Seminar in remembrance of MONSIGNOR VLADIMIR GHIKA, December 23rd 2014
17.00 Short movie about the life of Monsignor Vladimir Ghika
17.20 Monsignor Vladimir Ghika in Japan – Presentation by H.E. Mr. Radu Serban, Ambassador of Romania to Japan
17.40 Presentation by Father Francisc Ungureanu, Episcopal Vicar of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bucharest
Date: Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 17.00 -19.00
Venue: EMBASSY OF ROMANIA, Tokyo
Language: English. Written translation in Japanese
In commemoration of the 70th anninversary of the founding of our congregation our sisters held a DVD screening depicting the history of its facilities for the intellectually handicapped. Our facilities in this area began with war orphans but gradually developed into the Fuji St. John’s Facility. Last year a new group home “Kiyose St. John’s Care Village – Nakakiyoto” and a day care center “Kiyose St. John’s Support Center” were opened. Following the screening there was a social exchange with the parishioners.
We are indebted to the parishioners of the Kiyose Church for their support to our home and center in the form of volunteers, etc. Furthermore, those using our home and center thank the members of the church for without their love and protection they would find it extremely difficult to exist.
We look forward to your continued support.
May God’s peace prevail amongst you……
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.
On 26th October between 11am-1.30pm we participated in the Catholic Fuchu Church’s charity bazaar “Children requiring support for a brighter future” Proceeds of the bazaar will go to Pilipino children through the Child Fund Japan and to our own Fuji St. John’s Facility.
We were blessed by good weather throughout the day and there was a variety of international cooking to be enjoyed (Japanese, Indonesian, Korean and the Philippines). In addition there were handcrafted items, everyday goods, homemade cakes and sweets, drinks and fairy floss. At the St. John’s stall we offered a variety of handcrafted goods, including new this year macaroni angels, cookies, knitted items, a selection of cards and Hokkaido food specialities. Thanks to everybody most of the items were sold out.
The bazaar was a wonderful opportunity for international exchange and was a great success. We want to now start preparing diligently for next year’s bazaar and even finding some new things to offer.
We would like to thank Fr. Maurizio of the Catholic Fuchu Church, the bazaar coordinating committee, all those who served at the stalls and all the people who were so gracious as to attend. May God continue to pour out his blessing in abundance upon the Church.
The newly completed Fuji St. John’s Facility was consecracted at a ceremony conducted by Fr. Morita Mitsuyoshi of the Catholic Fuji Yoshida Church on 25th September 2014. The old buildings will be demolished and the ceremony to celebrate the completion will be held in Spring next year.
This year’s annual retreat was held at the Holy Spirit’s Retreat House here in Koganei City under the direction of Jesuit Priest Fr. Amros from 14th-23rd September. 13 members of the congregation attended.