The Episcopal Church in Hawai'i Diocesan E-News
HEADER PHOTO: This issue's header photo was taken at St. Albanʻs Chapel, ʻIolani School, on Saturday, February 29, 2020, where Andrew Arakawa was ordained to the Presbyterate by Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick, surrounded by fellow clergy, family and friends. More photos can be found on the Dioceseʻs Facebook page HERE . (Photo by S. Nishioka)
March 6, 2020
Important Message from the Bishop:
The Bishop sent the following message to all Clergy and Wardens today, March 6, 4:35 PM. Please read it carefully along with his original message about the Coronavirus dated February 28 (through the link below). Be sure to read through the information provided through the links in that message.

I have just received notice (via KITV News and Civil Beat) of the first confirmed case of the Coronavirus in Hawaiʻi.

I write again to urge special care. 

With that, I am resending my message of February 28 (see link below).  

I hope all congregations will immediately and completely stop “auto-intinction” (folk dipping the host into the wine themselves during administration of Holy Communion). In normal times, having the Eucharistic Minister take the host, dip it slightly in the wine and place it on the tongue of the person receiving the Sacrament, is preferred -- if intinction is allowed at all. In this situation, that too may be problematic. Just as we certainly don’t want many fingers in the chalice, we also don’t want a Eucharistic Minister to inadvertently touch the tongue or mouth of an infected person. If folk are concerned, at this point it is best to receive the bread alone. Please remind folk that reception of the bread (the Body) alone is full and complete participation in the Sacrament. 

If the chalice is offered, please remind the Eucharistic Minister that if a person has crossed their arms after receiving the bread, the Eucharistic Minister needs to pause in front of the person, raise the chalice slightly and say the words of administration. Do not push the chalice toward the person and don’t just walk on by. Acknowledge the person as noted and then move on to the next person. 

Clergy need to strongly urge folk to offer the peace to those immediately around them and, ideally, with a smile and a bow. At the most, you can suggest a handshake with the use of hand sanitizer before and after exchanging the peace. Please limit the time for the exchange of the peace. Do not pass through the congregation. Clergy and other liturgical ministers need to set the example in this interesting time. Please no hugging.  

You might consider how you will connect with folk if you can’t have worship on Sundays for a time. I suggest introducing the  Mission St. Clare website so folk can do Morning and Evening Prayer at home on their own. The Communication Design Team can do training on live streaming worship or preparing for posting after recording if a church is interested offering such an option. (Contact Rae Costa for more information.)  If it appears needed, I will prepare online reflections with Morning Prayer to be posted on the website for personal use on Sunday mornings by those unable to leave their homes.

Consider establishing a set place (for example, a bowl on a stand in the middle of the aisle) to receive monetary offerings during the liturgy rather than passing the plate for the collection. Ideally, folk can give online.  

Finally, make provisions to wipe down (with a disinfectant) surfaces, handles, altar rails, etc., before and after worship.  

We need to be prepared, but there is no reason to fear.

O God of peace, who has taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and confidence shall be our strength: By the might of your Spirit lift us, we pray, to your presence, where we may be still and know that you are God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Your Brother in Christ Jesus,


The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick
Bishop Diocesan 
The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i

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Visit the Diocesan website's COMMUNITY CALENDAR page to see the ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
St. Elizabethʻs Receives 2020 Best of Honolulu AWard
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church has been selected for the 2020 Best of Honolulu Award in the Religious Organizations category by the Honolulu Award Program.

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Naim Ateek From St. Georgeʻs to Speak
At the invitation of Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick, the Rev. Naim Ateek, Palestinian Episcopal priest, will be in Hawai‘i from March 12-23, 2020. The public is invited to attend the following events taking place in Honolulu:

  • Saturday, March 14, 6:30 PM - “Palestine: The US Role, Past and Present" - The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Von Holt Room
  • Saturday, March 21, 6:30 PM - “Christian Zionism: A Palestinian Perspective” - The Parish of St. Clement
  • Sunday, March 22, 5:30 PM - Special Evensong and Installation as Honorary Canon, The Cathedral of St. Andrew
Choral Music Concert at St. Peterʻs
Come and join us at St. Peter's on March 22, 2020, for an evening of beautiful choral music featuring the Stanford University Chamber Chorale and St. Peterʻs very own Tokaikolo Choir!  

The Stanford Chamber Chorale is Stanford’s most select choir consisting of undergraduate and graduate students from across the U.S. and around the world. Under the direction of Dr. Stephen Sano, the Stanford Chorale has toured internationally and has appeared on the Grammy first-round ballot in the categories of Choral Performance, Chamber/Small Ensemble Performance, Program Notes, and Engineering (Classical).  

Our Tokaikolo choir equally impressive. They've performed at several concerts on Oahu and consistently amaze audiences with their strong voices and close harmonies typical of the deep and rich choral tradition from Tonga. If you haven't heard the Tokaikolo choir perform, you're in for a real treat!

