August 21, 2020
The Season after Pentecost - Ordinary Time
Featured photo:
This issue's header photo was taken by Sue Dela Cruz, who captured a rainbow above the St. James' campus this past week. Sue plays an important role in their meal ministry that is featured in this issue.
Proper 16
Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(BCP, page 232-233)
From the Bishop:
August 21, 2020

Aloha my dear Siblings in Christ Jesus,

I have a request for all lay members of Episcopal churches in Hawaiʻi and Micronesia: Please tell your priest thank you. Drop them a note or an email. The pandemic has been complicated and harmful for all of us. Most clergy really do love people. We like to talk and be with people. The pandemic has pushed is into virtual worship and endless Zoom gatherings. I’m not sure some clergy are really taking their day off. Many have certainly decided to forgo vacations. A note of thanks would be appreciated.

To the Wardens and members of Vestries/Bishop’s Committees, please ensure that your clergy are taking their day off each week without answering emails or text messages. It would be wise for them to take some vacation time (even a staycation without calls and email).

I deeply appreciate that the clergy of this Diocese (and the Convocation in Micronesia) have stepped up during a difficult time. As the pandemic ebbs and flows, we have had to be all the more adaptable. We all look forward to 2021 with a vaccine and/or effective treatments making COVID-19 inconsequential. Until then, we must care for one another. Please tell your priests and deacons how much you care for them.

Almighty God, the giver of all good gifts, in your divine providence you have appointed various orders in your Church: Give your grace, we humbly pray, to all who are called to any office and ministry for your people, and especially the priests and deacons of the Diocese of Hawaiʻi and the Episcopal Church in Micronesia; and so fill them with the truth of your doctrine and clothe them with holiness of life, that they may faithfully serve before you, to the glory of your great Name and for the benefit of your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Aloha ma o Iesu Kristo, ko makou Haku,


The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick,
Bishop Diocesan of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i
Bishop-in-Charge of the Episcopal Church in Micronesia
Respond to the Census!
As Episcopalians, we participate in the census as a civic duty and responsibility, and it is just as important as voting and taking an active part in our communities. Please encourage everyone to reply to the Census. (Click on the buttons below for more info.)
Be sure to stay informed with the Bishop's latest messages by clicking on the button above left, and his new series of Bible Study videos on the right. All videos also appear on the Dioceseʻs YouTube Channel and Facebook page.
Chronicle Feature Story:
The Congregations of St. James' Community Meal Ministry
It is no secret that the Episcopal Churches on the Big Island are beacons in their neighborhoods. Whether worshiping in a beautiful steeple-topped building or on a lawn chair with sand in their toes, the faithful flock to hear the Word, and turn out in force to help others in their community.

The Episcopal Congregations of St. James' on the Big Island (which includes St. Columba's) have been an extraordinary example of churches thinking "outside the box." It has resulted in a spirit and energy that impacts the way they engage their community. From beach masses and Teen Tech, to their community's largest weekly meal events, they have attracted followers of every age and every background, rooted in faith and the love of God. READ FULL ARTICLE

Visit the Diocese's Calendar page HERE for diocesan events & activities.
Annual Meeting of Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaiʻi: Saturday, October 24, 2020
The 52nd Annual Meeting of Convention will be entirely virtual.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, plans for the Annual Meeting in October have been changed and will be held virtually. Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick notified (email 8/19/20) all clergy, delegates and alternates of the change, and the steps churches need to take to ensure a successful meeting. Stay informed by visiting the Diocesan Convention 52 webpage HERE, or click on the logo at left.
Registration extended to August 23!
Online Clergy "Retreat" 2020 with Br. Randy Greve
In lieu of an in-person annual Clergy Retreat, there will be an online Clergy Gathering on Tuesday, August 25, 2020, from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM via Zoom.

