Narita Catholic Church

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Name

Narita Catholic Church

Dedicated to

Our Lady of Assumption

Date of Establishment

June 5, 1986

Pastor

Keiji Francis X. SAKAKURA

Number of Parishioners

467 (as of Dec.31,2012)

Sunday Mass

Sun. 9:30 am (Japanese) 3rd Sun. 11:30(English) / 13:30(Spanish)

Weekday Mass

Monday through Saturday at 7:30am Friday 9:30am

Volunteer Activity

Coffee Charity wherein home made cake and cookies, tea and coffee are sold on 4th Sunday after 9:30 Mass and the fund raised is donated to several welfare institutions in Japan

Address

2-2-1 Kōzunomori, Narita-shi, Chiba 286-0048

Telephone

0476-26-4926

Fax

0476-26-4922

Facilities for the Handicapped

Toilet

Directions

7 minutes walk from Kōzunomori Sta. on Keisei Line. Parking available for 30 cars inside and 20 outside the Church area.. GoogleMap

Parish History

History

Narita Church started its steps as a branch of Sawara Church, the neighboring parish. In 1977. In 1982 the church has become sub-parish and in 1986 it HAS Become lawfully AN independent parish of Archdiocese of Tokyo. At the beginning the location was at Nakadai in Narita New Town using an ordinary house as her chapel. With an eye of the future the preparation of new construction of the Church has . begun from the early stage and in 1988 expansion of the church has been done. Since the house was too small for the increased number of the parishioners during the thirteen years from the establishment of the church. the Irish Columban Missionaries made the foundation of Narita Church and the parishioners also cooperated with them generously. In 1989 the church has welcomed Japanese diocesan priest as the chaplain and five years after the Church could purchase the land at Kōzunomori i. The new construction of the church started on May 1995. In November it has been completed and house moving was done. In December 1995 Archbishop Peter Shirayanagi and Auxiliary Bishop Paul Mori have concelebrated the Solemn Dedication Mass. Around the Narita city many Filipinos and people from Latin America live. At the Sunday Mass the crews of the airplanes and passengers have joined from various countries and the church becomes international atmosphere. The Narita Church given the new chapel at the growing new town of Kozunomori has started firmly its new steps as the light of Christ. At present the church is carried by about 400 Japanese parishioners and 250 foreigners.

Present Situations

Church Activities

Voluntary Activities

  • Coffee Charity: To support social welfare program
  • Flea market committee: Once a year around October
  • Ceremonial Occasions: Services for the liturgy of Wedding, Vigil of over the deceased, Funeral, Care and maintenance for all the necessary things of liturgy
  • Sacristy :Clean-up: Chapel, personage, hall and toilet
  • Sunday liturgy services: Organist, usher, reader, alter server
  • Servant of the Eucharist, Rector:The lay ministry services admitted by Tokyo Archdiocese to give sick or aged person the Blessed Sacrament and minister to the Liturgy of the Word
Official activities of the Church organization
  • Church Committee: Supervise all the church activities and organization of the church.The Committee has   meeting once a month.
  • Financial Committee: Managing and support the chaplain for all the financial matters of the church. 
  • Liturgical Committee: Supervise all the liturgical calendar of the year and scheduling the  necessary staffs.
Christian life & activities:

After the baptism the new parishioners will participate into: Various activities of the church and liturgical events of the church calendar so that they will experience close contact with Christ and brothers & Sisters in Christ globally united with each other as one community of the church. This will be the base of Catholic Christian life with rich faith.