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Vicar General Fr Martin Sirju (right) gives communion to Rebecca Peake at an October 14 Mass at the Arouca Holy Trinity RC Pastoral Centre. The second group of candidates from the Bethesda Community received First Communion during the Mass.

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI
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As you reflect on the draft Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan, consider what needs to be done to make your parish more inclusive and accessible for persons with disabilities. They are part of our community and we must demonstrate that we respect their inherent, inviolable, and inalienable dignity as children of God.

One of the groups involved in meeting the needs of persons with disabilities is the Bethesda Catholic Community of Trinidad and Tobago ( Following a meeting with Archbishop Gordon, its founder, Saira Joseph La Foucade, came to see me with her colleague, Zobida Maharaj, to seek my assistance to establish her organisation as an NGO.  Here is Saira’s journey so far: 

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