Dear Cathedral Ohana:
It has been a very busy week here at the Cathedral, and as I sit in the office today (on Tuesday afternoon), I am grateful for the calm and peaceful atmosphere that the staff and I are enjoying. We’re able to catch up on a number of things as well as to check in and prepare for this coming Sunday and the following week. One point of concern that we have is the possibility of two storms heading our way. Please rest assured that we are working to put a provisional plan together in case the Cathedral needs to be secured.
Funeral services for Paulie Jennings were held on Saturday morning and the family and I inunrned her ashes at Oahu Cemetery yesterday at a small, private service. It’s hard to believe that she is gone and I know that she would be pleased with how the Cathedral community came together to help with the reception, put together a pick-up choir for the kanikapila during the visitation, and for the service itself. Please know that I am also grateful to you for the way so many of you pitched in to pull the whole thing off.
See her obituary, a slide show of her life, and a slide show of her memorial service.
Kalihi Waena School Supplies
On Sunday at 8:00 and 10:30 we blessed the school supplies that were brought in for the students at Kalihi Waena Elementary School. Before the 10:30 service, I went in and took out all the supplies and placed them in front of the altar to symbolize that these were more than donations, they were offerings to God for the benefit of God’s children. Thank you to all of you who donated and please know that it will make a difference in the lives of the children at the school.
Bishop Fitzpatrick’s Annual Visitation
Bishop Fitzpatrick‘s annual visitation at his Cathedral will take place this weekend and he will be at all services on Sunday morning to preach and preside as well as at the 5:30 Saturday afternoon service. The annual visitation is the time for the Bishop to meet with members of the congregation to hear their affirmations as well as their concerns. It’s also a time for him to meet with me as priest-in-charge to get a report on how things are going, but we have dispensed with that formality as it has been my custom to provide Bishop Fitzpatrick with a weekly report since I arrived in January 2017.
Although it has been busy and hectic here at the Cathedral over the past week, my letter to you this week is short. The bulk of my time was spent preparing and carrying out Auntie Paulie’s service and on the other end of that experience, I find myself feeling calm and peaceful. The Cathedral honored her well and I’m confident that now that we’ve sent her off with our aloha, she will indeed rest in peace.
Until we see each other at worship this weekend, please take care.