July 10: Before leaving for Uhu, we joined Bishop Chris and the community at St. Augustine's Cathedral in Auki for Sunday Mass. In honor of Fr. Tom's silver jubilee as a priest, the youth of the parish had prepared a joyful and festive liturgy featuring lively and spirited music and dance. The parishioners were delighted to have their bishop and his "real-brother' concelebrating Mass. Afterwards, just about everyone in the congregation lined up to shake hands with us and offer Fr. Tom their congratulations.
and honor is yours, Almighty Father, for ever and ever. Amen."
At the Mass, Fr. Tom was surprised with the gift of a chalice and patten presented to the Auki community in honor of his 25th anniversary as a priest. Thanks to Bro. Richard for organizing this gift which was "smuggled" into the Solomon Islands wrapped in my rain gear.