Local Religion / In Brief

Easter service set at Grace Church

Grace Church in Pukalani will have Easter Sunday worship services under a big white tent on its 10 Kupaoa Place property across from Longs at Kulamalu.

Sunrise service begins at 6 a.m., with Easter worship service at 10 a.m. An Easter egg hunt follows the 10 a.m. service, along with a petting animal station and pictures with the Easter Bunny.

Light refreshments and continental breakfast will be served between services at 8 a.m. Registration for the egg hunt is at 9:15 a.m. All are welcome.

For more information, contact the church office at 572-8384 or visit gracechurchmaui.com.

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Lutheran church announces services

Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Kahului will have a Good Friday service at 6 p.m. today. There will be a sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. Sunday as well as an Easter celebration at 10 a.m.

These services will take place at 520 W. One St., near the intersection of Kaahumanu and Papa avenues.

For more information, call 877-3037.

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St. Anthony services set

St. Anthony Church in Wailuku will observe the Stations of the Cross at noon today. There also will be a Passion of the Lord service at 6 p.m.

Holy Saturday Easter Vigil Mass will be at 7 p.m.

Easter Sunday Mass is set for 7 and 9 a.m. There will be no evening Mass on Sunday.

For more information, call the church office at 244-4148.

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Keiki to be featured in Easter service

The Apostolic Faith Church in Lahaina will celebrate Easter through songs and recitations by the children of the Sunday School Department at 10 a.m. Sunday.

There will be a slide show depicting the details of the events of the resurrection of the Jesus.

The program will be directed by Misty Griffiths. The announcer of the day is 10-year-old Kylee Mercado. She attends Waihee Elementary School and is the daughter of James and Cherisee Mercado.

All are welcome to join the congregation.

The church is at 1211 Front St., near Mala Wharf, and can be identified by the “Jesus Coming Soon” sign.

For more information, call the church at 661-3480.

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Po’okela Church announces services

Po’okela Church in Makawao will hold its Good Friday Tenebrae service at 7 p.m. today and Easter Sunday service at 9 a.m. Sunday.

Breakfast will follow Sunday’s service, along with an egg hunt and jumping castle for keiki.

The church is at 200 Olinda Road, above Casanova Italian Restaurant and Deli.

For more information, call the church at 573-0903.

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Holy Week services set at 2 churches

Maria Lanakila and Sacred Hearts Mission churches have announced Holy Week services:

Maria Lanakila Church in Lahaina will have no morning Mass Thursday through March 26. On Holy Thursday, there will be a 7 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper followed by solemn adoration, closing with night prayer at 10 p.m. On Good Friday, there will be a 9 a.m. prayer followed by a 3 and 7 p.m. Good Friday liturgy.

On Holy Saturday, there will be a 9 a.m. prayer with blessing of Easter food baskets. There will be no 5:30 p.m. Mass. There will also be an 8 p.m. Great Vigil of Easter Mass.

Easter Sunday Mass will be at 7, 9 and 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. There will be a 7 p.m. Mass in Spanish.

Sacred Hearts Mission Church in Kapalua will have a Holy Thursday Mass in Spanish at 6 p.m. On Good Friday, there will be a 3 p.m. liturgy in English, as well as at 6 p.m. in Spanish.

On Holy Saturday, there will be a 6 p.m. Great Vigil of Easter Mass in Spanish. Easter Sunday Mass will be at 7 and 9 a.m.

For more information, call the office at 661-0552.

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Chapel announces Easter services

Waipuna Chapel in Kula has announced its schedule of Easter services:

* Good Friday, 7 p.m. – A quiet service of reflection on Jesus’ crucifixion. Quiet music and a message from Pastor Shaun Waite. Children’s program through grade 5.

* Easter Sunday, 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. – Three services of celebration of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead to new life for all. Joyous music, special dance and choir, and a message from Waite. Children’s program, including an egg hunt, for toddlers through grade 5.

Waipuna Chapel is at 17 Omaopio Road, at the corner of Omaopio Road and Kula Highway.

Call the church office for more information at 878-6343 or visit www.waipunachapel.com.

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Purim festivities planned in Kihei

The Jewish Congregation of Maui will celebrate the festival of Purim around sunset Wednesday. Purim celebrates the Jewish people surviving the genocidal plans of the Persian tyrant Haman, who wished to annihilate all the Jews of Persia in its 127 provinces.

To honor the memory of the Persian Jews in strife, Jews around the world refrain from food and drink on the day leading up to the celebration. This day is known as “The Fast of Esther.” This year the morning-to-evening fast will occur Wednesday.

