Announcement from Narashino Catholic Church, parish priest

 

Dear members of Narashino Parish

 

The Peace of the Lord

 

 " Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven -Solemnity" falls on a Sunday this year. If all goes according to plan, we will celebrate it the day after tomorrow, on the 15th, with a mass at the church together with the people of the 3rd block. However, the number of people infected with the new coronavirus has exploded in the Tokyo metropolitan area (Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa, Saitama), and even in Chiba Prefecture, the number has exceeded 1,000.

After consulting with the members of Management committee today,

 

◆ I regret to inform you that all public Masses will be cancelled from August 15 to August 31.

 

◆ But you can always pray and visit the Eucharist in the Chapel during this period. 

  Please contact the church if you would like to receive the sacraments of forgiveness and the sick.

 

◆We will inform you again after discussing with the Management Committee about how to proceed after

   September.

 

"O God eternal Almighty, you have glorified the Virgin Mary, the only child, with her body and soul. May the people who believe always seek the kingdom of heaven and enter into eternal joy with the Virgin." 

(Prayer for the meeting of the Assumption of the Virgin)

 

I have heard people say, "I can't find a single good thing" due to the Corona disaster, but I believe that the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin will give us a chance to "seek the Kingdom of Heaven" and find hope by looking at the "glory given to Mary in heaven”.

 

I pray for a day when we can all come together in church and give praise and thanks to God with our hearts and voices.

 

August 13, 2021

Parish Priest, Joseph Dinh