Dec 12, 2011

The Niigata centenary crucifix relay got rolling

As you may have already read about it on my previous post on 27 November, to commemorate 100 anniversary of establishment of Niigata diocese in 2012, a crucifix relay had commenced on 20 November in Niigata Cathedral.  Two crucifix had been blessed and sent out to go around all parishes in the diocese and will return to the Cathedral on 7 and 8 October next year.  Actual relay got rolling on 4 December when 25 parishioners of Niigata Cathedral led by Fr. Ebe, the parish priest, made fraternal visit to neighboring Hanazono parish with one of two crucifix.  The crucifix was brought into the Hanazono chapel at the beginning of Mass by Mr. Saito of Niigata Cathedral and placed next to the main alter.  Then Fr. Fernando, a parish priest of Hanazono, blessed the crucifix and celebrated Mass with Fr. Ebe which was followed by a tea party.  One of the main purpose of this relay is to develop mutual and fraternal relationship among Catholic communities in the diocese so that this kind of actual exchange of members are very important.  The second crucifix is traveling to Sanjo on 18 December.

The crucifix is travelling with a note book (Photo above).  Every one of the parish community where the crucifix are stopping are welcome to leave your own comment.  It will be displayed at the end of the relay during the centennial diocesan congress on 7 and 8 October in Niigata.

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