Ministries

Talents are the gifts God has given us that enable us to serve Him.

 

All talents or skills that we have can be used to give God glory and are equally important in His eyes.

Consider your own talents and ask God how you can best use them to serve Him through His people.

Action Steps to Become More Active in Service.

Pray about how the gifts God has given you can best be used to serve others.

Find a ministry that will help you grow personally in understanding the faith, as well as serving others.

Commit to being faithful to Gad through those you serve in word and deed.

There are Many Opportunities within each Ministry to Choose From, Click on each Bar for More Information.

 

Hospitality Ministries

Aloha Angels

Welcome all those around them, greet one another and find out their names. This is everyone’s ministry.  Waimea & Puako: Fr. Steve Macedo

Aloha Welcome Ministry

Welcome members and guests as they arrive for Mass. This is a great opportunity for families to serve together.  Waimea & Puako: Fr. Steve Macedo

New Parishioner Welcome Ministry

Welcome new members to foster a more vibrant and involved faith community. This ministry organizes and invites new parishioners to monthly hospitality Sundays.  Waimea: Liz Chock, Puako: Darlene Walencewicz

Ushers

Assist before, during and after Masses, escorting church members and guests to pews, collecting the offertory, and distributing bulletins.  Waimea:Dean Fujitani, Puako:Martin Evangelista

Call the Parish Office at 808-887-1220 for each Ministry Leader’s Contact Information.

Prayer Ministries

Altar Servers

Assist the priest at our liturgical celebrations. Youth who have received First Holy Communion can participate in this ministry. On-the-job training is provided.  Waimea: Geraldine Giffin, Puako: Blanca Evangelista & Mary Pueringer

Catholic Women

Meet regularly in Waikoloa Village for an afternoon of fellowship and tea with a splash of Church readings, topped with the Rosary. Come meet other Catholic women and share your faith.  Waimea & Puako: Darlene Walencewicz

Eucharistic Ministers

Help the priest distribute the Body and Blood of Christ during Mass.  Waimea: Cynthia Esaki & Jose Salinas, Puako: Larry Denis & Peter Walencewicz

Friday Adoration Adorers

Pray for the intentions of the Holy Father, our bishop and families worldwide in the Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Join fellow parishioners in this century-old Eucharistic devotion of prayer and adoration every Friday from 7:30 a.m. – noon. Adorers commit to at least one hour per week, drop-ins are always welcome.  Waimea: Celeste Tanodra & Janice Brencick

Lectors

Proclaim the Word of God at our Masses and special occasion liturgical celebrations.  Waimea: Shirley Kan & Jessica Pavao, Puako: Larry Denis & Roxanne Pung

Prayer Warriors

Offer support to parishioners and the community through the power of prayer. The Prayer Warriors ask that they be contacted when parish members or a member’s friend or family are afraid, sick, facing a crisis, or are in need of prayers for any reason. Requests are passed along to the group members via email and/or text.  Larry Denis

Waimea & Puako: visit HERE or text @Aprayer to 81010 to sign up or Visit HERE to submit a prayer intention. 

Rosary Group

Prays the Rosary regularly. This is a powerful way to foster a relationship with our Mother Mary.  Waimea: Cathy Elliazar, Puako: Darlene Walencewicz

Call the Parish Office at 808-887-1220 for each Ministry Leader’s Contact Information.

Formation Ministries

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Provided every Sunday morning at the 8 a.m. Waimea Mass for children to hear the Word of God in relatable terms for their young lives. A catechist leads the children in activities that instill the week’s readings.  Waimea & Puako: Jane Aganus

Children’s Religious Education

Introduces and instills basic principles of the faith to children in first through 12th grade and encourages them to live like Jesus throughout their lives. This program formally prepares them for reception of the sacraments. Training is provided for catechists, adult aides and teenage helpers. Catechists are responsible for lesson preparation and presentation. Adult aides and teen helpers assist the catechists during Religious Education classes. Waimea classes are held from 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Puako classes are held on Sundays from 8:15 – 9:30 a.m.  Waimea & Puako: Jane Aganus

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Invites and educates adults into our church.  Waimea & Puako: Michael & Terry Cromwell

Young Adult Ministry

Provides social activities, service opportunities and fellowship for young adults from ages 18 through 35. This ministry is intended to provide spiritual fellowship and support for singles, as well as those who may be married.  Waimea & Puako: Flo Figuerres 

Youth Ministry

Provides activities, service opportunities and faith formation activities for our parish youth from 9th through 12th grade. This ministry provides a safe, loving and accepting environment, and sponsors a wide range of activities designed to promote the spiritual, social and service components integral to effective Catholic youth ministry.  Waimea & Puako: Liz Chock, Larry Denis, Richard Kaniho

Call the Parish Office at 808-887-1220 for each Ministry Leader’s Contact Information.

