The Cathedral of
St. Andrew

Cathedral Life

July 2021

Vicar's Message
from Keleawe
Dear brothers and sisters,

The Cathedral of St. Andrew has been my spiritual home for a number of years now. Getting to know each and every one of you has been a blessing. Baptisms, marriages, and funerals are a part of life and I have been honored to have shared in these important moments with you and your family. I will be forever grateful for my wondrous experience spent on Sundays as well as my pastoral visits with you. For those unable to come to church it was my pleasure to bring the church to you and offer communion. I saw firsthand how it touched you to make that connection again and feel closer to God.

So, I share with you that I’ve accepted a new call as Vicar of Good Samaritan Episcopal Church in Palolo Valley as of September 1, 2021. I look forward to serving at the small neighborhood church that was established 90 years ago during the Territory of Hawaii in 1931. It continues to serve its multi-cultural congregation of long attending families and I look forward to sharing in this ministry.
Let us pray.

Almighty and everlasting God, from whom cometh every good and perfect gift: Send down upon our bishops, and other clergy, and upon the congregations committed to their charge, the healthful Spirit of thy grace: and, that they may truly please thee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honor of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Message from
Bishop Fitzpatrick
My Dear Siblings in Christ Jesus, 
 
You will see from Fr. Keleawe’s message that he has been appointed to serve as Vicar of Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, Palolo, as of September 1st. This fulfills his vocational goal from the time of his discernment and preparation for ordination in the first class of Waiolaihuiʻia, the local Diocesan formation program. We can be grateful for the time Fr. Keleawe has been with us at the Cathedral.   
 
This transition with Leohone’s retirement marks another change in our common life.  
 
As you know, a Cathedral Music Committee (Paul Jackson, Kimo Kahoano, Anne Murphy, Andrew Sakaguchi, Stacy Shigemura, and the Vicars) are preparing a plan for music at the Cathedral, writing a position description for the Music Director, and developing a plan for the repair/refurbishment of the organ (including making arrangements should the organ be out of commission). They are looking to having a music staff person in place before the program year begins in September.   
 
Regarding clergy leadership, I have named Mtr. Heather as the “Canon Residentiary and Provost” effective July 1st. This gives her the authority to act on my behalf as Bishop and serve the role of “Vice President” of Chapter.  She and I are in conversation with two Priests of our Diocese about serving as part-time Associates to help with the liturgies and pastoral care.   
 
It is an interesting time of change. As we are hopefully coming out of the Pandemic, we are still adapting as a system. Thanks to grants from the Diocese, the sound system is much improved. There is renewed energy to encourage cooperation and sharing among the Episcopal partners on Queen Emma Square. We still must decide on a practical worship schedule for the size of the congregation and the available personnel (volunteers and staff). There is still uncertainty about when the “Japanese Weddings” might return (and with them a significant source of income for the Cathedral). So, our common life is evolving.   
 
I am confident in the resiliency and adaptability of you – God’s people. The Cathedral is on a solid financial footing despite the Pandemic. You have been understanding and generous, and I am grateful. We have learned to worship in-person and online. We continue to form Disciples and serve others.   
 
So, as we say thank you to Fr. Keleawe for his time at the Cathedral and welcome Canon Heather into her new role, please remember to pray for your clergy and the Chapter. 
 
Finally, thank you for your support of the Cathedral and stepping up to volunteer. It truly is making a difference in our common life. 
 
Yours in Christ Jesus, 
+Bob 
 
The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick, 
Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaiʻi 
& President of the Chapter, the Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu 
Cathedral Connections
Farewell Message from Leohone Magno
Dear wonderful people of the Cathedral of St. Andrew,

June 27th was my final Sunday. Thank you, thank you for your warm and loving expressions of support during my time with you as Cathedral Organist & Director of Music. I have been so blessed to have been playing that magnificent (albeit struggling) organ and so blessed to have been working with that brave little choir who rose above the constraints of the pandemic to bring such beautiful music back to our worship. It’s also been an honor and privilege to have worked with such an extraordinary staff. I will certainly miss you but I will carry you in my heart— always.
With much aloha,
Leohone Magno
Photos from Leohone's last Sunday with the Cathedral
Above: Leohone receiving her blessing.
On Sunday, June 27, Director of Music, Leohone Magno, performed her last services with us here at the Cathedral. Here are some photos of the beautiful day!

