Local Religion / In Brief

Mass celebration in Kaupo on Sunday

St. Joseph Mission Church in Kaupo will have one of its fifth Sunday of the month Mass celebrations at noon Sunday at its location between Mile Markers 33 and 34 on Piilani Highway, the road to Kaupo.

There will be a potluck meal and fellowship after Mass.

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Blessing marks new school year

Makawao Union Church will hold its annual Blessing of the Backpacks during its 10:30 a.m. worship on Sunday.

The blessing marks the beginning of the new school year and reminds children and youths that they continue their journey in education with God’s care and the community’s support.

Participants are encouraged to bring their backpack or book bag. There will also be a recognition of teachers, honoring their ministry in educating young people. All are welcome to attend.

Makawao Union is an interdenominational community church located at 1445 Baldwin Ave., 2 miles mauka from the Hana Highway. For more information, call 579-9261.

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Congregation will observe Tisha B’Av

The Jewish Congregation of Maui will observe Tisha B’Av, the Ninth of Av, from sundown on Monday until after dark on Tuesday.

On the ninth day of the Jewish month of Av in 586 B.C.E, the first great holy temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by invading Babylonians. Seventy years later, the second holy temple was erected. Almost 600 years later, once again on the ninth day of the Jewish month of Av, in 70 C.E., the Romans sacked and destroyed the second temple. The temple was the vital, sacred nerve center of the Jewish people. It ended the periods of the First and Second Jewish Commonwealth.

This is a day of grief, mourning and fasting. These acts are meant to help remember the events.

The Jewish Congregation at Beit Shalom will observe this day comprehensively. At 6:45 p.m. Monday, people will meet for Ma’ariv and the recitation of the Book of Lamentations-Eichah followed by Kinot.

At 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, there will be a Shacharit-morning service and the recitation of Kinot-Lamentations. At 6:30 p.m., people will meet for Minchah the afternoon service and at 7:30 p.m., there will be an evening service before breaking the fast together with a light offering of food.

Beit Shalom Synagogue is at 634 Alulike St. in Kihei. For more information, call the synagogue office at 874-5397.

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