Sep 15, 2009

Consultors meeting in Tsuruoka

The Niigata diocesan consultors meet every other month in Niigata except once a year in September in one of 5 districts in the diocese. The consultors are appointed by bishop to give him advice on diocesan issues. In Niigata at present, the consultors meeting consists of 6 priests, 3 diocesan and 3 religious from Nagaoka, Yamagata and Akita districts.

As for this year's September meeting, we went to Tsuruoka in Yamagata districts. We had discussion yesterday from 3 pm and diner together. Then this morning we met again in Tsuruoka parish to celebrate Eucharist with some of the parishioners. I was glad to meet more than 20 parishioners to participates in the Mass today even though it was a weekday morning.

After the Mass, I drove down to Shinjo to see several proposed sites for the new parish in Shinjo in Yamagata district. Together with Fr.Honma, the district superior, Fr.Otaki, the secretary general of the diocese and several parishioners, we visited 2 proposed sites. Both were good size and location for Church activities. So I asked the community to deepen their discussion and try to find the solution as soon as possible. Let us pray that Almighty Father will guide us through this process so that we will realise the establishment of Shinjo parish as soon as possible. We may need more prayer and, also more fund to realise the dream.

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