Togane Catholic Church

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Name

Togane Catholic Church

Dedicated to

The Holy Family

Date of Establishment

March, 1959

Pastor

Shigeru John Ap. OZAWA

Number of Parishioners

200 (as of Dec.31,2015)

Sunday Mass

9:30 (Japanese) 3rd Sun.15:00 (English)

Weekday Mass

Friday 10:30am Children Gathering Sat. 18:00 ~19:00 (From children of kindergarten, elementary school,1.junior high school, senior high school students and to their parents)

Bible Study

“Bible Study Class” Fri 11:00~12:00 

Volunteer Activity

Once a month we visit hospitals and Care facility

Activity

Meetings: A.A., N.A. (once in a week respectively)

Address

251-2 Togane, Togane-shi, Chiba 283-0802

Telephone

0475-52-2357

Fax

0475-52-2357

Facilities for the Handicapped

Slope (or Barrier free), Toilet

Directions

8 minutes walk from JR Tōgane Sta. Parking lot available for total of 20 vehicles. GoogleMap

Parish History

History

The church was established by the Columbans and in March in 1959 the Togane Catholic Church dedicated by Fr.Petro Takemi Konda and started as a sub-parish of Mobara Church with only 7 – 8 people.Then 7 years after the Church has been recognized as an independent Church and became a Togane Parish , which has been a long – cherished desire of the Church. During the time of its start many priests from Chibadera Church, Mobara Church, and Kamogawa Church came to support the Church Community. On May 2001 the chaplain Fr. Joseph Finnerty, Irish Priest, has been past a way at Togane Church. After that Fr. Joseph David Broderick has been assigned as the chaplain for both Chibadera Church and Togane Church. Afterwards until the Easter of 2011, The chaplain was Fr. Marco Antonio MARTINEZ M.G. from Mexico who is also a pastor of Chibadera Church. From April of 2008 Fr. John Shigeru Ozawa has been permanently stationed at the Church and serves for Mass and instructs the sharing session as the spiritual supporter.After the Easter of 2011 Fr.OZAWA was assigned as the pastor.

Environment

Togane Church is located in the quiet residential area of the central part of Togane City adjoining Chiba City about 8 minutes walk from the JR Togane Station. The chapel is a mortared old building which has watched over many people for long time. It has a certain historical calm appearance and is warmly welcoming people still now.

Present Situation

There are about 300 parishioners with variety of nationalities and they seeks to have a sense of one community. It wishes and means first of all the importance of their inner unity in Christ and sharing spirit of Him among the people Catechism for children has been focused as important education. On Saturday evening the Bible class for Children with their parents has been held under the instruction of the priest. They share the words of the Bible and sing praising hymns together. Sunday Mass is at 9:30 am and English Mass is on the third Sunday at 15:00. In week days there is a Bible sharing class on Friday after the mass at 10:30am. Though the Church is small but we will pray together and spread the words of the gospel to every one.