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.
Kiyose St. John’s Support Center celebrates Christmas with members of the Kiyose Church
The Missionary Sisters of St. John the Evangelist
On 23rd (Tuesday) December 2014, members of the Kiyose St. John’s Support Center held a Christmas party with members of the Catholic Kiyose Church. I would like to share a few of the wonderful memories of the day with you.
The support center is a day care center for those with intellectual handicaps. It was opened on 1st October 2013. Fr. Ito of the Kiyose Church opened the day with a prayer and then a short talk on Luke chapter 19 and its resemblance to the facility and its purpose.
Then it was down to the real purpose of the day’s gathering – the Christmas party with members of the Kiyose church. In addition to Fr. Ito, there was the Monma Gospel Family, children from the Sunday School and pianist Mrs. Fujisawa from the Church. There were also plenty of others to make up a rather large group.
Members of the center had been eagerly awaiting the event for quite some and had been rehearsing “Amen Hallelujah ” every day.
While the day was cold the sun showed its face. Members of the Sunday School played out the nativity while 6 grader Eguchi Kun played a piano solo. Mrs. Fujisawa followed with a turkish march on the piano. Mrs. Monma led the participants in “I Love You With the Love of the Lord” with everybody taking each others hands. Finally, accompanied by sign language, the group sang “Amen Hallelujah”. Then all enjoyed cake and refreshments. Actually, it was the same program as last year, but God left us a very big present.
Last year the members of the center and the church were new to each other so they were a little embarrashed and both couldn’t take each other hands. Furthermore, at refreshment time both sat separately. However, this year things were very different. Both felt at ease in each others presence taking each others hands and sitting together.
As Fr. Ito requested at the opening ceremony it was a festival of love of little people centered around the baby Jesus. Closing, one of the members of the center sang “Please Come Again Next Year” to members of the church. Everybody was unanimous.
Thanks be to God.
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.