聖ヨハネ会St. John's Congregation

福音史家聖ヨハネ布教修道会The Missionary Sisters of St. John the Evangelist

24th December 2014 Carols of the Light


 

The Christmas candle service took place once again on Christmas Eve at Sakuramachi Hospital with carolers holding candles and visiting each ward. The patients’ faces shone in the light given off by the candles against the dimmed wards. It was truly an inspiring site.

 
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8th November 2014 Graveyard Visit

On 8th November at 11am: the tradition month for the praying for the dead, there was a placing of the bones ceremony held at the Catholic Koganei Church’s grave at the Catholic Fuchu Graveyard. The ceremony was conducted by the parish priest Fr. Dingh. In addition to the ceremony those participating prayed for the repose of all those who have departed.

Despite the day being chilly and windy there was a feeling of our prayers ascending to heaven.

 
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2014 VOW RENEWAL AND VOW TAKING CEREMONY


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This year’s vow renewal was held during benediction on 24th October at 7pm. The following day at 2pm a vow taking celebration mass was presided over by Catholic Koganei Church Priest Fr. Dinh. This year one sister celebrated her Diamond Jubilee and two their Golden Jubilees. Furthermore, a younger sister renewed her perpetual vows.

Thank you to the large number who attended the celebrations and party afterwards.

 
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St. John’s Bazaar 2014

This year’s St. John’s Bazaar was held on the 12th October and despite fears of an incoming typhoon we were blessed by favourable weather. Children enjoyed steam train rides whilst the adults could enjoy hand-made goods and cookies baked by various congregations throughout Japan. Residents of our own Fuji St. John’s Facility produced good especially for the event and it was overall a very good bazaar Proceeds will go the North Eastern Reconstruction effort.

 
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16th August 2014 Anniversary of the death of Fr. Bunkyo Totsuka

On August 16 the Director of Sakura Hospital together with staff and the sisters of St. John’s Congregation prayed for the eternal response of Fr. Bunkyo Totsuka – the founder of our hospital. The service was officiated over by Fr. Joseph Dinh of the Catholic Koganei Church.
 

 
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25th July 2014 Ground breaking ceremony at the construction site of St. John’s Social Welfare Society’s new regional care center for the intellectually handicapped

On 25th July 2014 a ground breaking ceremony at the construction site of St. John’s Social Welfare Society’s new regional care center for the intellectually handicapped was conducted and officiated over by Fr. Joseph Dinh of the Catholic Koganei Church.

 
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8th June 2014 Social event for the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of St. John’s Congregation

Following Mass on 8th June we held a social exchange with parishioners of the Catholic Koganei Church.
Despite the rain about 100 people attended including members of the St. John’s Brothers and Sisters Association.
One person even attended who had just returned from France the day before despite his jet lag and tiredness.
Following a speech by the Mother Superior we showed a DVD entitled “The History of Fuji St. John’s Facility”.
After that there was a small party and a photo exhibition of the facility.  There was occasional laughter during the
DVD which made it an enjoyable experience.
 
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