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♦ Christian, Jewish & Muslim Perspectives presented at SFM during March 2016

Presentations were made by three prominent leaders in each Abrahamic faith tradition on three consecutive Tuesday evenings. It was organized by Sr. Lucy Thorson, nds and colleagues in the SFM Interfaith Dept. There was a large turnout (100+) each evening to listen to the inspiring and challenging talks by Dr. Murray Watson, Rabbi Edward Elkin & Imam Hamid Slimi. An overview, text (PDF) and a few pictures of the presentation is available in the News Section of the SFM website - Read more

♦ Directory of Interfaith groups in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)

♦ Brief Explanation of Laudato Si’

Following the release of this Encyclical, a 7-min homily was given by Fr. Dan Donovan, an archdiocesan priest who helps at Our Lady of Perpetual Help (at St. Clair/Mt. Pleasant). He expanded on the 6 chapters of the Encyclical. Listen to the (audio version or read the text version

♦ Renrakukai AGM dinner and talk about JAMSNET - Nov. 15, 2015

The Renrakukai (assoc. of Toronto Japanese Christian Churches) including TJCC is organizing the following event:

  • Date: Sun. November 15, 2015
  • Venue: Scarboro Missions, Turner Room (tentatively) on 2nd floor (above main reception)
  • AGM meeting (5:00 pm): Turner Room. Business meeting
  • Dinner (6:00 pm): in SFM Dining Room. Bento-box $15.00 (pls order via Roy by Nov. 8)
  • Talk (7:00 pm): “Introducing JAMSNet Canada (Japanese Medical Support Network in Canada)” by Kiyoshi Denbo of Japanese Social Services (JSS). Talk will be in Japanese. JAMSNet was started in NY and now spreading in Canada, more info at JAMSNET website
  • Plan for JAMSNet Canada Details are provided in Japanese and English:
    • In Japanese (最新版ジャムズネットカナダ趣意書)
    • In English (ジャムズネットカナダの構想英文)

♦ Ordination of Luis Lopez as SFM priest held on July 11, 2015

Luis Lopez was ordained a Scarboro Missions priest in the SFM chapel - by Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Toronto. There was a large turnout including his many relatives from Ottawa area. He'll continue mission work in Guyana. Two pictures shown below but more are posted in the SFM Photo Gallery

Fr. Luis ordination

Ordination of Fr. Luis by Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick in SFM Chapel

Fr. Luis ordination

Large family of Fr. Luis attending his ordination, with his happy mother standing to his right

♦ Overview of the Pope's Encyclical by Fr. Dan Donovan on July 5th

Following the release of this Encyclical (see next item), a 7-min homily was given by Fr. Dan Donovan, an archdiocesan priest who helps at Our Lady of Perpetual Help (at St. Clair/Mt. Pleasant - OLPH church). He expanded on the 6 chapters of the Encyclical. Listen to the - audio version or read the text/written version

♦ Pope Francis’ Encyclical: Laudato Si’, On Care for our Common Home - June 18, 2015

As you probably read in the media, Pope Francis released yesterday his long-awaited Encyclical on the Environment - Read more. For those who wish to read the Encyclical itself, click here

♦ Church leaders see Encyclical as opening new wave of Climate Action

Read the June 19th Catholic News Service article

♦ A good turnout at our June 14th gathering

Our Community was happy to welcome three first-time visitors, all ESL students in Toronto.

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Monthly Japanese Mass on June 14

♦ Dinner with visiting Fr. Icchi - April 9, 2015 at Asian Legend Restaurant

We squeezed in a dinner with Fr. Yukitoshi Ichioka during his 3-day stay in Toronto. Some 10 members plus Fr. John joined in a cool but enjoyable evening. Fr. Icchi had a little time between his pastor's work at Chigasaki Church and his bi-weekly teaching of Spiritual Theology at the Fukuoka Seminary.

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Fr. Icchi dinner at Asian Legend

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"Fr. Ichioka & Fr. John

♦ Nikkei Christian Retreat held at SFM on April 24-25

This was their Annual Retreat, where 40-45 adults/children (some overnight) gathered to pray, sing and reflect. This is their 3rd year at SFM. As before, it was organized by Shozo/Yoko Iwai of the "Jesus Family" group (member of Renrakukai). The keynote speaker was Rev. Eiji Yonemura of the Ohtsu Christian Church. They are part of the Canadian Japanese Ministries - read latest newsletters (English & japanese)

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Nikkei Retreat 2015 at SFM

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Rev. Yonemura & Fr. Carten

♦ Bishop Bolen gives Annual Scarboro Lecture - April 25, 2015

Bishop Donald Bolen of the Diocese of Saskatoon gave a comprehensive lecture on “A Church in Dialogue – Pope Francis and the Summons to Ecumenical, Interfaith and Cultural Conversation”. More info with few pictures

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Bishop Bolen giving SFM lecture

♦ “The Extraordinary Holy 'Year of Mercy' – 2015-16”

Pope says “Year of Mercy will be time to heal, to help and to forgive”. Mercy is at the heart of the Church’s credibility and the church has a duty to profess it and live. Read more

♦ SFM Interfaith’s Paul McKenna honoured by King of Jordan on April 20th

Paul McKenna of SFM Interfaith has worked with the Toronto Steering Committee of World Interfaith Harmony Week which sponsors interfaith activities around the world. The Toronto group was awarded 3rd prize for their 2015 efforts in the GTA’s Harmony Week. On behalf of the Toronto committee, Paul and another member received the award from King Abdullah II of Jordan in Amman on April 20 - Read more