Service Ministries

Being a Giant

Pairs a prayer volunteer with a student going off to college or newly confirmed to pray for them daily throughout the year.  Waimea & Puako: Larry Denis, 

Bereavement Ministry

Providing assistance to individuals and families in planning and coordinating their loved one’s funeral.  Waimea & Puako: Geri Bell, 

Cemetery Maintenance Group

Caring for our parish cemetery at Church Row in Waimea. We are currently looking for a Group Leader(s) and volunteers. This group is responsible for disposing of dead flowers and trimming grass around headstones. Members bring their own yard tools and will be on a schedule to work once a month in mowing and clipping the cemetery. Twice a year, heavy workdays also happen.  Waimea & Puako: Angela Bugado & Christine Arafiles

Choir & Music Ministry

Members uplift and enhance our liturgical celebrations. Singers and musicians of all skill levels and backgrounds are welcome. As St. Augustine said, “He who sings prays twice.” This ministry meets once a week to practice during Ordinary Time and volunteers may attend any Mass they choose.  Waimea & Puako: Maria Forlenza, 

Church Cleaners

Keeping our church worship space and bathrooms spic and span and ready for Masses. Time commitment is once a month for Waimea. In Puako, it’s twice a month and once a week for restroom cleaning. Cleaning supplies and tools are provided.  Waimea: Mary Erickson & Dian Burroughs, Puako: Carrie Voss

Environment Ministry

Preparing the worship space to align with liturgical seasons (Ordinary Time, Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter).  Waimea: Cynthia Esaki & Anthony Tanodra, Puako: Erin Nalani Kaholoa’a, 

Finance Council

Advising the pastor with the financial aspects of the parish. The council meets quarterly for an hour. Members are appointed by the pastor for specified terms.  Waimea & Puako: Mike Hoover

Food Pantry

Providing assistance to those in our community who need food. This group serves every Tuesday from 9 – 11 a.m. Shoppers are also needed.  Waimea & Puako: Ann Lum

Giving Tree

Creating tags, and collects and distributes gifts at Christmas to an identified group. Members assist with these tasks.  Waimea & Puako: Maile Lincoln

Greeting Card Ministry

Sending get-well cards to ailing parishioners to share the love of the parish community. To request a card, visit HERE.  Waimea & Puako: Paula De Silva

Habitat Build Group

Working with Habitat for Humanity to build low cost housing for those in need. All skill levels are welcome.  Waimea & Puako: Pat Hurney, Sr.

Hall Cleaners

Keeping our parish hall, bathrooms, and our old church building neat and tidy for parish functions, Religious Education and workshops. This ministry performs services twice a month. Cleaning supplies and tools are provided.  Waimea: Trish Tripp

Healing & Health Ministry

Focuses on the needs of our parishioners as well the poor and needy. We meet on the first Wednesday of every month to provide a forum for parishioners to talk, listen, inspire and pray. We also facilitate Healing Masses, blood pressure testing, and collect and distribute Personal Care kits to the needy.  Waimea & Puako: Bonnie Nunke

Hunger Free Keiki

Packing food bags for homeless school children in Waimea and Waikoloa to take home on weekends and school breaks during the school year.  Waimea & Puako: Allison Aganus

Kupuna Ministry

Helping our kupuna with various chores, gives caring companionship and provides transportation when needed.  Waimea & Puako: Mary Kay Carvalho

Ministry to the Sick and Homebound

ministers visit and bring the Eucharist to those who are sick, homebound, in the hospital or in nursing care facilities.  Waimea & Puako: Janet Lindsey 

Money Counters

Count and prepare the offerings of the faithful for deposit every Monday morning at the Parish Office. Training is required and the time commitment is once a month for 1 1/2 hours.  Waimea & Puako: Hans Hageraats & Rhonda Peck

Office Angels

Assisting our Parish Secretary with administrative tasks that support the operation of the parish, such as folding weekly bulletins and preparing occasional mailings.  Waimea & Puako: Mary Erickson

Parish Picnic Volunteers

Helping organize and facilitate Parish Picnics to encourage fellowship.  Waimea & Puako: Maile Lincoln

Pastoral Council

Assists and advises the pastor with the pastoral needs of the parish. The council meets once a month for an hour. Members are appointed by the pastor for specified terms.  Waimea & Puako: Fr. Steve Macedo

Prayer Blanket Ministry

Ministers are asked to sew, knit or crochet blankets while praying for the person who will receive the blanket. Instructions and materials are provided. Blankets will be prayed over at a Mass and taken to the hospital.  Waimea & Puako: Lisa Wells

Sacristans

Preparing our worship space for Mass.  Waimea: Patty Higaki & Rolina Kiyota, Puako: Larry Denis

Stewardship Council

Advising the pastor and other parish groups on how to promote the Stewardship Way of Life in all facets of the parish. This is done through the extension of hospitality, promotion of prayer, emphasizing Catholic formation, and increasing the activities of service to others. Members are appointed by the pastor.  Waimea & Puako: Fr. Steve Macedo

Call the Parish Office at 808-887-1220 for each Ministry Leader’s Contact Information.

If you’re interested in joining a ministry, please call the Parish Office at 808-887-1220 for the ministry leader’s contact information.

God bless you for your interest!

Our Churches

Directions to Annunciation Church From Resort Areas:

Directions From all Resorts:

  • Continue on HI-19.  Drive towards Kawaihae Rd.
  • Turn right onto HI-19 / Kawaihae Rd.  Continue for 7.9 miles.
  • Turn right onto Kawaihae Rd.  Continue for 1.9 miles.
  • Church will be on your right.
Directions to Ascension Mission From Resort Areas:

Directions From Waikoloa & Mauna Lani Resort Areas:

  • Turn left onto HI-19.
  • Turn left onto Puako Beach Drive.
  • Continue for 2.1 miles.
  • Church will be on your left.

Directions From Hapuna Resort:

  • Turn left onto HI-19.
  • Turn right onto Puako Beach Drive.
  • Continue for 2.1 miles.
  • Church will be on your left.

Directions From Mauna Kea Resort:

  • Turn right onto HI-19.
  • Turn right onto Puako Beach Drive.
  • Continue for 2.1 miles.
  • Church will be on your left.