Aloha Paul Kealoha, Celebration of Life Mass

Paul and Faith were married for 51 years and were close to celebrating their 52nd anniversary. Paul and Faith were inseparable. Paul would take Faith to the beauty salon every Saturday morning because he wanted his bride to keep her hair looking beautiful. Paul started going to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace when he was 9 years old. He and Faith were married there. He was a lector, so was Faith until the pandemic. Paul had a gentle soul, a smile that brightened the room, and a heart that made you feel you are special. Please pray for comfort for Faith and the family. Paul, God embrace you with his eternally blazing love. Pray for all of us. Eternal rest grant unto Paul, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May Paul Rest In Peace. Amen. Hail Mary… (by Easter Almuena).

Paul and Faith Kealoha

500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines Live March 16, 2021 6pm

Bishop Silva announces local commemoration of 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines


Parol at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa in Honolulu. (Photo: Dann Ebina)

In anticipation of the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the introduction of Christianity to the Philippines in 2021, Bishop Larry Silva is encouraging Hawaii parishes hosting the Filipino Advent traditions Misa de Gallo and Simbang Gabi this year to follow homily themes based on the “Nine-Year Spiritual Journey of New Evangelization” implemented by the bishops of the Philippines.

“Let us find ways to integrate the nine pastoral priorities of the church in the Philippines into the pastoral life of our respective parishes and ministries in the Diocese of Honolulu,” the bishop wrote in a letter to all Hawaii priests and parishioners, Dec. 3.

The nine pastoral priorities of the church in the Philippines are:

  • Integral Faith Formation: Toward Maturity in Christ
  • The Laity: Choose to be Brave, Called to be Saints and Sent Forth as Heroes
  • The Poor: The Gaze of the Crucified Lord
  • The Eucharist and the Family: Missionary Disciples of the Eucharist
  • The Parish as a Communion of Communities: A Pilgrim Community
  • The Clergy and Religious: Renewed Servant-Leaders for the New Evangelization.
  • Youth in Mission: Beloved, Gifted, Empowered
  • Ecumenism and Inter-Religious Dialogue: Unity in Diversity
  • Missio Ad Gentes (Mission to the Nations): Graciously Gifted to Give

“For those parishes without Misa de Gallo or Simbang Gabi, I also encourage that this news be disseminated through publication in parish bulletins and announcements,” Bishop Silva said.

According to a pastoral letter by the Philippine bishops, Christianity came to their nation with the first Mass celebrated in Limasawa Island on Easter Sunday March 31, 1521. That year also marked the baptism of Rajah Humabon who was given his Christian name Carlos and his wife, Hara Amihan, who was baptized Juana.

The first Filipino Catholics that year received, as a gift from explorer Ferdinand Magellan, the oldest religious icon today in the Philippines, Santo Nino de Cebu.

“In Hawaii, a great majority of immigrants here are Filipinos who brought with them their tradition, culture and most importantly, their faith,” Bishop Silva wrote. “And so, I am calling for our participation in that great jubilee” to be done locally, called “500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines — Hawaii celebration.”

“I look forward to a grand celebration sometime in Easter 2021 at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace,” he said.

“I am also planning to lead a Pilgrimage to the Philippines in 2021 for us to understand and appreciate even more the gift of faith of our Filipino brethren,” the bishop said.

Funeral Mass Father Scott Bush

Priesthood was second, much richer, career for island-born vocation

By Patrick Downes
Hawaii Catholic Herald

Father Scott Bush, an Oahu-born, part-Hawaiian former moving company manager who left a business career to embrace God’s call to priesthood, serving more than 25 years in parishes on the Big Island and Oahu, died Jan. 2 at Island Hospice in Palolo. He was 70 years old.

According to Bishop Larry Silva, his death was due to complications from kidney failure and was not COVID-19-related.

The bishop last visited Father Bush at the hospice on Christmas day and gave him Viaticum (Holy Communion for the dying).

