Day 29 – The Filipino Catholic Clubs

Immaculate Conception Church Filipino Catholic Club

Mabuhay! Mabuhay! Mabuhay! That was probably the extent of my vocabulary in Filipino. As I look back, I was raised more as a “Portuguese Catholic.” While I am half Visayan, I really didn’t know much about being a Filipino Catholic until I was 11 years old and Father Paul McLeod asked me to serve at the annual Misa de Gallo at the Parish. For those who may not know, Misa de Gallo is a Filipino Christmas Tradition of a Novena of 9 pre-dawn Masses before Christmas. December 16-24. At that time, we used to begin the Misa at 4:30 a.m. and this was a sacrifice not only for me but for my parents too who would have to wake up early to bring me to church. That began a tradition for me to do the novena every year since then and learn more about my Filipino culture. Filipinos, aside from their deep faith and devotion to our Church also have a very strong work ethic and are generous is everything. Not to mention their joyful way of living and humility. I saw in my Grandparents who brought their family to Hawaii to have a better life.

The Filipino Catholic Clubs in Hawaii began in the 1940’s to help immigrant families to adjust to life in Hawaii and also to keep the faith and spirituality which they had back home. Because of the big Filipino population in Hawaii almost all Parishes in the Diocese has a Filipino Catholic Club. While most Filipino’s in Hawaii are already second and or third generation the club is still going strong. The mission of the Filipino Catholic Clubs are very active in Parish activities such as hosting the annual Misa de Gallo Novena, Fundraising, Bereavement, May Crowning, and many more. They are also very active in the community too with block rosaries, pro-life rallies, and social ministry.

A big part of their ministry too is the support of their Pastors and, very humbly, I say, their Seminarians. I am truly blessed to come from a small island with a large hearts. One of my biggest supporters in prayers and means is the Filipino Catholic Club of Immaculate Conception and of all the other Parishes on Kauai. I am always very humbled by their support and when they say simply “we need you, we need local priests!” They inspire me and make me proud to be a Filipino to see their hard work, devotion, and faith. They truly “witness to Jesus.” So, to go back to not knowing about being a “Filipino Catholic,” I say it doesn’t matter if you are Filipino, Portuguese, Japanese, or Puerto Rican what matters is you are Catholic, you are Universal and we must “Glorify God with our Lives…” As my dad always says, “Lucky, come Hawaii.” Thank you to the Filipino Catholic Clubs of Kauai for your support and prayers. I look forward to seeing you all in a few weeks for our annual Misa de Gallo. Dahang Salamat! Dios ti Agngina!  Maraming Salamat Po!

Manang Aida Pascual

Oscar & Anabel Portugal

Annual Scholarship

May Crowning 2011

Kauai Council of Filipino Catholic Clubs

Saint Theresa Filipino Catholic Club, Kekaha

Holy Cross & Sacred Heart Filipino Catholic Club, Kalaheo

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Day 28 – Uncle Kimo & Aunty Flo

Kimo & Flo Texeira

Uncle Kimo and Aunty Flo along with their kids my cousins Kim and Keoki have always been present in my life. Not only because we are family but because we lived all on one property with my parents and grandparents. I think one of the beauties of living in Hawaii is that the family clan stays together. I truly believe that by living with extended family is very good in the formation of children. After all, “it takes a village to raise a child.” Grant it, I’ll admit, it sometimes wasn’t easy but still we managed and pulled through because that’s what family does. We love each other no matter what.

My Uncle Kimo passed away this past Summer from a brief battle with cancer. In fact, he was the third family member to die in less than one month. So yes, the Texeira family really took a hit this year but I know I am truly blessed to have him not only as my uncle but as a friend. He and my Aunty Flo were married for nearly 38 years and were going with each other since the 7th grade. Uncle Kimo was a hard worker and he taught me a lot of things like having a strong work ethic, support of the family, how to fix odds and ends things, and having a positive attitude towards everything and everyone. He was also a great storyteller, something inherited from my grandpa David, and will be passed on to the generations. Many of you know, the kinds stories us Texeira’s can tell and our humor. That’s because before laughing at others, we can laugh at ourselves first. Uncle Kimo had a great sense of humor even up to the end. It was a grace for me to see him receive the Sacraments for the last time and then, with the permission of our pastor, I was able to preside over his committal. I never wanted my first burial to be my Uncle, but our Lord works in awesome and mysterious ways.

My Aunty Flo, also known as the family baker has inspired my passion for cooking and baking. She makes the best cookies, my favorite being Peanut Butter and Almond and Pumpkin Rolls to die for. She inspires me with her humility, gentleness, and quietness and reminds me that one must have these qualities first before doing anything. She also has a great green thumb and after Uncle Kimo retired, and Grandma Dorothy died, they both kept up Grams garden and yard. She still is doing it now. My favorites memories of both Uncle Kimo and Aunty Flo is sitting on the front porch talking story, telling jokes, and sharing our Las Vegas experiences. Also, watching the daily dramas of the neighbors (I can only imagine what we must look like from their side of the fence/road). More memories will be made at our house on Nani Street and am truly blessed to have this wonderful couple a part of my life and vocation.

