Youth Ministries

Young Adults



Catholic Ministry for Single Adults

Inviting all singles over the age of 30 to join us. CMSA is held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Yum Yum Tree (Ward Center). Our mission is to promote positive Christian fellowship based on our Catholic faith through volunteering for charities, sponsoring lectures on pertinent issues, open discussion forums, outdoor physical actives and social events. Please email for more information.


Liturgical Ministries

Mission Statement:

"Liturgy has a special and unique place in the life of St. Rita in Nānākuli, a community of faith. We gather regularly to praise and thank God, to remember and make present God's great deeds, to offer common prayer, and to realize and celebrate the kingdom of peace and justice."

The Liturgy Committee gathers monthly to plan every aspect of our seasonal liturgical celebration, from Advent and Christmas, Lent and Easter, to the St. Rita Feast Day and Thanksgiving. We also plan the Advent and Lenten Communal Reconcilliation Service.

For more information on how you can participate in this committee please contact Ms. Mele Ahuna at the Parish Office at 668-7833.

Altar Servers

The primary role of an altar server is that of assisting the celebrant and preparing the table of worship. It’s an opportunity for education and formation to all those who are called to this ministry. Calling all who want to serve the Lord in this ministry.

Chair Person: Jean Sampio, Trainer: Raymond Sampio

Ushers/Welcome Mission

The heart and core of the Usher’s ministry is that of Hospitality and the Aloha Spirit. Ushers should have a ready smile and cordial attitude throughout, especially where newcomers are concerned. Patience and politeness are the badges they must wear over their hearts.

To enter into the proper spirit, the usher should imagine that the people are guests in his own home. How would you treat them? Notice how the host is constantly on the lookout for the comfort and pleasure of his guest; how he anticipates their needs; how courteous he is in dealing with them.

In brief, all of the specific duties of ushers have one goal: to create a pleasant ant, comfortable orderly atmosphere so that the people will give fitting praise and worship to God.


The Lectors ministry provides an opportunity for members of the Catholic Community to serve our Lord and God during the Mass Celebration. A Lector is called to proclaim God’s Word as written in Sacred Scripture, the Bible. The Sacred Scripture Readings comprise a most important part of the Mass Celebration. The readings are selected to support the theme of the Sunday (or daily) Mass, and are usually included or referred to in Father’s Homily.

Through the Bible Readings, proclaimed by the Lector, we continue to grow and mature in our faith, our hope and most importantly our love. The Bible Readings instruct us in the ways of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. To be called to serve as a Lector, is to be called to a very, very special ministry, indeed!

Lector Training: Jim Gromley

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Who are extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion? They are your brothers and sisters who seek to serve God and His people here in Nānākuli, in a special way. They make a commitment to the parish community to serve at specific assigned masses. What is the purpose of this ministry? The purpose is to assist the priest in bringing Jesus in the Eucharist to His people. This is done during mass at communion time or when a member of the parish due to illness or accident cannot attend mass; the Eucharist can be brought to them. At mass, the extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion assist in bringing the Eucharist to the people under both kinds, that is, under the form of bread and wine. This is the restoration of a practice of the early church, the congregation receiving the body and blood of Christ. “He, who feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood, has life eternal and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is real food; and my blood real drink.” (John 6:54-55) When bringing the Eucharist to someone who cannot attend mass, we bring a part of the sacred assembly to them, so they are not separated from our celebration of the Eucharist at mass. “Is not the cup of blessing we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread we break a sharing in the body of Christ because the loaf of bread is one, we many though we are, one body for we all partake of the one loaf.” (1 Corinthians 10:16-17)


The purpose of the Choir is to motivate the assembly to participate and lift their voices up in song. Liturgical music in the Mass promotes union of the faithful and inspires them to become “of one heart in love”. Singing, more than mere reciting, gives extra importance to those special moments in the liturgy when the faithful are allowed to give evidence of their consent to praise the Lord. For when we sing, we are praying twice. Therefore, let us lift our voices to God!!

5:00 p.m. Saturday - Leonard Kaeo, 7:00 a.m. Sunday - Noreen Awong, 9:00 a.m. Sunday - Rosie Gomes, 5:00 p.m. Sunday – Rosa Lefu’a

Sanctuary Care

The Sanctuary Care Ministry involves the proper preparation and care of the sanctuary which includes Priest’s vestments, altar linens, flowers, banners and church cleaning. We are seeking those who are willing to give of their time, and who are dependable, to be a part of this ministry to beautify this sanctuary of the Lord and the eyes of the Lord.


Altar Line Upkeep

Church Cleaners

Arts and Environment



Outreach Ministries

Food Pantry

Our food pantry services singles and families on the Nānākuli coast. The food pantry is open Monday and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Anyone seeking assistance can call the Parish Office at 668-7833

Healthcare Ministry

Homebound Ministry

Homebound and Hospital Ministry

The hospital ministry includes visit and communion to those in the parish who are in the hospital or nursing home. Anyone needing this type of service should call the Parish office. Volunteers for this ministry should contact Father thru the parish office.

Monthly Feeding of the Homeless Ministry

St. Rita prayer group led by Bernard Kaeo gather the last Thursday of the month with pots & pots of food. Hot meals are served to families in need. If you are interested in donating your time and energy to this worthwhile effort. Please contact the Parish Office at 668-7833


Social Concerns Ministry

Hawaiian Rights and other Civil Rights Ministry

Consciousness Raising Ministry

Otherly Abled Ministry

Poverty and Homelessness Ministry

Misuse of the 'Aina Ministry


Social Ministries

The Levites

A group who sets up and cleans up before and after parish functions especially before and after special masses.

Parish Social Events - Organizers and Planners

This committee is responsible for the organization and planning of major parish social events such as: Minister Appreciation, Parish Picnic and Mass, 22 May - St. Rita Feast Day/Parish Pa' ina (Luau)

Family Nights Ministry

Kupuna Ministry

A group that comes together to aid our kupuna with yard care, auto care, or any items they may now have difficulty in doing on their own.  John Minard or Cathy Agor @ (808) 668-7833.