Join us at St. Theresa Church, in Kekaha, for daily Mass at 5 a.m. beginning Saturday, Dec. 16 through Sunday, Dec. 24 for our annual Misa de Gallo, as we prepare for the celebration of Christmas and the second coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Fellowship to follow each day’s Mass. Potluck alpha list
History of the Misa de Gallo
The Catholic religious culture and tradition in the Philippines began with the coming of the Spanish missionaries. In March 1521 Ferdinand Magellan discovered Las Islas Filipinas. The Philippine,s as a former colony of Spain, shares and preserves faithfully much of the Spanish religious traditions, putting on local color and character. For example, what the Spaniards called “Misa de Aguinaldo” would be called “Misa de Gallo” and now also “Simbang Gabi”.
Every year from December 16 to 24, churches and barangay (village) chapels teem with people from all walks of life for a pious exercise that is very popular among Filipino Catholics all over the world. The Misa de Gallo or Simbang Gabi is a novena of Masses in the early morning hours, around 4:00 o’clock, when the roosters start to crow, in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Expectant Mother of God, and in preparation for the commemoration of the birth of our Savior. Having the Mass at this pre-dawn hour enable workers, mostly fishermen and farmers, to attend before starting their day. This popular religious custom is considered among the oldest and the most venerable religious tradition in our country. In contrast to the sober character of the Advent liturgy, these Masses are festive in character and are said with special solemnity.
In bringing the tradition to America, Filipinos have adapted the pre-dawn Mass into an evening celebration in consideration of the exceptionally harsh mainland winter weather. However, although the time of the celebration may change, the meaning and significance of Simbang-Gabi remains the same and continues to offer us a deepening spiritual experience leading to a more meaningful Christmas season. (catholichawaii.org/Diocese of Honolulu)
O, Come, O, Come, Emmanuel! Click on the link for a wealth of information on Advent to enhance your Advent journey! http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/advent/index.cfm
Respect Life Prayer: Heavenly Father, the beauty and dignity of human life was the crowning of your creation. You further ennobled that life when your Son became one with us in His incarnation. Help us to realize the sacredness of human life and to respect it from the moment of conception until the last moment at death. Give us courage to speak with truth and love and with conviction in defense of life. Help us to extend the gentle hand of mercy and forgiveness to those who do not reverence your gift of life. To all, grant pardon for the times we have failed to be grateful for your precious gift of life or to respect it in others. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Receiving Sacraments ‘Confirmation is not a passage into adulthood’ 11.12.17 (click here)
Receiving Sacraments ‘Baptism, Confirmation, and then, First Communion 11.5.17 (click here)
Receiving Sacraments ‘Thinking about the Sacraments of Initiation’ 10.29.17 (click here)
Receiving Sacraments ‘Out of Order’ 10.22.17 (click here)
Returning to the Original Order 10.15.17 (click here)
This video will explain why we are moving back to the the original order of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, First Communion (Eucharist))
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We hold the memory and contributions of all of the dear Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity that served our parish for 71 years! May our heavenly Father continue to bless them all!
Pictured below are those that last served in our parish: Sr. Janet, Sr. Michael Ann, Sr. Mary Ann along with Fr. Boyet, who celebrated his 27th Ordination Anniversary.
Sunday, May 7, 2017 – A Day of Celebrations!
1st Holy Communion
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Bishop Larry & Fr. Boyet
on Bishop’s Episcopal visit
Dec. 3-4, 2016
ALTAR SERVERS NEEDED AT
ST. THERESA CHURCH…ADULTS (MEN/WOMEN), STUDENTS (who have already received 1st Holy Communion)
Please contact the parish office at 337-1548 – Mahalo!
Please check the Sunday bulletin for any changes to the following:
-St. Theresa Church Choir practice – Tuesdays from 6:00-7 p.m. in Church
(new members always welcome!)
-Rosary/Novena – Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in St. Theresa Church
– Church Mice – Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the parish meeting room (across from the rectory) – reflections on the upcoming Sunday readings
–Religious Education Classes (K-12)
1st & 3rd Mondays: Youth EDGE 6:30-8 p.m. (grades 6 – 12) at St. Theresa School
Wednesdays: 6:30-7:30 p.m. (grades K-5) at St. Theresa School
–RCIA & Confirmation – Call Religious Education Coordinator Mary Ann McMillen at 808-639-7067 for more information
Please contact the Parish Office at 337-1548 for more information.