Committed to Growing Possibilities

The OCC Capital Campaign continues because we are growing. Since our parish embraced stewardship as a way of life in 2014, you may not be aware that we have been growing in numbers.  Between 2015 and end of 2016, our parish grew in the number of households. In 2015, we gained 146 new registered parishioners and in 2016 we got another 122 new parishioners. All together we gained 268 new parishioners and we are still growing. These are exciting times in our parish community. Imagine the possibilities in our evangelization efforts in our Mililani community. The seed planted grows unnoticed. These are great signs of commitment to growing our parish in ways that we never imagined. But think for a moment. Why the growth?

Sometimes we forget that we cannot grow a parish with our own efforts. The Holy Spirit who has kept our faith and hope alive in our parish continues to inspire and give us the creativity to live the joy of the Gospel and to discover new possibilities of evangelization in our parish community.  In the Gospel of this Sunday, Jesus promises his disciples and us in our parish that He will never abandon us. The sign of that continued presence is that we belong to a parish community that cares and nourishes the faith of our children; a parish that is committed to growing possibilities in the future. Thank you for your continued pledge to the capital campaign.

 Msgr. John S. Mbinda 

OCC Fulfilling the Dream

Since the last presentation of the Capital Campaign for the One Community Center two weeks ago, I have met a lot of excitement among parishioners who have come out enthusiastically to support the campaign. One parishioner expressed that sentiment by saying that “I am so excited about our parish at the moment.” So why the excitement? There had been unfulfilled dreams, and now we can see the horizon of their being fulfilled. As Les Hunkele put is in this month’s Newsletter, the One Community Center “is going to fulfill the dreams of many of us.” I have been so touched by some families who are so committed by the idea that they are truly making a sacrificial pledge to make this dream come true!

As a stewardship parish community, we are fueled by an outward mission to the world, rather than an internal focus on maintenance. We need to remain focused on our parish mission statement which ends by these words: “to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ to all through our words, deeds and lives.” Our One Community Center is necessary in furthering this mission. We will utilize this space for four broad services all connected to evangelization. 1) We will connect with people like never before; 2) welcome and engage people by leading them in direct and subtle ways to discover their talents and best way to live; and 3) we will equip them with skills to be able to share with others the hope they have discovered in Jesus Christ; 4) We will send them out to live and proclaim their faith (evangelize).

I thank all parishioners who have made their three-year capital campaign pledge because this takes faith commitment to a common dream that will benefit the present and future generations. May encourage all others to join us in fulfilling the dream! God bless you all.

 Msgr. John S. Mbind

Capital Campaign Gratitude

This time, I just want to thank all parishioners for your attention last weekend to our message on the One Community Center Capital Campaign.  Next weekend, we will have a brief follow up, as we would like to make sure that every parishioner has a chance to get the right information as we go forward.

May I also kindly ask that we continue to be focused on this important project, which will indeed have a great impact on our parish as well as the Mililani community.  Please continue submitting your pledge cards.  A safe drop off box for that purpose is at the back of the church.

 

 

It's Time to Act

“Be doers of the word and not hearers only.” (James 1:22)

Dear Parishioners,

With these words from St. James, I wanted to briefly share my thoughts of where we are and why we need to move forward with the One Community Center.  Today it is clear we are at a crossroads in our parish spiritual journey, more particularly as a stewardship parish.  I strongly believe that it is time for us to act in constructing the One Community Center.  This project will affect the future of the parish and the people of this area in a variety of ways, especially spiritually.

This One Community Center will certainly create more space on our campus, not only to accommodate the current space needs for our ministries, but also to give us a place for the overflow of our liturgical celebrations as well as a place where we can Connect, Engage, Witness, and Evangelize as we point out in our capital campaign brochures. Therefore, I urge each household to prayerfully consider pledging in support of the One Community Center Capital Campaign.

To all parishioners who have already presented their pledge, we are most grateful for your commitment.  God Bless you abundantly.

Fr. John Mbinda

 

Capital Campaign: Our Faith & Confidence

“Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason of hope.” With every successful capital campaign, there is a strong faith in stewardship and confidence in a clear achievable vision and a mission (plan).  As we embark on our Capital Campaign for the One Community Center (Parish Hall), it is my responsibility, as your pastor, to affirm and encourage you to “give an explanation to anyone who asks for a reason for your hope.” (1 Peter 3:15)

Stewardship Formation

Since 2014, our parish has embraced stewardship as a way of life and took stewardship formation, at all levels of parish life, seriously.  We learned that all our gifts of time, talent and treasure are God-given, and in return, a portion of these gifts are given back to Him according to what He has given each of us.  As a result of your stewardship, our parish has grown in the number of people praying, participation in various ministries, and giving in treasure. The stewardship formation we continue to receive will inspire us to have confidence in the succession of the our campaign.

