Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Priest dies in Sendai disaster
Canadian dies of shock after massive earthquake hits diocesePhoto: Laval Foreign Mission Society
- ucanews.com reporter, Tokyo
- March 14, 2011
The diocese posted an obituary Monday on the website of the Japan Bishopsâ€™ Conference announcing that Father Andre Lachapelle of the Quebec Foreign Mission Society had died in the quake and accompanying tsunami.
Father Lachapelle, who had dedicated much effort to justice and peace in his lifetime, suffered a fatal shock from the catastrophe, said Father Peter Shiro Komatsu, diocesan chancellor.
Father Lachapelle, parish priest of Shiogama Church in Miyagi, was in Sendai city at the time the quake struck. He died on his way back to his church, which is about 15 km away, after the quake subsided.
Sendai diocese covers the prefectures of Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, all of which were regions hardest-hit in the March 11 disaster.
Father Komatsu said Bishop Martin Tetsuo Hiraga of Sendai was unharmed but has yet to receive complete reports on the damage as telecommunications are still disrupted.
They were unable to know the situation concerning several churches located in the coastal areas whereas one church in Fukushima was completely damaged and eight churches in Sendai were either unaffected or only slightly damaged.