Day 27 – The “DB’s” (Diocesan Brothers)

 

Mount Angel Seminary - Honolulu Seminarians

Yesterday, I blogged about my “confers,” and today, I think rightly so that I should share and reflect on another group of seminarians. They are my “DB’s” or Diocesan Brothers. All together the Diocese of Honolulu has 12 men studying for the priesthood. We study for college at Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon and Theology at either Saint Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, CA or Sacred Heart Seminary in Wisconsin. What amazes me about us “honolulu boys” as we are referred to is while we all have different personalities we all have one thing in common and that is our passion to serve our Lord and his people AND we have the ALOHA SPIRIT. I take pride in coming from Hawaii and it is my honor to study, work, play, and pray with this group of men and I look forward to the day when, if, please God, be able to serve with them, God and his Church in our great Diocese of Honolulu. IMUA KAMIANO!

2011 Hawaii Seminarians

Serving at Misa de Gallo - Immaculate Conception Kauai

Kalaupapa Pilgrimage

Playing in DA SNOW

Ordination of Fr. Jon Cabico

Deacon Ordination of Anthony Rapozo Summer Gathering with Bishop and Fr. Peter Dumag

Venerating the relic of Saint Damien in the Cathedral

Day 26 – The Confers

Today the Church begins a new liturgical year with the Season of Advent. Advent is a time of preparing not only for the Holy Season of Christmas and looking back at the birth of Christ in a historical sense. It is a time to also prepare oneself for Christ second coming. In a sense this is a time like Lent to really reflect on Jesus in our life and to deny sin etc. however, Advent is also a season of joy, reflecting on ones life and remembering to “Stay Awake!” and “Be Vigilant!” for we do not know when Jesus will come. We must always live and be ready for Jesus. May this Holy Season of Advent be fruitful and joyful.

In a sense, formation to the Priesthood is like an Advent of 8-9 years. We all anticipate through our journey and discernment if a Priest is what God is calling us to be. Throughout these past four years I have seen and met many fellow men along the same journey I am on. Most are continuing on and some naturally have left. Still, we have a bond with Christ, his Church, and with each other. We are confers and better yet, brothers all in this journey with Christ. These men, all of my confers, I have gained to respect and love them quite fondly. Some have at the tender age of 17 and others older, still their witness and joy in serving God gives me such an inspiration. So my confers, keep up the good work and continue “Witnessing to Jesus” and staying awake waiting for Jesus to lead the way in our Vocations.

Seminarians at Kalapaki Beach, Kauai

 

Leon, Emmanuelle, and Ruben

Art

Rence and Nello

James and Brian

James and TJ

Santo Nino 2010

Martin, Art, and Rob

Alex

Beach Weekend 2010

Christmas 2010 with Class of 2011

MAS Class of 2011

Rence

Irish Band 2011

Day 25 – Albert & Dorothy Moura

Uncle Albert & Aunty Dorothy Moura

My Uncle Albert and Aunty Dorothy (Texeira) Moura have always held a very special place not only in my heart but in my life and in my vocation. There isn’t much words that I will use today to describe them because word cannot describe how truly wonderful this couple is. They are the model for the vocation of marriage and a cheerleader for their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and the rest of the family. Both are persons of prayer united in marriage and the Catholic Faith. Still very active at Holy Cross Parish in Kalaheo Kauai, I think pillars of the Church really.

I have a special bond with my Aunty Dorothy from the time I was little. I think this is because of her warmness, cheerfulness, great sense of humor, and her wisdom of life and looking at the positive side of things. Her faith is deep and I admire her perseverance in prayer. She always says, “Jesus is my best friend” and reminds me that yes, Jesus is our best friend. An example of how strong her prayer can be is the story of the pastor of Holy Cross requested blue flowers for a particular Sunday from the Altar Society, which Aunty Dorothy has been a member for many years. She had been in charge of flowers for Sunday for many years and didnt know where to find blue flowers. So she prayed and prayed and prayed all week and did not find any blue flowers and then on Friday afternoon a call came from a neighbor saying, “Dorothy, you need flowers for Church? My lilies bloomed a month early and for some odd reason, they bloomed blue.  Praise the Lord! Aunty Dorothy’s prayers are always answered. Uncle Albert is always ready and willing to lend a helping hand and he too is a man of prayer. He is an Usher at the 4:30 p.m. Saturday Mass at Holy Cross and helps fixes things around the church too. Faith, Prayer, and Work in a few words describe this very special couple in my life.

The Moura's with Aunty Marlene and Aunty Audrey

 

Aunty DorothyUncle Albert