♦ Recent interesting articles about Pope Francis

The interest in the Pope continues as he celebrated his 2nd Anniversary on Friday March 13, 2015:

  • "The Francis Miracle: Mercy is the bedrock of this papacy". Crux is a publication "Covering all things Catholic". Its Assoc. Editor, John D. Allen recently published the book "The Francis Miracle". Read an excerpt from his book
  • Anniversary Interview: Pope talks about his election, papacy, future Read full story from March 13, 2015 Cath. News Service
  • Photo Highlights of Pope Francis' first two Years Since his election two years ago, the Pope has made 8 trips outside of Italy, preached mercy for gays and social justice for immigrants, embarked on aggressive reform of the Vatican, decried Christian persecution, canonized 819 saints (technically), and kissed innumerable babies. Some photo highlights from his papacy

♦ Homilies & Readings to be posted in the new Homilies Section

The audio recordings of the homilies/readings from the monthly Japanese Mass (since Nov. 2013) are now posted in the new Homilies Section (Left Menu). The main purpose is for those members who missed mass/homily (or if they live out-of-town or in Japan) or to hear it again.

The homily (in Japanese) is usually given by Fr. John Carten (occasionally by Fr. Jim Gauthier or visiting Japanese priest). The homily is preceded by two liturgical readings (and responsorial psalm) as it may be based on those readings. You may have to turn up your speaker to hear some of the readings (due to low volume from technical problems).

♦ Pope recognizes heroic virtues of Lay Japanese Woman (Jan. 23, 2015)

The Pope declared Elisabeth Maria Satoko Kitahara (1929-58) as a Servant of God - on her way to being declared a saint one day. She worked among the “ragpickers” near Tokyo just after the war, giving up her life of wealth to choose a life of voluntary poverty living among the ragpickers until her death at age 29 due to TB. She was acclaimed as “Ari no Machi no Maria (Mary of Ants Town)”. Her story is published in “The Smile of a Ragpicker” by Paul Glynn. More info:

Satoko Kitamura

Satoko Kitamura declared "Servant of God"

Satoko Kitamura

Front cover of Paul Glynn's book

♦ Report & Pictures from Christmas gathering & Potluck Dinner (Dec. 14, 2014)

A nice gathering was held for our annual year-end event with Japanese mass followed by a potluck dinner and Christmas carol singing. Photo collages of the three chaplains with our Community were presented to them including numerous archival pictures of their young days...Listen to readings/homily by Fr. John Carten in new Homilies section. Two pictures shown below but many more are posted in - TJCC's e-Album via Picasa Web:

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"Christmas Mass and potluck dinner

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"Christmas potluck dinner

♦ Blogging weekly reflections by SFM priests

Scarboro Missions now has a blog! Read weekly reflections by some of the SFM priests who have served in Ecuador, Guyana and the Philippines. Comments/questions can be added. Click here for SFM blogs

♦ Synod of Bishops on the Family - Oct. 5-19, 2014

From October 5-19, Pope Francis will welcome bishops, clergy and lay experts from around the world for the first of two synods to take place over the next year on issues relating to “the pastoral challenges of the family”. For more info

♦ Pope Francis' Korea trip

This gave a chance for Catholics to renew faith in South Korea - Aug. 9 Catholic Register

♦ The Pope's ten Happiness Tips

The pope says “Turn off the TV and don’t try to convert others” - July 31 CBC News

♦ Report and pictures from TJCC's 35th Anniversary (June 15, 2014)

We had a wonderful celebration with a good turnout over 40 attendees including former and current Community members plus SFM personnel - some who came from a distance. All attendees were given an Anniversary “souvenir” – laminated copies of the Kids Collage showing the children growing up in our Community. If you missed getting the large/small version, please let us know.

The audio recordings (of hymns and readings/homil) from that special mass are posted in the new Homilies Section....Few pictures shown below but many more in our Photo Gallery via Picasa Web.


TJCC's 35th Anniversary - Group Photo


TJCC's 35th Anniversary - During Mass with large turnout


TJCC's 35th Anniversary - Kids Collage

♦ Diaconate Ordination of SFM Luis Lopez (June 14, 2014)

A happy occasion for the Scarboro Missions family was the ordination of seminarian Luis Lopez to become an SFM Deacon. It was held at St. Martin de Porres Parish in east Scarborough, attended by many SFM priests and friends plus his mother and large family....Two pictures shown below but many more are posted in the – SFM Photo Gallery


Bishop Kirkpatrick ordaining Luis Lopez as deacon witnessed by many SFM priests


Luis Lopez with mother (in red left centre) and large family (from Ottawa)

♦ Historic visit of Pope Francis to Holy Land (May 24-26)

Follow the Cath. Register's Michael Swan during the Pope's coming trip - Read more

♦ May 11th Memorial Mass plus audio recording of Homily

A good turnout for this memorial mass for Mrs. Atsuko Hosotsuji and Mrs. Akiko Shiota. You can hear the readings and homily in the Homilies Section.

