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2-11-15 Kasumi-cho, Yamagata City 990-0039


Schedule of Services for the month of May 2005


May 1              Sixth Sunday in Easter, World Communication Sunday

02:00 PM         English Mass

May 4              Kokumin no Shukujitsu (National Holiday)

10:00 AM        Mass

May 5              Kodomo no Hi (Childrenfs Day)

10:00 AM        Mass

May 6              First Friday

10:00 AM        First Friday Mass

May 7              First Saturday

10:00 AM        First Saturday Mass

May 8              Feast of the Ascension, Motherfs Day

02:00 PM         English Mass

May 14            Saturday

                                                            02:00 PM         First Confession for the First Communicants

                                    with Bishop Kikuchi and Fr. Pearse.

May 15            Pentecost Sunday

                                                            09:30 AM        Sacrament of Confirmation

02:00 PM         English Mass

Bishop Kikuchi will officiate in both celebrations.

May 22            Feast of the Holy Trinity

09:30 AM        Japanese Mass (in Yamagata)

02:00 PM         Bible Study (in Yamagata)

02:00 PM         Mass (in Shinjo)

May 29            Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ

11:00 AM        First Communion Mass, Japanese & English


Habemus Papam!  We have a Pope!

    The Cardinals chose Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, 78 years old, as our new Pope.  He has chosen to be known as Pope Benedict XVI.  Let us pray to the Lord for our new Pope.  Mass will be celebrated for the new Pope on April 20 and 27, Wednesdays at 06:30 PM.

Prayer for the New Pope
    God our Father, shepherd and guide, look with love on Pope Benedict XVI, your servant, the pastor of your Church. May his word and example inspire and guide the Church, and may he, and all those entrusted to his care, come to the joy of everlasting life.  Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.  Amen.

Pope Benedict XVIfs First Greeting to the Public
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, after the great Pope John Paul II, the Cardinals have elected me, a simple and humble laborer in the vineyard of the Lord. The fact that the Lord knows how to work and to act even with inadequate instruments comforts me, and above all I entrust myself to your prayers  Let us move forward in the joy of the Risen Lord, confident of his unfailing help. The Lord will help us and Mary, his Most Holy Mother, will be on our side. Thank you.


Prayer for all Mothers
    Dear God, we thank You for our mothers to whom You have entrusted the care of every precious human life.  Grant that every woman may come to understand that You have blessed them the capacity of sharing with You in the creation of a new life.  Please watch over every mother who is with child, strengthen them and their unborn babies. Give them courage in times of fear or pain, understanding in times of uncertainty and doubt, and hope in times of trouble. Grant them joy in the birth of their children.  To all mothers You have given the great privilege and responsibility of being a child's first teacher and spiritual guide. May all mothers worthily foster the faith of their children, following the example of Mary, our Heavenly Mother. Help them to grow daily in knowledge and in understanding.  Grant them the wisdom to impart this knowledge faithfully to their children, and to all of us who depend upon them.  We ask this through Christ, our Lord.  Amen.


1.      Itfs Motherfs Day on Sunday, May 8.  Please bring flowers for the Mama Mary.  If we will be blessed with a good weather on that day, we will have a procession to the grotto right after the Mass.

2.        Please be informed that we are not going to have the evening masses on Saturdays, May 7 and 14.


Habemus Papam!