After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him,“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. (John 6:1-13)
As we prepare for the funeral mass for Carl Crosier on Saturday, September 6th, I was reminded of this familiar story of the feeding of the five thousand from the Bible. One of the hardest things to do in this whole process is to guess how many people are going to show up, meaning: How many programs should we print? How much food do we need? The caterer needs to know! People just don’t RSVP to funerals!
Most families have this problem when a loved one dies — however, given the fact that I have had over 7000 pageviews on my blog in the last three days, if even 10% of them come, we’ll be at capacity. Father William tells me that the church seats 750.
Being that this is the social media age, I created a FaceBook event to which you can RSVP and access by clicking here. However, keep this in mind.
You don’t have to join FaceBook to attend the funeral. Neither do you need an invitation. All are welcome to attend these events:
Friday, September 5, 2014
Viewing at Nuuanu Mortuary
2233 Nuuanu Avenue, Honolulu 1:00-3:00 pm
Saturday, September 6, 2014
9:30 am pre-service music
10:00 am funeral mass
St. Theresa’s Co-Cathedral
Reception following in the adjacent parish hall
2:00 pm Burial at Diamond Head Memorial Park
Evensong, Sunday, August 31, 5:30 pm. St. Andrew’s Cathedral. Prayers for the repose of the soul of Carl Crosier.
Tuesday, September 2, 9:20 am. St. Andrew’s Cathedral. St. Andrew’s Schools holds a memorial chapel for Carl Crosier, public is welcome.
Sunday, September 21, 7:30 pm, Evening Prayer, Lutheran Church of Honolulu, service dedicated to Carl Crosier’s memory. Franz Biebl, Ave Maria.
Choral Evensong, October 5, 5:30 pm, St. Andrew’s Cathedral. Howells Gloucester Service sung in memory and at the request of Carl Crosier.