May 11 gathering

May 11th gathering with Shiota family to mark the first year memorial of wife/mother

♦ Canonization of Two Popes on April 27, 2014

A historic day at the Vatican when Pope Francis, with Pope Emeriturs Pope Benedict XVI, canonized John XXIII and John Paul II. Read more in Cath. Register

Papal Canonization

Pope John Paul II & Pope John XXIII

♦ Introducing new brochure on "Mission Centre Programs"

Scarboro Missions is known for its many programs for youth and adults - now collected into this attractive brochure. Please tell your church and work about these programs which can also be held at their church or work.

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Front of Mission Centre brochure (2-sided 4-fold)

♦ Nikkei Christian Retreat held at SFM on April 25-26

This was the Annual Retreat, where some 50 adults + children (some overnight) gathered to pray, sing and reflect. This is their second year they’re at SFM – and they have already booked for April 2015. Two pictures below but many more - http://picasaweb.google.com/tjccphotos/

Nikkei Retreat

Nikkei Christian Retreat under way

Nikkei Retreat

Group photo of Nikkei Christian Retreat 2014

♦ SFM priest's Book Launch held on April 24

Read about and see pictures of Fr. Charlie Gervais book launch of "The People's Revolution" about his many missionary years in the Philippines - click here

Book launch

"Fr. Charlie speaking about his book

Book launch

"Fr. Charlie with his large family including 3 brothers and 6 sisters

♦ Two new Canadian Saints

On April 3, Pope Francis declared as saints (a) St. Marie de l'Incarnation, a French Ursuline nun who travelled to Quebec in 1639 and (b) St. Francois de Laval, who arrived in Quebec 20 years after St. Marie and became the first bishop of Quebec. More info

♦ Pope Francis: A Year to Remember on his First Anniversary

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio became Pope Francis on Mar. 13, 2013. The Catholic Register has followed his papacy closely over the past one year and now looks back on a "Year to Remember" - see list of articles in this online March 12th Register issue

♦ Listen to Annual SFM Lecture of Jan 19

A Palestinian medical doctor, Dr. Izzeklin Abuelaish, spoke "I shall not Hate - a Journey of Hope through Faith, Tolerance & Courage". He gave an impassioned plea for all to work for peace & forgiveness. He had lost his wife, three daughters and a niece in 2009. click here for 50-min lecture

♦ Evangelii Gaudium - The Joy of the Gospel (2013)

This document is the 2013 apostolic exhortation (strong urging) by Pope Francis on "the church's primary mission of evangelization in the modern world". Read the document. The long document is being translated into Japanese.

♦ Effect of Ice Storm at Scarboro Missions (Dec. 21-22, 2013)

Scarboro Missions was also affected by the severe Ice Storm - with power out for several days and the freezing rain broke numerous trees on the SFM property.

Ice Storm

Ice Storm at Scarboro Missions

Ice Storm

Large tree in front of garage on south side

♦ December Mass with Recorded Homily and Christmas Party (Dec. 8, 2013)

We had a good turnout with several newer members and some guests. The readings and homily by Fr. John Carten are in the Homilies section.

Dec. 8th gathering

Dec. 8th mass with Fr. John Carten and Fr. Tom O'Toole

Dec. 8th gathering

Potluck dinner with many tasty dishes

Dec. 8th gathering

Toshi Shiota with daughter Asa (singing lyrics on Internet)and son Matthew (piano)"

♦ Annual Joy of Christmas Concert (Dec. 7, 2013)

This annual Concert was held at the Japanese Gospel Church of Toronto - with a dynamic guest group, The Jubilance Singers and Orchestra. Two pictures below but more in the Photo Gallery.

Hallelujah Chorus with Jubilance Singers

Jubilance Singers and Orchestra

Hallelujah Chorus with Jubilance Singers

Hallelujah Chorus by Renrakukai Combined Choir with Jubilance Singers

♦ Installation of Fr. John Meehan as President of Campion College (Nov. 30, 2013)

Former TJCC member and Jesuit Fr. Meehan was officially installed as the 7th President of Catholic Campion College at the University of Regina. Two pictures are shown below but many more in the Photo Gallery.

Installation at Campion

Now officially President of Campion College

Installation at Campion

Fr. John with sister, parents, brother and wife and baby

♦ Collection of Recent News from Catholic media

The latest interesting news from the various Catholic media (e.g. Catholic Register) are compiled in this parish website, which is updated each week. Click for the list of latest news

♦ Recorded homily of Nov. 10th mass by Fr. John Carten

A recording of the gospel and homily for this 32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time was made (gospel from Luke 20:27-38). The main purpose is to provide the homily (in Japanese) to those who couldn't attend and out-of-town/Japan members. The 18-min recording (MP3 format) is now posted in the Homilies Section.

Nov. 10 gathering

Fr. john giving homily that was recorded

Nov. 10 gathering

Some new members enjoying dinner

Nov. 10 gathering

A good turnout on Nov. 10

♦ Holy Land Pilgrimage by a group of Japanese travellers (Oct. 18-29)

A Japanese group of 11 was led by SFM Fr. John Carten, chaplain to our TJCC Community. It consisted of two TJCC members and the parents of another young member. The others came from Japan, former parishioners of Fr. Carten's church in Japan. Shown below are three pictures but many more are in the TJCC Photo Album.

