After having visited a variety of Salesian centres throughout Japan, on Saturday 12 February the relics of Don Bosco returned to the capital Tokyo, from where they had set out on 2 February. Salesians, religious and young students joyfully greeted the return of the statue of the saint.
“Welcome back, Don Bosco!” declared Fr Suzuki Masao, Principal of the Salesian School of Kodaira, Tokyo, as he received the statue of Don Bosco and began the celebrations for the 200 pupils of the elementary and middle school, who honoured the relics of the saint with songs and prayers. After spending two hours at the School the statue went to the “Salesian Polytechnic” where over 800 students were waiting for it.
In the afternoon in spite of the cold and some problems created by the snow over 400 people took part in a Symposium on the Preventive System attended also by the Salesian Bishop Francis Xavier Osamu Mizobe of Takamatsu. He spoke about his own experience as a pastor according to the style of Don Bosco, saying that the Salesian charism had influenced and at times changed his way of making pastoral contact with the people. He also stayed on into the evening , and with the young people took part in a prayer vigil, during which the idea of life as a vocation and as a gift for others was considered.
On Sunday 13, in the parish at Meguro, there were two Masses: the first for the youngsters of the oratory and the second open to everyone In the presence of the 1000 people taking part the Bishop of Takamatsu, quoting the well-known expression of Fr Cimatti, exhorted everyone not to be put off by difficulties: “Don’t let anything worry you. Go ahead with courage.” Then in the afternoon over 200 youngsters from the middle and senior school venerated the relics of Don Bosco.
The following day Monday 14 February it was the turn of the 700 children from the nearby elementary school of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in Seibi, followed by the 450 children from the “Salesian Kindergarden” next to the Meguro parish.
On Monday afternoon and the following day the statue of Don Bosco was venerated by the pupils from the Seibi of Setagaya school, the Sisters and the pupils of the “Seibi Home” and the pupils of the FMA school in Akabane. In the evening the relics were taken to the Salesian church in Shimoigusa, where over 600 people attended an evening mass. Finally the statue was taken in procession to the house of the Sisters of Charity of Jesus, where there was a prayer vigil.
Today 18 February, the relics are going to the studentate in Chofu and then in the afternoon there is a Mass for all the Salesian Family at which Archbishop Alberto Bottari De Castello, Nuncio Apostolic in Japan will preside.
Source: Info ANS