Following the concert, we will host a brief reception with light refreshments in the Parish Hall. Doors open at 4:30 PM and the concert will be from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
Lenten Formation at The Cathedral
The Cathedralʻs Formation Team is presenting Lenten programs:
  • Sunday morning meetings at 9:15 AM in the Manger based on the "Signs of Life" program.
  • Evening Soup Suppers with meditations base on Spiritual Classics. Remaining dates: March 18 & April 1 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm in the Von Holt Room.
Click HERE for more information.
Lenten Fridays at St. Markʻs
Fridays during Lent, St. Markʻs Episcopal Church in Kapahulu is offering Lenten Fridays, with Evening Prayer at 5:30 PM, and Stations of the Cross at 6:00 PM. For more information, visit the St. Mark website HERE.
Visit the Diocesan website's COMMUNITY CALENDAR page to see the ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Sign up today! 3 & 5-Day Kalaupapa Service Retreats Available in 2020
St. Michael and All Angel's ReSource for Christian Spirituality is now offering a new 3-Day Service Retreat to Moloka'i in 2020 for the following dates:
  • April 20-22
  • May 11-13
  • September 21-23
  • October 26-28
It is a condensed version of the 5-Day Service Retreats still being offered. For more information on the 3-Day Retreats, download the event flyer HERE. For more information and to download the flyer for the 5-Day Retreats, click HERE. Contact the Rev. Phyllis Meighen at (808) 647-4346 if you have any questions.
Visit the Diocesan website's COMMUNITY CALENDAR page to see the ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
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Visit the Diocesan website's COMMUNITY CALENDAR page to see the ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Teen Talk!
Youth and young adults are invited to Teen Talk, this Sunday, March 8, 2020, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, at the Rev. Marnie Keatorʻs home. Come enjoy an evening of food, fun and faith! For more information, contact St. Jamesʻ office at (808) 885-4923, or e-mail Marnie Keator.
Free Concert Organist Performance at Holy Apostles
Holy Apostles in Hilo will be hosting the Annual Spring Concert of the Hawaiʻi Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, featuring Monica Czausz, on Friday, March 20, at 7:00 PM. Czausz was recognized as one of the top 20 organists under 30 in The Diapason magazine, and has also received first prize in national and international organ performance competitions. The concert is free with calabash donations appreciated. Holy Apostles is located at 1407 Kapiolani Street.
Centering Prayer Begins at St. Jamesʻ
There are a number of Centering Prayer groups meeting throughout the Diocese, and St. Jamesʻ in Kamuela (Waimea) recently formed a group that meets on Wednesdays at 5:00 PM, in the back of the Spencer Building. Centering Prayer, a meditative approach that embraces silence and contemplation and is being led by the Rev. Linda Lundgren and parishioner Martha Massey. All are welcome. Come and see!
EYE20 Fundraiser for St. Augustine Youth: Purchase Hawaiian Plate Tickets!
St. Augustineʻs Episcopal Church will be holding a special fundraiser for two of their youth who will be attending the Episcopal Churchʻs triennial Youth Event (EYE20) this July. Mark Sahagun and Mark Joshua Salvador were selected to be a part of the Hawaiʻi Youth delegation heading to the University of Maryland, and performing mission afterwards. You can help support them by purchasing tickets for a delicious Hawaiian plate (kalua pig, lomi salmon, poi, rice and haupia) for only $12. Pick up is Sunday, March 29, in Walker Hall between 4:00-6:00 PM. St. Augustineʻs is located at 54-3801 Akoni Pule Highway, Kapaʻau. For more information, call the office at (808) 889-5390.
The Episcopal Church & Beyond
UNCSW meeting postponed due to public health concerns over coronavirus
The 64th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW 64) meeting in New York City, originally scheduled for March 9 to March 20, has been amended by member states at the suggestion of the UN Secretary General and Chair of CSW64, in light of public health concerns related to the COVID-19 (the coronavirus). READ MORE
Presbyterian-Episcopal dialogue looks at the needs of a changing church
Meeting at First Presbyterian Church in San Diego Feb. 17-19, representatives of the Episcopal-Presbyterian Bilateral Dialogue met and considered how the two ecclesial traditions could partner with each other considering the context of the 21st -century church. READ MORE
West Coast dioceses stop use of common cup at Communion as precaution against coronavirus
The bishops of the dioceses of Olympia, Los Angeles and California have instructed their clergy in recent days to stop using the common cup during Holy Communion as a precaution while the outbreak of the new coronavirus worsens in the United States, though it is not yet known whether the virus can be passed in this way. READ MORE
Episcopal Church limits global travel over coronavirus’ spread as dioceses urge precautions
The Episcopal Church has suspended official travel to a half-dozen Asian and European countries, and its dioceses and congregations are urging Episcopalians to take precautions to prevent the spread of infection as concern mounts over the growing number of global coronavirus cases. READ MORE
If your church is interested in installing Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) please e-mail Rae Costa. The Red Cross is offering the Diocese discounted training rates with a minimum of four persons (including neighbor islands).
Hawaiian-Language Book of Common Prayer & Na 'Euanelio Hemolele
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Contact Information
Sybil Nishioka, Editor & Communications Contractor
The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i
229 Queen Emma Square, Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 636-7776
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