Professional Guidance

In our capital campaign, we have been guided by Catholic Stewardship Consultants (CSC) in a professional way, keeping in mind that we are a stewardship parish.  Our faith and confidence in reaching our goal is attributed to both our parish commitment to stewardship and the professionalism of CSC.

Leadership Resources

Through Stewardship, we have discovered many skilled parishioners with leadership talents in our parish.  For an example, we are very blessed to discover that a retired construction engineer, with over 40 years of experience, will assist us in this process.  The Leadership Advisory Council (LAC) is a group that I have assembled for assistance and advice with the direction and operation of our parish.  In the last three years of planning our One Community Center, we have moved quite fast and saved money in the process because of their guidance.

Robust Plan and Operation Strategy

We have constructed a strong plan and operation strategy for a successful capital campaign.  With professional architects/engineers, the design plan is near 100% complete, it should be completed by July 2017.  The design rendering and operation strategy will be in the campaign brochure that you will receive in the mail.  The operation strategy estimates our timeline with construction cost estimates to ensure that we will stay on task with our capital campaign goal.  Such details on our timeline are crucial in a three-year capital campaign.

What You Need to Do?  Join hands with me and other parishioners who have sacrificially pledged and help us make our One Community Center happen.  I have a lot of confidence in your commitment to our wonderful parish.  There is no doubt that we need an additional place to gather, connect, engage and prepare for witnessing the Gospel (evangelization).  Please consider pledging sacrificially to the capital campaign.  With our parish coming together as a community, this gives me great confidence and conviction that we will succeed.  I begin with my own sacrificial pledge.  Join me.

 

Do Not Be Afraid!

“Do not be afraid!  I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here; for he has been raised… Come, see the place where he lay.” (Matthew 28:5-6)  With these words of the angel to the women at the tomb, I offer you this joyful Easter message.

On Easter Sunday, we celebrate the most unique victory which no human being has ever achieved – victory over the power of death.  We celebrate that victory every Easter and every Sunday.  Christ’s victory over death is good news reminding us that we must not be afraid because Christ lives to give us hope in this life and eternal life in the world to come.

Because of the resurrection, there is nothing we need to be afraid of.  We know that Christ’s power of the resurrection will indeed lead us to victory. That is the good news Easter brings to all of us. If you are facing health issues, marital crisis, economic crisis, personal crisis, this message is for you. God, is the out to transform all that and lead you out of the crisis, whatever it may be. God intends you to have life in abundance. God gives you abundant life through the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession. Let Christ take over your life. “Do not be afraid!”

I wish you all a blessed and fruitful Easter season. “Christ is risen, alleluia, alleluia!”

 

 

Celebrating the Easter Holy Triduum

We begin Holy Week with Palm Sunday that leads into the heart of the liturgical year: the Easter Holy Triduum.  This event should be seen as ONE continuous commemoration of the Paschal Mystery of Christ.  We invite you to this special time of prayer and preparation for what we are about to celebrate in beautiful liturgies of each day. Our parish church seating capacity is limited during these celebrations. Come early. Invite your friends, especially Christians who do not come to Sunday Mass regularly and those of no church at all.

Holy Thursday of the Lord’s Supper (April 13):  We commemorate Jesus' command to celebrate the Eucharist and wash one another's feet as a symbol of service.

v Morning Prayer at 8:00 am (No Mass at 8:00 am) 

v Solemn Mass Celebration of the Lord's Supper at 7:00pm

v Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in silence until 12:00 midnight.

Friday of the Passion of the Lord(April 14):  We solemnly commemorate the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus, venerate the Cross of our Salvation and receive Holy Communion. We enter the church silently and leave silently at the end. Please observe silence in the church this day. We observe a fast & abstinence in honor of the Passion and Death of Our Lord.

v Morning Prayer at 8:00 am (No Mass at 8:00 am) 

v Solemn Celebration of the Lord's Passion at 3:00 pm

Holy Saturday (April 15):  We keep a Solemn Vigil; we celebrate the Resurrection of Our Lord by lighting a New Paschal Candle and solemn procession led by the Light of Christ, recalling the Story of our Salvation in the Liturgy of the Word, solemnly initiating new members into our community through Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

v Morning Prayer at 8:00 am (No Mass at 8:00 am) 

v No 3:30 pm Confession

v Solemn Easter Vigil Mass Celebration at 7:00 pm

Easter Sunday (April 16):  We celebrate the Resurrection of Christ.

v Solemn Mass at Dawn: 7:00 am

v Solemn Mass at 9:00 am

v Solemn Mass at 11:00 am at the Kipapa Neighborhood Park, presided by Bishop Larry Silva. Mass will be preceded by the Children’s Easter Egg Hunt at 10:00 am.

v NO 6:00 PM Mass.

