Dear Cathedral Ohana:
I’m writing to you from my apartment in Chinatown where, like most of us, I am in isolation until April 30. Yesterday morning the Cathedral staff and I met and made provisions to lock the Cathedral down and work from home. Part of my daily exercise routine will be walking from here to the Cathedral every day to make sure everything is OK with the building and what not.
Over the past few days, we have been broadcasting worship live on Facebook from the Cathedral sanctuary. As of yesterday, we were unable to do that. Having said that, please remember with me that the church is not the building; the church is the people of God and neither COVID-19 nor mandated lockdowns can undermine that. As such, Dixie and I will continue to make Morning Prayer available every weekday at 9:00 AM and Sunday worship with the liturgy of the word at 10:00 AM. Fortunately, Dixie lives on the 31st floor of my building so the restrictions won’t affect our ability to continue to offer you virtual worship. We are having great fun doing this and please pardon our technical glitches. What I like about the time that I spend with you virtually is that it seems that it has a lot of heart and I think that quality is what is going to get us through this pandemic.
I do have a request of all of you: please continue to give to the Cathedral‘s mission and ministry. We have online giving set up on our website, and checks and contributions can still be mailed in. Julia and I have worked out a way to make deposits and the like.
Fr. Keleawe is making himself available for pastoral care and is committed to staying in touch with folks regularly, especially our kupuna. I am very grateful to him for being available for this critical pastoral ministry.
Please do all that you can to be safe, join us for virtual worship if you can, and pray fervently for a quick and speedy resolution to this pandemic. Know that you are in my thoughts and that I hold you in my prayers as well.