Welcome to Saint Rita Catholic Church

NOTE: MASS, R.E., AND ALL CHURCH GATHERINGS have been suspended until April 30, 2020, or until further notice. Please refer to Bishop Larry Silva's note below.

We are a welcoming Catholic community called by God to live out the message of Christ in love and service to all people. Email us.

Our mission is to bring tranforming love of Christ into the lives of all we meet. Through sharing Eucharist, Prayers, Worship and Service we seek to strengthen ourselves in love and respect for one another and reach out to our broader community and world.

Our vision is to be effective "Stewards of the Gospel" we become Christ's faithful witnesses of the gospel. We offer our time, talents and treasure in service to St. Rita Parish Family and reach out to the broader communities and our world. Missionary clergy, religious and our ancestors lead us to plant good seed in the soil of faith so this work will grow and produce much fruit to the glory of God in His Kingdom.



St. Rita Catholic Church

Haiku, Maui


St. Gabriel Mission

Keanae, Maui



To: Clergy, Parishes and Catholic Faithful

From: Most Reverend Larry Silva, Bishop of Honolulu

Date: March 27, 2020

Subject: Updated General Directives and Liturgical Guidelines Due to the COVID-19 (Update #4)

Peace be with you!

As we continue to adapt to a different way we live our daily lives, as well as to the way we worship during the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, our Diocese’s top priority remains the spiritual welfare, health, and safety of our faithful, employees, and the vulnerable of our community. Our Governor has ordered a stay-at-home lockdown until April 30 in order to mitigate the effects of the virus and stop its spread. After consultation with my staff and the Presbyteral Council, I am issuing the following directives, which go into effect immediately:

• Parish churches, chapels, oratories, centers, and missions are to be closed to the public through April 30, 2020, or until further notice. (This is more restrictive than the last notice, which encouraged that they remain open, and is based on the restrictions recently imposed by Governor Ige.)

• There will be only one Chrism Mass for the Diocese on Thursday, April 2, at 7:00 p.m., but it will be celebrated in private with only the Bishop and the handful of ministers needed for the liturgy. The invitation of priests and deacons issued earlier is rescinded in light of new developments. The Office of Worship will see to the distribution of the sacred oils to the parishes on all islands.

• All liturgical and sacramental celebrations from now through April 30 are canceled, including those during Holy Week, the Paschal Triduum, and Easter Sunday. The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays is dispensed through April 30, 2020. [Priests are to celebrate private Masses, with only the liturgical ministers necessary, especially for the intentions of their people. We encourage parish priests to live-stream their liturgies to their parishioners via social media platforms and to communicate to them the times of these services and log-in information.]

• The celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, First Communion) for the Elect, normally celebrated at the Easter Vigil, are postponed to a future day after the Covid-19 crisis subsides. A future date when these sacraments may be rescheduled will be announced by the Bishop.

• Parishes are invited to inform their parishioners of opportunities to view the Mass and other services via livestream or the parish’s Facebook. Daily and Sunday Mass are currently being livestreamed from various parishes in our diocese. For a comprehensive and updated list please visit our website at www.catholichawaii.org.

• The faithful are encouraged to keep the Lord’s Day holy. Some ways to do this include: reading the Scriptures of the day, especially the Gospels, praying with your families, and to joining yourself to the sacrifice of the Mass by making an act of spiritual communion. For more information and resources, please visit our website at www.catholichawaii.org.

• Sacramental confessions will not be offered, for the safety of penitents and priests, Confessions by phone or via the internet are not permitted. General absolution is not permitted, because it presumes a gathering of people. Because confessions will be curtailed during this time, the following should be noted from The Catechism of the Catholic Church #1452:

“When it arises from a love by which God is loved above all else, contrition is called 'perfect' — contrition of charity. Such contrition remits venial sins; it also obtains forgiveness of mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible."

What the Apostolic Penitentiary said about the Sacrament of Penance might be applied analogously to the Sacrament of the Sick: “Where the individual faithful find themselves in the painful impossibility of receiving sacramental absolution, it should be remembered that perfect contrition, coming from the love of God, beloved above all things, expressed by a sincere request for forgiveness (that which the penitent is at present able to express) and accompanied by votum confessionis, that is, by the firm resolution to have recourse, as soon as possible, to sacramental confession, obtains forgiveness of sins, even mortal ones.”

