Dear Cathedral Ohana:
Last week Friday I got a call from a father who was here from Seattle because his young son, in his twenties, had just taken his own life in his apartment in Palolo. His friend had given him the name of the Cathedral because he’d heard that we were the kind of place that made itself available to support people in times of need. The father asked if I could help them with a small, private service on Saturday morning and I, of course, obliged. We concluded by scattering some of the young man’s ashes up on Wa‘ahila Ridge and what struck me was that after we were all done, the young man’s brother came up to me and said, “Look at this place. You can see the trees, hear the birds, and even the mushrooms growing on the stumps. This place is so full of life. My brother would love this.”
I share all of this with you just to say one simple thing: This is what we mean to people.
And life goes on.
Please keep an eye out for mailings from the Cathedral in October. We plan to send out requests for financial commitments for the mission and ministry of our congregations in the middle of October. I am also offering a series on money on Wednesday evenings in the Von Holt Room, beginning at 5:30 with Eucharist, then moving into the sessions themselves, followed by a light supper. Separate communiques from us about that will go out via eNews.
Evensong & Todd’s Aloha
Thank you so much for attending Todd’s final service with us at the Cathedral, for helping with the reception, and for your kind and generous gifts to Todd and Jennifer. Todd left for the Mainland on Monday afternoon, and he is very much missed here in the office. For photos of the evening, please click HERE.
Meeting with Leohone Magno
On Monday morning, Fr. Hee and I met with Leohone Magno and she had the music for this coming Sunday ready for us to put in the worship bulletins. We also talked about the Evensong that we have planned to honor Princess Ka‘iulani at 5:30 PM on Sunday, October 20th. Please mark your calendars for that evening. We will also honor Princess Ka‘iulani that morning at the 8:00 AM service.
I’d like to give a shout-out to Andrew Sakaguchi, member of the Hawaiian Choir and the Cathedral Choir, who directed Kinky Boots, which is playing at the Diamond Head Theatre in Kapahulu. I went to see the show on Thursday evening and it was magnificent. The dancing and choreography were out of this world and the storyline was rather endearing. If you can get tickets, I highly recommend the show, because beneath all the glamour and glitz, there is a very important message about accepting others, accepting ourselves, and using our gifts for the greater good.
On Monday after I went out to the Sand Island Treatment Center to work with one of the clients there. I haven’t been able to devote much time to this aspect of my ministry, but when I can go out there, I find it incredibly life-giving. When I was here as Canon Pastor, I counseled almost 100 men at the facility. The Cathedral’s efforts have made a difference in many lives. Again: This is what we mean to people.
Yesterday morning I got to the Cathedral quite early to catch up on desk work and correspondence. I like being here early when no one is around and when I sit on the columbarium benches, I love to watch the terns and I can feel vibrations from the prayers of those who have sat in the Cathedral from the time of Queen Emma and through the years until today. We have a good and profound effect on people’s lives because of who we are and what we do. Let’s take time to remember that and to offer it all up to God.