Kiyose Catholic Church

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Name

Kiyose Catholic Church

Dedicated to

Nativity of Our Lord

Date of Establishment

July, 1936

Pastor

Atsushi Francis As. ITO

Number of Parishioners

1,321(as of Dec.31,2012)

Sunday Mass

Sun. 8:00 (Japanese) / 10:00 (J) 1st Sun. 12:15 (English) / 3rd Sun. 12:15 (Tagalog) 2nd and 4th Sun. 10:00 (Mass with Sign Language)

Weekday Mass

Mon.Tue.Wed 8:00 Thu. Fri.Sat. 9:30 (All in Japanese)

Sunday School

Saturday School 14:00-16:00

Bible Study

After the 10 o’clock Sunday Mass (Mainly for Catechumens)

Address

1-21-12 Matsuyama, Kiyose-shi, Tokyo 204-0022

Telephone

042-491-0104

Fax

042-491-1744

Website

http://www3.ocn.ne.jp/~kiyosech/

E-mail

bds04506@nifty.com

Facilities for the Handicapped

Slope (or Barrier free), Toilet

Directions

7 minutes walk from South exit of Kiyose Station on Seibu Ikebukuro Line. GoogleMap

Parish History

History

In July, 1936, Fr. Joseph Flaujac from the Paris Mission Society founded a Church, in Umezono Kiyose City, on the property of the Congregation of Japanese Sisters of Bethany. The 2.26 agitation on 26th of February, also happened in the same year which became a turning point toward militarism in Showa history in Japan. But away from the threatening noise of the society, Kiyose area was still calm in remote farm village where only sanatoriums for tuberculosis and leprosy “Zen Shou En.” were dotted. In 1940 Societe de Marie have purchased the land ( about 8,000 Tsubo) at 100 meters away in the south side of Kiyose Station on Seibu Line to build the novitiate monastery in the pine coppice where stables and barns were studded. The monastery of Societe de Marie was quite big with the capacity of 80 people which has been saved from the damage by the World War Ⅱamong all other buildings of Societe de Marie, but it has been burnt out in June 1947 because of big leakage of electricity. After that a Nissen hut was built at the ruins of the fire. In 1958 the monastery was moved to Oiso in Kanagawa Prefecture because new houses and stores were increased gradually around the area and the environment became not so suitable for the novitiate monastery in Kiyose. In May 1958 Tokyo Archdiocese has purchased a part of that site for building a new Church with the financial support from Cologne Archdiocese with the financial support from Cologne Archdiocese. Thus the present Catholic Kiyose Church has been born . The former Kiyose Catholic Church was renamed Akitsu Catholic Church and made her new start. In 1968 the10 years anniversary has celebrated and the statue of Our Lady of Lourdes has raised. In 1970 the parsonage has also enlarged. At the middle of 1975 the chapel (partially wooden building with two stories) built 20 years ago has become more decrepit and then renovation of the roof and floor were necessary. On the occasion of 25th anniversary the new construction plan of parsonage and assembly hall were decided as a priority project. The contribution activity for the new construction was started by the people and in December 1988 the wonderful parsonage and assembly hall have been completed and the hall has been the place of community activities with the spirit of openness toward people around the area. In April 1993 the public cemetery for the members of Kiyose Church has been completed in Fuchu Graveyard of Tokyo Archdiocese.

Present Situation

The number of Parishioners were about 1,400 including those who came from the neighboring cities because there is enough car parking area and also traffic access is good. On the first Sunday there is a Mass in Tagalog and about 200 Philippine people have attend. (Reference: Catholic Tokyo News Vol. No.124, June, 1995 by Mr. Noritaka Kouchiyama)