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2013年8月25日 マリアン・フェスティバル   F.J.  2013/9/27(金)
The 4th Marian Festival 第4回マリアン・フェスティバル

The Marian Festival is an annual gathering of the faithful mostly Filipinos to celebrate our faith and culture through spiritual and cultural activities through the inspiration of our Blessed Mother Mary. The 4th Marian Festival was held at the Fukushi Kaikan in Moroyama shi, Saitama ken on August 25, 2013. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Hail Mary, Handmaid of the Word, Service and Faith”. It started with a Marian procession at 9:30 a.m. and followed with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. After lunch break, the different cultural presentations of the different Filipino communities in the diocese and Japanese Taiko performers followed. Within the Holy Mass, some prayers were said in Tagalog, English, Japanese and Vietnamese languages. The festival ended at 3:30 p.m.

There were about 450 people of different nationalities who attended the festival. This is an annual gathering of the faithful in Saitama Diocese, mostly Filipinos. The Saitama Filipino Community is the host of the 4th annual gathering. The previous hosts were Ibaraki, Gunma and Tochigi Filipino communities. The money collected from the charity raffle draws were channeled to the different organizations of the diocese. This year’s beneficiary of the charity raffle draws are the Balik-buhay Foundation based in Quezon City, Philippines, the future construction of the Urawa Cathedral and the victims of the recent typhoon in the Philippines. Balik-buhay Foundation is an organization established by Open House several years ago. The members of this group are former migrant workers who worked in Japan but are now in the Philippines. The returning migrant workers are being assisted through spiritual formation and re-integration into the Philippine society. The Franciscans are assisting the foundation.

Next year’s Marian Festival will be held in Ibaraki ken.