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CTIC Planner 2017:
You can now call CTIC at 03-5759-1061 for your order of CTIC planner 2017. It costs 100yen only. Good as gift to your families and friends this Christmas. This planner contains the following:
- Prayers in english and romaji;
- Mysteries of the Holy Rosary;
- The Rite of Penance;
- Daily reading guide;
- Japan National Holidays;
- Church feasts and holidays;
- List of Catholic Churches in Tokyo-to, Chiba-ken, Saitama-ken, and Kanagawa-ken;
- Spouse Violence Counseling Support Center contact number; and
- Emergency call numbers.
Q & A Living in Japan
Procedures before Entry to Japan?
What should I do if I want to enter Japan?
You must first obtain a passport issued by the government of your country. Then you must obtain a visa corresponding to the purpose of your visit to Japan, from the Japanese embassy or consulate situated in your country. However, persons without a nationality, or persons from a country which is not recognized by the Japanese Government may be issued a "travel document" (by a Japanese embassy or consulate abroad) to serve in lieu of a passport.
Foreign nationals from countries which have reciprocal visa exemption agreements with Japan are not required to obtain a visa, as long as the purpose and length of stay is within the stated agreement.
"Living with the Japanese Law: A Guide to Foreign Nationals in Japan (Q&A 101)"
Turnover of GFGC Concert Fund to ECMI
Soon after the conclusion of the extra-ordinary Jubilee of Mercy last November 20, 2016 the Gathering of Filipino Groups and Communities (GFGC) had turned over the money that it had raised from the fund raising concert billed "Migrants in the Year of Mercy" held last October.
At St. Anselm`s Parish where the simple turnover ceremony was made last November 25, Fr. Resty Ogsimer, CS had expressed his sincerest gratitude to GFGC on behalf of the group of Pakistani refugees that the Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (ECMI) of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is helping.
The ECMI, where Fr. Resty is currently working as executive secretary, is actually responding to the call of the Holy Father, Pope Francis to assist thousands of refugees seeking assistance from different countries in the world where the refugees could experience freedom from any form of persecution and threats.
Witnessing to the donation handed over to ECMI by Dr. Mel Kasuya, the chair of the GFGC were regular participants to the Night of Prayer which is held every last Friday of the month.
Earlier in 2016, in its unassuming effort to do something to meaningfully commemorate the extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, the GFGC had contemplated to stage a fund raising concert that could benefit some people in need. The refugees were thought of as the beneficiary of its humble endeavor.
Simbang Gabi Preparation
Away from home and nostalgic of some popular holiday practices in the Philippines during December, the Filipino migrants in Japan, particularly in Tokyo archdiocese will have three Simbang Gabi celebrations this year. Just like the ones celebrated in the Philippines and in many major cities in the world where there are relatively large number of Filipino migrants, the Filipinos in Tokyo and neighboring cities could avail of this famous religious tradition in Japan. St. Anselm`s at Meguro, the Assumption of our Mary at Akabane, and Chibadera church are the three parishes where Filipinos and their friends could attend the nine-day novena masses to be celebrated at seven in the evening.
In collaboration with the Philippine Embassy and the Philippine Assistance Group (PAG), the Simbang Gabi at Meguro Parish will be celebrated by nine priests coming mainly from different religious congregations, among them is the parish priest, Fr. Marco Antonio Martinez, MG. Meanwhile, at Akabane, the parish known to hold the oldest running Simbang Gabi in Japan will have this year invited some more priests to celebrate mass besides Fr. Edwin Corros, CS. Filipinos residing in Akabane and nearby cities are the regular mass attendees to the Simbang Gabi at the parish of Akabane. Everyone is cordially invited to attend.
Advent Recollection Schedule
Based on the past usual request of the different migrant communities in the Archdiocese of Tokyo, the English Pastoral Team of the Catholic Tokyo International Center will be holding Advent recollections on various dates for November and December in preparation for the nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The Advent season offers Catholics an occasion to reflect on the ancient longing of the coming of the Messiah and to the arrival of his second coming. With the advent recollection, participants could moreover deepen their understanding and appreciation of the messages of the Advent. The following dates are reserved for those who wish to attend an Advent recollection in some parishes in Tokyo.
|Saturday||Nov. 26, 2016||Akabane||Fr. Louie Luyun, SVD|
|Saturday||Nov. 26, 2016||Umeda||Therese Japitana|
|Saturday||Dec. 10, 2016||Meguro (tentative)||Fr. Edwin Corros, CS|
|Sunday||Dec. 11, 2016||Hachioji||Erlyn Regondon|
|Saturday||Dec. 17, 2016||Goi||Therese Japitana|
|Saturday||Dec. 17, 2016||Ichikawa||Fr. Edwin Corros, CS|
EPT held Health Seminar at Goi Parish
The English Pastoral Team (EPT) of the Catholic Tokyo International Center (CTIC) had conducted its final seminar for 2016 last November 6, 2016 at Goi Catholic church. It was deliberately held this time on Sunday to attract more participants from the parish and nearby area. At least 18 parishioners had decided to stay behind after they had attended the mass at 12:30 PM. The seminar or forum had particularly focused on health issues which obviously are the concerns of many migrant Catholics in the area.
The seminar had also included a health checkup that had attracted at least twenty-three women. From the initial result of such health check majority of them were found to be hypertensive. Furthermore, two parishioners were discovered to have high sugar content in their urine analysis. Following the health seminar, a group of women had requested for assistance on their reproductive health checkup considering that they are already beyond forty years of age and are considered prone to various health problems. The doctors and nurses who had assisted the EPT for the seminar had agreed to find a way on how to help the group in their health concerns.