We, the people of Sacred Heart Parish in Pahoa Hawaii, strive to be a community of faith. We believe we are called by God to be disciples of Jesus Christ and to be good stewards within the Church and our local communities. We are called to praise and reverence God, to support one another on our journey of faith, to work for the salvation of our souls, and to labor for peace and justice. By the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, we do this by communal liturgical worship, faith sharing, ongoing faith formation, stewardship, outreach ministries, and by selflessly giving of our time, talent and treasure.
2019 PAHOA MAINSTREET CHRISTMAS PARADE
There are some changes in this weeks mass schedule. Please update your calendars.
A special screening of Faustina: Love and Mercy. ONE NIGHT ONLY!
7:00 PM at Prince Kuhio Regal Theater
Fall in love with the story of Fautina and learn about Faustinas amazing and powerful encounter with Jesus.
"Love and Mercy", a docudrama on the Divine Mercy and the mission of Sister Faustina Kowalska, reveals previously unknown facts and recently disclosed documents that shed new light on the truth of the Divine Mercy. Scientific analysis carried out in the film proves that Faustina indeed saw the Lord Jesus.
November 24, the Solemn Feast of Christ the King.
Please be generous in the collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development-CCHD. In the US, more than 46 million people live in poverty. With this collection, you support programs that address the causes of poverty and help vulnerable people across our country struggling to overcome persistent poverty.
Here in Hawaii CCHD has supported a wide range of projects, working with the most vulnerable, including HOPE Services Hawaii, Inc., instrumental in responding to the needs of the homeless and victims from natural disasters on the Big Island. CCHD grants have also helped the Pu’a Foundation assist women returning from prison successfully re-enter their communities around the state, and Honolulu Habitat for Humanity helps low-income families build and own affordable housing.
Please remember that 25% of the collection’s proceeds stay in our diocese to hear and respond to the cry of the poor and some of the most vulnerable in our own islands.
Please prayerfully consider contributing to the CCHD collection. 75% of the collections go to the National Fund which gives larger awards.
Information about applying for these smaller awards will come out early next year. So please check back next year here on our website and in the bulletin on how to apply.
Special permission by Mr. Joaquin "Quinito" Henson,
Sporting Chance, (The Philippine Star)
A Hawaiian of Filipino descent is a US volleyball Hall of Famer, a two-time Olympian and the star of the US squad that took the gold medal at the Pan-Am Games in Winnipeg in 1967. Pedro Velasco, 82, is known as Mister P, the father of the Lokahi Volleyball Club which he established in Hawaii in 1970.
At Lokahi, Velasco teaches the “6-0” system where players learn a specialized set of floor skills and ball-handling techniques to be able to execute all positions. The floor skills are dives and rolls while the ball-handling skills are serving, passing, setting, spiking, blocking and digging.
The club is open to players of all skill levels from eight to adults. “Specific concepts, training and techniques have been cultivated and handed down by Mister P to give players a better understanding of how each skill can be executed,” explained a Lokahi flyer. “Calisthenics are the basics of Lokahi’s floor skills and used to help players strengthen their core muscles. Each skill is broken down into a maximum of eight steps that make them accessible to all competency levels.”
Velasco recently reached out to The Star through a common friend, Filipino priest Fr. John Molina, and offered to assist the Philippine volleyball program in any way. “If accepted, I’d like to help develop the game in the Philippines,” he said in an e-mail. “At my present age, I teach PE to students from K-12 in Physical and Mental athletics. My wife (Adelaide) and I have seven children, the oldest is 61 and the youngest is 55, all with respectable careers. My children are consultants to my grandchildren who now run the volleyball program.”
Velasco said the lesson he’d like to impart to Filipino volleyball players aspiring to get ahead is simple. “Should they commit, dedicate and sacrifice to their life’s goals and they’ll succeed,” he said. “They must be open-minded in learning from other people. Then, they’ll achieve greatness for themselves and for the Philippines. At the moment, I am not in contact with any Filipino volleyball official.”
Velasco said he’s not familiar with Fil-Hawaiians Alohi Robins-Hardy and Kalei Mau who now play here but he knows their fathers. He said the last Philippine volleyball games he watched were against Thailand and Vietnam in 1995. Velasco has a lot of catching up to do.
Velasco’s father was from Manila. “My father came to Hawaii in the 1930s,” he said. “I never knew him. All I know was he was a territorial champion in boxing. I was mentored in volleyball at seven. I loved the game because my community where I grew up was very active in sports. Herbert Suganuma was my first coach. My other coaches included 1963 US Pan-Am coach Harry Wilson, 1964 US Olympic coach Dr. Jim Coleman and 1968 US Olympic assistant coach and Brigham Young University-Hawaii athletic director Dr. John Lowell. The Lokahi club is still active and has developed champion teams and national players.”
Velasco attended the University of Denver and played for Denver YMCA at the 1956 US Championships. He was an Amateur Athletic Union All-American from 1962 to 1972. In 1965, Velasco was the MVP of the US Championships and in 1970, was named by the US Volleyball Association as one of the All-Time Greatest Players. In 1978, he was the first volleyball player inducted into the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame and in 1997, was enshrined in the US Volleyball Hall of Fame.
In his prime, the 5-10 Velasco had a playing weight of 187 pounds. In 1964, he was named captain of the US team when volleyball was introduced in the Olympics. Velasco returned for another Olympic stint in 1968. In two Olympics, Velasco played on US teams that recorded a combined 6-12 record.
With his long years of experience and know-how, Velasco could be a valuable mentor to coaches now calling the shots in the men’s and women’s divisions of Philippine volleyball. Whether he’s tuned in to the nuances of the game today is something to explore. It’s not often a US volleyball Hall of Famer offers to help out the Philippine team but this is a special case because Velasco is, after all, a Filipino by blood.
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