Vigil to send hope of peace in Asia
Local faith organizations will join in a peace vigil for Burma and Tibet tomorrow at Ala Moana Beach Park.
The 5:30 p.m. vigil at Magic Island is sponsored by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Hawaii Campaign for Burma and Interfaith Alliance Hawaii.
The gathering will include meditation, music and chanting for peace and is intended to focus compassion and consciousness about events in Burma and Tibet, where Buddhist monks have led demonstrations against government oppression, according to sponsors.
The event is open to the public.
Father Damien logo subject of contest
Cash prizes are being offered for logo designs that commemorate Father Damien DeVeuster, who is expected to be named a saint by the Catholic Church for his work with leprosy patients in Kalaupapa.
Thursday is the deadline for entries in the competition, which is open to high school and college students. Prizes will be $200 for first place, $100 for second and $50 for third place.
The logo must be recognizable as Father Damien, must indicate his membership in the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and must contain the motto "He loved them to the end."
The international Sacred Hearts religious order has invited Hawaii to submit a logo to be used in events celebrating the anticipated canonization, according to an announcement.
Father Damien died in 1889 after contracting leprosy while serving 16 years in the remote Molokai peninsula where patients were quarantined.
Entries should be submitted to Sister Regina Jenkins, 1120 5th Ave., Honolulu 96816. For information, call 737-5822.
Events to mark day of prayer in U.S.
Two Oahu events are planned for Thursday to celebrate the National Day of Prayer sponsored by Focus on the Family.
Several Kapolei pastors will participate in a noon prayer gathering at the Kapolei Regional Park, across from Kapolei State Library.
A 6:30 p.m. program at the state Capitol auditorium will include a salute to people in the military. Lt. Gov. James Aiona and other government officials are expected to attend. The Rev. Daniel Vargas, 834-3434, is coordinator.
"Prayer: America's Strength and Shield" is the national theme. This is the 57th year that the event has been held in Washington, D.C., and other cities.
Cleanup to mark 40 years of Iglesia
The Iglesia Ni Cristo congregation in Waipahu will begin its 40th-anniversary celebration by taking to the streets next weekend.
Members of the church will pick up trash along Farrington Highway and other Waipahu streets, including bulky items from Aniani Place, a chronic dumping ground.
The project will begin at 8:30 a.m. next Saturday at Waipahu District Park and will include cleanup work at other area parks.
Church members are distributing information today in Waipahu neighborhoods and will welcome other volunteers for the "Get Involved" project. For information, call 479-0592.
Iglesia Ni Cristo -- Church of Christ -- was founded 94 years ago, and was established 40 years ago in Hawaii. It has five Oahu congregations.