Gracious God, we thank you for the work and witness of your servant Leohone who has enriched this community and brought gladness to friends and family, and friends who are like family; now bless and preserve her at this time of transition. Guide her in the continued use of her gifts. Give her sustenance for temporal and spiritual needs, friends to cheer her way, and a clear vision of the ministry to which you are now calling her. By your Holy Spirit be present in her pilgrimage, that she may travel with the One who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Above: Beautiful lei gifted to Leohone (left), and Heather+ with Leohone (right).
What's next? Music at the Cathedral
Our summer Sundays in July and August will be filled with music in a slightly different summertime-way as the choir takes their annual hiatus (missed last summer because of COVID). With solo voices accompanied by the beautiful piano of the Cathedral (Orvis Scholar John Alexander on the ivories), our prayers will be lifted in mele, motet, Prayer, and hymn each Sunday, with a couple special guests on strings in August. Our Sunday evening 5:30pm digital Vespers continues on the Cathedral Facebook page through the summer with our Stained Glass ensemble providing our music as we close the day in prayer.

The Music Committee (Anne Murphy, Kimo Kahoano, Andrew Sakaguchi, Stacy Shigemura, Paul Jackson, Keleawe, and Heather) has been meeting for weeks. The Music Director position has been posted and shared (click here to see the job description) and we have started to receive application materials from folks from across the church and beyond. Additionally, the restoration work on the organ will begin its earliest phases this summer (hence the piano as our main keyboard for these months). There is not question that: Music is an integral aspect of the life of the Cathedral of St. Andrew; it guides, supports, uplifts, and transforms our liturgies and deepens our prayers, as it states in our Music Director job posting.

Please keep this process and all involved in it in your prayers!

Should you have questions or concerns, Heather is happy to hear from you! heather.pg@cathedralhawaii.org
Calendar of Events
for July 2021
School Supply Drive for Kalihi-Waena Elementary
for the whole month of July!
Donation bins will be made available every Sunday morning in the
Cathedral, as well as during the week in the Cathedral Office.
See article below for more details!

Noon day prayers every Monday in July
Join Heather+ for Noon day prayers every Monday over Zoom!
See article below for more details.

Guest Outreach Speaker on Sunday, July 11th
Principal Daniel Larkin from Kalihi-Waena Elementary School

Guest Preacher on Sunday, July 11
The Rev. Cn. Sandy Graham will be our guest Preacher
[Most] Mondays in July - Brown Bag Noon Prayers and Patterns
Join Canon Heather at noon on Mondays, July 5, 12, & 19, to learn a little more about daily prayer and the pattern of daily prayer unique to the Episcopal church, and then take the moment to pray with all who have gathered. We will be using Daily Prayer for all Seasons as our prayer format and source.
Mondays, noon, over Zoom – contact the Cathedral Office for Zoom information!
School Supply Drive for Kalihi-Waena Elementary
Each July for nearly two decades, the parishioners of Saint Andrew’s have gathered school supplies for Kalihi-Waena Elementary School. This is the school, three miles away, with which we have partnered with great success.  This area in Kalihi is a low socio-economic area with many students living in public housing. The families are hard pressed financially and cannot afford supplies. The entire school has been deemed as a free lunch/free breakfast school.
 
Each year we provide the students with school supplies, and each December we donate extra meat for the holidays. During the period of quarantine and distance learning last year, the Cathedral donated nineteen computers or monitors to the school to distribute to students. The school used a large proportion of its budget this year to provide WiFi hotspots so that electronic access was available to all students. If anyone has a tablet such as a Chrome book or an iPad, those would be given to a student.
 
During this month while you are shopping, please look for good prices on school supplies such as composition books, folder paper, markers and even slippers. Buy and bring in school supplies anytime during July. At the end of the month, there will be a blessing and then we will deliver the supplies to the school at the beginning of August.
AmazonSmile
Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select "Cathedral Church Of St Andrew" as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They'll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to the Cathedral.
How it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
2. Select the main menu & tap on "AmazonSmile" within Programs & Features
3. Select "Cathedral Church Of St Andrew" as your charity
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the app 
Foodland's Give Aloha
The Cathedral is again participating in Foodland’s “Give Aloha” matching grant program. Once the program begins for 2021, you will be able to contribute to the Cathedral while at the market – with no extra ‘dough’ spent by you! Thank you for thinking of the Cathedral when gathering your groceries!

