Shimura Catholic Church

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Name

Shimura Catholic Church

Dedicated to

St. Joseph the Worker

Date of Establishment

November 8, 1967

Pastor

Constant LOUIS M.E.P.

Number of Parishioners

417 (as of Dec.31,2011)

Sunday Mass

Sat.18:00(Japanese) Sun.9:30(J) 4th Sun.15:00(English)

Weekday Mass

7:30(J) 1st Fri.10:00(J)

Sunday School

Sun.10:45~11:45 Sunday School is for children from elementary School and junior high school. after the Sunday Mass for about one hour by Sisters of charity of Jesus Sunday School Class is after Mass, about 1 hour long.

Bible Study

Please ask for information. Tel:03-3960-3566 (Japanese & French ) Tuesday: 10:30-12:00 leaning “The Acts of the Apostles” by Fr. Constant LOUIS Wednesday: 18:30-20:30 Old Testament by Ms. Emi Kato(Graduate from Sophia University) 2nd & 4th weeks and self study 1st & third weeks Thursday: 10:00-12:00 Learning “The Acts of the Apostles” by Fr. Constant LOUIS Friday: 13:30~15:30Learning “Luke” by Fr. Constant LOUIS Saturday: 19:00-21:00 Sharing of Sunday Gospel by Fr. Constant LOUIS

Volunteer Activities

Volunteer meal service for the homeless near the Arakawa river side and Takashimadaira on the 1st Thu. once a month. Every Tues Night for “Hoshi no Ie” is action

Activities

Rosario player (2nd, 4th Tue.15:00) Hebrew Study Class:(3rd Teusday 18:30-20:30) by Ms, Emi Kato

Address

1-38-22 Sakashita, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo 174-0043

Telephone

03-3960-3566

Fax

03-5392-5828

Website

http://www15.ocn.ne.jp/~constant

E-mail

shimura-ch@estate.ocn.ne.jp

Facilities for the Handicapped

Barrier free

Directions

6 minutes walk from Shimura 3 cho-me Sta. or Hasune Sta. on Mita Subway Line.

【From Ikebukuro West Exit 】 Please take Kokusai-Kogyo Bus “Ike No. 20” for Takashimadaira Soshajyo to Ooyabashi stop (1 minute walk from the stop).

【From JR Akabane Station at West Exit】 Please take Kokusai-Kogyo Bus “Aka No.01” from East exit of JR Akabane Sta. for Narimasu Sta. North Entrance and get off at “Shimura 4 cho-me” or “Aioi Bashi”

【From the North Gate of “Narimasu Station” of Tobutojosen】 Please take Kokusai-Kogyo Bus Aka No. 02 for Akabane Station and get off at “Hasune 1 Chome” Parking available for total of 12 vehicles.  GoogleMap

Parish History

History

On the establishment of the history of Shimura Church dedicated to St. Joseph the laborer, many Catholic people of good will in West Germany had supported to make the fund responding the call of Fr.Gereon Goldman. Especially Cardinal Joseph Frings had assisted to purchase a land for Archdiocese of Tokyo and it had given to Shimura Church in 1964. Then the Church has been transferred to Tokyo Archdiocese from Franciscans (O.F.M.) juristically. The fund ” donation for the construction of new church ” had been set up in Archdiocese of Tokyo and the parishioners donation had been collected in the fund. Through that donation fund the new construction of the chapel and the parsonage had been built and also by the warm support of the neighboring parishes and parishioners. On 8th of November, 1967 by these brotherly friendship in faith Shimura Parish dedicated to St.Joseph the Labor has been born. On 17th of December 1967 the chapel, parsonage, guest rooms, office, hall of two stories building has been dedicated. Their earnest wish were to have their chapel worthy of the name. The first chaplain was Fr. John the Baptist Yasukuni Tokugawa and he has founded the base of the Church. Since May 1975 the church committee members have been selected by vote according to the rule of the administration of the church.

Present situation

The present total numbers of the parishioners are 421 as of December 2010 and the church has been still considered as one of the small churches in Tokyo Archdiocese. Sunday School for children has been took cared by the Sisters of Charity of Jesus and the summer camp program has also held by the support of the parents and parishioners. Most of very Saturday and Sunday Fr. Augustinus Takehiro Kunii, C.P., the superior of “Mikotoba no Ie of the Congregation of the Passion ” has helped the Masses as the cooperator of the Sunday Eucharist Service with the chaplain Fr. Constant LOUIS. One a month the Study classes of reading of Sunday Masses and the liturgy have been held by Fr. A.T.Kunii after Masses. In Autumn Bazaar has been held to support the street children in the Philippines and the minority people Karen tribe in Myanmar financially. The the earnings has been sent directly to those Catholic organizations who take care of each project. Also this has been a good occasion of mutual friendship with neighboring people in the church area. In spring mini bazaar has been held usually for “Ichiryu Kai” to support the Catholic Seminary of Japan. Another activity is ” providing hot meals for homeless people ” at Arakawa river side and Takashimadaira once a month and now some homeless people have joined the Holy Mass or bible study class in friendly relationship with the church. As a small community the church tried to make the best use of its advantage for evangelization and assistance to the need of the area now and in the future. This is our theme as Shimura Church and we would like to welcome your kind cooperation to us.