The following Act of Contrition, sincerely prayed, might be used:

Father of mercy, like the prodigal son, I return to you and say: “I have sinned against you and am no longer worthy to be called your child.” Jesus Christ, Savior of the world, I pray with the repentant thief to whom you promised Paradise, “Lord, remember me in your kingdom.” Holy Spirit, fountain of love, I call on you with trust, “Purify my heart, and help me to walk as a child of light.”

• All funerals, weddings and baptisms should be postponed at this time until further notice.

• All Confirmations/First Holy Communions scheduled from now through April 30 are postponed. The Office of the Vicar General will contact parishes which need to reschedule once the “all clear” is indicated by the civil authorities.

Liturgies at which Bishop Larry Silva will preside will be private, with only the liturgical ministers necessary, but will be live-streamed for all to see at www.hictv.com or https://www.facebook.com/HonoluluCathedralBasilica. They are as follows:

• Mass for Fifth Sunday of Lent, 9:00 a.m.

• Lenten Penance Service (without individual confessions): Wednesday, April 1, 7:00 p.m.

• Chrism Mass: Thursday, April 2, 7:00 p.m.

• Mass for Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord: April 5, 9:00 a.m.

• Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper: Thursday, April 9, 7:00 p.m.

• Good Friday Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion: Friday, April 10, 3:00 p.m.

• Easter Vigil of the Holy Night: Saturday, April 11, 7:00 p.m. [NOTE: This is a long but very beautiful liturgy, with many Scripture readings and Mass, as a Vigil for the celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus.]

• Easter Sunday Mass: Sunday, April 12, 9:00 a.m.

• TENTATIVE, PENDING FURTHER NOTICE: Easter Sunday Mass: Sunday, April 12, 12:00 noon. Broadcast on KHNL, a Hawaii News Now Station and local NBC affiliate; virtual channel 13; digital channel 35; spectrum TV: channel 8 or 1008.

• Mass for Second Sunday of Easter/Divine Mercy Sunday: April 19, 9:00 a.m.

• Mass for Third Sunday of Easter: April 26, 9:00 a.m.

Please feel free to contact Deacon Modesto Cordero at the Office of Worship,  808-585-3342 or email at mcordero@rcchawaii.org should you have any questions.

Our Lady of Peace, patroness of the Diocese of Honolulu, pray for us!

Lenten and Easter blessings!

Livestreamed Masses

Diocese of Honolulu Masses are being livestreamed while publick masses are cancelled due to the coronaviru outbreak:


Christ the King
Sundays at 9 AM
Maui radio station 105.5 FM


Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace
Sundays at 9 AM, Bishop Larry Silva presiding
Mondays to Saturdays at 8 AM
Sunday, March 29th at 9 AM (5th Sunday of Lent/3rd Scrutiny for 2 Cathedral Elects)
Wednesday, April 1st at 7 PM (Penance Prayer Service)
Thursday, April 2nd at 7 PM (Chrism Mass with limited attendance)
Sunday, April 5th at 9 AM (Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord)
Thursday, April 9 at 7 PM (Holy Thursday of the Lord's Supper)
Friday, April 10 at 3 PM (Good Friday)
Saturday, April 11 at 7 PM (Easter Vigil with full celebration of the sacraments for the 2 Cathedral Elects)
Sunday, April 12 at 9 AM (Easter Mass)
Sunday, April 19 at 9 AM (2nd Sunday of Easter/Divine Mercy)
Sunday, April 26 at 9 AM (3rd Sunday of Easter)

Sacred Heart, Punahou
Sundays at 8 AM
Solemnity of St. Joseph (March 19) at 7 AM
Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord (March 25) at 7 AM

St. John Apostle and Evangelist
Saturdays at 5 PM

St. Joseph, Waipahu
Daily at 7 AM

St. John the Baptist, Kalihi
Mass in Spanish on Sundays at 8 AM
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Mass Schedule


No weekday and weekend mass until April 30, 2020

Saint Rita hurch

655 Haiku Road

Haʻikū Hawaiʻi 96708

Saturday: 5:00 P.M
Sunday: 8:30 A.M

Weekly Mass: Tues-Fri 7:00 AM            Reconciliation: Saturdays         3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Saint Gabriel Mission
Wailuanui, Keanae
1st & 3rd Sunday: 11:00 A.M. 
Confession: Before Sunday Mass


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