Hawaii Catholic Herald
The downtown Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace is calling all “alumni” — those baptized, confirmed, married and ordained there — to a special homecoming Mass, 6 p.m., Dec. 14.
Bishop Larry Silva will be the main celebrant for the cathedral alumni Mass, a first for the mother church of the Catholic Faith in the islands. Alumni and families are encouraged to attend. A reception will follow.
According to Clara Barnes, director of the Cathedral Renewal Campaign which is raising awareness and funds for the renovation of the historic church, the purpose of the special Mass “is to connect with individuals and families that have celebrated life’s milestones at the cathedral.”
Families are invited to bring pictures to share during the reception, “giving folks a chance to reminisce, reconnect and share stories of the special moments they’ve had in the cathedral,” Barnes said.
Barnes said that Bishop Silva came up with the idea of an “alumni” Mass “because many families have celebrated sacraments at the cathedral; however, the cathedral may not be their home parish.”
The Mass will give these families “that have celebrated important milestones in the cathedral the opportunity to return to the place where they were baptized, married, confirmed or ordained,” she said.