Year of the Eucharist winds down tomorrow
Hawaii Catholics will mark the finale of the Year of the Eucharist tomorrow with an afternoon of meditation and communal prayers at Our Lady of Peace Cathedral in downtown Honolulu.
The program will open with a noon Mass and proceed in one-hour increments with a homily followed by prayer and solemn adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The speakers will include:
» 1 p.m. -- The Rev. Patrick Freitas on "Eucharist as Covenant."
» 2 p.m. -- The Rev. Herman Gomes on "Eucharist as Presence."
» 3 p.m. -- A speaker on "Eucharist as Sacrifice."
» 4 p.m. -- The Rev. Joseph Grimaldi on "Eucharist as Meal."
» 6 p.m. -- Bishop Larry Silva will celebrate Mass and speak on "Eucharist as Memorial."
The late Pope John Paul II declared the year-long observance last October to educate and enhance Catholics' understanding of the Eucharist, the central act of Catholic worship. It has been celebrated by the Roman Catholic Church worldwide and is coming to an end in Rome this week with a synod of bishops from around the world.
Speaker will address interfaith conflicts
A Thailand environmentalist will give his perspective of conflicts between Buddhists and Muslims in Southeast Asia in a lecture today at Chaminade University.
Nukul Ruttanadakul, a biological ecologist at Prince of Songhkla University, is the guest speaker in the university's Fujitani Interfaith Program. His 3 p.m. talk in the Mystical Rose Oratory on the Kaimuki campus is free and open to the public.
In the lecture on "Managing the Resolution of Conflicts between Buddhists and Muslims in Southern Thailand," Ruttanadakul will trace incidents when the peaceful coexistence of villages of people of the two faiths were disrupted by Muslim extremists in dissension that is magnified by the central government.
The professor, a Buddhist, works with Muslims and Buddhists on issues of environmental conservation and ecological development. He teaches political ecology and natural resource management.
The lecture series on interfaith issues is named for the Rev. Yoshiaki Fujitani, a retired Honpa Hongwanji bishop who was an early leader of ecumenical efforts in Hawaii.
Boy Scout reunion honors former leader
Big Island Boy Scout leader Hiroshi Ikeda will be honored by former members of Explorer Post 23 at the Hilo Hongwanji Mission at a reunion Nov. 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the mission YBA Hall.
All former Post 23 Explorer Scouts and their families are encouraged to attend.
The cost is $20 for lunch.
For information contact Clyde Nishioka, 935-3609, or Jean Kawachika, 959-7842, both on the Big Island; or Gary Honda, 497-6095, on Oahu; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salvation Army offers holiday gifts to needy
The Salvation Army is accepting applications from families in need of assistance to receive holiday gifts for children under the age of 12 or senior citizens.
Applications will be accepted until Nov. 28 at these locations:
» Kauluwela Mission Corps, 296 N. Vineyard Blvd., Honolulu, phone 521-6551.
» Kaneohe Corps, 45-175 Waikalua Road, Kaneohe, 235-1408.
» Leeward Corps, 98-612 Moanalua Loop, Aiea, 487-1636.
Families must present photo IDs for themselves and their children to verify age, income and address.
Eligible families also will receive food for a holiday meal.
The Salvation Army provides gifts every year mainly through its Angel Tree Program, which asks donors to adopt "angel tags" to hang on Christmas trees in shopping malls throughout the state. Each tag represents an individual and his or her wish for Christmas.