Next Sunday’s Readings – July 9, 2017


Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Zechariah 9:9-10   Romans 8:9, 11-13   Matthew 11:25-30


Do you want to know the mind and heart of God? Jesus thanks the Father in heaven for revealing to his followers the wisdom and knowledge of God. What does Jesus’ prayer tell us about God and about our relationship with him? First, it tells us that God is both Father and Lord of the earth as well as heaven. He is both the Creator and Author of all that he has made the first origin of everything. His authority, wisdom, and gracious care extends to every living thing, and his boundless love and goodness is directed to the welfare of each person made in his image and likeness. He is the source of all human life. That is why all fatherhood and motherhood is ultimately derived from him (Ephesians 3:14-15).

Pride – the root of sin

Jesus‘ prayer contrasts the “wisdom of the world” with the wisdom which comes from above – from the Father of heaven who is all wise and good. Jesus’ prayer contains an implicit warning that pride can keep us from the love and knowledge of God. What makes us ignorant and blind to the wisdom of God? Certainly intellectual pride, coldness of heart, and stubbornness of will shut out God and his wise rule and fatherly care for our personal lives. Pride is the root of all vice and evil and the strongest influence propelling us to sin against God and to do wrong to our neighbor. Sinful pride first vanquishes the heart, making it cold and indifferent towards God. It also closes the mind to God’s truth and wisdom for our lives. What is pride’s flaw? It is the inordinate love of oneself at the expense of others and the exaggerated estimation of one’s own knowledge, power, importance and position over others.



Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today’s Reflection:

todays reflectionThis week and next Matthew refers to “little ones.” Who are the little ones in these scriptures today? The woman cares for Elisha in his time of need. Elisha cares for the woman in her time of need. The “little ones” are anyone in need, in whom we are to see the face of Christ himself. Who are the little ones in your community? How are you called to reach out to them and care for their needs? What willing sacrifice will you have to make? What will be the reward?


Online Giving is Here!

Online Giving is here!  Our parish now offers a web-based electronic contribution application.  This secure and safe application allows you to manage your donations online.  Sign up by visiting our parish website at and clicking on the Online Giving image (see below).

online giving

This link will direct you to the Online giving site where you can set up your account and indicate the frequency and type of donation (e.g. Christmas, special collections and weekly collections).  You can use any of your checking, savings or credit accounts for your contributions.  Just a note on a couple of collection types– Contributions are your weekly Sunday/Saturday collections and  Contribution (singular) is the Capital Campaign (separate envelope for envelope users or in church pews).

If you have questions you can contact Sharon Mattos at 247-3092, ext. 124.


Next Sunday’s Readings – June 25, 2017

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Jeremiah 20:10-13   Romans 5:12-15   Matthew 10:26-33



What does fear have to do with the kingdom of God? Fear is a powerful force. It can lead us to panic and flight or it can spur us to faith and action. The fear of God is the antidote to the fear of losing one’s life. I sought the Lord, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. O fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him have no want! Come, O sons, listen to me, I will teach you the fear of the Lord. (Psalm 34:4,9,11)

What is godly fear? It is reverence for the One who made us in love and who sustains us in mercy and kindness. The greatest injury or loss which we can experience is not physical but spiritual – the loss of one’s soul to the power of hell. A healthy fear of God leads to spiritual maturity, wisdom and right judgment and it frees us from the tyranny of sinful pride, cowardice – especially in the face of evil and spiritual deception. Do you trust in God’s grace and mercy and submit to his word?

When Jesus proclaimed the kingdom of God he met opposition and hostility. He tells his disciples that they must expect the same treatment if they are to live and to proclaim the reign of God. There is both a warning and a privilege in his statement. Just as Jesus had to carry his cross, so the disciples must carry their cross and not try to evade it. To suffer for the faith is to share in the work of Christ. As one hymn states: Lift high the Cross of Christ!  Tread where his feet have trod. The Holy Spirit gives us power and grace to live as disciples of Jesus Christ. Do you trust in God’s grace to carry your cross for Jesus’ sake?

“Lord Jesus, it is my joy and privilege to be your disciple. Give me strength and courage to bear any hardship and suffering which may come my way in your service. May I witness to others the joy of the Gospel.”


Early Registration for Religious Education

reym.pngSt. Ann offers Religious Education & Youth Ministry classes for children and teens, for grades Pre-K (3-4 yrs.) thru High School Confirmation Class.  Registration for the 2017-2018 RE/YM school year is now open!
registerBoth new and returning families must register to attend classes. Parents/Legal Guardians may stop by the RE Office during regular business hours (June and July: Monday thru Friday, 8am – 3:30pm) to fill out a registration form and make payment.
On-line registration is also currently available on our website at 
The new RE/YM school year begins on Sunday, August 27th.  
Please call 247-3092, ext. 101 for any questions. 

Solemnity of the Most Body and Blood of Christ – Corpus Christi

Solemnity of  the Most Body and Blood of Christ 

Corpus Christi


solemnity.pngWe Catholics seem to be in constant need of reminders.  That is why today’s Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is so important for us.  Just as the ancient Israelites needed Moses’ reminder concerning all that God had done for them, so, too, we need the reminders today’s festival issues.  The proper entrance antiphon for today’s Mass sums it all up:  “The Lord fed his people with the finest wheat and honey; their hunger was satisfied.”

