together. You may check the
information through our parish website at .You can access this live-
streaming masses with your smart phone, tablet or computer through St. Philomena Facebook page,
Here is our holy week schedule vis facebook livestream:
Palm Sunday: at 10 am
Holy Thursday: at 6 pm
Good Friday: at 3 pm
Easter Vigil: at 6 pm
Easter Sunday: at 10 am
I am looking forward to the day that you and I can be together again at Mass, Confession, and even to see
you at parish office to say, Hi or Hello, and extend a handshake or blessing you on your forehead. Wouldn’t
it be great to do that again?
I extend God’s blessings upon you and your family.
Your brother in Christ
Fr. Dong Min Li “Paul”
St. Philomena Catholic Church
March 23, 2020
“Following the “stay at home/work at home” order from our Mayor mandated at 4:30 pm on Monday March 23, our parish staff have to stay at home, I am sorry to announce that St. Philomena parish office and church physically are closed to the public until further notice. Fr. Paul is still available for answer your phone calls and emergency sacrament. Since we could not have Sunday mass physically, I will continue offering daily private mass for you and I will livestream Sunday masses, please check this link:https://www.facebook.com/stphilomenachurchhawaii/ for St Philomena facebook page. “
Let’s pray together, with our own effort and prayers, God will drive this virus away from our life.
Fr. Paul Li
St. Philomena Church
March 17, 2020
This email is to provide some clarification and additional information to the MEMORANDUM “Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Diocese of Honolulu” from Bishop Larry Silva.
RCIA (celebrations of the rites for the Elect):
Presentation of the Creed and the Our Father (Third & Fifth Week of Lent) – RCIA paragraph #104-105, the presentations are optional; however, for pastoral reasons, the presentation of the Our Father may be celebrated on Holy Saturday (see RCIA #185) with the Ephphetha Rite.
Second and Third Scrutiny (Fourth and Fifth Sunday of Lent) – During normal times ALL three scrutinies are required. However, RCIA paragraph #20 reads: “The scrutinies… the bishop may dispense from one of them for serious reasons or, in extraordinary circumstances, even from two.” Since Masses are canceled in our diocese for the next two weekends, Bishop Silva is granting a dispensation from the celebrations of the Second and Third Scrutinies. However, in the case our Mass cancelations are extended through the Triduum / Easter Vigil time, we will have directives on how to celebrate the rites on a later day.
Homebound ministry: It recommended that this ministry be suspended at this time for all except priests. Priests are to attend to the needs of those who ask for the Anointing of the Sick or the Viaticum. If a priest is sick or considered to be a high-risk individual (e.g. frail elderly, suffers from respiratory conditions, immunocompromised, etc.), he should request assistance from another priest. Priests attending to the needs of the sick are to observe all proper sanitary protocols and, if necessary, check-in with proper medical personnel before entering the room of the patient. For the time being, sick calls and distribution of Holy Communion should be reserved to priests only. Priests are to take care that their oil stocks are not contaminated in any way.
Holy Communion outside of Mass: Individual Communion upon request should not be granted, unless the person is near or in danger of death.
Livestreaming: Parishes are invited to inform their parishioners of opportunities to view the Mass via livestream. The weekday and Sunday Mass will be livestreamed from various churches in our diocese. A list of churches that are providing livestreaming would be available on our website at www.catholichawaii.org/covid19. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD), and the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) are waiving any need to request permission to use readings or Mass prayers in a livestreamed liturgy. Also streaming permission is granted to include OCP music in any recorded services through April 15. OCP ask that you post the copyright lines for any OCP songs included in the streamed celebrations on the website which streams the service. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Leanna Boyd in the Contract & Royalty Administration Department at firstname.lastname@example.org and a reprint and projection permission is granted also through April 15th read this announcement from ONE LICENSE for details.
Church signs: We suggest that parishes post signs at the church doors with information about the importance of maintaining “social distance” when engaging in private prayer inside the church. See attached example signage.
Please see attached a Prayer Trifold you can print for distribution at your parishes. An announcement regarding the parish celebrations for Holy Week will be after Friday, March 27, 2020.
Deacon Modesto R. Cordero
Prayers for the Coronavirus
March 16, 2020
MESSAGE FROM FATHER PAUL:
Dear St Philomena parishioners and visitors:
“do not be afraid, little flock, for your father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.” (Luck 12:32)
As pandemic Covid-19 runs near, it has caused great panic, fear, anxiety, severe illness and even death. Our most Reverend Bishop Larry Silva issued urgent memorandum of canceling all masses in the whole Diocese effective from March 17 noon to March 31 inclusive; he is dispensing all the faithful from the obligation to attend masses on Sundays in this time. And then with his advisory Council, will assess the situation before March ends. I will keep you posted.
In our parish of St Philomena:
1, I will offer mass privately for your well-being and your intentions. So you’re welcome to office drop any mass intention.
2, our church will remain open for individual private prayer during office hours, which is from 8:30 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday.
3, I will be available for personal confession by appointment.
4, our parish office remains open to public, and you may drop your offering to the office. if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call or email me.
As our Lord had reminded us many time in the gospel, “do not be afraid, little flock, have faith!” So during this time, avoiding fear or panic , do not demonize anyone, but care for the sick, the elderly, pray always and have faith! “
We are entering the hard-core of our Lenten season, In the desert, no one else but us and the Lord. Turn to him in prayer, remembering he promised to us: I’ll be with you always.
St Philomena, pray for us!
St Damien and St Marianne, pray for us
God bless everyone of you,
Your brother in Christ
Rev. Dong min Li “Paul”
Pastor, St Philomena church
For more information on COVID-19 please visit cdc.gov