May we all be filled with the joy of the coming Easter Season.

 

 

Capital Campaign Prayers

“Unless the LORD build the house, they labor in vain who build.”  (Psalm 127:1)

One of the most important components of a parish capital campaign is not only seeking God’s help that a campaign be successful, but also that the Lord be in partnership with those who build. That is why the psalmist reminded the Israelites that if the Lord is not with the in their building of their cities, they would be laboring in vain.

As we begin our journey into the capital campaign for the One Community Center, we are reminded of asking the Lord to accompany us with His grace and blessings. We read in Ephesians 3:20-21: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations. For ever and ever! Amen.” God’s grace is God’s free gift and blessing. Everything we have has been given to us by God. He has given us our families, our jobs, our friends, as well as our time, talent and treasure. Consider for a moment all the blessings you have received because of God’s love for you.

For St. John’s to continue to glorify God through our many ministries, we need you. We need the participation of all parishioners. We are all members of one parish community, each with his/her own role within the parish. What is your role? We ask for your prayers and support. Please prayerfully consider what you can do to help further God’s mission of preaching the good news of Jesus Christ in Mililani and beyond.  The One Community Center will be a place to gather, engage, equip and send out parishioners to evangelize.  May God bless your support.  Above all, please pray for the capital campaign and be part of the journey.

Msgr. John Mbinda

 

 

Capital Campaign Values (Part 2)

Commitment

St. Paul was a master fundraiser. In 2 Corinthians 8, he challenged the Christians of Corinth to “purpose in their hearts that which they should give and follow through by giving that faithfully.”  A capital campaign is a stewardship process with a clear vision and purpose, to which parishioners commit themselves to genuinely give their God-given treasure.  Personal commitments are statements of intention to give.  Genuinely giving is marked by prayerful discernment, generosity, sacrifice and faith.

Witness

While a personal commitment is between me and God, it is also part of stewardship as a way of life. There are no secret stewards or private givers. King David witnessed to “all the congregation of Israel” what he was giving to build the temple (1 Chronicles 29:10). He appealed to the people to give a similar sacrificial gift. He could not honestly ask the people to sacrifice their treasure until he himself had been committed. Parishioners will always wonder if their priests practice what they say. In my case, when it comes to stewardship commitments, I always commit myself before coming to you to ask for any commitment. I know I have given sacrificially for this capital campaign, and I ask you, dear parishioners to do the same.

Involvement

Every successful outcome depends the involvement of all. One biblical example is found in Exodus 35 on the building of the Tabernacle. This was only possible because of the massive involvement of the people of Israel. I will be appealing to all parishioners to be involved in the capital campaign. At the moment as we prepare for the Easter festivities, I ask you to pray for the success of the capital campaign, so that God may accomplish this project through the involvement of all parishioners.

 

 

Capital Campaign Values

Generosity

To give to your parish community is an acknowledgement of God’s ownership of all that we possess.  “For everything is from you, and what we give is what we have from you.”  (1 Chronicles 29:14)  Giving generously makes it possible for the parish to accomplish its purpose and mission.  As stewards, managers, and overseers of what God has provided for our life, we are accountable to God for all that He has placed into our life, not just for a portion of the amount.  Our giving must always be an act of love and gratitude.  When giving is a response to God’s blessings, it is always with gratitude and generosity.

Sacrifice

In the Old Testament, people came to worship with their sacrifice in hand.  The word “sacrifice” can be defined as “to set apart” or “to make holy”.  Therefore, sacrificial giving is, as one would put it, “giving something I value for someone I value even more”.  Some examples of sacrificial giving are windows into the Temple; the boy who gave all his lunch of bread and fish so that Jesus could feed a multitude of people and the woman who anointed Jesus with an alabaster jar of expensive ointment.  God measures your gift, not by your relationship with others, but your relationship to your resources and what is left over after the gift. 

St. Paul put it this way, “For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has.” (2 Corinthians 8:12)  In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus says, “From every one to whom much has been given, much will be required.” (Luke 12:48)  In view of this, all giving to a capital campaign is always over and above regular giving as found in 1 Chronicles 29:3.  The author says, “because of the delight I take in the house of my God, in addition to all that I stored up for the holy house, I give to the house of my God my personal fortune in gold and silver…”

 

 

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