September 10, 2021
This issue's header photo is of the prayer beads used during Good Shepherd's Wednesday Anglican Rosary service held at noon. All are invited to tune in on their Facebook page HERE. (Photo from their Facebook page)
Proper 19
O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
From the Bishop
In case you missed it, the Bishop's latest messages:
ON 9-11
(September 6, 2021)
Aloha my dear Siblings in Christ,

I distinctly remember the feeling of deep sadness as these words were sung in the Cathedral during the first public liturgy immediately after the tragedy of September 11, 2001. The years following have been marked by wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. We have had to adapt to increased security in our everyday lives. Our sense of personal security was shaken. We have mourned lives lost. Life was changed.

It has now been twenty years since that fateful day. I hope everyone will take the time to reflect this week on our call to be servants of God’s peace (Matthew 5:9): “Happy are people who make peace, because they will be called God’s children.” READ MORE
Video Message: Sin, Will & Love
September 8, 2021 - In his weekly video message the Bishop talks about sin, will and love, in light of the upcoming anniversary of 9-11. (Click on his image to view.)
Be sure to stay informed with the Bishop's latest messages by clicking on the button shown. All video messages also appear on the Dioceseʻs YouTube Channel and Facebook page.
Visit the Diocese's Calendar page HERE for Diocesan events & activities.
The 53rd Annual Meeting of the Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i takes place October 22-23, 2021, and will now be held virtually online. This year's theme is "Remembering those who have gone before." Both the Annual Meeting and Education Day (on Reconciliation) will be live-streamed. There is no fee to watch but online viewers must also register. For more information and to register, go to the Convention webpage:
In a previous special announcement the deadline for nominations was October 8. That date has since been moved up to September 22, 2021, at 4:00 PM.

Churches must be sure to submit their Necrology Report and photos no later than September 20, 2021, 11:59 PM. The photos will be used for a special Memoriam video during the Annual Meeting.

For more information and respective form submissions, visit the Convention webpage HERE.
The Diocese's Reconciliation Task Force will be hosting this year's Education Day being held on Friday, October 22. The theme is on Reconciliation, and will feature guest speakers, Jonathan Okamura, PhD., Professor Emeritus from the University of Hawai'i, and Akiemi Glenn, PhD., founder and executive director of the Pōpolo Project. The event is free and will be live-streamed, but all viewers must register. For more information about Education Day and to register, click on the button below.
Pastoral Word from Presiding Bishop on the Anniversary of Sept. 11
As followers of Jesus, and with our siblings in other faith traditions, we place great value on the act of remembrance. As we reflect on the solemn anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, we remember many loved ones lost and first responders who put their lives at risk, modeling the sacrificial love of Jesus, who said: “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” READ MORE
Prayer vigils, services of remembrance planned as churches mark 20 years since 9/11
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will deliver a blessing and sermon September 11 and 12 as part of A Time and Space of Remembrance and Healing at Trinity Church Wall Street in New York, which served as a relief mission for recovery workers at Ground Zero for nearly a year after the buildings fell. Tune in online at To view a listing of services being streamed, click HERE.
Welcome Gabriella Shae!
The Pasalos, the Revs. Ernesto "Jar" and Annalise, welcomed Gabriella Shae on Thursday, August 26, 2021. Gabriella joins two-year old brother Theo.

"We are thankful for the prayers and support of the Diocese as we settle into life as a family of four," said Annalise.

New ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Classes
Free ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi classes are starting Tuesday, October 5, 2021, on Zoom, under the tutelage of Kumu Kū Souza (ʻIolani School).

We are continuing this endeavor to not only facilitate better knowledge and familiarity with the language, but also because, as the Bishop often mentions, “language bears culture.” Last year’s session was only open to clergy, and those interested can continue their studies with a “Session II”. This year’s “Session I” is open to all members of the Diocese of Hawaiʻi (clergy and lay).

