Message from Pr. Cipriano

For Canonization and Beatification of JUSTO TAKAYAMA UKON

The Beatification of JUSTO TAKAYAMA UKON held at noon on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 in Osaka-Jo Hall. Please look at the web page for details "Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan".

And also, a mass celebrating the Beatification of JUSTO TAKAYAMA UKON held on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 at Kanazawa Catholic Church. The mass presided over by Prefect of Congregation for Causes of Saints, Cardinal Angelo Amato on behalf of Pope Francis.

TO ALL THE CATHOLIC FOREIGNERS LIVING IN ISHIKAWA PREFECTURE AND NEIGHBORING PLACES!!! TO ALL OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN FAITH.

JOIN US IN OUR ENGLISH MASS EVERY 4th SUNDAY OF THE MONTH FROM 3:00P.M. ~ 4:00P.M. AND INTERNATIONAL MASS EVERY 5th SUNDAY OF THE MONTH FROM 10:00A.M ~11:00A.M. AT HIROSAKA CATHOLIC CHURCH DURING INTERNATIONAL MASS WE SING "IMMACOLATE MOTHER" IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES, AS WELL AS THE PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL FEEL FREE TO PARTICPATE AND OFFER YOUR PRAYER IN YOUR OWN LANGUAGE.

THE RESURRECTION: a historical event

The Resurrection is the crowning truth of the Christian faith. It is a truth documented by the New Testament, and was a matter of supreme importance in the faith and life of the first Christian Communities.

The oldest written testimony to Christ’s resurrection is in the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians. Paul writes "I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day, and that He appeared to Chefas (Peter), then to the twelve. Then He appeared to more than 500 brethren at one time, most of whom are still alive. Then He appeared to James, and then to all the Apostles. Last of all, He appeared also to me."(1Cor.15, 3-8)

The faith of the first community of believers was based on the testimony of specific individuals, known to the community, and most of them living in their midst. The shock occasioned by Christ’s Passion and death was so great that the Disciples did not initially believe the news of His Resurrection. The proof of that is found in each Gospel. Their faith in the Resurrection comes from the direct experience of the risen Christ. When the risen Christ stood in their midst, they supposed that they saw a spirit. Jesus Himself had to overcome their doubts and fear and convince them that "it was really He.”Touch me and see, for a spirit has no flesh and bones as you see that I have. Since they were still incredulous, Jesus asked them to give him something to eat and “He ate it in front of them.”(Lk.24, 36...)

"For forty days after his death He showed Himself to the Apostles many times, in ways that proved beyond doubt that He was alive; He was seen by them, and talked to them about the kingdom of God."(Acts, 1, 3) The Apostles and disciples' faith in the Resurrection comes from the direct experience of the reality of the risen Christ.

Fr.Cipriano Bontacchio

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