The guest speaker will be Br. Randy Greve, from the Holy Cross Monastery in New York, an Anglican Benedictine community of men. To learn more about Br. Randy, the gathering, and to register, visit the event webpage HERE.
Deadline to register is TODAY, August 21!
Free Online Godly Play at Home Session for the Whole Family
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All are invited to take part in a free online Godly Play session on Sunday, August 23, 2020. Jenny Wallace will be leading this Zoom gathering on the Creation Story, and invites families and all those interested in Godly Play's newest program, Stories of God at Home, to tune in. For more information and to register, click HERE. You will receive Zoom connection info once you are registered.
Webinar: A Year in The Way of Love
The Episcopal Church invites you, your small group, and your congregation to a year (and longer!) of focusing on the Way of Love. When you begin intentionally building on those seven practices - turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go, and rest - you can rediscover who you are, what we are here for, and to whom we ultimately belong.

Want to know more? Join members of The Way of Love team – Miriam McKenny, the Rev. Becky Zartman, Chris Sikkema, and Jerusalem Greer, for a one-hour webinar on how you can use some of the many Way of Love resources over the course of a year, no matter when you begin! Participants will also get a sneak peek at new resources in development, share their own Way of Love resources, and ask questions of the team.

Join us on Wednesday, August 26, at 4:30pm Eastern. This webinar will be recorded and sent to registrants. It will also be publicly available at For more information and to register, click HERE.
Reminder: Proper Licensing Needed for Media Sharing
Along with the rest of the world, churches have had to come up with creative ways to engage folks during these pandemic times of social distancing. Drive-in movies are making a comeback, and reading children's books online is growing, but like the music industry, movies and books require permission to be shared publicly.

For churches interested in showing movies, public performance rights can be obtained from two companies (representing different studios): Swank Motion Pictures (includes Disney and faith-based films) and Criterion. The cost for a single day outdoor showing ranges from $250-$600 depending on the studio, title, and event date. INDOOR screening for churches may be heavily discounted with Swank.

For reading books online, permission should be obtained from the author (or copyright holder). Canon Sandy recently checked with our Chancellors about showing movies and online reading, and received the following response:

"...without obtaining specific copyright permissions, both of these are copyright violations, as they don’t fall under 'fair use' for churches. There are some very limited exceptions. For example, if a parish has a school, appropriate works can be read or displayed in a classroom if pertinent to a bona fide educational purpose. Sometimes folks think that if you provide proper attribution (i.e. you say the author’s name) that you’re not violating copyright. That isn’t actually the case. The author has the exclusive right to reproduce the work, perform it, and make derivative works.”
To view a listing of churches offering online services with links to connect, click on the ONLINE WORSHIP button at left.

