photo: Fr. Moki Hino, The Cathedral of St. Andrew (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Message from Fr. Moki May 20, 2020

Dear Cathedral Ohana:

I’m just so grateful for the glorious weather that we’ve been experiencing this week in the midst of our continued shelter in place order. Somehow it makes dealing with it all easier and like many of you, it helps me to see hope on the horizon of this pandemic.

Those of you who take part in our virtual worship note that I begin each morning with prayer petitions that have come in. If you would like a petition to be included, please let me know by text or email and I will be more than happy to ask the virtual community for those prayers.

I’m also very excited about this coming Sunday’s worship. We will remember Queen Liliuokalani’s confirmation and baptism, and while the royal civic societies cannot be with us physically, I know they will be with us in spirit as we strive to use technology to honor and remember not only our Queen, but also our next-door neighbor and fellow congregant. We are in the midst of preparing a special video presentation for you, and I’m excited about sharing it on Sunday.

Please know that the Cathedral Chapter will meet on Tuesday afternoon via Zoom and once the previous month’s financial statements and minutes are approved, we will get them out to you as soon as possible (probably in this weekly letter next week). As you know, one of the main responsibilities of the Chapter is to oversee the finances of the cathedral and we continue to be in good shape thanks in great part to your generosity by continuing to give online and by check. Thank you all for your commitment to our mission and ministry.

Last week I neglected to inform you that we applied for and prevailed in receiving funds from the Payroll Protection Program. This ensures that we can continue to operate through November without dipping into operating or capital reserves. This along with your generosity is a great blessing to the Cathedral. Again, I am very grateful.

Finally, I would like to close with words of thanks to Leohone, Aunty Mary Fiedler, Sienna Achong, and Tomas Ramos for coming into the Cathedral during the week to prepare special musical offerings for you. It warms my heart to see us enthusiastically working together to ensure our vitality as a worshiping community. I am very, very proud to be your priest.

That is all I have for this week. Please take care, continue to stay safe, join our virtual worship, and stay steadfast in your prayers.