Taste and see that the Lord is good.
 (Psalm 34:8)
Journey To The Cathedral
Each month, the Cathedral Life eNewsletter would like to talk story with a Cathedral member, and hear their journey on how they came to worship on these historic grounds. This month, we look to Andrew Sakaguchi!
A Gift of Song

I’m always moved when Leohone Magno suggests that we in the chorus present a “gift of song” -- because what is music other than the purest and simplest, and most precious gift, for the listener (hopefully), but also for the singer, for the musician, and for the spirit of fellowship and community. Gone the moment it is given, but held dear and cherished long after, with the ability to soothe and heal, as well as celebrate and praise, it is the best way I know to practice my faith.

A happy musical coincidence brought me to St. Andrew’s Cathedral. I was still living in New York City, but came home to Hawaii to substitute during another teacher’s sabbatical semester at ‘Iolani School. Rev. Heather Patton- Graham, who was lower school chaplain at the time, sent out an email blast to the faculty that the Cathedral chorus was recruiting new members, and I joyfully answered the call. I was happy to find myself singing alongside my colleague John Alexander, and enjoyed an exuberant welcome from so many, especially Uncle Richard and Auntie Euphemia Nagashima. I was grateful to be a part of a group, learning challenging, beautiful repertoire, and worshipping in the sanctuary week after week. I realized I had found a peace that I didn’t even know I was looking for.

My tenure at school kept extending, and so did my time in the choir. When an opportunity arose for me to pursue a permanent position at ‘Iolani, my partner in New York, Roland, decided to join me in Hawaii. Through the grace and goodwill of Rev. Moki Hino, we were married in the Cathedral last year.  

Then the world filled with uncertainty and fear, as the pandemic began to take its unprecedented and unimaginable toll. We all stumbled forward with lockdowns and Zoom meetings, and struggled to find our way. For me, the beacon in the storm was last June, when Leohone called me to invite me to sing again. First solos for limited capacity services and livestream, and then videoed hymns for morning prayer. I couldn’t wait to come in to record any and every project she had for me. To be in the Cathedral, to hear her amazing organ playing, and to raise my voice and make a joyful noise felt like the only way through the despair and adversity. The blessing to continue making music is truly what has brought me the most hope during this difficult year.

Recently I have become a member of chapter. As an educator, I am always excited about ways to reach out to youth, and I am proud and eager to advance the church’s mission. Now we are at a crossroads that is bittersweet for me, because I have an opportunity to help determine the future of the music program for the Cathedral. I will always be thankful for Leohone’s guidance and mentorship, and her abundant faith in me, and so I will be sad when she retires at the end of this month. She has expressed to me that she is glad I’m on the committee to shepherd the program forward. So it feels like a full circle moment, or at least, another coincidence. And we all know that there really aren’t any coincidences.

Thank you for the music -- mahalo ke Akua,
Andrew Sakaguchi
Behind The Scenes Here At The Cathedral
GOT VERGERS?
Head Verger, Roth Puahala
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:2
The title of “verger” arises from the ceremonial rod they traditionally carried known as a virge (from the Latin virga, "branch, staff, rod").

Even though the history of verging and vergers goes back over 700 years, the ministry of service and welcome from the vergers of the Episcopal Church is thriving in the twenty-first century!
 
Today's verger is a member of a church who works under the direction of their rector, vicar, or priest-in-charge to assist with the organization and operation of worship services in the Episcopal Church in the United States, vergers are laypersons who serve the church in a ministry of service and welcome. The verger should be able to respond to any inquiry concerning the upcoming service, church facilities or current program offerings.
 
The verger's logistical and behind the scenes support allow the clergy more time for pastoral and sacramental responsibilities. Some typical verger duties are assigning, training and checking in lectors, chalice bearers, acolytes and prayer intercessors. The verger often coordinates with the altar guild and funeral guild. In some parishes the verger checks lighting and sound.
 
The precise duties of the verger will be specific to each parish church. For instance, in some parishes the verger will process at all liturgies and in others, they only process on Feast or Festival days. Especially helpful with visiting clergy or special services, the verger checks on additional seating, hospitality, and welcoming newcomers.
 
For me, being a verger for the Cathedral Church of St. Andrews (Honolulu), I tend to prefer introversion over extraversion, sensing over intuition, thinking over feeling and judging over perceiving. And for me, this is compared and contrasted with the type of preferences of our bishop, clergy, and laity while I am completing my duties as a verger.
Invitation To Join The Acolyte Team On Sunday Mornings!
We welcome all who are interested in joining the Acolyte ranks for our Sunday morning services at 8am and 10am, to reach out to Office@cathedralhawaii.org for more details!
What Are YOU Reading?
Cathedral member and Bible Study coordinator, George Hilty, shares his insight to the author, Timothy Keller, followed by his recommendations on the the Keller writings/sermon he thinks you should check out!.