Holy Land Pilgrimage

On the Sea of Galilee

Holy Land Pilgrimage

Enjoying to float in the Dead Sea

Holy Land Pilgrimage

In front of the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem

♦ Miscallenous Information

♦ Ordination of Mr. Hatsusegawa of Wesley Chapel Japanese Church (Oct. 20, 2013)

Mr. Munetoshi Hatsusegawa of the Wesley Chapel Japanese Free Methodist Church was ordained by Bishop Keith Elford. Mr. Toshi had been working as a pastor for the last four years, taking over from retired Pastor Ed Yoshida. Wesley Chapel is one of the 7 church members of the Renrakukai (Assoc. of Japanese Christian Churches) which sponsors the Joy of Christmas Concert (to be held on Dec. 7, 2013).

Pastor Toshi ordination

Mika and Pastor Toshi with Bishop Keith Elford, Bishop of The Free Methodist Church in Canada

Pastor Toshi ordination

Pastor Toshi being congratulated after ordination by all attending ministers. At the first and fourth from left end are Pastors Sato and Nakagawa from the Renrakukai

♦ Updated List of Japanese Books in TJCC Library (Oct. 6, 2013)

Our small library is slowly getting larger. Our Library Committee members just finished updating it with four books donated by Fr. Ichioka:

  • 聖霊とともに ー Seireitotomoni_You Are Not Alone!
  • 行きづまったとき -神との関係をそだてるーIkizumattatoki
  • キリスト教学校が東日本大震災から学ぶこと - Kiristokyo
  • YOUCAT ー Youth Catechism ー カトリック教会の青年向けカテキズム - KatorikkuYouCat
Click here for updated listing. Please visit our Library located on the second floor (McHugh Room) at Scarboro Missions.

♦ Dinner meeting with visiting Fr. Ichioka and celebrating Fr. O'Toole's 86th birthday (Oct. 1)

Eight Community members joined 3 SFM priests to welcome Fr. Yukitoshi Ichioka at a dinner meeting at Momiji Health Care. Fr. Icchi had spent three years (2005-08) at SFM when working on his Master's at Regis College. He is now pastor of two parishes in the Shizuoka Diocese. Two pictures are shown but more are posted in our Photo Gallery.

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Dinner meeting with Fr. Ichioka at Momiji on Oct. 1

Fr Icchi visit

Celebrating Fr. O'Toole's 86th birthday (Oct. 3)

♦ Montreal's St-Paul-Ibaraki Mission celebrated their 50th Anniversary (Sept. 22, 2013)

Our Montreal sister Community, St-Paul-Ibaraki Mission, had a wonderful celebration. Mass was celebrated by Fr. Toru Asakawa, sj, chaplain to the Mission, assisted by several PME priests (Quebec Foreign Mission, similar to SFM priests). Representing the Toronto group were Roy Sakaguchi and new TJCC member, Toshimi Shiota. An enjoyable reception followed mass.

Their Mission has a memorable 50-year history. See the brief half-page version or comprehensive version (with many pictures but allow time to download the 140-page document). Shown below are 3 pictures but many more in our Photo Gallery.


Main celebrant was Fr. Toru Asakawa with Archbishop Christian Lepine in attendance


Toshi Shiota, reading the first liturgy, was a former Montreal member


Large crowd at the reception following mass

“Mother Theresa of Haiti” - Sr. Dr. Akiko Sudo

As a Catholic nun and medical doctor, Dr. Sudo has devoted her life to Haiti. With her experience in treating TB, she first went to Haiti in 1976 at age 49, helping to build a sanatorium. She retired in 2008 at age 81 but then the terrible earthquake struck in Jan. 2010. Read more in bilingual Govt. of Japan "Highlighting Japan" (Oct. 2011)

Sr. Dr. Sudo

Sr. Dr. Sudo at the Haiti sanitorium in the 1980s

● Highlights of World Youth Day Rio 2013 - in Digital edition

To celebrate WYD (July 23-28) and the Pope's first international trip, the Catholic Register has published special digital edition

● Shawn Daley's Ordination as SFM priest (July 11, 2013)

A blessed day for Scarboro Missions as Shawn Daley was ordained as the first SFM priest in over 20 years. It was held in his home diocese of Saint John, NB and his Mass of Thanksgiving in his home parish of St. Rose of Lima. With several other SFM'ers, Fr. Shawn will be leaving soon for mission work in Guyana, South America. Many other pictures on the SFM Photo Gallery

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Ordained by Bishop Robert Harris of Saint John, NB on July 11, 2013

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Being congratulated by Fr. John Carten and other priests (Fr. Jack Lynch is two behind)

● Celebration luncheon on June 22, 2013 for Fr. John Meehan as new President of Campion College

Eighteen TJCC members and long-time friends gathered to congratulate Jesuit Fr. Meehan. He has been with our Community since 2002. On July 1, 2013, he became the 7th President of the Catholic Campion College at the University of Regina where he has taught for 4 years - read Campion's announcement. As community's gifts, he was presented with a Photo Collage and a Photo Album of his many pictures with TJCC. Two pictures below but more are posted in TJCC e-Album

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Celebration lunch at Momiji's Zero Sun on June 22nd

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Group photo to celebrate luncheon for Fr. Meehan (front row centre)

● "Brave New World" - Pope Francis' first 100 Days

The morning after becoming Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis checked out of his hotel by paying his own bill and then calmly strolled into his new life. It was a new way to launch a papacy but, then, over his first 100 days, the new Pope has been surprising everyone! Read more

● Golden Rule texts in 13 major religions translated into Japanese

Scarboro Missions has made famous the Golden Rule Poster with the sacred writings developed in 2000. These Texts have been translated from English into 7 other languages, including Hebrew and Urdu. This has been now extended to Japanese with the professional-level translation by Rev. Maki Fushii of the United Church of Canada with assistance from global sources.

