Dear Cathedral Ohana:
I would like to start off my weekly letter to you by letting you know that Gay Sato, daughter of Richard and Euphemia Nagashima, passed away last night after a long illness. Please keep the Nagashima Family in your thoughts and prayers.
I would like to my deepest thanks and gratitude for your contributions to the flood relief efforts on Kauai. As a congregation, you raised $872 and I know that those who receive it will appreciate it very much.
Since last week Thursday, a number if you have reached out to me to ask about my family on Hawai’i Island as a result of the volcanic eruption that has taken place in Leilani Estates. My family lives on the northeast end of the island, more than 50 miles from the volcanic activity and except for the earthquakes, they have been largely unaffected and are fine. I do, however, have several former parishioners from Holy Apostles who have had to evacuate, one of whom was interviewed on KGMB a couple of nights ago. I am going to ask that we take up a special collection again this Sunday to give to Holy Apostles to contribute to relief efforts on Hawaii Island. The parish there is very active in taking part. Anyone who wishes to prepare a check in advance may make it out to Church of the Holy Apostles. Again, I thank you from the very bottom of my heart.
On a lighter note, last week Friday I had one of my favorite days of the year at the Cathedral with the students from the International Hospitality Center came to learn about the Christian faith, our Cathedral, and then to take a tour of the facility. Like I did last year, I took out a bunch of albs in stoles and had different students dress up as priests, deacons, and a couple of them even tried on a bishop’s mitre. The international students take a year of high school to come to Hawaii from various countries around the world like the Ukraine, Georgia, Lithuania, Nigeria, and Malaysia. They spend their year in high schools around the State of Hawaii and always take one day to learn about different faith traditions in America. See photos here!
Bishop Fitzpatrick will be with us on May 20 for Pentecost Sunday where he will install The Rev. Malcolm Chun as an Honorary Canon of the Cathedral at the 8:00 service. The royal civic societies will also be with us that morning at 8:00 where we will also remember the baptism and confirmation of Queen Liliuokalani.
Please remember that we will also hold ordinations to the transitional diaconate in the Cathedral sanctuary on Saturday, June 9 at 10:00 AM. Along with four others, Bishop Fitzpatrick, God willing in the people consenting, will ordain Ha’aheo Guanson and Chris Bridges, who are raised up from the Cathedral of St. Andrew.
That is all I have for you this week. I look forward to seeing you at worship this weekend. Please take care until then.