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September 2007

Heartbeats A Monthly English-language Bulletin of The Sacred Heart Cathedral

Raising a Child in the Faith Raising a child in the faith is a joyful challenge. Begin by involving your child in a church community where others can assist you and where the child can learn through participating in the cycle of prayer of the Church. Take advantage of educational opportunities are available here at Yamate. z

Sunday School classes every 2nd Sunday of the month just before mass, from 9am-10am. There is one class in English and a second in Japanese especially geared for “doubles,” children who are both Japanese and international.

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Children’s Liturgy of the Word will be held this year every 4th Sunday. Any child who would like to participate, will be blessed after the opening prayer at mass and sent forth to read and learn the gospel message in a child’s language before returning to mass at the Presentation of the Gifts.

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Japanese Sunday School Nichiyoo Gakko is highly recommended for Japanese speaking children. It is held every 1st, 3rd, and 4th Sunday in the Kindergarten from 10am, with a monthly children’s liturgy on the 4th Sunday at the 8:15 mass.

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St Maur International School was founded in the Catholic Tradition and offers religious formation opportunities for students. If your child will attend an international school, consider this option.

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Parents remain the first and most important teachers of their children in the ways of faith. It will be helpful to use more than words to instruct. Consciously use rituals, visuals, and model Christian behavior and attitudes as well for your children.

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Words should emphasize most the loving presence of God who is always with us.

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Rituals are something that the child participates in with the family or larger community. Examples are: prayers before meals, prayer before bed, reading bible stories together as a family once a week, an annual custom of setting up a nativity set at Christmas, keeping an advent wreath in the home, making Lenten observances, or making a small pilgrimage to a church or another holy site.

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Visuals should be intentionally and tastefully placed in the home. Children are very observant and meditative of their surroundings by nature. A cross, a picture of Jesus, an icon, or a small prayer corner in the home can give them a constant reminder of the presence and love of God.

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Model Christian behavior and attitudes. Children will sense from your behavior what is important. If they see you treating others with compassion, attending mass regularly, spending time in prayer, talking about faith, observing the seasons and feasts of the Church, etc…. they will see their faith as important. Fr. Edward Vebelun


Parish Priests: Fr. Masahiko Iino, Pastor Fr. Paul Takano Tetsuo Fr. Edward Vebelun* Fr. Lee Jung Yoon

Sacred Heart Cathedral 44 Yamate-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama,Kanagawa Tel :(045) 641-0735 Email: *evebelun@osb.or.jp Mobile: 090 8487 4289

Want to know more about the Sacred Heart Guild? http://mysite.wanadoomembers.co.uk/sacredheartguild

Want to contribute for the next ‘Heartbeats’? Email it to gloriaelena@hotmail.co.jp

Want to join the choir? Email Mr. Nakamae y-cdream@khaki.plala.or.jp

Sunday Curry Rice for the Homeless The Sunday Curry Rice patrol is still active every Sunday. We deliver curry rice and miso soup to 230 people We meet at the Kannai Station at 8:00 pm every Sunday to distribute the food to the homeless. We are always in need of rice. A rice certificate would be a big help Remember, whatever good we do to this poor people, we do it to Christ. For more information, please contact to Girlie Ota at

hikaru_aiki333@hotmail.com

Calendar SEP 8 Foreign Guild Meeting, 7 pm in parish office 9 First Sunday School Session, 9~10 am in parish office 15 Pot-Luck Dinner, 6~9 in basement hall 23 Children's Liturgy of the Word, at 10am Mass Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults If you are interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith or in being Baptized, please see Fr. Edward. Monday Morning Mass Mass will be offered on Monday mornings at 7:30am in the Chapel of the Infant Jesus on the St Maur International School Campus. All are welcome to attend. Guild Meeting The guild will resume their meeting schedule on Saturday, September 8 at 7 pm in the parish office. The guild organizes many fun and formative activities for the parish and assists in the Sunday liturgy. We are always in need of new members and new ideas. Pot-Luck Dinner The Fall pot-luck dinner will take place on Saturday, September 15 from 6-9pm in the parish basement hall. It is a great opportunity to introduce yourself to other parishioners. All are encouraged to come. The Guild prepares soft drinks、green salad and coffee. Every family is expected to bring a dish enough for 4 to 5 people. Those who wish to drink may bring their own bottle, but if you are driving, please refrain from drinking Sacramental Services -Confessions can be made at 9:45am every Sunday or by request. -Baptisms are held on the 3rd Sunday of every month. See Fr. Edward about a date for your celebration, then register in the office. Parents and Sponsors must attend a seminar prior to the celebration. The seminar will be the 1st Sunday of the month by Girlie Ota -First Communion and Confirmation preparation will begin in the Spring.

Peru Earthquake Relief Thank you for your generosity toward the Peruvian earthquake relief efforts. We gathered 150,000 yen at the collection on Sunday August 26.

Bible Class Parents, NOW is the time to enroll your child into the 2007-2008 Sunday Bible Program. Classes will take place on the 2nd and 4th Sunday's of each month. For more information, please pick up a brochure at the back of Church and/or contact Akko Maki at akkomaki1@hotmail.com This year's theme is: Jesus is the King of my Jungle...so please don’t miss out!

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