The Asian District presents the latest issue of its magazine Apostle which tells the story of the apostolate of the Society of St. Pius X in this huge district.
Dear Friends and Benefactors,
In this APOSTLE, you will read news about Japan as his forced isolation allowed Father Tomas Onoda to develop providentially the apostolate in his own country and prepare the (delayed) opening of the Tokyo Priory.
Stranded in Japan since March 2020, Father now offers three Masses in Tokyo and another Mass in Osaka every Sunday. Since August, the number of faithful attending Mass has increased to more than a hundred every Sunday.
On 3 November 2020, Father Onoda organized a Mass in Nagoya where 47 people attended although the local bishop published a negative notice beforehand. The opening of a new Mass location in that city is under consideration. Father Onoda also spent time teaching how to say the Traditional Latin Mass to a diocesan priest.
We are pleased to announce that the SSPX has opened its first priory in Saitama, near Tokyo, on January 13, 2021, Commemoration of the Baptism of Our Lord, under the patronage of Stella Matutina (“Morning Star”), which announces the rising Sun of Justice. Japan is called “The land of the rising sun”.
The two resident priests in Japan see in this providential date the hope of the baptism of Japan as a nation. It has long been the dream of good Catholic souls in Japan and they have been working and praying for this day to come.
The monumental task has officially begun for our two confreres on these islands which, for the most part, have not yet known Our Lord Jesus Christ. We ask you all to pray and support them in whatever way you are able.
As of now, on Sundays a hundred faithful attend the Mass in Tokyo and 30 people in Osaka. Nine adult catechumens are preparing themselves for baptism in both Tokyo and Osaka.
Apostle n° 56
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