Dear Cathedral Ohana:
It is not only hard to believe that we are in the middle of Holy Week, but also that this is now my second Holy Week with you since I returned to the Cathedral. I invite and encourage you to join me in worship as well as reflection and prayer and we journey together with Jesus on his path to the cross and his victorious resurrection from the tomb. We, of course, have a full schedule of worship offerings:
5:30PM on Thursday, March 29 for Maundy Thursday
12:00N on Friday, March 30 for Good Friday
5:30PM on Saturday, March 31 for Saturday Eucharist
7:00PM on Saturday, March 31 for the Great Vigil of Easter
7:00AM on Sunday, April 1 for Easter Sunday Rite One
8:00AM on Sunday, April 1 for Easter Sunday Hawaiian Service
10:30AM on Sunday, April 1 for Easter Sunday Rite Two Sung Eucharist
Bishop Fitzpatrick will be with us in his Cathedral for the Great Vigil of Easter as well as on Easter Sunday at 10:30. Please consider joining us for one or more of our Holy Week and Easter worship offerings.
We had our regular meeting of the Cathedral Chapter yesterday evening. I will attach approved minutes and financials along with this letter. During the Chapter meeting, I spoke of a short trip that I took to the hamlet of Lubon during my trip to the Northern Philippines earlier this month. Father Moses, the village Episcopal priest, showed me a plot of land that had been donated to the church by the government as part of a community development effort. It is Father Moses’ dream to build a sanctuary on that property and it will cost him the equivalent of $60,000. He’s looking for funding and I encouraged him to seek a matching grant. I have asked the Chapter to work with me to explore the possibility of raising half of the amount it would cost to build the sanctuary. I think that this will help us in our call as a cathedral church to look outward and reach out to communities not only beyond our walls, but also beyond our shores.
Finally, I would like to close this week’s letter by expressing my deep thanks to you for your support and affirmation of my participation in March for Our Lives in Washington DC, which turned out to be the single largest protest in our nation’s capital and in our nation’s history. It still amazes me that it was students who organized the gathering, which drew over 800,000 people to the streets of the capital. The night before, I attended a vigil at the Washington National Cathedral and was deeply moved by the testimony of the parents of a 14-year-old Episcopalian who lost her life in the shooting at Parkland on February 14. Please know that while it may appear to some that I participated in the march as a political statement, I was actually there as your priest to take a moral stand against violence, which is what I believe our Savior would have done. Again, I thank you for your support-both moral support and financial support.
I close this week with prayers for all of us for peace, peace made manifest in the resurrection of our Savior from the tomb.