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Notre Dame de Bon Secours, Pray for us

This past summer brought not only unusual weather but also destruction and loss of life to many families. With that in mind and after showing our support for Margarita Kindergarten Sports Day, we opened the Provincial Council Meeting. This being the month of the rosary, we read from the Writings of Marguerite Bourgeoys and recalled her experience of conversion on October 7.


Reports

Meeting of CND Sisters who have been professed for 15 years

The General Administration asked us whether or not Maria Province could host this meeting and we responded our willingness to do so.

Date

 Friday, July 19~Wednesday July 31st

Participants

 The 29 sisters who have been professed for 15 years and 2 persons in charge

Room and Board

 Mostly at the Foyer in Chofu, but a visit to Fukushima will be included

Purpose

 Intercultural Workshop and Experience

The General Administration is sponsoring this meeting.


Initial Formation Committee Meeting

We received the report on this meeting held from May 15th to August 21st from Sr. Akiyo Yonemoto. She reported on the graces she received thanks to the programs that were so well planned. We wish to extend our thanks to all those involved who made this gathering in Montreal a success. We extend special thanks to Sister Kyoko Terashima who accompanied Sisters Atsuko Tsuruno and Akiyo Yonemoto. Again we express our deep gratitude to all those involved here and in Canada.


Social Justice Report

We are deepening our understanding of Article 9 in the Japanese Constitution and found the book by Mr. Koujin Karatani which underscores how we are unconscious of the facts regarding Article #9. The book begins by addressing 3 problems:

1.  Why do we have this #9 in the Japanese Constitution?

2.  Why do we not activate it? (Self-Defense Forces of Japan, US Military bases)

3.  If it is not useful, why do we keep it in the Constitution?

We will be sending copies of this book to each community in the near future.


Agenda

1. Sister Sandra Margarita Sierra Flores arrived in Japan on September 26th. After resting for a day or two in Chofu, Sr. Sandra went to Fukushima and soon found herself in Sakura no Seibo Elementary School where she spent 4 days with students. She brought her lunch and joined the children at lunchtime. They were happy to teach her some Japanese. After some time in Fukushima, she travelled to south to Sensui cho and Meiji Gakuen. We wish her lots of good experiences in her effort to touch Japanese Culture. Our prayers go with you Sandra.

 2. The CND International Formation program was held July 6th– August 2nd and we received Sr. Akiyo Yonemoto’s report. She was deeply impressed by all the Interculturality and hopes to keep that spirit alive in herself. We hope to arrange for Sister to share with you her experience.

3. Congratulations to our Diamond Jubilarians: Sisters Bernadette Eiko Kishiwada, Mary Vianney Hinako Imaizumi, Maureen Lamarche, Anna Yoshiko Uetani.

The celebration at Hanazono cho convent will be as follows:

October 29th

 17:30 Eucharist

Place

 Hanazono cho convent

Celebrant

 Bishop Mario Michiaki Yamanouchi, Head of Saitama Diocese

Sr. Kishiwada’s celebration will be a bit earlier on October 19th at the Mass at Palais Luce.

4. The groundbreaking ceremony for Chofu convent will be December 22nd at 14:00.

Celebrants will be Bishop Tarcisius Isao Kikuchi and Father Jacob Hideaki Hamaguchi, SDB Provincial of Japanese province of the Salesians.

5. Report from Tsukuba

Two of the stain glass windows from Chofu chapel (the DisHoly Family in Nazareth and the Miracle of Big Catch) are installed at Tsukuba Catholic Church. The pastor and parishioners are delighted.

The CND presence at Tsukuba is already a year and a half past. In spite of many good occasions for sharing etc. we have not been able to attract young women to our side. However, we are blessed with many good friends and are happy to help  prepare for baptisms and marriages. We have also been requested to use “Congregation de Notre Dame” instead of “Vocation Community”, for the latter could create some confusion to the neighbors when we send letters to the Tsukuba Community.

 

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