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June 24th, 2018 in honor of Father’s Day which was actually celebrated on June 17th, a blessing to all fathers present was given by Fr. Philip Ilio Bonifacio, SSC. “ Happy Father’s day” to all fathers in the world.



And also during the second Sunday English mass, a blessing to all fathers present was also given by Fr. Cyril Veliath on June 10th.

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On April 29, 2018, Sunday, the MICHIKOTO United communities of Matsudo, Ichikawa, Koiwa and Toyoshiki gathered for their 4th year Bowling Tournament.


MCCIC(Matsudo community)


EMC(Ichikawa group)


KCIC(Koiwa group)


FICT(Toyoshiki group)



This year’s team grouping was changed from the usual competition among the communities but instead the Michikoto members were mixed and divided by lottery into four color teams namely; the Purple, Yellow, Pink and White teams. There were 15 players each team.
Two reasons for doing this are to reduce the competition among the four communities and to promote camaraderie among parishioners coming from other communities.



The games went smoothly and everybody seemed to had fun.
The Purple team got the first place, White team for 2nd place, Pink Team for 3rd place and White team for 4th place. Special awards were also given for individual performances like Best Scorer; Best Striker; Best Sparer; Most Splits; Best Gutter; Lowest Scorer.



The Purple Team the 1st Place

The White Team- 2nd Placer


The Pink Team – 3rd Placer


The Yellow Team- 4th Placer




Around 12:30 noon the games were finished, the members went to a nearby park- 21 seki koen for potluck lunch, parlor games and awarding of prizes.


We had lunch!!


We played games!!



the Awarding of Prizes!!




The event finished at 4:00 pm with a closing prayer given by no other than our beloved Fr. Philip Ilio Bonifacio, SSC- the Michikoto United’s founder and spiritual adviser.

The weather was great, we had great games, a lot of food and we met old and new friends. It’s another beautiful day added in our life.

We are looking forward to more events in the future. We thank our dear Almighty for all these blessings.

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On March 17, 2018, a one day bus tour to Mt. Fuji was organized by the Matsudo MCCIC.


The bus left at 7:35 am from Matsudo Station and arrived at Arakurayama Sengen Park at around 11:00 am. We all walked up to the 400 steps hill to see the 5-storey pagoda and to have a glimpse of Mt Fuji. Unfortunately, Mt Fuji was covered by thick clouds. We spent about 30 minutes near the pagoda chatting and taking some photos while waiting but it didn’t come out.


At around 12:15, we started walking down the stairs and took the bus to Heidi Village to have lunch.


Everybody enjoyed the mixture of Swiss and Yamanashi lunch buffet.


We also went to the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, dedicated to the textile artist Itchiku Kubota. It has a small garden and the gate and building are fascinating. Exhibited were the artist’s kimono silk dyeing art creations depicting the beauty of nature, cosmos and seasons.


After the museum, we could clearly see Mt. Fuji that we went straight to Kawaguchiko to have better views of it.
Everybody took photos and we had another group photo as a souvenir.

We then went to the hot spring to relax a bit and went back to Matsudo station at around 8:00 pm. There were 42 adults and only one child who joined the said one day bus tour. There were guests coming from Ichikawa, Toyoshiki and Akabane churches. Everybody seemed to have a great relaxing and bonding time.

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The 4th Sunday of Lent ,We pray the Stations of Cross from 2:00 PM ( After English Mass).



  1. Jesus is condemned to death
  2. Jesus carries his cross
  3. Jesus falls the first time
  4. Jesus meets his mother
  5. Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the cross
  6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
  7. Jesus falls the second time
  8. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
  9. Jesus falls the third time
  10. Jesus is stripped of his garments
  11. Crucifixion: Jesus is nailed to the cross
  12. Jesus dies on the cross
  13. Jesus is taken down from the cross (Deposition or Lamentation)
  14. Jesus is laid in the tomb.

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MCCIC Holds Lenten Recollection on March 3rd 2018 with Fr. Edwin Corros of CTIC


The recollection started at 10:30 am with the song, “ Come Holy Spirit “ with the recollection theme of “ Jesus as a teacher, leader and a servant which was divided into three talks.


Sharing in small groups also took place after each every talk to deepen their understanding on the topics presented.



The participants enjoyed their potluck lunch around 11:30-12:30 noon.


There were 18 people who joined the said recollection. There were two from Narashino community and one from Toyoshiki community.

Confessions were also heard by Fr. Edwin before the concluding mass which begun at 3:35 pm.The mass finished at 4:15pm.


Everyone went home feeling blessed and with grateful hearts.