Sunday Masses
7 am, 9 am, 11 am and 5 pm
 
Saturday Vigil Mass:  5 pm
 
Weekday Masses
Monday - Friday:  8:15 am
 
Saturday:  7 am
 
Adoration with Benediction
Every first Friday of each month.  Adoration at 7 am with Mass to follow at 8:15 am.
 
Novena to Our Lady
of Perpetual Help
Monday - Friday: 7:50 am
 
Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)
Every Saturday from
4:00 - 4:30 pm
or by appointment
 
 
Dear Lord,
Thank you for all the fathers.  Inspire them to raise their children with love and care.
Bless all fathers and instill in them the kindness, compassion, patience and strength to always be there for their children.
Amen
 
 
Starting Tuesday, June 18 to Wednesday, June 26, 2019.  During the weekday masses its right after the 8:15 am Mass.  On Saturday, its after the 7 am Mass and on Sunday, its after the 9 am Mass.  If any questions please see Juanita Colon.  All are invited, please join us!
 
 
Starting Tuesday, June 18 to Wednesday, June 26, 2019.  During the weekday masses its right after the 8:15 am Mass.  On Saturday, its after the 7 am Mass and on Sunday, its after the 9 am Mass.  If any questions please see Juanita Colon.  All are invited, please join us!
 
 
Does anybody have any old pictures of OLPH events, parishioners or at  any activities.  Kindly asking if you do please call or drop by the parish office.  Parish office number is 808-689-8681.  Thank you and God bless!
 
Parish History - Part IV - Where We Are Today ?
 
      Thanks to a few small miracles through the assistance of Our Blessed Mother, the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help was finally built on its present location on North Road. Bishop Scanlan formally dedicated the newly built church on April 9, 1978.
    
      The Honolulu Diocese, with the proceeds from the sale of another donated property, paid for the construction. But this had to be paid back by the parish. The Diocese put up the full amount needed to build the new church because time was of the essence. It couldn’t wait until the parish came up with at least half of the cost of the construction as is normally required. That would have caused a hardship on OLPH parish which was already bursting at the seams at its smaller location on Ft. Weaver Rd.
    
     At the same time, the Diocese needed quick repayment from the parish so that it could help finance other much needed construction in the Diocese. The Church was “land” rich, but “cash” poor. Located behind OLPH School was some undeveloped property that was part of the original 8.8 acres of surplus federal land granted back in 1966. The intention was to use this land as the parish and school expanded in the future.
    
     With the urgent need for cash, it was decided that the undeveloped land would be sold and the money used to repay the Diocese. This is where the new housing development is now being built behind the school. One consequence of that is that the sale of this portion also included an access driveway that would cut right into the parish parking lot. This was not a problem initially, because the property remained undeveloped and the parish still had the total use of its Campbell School side parking lot. But eventually, the property was resold and the new owners had plans to build a housing development. Eventually that would mean a loss of 1/5 of the parking lot for the parish, as well as the elimination of the Campbell School side driveway. That was going to hurt!
    
     Who could have known way back then how this would negatively impact the parish? Imagine if the parish still had that 3+ acres behind the school available for its use. We would have had all the land we needed to build a parish hall, offices, meeting rooms, storerooms, and pre-school, and still have room left over. But hindsight is easy, foresight is more difficult. If we knew then what we know now. Oh well!
    
     In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s the Ewa Plain witnessed tremendous population growth. The areas vast agricultural lands were being developed for housing and commercial use. The City and County and State were committed to creating a “second City” in the Ewa plain, and the trend for growth was taking off. By 1990, the population of the Ewa Plain was estimated at 57,000. By 2010 it was projected to more than double to around 126, 000 people.
    
      Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish was already feeling the pinch in regards to lack of space. When the new housing development was started two years ago, the parish parking lot on the Campbell School side was cut almost in half. When they put in the property fence, the driveway was also cut off. To apply for another driveway would mean having to seek a special variance from the City and County, and you now how long that takes (assuming it would even be granted). Meanwhile, the Federal Government was requiring all public facilities (business, schools, churches, etc.) to switch from a cesspool to a sewer system linked up to City and County sewer lines. When originally built, this whole area had no City and County sewer lines. Everyone was using their own cesspool. The cost of making the switch and complying to Federal Government standards was going to be very expensive. The parish had until April 2005 to be in compliance or face fines of up to $10,000.00 per day. Ouch!
     
      I was assigned as the new pastor of OLPH in July of 2004 and inherited this nightmare. The parish with the leadership of Fr. Lio and Sr. Davilyn, had just managed to get the school debt paid off. Now we had two more potential setbacks to deal with. Would Blessed Mother Mary be able to help us out of this one?
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Published: August 20, 2013 10:41 PM
 
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