Novena to St Joseph

11 03 2010

As March 19 is the feast day of St Joseph this is a reminder to start your novena to him.

EWTN has one and there are many others out there so take your pick.  This is my first year to do this novena because in the past I’m ashamed to say I ignored St Joseph but that has changed!


Yamaguchi Carmel

4 03 2010

According to the Order of Discalced Carmelites` website there are nine Carmels in Japan.  I managed to find photos of the one in Yamaguchi which I am posting below.

They also make slippers which are sold around Christmas time and can be ordered through your parish office.  This past Advent I saw a notice for this in my church bulletin but I did not order any.  Here are photos from people who did order a pair though.  I think they cost around 2000 yen.

Thief returns money stolen from shrine 10 years ago + interest

3 03 2010

Tadashi Sunaga stands in front of the donation box at Yama Jinja shrine in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, on Monday. (Mainichi)

UTSUNOMIYA — “There is something I have to apologize to this shrine for.” Those were the opening words of a letter found in the donation box at Yama Jinja shrine here along with 30,000 yen.

The letter was a confession from someone who 10 years before, when still in primary school, had stolen 10,000 yen from the box. “When I became an adult, I realized how hard it is to make money, and I remembered stealing from the box,” the letter continued.

The extra 20,000 yen, the mysterious writer said, was to make up for all the time that had gone by, as a kind of interest payment.

“It’s good this person didn’t continue down a bad road,” said the shrine’s manager, 76-year-old Tadashi Sunaga. “I’m happy.”

That is the full story but here is the source

Happy Lent

27 02 2010

Hello dear neglected blog!  I havent been up to too much just prayer and fasting, you know the usual Lent-y things.  Can I blame the fasting for making me too weak to blog?   No.  I didn’t think so.  How about the Olympics?

Ash Wednesday was interesting because this year the priest, same priest as years past, instead of sprinkling the ashes on people`s hair decided to make a small cross on our foreheads very close to the hair-line.  I happily walked home with my ashes that were at least on some part of my forehead.  It was dark though and not that long of a walk so probably no one noticed.  Even if people did notice they would have probably thought I’m some weird foreigner with dirt on my head.  Oh well.

Feast day of St Paul Miki and Companions all Martyrs

6 02 2010


Today is the feast day of St Paul Miki パウロ三木 and twenty five other Catholics who were crucified in Nagasaki in 1597.

26 Martyrs memorial official site

Random Picture Post

4 02 2010

from here.  Its someone`s travel pic.  Aside from the athletic footwear all the Sisters I see in Japan dress in that style of habit with the veil basically as seen below.

from here its a news site.

from here a site with lots of old school nun pics from around the world.  I think the Poor Clares here dress in the traditional habit but they`re cloistered so I’ve never actually seen anyone dressed like that.  This photo also reminds me that I saw a young women wearing a kimono (not a wedding one like in the pic) at mass and she also had on a veil like in the photos below.

from here a pro photo site.  Caption on site says taken in Kyoto

RCIA people in Tokyo.  Not my photo.  I like to say the closer one gets to Nagasaki the more you`ll see women  wearing a veil.  Will these women keep wearing it after that special day in the photo its hard to say but people think it`s fine either way.

To be continued…

Jesuit Parking

2 02 2010

I thought this was funny.