Word for the Month:


Guardian Angel
(Shugo no tenshi)


Pope`s Intention for the Month

October 2017:  For workers and unemployed

This month`s intention is for workers and unemployed:  "That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good."



CTIC International Youth Gathering:

CTIC is organizing for the second time the International Youth Gathering this coming November 18, 2017.  This is open to all young individuals from 15 years of age to 35 years of age.  For more information and application, please use the Facebook QR code below.

CTIC Planner 2018:

CTIC Planner 2018 is now available.  A good gift for families and friends.  Please call 03-57591061 for orders.

Protecting Ourselves against Armed Attacks and Terrorism:

Please open this link:

http://www.kokuminhogo.go.jp/en/pc-index_e.html to acquire the pdf copy of the pamphlet entitled, "Protecting Ourselves against Armed Attacks and Terrorism".  This is the Civil Protection Portal Site of the Cabinet Secretary of the Japanese government.

Health Talks for Tokyo and Chiba:

A health project of CTIC English Pastoral Ministry in partnership with St. Luke`s International University.  No registration fees to all health talks and zumba sessions.  This is for 40 years old and above Filipinas residing in Tokyo and Chiba.  Pre-registration is necessary for those who wish to join the zumba sessions which will start on August 21 (Monday) 7pm at St. Luke`s International University. Deadline for pre-registration will be on August 7, 2017.  For inquiries, please email at erlynreg@ctic.jp.

Help the Victims of Flood in Peru

For monetary donation, you may send to Caritas Japan`s bank account:
Bank Name:  Yuucho Bank
Bank Account Number: 00170-5-95979
Account Name: Caritas Japan
Comment: “For the victims of flood in Perú”

*When using direct internet service of Bank Yuucho in sending money or bank transfer, insert these 4 digit numbers 6273.

*If you do not want your name to appear in the list to be published in the newsletter, “We are Caritas”, please add three zeros (000) after your own number.

For inquiries, please call Osako san of CTIC at 03-5759-1061.

CTIC`s Office Schedule:

2017 Sunday schedules:
January 29
February 5, 19
March 5, 19
April 2, 30
May 7, 21
June 4, 18
July 2, 16, 30
August 6, 20
September 3, 17
October 1, 15, 29
November 5, 19
December 3, 17

San Lorenzo Ruiz Fiesta

Over a hundred Filipino parishioners from various parts of Tokyo Archdiocese had congregated at Roppongi Franciscan Chapel Center last September 28 to commemorate the feast of the first Filipino saint, San Lorenzo Ruiz of Manila.  The feast began with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist in Filipino.  Concelebrating with Fr. Edwin D. Corros at the Mass were four priests from Kichijoji, Matsudo, and Meguro parishes.  The Filipinos gladly came in their Filipiniana attire and brought a lot of food for the reception.  During the offertory at the Mass, several parishioners had offered dried goods intended for the needs of the poor.  They were eventually donated to CTIC for its refugee service.  Just before the end of the celebration the chairperson of the Gathering of Filipino Groups and Communities or GFGC, Dr. Mel Kasuya had thanked everyone for making the celebration successful and especially mentioned Fr. Russel Charles Becker, OFM for having supported the Filipino community in Tokyo in celebrating the feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz of Manila which had initiated in 2011.

Feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz celebrated at Roppongi

The Filipino Community in Tokyo and its neighboring cities had gathered at Roppongi Franciscan Chapel Center to celebrate the feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz of Manila and companions last Thursday, September 28, 2017 with a Mass at 7:30 pm presided by Fr. Edwin Corros, CS.  With him at the altar were other Filipino missionaries from different congregations who are also working in Tokyo.  The Filipinos came mostly in their beautiful Filipiniana attire and had brought some food to share for the feast.

In his homily, Fr. Edwin had reminded the Filipinos in Japan of the importance of the mission to which they had been tasked to witness by virtue of their baptism that they had received as Christians, the way exactly St. Lorenzo Ruiz of Manila had exemplified even to die for such faith.  The Gathering of the Filipino Groups and Communities (GFGC) had thanked everyone for having taken time to break from their busy schedule during the week and had indeed sacrificed in order to break bread with fellow Filipinos residing in far distances.  

