Dear Cathedral Ohana:
The weather has been quite intense over the past few days and I was actually cold during worship in the Cathedral over the weekend, which was definitely a new and different experience for me.
Presiding Bishop’s Visit
As I mentioned in church on Sunday, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will be with us in the Cathedral on the morning of Sunday, March 24th at 10:00 am. We will combine the 8:00 and 10:30 services that day. The 5:30 Saturday Vigil 7:00 Sunday Rite I services will take place as usual. There will also be a Peggy Kai Speaker event with the Presiding Bishop at 5:00 on Sunday afternoon in the Cathedral with live streaming into Tenney Theatre.
As plans for the Presiding Bishop progress, the Diocesan Support Center would very much appreciate the help of anyone who is willing to help with preparations for the visit. If you are willing, please let me know and I will put you in touch with the right people.
Acolytes & Servers
We need acolytes, servers, and Eucharistic Ministers at the 10:30 service. Please prayerfully consider whether you feel called to serve in one or more of these ministries. Again, please let me know and I will put you in touch with the appropriate ministry leaders to provide you with the training you need.
King Kamehameha IV Birthday
On Friday, Father Keleawe and I attended a remembrance at Mauna Ala for King Kamehameha IV and offered hookupu. Father Keleawe then attended another ceremony at the Queen’s Medical Center. I was unable to attend that gathering as I was at the House of Representatives to offer the opening invocation for their session that day. It was also very nice to have the Royal Civic Societies with us on Sunday morning.
Your new Chapter met in a retreat on Saturday and set the course for the coming year. We had sessions on board training, finances, the strategic initiatives of the diocese, the Queen Emma Square collaboration, as well as a session where we developed committees to do the work of our mission and ministry in the coming year.
St. Andrew’s Theological Seminary
While I was away last week I took one afternoon and went out St. Andrew’s Theological Seminary in Quezon City (Philippines) to conduct a session with their students on what it’s like to be a priest in the field. The session was really fun and the seminarians were very engaged and had lots of questions about day-to-day parish life. They have asked me to return in September to lead them in a retreat. I have another clergy retreat scheduled in the Northern Philippines (that I will lead) at the same time, so I will be able to kill two birds with one stone.
Please note that we have an Evensong honoring the Feast of Charles and John Wesley, scheduled for Sunday, March 3rd at 5:30 pm in the Cathedral sanctuary.
I will be away for a clergy training in New Mexico from this coming Friday through February 27th. I am leaving the Cathedral in Father Keleawe’s capable hands and look forward to seeing you all upon my return. Please take care until then.