The body and blood of Christ satisfy our deepest hunger. Our society tries to tell us that we should hunger for other things: wealth, power, the biggest and best of everything.  Today the Church reminds us that our deepest hunger, union with God and one another, is satisfied here.

Name one way that the body and blood of Christ satisfies your own deep spiritual hunger.


St. Joseph, the Father’s Day Saint

St. Joseph, the Father’s Day Saint

st joseph.pngSt. Joseph is the patron saint of fathers, and the ideal saint to feature for Father’s Day. As the step-father of Jesus, the Messiah, and the husband of Mary, the Blessed Mother, Joseph stands out as the father above all other fathers in the New Testament. It was an indescribable honor for him to stand in for God the Father to bring up the Son of God. In order to respond to such a high calling, Joseph lived an exemplary life, and set the standard for every father who came after him. Fathers who want to live their vocation well should take their cues from Joseph.

St. Matthew paid Joseph a great compliment when he describe him as a “righteous man” (Mt 1:19). A righteous person pays extra special care to observe God’s laws. Joseph kept God first at all times. He obeyed the commandments. He spoke reverently and respectfully about God. He did not curse and swear. He was in the custom of attending the synagogue every Sabbath (Lk 4:16), and he went to the Temple in Jerusalem for the feast of Passover every year (Lk 2:41). He spoke the truth and was faithful in marriage. Modern-day fathers should strive to imitate Joseph and be righteous and upright in the same ways.

An angel appeared to Joseph several times, first to tell him to take Mary as his wife (Mt 1:20), then to flee to Egypt (Mt 2:13), and finally to return home to Israel (Mt 2:19-20). The angel represented God, so every time the angel spoke it was really God who was speaking. Joseph listened attentively, trusted God’s word, and did exactly what God wanted without delay. This is a high standard for the fathers of today, but Joseph is living proof that it is possible to listen to God, trust, and obey.  Religious artists frequently portray Joseph holding the child Jesus tenderly in his arms. The spirituality behind these magnificent art pieces presumes that Joseph spent quality time with his son; had a deep affection for him; and displayed his love with his warm, gentle, respectful physical touch and embrace. Modern dads, please do not be afraid to show your love to your sons and daughters. Hug your children as infants, youngsters, adolescents, and adults. Do not leave any doubt in their minds that you love them. Give them your time and your full attention. Let them know of your deep affection.

Joseph was a carpenter (Mt 13:55), or more likely, a stone mason or construction worker, an industrious person and an extremely diligent worker. Religious artists often depict Jesus and his father Joseph working together in the carpenter’s shop. Joseph took the time to teach his son the skills of the trade; he was his teacher, mentor, and role model. Dads, spend time with your children working on projects. Give them good example. Provide sound advice. Teach them what you know. Set them on the right path to be good Christians and make constructive contributions to society. Joseph is the patron saint of fathers. May his holy life and great deeds be an example to inspire the fathers of today.




(Homelessness and Affordable Housing Committee)

Family PromiseFamily Promise

It’s time for St. Ann Church to assist in supporting St. Anthony of Padua Parish and Kailua United Methodist Church as they prepare Family Promise at KUMC.  There have been some changes since we helped last October.  KUMC continues to provide housing and St. Anthony is now supplying meal and overnight hosts as well as other activities.  St. Ann Parish has been asked to continue our support and here is how you can help.

Needs: Dinner and overnight hosts

Dates: Thursday, July 20th and Friday, July 21st, 2017

For questions or to volunteer:

As an overnight host contact Sue Slavish at 371-0714 or

236-2480 or via e-mail –

To prepare dinner for the families contact Ethel Ward at 235-8589


Counselor’s Corner

By Miss Kimee Cruz, School Counselor

corner.pngI’m going to miss our 8th Graders. They each have their own little quirks which made them such a fun group of students to work with. One of the things I noticed about our 8th graders (and, in fact,  most of our students) is that in everything they do, whether it is good or not so good, it’s done with a purpose. Our teachers always try to encourage our students to do something or create something that they are proud of.  At times students’ behaviors can get in the way, but what we, as parents and educators, must remember is some behaviors are age appropriate. Our students take responsibility and show resourcefulness. I will miss them, but I am not worried because their character shows they will succeed and they have parents who will continue to support them.

corner1.pngAs a counselor at St. Ann’s I have a unique job, I get to listen to all the stories the students have. The students’ thoughts and their perspectives are all so different.  It is interesting to get an understanding of how the world works for them. Throughout the year I got to work with the students and teachers to find a common language in order for everyone to succeed. We really do have some amazing kids at this school. Something I observed at many of our family events, like our Ho’olaule’a, is how much love we have for each other. Parents want their kids to be happy, and kids want their parents to be happy. Believe it or not, many times when I ask a student what makes them happy, they respond if my parents/family are happy. Our children have complete trust in us. They worry about us, but of course we will talk with them and assure them everything is going to be okay. This kind of trust that they have in us, is the kind of trust we should have with Jesus.

This summer I invite you to take the time to remember what it was like when you were your child’s age and to see the world through your child’s eyes. As parents, we sometimes can get caught up in life and our kids may not always understand. Sometimes we need to slow down and just be there.  Our kids are always watching us and they want us to be happy, too. Take the time this summer to reconnect! We will see you in August!