カトリック浦和教会
最初のページへ
最初のページへ  


交 通アクセス
ミ サの時間 mass
管理者へメール
HP運用規程
資 料
教会 が初めての方へ
結 婚式ご希望の方へ
担 当司祭のご紹介
葬 儀について
規 約、組織など
浦 和教会の歴史

Bishop's New Years Message for 2005
An Abundant Communion

   
 


To all my Brothers and Sisters of Saitama Diocese – A Very Happy New Year!

Family of God
     In Saitama Diocese, at many of the parishes, people of various nationalities are becoming one, and are joyful that they are able to receive together one Holy Communion.  I am thankful from my heart to God and everyone, that we have grown much as a multi-national church and that, we have given practical form to our being the family of God (1). The Liturgy of Thanksgiving designates as a prerequisite, that communion already exists among us (2).  The gradual actualization of an abundant communion among ourselves at Mass indicates, that in our daily life and in the life of our Church, we have already come to have a deep communion between us, as brothers and sisters. As your Bishop, through the occasion of my pastoral visits and other opportunities, it has become possible for me as well, to deepen my communion with even more people.

   The corner stone (3) of our communion is Christ・Jesus.  Jesus gave precedence to walking among the sick and poor people, and with those people who suffered discrimination, thereby making an abundant communion with them a reality (4). We need to learn to walk in the same way as Jesus did, with those who suffer troubles alone, with those who are isolated and lonely, with those who for various reasons are not able to partake in basic communion with others, so that through encounters with people who have been marginalized by society, and through our call to communion with them, it may become possible for our communion to become more deeply spiritual and abundant.

   This year it is ten years, since as a Diocese, we began to have interaction with other Asian countries (Offerings for the Table of Jesus).  Furthermore, there has been much involvement with Akatsuki no Mura, Easter Village, Furanshisuko no Machi, Seui Home etc., and there has also been the activities of Open House, visiting the sick and the elderly, movements for the handicapped, visits to the Ushiku Detention Center, and support for migrants etc., all of which many encounters, have come to make our Church, more abundant. All of these many activities could be said to be the Diocese walking in imitation of the way that Jesus walked.  I feel proud of all of these activities in which you are involved.  I ask that these activities be even further developed, that even more people become involved at many different places, and that you continue to support these activities through prayers and donations.

Utilizing Holy Communion for our Life
    During communion at Mass, we joyfully celebrate in the peace of Christ, our encounter with Christ, and the blessings of unity. Two prayers are said just before we receive communion.  One is a prayer for the peace of the world (5) the other is a prayer for the unity of the Church.

     As for this earth where we live, it has become difficult for a person to live as a human being because of war, disputes, starvation, poverty, economic exploitation, inequity, discrimination, and the destruction of the environment.  This is certainly not, the kind of earth that we could call peaceful.  We are in no way unrelated to the sins and evils of this world. Especially this year, revisions in the Basic Education Laws are being deliberated in the Diet, and discussions about amending the Constitution will probably bring about its materialization.  As for us, because of our Gospel values, it is necessary that we keep carefully participating in this discussion. 

     At the respective parishes and as a Diocese we have been engaged in the Movement for Christian Unity (ecumenism). We have cooperated in activities in various fields and have moved in solidarity.  But we still have not reached complete unity.

     That is why the prayers before we receive communion, are prayed with a feeling of such pain and responsibility. “Utilizing Holy Communion for our Life,”(6) means that while we have joy because of our unity with Christ, we also pray for peace and equality, and renew our determination to work.  Our work is to change our own life, to work for peace and equality, and to live together with people who have been marginalized. In addition, our work is to pray for unity with our separated brothers and sisters, and to deepen our friendship with them.  

Vocations
     Finally, I have a special favor to ask everyone.  What I ask is that you pray and cooperate so that from our Church, which has become a multi-national Church, we will give birth to new priests and religious.  We cannot fail to have priests and religious if we have concrete and real communion.

     At present, in Saitama Diocese we have four seminarians.  This year, two young men, who came from Korea, will take the seminary entrance examination. One seminarian candidate will come to Japan from Peru.  There are also other young people who are thinking about a vocation as a priest or religious. Please pray for them.

     In Saitama Diocese, for the formation of priests, we have the “One Grain of Wheat” Support Association. There are already people who have become members of the “One Grain of Wheat” Support Association, but I ask that many more people consider becoming members, and cooperate to help us with our seminarians formation.

     And please, remember to pray for me, for our priests and for our religious as well.

     May the New Year, be for everyone, a year of abundant blessings. I send to you my blessing as well, that we may be lead by the Holy Spirit.  

     †May the blessing of Almighty God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be with you all. 

December 4, 2004

Catholic Saitama Diocese
Bishop Marcellino Tani Daiji

               
1 Ephesians 2:19
2. Pope John Paul II, Encyclical Letter, Ecclesia de Eucharistia (教会にいのちを与える聖体pg.49)
3.Ephesians 2:20
4.John 4:1-42; Mathew 9:9-13; Luke 7:36-50 etc.
5. The prayer used as an addition to the Our Father
6. Pope John Paul II, Encyclical Letter, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, (教会にいのちを与える聖体pg.28-29)



Copyright(C) 2005, Catholic Urawa Church, All rights reserved.