JAPANESE AMERICANS: Church of the Holy Apostles Formed At Relocation Center

11391501_10101896727449782_7279403989886788322_nFormer members of St. Peter’s Mission, Seattle; St. Paul’s, Kent; St. John’s, Ketchikan; and Epiphany, Portland, who are living at Camp Minidoka, Idaho, now are members of the newly recognized Church of the Holy Apostles. Credit for the name goes to Bishop Huston of Olympia and Bishop Rhea of Idaho.

The two bishops were visitors to the Camp on Ash Wednesday and were enthusiastically welcomed by the people. A tea was given in their honor the day before at the home of Dr. Shigaya, so that friends of Bishop Huston might drop in and chat with those who lived in that section. The next afternoon a tea was given by the Fujimotos for the people of the other section.

On Tuesday night the bishops had dinner with the Church staff. On Wednesday morning at 7:30 Holy Communion service Bishop Huston celebrated, assisted by Bishop Rhea, Fr. Kitagawa and Fr. Shoji. Nearly 80 people attended this service. After breakfast at the Fujimotos’, Bishop Huston was taken on a tour of the center.

In the evening more than 150 people attended the services to hear Bishop Huston conduct the Litany, the Penitential Office, and the Ash Wednesday sermon. He also had special prayers for and gave his blessing to five young men who were on the point of leaving for service in the armed forces. At the same service Bishop Rhea instituted Fr. Kitagawa as vicar-in-charge of the Church of the Holy Apostles.

Bishop Huston was much impressed by the efficient way in which the Church is set up and conducted in the camp. And what impressed him most of all is the cheerfulness of the people.

The services of the church are held in recreational halls in each section, which makes it necessary to set up the church furnishings before each service and take them all down again immediately after each service, which meant that on Ash Wednesday the job had to be done twice. Certain committees do the work quickly and efficiently.

From The Living Church, April 18, 1943, p. 7.

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