The Jewish Congregation of Maui invites everyone to join the 6:30 p.m. Purim festivities Wednesday. The story of Esther will be read by students in the congregation’s education program.

It is customary on Purim to put on skits and parodies. This year, Kathy Collins will bring her character “Tita” to entertain with a pidgin Purim spiel.

At 9:30 a.m. Thursday, there will be Shacharit/morning service followed by a traditional reading of Torah, with Sam Shnider reading the Megillah. In the spirit of the holiday, attendees are asked to come in costume and bring mishloach manot, or small portions of food, to give to friends and acquaintances.

In observance of the directive to help the needy from Purim to Passover, the Jewish Congregation of Maui will be collecting packaged and canned foods for the Maui Food Bank from Tuesday through April 19. Items may be dropped off at the synagogue. Financial contributions are also welcomed by the Maui Food Bank.

The Jewish Congregation at Beit Shalom Synagogue is at 634 Alulike St. in Kihei, on the corner of Kaonoulu and Alulike streets.

For more information, contact the office at 874-5397 or jcom@hawaiibiz.rr.com.

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Po’okela Church plans services

Po’okela Church in Makawao has announced its Easter Sunday service, as well as Maundy Thursday and Good Friday Tenebrae services:

* Maundy Thursday Night service, 6 p.m. – Communion, foot washing and dinner.

* Good Friday Tenebrae service, 7 p.m.

* Easter Sunday service, 9 a.m. – Breakfast to follow service, as well as an egg hunt and jumping castle for keiki.

Po’okela Church is at 200 Olinda Road.

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Good Shepherd announces services

Holy Week services begin at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Wailuku at 5 p.m. Saturday. There will be a liturgy and blessing of the palms at 7 and 9 a.m. Palm Sunday. The 9 a.m. service will begin in the church office courtyard, followed by a processional into the church.

Maundy Thursday will be observed by a 7 p.m. service with music by the Senior Choir. At the end of the service, the altar is stripped and a Garden of Repose will be set up and prayers can be offered until 10 p.m. Prayers will continue Friday at 10 a.m.

The church will commemorate the Stations of the Cross at 6 p.m. March 25. A 7 p.m. service will include the Veneration of the Cross and the Solemn Liturgy. Communion will be offered from the Reserved Sacrament.

The Great Vigil of Easter with baptism begins at 8 p.m. March 26. Attendees are reminded to bring bells to ring during the service hymns.

There will be Festival Eucharist services at 7 and 9 a.m. March 27. A Hawaiian Easter sunrise service from 6:15 to 6:45 a.m. with chant and welcome of the sun on the morning of resurrection will lead into the 7 a.m. service.

At 9 a.m., the church will celebrate Holy Baptism and music will be led by Ferdinand Cajigal, the Senior Choir and the Hand Bell Choir. Attendees are reminded to bring their bells for this service to ring during the service hymns.

Attendees are advised to come early to the services if they would like to be seated in the church. All children attending either service are invited to join in the Easter Egg Hunt on the church grounds at the conclusion of the 9 a.m. service. Everyone is also invited to enjoy a potluck Easter brunch in the Parish Hall after this service.

Good Shepherd Church is at the corner of Church and Main streets.

For more information, call the church office at 244-4656.

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Easter week set at Keawala’i church

The Easter Week schedule of services for Keawala’i Congregational Church in Makena includes:

* Palm/Passion Sunday, 10 a.m. – The tradition of members and friends wearing their finest lauhala papale, or hats woven out of pandanus leaves, will continue. Women and men will have an opportunity not only to commemorate the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, but to commemorate the events of the week that led to his arrest, trial and crucifixion. Na Leo Nahenahe, the adult choir, will be singing “Benedictus.”

* Maundy Thursday service, 7 p.m. – The adult choir will be singing “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded.” The service will be based on an ancient service known as Tenebrae. It symbolizes the suffering and death of Jesus. Candles will be used in the service to represent Christ as the Light of the World.

* Easter Sunrise service, 7:30 a.m. – The outdoor service will include the tradition of the Easter floral cross and the sharing of The Lord’s Supper. Members and friends are invited to bring single-stem flowers or lei for the cross. The adult choir will sing “‘Oia Ku’u Hau’oli – He is Our Joy!”

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Special Palm Sunday service set

Makawao Union Church will open Holy Week with a special Palm Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The worship service will feature special music and decorations, the procession of the children and a palm branch for everyone to celebrate Jesus riding into Jerusalem.

All are welcome to attend. Makawao Union Church is an interdenominational community church serving Maui for over 150 years. It is at 1445 Baldwin Ave., 2.5 miles mauka of the Hana Highway.

