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The grace of vulnerability

Q: Archbishop J, will the Church survive COVID-19? At Caesarea Philippi, Jesus promised His disciples: “I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall […]

Your life cycle

By Finbar Garcia LUTCF, FSS, MFA Welcome back. Having started this column, I received many emails, and I am happy to assist. This week I want […]

Conscience formation is spiritual confrontation

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “Everyone is a leader of conscience…. When our hearts are calm and pure, our wisdom will be unleashed…If […]

Food Security and COVID-19

By Prof Wayne Ganpat, Dean, Faculty of Food and Agriculture, UWI, St Augustine Trinidad and Tobago is facing a number of crises at this time. Apart […]

Spiritual Baptist Liberation Day Greeting

Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI  I share hereunder a speech I delivered in London at a Thanksgiving Service organised by my now deceased friend, […]

What this little microbe is doing to us

Q: Archbishop J, is COVID-19 a tool of the devil? Well! This virus is frightening. It is spread by human-to-human contact, forcing us into isolation. It […]

Mindful mornings, remote work and family workouts

By Jamila Cross, athletesdiscovered@gmail.com   COVID-19 has impacted our daily lives and routines in a short space of time. We are a few weeks into our […]

Keeping our focus inspite of distractions

By Juliana Valdez There are times when, inadvertently, our actions or lack thereof, bring hurt and pain to others, especially when they are dependent on you […]

Peace of mind and in our families: Is it a choice?

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED, Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant A famous physician, Dr Viktor Frankl found happiness in Auschwitz because he spent his four years […]

‘Joy Filled Marriage’ to continue online

During these times of COVID-19 and the directive not to gather in numbers over ten, catechesis for those preparing for marriage using the Joy Filled Marriage […]

Life under COVID-19 by a 60 something!

By Delia Chatoor As a child in the 50s and 60s, I was aware of the various states of emergencies called to quell labour disturbances and […]

In times of crisis, stock up on compassion

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronisingly, but as […]

Culture of death rears its head in pandemic

In Italy, one of the countries worst hit by COVID-19, reports have surfaced of doctors having to make life and death decisions in cases where limited […]

Coping with COVID-19 ?

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor In any crisis or disaster, anxiety is a natural response to a situation where there is no ready solution. COVID-19 is upon […]

Extreme generosity to lessen COVID-19 impact

Q: Archbishop J, how will we survive COVID-19? Only through extreme generosity will we cope, through extreme generosity will we get through this as a nation, […]

When home is not a safe place

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor No-one can deny that these are crucial times in the history of this country. The present threat to our health in the […]

BOM – rock solid science

The science behind the Billings Ovulation Method®(BOM) is “rock solid”. The World Organisation Ovulation Method Billings (WOOMB) International Limited has published a paper with such a […]

The balancing act of marriage and parenting

By Marsha Gomes-Mckie A couple of months ago, the priest, at the beginning of his sermon asked all couples to sit next to each other. There […]

Food Safety in the face of COVID-19

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that usually cause respiratory illness. They include viruses that cause the common cold and more serious illnesses such as Middle […]

‘Ah choo!’ The cost of catching a cold in a small open economy

By Dr Marlene Attzs, Economist, Email: marlene.attzs@gmail.com As a small open economy, Trinidad and Tobago is experiencing the reality of being caught in the middle of […]

Forced sterilisation and women’s rights

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere!” Martin Luther King Jr. As I watched a programme on […]

For the common good

Q: Archbishop J, not giving precious Blood …is that a lack of faith? The Archdiocesan policy on COVID-19 has spawned much comment on digital media. It […]

Revenge for T&T Red Force, Windies celebrate T20 wins

By Bryan Davis former West Indies Test cricketer The Trinidad & Tobago Red Force (RF) cricket team played a splendid bit of cricket to whip their […]

Listen to the Church’s voice

By Juliana Valdez Over the last few weeks, citizens have come to realise in more ways than one, that affairs of this world impact us, too. […]

Conscience? What Conscience?

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant “Let your conscience be your guide” said Geppetto, in the old classic Disney movie Pinocchio. How […]

Kareem was truly special

By Vernon Khelawan, vkmoose@gmail.com This column is a tribute to my younger sister, Barbara, of whom I am very proud, for the love, care, dedication, courage, […]

Justice for those on the margins

Jesus wants evangelizers who proclaim the good news not only with words, but above all by a life transfigured by God’s presence. (259) —Pope Francis, Evangelii […]

Rae-Anne’s reward

By Jamila Cross athletesdiscovered@gmail.com Family support abounds for talented student athlete Rae-Anne Serville who has been a member of the Memphis Pioneers Athletic Club for the […]

Planning your Lenten meals – fish or vegan?

Lent is the period where we reflect on Jesus Christ and the time He spent in the wilderness enduring temptation. For us Catholics, the Lenten period […]

Save Our Sons

By Dianne Wells Fifty years after, yes 50 years done gone and my little mind can only say commemorate the anniversary of the Black Power movement […]

Conversion and reconciliation during Lent

By Leela Ramdeen Chair, CCSJ The theme of Pope Francis’ Message for Lent 2020 is: We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God, […]

It’s all in the giving

Q: Archbishop J, why collection? Collection is only one part of the Offertory. It is representative of our offering to God who has been so generous […]

T&T Red Force backfires

By Bryan Davis Former West Indies Test cricketer A pathetic display of batsmanship by Trinidad & Tobago’s Red Force (RF) cricketers against Barbados in the fifth […]

Lent – a time of spiritual revolution

By Juliana Valdez And so, the reign of the Merry Monarch is over, ushering in the season of Lent with the distribution of ashes on Ash […]

No meat, No ice cream, less screen time? Or the virtue of temperance?