Beginning with this issue of the Chronicle, we will share an online worship service from a church in the Diocese. Our first feature is from The Cathedral of St. Andrew's Ali'i Sunday service held on August 16, 2020. The service was in honor of Prince Albert's baptism that normally involves an elaborate line-up with Hawaiian Civic Societies in attendance. Despite in-person services being halted due to the pandemic, The Cathedral put on a beautiful online worship service. Shared separately (bottom right) is the sad lament 'Auhea 'Oe, written by Queen Emma, mourning the death of her 4-year old son. The hauntingly beautiful music was composed by Leohone Magno, the Cathedral's Music Director, accompanied by the Orvis Choral Scholars. Click on the images below to view and listen. Enjoy!
Oʻahu Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Dates are filling up fast!
Book Now! Stay-Cays at Camp Mokule'ia
Camp Mokule'ia's fall "Stay-Cay" packages are filling up fast! September is booked up, but it's not too late to reserve a date in October or November. It's a wonderful way to escape the confines of the pandemic and enjoy all the great outdoor activities the Camp has to offer in a safe and friendly environment. To learn more, click on the flyer at left, or visit the Camp Mokule'ia website HERE.
(Article and photo from the HNC weekly e-news, the Banyan Tree.)
Prison Ministry Gets a Boost from Holy Nativity
The Rev. Kaleo Patterson and the Rev. Ha'aheo Guanson of our diocesan Prison Ministry visited the Holy Nativity Thrift Store on Friday, August 14. Peggy Budlong and her volunteers were ready with a large box of shorts and t-shirts. Our guests were both impressed with the thriving activity they witnessed in the shop but also immensely grateful for our continuing support of their ministry. At the end of 2019, our Vestry voted a $2500 gift for this ministry, and, since the first of this year, we have made gifts of used clothing three times--both from the Thrift Store and from congregants.
Virtual Fundraiser for Family Promise
For years, several O'ahu churches in the Diocese have been supporting Family Promise, whose mission is to "help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence." Churches have provided meals, money, and even space for families to shelter in. Currently, a few families are staying at Camp Mokule'ia after the pandemic put a halt to summer camp programs. Because of the pandemic, Family Promise is holding their annual fundraiser online, where donors can purchase dinners (delivery available) and be entered in a drawing for fabulous prizes! For more information and to make a donation, visit their event webpage HERE.
Kauaʻi Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Maui Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
The Big Island Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
PA'AUILO MEAL COORDINATOR: We are seeking a cheerful hard worker to join our Community Meal team as a part-time paid worker – This person will support and work closely with Sue Dela Cruz in planning, cooking and serving the Pa'auilo Community Meal, which has grown fast into a feast for 400+ people. Please click HERE for the job description and information and share widely. Interested applicants should submit their resume and cover letter to the St. James' Office. We are seeking to hire as soon as possible!
The Episcopal Church & Beyond
Episcopal leaders renew calls to protect Arctic refuge after Trump administration’s latest moves on drilling
Episcopal leaders are stepping up their calls to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska after the Trump administration announced Aug. 17 it was moving forward with plans to sell drilling leases on part of the nearly 20 million-acre preserve to oil companies. READ MORE
Security fences to be removed, art added to plywood over windows at St. John’s in Washington
Security fences have surrounded St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, across from the White House since June, a precaution implemented by the city of Washington in response to the nearby protests against racial injustice after the May 25 killing of George Floyd. Church leaders also had plywood installed over the stained-glass windows for protection. READ MORE
Episcopal martyr Jonathan Myrick Daniels honored in online commemorations
Annual commemorations of the life of Episcopal martyr Jonathan Myrick Daniels shifted online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, with church leaders participating from New Hampshire to Alabama. During his time in Alabama, Jonathan Daniels lived with the West family in Selma. READ MORE
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YOUTH WEEKLY COMPLINE SERVICE: Fr. Jar Pasalo, the Diocese's Youth and Young Adult Missioner, has launched a weekly LIVE Compline on the Episcopal Youth of Hawaii Facebook Group page. All are invited to join in every Thursday at 8:00 PM. All sessions are available for viewing on the page if you miss it. If you are interested in assisting/leading Compline, contact Fr. Jar HERE.
HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS! Hurricane season runs through November. Be prepared and make sure your 14-day emergency supplies are in place. For more information visit the State of Hawai'i's Emergency Management webpage HERE.
PALAKA FACE MASKS FOR SALE: Don't forget to order your palaka face mask from the Good Shepherd Women in Ministry for only $5 each plus postage. All sales benefit their outreach ministries. Place your order via contact form HERE, and mail your check to 2140 Main St., Wailuku, HI 96793.
The Presiding Bishop’s delegation to the 64th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW 64) invites all to join the online study group Beijing +25: Celebrating the Blessing, Realizing the Dream This series of webinars, blogs and conversations are facilitated by the delegates from July through November 2020. To download the schedule, click HERE. For more information and to register, click HERE.
IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM OUR CHANCELLOR: LICENSE REQUIRED FOR LIVE STREAMING MUSIC: As you may know, U.S. copyright laws do not apply for the performance or display of copyrighted works during on-site religious services. However, this religious service exemption does NOT apply to livestreaming or retransmission of the service over the Internet. Churches using copyrighted music in a live streamed service must either obtain specific written permission or a streaming license. Please review the article for more information HERE. Please contact me if you have any questions or call (808) 282-6088.
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