For more information, call 579-9261.

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Musical part of anniversary

The International Christian Fellowship will be celebrating its 29th church anniversary with a special musical drama, “Joseph the Dreamer,” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The musical will be held in the Princess Nahienaena Elementary School cafeteria, 816 Niheu St., Lahaina. This musical will be performed by ICF’s Young People Ministry.

The public is invited. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call the Rev. Benny Mariano at 276-7167.

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St. Theresa sets Holy Week schedule

St. Theresa Church in Kihei has released its schedule for Holy Week and Easter services.

The church will hold Palm/Passion Sunday services at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 and 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Mass in Spanish will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Saturday.

There will be no 4:30 p.m. reconciliation Saturday.

There also will be no 7 a.m. Mass on Holy Thursday, but there will be a 7 p.m. Mass that day, followed by a solemn adoration. At 10 p.m., night prayer will be conducted to close adoration.

On Good Friday, the church will celebrate the Lord’s Passion. There will be no 7 a.m. Mass, but there will be Masses at noon and 7 p.m.

Holy Saturday will bring an Easter vigil Mass at 7:30 p.m., with a reception to follow in the church hall immediately after Mass. (There will be no reconciliation at 4:30 p.m. and no 5:30 p.m. Mass.)

On Easter Sunday, Mass will be celebrated at 7 and 9:30 a.m. – both in the church and in the courtyard. (There will be no 5:30 p.m. Mass.)

The church office will be closed March 28 and 29.

The church is at 25 W. Lipoa St. in Kihei.

For more information, contact 879-4844 or sttheresamaui@rcchawaii.org or visit www.saint-theresa.com.

Local Religion / In Brief

Trinity-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church announces its Easter worship calendar:

March 20, Palm Sunday, 9 a.m. – Procession of Palms and Eucharist; March 24, Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m. – footwashing and Eucharist; March 25, Good Friday, noon – Stations of the Cross and Good Friday Liturgy; March 25, 7 p.m. (at Kihei Lutheran Church, 220 Moi Place) – The Way of the Cross; March 26, Holy Saturday, 7 p.m. – The Great Vigil of Easter in Trinity’s Kilolani Hall; March 27, Easter Day, 9 a.m. – Easter Eucharist followed by annual children’s Easter Egg Hunt.

The church is at 100 Kulanihakoi St. Church services are celebrated in the open-air sanctuary and gardens of the historic David Malo church, built in 1852.

For more information, call 879-0161 or visit www.trinitybts.org.

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Missions pastor from India to speak

Ramachandran Periasamy, better known as “Rama,” will be guest speaker during the 10 a.m. worship service at Grace Church in Pukalani on Sunday.

Periasamy converted from a Hindu background at a young age. As missions pastor for his church in India, he oversees mission outreaches in developing countries. Under his leadership, church planting activities have been established in 11 states in India and in four countries, according to a news release.

In addition to being pastor of his church, he also has a full-time job with the Singapore government and is invited to speak at seminars and other churches regularly.

The Grace Church worship service will take place in the Kamehameha Schools Kuakini Dining Hall, 270 ‘A’apueo Parkway.

For more information, call 572-8384.

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Holy Week set at St. Joseph Church

St. Joseph Church in Makawao has announced its Holy Week Schedule:

Palm Sunday – Of the Passion of the Lord Mass will be at 5 p.m. March 19, and at 7 and 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. March 20.

Holy Thursday – Of the Lord’s Supper prayer service will be at 7 a.m. March 24. Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be at 7 p.m. followed by Transfer of the Blessed Sacrament Adoration from 8 to 10 p.m.

Good Friday – Passion of the Lord prayer service will be at 7 a.m. March 25, followed by Stations of the Cross at 7:30, and Liturgy of the Word, Adoration of the Holy Cross and Holy Communion at 3 p.m.

Holy Saturday – Prayer service will be at 7 a.m. March 26. Easter Vigil will be at 7 p.m.

Easter Sunday – Of the Resurrection of the Lord Mass times are 7, 9 and 11 a.m. March 27. There will be no 5 p.m. Mass.

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St. Rita shrine to be rededicated

Hawaii Bishop Larry Silva of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu will be visiting St. Rita Catholic Church in Haiku on Sunday to rededicate a refurbished shrine.

Silva will celebrate Mass at 8:30 a.m. and dedicate the “Love one another as I have loved you” shrine at 10 a.m.

The event is open to the public, according to Father Leonard Ssempijja, St. Rita parish priest. For more information, call the church office at 575-2601. St. Rita Church is located at 655 Haiku Road.