Tuesdays, starting October 5, 2021, planned ending March 29, 2022
  • 5:00-5:45pm Session I (first-time students)
  • 6:00-6:34pm Session II (continuing students)

For more information, or to sign up, please contact Cn. Sandy Graham HERE. Space is limited (particularly for Session I).
Apply Now for Episcopal Evangelism Society Grants for Innovation
How is the Spirit showing you new ways to be church? Whether your vision is inspired in the classroom, in congregational work, or in the world, we’ll fund your exploration of the evangelism dimension of your vocation. Episcopal Evangelism Society (EES) grants are available to any Episcopalian in a seminary community or local formation program (i.e., diocesan school, Iona Collaborative). This includes students, faculty, staff, or the Episcopalian spouses or partner of any of these. Students (and spouses) who have completed their coursework within the past year are also eligible. Read more about guidelines and eligibility HERE, and download the application.

Applications Due Sept.20 -- Start Now! 
Get started by calling EES Executive Director Day Smith Pritchartt at (703) 807-1862, or email her at She’ll coach you in the application process and help you understand what we’re looking for.
Season of Creation: September 1 - October 4

The Season of Creation is the annual Christian celebration of prayer and action for our common home. Together, the ecumenical family around the world unites to pray, protect, and advocate for God’s creation.

During the 2021 Season of Creation, from 1 September through 4 October, hundreds of thousands of Christians will be uniting around the theme, “A home for all? Renewing the Oikos of God.” Join us! Click HERE to visit the Season of Creation website.
Pandemic Resource for Children
The Liturgical Advisory Committee (LAC) of the Church of Ireland has published a resource for use in the Church to help children to reflect on their experiences of the pandemic. The resource, entitled A Service of Lamentation and Hope in the Context of a Pandemic Experience, centers around the themes of lament and hope and is available at this link.

This resource has been prepared in such a way that it may be used as an all–age service in a parish context, in a school setting, or with a Sunday School or Sunday Club. It is intended to help create space for the whole Church to acknowledge the losses that everyone within our communities, including children, have endured over the past months. Suggestions for creative and experiential prayer around the themes of lament, hope, and renewal are included, and may be adapted as needed to suit particular local contexts. For more information, click HERE.
Oʻahu Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
The Rev. Ha’aheo Guanson is returning to The Cathedral of St. Andrew as our Assisting Priest for Pastoral Care. Mother Ha’aheo will be on-site and have office hours during the week. She continues to serve the Diocese as the Dean of Waiolaihui’ia, our local program for folks discerning a call to the ministry. Welcome back to the Cathedral, Mother Ha’aheo!
The Rev. Andrew Arakawa will be joining The Cathedral in our liturgical life as an Assisting Priest. During the week, Father Andrew is a chaplain at ‘Iolani School, and on Sundays, he will be with us as celebrant, officiant, preacher, and teacher! He was ordained to the diaconate here at St. Andrew’s a few years back. Welcome to the Cathedral, Father Andrew!
Aloha Fr. Keleawe
The Rev. Malcolm Keleawe Hee gave his final sermon at The Cathedral on Sunday, August 29, 2021, adorned with lei and well wishes. He heads off to Good Samaritan Episcopal Church in Palolo. To view his final sermon click HERE.
Victor Young Commissioned as Sub-Verger at The Cathedral
The Cathedral of St. Andrew officially commissioned Victor Young as a sub-verger, and will begin training to eventually become a Verger. Ann Hansen was the presenter, and Canon Heather Patton-Graham commissioned him. Victor was featured in the Hawaiian Church Chronicle (07/21/20) last year for his outreach efforts.
To view Victor's Commissioning, click HERE. (Photo by Beth Young)
St. Christopher's Musical Children
St. Christopher's in Kailua is blessed with a vibrant children's music program. In the last issue, we featured a photo of them playing handbells, and in this issue, we share a video of them singing "Seek Ye First." Click on the image or HERE. Enjoy!
Epiphany: Boy Scouts Lend a Hand
The following are excerpts from a report that appeared on Epiphany Episcopal Church's Facebook page. It was written by the Boy Scouts of America Troop 82, who recently cleaned up Epiphany's grounds:

