St. Theresa Church

*A place to deepen and strengthen our Christian life    *A place to support one another in the way of Jesus Christ    *A place to respond to the needs of others 

Parish Leadership:

Pastor: Rev. Msgr. Terrence A.M. Watanabe

Hispanic Ministry: Fr. Wilson Buitrago Gallegos

Pastoral Assoc. Religious Ed.: Candie Lyla Pinaula

        Pastoral Associate/Dir. of Religious Education

Business Manager: Paul Corarito


Church Location:

St. Theresa Church is located in Kihei Maui at  25 W. Lipoa Street on the corner of Lipoa and S. Kihei Road, across the stree from Times Market.  You can download a Google map by following this link.  


Download the Church Bulletin  

Updated September 14, 2014

Mass Schedule:

Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. 

Weekend Mass Schedule:

Sat 5:30 p.m. English / 7:00 p.m. Spanish

Sun 7:00 a.m./9:30 a.m./5:30 p.m.

LifeTeen Life Nite follows the 5:30pm Mass





Taste of St. Anthony:

Marian Hall (Cafeteria) Saturday Sept 20 11:30a-1:30p Price of Tickets: $10 for Adults (6 choices), $5 (3 choices) Proceeds to benefit St. Anthony RE and Y/YA formation programs.   

Updated: Sep 14, 2014



St. Theresa Council  #14469 Grand Knight: Rey Golino, 874-8874 Deputy Grand Knight: Michael Bissell, 757-2369

Monthly Business Meetings:  3rd Thursday of the month at 7pm CATHOLIC men 18 years and older interested in joining the world’s largest Catholic Family Fraternal Service Organization may contact any member or one of the listed contact numbers   

Updated: Mar 7, 2014

Coming Event:

Maui Faith Formation Conference-September 20:

demoSt. Anthony Parish and School, 1627-B Mill Street, Wailuku Breakout Sessions 8:30-10:00am; 10:30-12:00pm; 1-2:30pm

  • Getting More Out of Mass
  • Misunderstandings and Truth:  Ministering on the Topic of Homosexuality        
  • Meeting Jesus @ the Movies
  • “Go Ask Your Father.”  Talking with Teens about Tough Topics
Updated: Sep 14, 2014

Exaltation of the Holy Cross: September 14, 2014

Only every 5 or 6 years we are privileged to celebrate this festival. In the popular mind the real feast of the cross is Good Friday. Why this feast in the fall? Historically, September 14, 320 is the date when the empress Helena (Constantine’s mother) reportedly found the true cross. We are reminded that this secondary feast of the cross celebrates the same mystery: the cross is less remembered as an instrument of torture and death than as an instrument of glory, salvation and Life.  

In our Catholic faith, the crucified Christ is an image which appears to be a failure to conquer the test of the world. Intently gaze upon Jesus, crucified on the Cross. It is hard to comprehend why God chose to come to earth to become a man who would be nailed to a Cross and become our symbol of faith.  

Jesus is the model for our embracing the cross as both dying to self and rising to glory. Herein is the mystery: in dying to self, in self-emptying, we are more perfectly conformed to Christ. And this is the whole goal of our Christian life: conformity to Christ. We can rightly say, in the very dying is the rising; in the self-emptying is the new Life; in the suffering is the glory. This is why this day is rightly named the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.                                                         ?      

Calendar of Events - Sept. 14 to Sep 21, 2014

The Exaltation of the Cross (14)
8:15a, RE (PreK-Gr 5) – all rooms
3p, Hispanic Convalidation Mass - Church

Monday (15)
Our Lady of Sorrows / 24th week in Ordinary time
7a, Daily Mass – Church
8a, Kihei Charter School
8:30a, Autism Center – Youth room
6:30p, Baptism Formation – St. Cecilia
6:30p, Life Teen Choir practice – Church
7p, Y/YA Core Meeting – Youth room  

Tuesday (16)
Ss Cornelius & Cyprian
7a, Daily Mass – Church
8a, Kihei Charter School
8:30a, Autism Center – Youth room
9:30a, Weekly Staff meeting – Conference room
7p, Adult Sacraments (RCIA)
7p, Tongan Choir practice – St. Francis  

