Message from Pr. Cipriano

Notice on Mass in June

We may change the way masses are carried out depending on the future situation. In this situation, the manner of our faith life calls for new styles. We would like to overcome this tough situation with our prayers and preventing infection.

Sunday school will be closed in June. We will contact you again for the First Eucharist class.

Notice of change of priest in charge

From May 1, the priests of the Catholic Kanazawa Church will change as follows

Chief Priest
Fr. Kunori Akira
Assistant Priest
Fr. Cipriano Bontacchio
Cooperating priest
Fr. Pietro Zanchetta

For Canonization and Beatification of JUSTO TAKAYAMA UKON

The Beatification of JUSTO TAKAYAMA UKON held at noon on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 in Osaka-Jo Hall. Please look at the web page for details "Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan".

And also, a mass celebrating the Beatification of JUSTO TAKAYAMA UKON held on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 at Kanazawa Catholic Church. The mass presided over by Prefect of Congregation for Causes of Saints, Cardinal Angelo Amato on behalf of Pope Francis.

The Peace of the Lord

On August 15th we celebrate the end of Pacific War. As you know, from December 8th, 1941 Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, until August 15th, 1945 Japan fought against USA, Great Britain, Holland, Australia and China for almost four years. Over than 3 million people including civilians were sacrificed in this war. We have not known the exact numbers of victims in Asian countries involved in this war yet.

Catholic Church in Japan mourn for all victims for 10 days from August 6th to 15th every year and pray heartily that the world peace without war will be realized.

By the way, we are exchanging greetings of peace in a Mass each other saying "Peace be with you, Peace be with you". In Japan we greet each other only with a slight bow. But in foreign countries they usually shake hands or hug each other. In this case we can perceive each other's body temperature by touching skin. Although we cannot necessarily say which one is a better way of greeting of peace, many foreigners might be not satisfied in a Mass in Japan.

Anyway, do we really realize the deep meaning of the greeting of peace? When the disciples who locked themselves up for fear of the Jews, Jesus stood in the midst and said them, "Peace be with you" twice. Then he breathed on them and entrusted the mission to forgive sins of the people saying "receive the Holy Spirit" (Jn20:19-23). Couldn't we say this mission is none other than the mission to bring the Peace of the Lord as genuine peace to the people? We all are invited both privately and publicly to live the Peace of the Lord in our life.

Christ has made peace between Jews and Gentiles, and he has united us by breaking down the wall of the hatred that separated us. (Eph2:14)

Pastor Fr. Paul A. Kunori o.c.d.

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