February 2: The Story of St. Elizabeth
St. Elizabeth of Portugal was herself peaceful and made peace for God. Born around 1271 in Spain to a royal European family. At age 12, she married Dennis, the King of Portugal. Elizabeth did many good works, she cared for the poor and sick. Her most unique work was to plant pine trees all along the beaches in Portugal to keep the sand from blowing away. She bravely rode her donkey between two warring armies and brought peace to her kingdom.
February 9: The Story of St. Valentine
We celebrate the life of St. Valentine who loved for God. Valentine was executed on February 14, 270. The practice of sending love messages on February 14 originated in part from the story of Valentines’ note to the jailer’s blind daughter. This day celebrates love and commemorates Valentines life.
February 16: The Story of Queen Emma
Queen Emma (Young-Rooke) and her husband King Kamahamaha IV (Alexander Lilholiho) have been recognized by the Episcopal church as having lived extraordinarily lives. The King and Queen were tireless in their efforts on behalf of the Hawaiian people. Queen Emma lost her only child when he was about 3 years old and the King died a short while later. Broken-hearted, Queen Emma continued her efforts to help the Hawaiian people until her death some years later. The King and Queen Emma are credited with the creation of the hospital that would become “Queens Hospital,” St. Andrew’s Priory, ‘Iolani School, and bringing the Anglican (Episcopal) church to Hawai‘i.
February 23: “Fat Tuesday on Sunday” Pancake party
We will have an inter-generational “Fat Tuesday” on the Sunday before Lent begins. We will learn a little about the disciplines that can be used to get ready for Easter. We will also consume just about as many pancakes as possible in a 45 minute session! We will also make our own Lenten calendars to help us keep track of the days till the great celebration of Easter.