Aloha! I know many of you have already heard about Mayor Caldwell issuing a "Stay at Home" order for the City and County of Honolulu to flatten the spike of COVID 19 beginning Thursday August 27, 2020 through September 9, 2020. It has been deemed that HOUSES OF WORSHIP MAY STILL HOLD IN-PERSON SERVICES, to which we are grateful that we can still worship and gather for the Eucharist. Therefore ALL MASSES AT SACRED HEART CHURCH WILL REMAIN AS SCHEDULED for the time being. It is important to remember that given the increased risk of infection it is important that you follow and understand the following directives we have/will implement at our parish:
Dispensation from Sunday Mass - Bishop Larry Silva has extended the obligation to attend Sunday Mass through October 31, 2020. If you have any underlying health issues, elderly, or uncomfortable in coming to ChurchPLEASE STAY AT HOME!
Liturgical Safety/Precautions - All are reminded that facemasks are to be worn at all times and social distancing must be observed while in Church. There will be no singing and Church doors/windows will remain open for cross ventilation during the Mass.
Anointing of the Sick - For the time being, Anointing of the Sick/Last Rites will only be administered in danger of death. Please call the Church office at 973-2211, press 1.
Confession/Reconciliation - Please make an appointment with Father EJ by calling 973-2211, press 1. Please wear a mask and maintain social distancing at all times. No Saturday Confessions, for the time being.
Livestream/Online Mass - Those who are unable to attend Mass are encouraged to join the community in prayer via our Facebook page on Sunday's at 11:00 a.m. Please "like" and follow: www.facebook.com/sacredheartpunahou
Our Parish offices will be closed effective Thursday, August 27, 2020 through Wednesday, September 9, 2020 and our staff will be working from home. Should you need any assistance please call us at 973-2211 and leave a message. If it is an urgent matter, you may email our temporary Parish Secretary Annie Ragus at email@example.com or Business Manager Noel Simbajon at firstname.lastname@example.org or myself at email@example.com.
We remain grateful to you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time we are living through. We are encouraging all who still choose to attend Mass to sign up on our Attend Mass page. We kindly remind you that you may make an online donation at Sacred Heart Church Online Giving or mail in your contributions.
Thank you once again for your attention and care to this important matter. Please keep safe and please take care of one another.
May God bless us all!!!
Respectfully, Father EJ Ikaika Resinto, Pastor Sacred Heart Church, Punahou & Maryknoll School 1701 Wilder Avenue Honolulu, HI 96822 (808) 973-2211 ext. 32
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Act of Contrition
This Apostolic Penitentiary-issued decree on the Sacrament of Reconciliation grants plenary indulgences to “the faithful suffering from the Covid-19 virus... as well as to healthcare workers, family members and all those who in any capacity, including through prayer, care for them." “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.”
Diocese of Honolulu Prayer for the Covid-19 Coronavirus 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 the community. As our Diocese of Honolulu has been dedicated to the Divine Mercy, we pray with confidence, “Jesus, I trust in you.”