ENGLISH PASTORAL MINISTRY
Word for the Month:
Pope`s Intention for the Month
Formation in Spiritual Discernment
That the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and communitarian levels.
CTIC Planner 2018:
The 2018 CTIC Planners are now available at the office of the Catholic Tokyo International Center. The annual planner contains the liturgical feasts and liturgical readings for the year. They are great gifts to family members and friends. They cost 300 yen per copy.
Copies of Pandesal 2018 and Daily Gospel 2018 published by Claret Publishing Group are moreover available at CTIC office.
Mass Guides in Japanese with romaji version and in Filipino-English translation; Portuguese and Spanish translation; and Japanese-Vietnamese translation are furthermore available at CTIC at 100yen per copy.
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.
CTIC`s Sunday Consultation Service Schedule 2018:
February 4, 18
March 4, 18
May 6, 20
June 3, 17
July 1, 15
August 5, 19
September 2, 16
October 7, 21
November 4, 18
December 2, 16
Turnover of Mass Collections to Akabane Parish held
The Filipino community at the Parish of Our Lady of the Assumption in Akabane had been consistently celebrating Mass on a weekly basis. A priest would celebrate Mass for the community whose number of remarkably numerous during the first Wednesday of the month, as many of them join the novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help. On other Wednesdays however, their number drops to less than half. Following the novena to the Blessed Mother, a Eucharist is celebrated either in Filipino or English. For more than two decades, the annual accumulated Mass collections had been managed by the leaders and were donated to various causes, because the parish had never accepted them.
In an unprecedented move this year, the ministry leaders had attempted to give the Mass collection accumulated for the past year to the parish of Our Lady of the Assumption. At a very simple turnover rite last January 17, 2018, the accumulated Mass collection for the year 2017 amounting to 1,015,125 Japanese yen was received by the parish priest, Fr. Benedict Nagao, O.F.M. - Conventual. Witnessing the turnover rite were two Filipino leaders, Cecile Takahashi and Lea Baguio-Tsuchiya. CTIC director, Fr. Kenji Takagi, was especially requested to accompany Fr. Edwin Corros, CS in the turnover of funds. From henceforth, Mass collections celebrated at the parish church of Our Lady of the Assumption will be turned over to the parish.
Lenten recollections available in various Tokyo parishes
The migrant communities in Tokyo archdiocese had been consistently organizing Lenten recollection once the Season of Lent has arrived. First to hold the recollection this year was the Filipino parishioners of Akabane. They gathered last February 17, 2018 at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish. Fr. Nelson Cabasisi from Saitama was invited by the leaders to facilitate the recollection that was attended by twenty parishioners.
Next to hold the recollection was the international community of St. Anselm`s at Meguro last February 25. Scalabrinian missionary, Fr. Edwin Corros, had preached the Lenten reflection at St. Anselm`s. He spoke on the theme "If you want, you can make me clean." At least seventy parishioners had joined the spiritual activity. Many of those who had joined the Lenten recollections were members of the various ministries of the parish. Also at Koiwa, Fr. Emilio Martinez, OP, facilitated the parish recollection that was attended by twenty parishioners.
On March 3, the migrant parishioners of St. Michael, the Archangel at Matsudo will hold their Lenten recollection. Fr. Edwin will speak on the requested theme, "Jesus, teacher, leader and servant." The parishes of Choshi and Umeda will have their recollection on Sunday, March 4 with Fr. Edwin Corros and Therese Japitana facilitating respectively.
Meanwhile, the migrant community of St. Joseph the Worker Parish at Goi will hold its Lenten recollection on Saturday, March 10 while Hachioji will have its own on Sunday, March 11, 2018. Ms. Erlyn Regondon of CTIC`s English Pastoral Ministry will be the facilitator at Hachioji`s recollection. Finally, at the Holy Rosary Parish in Ichikawa, the foreign community will hold its recollection on March 17. Its Lenten facilitator, Fr. Edwin Corros, will speak on the theme "Seeing Jesus transfigured." Everyone is welcome to all these Lenten recollection.
Night of Prayer at Chiba is now born
It`s official. The Night of Prayer in Chiba area has officially began last Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Despite the very cold winter weather, twelve people came to join this parish activity that has sought the assistance of the English Pastoral Ministry of the Catholic Tokyo International Center (CTIC). This is the second Night of Prayer that is being conducted in the Archdiocese of Tokyo. The first one is regularly held on the last Friday of the month at St. Anselm`s Parish. This activity in Chiba area is the result of cooperative collaboration of the leaders of the Gathering of Filipino Groups and Communities (GFGC) and the EPM. It had been for some years that the EPM and GFGC leaders had been looking for a parish in Chiba area that could replicate the spiritual activity that is available monthly at St. Anselm`s Parish in Tokyo. At Goi`s Night of Prayer held last February 27, the number of participants had doubled. "The response to this faith activity was indeed encouraging," said one of the parish leaders.
Kiyose Filipino Catholic Community celebrated 21 years
Another significant year in the life of Kiyose Filipino Catholic Community (KFCC) was added to the group based in Kiyose Catholic Church as it commemorated the 21st anniversary of its foundation last February 18. The KFCC began its modest celebration with a fellowship after celebrating the Tagalog Mass presided by a priest from CTIC. At the parish hall where a banquet was waiting after the Mass, the community members feasted on the delicious food that everyone had prepared. Thanks to the generosity of the members, the Filipino food had flooded once more even if they had claimed their anniversary celebration as simple and modest. It was in fact the comradeship among the members that united them to prepare such banquet.
Several Filipino friends from Tokyo, Chiba and Saitama had joined them in their merriment that featured surprise musical presentation and fun games. Some Japanese parishioners were also present at the fellowship. Before finally leaving the hall, the community had gathered for the customary group picture to document their twenty-one years of friendship, camaraderie and unity as everyone looks forward to celebrate many more anniversaries.
Visita Iglesia at Ibaraki-ken
The custom of Filipinos in their country to visit seven churches during Holy Week is still being practiced by some communities in Tokyo that organize annually a Visita Iglesia for fellow parishioners. Deep in their Lenten devotion to pray special prayers during Holy Week, particularly the Stations of the Cross, Filipino ministry leaders of Akabane this year will visit seven churches in Ibaraki-ken on Holy Thursday, March 29th.
To be accompanied by Fr. Nelson Cabasisi, who is from the Diocese of Saitama and who is also very familiar of the area, the group of pilgrims will move from the parish of Our Lady of the Assumption in Akabane to the various churches in the vast territory of Ibaraki-ken. To join this faith activity, interested parishioners may get in touch with the leaders of the Filipino community in Akabane. A registration fee to cover the bus fare and insurance of 4,200 yen will be required on a first come, first serve basis. Ministry leaders Cecile Takahashi or Irma Muto are in charge of registration.
Filipino Mass at Meguro commemorated first year
The Filipino community frequenting the Tagalog Mass celebrated at Meguro Parish had commemorated its first anniversary celebration last Saturday, February 3, 2018. From the very modest forty parishioners in February 4, 2017, who had initially attended the Mass requested by Filipino who could not attend the regular Sunday service, over one hundred Filipinos are now regularly attending the weekend service held at 7:30 in the evening. After the Mass last February 3, 2018, the parish leaders had offered some food in thanksgiving for the whole year of its continuous service. Except on Easter Vigil, many Filipino parishioners had never stopped coming for the Tagalog evening mass at the parish. Fr. Edwin Corros of the Scalabrinian Missionaries had been invited by the parish priest of St. Anselm`s to assist this important sacramental service to the Filipinos in Tokyo.