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St. Ignatius Church, Kojimachi, Tokyo

St. Ignatius Church, in accordance with the new directives given by the governor of Tokyo(dated March 25), has decided on the following measures.


  1. All Masses and activities will remain cancelled until April 12(Sun). People with special health issues and elderly people(above 80) in particular are requested to refrain from coming to the church.

  2. All chapels(including the main church) will be closed from March 28(Sat) till April 12(Sun). All are requested to pray at home.
  3. Weddings and funerals are allowed with minimum number of attendees.
  4. There will be no public services during the Holy Week. Please spend the Holy Week at your home prayerfully and meditatively. You may watch the live-streaming of the Holy Week services by Pope Francis or Arch Bishop Kikuchi.
  5. All group activates and ceremonies(Baptism, Conversion, First Communion etc.) are requested to be rescheduled after April 12(Sun)
  6. This announcement is of March 26(Thu). We will keep you updated as and when the situation changes.
  7. Pope Francis will hold a Benediction service(Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament) which will be live-streamed on March 28(Sat) at 2 am(Japanese time). Those who recite the necessary prayers will obtain a plenary indulgence.

The situation has made it impossible for us to hold the most important Holy Week services. let us pray together in these difficult times, holding our hearts close to the passion of Jesus on the Cross and with the hope for the day when we can truly rejoice in the resurrection of Christ.

March 27(Thu), 2020
Fr.Hanafusa Ryuichiro SJ


Welcome to St. Ignatius Church:


Our warmest welcome to all those who worship with our parish community, whether after a long time or newly arrived. If you would like to register with St. Ignatius church, please come to the church office.

St. Ignatius Church, through John de Britto English Center, wants to reach out to help all members of the English-speaking Catholic community to grow in their faith life, in the best possible way. If you want to help St. Ignatius Church, come and visit the center for possibilities of collaboration. Thank you and God's blessings.


Rosary :

Every Sunday after the 12 PM Mass we pray the Holy Rosary in front of Our Lady's statue, to your right as you go out of the Main Chapel. You are most welcome!


Please inquire about the requirements and schedule of baptism.
For further information:

  • Go to John de Britto Center on Sundays or
  • Call the Center (03) 3263-4576 or
  • Call the Church Reception Office: (03) 3263-4584.

First Communion: 

Preparation class for First Communion is done at the Saturday School or at the Sunday School. Please contact the Church Reception Office for further information: (03) 3263-4584.



Please make arrangements early - at least 6 months before your wedding day. Contact the Church Reception Office: (03) 3263-4584

English Mass Overall Coordination: 

Every Sunday at 12:00 p.m. Choir practice from 11:00 a.m. in Room 401. Lectors & Readers, practice & prepare at 11:30 a.m. in the Sacristy. Volunteers, ushers, for noon Mass: 11:30 a.m. distribution of newsletters, children, seating, collection, posting notices. Altars boys & girls for 12:00 noon Mass come at 11:30am sharp to the Sacristy.



Would you like to be a Lector, reader, choir member, usher, altar boy/girl? Or hand out the monthly bulletin? Please come to John De Britto English Center or call (03) 3263-4576.

Sunday Nihongo Class
(Japanese Language Classes):

Dates: Sundays
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Kibe Hall Rooms 304, 305, 306, 307
Please bring your own notebooks and pencils.

Academic Year 2018

  • April 15, 22, 29
  • May 13, 20, 27
  • June 3, 10, 17, 24
  • (July and August: summer break)
  • September 9, 16, 30
  • October 14, 21, 28
  • November 11, 18, 25
  • December 2

Academic Year 2019

  • January 13, 20, 27
  • February 3, 17, 24
  • March 3, 10, 17, 24

Please contact for inquiry:

  • John De Britto English Center (St. Ignatius Church)
    TEL: (03) 3263-4576 or (03) 3263-458 

English-Speaking Group Meeting: 

Every third Sunday of the month from 1:45 pm in Room 301 of Arrupe Hall, the English-speaking community gathers to plan and think of better ways to serve St. Ignatius Church. You are most welcome! To inquire, please contact: John De Britto English Center: (03) 3263-4576


Faith Sharing Group: 

Faith Sharing Group: We are interested in renewing our faith, and how to create good spiritual practice in our lives. We are also interested in deepening our understanding of the liturgy, ritual and teaching of the Church.

If you are interested in joining this group to explore these or any other related issues, please join us every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month at 2:00 pm in 3rd floor of Kibe Hall, Room 310. If you have any further questions, please contact: Mr. Douglas Marvin at telephone (03) 5942-8952 or John De Britto English Center: (03) 3263-4576

Catholic Faith Formation Class for Adults:

Adult Catholics who wish to deepen their understanding of the Faith are welcome to attend. Please join us, every first Sunday of the month in room 310- Kibe Hall from 1:45 pm.

Liturgy of the Word for Children “Angels”:

Every 1st Sunday of the Month; 12 noon English Mass for Children

A group called "Angels" will gather the children ages 6-12 in Xavier Chapel just after the opening prayer of the Mass. The "Angels" will provide stories of the Gospel reading in language that is understood by the children. Then, the "Angels" will lead the children back to the main chapel for a blessing with holy water by the priest during the offertory. After the blessing, the children go back to their families to continue the Mass. 

To inquire, please contact: the John De Britto English Center: (03) 3263-4576

Getting Acquainted Lunch:

International food are available on Sundays at Teresia Hall.




Mission 2030 Prayer Intention—April

As we welcome the spring season and the new fiscal year, we pray, Lord, that you grant us the courage and strength to build a compassionate society that protects and respects all life. Through the Risen Christ, may God's love reign over all in the Church and also in new areas of opportunity unfolding in various places in the world.

Pope’s Prayer Intention—April

Freedom from Addiction: We pray that those suffering from addiction may be helped and accompanied.


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