[On] Saturday, August 21, we had our Church Cleanup exactly one week after the chicken sale. Daniel Oato, a Life Scout in our troop, finalized details and briefed everyone at our weekly meeting the Friday before the cleanup. Scouts and parents arrived at 8:30 in the morning and were split into different workgroups. One group pulled weeds, picked up trash, and cleaned up the back walkway/gardening area. In the front, scouts and parents swept the parking lot, pulled weed, and washed the sidewalk, stairs, and the upper floor. In the end, scouts then did a final cleanup or 'sweep' and picked up after themselves.
Thank you again for your continuous support of our Boy Scout Troop
Caring for Our Worship Spaces
Although worship services may be limited during pandemic times, the care for our worship spaces continues in earnest. Pictured above, the folks at St. Peter's are shown cleaning and polishing to make their sanctuary shine! (Photos from the St. Peter's September Newsletter)
Coming Up: Samoan "White Sunday" at Holy Nativity
Long-time Holy Nativity member, Tusi Mayer, will be helping create our celebration this fall. White Sunday is a holiday in Samoa and Tonga that was created by the London Missionary Society (now the Congregational Christian Church in Samoa - CCCS) in 1898. On the second Sunday in October, parents and church communities acknowledge and celebrate the importance of children. The White Sunday church service features special programs by the children, all dressed in white, that include scriptural readings, biblical plays, poetry, and musical performances. Children also receive gifts and are served by their parents at the special Sunday meal called the to’ona’i.
Kauaʻi Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Reminder: This Sunday
Makana Mele Organ Concert at All Saints'
All Saints' in Kapa'a will be hosting their first in a series of organ concerts beginning this Sunday, September 12, 2021, at 2:00 PM. The guest organist is Peter DuBois, who has served as Director of Music/Organist at Third Church since 1991. Peter holds degrees in organ performance and maintains an active performing career, with recitals throughout the United States and abroad. Due to current pandemic restrictions, seating is limited and reserved for church members only. The concert will be live streamed on their website HERE.
Maui Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Honoring Our Fallen Soldiers in Afghanistan
With singing in church on hiatus during the pandemic, the folks at Good Shepherd Maui put on their innovative thinking caps and created a video to honor the soldiers that died in Afghanistan. The video features individual members and even a family of four either reciting or singing "America the Beautiful." To view the video, click HERE.
The Big Island Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
St. James': Build Community One Meal at a Time
(The following are excerpts from the St. James' weekley e-news on their community meal this past week, that take dozens of volunteers to put on a meal ministry of this size each week. Sponsors are integral to their success.)

What a meal tonight-LAMB! So special to have a delicious meal on our menu. A very special MAHALO to our sponsors Mike & Lor Gehret and the Hoover 'Ohana. They have been sponsoring our meals not once, not twice, and not even three times. Tonight makes it their 4th sponsored meal since 2018! Thank you for your continued contribution and support. We love having you help us “Build Community One Meal at a Time”

We served 509 meals tonight. The Hoover Ohana carhopped and served 261 meals to 72 cars. 248 went out with our deliverers, who we appreciate every week on delivering meals around the community.

