Dear Cathedral Ohana:
It was a very interesting weekend for me. I was down with a virus and a very sore throat and ordered by the doctor to stay home on Friday and Saturday. I decided to follow doctor‘s orders, mostly because I didn’t want to pass on whatever I had. But let me tell you, it wasn’t easy. It was hard for me to be cooped up and to stay still for two full days. I’m glad I did, though. Today I’m feeling much better, and I made it through the services that I committed to do on Sunday. The thing I appreciate about the downtime is that it gave me the opportunity to slow down a little, to think about life, and simply to be rather than constantly do. And what was really nice about that was I entered into our Sunday worship in a different way — calm, and not as frenetic as I normally am. And because of that, the readings, the music and the prayers sank in in a way that fed my soul. All of this to say that it’s important to slow down from time to time and be a human being rather than a human doing. I’m grateful for that lesson and the opportunity to live into it, even though it took being sick to get there.
Parking at the Half Circle
Many of you have noticed that Casey put up parking signs at the half circle in front of the birdbath between the Cathedral and the Parke Chapel. As I mentioned to you last week, people with no connection to the Cathedral have been taking advantage of and using parking spaces to do business downtown without paying for parking. As such, we are going to have Diamond Parking begin ticketing these folks, and so I need to ask all of you to obtain parking passes from the office if and when you come to the Cathedral to do Cathedral business. This, of course, does not apply to worship times. For those of you who have regular and recurring business at the Cathedral, we will be more than happy to provide you with a one-year pass. Please stop by the office to obtain one. We will begin ticketing on December 2.
Lessons & Carols
Leohone Magno and I met this morning and discussed a special musical offering at 5:30 PM on Sunday, December 8. This year we are going to have “Advent Lessons & Carols”, and we have a beautiful service planned for the occasion. Those of you who attended Evensong this past Sunday got a foretaste of what we are going to offer, and I would really like to invite and encourage the congregation to attend on the evening of December 8. I promise you fabulous music and powerful prayers.
Feast of the Holy Sovereigns
On Sunday, November 24, we will have our annual Feast of the Holy Sovereigns, with the Royal Civic Societies in attendance at the 8:00 AM service. Bishop Fitzpatrick will be with us at all three Sunday morning services as the preacher. Please mark your calendar‘s for this special day.
Our annual pledge drive is doing very well. The final in-gathering for pledge cards will be Sunday, November 24 – the Feast of the Holy Sovereigns. To date we have 67 pledging units for a total of $150,240. Thank you so much for all of those with made a pledge commitment to the Cathedral for 2020.
We also have a Thanksgiving day service scheduled for Thursday, November 28 at 10:00 AM in the Cathedral sanctuary with music and Holy Communion. Please join us.
Finally, I have to be away this weekend on personal business, and Fr. Hee will be with you as the preacher and presider. I will look forward to seeing you all at the Feast of the Holy Sovereigns. Please take care until then.