Dear Cathedral Ohana:
Today (Tuesday) I’m writing to you from Richmond, Virginia where I am spending a week with seminarians who are gathering to hone their preaching skills and where I have the privilege of serving as a preaching mentor. I’m at the Roslyn Retreat Center which is in the rolling hills is Virginia and surrounded by trees and where osprey continually fly by – I even noticed one this morning with a large trout in its talons flying above me. These are the kinds of things that I would not normally notice and I’m grateful for the time to be away and the opportunity to become mindful of the creation around me. That’s what retreats like this should be all about.
And even though I am as far away from Hawaii as I can be while still being within the 50 states, I am thinking of all of you and the Cathedral back home. I will look forward to returning on Saturday evening and seeing you all on Sunday morning.
Evensong on Sunday
Please remember that we will have a very special Evensong on Sunday, June 2 at 5:30 PM to honor Uncle Hartwell Lee Loy. Todd has worked very hard to put together a wonderful offering not only of music, but also prayers and worship. I do hope that you will join the Lee Loy Family and me and paying tribute to a very special person who many of us miss very dearly.
Also, please remember that we will be doing a discernment of spiritual gifts exercise on Wednesday, June 12 at 6:30 PM in the Cathedral sanctuary, followed by a light soup supper in the Von Holt Room. The idea of this event is to take the desires from the listening exercises that we did last year, use an instrument to discern gifts that we may or may not know we have, and then use those gifts to meet the needs of ministry in our congregations. I hope you will consider attending and I assure you that it will be an interesting evening of discovery not only of self, but also of the Cathedral’s mission.
Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate
On Saturday, June 22 at 10:00 AM Bishop Fitzpatrick will ordain Andrew Arakawa and Steve McPeek to the transitional diaconate in the Cathedral sanctuary. Part of our mission as the cathedral is to serve the wider Diocese and we will, therefore, host not only the service but also the reception afterwords. Tiny Chang has been kind enough to put up a sign-up sheet in the cathedral entryway. If you can lend a hand with set up, monitoring the food, and/or cleaning up afterwards, I would be most grateful.
Confirmations at Pentecost
On Pentecost Sunday, June 9 at 10:30, Bishop Fitzpatrick will make himself available to any person in the diocese who would like to be confirmed. It is customary for him to do catch-up confirmations like this at the Cathedral on Pentecost and he will extend an invitation to all congregations in the diocese. We do not currently have anyone at the Cathedral in the pike for confirmation, but Fr. Hee will be offering a class so that the bishop can confirm anyone from the congregation who feels called to be confirmed during his visitation with us in August.
I would like to close this week by extending my thanks and appreciation for your prayers, phone calls, and cards while I was laid up after my prostate surgery. I did have a setback that required me to be home for longer than I had anticipated, but please rest assured that I am now on the mend and hope to be given a clean bill of health when I go in for my final check up on June 7. Until then, I have to refrain from lifting more than 15 pounds, get rest, and drink lots of water. Please know that I am doing all these things. I did not have to have my prostate removed, nor do I have any signs of cancer. I am very grateful for that.
As I mentioned, I will be back in Honolulu on Saturday evening. I will be there for the 8:00 and 10:30 Sunday services as well as the Evensong at 5:30. Fr. Hee will take the Saturday 5:30 service and the Sunday morning 7:00 service. Until we see one another at worship over the weekend, please take care.