Dear Cathedral Ohana:
It’s good to be back at the Cathedral after three full days back home on Hawaii island. I spoke about that experience during the sermon on Sunday morning and I also alluded to my grandmother’s being the grand-grand marshal of the parade for the 130th anniversary of Honokaa School. What I did not have the opportunity to share was that I also had a small reunion with my classmates from Honokaa School’s Class of 1983. I only went to the school for my senior year, but I still remember how welcoming everyone was to me back then and it was the same when I saw them all on Saturday morning. It was nice to talk with my classmates and to hear about how things are going with them and what they’ve done with their lives. They were interested in my story as well. Many of them, of course, were surprised to learn that I had become a priest in the Episcopal Church.
On Sunday morning many of you asked me if I had gone to join the protectors on Mauna Kea and because of family commitments, I wasn’t able to do so. I would, however, like to reiterate what I said in the sermon (I think it was at the 10:30 service) that when I was at Holy Apostles, we had members of the parish community who were on both sides of the issue. At the same time, they were on able to come together at the same communion rail to take in the body and blood of Christ. I think there is a good message for all of us in that image and I pray that things continue to remain peaceful. Bishop Fitzpatrick has put out a teaching to the Diocese of Hawaii about the TMT and it is included here for your review and ready reference.
A Teaching from the Bishop on Mauna a Wākea
Kalihi Waena School Supplies
This Sunday morning we will bless the school supplies that have been collected for Kalihi Waena Elementary school. Please know that we are open to accepting last-minute donations and that there is still a great need for donations to come in. I know that the children at the school will feel our generosity in their hearts as they begin their school year in August. Thank you to all of you who have donated and who will donate.
Paulie Jennings Funeral
Please remember that we will have funeral services for Aunty Paulie Jennings on Saturday at 10:00 AM, with visitation beginning at 9:00 AM. any one who would like to join Aunty Vicky in a pick-up choir of Hawaiian music is welcome at the kanikapila. The Royal Order of the Kamehameha will be standing guard during the visitation and will present a short tribute at 10:00 and before the official church service begins. Bishop Fitzpatrick will be the officiant that morning. Thank you so much to everyone who has signed up to help with the reception that morning.
Chapter & Foundation
The Cathedral Chapter and Foundation met on Tuesday evening and we approved minutes and financials that I will include here.
Sand Island Treatment Center
Last week the Sand Island Treatment Center reached out to me to ask if I would listen to Fifth Steps for a couple of clients this week and I have readily agreed to do so. As many of you know, during my tenure at Cathedral as Canon Pastor I regularly met with clients from Sand Island.
This has been a busy week for me. I have had numerous meetings and counseling sessions. I’ve also been preparing two sermons – one for Sunday and one for Aunty Paulie’s funeral. Life at the Cathedral is busy, full, and rewarding. I am most grateful.
Please take care until we see each other this weekend.