13 March 2021
Our services at the Maui mission parish have restarted last month—glory be to God! Thanks to all who participated and who planned to participate. It was wonderful seeing the parish gathered together again in a spirit of thankfulness and love.
The National Weather Service extended their Flash Flood Warning for the Island of Maui through 8am this morning. After many hours of continuous rain yesterday and all through the night, even in Kihei (which is usually as dry as a desert as it is located in the rain shadow of Mount Haleakala), this morning we thought that because we were receiving so much pounding rain that no one would be able to make it to Saint Theresa Church to attend today's service.
Fortunately, the sky cleared up by 9am right before the start of Matins and all was well here afterwards. The clear sky above the Saint Theresa Church is shown in the photo above on the right along with a photo of the inside of the main santuary. Upon closer inspection, it is possible to see how the pews have wooden bars installed for the purpose of blocking out alternating rows to accomodate safe distancing.
The recent storm that impacted the Hawaiian Islands was truly a massive one, with an overall size covering a large swath of the Pacific Ocean north of the islands, and with a major diameter (going from North to South) of over a couple thousand miles. The rain front that hit us extended from Maui all the way up to Canada.
The photos on the left show the storm's full extent. These four maps show the storm's wind profile (top left), the cloud cover obtained by sateillite imaging (top right), its extremely long rain front (bottom left), as well as the temperture distribution over Hawaii and the mainland (bottom right).
No one was harmed in the mission parish nor anyone else on island, however one of our parishioners lost the home he was living in along with everything in it, which included all that he had owned! Fortunately, he left home early in the morning right before the rushing waters took away everything. Several homes in that neighborhood and many cars were just washed away into the ocean.
21 February 2021
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord has blessed our small parish in many ways over the past years, yet this past year has been a difficult one as we have not held services because of the coronavirus.
Today, during the start of the Triodion on The Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee, I am happy to announce the start of a new bi-monthly prayer service schedule. Toward launching our new schedule of bi-monthly prayer services, the first upcoming service for this ecclesiastical year is scheduled for the end of this week on Saturday, February 27th, in Memory of our St. Procopius of Dekapolis. For more information on this service visit the Hymnal.
This prayer service will be held in the main sanctuary at Saint Theresa Church in Kihei, which has an expansive in-door space that is large enough to accommodate our parish needs. The upcoming service will include a Matins service at 9:00am and a Reader’s Typika service at 10:00am, followed by an Aloha Hour fellowship meeting that will be hosted via Zoom at 11:00am.
Anyone arriving at Saint Theresa Church to attend a service will first have to sign into our parish registration book and provide their name, home address, e-mail address and phone number. Following each service event, all the contact information will also be provided to the administrative staff of Saint Theresa Church to facilitate contact tracing if need be.
Some coordination on available dates is still in progress with the office administrative staff at Saint Theresa Church. We are not planning to meet the following week, the week of the Sunday of the Prodigal Son on February 28th. However, we are tentatively planning to meet for The Saturday Before Meat-Fare Sunday: The Saturday of Souls, March 13th. This is the second Saturday of Souls of the Triodion.
So the upcoming Saturdays, February 27th and March 13th are our first planned services of our new bi-monthly schedule. The first is an end of the month service (normally to be held on the fourth week of the month) and the second is a middle of the month service (normally to be held on the second week of the month). Since we are sharing the sanctuary at Saint Theresa Church, we might have to reschedule a normal service time, shifting it by one week, in case there were a unplanned last minute funeral service, for example. The upcoming planned service schedule for the Triodion is posted in the Service Schedule.
Finally, I hope you take The Great Lent as a time to consider the Lord's calling of you to serve His Kingdom on the Island of Maui through our mission parish. Let us continue to embrace the greatest wisdom of the ages!