Dear Cathedral Ohana:
Last week Friday I got to take a bit of a respite and flew to Maui for the funeral of a family member who died at the age of 75. This, of course, fell at a very busy time, especially since we had diocesan convention activities going on at the Cathedral.
Maui was exquisitely beautiful (as always) and I appreciated the chance to take in the mountains and the beach, as well as visiting with family members and friends. But the most relaxing part of the whole time was the plane ride to Maui and then the plane ride back to Honolulu where I sat and stared out at the ocean and then the islands below me, understanding that I had left busy activities and was going back to busy activities. I think I know what Jesus felt like when he’d row to the other side of Galilee and how the only time he could find respite was on the boat in the middle of the lake. Being in the air between the different Hawaiian islands was like that for me and I was very grateful and felt replenished and renewed to face the many activities that awaited me when I got off the plane. It makes me wonder where you find time for respite. And whatever times they might be, please be grateful for them and enjoy reveling in the presence of God.
Please remember that this coming Sunday, November 3, we will observe All Saints at all three services. You are invited and encouraged to bring in photos of loved ones who have gone before so that they can be placed in front of the altar as a way of remembering and honoring them at our Eucharist.
Please remember that we will have Evensong at 5:30 PM in the Cathedral sanctuary on Sunday, November 10. Leohone and John Alexander have been working on this service and it is sure to be a beautiful musical offering as well as a profoundly worshipful experience for those who come.
Our 2020 pledge drive is going well and we now have 45 people/families who have made pledge commitments totaling $77,830. Thirteen of those people/families are pledging for the first time and 14 people/families have increased their pledges. I am most grateful for this. Please remember that those who have pledged are invited to a dinner on Thursday, December 5 at 6:00 PM in Davies Hall with Hawaiian food and music. Please note that the original date of Saturday, December 7 was published in error and is incorrect.
The Cathedral hosted two busy days of diocesan convention offerings last weekend. Unfortunately, I was away on Maui for the family funeral that I mentioned on Friday, but I was there on Saturday for the full annual meeting where I was the secretary. We elected diocesan officers as well as deputies to General Convention, which will be held in Baltimore, Maryland in July 2021. Many people at Cathedral worked to pull this off and I am grateful to all of them.
Thanksgiving & Christmas & Feast of the Holy Sovereigns
In addition to evensong, we do have several more worship offerings as listed below. Please mark them on your calendars:
- Feast of the Holy Sovereigns: Ali‘i Sunday with Holy Eucharist on November 24 at 8:00AM
- Thanksgiving Day: Holy Eucharist on November 28 at 10:00AM
- Christmas Eve:
- Family service with Holy Eucharist and Bishop Fitzpatrick at 5:30 PM
- Holy Eucharist with Cathedral Choir at 7:30
- Carols at 10:30PM
- Midnight Mass with Cathedral Choir and Bishop Fitzpatrick, 11:00 PM
- Christmas Day: Hawaiian Eucharist with Hawaiian Choir at 10:00 AM
Many of you have been commenting on the introits that we’ve had at the beginning of the 10:30 service on Sunday mornings. This is something that Leohone and the choir work very hard to present to all of you. I’m glad that the comments have been positive and complementary. I think the introit sets a very nice tone for the beginning of our worship.
Between now and the end of the year I will be away from the Cathedral from November 15-18 on personal business. I will also be away from December 2 through the morning of December 5 to visit family on the US mainland. Finally, I will be on the vacation from December 9 through December 15 to tend to family matters on the Big Island and Guam. Fr. Hee will cover for me on any Sundays and/or Wednesdays that I am away.
Finally, I would like to let you all know that Evelyn Lee passed away earlier this month. Her family has asked me to extend an invitation to all of you to attend her funeral at Diamond Head Mortuary on the evening of Thursday, November 14 at 6:00 PM. Burial will be the next morning at 10:30 AM (Friday, November 15). I will preside at the funeral and Fr. Hee will preside at the burial.
Evelyn was a dedicated and devoted usher at the 10:30 service and I worked with her son Sheldon in Hiroshima in the early 1990s when we were both teachers at the YMCA. She was loved by so many of us and will be greatly missed.
That is all I have for this week. Until we see one another at worship this weekend, please take care.