I would like to thank our volunteers for their patience and understanding in honoring our new volunteer policy. We are all being vigilant in keeping our numbers to 10 or less, our distance, wearing masks, and washing hands. Our meals can only continue if we are all well and safe, so MUCH MAHALO for keeping us going! --- Sue Dela Cruz, Meal Coordinator
Full-time Keiki, Youth, and Family Ministries Coordinator
St. James' Parishes (Includes St. James', St. Columba's, and Beach Mass
For more information, visit the Diocesan website HERE.
The Episcopal Church & Beyond
Episcopal Church, Philippine Independent Church to celebrate 60th anniversary of full communion concordat
In observance of the 60th anniversary of the historic signing of the concordat of full communion between the Iglesia Filipina Independiente or IFI – also known as the Philippine Independent Church, or PIC – and The Episcopal Church (TEC), a webinar titled “Revisiting Our Common Mission, Celebrating Our Friendship and Telling Our Stories” will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 5 - 7 p.m. PDT. Obispo Maximo Rhee M. Timbang of PIC and Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry of TEC will give the opening remarks.

Presenters will be the Rt. Rev. Robert L. Fitzpatrick, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai‘i and Bishop-in-Charge of the Episcopal Church in Micronesia, and the Very Rev. Dr. Eleuterio J. Revollido, Dean of the Aglipay Central Theological Seminary in Urdaneta, Pangasinan, Philippines. Bishop John Harvey Taylor of the Diocese of Los Angeles will also deliver a message during the webinar.

Moderator for the program will be the Rev. Winfred B. Vergara, Missioner for Asiamerica Ministries in the Episcopal Church. The Rev. Gerry Engnan, priest of the IFI Diocese of Western USA and Western Canada (WUSACA) and the Pacific Islands, now serving at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Van Nuys, will be co-facilitator with the Rev. Roberto Pamatmat, IFI Diocese of Tampa

Also taking part in the presentations are:
  • The Rev. Margaret Rose, TEC Deputy for Ecumenical and Interfaith Collaboration
  • The Rev. Canon Lito Mombay, IFI Diocese of WUSACA and the Pacific Islands
  • The Very Rev. Dr. Eleuterio J. Revollido, Dean, Aglipay Central Theological Seminary, Urdaneta, Pangasinan, Philippines
  • Saint Andrew’s Theological Seminary Choir from Quezon City, Philippines
  • The Most Rev. Brent Harry W. Alawas, Prime Bishop and Primate, The Episcopal Church in the Philippines
  • The Rt. Rev. Joselito Perpetuo T. Cruz, chair, Supreme Council of Bishops, and Bishop of the IFI Diocese of Bataan and Bulacan
  • The Rev. Roberto Pamatmat, IFI Diocese of Tampa
  • The Rev. Primitivo C. Racimo of IFI Diocese of Tampa
  • The Rev. Canon Raynald S. Bonoan, Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida
  • The Rt. Rev. C. Christopher Epting, former Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa and former Deputy for Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations for TEC.

To join the webinar, log into the Zoom meeting with meeting ID 819 018 0369 and passcode 1950, or click HERE. The celebration will continue in October with a service of thanksgiving and Evening Prayer on a date to be announced.
Photo: Jeffrey Bruno, Lambeth Palace
Statement on climate change by Archbishop of Canterbury, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch
[September 7, 2021] For the first time, the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Anglican Communion have jointly warned of the urgency of environmental sustainability, its impact on poverty, and the importance of global cooperation. Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and Archbishop Justin Welby urge everyone to play their part in “choosing life” for the future of the planet. READ MORE
Photo: Johns Hopkins Medicine
Hospital chaplain develops system that helps loved ones speak for patients who can’t
[September 9, 2021] Amid all the bodily suffering that hospital workers have seen during the COVID-19 pandemic, Elizabeth Tracey was bothered by another kind of suffering: the dehumanization of care for patients who were intubated and could not speak. READ MORE
Photo: Debra Sabino (via Episcopal News Service)
Episcopal volunteers provide Northern California fire evacuees with coffee, food, prayer
[September 8, 2021] A small team of Episcopal clergy in the Diocese of Northern California spent the past several weeks ministering to some of the people and animals who were forced to flee their homes because of the Caldor Fire near Lake Tahoe. The Episcopalians brought coffee and food, marshaled donations of bikes for children and prayed with evacuees upon request. READ MORE
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