Mission Statement:  We, the people of Sacred Heart Parish in Pahoa, are a community of faith. We believe we are called by God to be disciples of Jesus Christ in the Church which we founded. We have been called by God, our Father to praise reverence and service Him in His family. We are support to one another in the salvation of our souls. We do this by Liturgical WORSHIP, Religious EDUCATION, Parish STEWARDSHIP, OUTREACH programs and SOCIAL ACTIVITIES.
In 1898 Father bonaventure Loots, who replaced Fr. Evrard in 1882, built a temporary church in Pahoa and named it Our Lady of Mount Carmel which was later replaced with a wooden structure named Sacred Heart Church.
Father Evarist Gielen, who arrived in Puna in 1927, relocated the Pahoa Sacred Heart Church to its present site and dedicated it in 1929. Shortly, after the dedication of the Pahoa Sacred Heart Church, he began constructing a church in Kalapana which was dedicated in April 1931 and named Star of the Sea. Fr. Evarist is credited with having built three churches in Puna: Sacred Heart Church, Pahoa (1929); Star of the Sea, Kalapana (1931); St. Theresa, Mountain View (1936).
The Sacred Hearts Fathers were the first to evangelize Puna into the Catholic faith. For 103 years they planted the seed of faith in Puna and gave Sacred Heart Church its beginning.

In the year 1841, Fr. Arsenius Robert Walsh, a Sacred Heart priest, was the first of the Catholic priests to enter the Puna District which comprised then the communities of Mountain View, Olaa, Kurtistown, Pahoa, Kalapana, Opihikao as well as other villages along the coast. Fr. Walsh also made stopovers in Puna on his tours of the Big Island. During these visits he baptized those who were prepared, assisted at marriages, visited the sick and comforted the dying. Priests after him would visit the district periodically after him. 
Father Damien Joseph De Veuster was assigned to the Puna District in August 1864, where he remained until March 1865. He built the first house for priests and a grass hut chapel in Kapa'ahu (near Kalapana). He also built four or five chapels during his stay in Puna.
Father Clement Evrard succeeding Father De Veuster and built the first stone church in 1867, replacing the hut chapel built by Father Damien. It is believed that the stone church was based on a plan made earlier by Father Damien.
Current Sacred Heart Parish Ministries
The parish has five types of ministries: liturgy, religious education, social outreach, physical environment and fundraising. These are made up of nineteen active groups in which approximately 230 parishioners participate. Some of these ministries were established years ago, some arose out of the Welcoming Parish process, and others came into being because someone saw a need not being fulfilled and did something about it.
The people who participate in these numerous ministries are dedicated to active service - they use the gifts that God has given them along with the skills they've acquired to serve the Church, the parish, and the community.


Liturgy Committee

Purpose: To help the priest plan and organize the liturgical life of the parish.
Goals: To provide a prayerful atmosphere so everyone can consciously and effectively participate in the Mass, the Sacraments and various devotional services. To provide formation and training to the various liturgical ministries, helping them achieve their goals.
Purpose: To enhance the parents' and godparents' understanding of Baptism as a Sacrament of Initiation into the life of the Church.
Goals: To have the parents and godparents actively participate in the church and to raise their child in the faith.

Youth Group

Lector Ministry

Purpose:  To assist the priest by answering Jesus' call to be proclaimers of his Word.
Goals: To be effective witnesses to the Word of God and examples of Christian commitment.
Purpose:  To provide a Catholic foundation to the youth and young adults as they prepare to enter into active ministry in the parish and to expose them to social outreach.  
Goals: To instill a sense that theya re an important part of the parish community and that they have gifts and talents to contribute and share. To make them realize that as faithful Catholics they can, every day of their lives, witness to the saving power of Christ in the world.

Music Ministry

Home Bound Ministry

Purpose:  To make the liturgical prayer of the parish more alive and fervent so that everyone will raise their voices together as one to praise God more powerfully, intently and more effectively.
Goals: To make the liturgical celebrations meaningful and prayerful for all participants.
Purpose:  Members of the ministry bring the latest bulletin to the home bound to let them know what is happening in the parish and that people are thinking of them; bring Holy Communion and pray; talk story, bring food and other items people need; check on their needs and what types of services can be provided, such as shopping, rides to doctor appointments, and running errands. Some members visit every Sunday and some accompany Father on his monthly visits.
Goals: To minister to our elderly parishioners with the Sacraments and assure them the parish is there for their needs and services they require.

Sacristy & Altar Servers Ministry

Purpose & Goal:  To prepare the necessary items for Mass and other liturgical celebrations and serve at the altar with reverence.

Bereavement Ministry

Purpose:  To coordinate the funeral services for the family, including filling out all the required forms and registers and coordinating the lectors, musicians, sacristans, and funeral home.
Goals: To console families in their grief and to make planning and coordination of the funeral easier for them.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Purpose & Goal: When necessary, assist the priest with the distribution of the Precious Body and Blood in a humble and reverent manner during the Communion Rite.

Christmas Giving Tree Ministry

Greeters Ministry

Purpose:  To identify and provide families and children of our community in need of food and gifts for Christmas. Anonymous family wish lists are placed on a Giving Christmas Tree for parishioners donate money, food and gifts for that particular family and delivery is made shortly before Christmas. This past Christmas 203 adults and 272 children were served. 
Goals: To make the Christmas season a little brighter for families in our community
Purpose:  To provide the warmth of aloha to our parishioners and visitors.
Goals: To create an atmosphere of belonging and family.

Sacred Art & Environment Ministry

Purpose & Goal:  To create a visually beautiful and prayerful setting for liturgical services, express the holiness of liturgical celebrations and foster the dignity of the sacred space.

Aloha Ministry

Purpose:  To facilitate social events in the parish by planning the programs and meals for the various facilities.
Goals: To offer hospitality and aloha to all in the community who attend our parish.

Church Cleaning Ministry

Physical Environment Ministry (Buildings, Grounds, Cemetery)

Purpose & Goal:  To maintain the cleanliness of the church.
Purpose:  To provide scheduled inspection and routine maintenance of the buildings and property. To identify problems in advance of failure and to insure the building components and systems are in the best condition.
Goal: To have a maintenance and a repair/replace plan that is used as a long-term budget tool essential to minimizing unforeseen and expensive repairs.

Religious Education

Purpose:  To provide religious education for the children and youth of the parish.
Goal:  To provide a firm foundation for a full sacramental life, knowledge of the faith, and how to live as a Catholic.

Fundraising Ministry

Purpose:  To raise money outside of the standard Sunday collection that can e used for a number of parish needs.
Goals: To raise funds not only to cover the project costs but to help build up the parish's reserves.


Purpose:  To facilitate conversion of the catechumens and candidates into the Catholic faith.
Goal:  To empower the catechumens and candidates to live and witness to the Catholic faith and fully participate in the parish family life.

Offertory Counters

Purpose & Goal:  To count the offertory and special collections in a business-like manner making certain all precautions are in place, that offerings are correctly counted, tallied and deposited, and properly recorded.