Welcome to the Sacred Heart Cathedral
The Yokohama Sacred Heart Cathedral, also known by the Japanese as Yamate Catholic Church, is the oldest Church in Japan built in 1862 when the country re-opened to the outside world. It hosts both Japanese and English-speaking communities.
Sacred Heart Cathedral’s International Community is an active one and offers the possibility of practicing one’s faith in English for individuals who have difficulties with Japanese. The International Community has all the activities of a Parish from regular Sunday Masses, confessions, catechism, Bible study and Prayer groups as well as preparation to sacraments, Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation and Marriage.
New Mass Schedule after lifting of the State of Emergency
Masses which were closed to the Public during the State of Emergency due to the coronavirus, are being re-opened from June 20 (Saturday) under conditions.
There are now two English Masses each week
- Saturday at 7:00 pm
- Sunday at 9:30 am
In order to keep social distances at all times, the number of worshipers is strictly limited.
Only Parishioners who have pre-registered and received a confirmation will be allowed to enter the Church.
In order to register, please go to the “Contacts” page, click the “Weekly Newsletter Subscription” and fill the form. You will receive one week before a confirmation indicating the date and the time of the Mass to which you are registered as well as the precautions to take like wearing a mask or disinfecting hands.
For those who cannot attend the Mass in person, the Sunday Mass in English will still be video-recorded and streamed on the internet. Schedule is now 9:30 am instead of 11:00 until June 14.
To join, please click here and choose the appropriate broadcast.
Our Pastor is Fr. Darryl Santos Diño
Ladies and gentlemen, Hello. I would like to introduce myself.
I am Darryl Diño. I am a Filipino and a Vincentian priest. When I became as a priest, I was already thirty six years old. I was born in 1979 and ordained in 2016, and the first year of my priesthood were served as an assistant priest In Iloilo, Philippines. After a year, I was sent for a foreign mission here in Japan. I live in Sueyoshicho Church while studying the Japanese language.
When I was young, I did not dream to become a priest. However, God uses a unique path to give us a message! Inside a church bulletin board in Manila, I saw a poster picture of two missionary priests. They are riding a motorcycle and with a bag in their back. They are going to a distant mountain place. The poster had a text on top saying "To go where there is of greatest need." The words strongly touched my heart. It was this time that I entered into the Congregation of the Mission.
This year, the bishop appointed me here in Yamate Catholic Church. My friends, I humbly ask you to pray for me.
“May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else.” - 1 Thessalonians 3:12
CONTACTS IN ENGLISH
You can contact the Church in the following ways:
By post mail
Through the Church Office
By Telephone : 045-641-0735, ask for an English speaker, you will be redirected towards one
In person : office is opened from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Persons wishing to subscribe to the Weekly Newsletter and receive e-mails with announcements can do so here.