So the Golden Rule is now available in nine languages (including English). Click on Japanese to see the translated texts. Please let your Japanese friends know about this important spreading of the Golden Rule into many languages around the globe.

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The Golden Rule Poster of the sacred texts in 13 major religions (English version)

● 2-yr Sakura Trees Blooming well at Scarboro Missions (early May 2013)

The Sakura Trees blossomed well once the weather warmed on the first May weekend in May. About 20 trees were received in April 2011 from the Sakura Project, coordinated by the Toronto Japanese Consulate of Japan. There was some blossoming even in their first year (April 2012) but there is no comparison with this year's blossoming. Two pictures are shown below but many more are posted on TJCC e-Album

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Blossoming of 2-yr sakura trees at SFM

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Several trees planted along Kingston Road

● Northeast Nikkei Conference held at SFM on April 26-27, 2013

The annual Northeast Nikkei Christian Conference was held from Friday evening till Saturday night with about 50 attendees plus 10 kids. They are part of the Canadian Japanese Ministries (CJM) – with the conference/retreat made up of prayers, singing and lectures. This link gives a good background of their work and activity, www.cjmin.com/Page14.html . The picture on that page is from the 2012 gathering, where you may recognize some familiar faces including members of the Renrakukai (JOC Concert) to which TJCC belongs.

Their keynote speaker was Ms. Setsu Shimizu, the International Director of the JCFN (Japanese Christians for Ministries) – www.jcfn.org . She is a dynamic speaker with a good sense of humour to hold the audience. She and her husband came from California while doing mission work on their way here. Pictures from that weekend are posted on our TJCC e-Album

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Singing hymns during conference, led by Yoko and Shozo Iwai on guitars

McKenna award

Having lunch in the SFM Dining Room

● Historic times with election of Pope Francis - March 13, 2013

There is much media attention with the election of a new pope. The news is changing almost daily in these early times of his papacy - so please get Catholic perspectives from three media sources:

● Exciting new opportunities for young adults (25-35) through Short-term Mission Program at SFM

Do you feel called to serve - to help make the world a better place, but don’t know how to get started? Scarboro Missions has just introduced this new lay mission program, typically for one year. For more info and download flyer

● Building up the Japanese Church - in Jan-Feb 2013 SFM Magazine

Fr. John Carten has an informative article about SFM's 54-yr journey to Japan (1948- 2005) where more than 37 SFM priests have worked. He visited many of those places in Japan during October 2012. Read full article. Read about other countries where SFM has also worked in this issue - China, Dom. Republic, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and more.

● Ottawa professor chosen Canada’s ambassador for Religious Freedom

Prime Minister Harper inaugurated the long-awaited Office of Religious Freedom by appointing a Catholic scholar and public servant as its first-ever ambassador, Dr. Andrew Bennett. Read full story in Feb. 19th Catholic Register

● First World Interfaith Harmony Week held in Toronto (Feb. 7, 2013)

Sponsored by the Toronto Area Interfaith Council, this Interfaith Harmony event had a theme "Looking for ways to work together". It was held at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto. As it was at the start of a major snow storm, the turnout out was small but still about 40 attendees braved the storm, including the 9 invited interfaith guest speakers (see Interfaith Program).

Interfaith Harmony

Moderator Sid Ikeda starting the evening with the panel including 9 invited interfaith guest speakers with the Interfaith Harmony Steering Committee chair John Voorpostel at very right

Interfaith Harmony

With all interfaith speakers and the organizers with Mr. Zul Kassamali, President of the Toronto Area Interfaith Council at the right

● Cardinal Collins launches Pastoral Plan of Archdiocese of Toronto (February 2013)

Thomas Cardinal Collins launched a major Pastoral Plan to provide a spiritual "roadmap" for 1.8 million Catholics living in 225 parishes. Full details are provided in www.archtoronto.org/pastoral. The summary of the Plan is available in 30 languages including Japanese.

When Cardinal Collins was introducing his "bold vision" of the Pastoral Plan in the Jan. 27th Catholic Register, the front page showed two photos from the TJCC Community. The upper left shows our monthly Japanese mass just two days after the earthquake-tsunami of March 11, 2011. The lower left photo shows a Japanese dance to celebrate the Sakura Planting Ceremony on June 12, 2011.

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Front page of Jan. 27, 2013 Catholic Register showing different aspects of the archdiocesan pastoral plan

● Finding faith's place in the City of Toronto (Jan. 24)

Faith leaders and concerned citizens replaced politicians in city council to discuss how faith communities can increase their participation in city building - in the "Faith in the City" conference. Read more in Cath. Register.

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Paul McKenna (second from right) of the SFM Interfaith Department received 'Certificate of Recognition' for his teaching and work in the interfaith community


'Certificate of Recognition' presented to Paul McKenna in recognition of creating the 'Golden Rule poster'

● TJCC Christmas Potluck Dinner and Party held on Dec. 9th

Following the monthly 4 pm Japanese mass at the Scarboro Missions, the Community enjoyed the Potluck Dinner and singing of Christmas carols. This year two Mexican seminarians joined the party - they are studying English in Toronto but will be going to Japan in April 2013 to study Japanese for their eventual mission work. Two pictures are shown below but many more plus videos can be seen in the Photo Gallery.

