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.
I and one of our sisters went to Australia from the middle of March to the beginning of April to visit her family.
Since Australia is 20 times the size of Japan and only has about 1/5th of the population, people live spread out and cars run kilometers non-stop. Sheep and cows eat and sleep lazily all day. By the way, did you know that cows eat for 8 hours, sleep for another 8 and then regurgitate for another 8. I was surprised at their slow pace of living.
At the night the sky is full of stars. So beautiful its as if they would fall upon you. We gave praise to God for his creation.
Along the Great Ocean Road outside of Melbourne there are 12 pillars of rock. These are named after Christ’s 12 apostles and consequently have been given the name “The 12 Apostles”. Unfortunately there are only 7 left now. They were certainly an inspiration to see.
In Sydney we attended the 1pm Mass at the Catherdral. All the statues, starting with Christ upon his cross, Mary and all the angels were drapped in purple depicting the season of Lent. It was a sight worth seeing. We would have loved to have shared in the joy when the drapes were removed at Easter. Despite it being a normal working day there were many at Mass and we returned home having given thanks and prayers.
As is tradition, we celebrated Christmas Eve at the Koganei Catholic Church with 5, 7 and 9 o’clock Mass. During the 7 o’clock Mass the parishioners and sisters held a carol service in Sakuramachi Hospital and Hospice. Despite the cold weather outdoors the patients welcomed us warmly.
A talk and thanksgiving Mass was held on 24th November in the Yokohama Diocese to celebrate the 150 year of the consecration of the Yokohama Catholic Church and the re-opening of the Japanese mission. Over 4,000 attended from parishes of the Kanagawa, Shizuoka, Yamanashi, Nagano prefectures of the Yokohama Diocese.
160 of the chalices and ciboriums on the alter were made by people residing at our Fuji St. John’s Facility.
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