Over 100 parishioners had joined Akabane`s Marian Pilgrimage

The annual Marian Pilgrimage organized by the liturgical leaders of the Filipino Community based in Akabane held last September 9, 2017 had attracted over a hundred participants.  The pilgrims started to assemble as early as seven in the morning at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and began its activity with the opening prayer.  A souvenir picture taking outside the church to document the annual event immediately followed by the opening prayer.  The pilgrimage was characterized by a real profound devotional expression.  They prayed the rosary, sang Marian songs, reflected on the word of God and shared their faith experiences while on a journey.

The missionaries from the Catholic Tokyo International Center, Miss Therese Japitana and Fr. Edwin Corros had provided the spiritual talk on the theme, "Mary as Pilgrimage Companion."  The talk was delivered to the pilgrims while they were on their way to Mt. Fuji.  The pilgrimage culminated with the celebration of the Eucharist by Fr. Edwin D. Corros at the foot of the gigantic statue of Our Lady Help of Christians.  He also anointed those who were ill.  While spending their late lunch after the Mass at a nearby  park adjacent to a beautiful lake before returning home to Tokyo, many could not keep their contentment and had expressed to the organizers their gratitude for such blissful experience on the month of September.

ZUMBA-ing our way to be fit and healthy

by Amina Banzon

I`m sure that a lot of you are already familiar with Zumba.  For some years now Zumba workout has been growing in popularity.  The Catholic Tokyo International Center, in coordination with St. Luke`s International University, has recently offered a `Cancer-Awareness Program`, which has commenced last August.  Part of the program is the Zumba workout being led by a very cute and energetic Filipina named Jessa Carmona.

With this joint activity, we get the chance to know all there is to know about the amazing benefits of Zumba, one of most fun, yet effective workout routines out there.

We are more than 20 in the group and mostly Filipinas.  We are being measured, weighed and have our blood pressure taken every session to keep track of our progress.  We are dancing our hearts out, wearing our Zumba outfits with our bulges bouncing all over.  That, you will hear the `ohs` and the `ahs` every time we need to bend!  It is tiring, yes, but full of fun.  It makes us feel light and energetic afterwards.  At first, it was hard to keep at pace with the instructor and the music.  But during the second Zumba session, everybody has warmed up and had been feeling the rhythm with gusto.  Of course, there`s free healthy Japanese tea provided to quench our thirsts.  And guess what, this time, asking for more sessions than once a month.

This is also an occasion to meet old and new friends and our `kababayans` will always be fun no matter what occasion and activity there is.  Then, we tend to forget whatever hardships we are experiencing at the moment.

To CTIC and St. Luke`s, our WARMEST APPRECIATION! To Zumba classmates, GAMBARE!  No matter what, let`s just continue to enjoy and dance our worries away.  See you around!

Filipino Missionaries in Kanto held Mission Awareness Day

The Filipino missionaries in Kanto area had staged its annual Mission Awareness Day last September 2, 2017 at Matsugamine Parish Church in Utsunomiya in the Diocese of Saitama.  About a hundred people came to the Filipino Mission Festival spearheaded by the Filipino missionaries of the host diocese.

The event began with a Eucharistic celebration presided by Fr. Edwin D. C0rros, CS from Tokyo Archdiocese.  Concelebrating with him were Fr. Jack Serate, OFM and Fr. Nelson Cabasisi.  Immediately after the mass, the parishioners were invited to listen to the personal sharing of life experiences of the three missionaries from Kanto area, namely:  Fr. Jack Serate, OFM; Sr. Flor Florece, FI; and lay missionary Erlyn Regondon from CTIC.

After lunch, the activity proceeded with cultural presentation and raffle draws animated by Fr. Louie Luyun, SVD, Sr. Marianita "Nits" Tenoso, FI and Bro. Edmond Faustino Reyes, SSCC.  The Filipinos from different parish communities in Saitama and Tokyo presented several musical numbers.  The event ended with a Bingo game to raise some money to fund various Phil-Miss activities.  To reach out to more Filipinos in promoting about the mission, the "Mission Awareness Day" is brought to different parts of Kanto area and the Filipino missionaries normally request their presence and involvement.