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Group photo taken at the end of mass with the two Mexican seminarians standing at right

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Everyone enjoying potluck dinner

● 2012 Joy of Christmas Concert held on Dec. 8th

The annual Concert was held at the Japanese Gospel Church of Toronto. Although there was a smaller turnout than the past two years, enough donations were made to be able to help the Japanese Social Services

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Grace Toronto Japanese Church Choir

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For the finale, the all-church choir singing Handel's Hallelujah

● Scarboro seminarian takes First Oath to the SFM Society on Dec. 15th

Scarboro seminarian, Luis Lopez, recently made his First Oath of Commitment. Originally born in El Salvador, Luis grew up in Ottawa. He is now in his third year of theology at Regis College in Toronto. Read full story with pictures in the News/Events section of the Scarboro Missions website. A recent article about Luis also appeared in Sept-Oct 2012 issue of the Scarboro magazine

● The e-Catechism of the Catholic Church

When a young person hears the little beep early in the morning, it indicates that the rich tradition of the 2,000-year-old Catholic Church is being delivered to her iPhone. Read more in Catholic Register

● Canadian priest appointed Holy See's head of protocol

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Msgr. Jose Bettencourt, a native of Portugal who grew up in Ottawa, as the Holy See's head of protocol. Msgr. Bettencourt is only the second non-Italian to hold the position. Read more in the Catholic Register

● Fr. Carten meeting former TJCC members during Japan trip (Oct/12)

TJCC chaplain, Fr. John Carten, just returned from a very enjoyable but busy 4 weeks in Japan visiting his former parishes plus another week in Korea. He also met with former TJCC members, Takakura-san, and Fr. Yukitoshi Ichioka in Shizuoka (he was with TJCC few years ago). More pictures from his trip will be available soon on our e-Album via Picasa

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Fr. Carten meeting with Takakura-san in Yokohama. It's good to see Hisashi-san looking quite well

Fr Carten in Japan oct 2012

Fr. Carten meeting Fr. Ichioka, pastor of Iwata and Kakegawa churches in Shizuoka

Fr Carten in Japan oct 2012

Visiting cemetery of SFM founder, Monsignor John Mary Fraser in Osaka

● Mass of Thanksgiving at Scarboro Mission held on Nov. 4, 2012

The annual Mass of Thanksgiving was held for all the Scarboro Missioners who have died - 118 Priests & 2 Lay Missioners - and in gratitude for all their families and friends who have and continue to support them. You can read the written version of his excellent homily via this link to the PDF file. There was a large turnout of 200+. Two photos are shown here but many more plus a 75-sec musical video can be seen on Picasa Web at http://picasaweb.google.com/sfmphotos/

Thanksgiving Mass

Overview of Mass of Thanksgiving in SFM Chapel with a large turnout of 200, with Fr. Brian Swords as main celebrant

Thanksgiving Mass

Fr. Ron MacDonell giving excellent homily

● October 11, 2012 a Milestone day in history of Church

It marks a milestone for the following reasons:

  • the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council - read special issue of Jan-Feb 2012 SFM Magazine
  • the 20th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • the Pope will officially launch the "Year of Faith" that is designed to renew the faith of Catholics and to go forth and spread the Good News.

● Sakura Project Closing Ceremonies at JCCC on Sept. 20, 2012

The objective of the Sakura Project was to promote understanding between Japan and Canada - by distributing 3,000 flowering cherry blossom trees in prominent public places throughout Ontario. With the planting of the final 30 trees at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC) on Sept. 20th, closing ceremonies were held with the Consul-General of Japan in Toronto, Mr. Eiji Yamamoto and other Sakura Project members. Over 10 years, 3,082 sakura trees were distributed in 58 locations throughout Ontario. Scarboro Missions also received 20 trees with a Planting Ceremony held on June 12, 2011 (click here) – in recognition of many Scarboro Missions priests who served in mission work in Japan.

Mr. Eiji Yamamoto speaking at the Sakura Project Closing Ceremonies on Sept. 20th at the JCCC

The Consul-General and other members of the Sakura Project Committee, including Mr. Scott Fujita (left), Gary Kawaguchi (JCCC President), Mr. Eiji Yamamoto and Sidney Ikeda (JCCC Special Ambassador)

Two sakura trees were planted on each side of the main entrance to the JCCC.

● Becoming Neighbours’ website started

Started in 2003, their companion program matches immigrants & refugees with members of 20 Catholic religious congregations, including Scarboro Missions, St. Joseph Sisters and others. They have finally launched their website - www.becomingneighbours.ca They help as friends, guides and mentors during the newcomers’ initial adjustment to Toronto – assisting them to become active participating members of the community.

