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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.