To:Clergy, Religious and Laity of the Diocese of Honolulu and all Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands
From: Most Reverend Larry Silva, Bishop of Honolulu
Date: March 16, 202
Subject: Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic in the Diocese of Honolulu
As we are all aware, we are in a unique time in which a pandemic that has had deadly effects needs to be halted. The Diocese of Honolulu has already sent out directives about how to keep as safe as Possible during our liturgies and our spiritual, educational and social gathersings. The situation has rapidly changed, however, and in light of the Center for Disease Control's most recent strong recommendations for containment of this contagious virus, I am now offering these directives to be followed in all parishes, ethnic communities, and oratories in the Diocese of Honolulu.
The public celebration of Mass will be canceled in all locations, effective at noon on March 17 through Tuesday, March 31, inclusive. I am dispensing all the faithful from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays during this period.
The Diocese has developed a web-page for quick access to official diocesan communications and recommended resources: www.catholichawaii.org/covid19
Updates will continue to be provided as they are made available. May God grand you good health and grace in abundance!
Previous updates for the COVID-19 Coronavirus:
March 12, 2020 Memo "Parish Ministries: Guidance for COVID-19 Response"
March 12, 2020 Memo "Cold and Flu Season and the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Update #2"
March 23, 2020 Letter: Bishop asks Hawaii Catholics to join two upcoming COVID-19 prayer efforts led by the Pope
March 27, 2020 Memo Updated General Directive and Liturgical Guidelines
March 27, 2020 Memo Directive for the Celebration of Holy Week & Easter
DIOCESES OF HONOLULU
PRAYER FOR THE COVID-19 CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC
[by: Bishop Larry Silva; March 12, 2020]
Dear God of all the living, you sent your Son Jesus
to heal us from illness and sin. We turn to his
healing power in this time of anxiety over the
pandemic of this potentially deadly virus.
St. Damien and St. Marianne Cope dedicated their
lives to service of those who had an infectious
disease. St. Marianne Cope, said, "I am not afraid
of any disease," because she was confident of
your power to save. At the same time, she took
prudent precautions of hygiene to assure that
she and her Sisters would not be infected.
Let us learn from this example to put our trust in
you to save us from the ravages of disease and to
take prudent measures to prevent its spread.
Guide us to know when to isolate ourselves from
the possibility of infection, but never let anyone
be left without the care and concern of others in
As our Diocese of Honolulu has been dedicated
to the Divine Mercy, we pray with confidence,
"Jesus, I trust in you."