● Hiroshima Day at Downtown Church held on August 9, 2012

The 67th Memorial of the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Day was held at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Toronto. Speakers included atomic survivor Joe Hori (reading City of Hiroshima Peace Proclamation), author Joy Kogawa, Toronto City Councillor Raymond Cho, MPP Peggy Nash and survivor Setsuko Thurlow. Musical entertainment was provided by flautist Ron Korb and the Yakudo Japanese Drummers. More info at www.hiroshimadaycoalition.ca

The Yakudo Traditional Japanese Drummers were founded in 1992 as a non-profit organization of passionate individuals dedicated to the culture and art unique to the Japanese taiko

Joy Kogawa reading the City of Nagasaki Peace Proclamation. Joy is an award-winning author, poet and a dedicated peace activitist

The Soka Gakkai International (Canada) Youth Choir is a lay Buddhist movement linking more than 12 million people around the world in the promotion of peace, culture and education

● Community Luncheon at Momiji restaurant held on July 28

A special lunch was organized to meet former TJCC members, Jesuit Fr. John Meehan and Sr. Luisa Harada. A good turnout of 17 attended the lunch at Zero Sun restaurant at the Momiji Seniors Centre. Sr. Harada was with our Community for about 10 years before moving to their Montreal store. After finishing teaching at the Univ. of Regina, Fr. Meehan will be going to Ireland in early September for a 8-month "tertianship" year before making the Jesuits' Final Vows next spring.

Community luncheon at Momiji, viewed from near side

Community luncheon at Momiji, viewed from other end

Fr. John Meehan, sr. Luisa Harada and SFM Fr. Ron MacDonell, new Vicar-General at Scarboro Missions

● 4th Annual Community BBQ held on July 14, 2012

It was another hot humid day as so many others this summer (but luckily no rain) for our Potluck BBQ in the back garden of Roy-Etsumi's condo. We had a good turnout with 24 adults plus 8 kids under 10 years age. Thanks to everyone who brought many tasty dishes which was enjoyed by everyone. Three pictures are shown below but many more are posted in our Photo Gallery.

Young kids playing croquet at the Community BBQ on July 14th

Lots of tasty dishes with two master BBQ chefs working hard in background

A view of our Community members enjoying themselves

♦ Kateri feast day draws Native American Catholics eager for own saint

With the beat of a drum sounding and the scent of burning sage and sweet grass permeating the hot, humid air, Native American Catholics honored a woman they already consider a saint July 14, her feast day. Read full story in the July 16th Catholic Register

● New General Council of Scarboro Missions and Interview with new Moderator

The 13th General Chapter of Scarboro Missions recently elected the following General Council members:

  • Fr. Brian Swords - Moderator (formerly Superior General)
  • Fr. Ron MacDonell - Vicar-General
  • Fr. John Carten - Councilor and Treasurer General (and TJCC main chaplain)
Read their biography with photos. Read Catholic Register article with Fr. Swords "Missionary orders try to maintain their relevance in the modern age".

Fr. Brian Swords, new Moderator of Scarboro Missions (photo courtesy of Catholic Register)

● Tokyo-Yokohama Chapter met on June 10, 2012

Etsumi joined three former families of the TJCC Community to attend Sunday mass on June 10th followed by lunch to catch up the latest news.

Tokyo Chapter members from left - Takakura couple, Junko Sakurai, Etsumi, 9-yr old Erina and Wilson Reyes (Toshio Sakurai and Karina Eto unable to attend (photo courtesy of Takakura-san)

● 2012 Clergy Appointments for Archdiocese of Toronto

Read list of appointments in Catholic Register. Among the new appointments is Fr. Ignacio Pinedo who used to join our Community some years ago. Congratulations to Fr. Ignacio as he was appointed pastor of St. James parish, 728 Annette St. (Jane/Dundas area) - after serving as Assoc. Pastor at various churches. He will be utilizing his Spanish as two of their four masses are in Spanish. We wish him all the best.

Fr. Ignacio Pinedo after ordination in May 2007

● Sakura Trees blossom in first year (2012)

Scarboro Missions received 15 sakura trees from the Sakura Project, The flowering cherry blossoms were planted on a cool May 17th with a followup Planting Ceremony held on June 12th - click here for archival news/photos. With the milder weather, all the trees blossomed during April (two trees died during the year but we're hoping to replace them soon). Everyone is looking forward to their blossoming next year and beyond.

One of the blossoming sakura trees, looking west along Kingston Road (photo by Roy)

Closeup of the sakura tree (photo by Fr. Fr. Carten)

● Ecumenical Good Friday service held at Grace Toronto Japanese Church (April 6, 2012)

This annual service is sponsored by the Renrakukai (Toronto Nikkei Interchurch Council), who also sponsors the annual Joy of Christmas Concert in late November.

The "Jesus Family" providing music in the Praise Time before the start of the Good Friday Service

Pastor Nakagawa of the Toronto Japanese Seventh-day Adventist Church leading prayers

● Scarboro Missions TV – the new Catholic Education TV Site

Scarboro Missions recently launched their revised Homepage with this new “Education Video Box”:

Archived News (Cont'd part way down on next column)

Upcoming Events

♦ Next monthly TJCC mass & gathering - February 12, 2017 (Sun), 4:00 pm Japanese Mass at Scarboro Missions - please come a little early for hymn practice

Everyone is welcome at our gathering and Mass. More info about Mass is in "Mass Schedule" on Left menu and how to reach Scarboro Missions in "Contact Us".