“Afterwards, although he was weak and could only speak softly, he gave his “Nunc Dimittis,” speaking of his readiness to die and meet the Lord. He gave thanks to God for the many blessings of his life, especially for the blessing of the priesthood,” the bishop said.

“He said he wanted nothing more than to serve the Lord and his people, and he was richly rewarded in doing so,” Bishop Silva said. “He said he wanted to continue that priestly service forever in heaven. It was beautiful and quite moving.”

The bishop offered a word “of thanks and of consolation” to the priest’s close friend, Allene Ishikawa, who helped care for Father Bush through times of ill health. She was present when he died.

Father Cosmenio “Sammy” Rosimo Jr., who worked with Father Bush at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Ewa Beach, sent condolences to the bishop in a Jan. 3 email from the Philippines, where he is a priest of the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia.

“Father Scott was like a brother to me more than my pastor,” said Father Rosimo. “We were transparent to each other and bared our souls to one another.”

He said Father Bush had “a kind and generous heart always aflame with love for the poor and homeless.”

“He delegated a lot of things to me in the administration of the parish except for one thing, the social action ministry,” he said. “He wanted very much to lead in serving the poor and the least.”

“I remember how we cried together about the fate of one homeless family which he eventually adopted in his own townhouse,” Father Rosino said.

“I have lost a brother and a friend on earth,” he said, “but am sure I have gained an intercessor in heaven.”

“I am a second career vocation,” Father Bush told the Hawaii Catholic Herald in a 2018 interview. Of his earlier career managing a Hilo-based moving company, he said, “I was a person who could handle anything. And I was proud of that. I could take on anything; I could do it.”

“But then there also came a time when I couldn’t. And I went into a depression,” he said. “It was a blow to me. And in the depths of my depression, I found God. He lifted me up.”

“It profoundly changed my life. I decided to give my life over to the Lord. I asked the Lord if he was asking me to become a priest. He said, ‘I am not asking you, I am telling you.’ I said, ‘I am 36 years old. I lived a bad life.’”

Nevertheless, the diocese accepted him as a candidate for ordination.

Father Bush entered St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, California, in 1986, and was ordained a priest at age 42 on June 6, 1992.

Father Bush, who is of Hawaiian, English and Portuguese ethnicity, was born April 7, 1950, the son of George and Priscilla Bush. He has a brother, George, and a sister, Carol. Growing up on Oahu, he attended St. Anthony School in Kalihi and Maryknoll Grade School before enrolling at Saint Louis High School, graduating in 1968.

He went to Seattle University where he received his bachelor of arts degree. He then earned a master’s degree in sociology at the University of Hawaii.

After working about five years on the Big Island in the moving business, he returned to church and rekindled a childhood desire to become a priest.

Father Bush served as a parochial vicar or pastor at Sacred Hearts Parish in Naalehu, Big Island; Holy Rosary Parish in Pahala, Big Island; St. Joseph Parish, Hilo; Malia Puka O Kalani, Keaukaha, Big Island; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Ewa Beach, St. George Church, Waimanalo, and at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Honolulu.

He retired for health reasons on Jan. 1, 2018, and lived at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace rectory, assisting with sacramental duties when he could.

Father Scott said that in recent years, when faced with failing health, he would pray Jesus’ prayer — “Father, I place my life in your hands.”

For the former high-achiever, that surrender “became a source of serenity and peace.”

“All is good, because God is here,” he said. “And I am in God and God is with me. And I am at peace. I live life day-to-day as a precious gift, and I thank God for everything I have.”

Father Ryan’s funeral

Bishop Larry Silva will celebrate a Funeral Mass for Father Jack Ryan, who died Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace. It would have been his 71st birthday. Father Alapaki Kim will preach. The Mass will be livestreamed on the Cathedral’s Facebook page, since his two sisters, who live in Pennsylvania, will not be able to attend in person.