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On July 29, 2018, The Michikoto United celebrates their 13th year Filipino Community Day at Toyoshiki Church, as the host for this year.

The event was graced by Archbishop Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi, SVD, the archbishop for the Tokyo Archdiocese being the celebrant of the Holy Eucharist with Fr. Masakazu Tachibana, the Parish Priest of Toyoshiki church and Fr. Philip Ilio Bonifacio, SSC of Matsudo Church, also the Founder and spiritual adviser of the group.

There were around 250 people who came to witness the event.

 

 

The celebration started with a quick photo opportunity with the Archbishop Kikuchi and the presence of Minister Robespierre Bolivar, the Consul General of the Philippine Embassy by communities.

 

 

 

A very solemn Holy Eucharist started at 2pm.
The prayers of the faithful were said in 8 different dialects of the Philippines.

 

 

 

After the mass, part 1 of the program proper started with the Philippine National Anthem, invocation, a welcome address by Fr. Philip and inspiring opening remarks given by Min. Bolivar and Archbishop Kikuchi.

 

 

 

Different dance presentations were performed by each community. Two cultural dances- Itik-Itik (performed by Toyoshiki) and Subli (performed by Koiwa community) and 2 modern dances of the sixties performed by Ichikawa and Matsudo communities. The audience were amused especially with the “Oh Carol” dance by Matsudo community.

ICHIKAWA communities

 

KOIWA communities

 

TOYOSHIKI communities

 

MATSUDO communities

 

 

 

Modeling of Filipiniana and Barong contest also took place for children and adults simultaneously.

 

Women’s contest

 

Men’s contest

 

Children’s contest

 

 

 

Part two was done outside the church which comprises of other song performances, drawing of raffle tickets while enjoying the early dinner buffet.

 

 

 

The Pageant!

Little Mr. and Miss!! 

Mr. and Miss!!

 

It was another successful celebration of the Michikoto United. Congratulations to Toyoshiki Community as the host and also to the Michikoto United Core group.

 

MATSUDO Community

 

ICHIKAWA Community

 

KOIWA Community

 

TOYOSHIKI Community

 

MICHIKOTO United

 

This is also a charity event of the group and portions of the raffle proceeds will go to the CFC-Gawad Kalinga Cornerstone as our support to their educational program for less fortunate children and also to the Sta. Rita Church in support to their on-going church renovation.

We would like to thank all our sponsors, donors and volunteers who made this event a success.
May we all be guided and blessed always.




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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).

本日、四旬節第4主日、MCCICは、英語ミサ後、「十字架の道行」を行い、イエス様のご受難を黙想しました。

 

  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.