Weekly Events at Scarboro Missions

♦ Centering Prayer - every Thursday, 7 - 9 pm

Centering prayer is a method of silent prayer which introduces one to silence in the Christian Contemplative tradition. More info on poster

♦ John Main's Christian Meditation - every Friday, 11 - 12 noon

Benedictine Fr. John Main started the practice of deeper spiritual life for ordinary people within the Christian tradition (this runs all year long including summertime). More info on poster


♦ Daily TV mass for sick & shut-in:

  • Sunday at 8:30 am - CFTO/CTV (Cable 8)
  • Mon - Fri at 8:00 am & 12:00 noon - Vision TV (Cable 60)
  • Mon - Fri at 10:30 am - Crossroads Christian Communications (Chan. 36, Cable 9)
  • Mon - Sat at 11:00 am & 10:30 pm - Salt & Light TV (need Rogers Digital - Ch. 240)
  • Saturday at 8:00 am - Vision TV (Cable 60)

♦ Pray the (online) ROSARY

Pray the Rosary online with people all over the world or alone - www.comepraytherosary.org . It's a great way to visualize the mysteries of the Rosary. The accompanying Images of the Holy Land has also been added as visual aids while praying the Rosary.


Archived News (with Full Stories)

♦ Some recent articles on various topics (Oct. 20-31)

♦ Numerous articles about the Pope and others this week, including secular media:

TJCC Community praying on First Anniversary of the March 11th Japanese Earthquake

50th Anniversary of Vatican II - Magazine welcomes comments

CRASH Japan talk by Jonathan Wilson held on Feb. 20

Cardinal Thomas Collins receives his red hat

Pope Clears Way for Kateri Tekakwitha's Canonization

TJCC Christmas Potluck Dinner and Party held on Dec. 11, 2011

Joy of Christmas Concert held at Japanese Gospel Church on Dec 3

Luke Elliot talked about serving Christ in post-Tsunami Japan on Nov. 27

Fr. Meehan graduates from Regis College (again!) - NOv. 19

Fr. Ichioka's dinner meeting and talk in Toronto - Nov. 9

Pastor Yoshida retired after 31 years at Wesley Chapel on Nov. 6th

Large turnout at Pastor Ray Ebisuzaki's Funeral on Oct. 15

Visit by Totsuka parishioners at Monthly Mass on Oct. 9th

Cheque from "Japanese Mothers" to Canadian Red Cross for Japan Appeal

Farewell to Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic

Onigiri Event at Church of Redeemer held on Aug. 15

Hiroshima Day at Downtown Church held on At 6th

Community BBQ held on July 9

Sakura Planting Ceremony at Scarboro Missions on June 12, 2011

Baby daughter of Community member baptized on May 29

Stations of the Cross for the Healing of Japan

Japan Relief Concert at Japanese United Church on April 3 with pictures

Japanese-Chinese Prayer Meeting for Japan Relief held on March 27

Toronto's Japanese Catholics prayed for earthquake-tsunami victims at their March 13, 2011 gathering

Montreal's Japanese Catholic Community has new chaplain and new website

● Large turnout for our Christmas mass and Party on Dec. 12th

Full Story in Archived News with pictures

● Bishop Vincent Nguyen delivered inspiring address on Oct. 31st

Full Story in Archived News with pictures

● Brother Andre of Montreal canonized in Rome on Oct. 17

Full Story in Archived News with pictures

"Covering the Vatican and the Church" - John Allen’s lecture held on Sept. 28th

Full Story in Archived News

● Hiroshima Day held at Toronto's Peace Garden - Aug. 6

Full Story in Archived News with pictures

● Fr. John Meehan's first Japanese mass - June 13th

Full Story in Archived News with pictures

● Jesuit John Meehan's Ordination - June 5th

Read Full Story with pictures

● SFM Fr. Alex McDonald passed away June 4th

Read Story

● Tokyo Chapter of TJCC gathering/mass on May 9th

Read Full Story with pictures

● First Communion for Kobayashi's grandson Max on May 2nd

Read Full Story with pictures

● Sakura Project at Japanese Gospel Church

Read Full Story with pictures

● Kobayashi family at April 13th TJCC mass/gathering

Read Full Story with pictures

● Pray the (online) Rosary

● Virtual Tour of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem (and other major sites)

● Baptism of 4 Grandchildren of Former TJCC Members

● Tour of the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome

● Brother Andre of Montreal declared a saint by Pope

● Remembering TJCC's founder Fr. Bill Schultz

● Ordination of Bishop Vincent Nguyen - Jan. 13, 2010

Read Full Story with pictures.

● Cardinal Shirayanagi died Dec. 30, 2009

Read Full Story with pictures.

● John Meehan and the Pope at Christmas Eve Mass

Read Full Story and see the unique pictures.

● Christmas potluck Dinner and Party (Dec. 13)

Read Full Story to see the many pictures and videos from our enjoyable gathering.

● TJCC Choir at JOC Concert (Nov. 28)

Our Community made its debut at the Joy of Christmas Concert. Read Full Story to see pictures and videos.

● Fr. Carten in Japan (Nov. 9 - 30)

Read Full Story with pictures

● Two Bishops appointed for Toronto include Vietnamese refugee (Nov. 12)

Canada's first Asian-born Catholic bishop is Fr. Vincent Nguyen. Read about the new bishops at www.catholicregister.org/content/view/3591/849/

● Beatification of Petrus Kibe and 187 Japanese Martyrs (Nov. 24, 2008)

This extraordinary event took place in Nagasaki. Read Full Story, including DVD recordings of that event.