Local Religion / In Brief

St. Theresa church holiday schedule set

St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church in Kihei has announced its schedule for Advent and Christmas services.

The parish Advent penance service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Misa de Gallo (dawn Mass) will be celebrated daily at 5 a.m., from Dec. 16 through Christmas Eve, with a couple of scheduling exceptions — the Mass will be held at 7 a.m. Dec. 17 and Dec. 24.

On Dec. 23, a Mass will be celebrated in English at 5:30 p.m. and in Spanish at 7 p.m.

There will be no reconciliation on Dec. 23 and 30.

On Dec. 24, Masses are scheduled for 7 and 9:30 a.m. (There will be no 5:30 p.m. Mass.)

Christmas Eve is a holy day of obligation for Catholics. Mass times are 6 and 9 p.m. and midnight. (For midnight Mass, church doors will open at 11 p.m. Carols begin at 11:30 p.m.)

On Christmas Day, Masses will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. (There will be no evening Mass.)

The celebration of the Holy Family: Jesus, Mary and Joseph will be held during Masses at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 30 in English and at 7 p.m. that day in Spanish. (There will be no reconciliation.)

On Dec. 31, Masses will be held at 7 and 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

On Jan. 1, the church will mark the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, with a Mass at 9 a.m.

On Jan. 6, there will be a celebration of the Epiphany of the Lord, with reconciliation at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. and in Spanish at 7 p.m.

On Jan. 7, Mass times are 7 and 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

On Jan. 8, the Baptism of the Lord will be marked with a Mass and music at 7 a.m.

The church is at 25 W. Lipoa St. For more information, call 879-4844, see www.saint-theresa.com or send email to mfalekaono@rcchawaii.org.


Worship service set at Pukalani church

Pukalani Community Church of the Nazarene will hold its Christmas Eve ohana worship at 10 a.m. Dec. 24 with special music and dance. At 7 p.m., there will be a special candlelight service. Hot soup and beverages will be served after the service.

The church is located at 211 Hiwalani Loop. For more information, call 269-8836.


Services set at Waipuna Chapel

Waipuna Chapel in Kula announces the following Christmas services:

• 7 p.m. Dec. 22 and 9:30 a.m. Dec. 24 — A Christmas-oriented service will include special music, dance and carol singing. There will be children’s programming for toddler-age children through 6th grade.

• 5 and 7 p.m. Dec. 24 — Christmas Eve Candlelight Services will include special songs, dance and carol singing. There will be child care for children up to age 5. Light refreshments will be served after each service.

Waipuna Chapel is located at 17 Omaopio Road, at the corner of Kula Highway and Omaopio Road. For more information, call 878-6343 or visit www.waipunachapel.com.


Group seeks items for children

Compassion In Action-Maui, the benevolent arm of the Faith In Jesus Church near Sac N Save in Wailuku, is launching the Paukukalo-Waiehu-Waihee Aloha Ohana volunteer community organization for all faiths, to keep the Christmas spirit of giving and sharing continue throughout the year, according to an announcement.

Many of the needy are grateful for all the help they receive at this time of the year, but feel lonely and destitute the rest of the year.

The third Saturday of each month, CIA-Maui sponsors a teleconferencing program so that prisoners from Hawaii who are incarcerated in Arizona can connect with their loved ones on Maui. The organization shares groceries, furniture and hot meals with those who come.

From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 16, during the teleconferencing, there will be a Christmas party for the children on behalf of the parents who are in Arizona.

People who live in the Paukukalo-Waiehu-Waihee area who would like to be a part of this party and the ongoing sharing and giving throughout the year should call Ronnie Farren at 244-1286. The organization hopes to present children with Christmas gifts on behalf of their parents. Food, gifts, gift cards and party items are being accepted in the church office and all gifts at tax deductible.

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