Wednesday (17)
St. Robert Bellarmine 
7a, Daily Mass – Church    8a, Kihei Charter School
8:30a, Autism Center – Youth room
7p, RE (Grade 6 – High School) – all rooms  

Thursday (18)
7a, Daily Mass - Church
8a, Kihei Charter School
8:30a, Autism Center – Youth room
:30p, Adult Choir practice – Church
7p, Knights of Columbus meeting - Hall
7p, Tongan Choir practice – St. Francis  

Friday (19)
St. Januarius
7a, Daily Mass – Church
8a, Kihei Charter School
8:30a, Autism Center – Youth room
2p, Visitor Wedding rehearsal - Church
6:30p, MC training – St. Anthony Church, Wailuku  

Saturday (20)
Ss Andrew Kim Tae-gon, Paul Chong, Ha-sang & companions / Car Wash
2p, Visitor Wedding - Church
2nd Collection: Support Maui Catholic Schools  

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (21)
Catechetical Sunday
2nd Collection: Support Maui Catholic Schools
8a, Baptism Formation – Youth room
8:15a, RE (PreK-Gr 5) – all rooms
9:30a, Catechists Commissioning - Church 

Parish News

50th Anniversary - Constitution of the Sacred Liturgy:  #3, highlights of the Council’s teaching: The liturgy is the most important thing we do as the people of God: it is both “the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed” and “the font from which all her power flows” (CSL-10). We celebrate the liturgy so that we can be strengthened and empowered to go forth and evangelize the world. We evangelize so that more and more people may come to the table and give worship to God. Next week: #4 Highlight of the Council’s teaching  

Worldwide Marriage Encounter… Our goal on earth is to help our spouse get to heaven.  The world is not about our heavenly goals and seeks to ruin our marriage.  Restore, renew and rekindle your marriage at an upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend.

Upcoming events:
September 19-21, 2014 – Maui

For more information contact Lee & Tanya Barbero @ (808) 268-1578 on Maui or Jose & Mary Elizabeth Alvior @ (808) 391-2045 on Oahu; or visit our website at   

The St. Theresa Church Youth Ministry is designed to empower the youth in our parish community to live as disciples of Jesus Christ. This program offers teens in Grades 9 -12 to gather with their peers to share their faith and have fun in a supportive atmosphere. Teens are encouraged to participate in Youth Nights and Youth Mass, service projects, and Vicariate and Diocesan Youth events.   For additional information visit the Saint Theresa's Life Teen website.

On F.I.R.E. (Faith Is Really Exciting!) FRIDAY:  a night teens can gather to unwind from their hectic school routine ~ a safe environment to fellowship with music, food and great company.

Bless the people of the United States… make us aware of our responsibility as citizens to uphold the principles of life, liberty, justice and equality. Send Your Holy Spirit upon our beloved country. Make us people of faith in time of uncertainty. Make us people of hope in times of trouble. Make us people of compassion with those who are less fortunate. Make us people of peace in our homes, our communities, our country and our world. Amen .  

Hale Kau Kau

is a nonprofit meal program for the hungry, homeless and homebound of South Maui. A warm nutritious evening meal is served 365 days a year, with the help of volunteers, at 5pm. In addition, meals are delivered each evening for the homebound elderly, sick and disabled. Interested volunteers please contact the Hale Kau Kau office at 875-8754.  Hale Kau Kau is proud of its many dedicated volunteers, but we are always in need of more to help us out. We promise you that you will work hard, have fun, and learn a great deal about yourself and your fellow human beings.  For more information, check out their website at:

35th Annual Na Holo Wahine 5k/1M walk.   A special thank you to the men who came and volunteered to make this event a success.  The results are posted on As a result of the record turn out this year, we were able to donate $1700 to Hale Kau Kau.  If you missed this event, mark your calendar and plan to participate next year. The Na Holo Wahine 2015 event will be on Saturday May 2nd. Thanks to all who participated!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Hale Kau Kau is in need of volunteers to help in the kitchen and with homebound deliveries. If you are interested, please contact the HKK office at 875-8754.

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