Pastoral Council

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Our Council of eight active parishioners serves as the pastor’s advisory and consultative body. We take an active role in advising the pastor regarding the spiritual life of the parish through listening to the hopes and concerns of parishioners and encouraging them to get involved in the implementation of the parish goals.  In collaboration with other advisory groups and ministries, the Council strives to make our parish a more welcoming community; provide support for programs aimed at enhancing human dignity and social justice and providing opportunities and encouraging parishioners to take more active roles.

Msgr. John’s leadership emphasizes working closely with the other advisory groups including, Finance, Parish Planning and Building, and the School Board, as well as key parish-based organizations and ministries in our shared responsibility for the leadership of the parish.

Members Bill Castro, Richard Guillory, Les Hunekele, Angela Bolan, Allen Orense, Roxanne Gonzalez, Cesceli Nakamura, Carl Caliboso, Barbara Keliikoa, Cassandra Durham, John Durham, Michael Browning, Debra Zedalis, Duane Ogata, Wanya Ogata, Cory Lindo
Contact Cory Lindo, Council Chair
Phone (808) 623-3332
Meeting Date 2nd Tuesday of the month, Quarterly
Meeting Time 19:00:00
Meeting Location Room 4

Evangelization & Hospitality Commission

Goal Statement:  To welcome and be available to everyone with all our heart and soul, from arrival until departure from the church parking lot, to profess St. John Apostle and Evangelist as a Spirit-Led stewardship parish.

Objective:  By November 30, 2016, the Evangelization & Stewardship Ministries will have programs in place that will be geared to increase the number of active parishioners, the number of new parishioners, and parishioner participation in Mass and church activities.


The Evangelization & Hospitality Commission consists of the following 6 teams:


Parking Lot Greeters

Reaching out to Parishioners

Reaching out / Following up with New Parishioners

New Evangelization

Communications / Messaging


Marriage & Family Life Commission

Goal Statement:  St. John Apostle & Evangelist Church would like to develop a marriage and family life program in order to build dynamic marriages and families.

Objective:  Increase in participation of marriage preparation; increase in sacramental marriages at     St. John; increase in attendance in Natural Family Planning (NFP); increase participation in marriage family events.


This Commission consists of the following 11 teams:

Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME)


Engaged Encounter

Respect Life

Marriage Preparation



Activities / Movies

Young Adult Preparation

Single Life

Development Education

Liturgical Commission

Goal Statement:  To promote a better understanding of the Mass rubrics and improved quality of homilies in order to give parishioners a stronger spiritual and faith renewal experience during our time for worship.

Objective #1:  By November 2017, the Liturgical Ministry will have conducted the necessary training to increase reverence throughout the Mass by parishioners and ministers.

Objective #2:  By July 31 2015, the St. John Apostle & Evangelist clergy will have made the final decision in making shorter homilies which are more relevant to our daily lives.


The Liturgical Commission consists of the following 12 team coordinators:

Ministers of Ceremonies (MCs)


Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHCs)

Audio Visual



Money Counters

Church Cleaners

Altar Servers


Linen Cleaners



The 12 team coordinators will form the commission. The pastor will appoint the commission chair.

Religious Education & RCIA Commission

Goal Statement:  To increase our student enrollment in RE and RCIA, in order to facilitate the conversion of the whole person into a dynamic Catholic Christian.

Objective:  By December 31, 2016, 10% increase in RE, 20% increase in RCIA, and reestablish the Catholic Returning Home program in the Parish


This Commission consists of the following teams:

RE Teams:

· Elementary — Pre-K to 5th

· Middle School — Grades: 6-8

· High School — Grades 9-12

RCIA Teams:

· RCIA — Ages 7 to 16 years old


· Catholics Returning Home

Social Ministry Commission

The goal of the St. John’s Social Ministry Commission is to improve social services and outreach ministries through information sharing/coordination in order to reach more people.

In short, Social Ministry is reaching out, being doers of the word, and working hard to ensure that we are active participants in the Church’s field hospital…healing and being healed.

St. John’s Social Ministry Commission follows the guidance of the Catholic Church as expressed in the Catechism (Part III, Life in Christ, Article 7 (The Virtues), paragraphs 2419 through 2449). 