Reading and listening--a twofer from one guy. 

Who is he? About 15 years ago, Kristen (my daughter), educated in parish day school, found herself in a NYC neighborhood with this challenge: "Dad, the local Episcopal church is not welcoming. What do you suggest?" At the time I had heard of [Keller's] reputation: he built up a congregation from scratch, attracting many secular Yuppies with his preaching. Jesus was the focus but next often he mentioned CS Lewis (later learned: Timothy Keller's wife, Kathy, prized a personal response from Lewis to her letter to him as a 12-year old potential author) and NT Wright (his recovery from thyroid cancer was spent with NT Wright's 800 page: The Resurrection of the Son of God). So I recommended that she check out Tim Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian. She did. Her Christmas present to me that year: Tim Keller's first best seller: The Reason for God. 

I later began listening to podcasts of his sermons and recommended them to friends. Having given his Hidden Christmas to both Eric, my son, and Kristen, I paid attention when his publisher announced he would have an Easter book. Earlier this year, he released Hope in Times of Fear: The Resurrection and the Meaning of Easter--my first recommendation. In it, he explains: he began writing, then the Pandemic hit. Later, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. When he talks about fear, he's speaking about it from different perspectives: globally, socially and very personally. He has taken what he learned from NT Wright while recovering from thyroid cancer 20 years ago and applied his growing faith to his and our situation today. After reading it, I gave to both Eric and Kristen, saying I thought it was his best book. My second recommendation: a recently released podcast of his sermon in 2015 about the Holy Spirit, the least familiar person of the Trinity. It can be found here.
Did You Know...
2021 marks the 30th Anniversary of the arrival of the 8 change ringing bells here at the Cathedral!

In May of this year, the Cathedral received an inquiry from St. Alkmund's Church in Shrewsbury, England, the first home of the change ringing bells that are now housed here at the Cathedral. St. Alkmund's asked whether we had any current audio of the bells to share with them, as they were working on a history piece for their website and wanted to tell the story of how their bells ended up halfway across the world in Honolulu. After the Tower Captain from St. Andrews Ringing Society shared resources with them, they were over the moon and quickly worked to incorporate it into their site. Visit their website here to see how the Cathedral is intertwined with St. Alkmund's.

In honor of this special anniversary, we would like to share with you in a three-part series on how the Cathedral of St. Andrew became the first U.S. church west of the Mississippi and the only church in Hawai'i to house change-ringing bells. The second part of our series starts with an man named Laith Reynolds, and how he played a pivotal role on bringing the bells to St. Andrew's.

Laith Reynolds, originally from Australia and a bell ringer for most of his life, had a passion for finding "new homes" for church bells that could no longer be housed in their original setting. When St. Alkmund's could not find a home for their eight bells, Laith and his associates stepped in to help. As they worked to find a place within England, Laith took a trip to Hawai'i and by chance attended a service here at St. Andrew's. The Cathedral had a bell tower located next to the church, an addition that was made in 1912 to honor Alice Mackintosh, the wife of Canon Mackintosh. Laith had the idea to approach the Cathedral to be a potential new home for the bells. After proposing his plan, the Cathedral made an offer to house the bells from St. Alkmund's, and they accepted it!

Thus, the process of moving the bells to Hawai'i began! All eight bells were removed from the tower at St. Alkmund's in one day (fun fact: the heaviest bell weighs 1,370 pounds!), and then moved to be cleaned, tuned, and finally engraved. Each bell was named after Hawaiian Royalty (seven bells engraved with the names of Hawaiian Kings, with the eighth Treble bell named after Queen Lili'uokalani), to reflect the relationship that the English Queen Victoria had with Hawai'i's Queen Emma. Laith Reynolds wanted to honor the Royals, the Hawaiian Kingdom, and the era of that time.

While the bells were being prepped for their big move, the Cathedral was preparing to receive this wonderful gift! Bob Smith, a local engineer in England, drew up the plans on the framework and bell hangings the Mackintosh Bell Tower would need to properly hold the bells. His vision was to have the bells hung in a square formation, while the ringers would arrange themselves in a circle below.

Upon completion, Smith sent his plans to Honolulu where David Webster (another engineer), would be in charge of bringing this framework to life. (Fun fact: David Webster donated his time and work in the Bell Tower. He did not accept any form of payment!). Webster had his work cut out for him, but he would successfully build a system of pulleys and frames that would not only be able to hold the static weight of the hanging bells, but the weight of the bells when in motion. A magnificent feat! It was now time to bring the bells to their new home.