St. John’s Social Ministry Commission is comprised of 10 teams servicing a variety of populations.  Ministry description and more information are included at each team’s tab.  Leaders’ contact information is provided below and at each individual tab.

Social Ministry Commission Chair:  Debra Zedalis,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bereavement & Grief:  Mary Alvarico, m This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

IHS (Institute of Human Services):

Hui O Laulima:  Bill Castro,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kupuna Kokua:  Yolanda Morreira,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Local Outreach:  Pearl Bates, 808-623-3332, ext. 203, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Parish Health:  Elaine Gibson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Seniors: Connie Murphy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Disability, Global Outreach, Social Justice:  Debra Zedalis, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


If you would like to volunteer in any of these programs, please contact Deb Zedalis – we appreciate your stewardship, help and support!


“Be doers of the word and not hearers only…”  James 1:22

“This is the mission of the church:  to heal the wounded hearts, to open doors, to free [people], to say that God is good, God forgives all, that God is our Father, God is tender, that God is always waiting for us…” (Pope Francis at Santa Marta: Servants of the Kingdom, Vatican Radio, 2 May 2015)

Word/Adult Formation Commission

Goal Statement:  to give Catholics the opportunity to learn their faith and why it is the one true faith to help parishioners develop a deeper relationship with Christ.

Objective:  Increased attendance / participation at Mass, in ministries, volunteer events and programs.


This Commission consists of the following 6 teams:

Faith Formation (Speakers)

Event Greeters

Communication & Marketing

Event Environment

Catechesis: Church Positions

Scripture / Word Study

Young Adult Commission

Goal Statement:  To welcome, recognize, and retain the youth & young adults of our St. John Apostle and Evangelist community and to foster the personal & spiritual growth of each young person in our YA Ministry.

Objective #1:  By December 31, 2016, the parish will have a YA Ministry in place that will foster an increase of participation in YA activities and will offer personal and spiritual growth for each young person.

The YA Commission consists of the following teams:

Liturgical Movement Ministry

Parent Support Group

Finance Council

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The Finance Committee meets every other month, assists and advises the Pastor with matters relating to finance, contractual and real estate transactions.  It  monitors the budget and ensures that there are adequate controls over cash receipts and disbursements. It also managed the repayment of our mortgage of $1.2 million and paid our 20 years term loan in 8 years.

In order to expedite the Sunday collections, the Finance Committee created a procedure whereby the ushers no longer need to sort the cash, although they securely tag the collection to identify what has been collected. Additionally, the committee was also involved in providing security in the collection area for the safety of the ushers.

The Finance committee is increasingly aware of the need for long-term planning, especially in how we live out our mission, what shape our ministry priorities take, how mission and ministry affect our resources: people, land and buildings, financial planning and obligations.


Richard Guillory


Position Committee Chair
Meeting Date varies
Meeting Time 19:00:00
Meeting Location Parish Conference Room

Building and Maintenance

The purpose of the committee is to preserve the parish & school assets and plan upgrades and the expansion of assets to meet the changing needs of the parish and school. The committee’s job is to oversee the overall church facilities and maintenance repair, new projects, construction/services that happen in and on the property.   Committee Members:  Msgr. John S. Mbinda, Romeo Ganibe, Susan Ganibe, Steve Uyehara, Rube Inocencio, Ivan Carvalho, Ann Swider, Ursula Ramos, and Gloria Corpuz

Contact Les Hunkele
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Position Parish Building and Maintenance Committee Chair
Meeting Date 2nd Thursday of the Month
Meeting Time 19:00:00
Meeting Location Parish Conference Room

Pre-School Board

The Board is established by the Principal with the approval of the Pastor, in accordance with diocesan policy, to assist the Pastor in the governance of the Preschool.  The Preschool Board serves as a consultative rather than a deliberative or legislative body.  They shall primarily assist the Pastor and Principal in setting the vision and goals of the Parish School.

Stewardship Council

Stewardship is is the grateful response of a Christian disciple who recognizes, receives and shares God's gifts in love of God and neighbor.  The Stewardship Council works to broaden our opportunities to growth as a Disciple and our gifts in the areas of Hospitality, Prayer, Formation, and Service.  "As Each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied grace."  - 1 Peter 4:10


Regan Ramos

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Position Chair