Stay tuned for the third and final part of this series in August's newsletter: the Bells arrive in Honolulu!
Diocesan Connections
Retirement of Peter Pereira
Aloha,
 
Mr. Peter Pereira, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of the Episcopal Church in Hawaiʻi, will retire at the end of 2021 after over thirty years of faithful service. Peter’s official duties will end on October 31 to wrap things up after his final Annual Meeting of Diocesan Convention, and then he will formally retire from the Diocese on December 31, 2021.   
 
Peter’s ministry to the Diocese has been marked by keen responsible oversight of the Church’s finances and resources, loving pastoral concern for clergy – especially retirees and clergy widows well beyond the call of duty – and diligent support of congregations – especially our volunteer treasurers. He also shared his passion for stewardship and planned-giving. He was responsible for starting and growing the Ho‘ike Ulu Legacy Society and stewarding the growth of a well-managed endowment portfolio. He has served this Diocese with diligence. Finally, he is a person of deep faith and prayer. We are all grateful.  
 
Remarkably, there have only been three Treasurers since we became a Diocese in 1969. Henry Budd was Treasurer for the Missionary District of Honolulu and then in the early years of the new Diocese of Hawaiʻi (late 1940s to the 1970s). Then Rudy Duncan was in place for all of the 1980s until 1990. Peter arrived in April 1991. So, the Episcopal Church in Hawaiʻi has had only three Treasurers over seventy plus years. We have been blessed over these many decades and all the more so in the past thirty years because of Peter.  
 
We have time to thank Peter for his faithful service to the Diocese and God’s people over the next few months. Please keep Peter and his family in your prayers as they look to the future and let him know how much he means to the Diocese. Letters and cards can be sent to the following address:

Mr. Peter Pereira
The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai‘i
229 Queen Emma Square
Honolulu, HI 96813-2304

Yours faithfully,
 
+Bob
 
The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick, Bishop
The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai‘i
Camp Mokule'ia
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Summer Camp season underway...It's not too late to register!

Some of our upcoming summer camp sessions still have openings. Please see the list below to see where there are available spaces:
 
Mini-Camp #1 (July 11-13) - male & female openings
Elementary #2 (July 11-13) - female openings
Elementary #3 (July 18-23) - FULL
Elementary #4 (July 11-16) male & female openings
Middle School #2 (July 18-23) - FULL

Click here to register today!
Don't forget about Family Camp!

For the first time, we are offering two Family Camp experiences this summer. These weekends are great opportunities to get away and experience all the fun camp has to offer while still being together with your family.
 
Response to our Family Camps has been great, but we
do still have space available for a few more families.
 
Family Camp #1 (July 15-18) - two campsites available
Family Camp #2 (July 1-4) - campsites, cabins, & lodge rooms available

Click here for more information on Family Camp!
Support Trinity Sunday Offering

Thanks to the generosity of people like you, our Annual Trinity Sunday Offering has raised $9,061.00 to help support the overall ministry of Camp Mokule‘ia! However, we are only about halfway to our goal of $20,000.00!

If you have not already done so, please consider making a generous donation to our Annual Trinity Sunday Offering! 
Click here to make a donation.
Queen Emma Square Connections
St. Peter's Jazz Vespers service every Thursday at 6pm
St. Peter's hosts Jazz Vespers on Thursday evenings at 6pm. This service features music by Reggie Padilla and a band of his colleagues. Click here to read their biographies!

They welcome all into the beauty of St. Peter's worship space where you will be refreshed with a unique mix of prayer and music. All are welcome! You can also find more updates and footage on thier Facebook page.

Come as you are and invite your friends and the community!
Pastoral Reminder
Dear friends,

Please remember~~ out of deep respect for privacy, the Cathedral Office and clergy will never share personal information regarding congregant / member illness, hospitalization, medical details, death, or family news without the explicit permission from the individual / family involved. If you have concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to be in touch with the clergy.
 
And all are welcome to join the Prayer Hui which gathers over Zoom on Thursdays to pray the gathered prayer list of the week. If you are not able to make the meeting, then email your prayer concerns to the clergy, and know those gathered will offer prayers and aloha for God’s grace and abundant presence. For more information contact Keleawe+.
 
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know
how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedeswith sighs 
too deep for words. (Romans 8:26)
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