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant   Lent is here. In many Catholic households’ conversations are taking place about who is giving […]

Preparing a monthly budget

By Finbar Garcia LUTCF, FSS, MFA Welcome back to your dollars and sense, I do hope that your appetite is open for more. Today we will […]

Know God to conquer temptation

There is no dichotomy between man and God’s image. Whoever tortures a human being, whoever abuses a human being, whoever outrages a human being, abuses God’s […]

Initiating a mystical union with Christ

Q: Archbishop J, are there different kinds of homilies? Each type of homily has its place in history and in the toolkit of the preacher. The […]

Carnival – let’s look again

Carnival is here again, its ubiquitous rhythms infecting every corner of the land at this time. At Carnival the nation become schizophrenic – bad vs good, […]

Black Power revolution unfinished

Q: Archbishop J, why are we celebrating the Black Power revolution? Every country has its defining moments—a watershed that fundamentally changes the nature of the social […]

Backing herself through badminton

By Jamila Cross, athletesdiscovered@gmail.com “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in […]

At last… JFM has come along

Love is in the air! With the wedding of popular Soca artiste Machel Montano to Renee Butcher on Valentine’s Day, along with marriage proposals of two […]

Smart farming – the future of agriculture

Innovation is extremely vital in modern-day agriculture. The industry continues to face challenges such as shortage of labour, reduced annual budgets from governments and the many […]

Babies before animals

In an address to the Vatican Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith (CDF) on January 30, Pope Francis warned of “the modern tendency to judge human […]

Striving to be virtuous

By Leela Ramdeen Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI   As thousands prepare to ‘play’ themselves over the next two days of Carnival, CCSJ urges citizens and […]

Story of a People

Presbyterian Minister Rev Clifford R L Rawlins gave a public lecture on ‘The Theology of Carnival’ at St Crispin’s Anglican Church, Woodbrook on January 30. The […]

How To Have A Fulfilling Christian Carnival

Fr Dexter Brereton, CSSp offers some practical tips to guide behaviour during Carnival, bearing in mind that one cannot always simply look at actions and tell […]

Building a just society

By Leela Ramdeen Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI The theme of CCSJ’s Panel Discussion on Tuesday, February 18 to mark World Day of Social Justice, February […]

Understanding the sacred mysteries

Q: Archbishop J, what are the sacred mysteries? The Mass begins with the Sign of the Cross. Here, we are plunged into the mystery of the […]

A timely Sri Lankan examination

The coming tour of Sri Lanka (SL) is a vital visit for West Indies’ (WI) cricketers. The series consists of three One-Day-Internationals (ODI) on February 22, […]

Raising a child with real world resilience

How do we get our children to withstand tough challenges? No parent wants to see their child crumble when faced with challenging situations. It’s probably a […]

A theology of Carnival

Presbyterian Minister Rev Clifford R L Rawlins gave a public lecture on ‘The Theology of Carnival’ at St Crispin’s Anglican Church, Woodbrook on January 30. The […]

Mas today nothing to see

In one week, Trinidad and Tobago will go crazy, literally. The streets will be filled with almost naked women, topless men all dancing, gyrating and doing […]

Divine interconnection – Word and Eucharist

Q: Archbishop J, what is the impact of the homily? The General Instruction of the Roman Missal 65 says the homily is necessary for nurturing the […]

The equaliser in this life

The reports on the many television channels spoke of the shock, horror, incredulity, as they reacted to the news of basketball legend, Kobe Bryant’s death. Making […]

Calling all FLUs

What is the parish outreach to married couples, persons who are separated, divorced, widowed, singles and single parents? What is being offered to parents, adults, who […]

Caring for your cactus

Cactus, deriving from the family Cactaceae, has over 1750 known species. It is popularly known that cacti are perfect for areas with intense humidity. It is […]

Shining our light

There are not two categories of people. There are not some who were born to have everything and leave others with nothing and a majority that […]

Speaking of Love and Lust

“Love can wait to give, but lust can’t wait to get.” There is profound truth in the statement attributed to Jason Evert, a Catholic author and […]

The homily gives meaning to the Word

Q: Archbishop J, so what is the purpose of the homily? The homily is an integral part of the Liturgy of the Word. Through the homily, […]

T20 WC coming: Better than that, WI

By Bryan Davis former West Indies Test cricketer I can’t get my mind off the T20 World Cup (WC) later this year in October and where […]

Do our words build or sting?

The classroom gossip. The boy who never has a kind word to say about anyone. The girl no-one trusts because she repeats everything she hears. If […]

Let’s talk finances

Welcome to your Dollars and Sense. I’m Finbar Garcia, your personal Financial Adviser. With 23 years’ experience and having both assisted clients and trained many persons […]

Christ, the ‘inn’ of the Good Samaritan

CCSJ Social Justice Education Committee By Leela Ramdeen Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI On Tuesday, February 4, the world will observe World Cancer Day and the […]

Want to encounter Christ? Read your Bible

Q: Archbishop J, is the Bible really the Word of God? The Mass is an invitation to feed at three tables, the table of the Word, […]

To err is human…even for the Pope

It was aired repeatedly on several news channels. Breaking news: Pope Francis slaps the hand of a woman! The clips showed the Holy Father walking along […]

Same-sex parenting: harmful for children, or not?

At the beginning of the year we were jolted into the reality that same-sex parenting is a fact of life here in Trinidad and Tobago, with […]

Outlook for 2020’s dry season

With the blink of an eye, we are in the final week of January 2020, and it seems that only yesterday was New Year’s Day. As […]

Building a virtuous nation

By Leela Ramdeen Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “…the virtuous finds shelter in his integrity…Virtue makes a nation great; by sin whole races are disgraced.” (Proverbs […]

Report Card: ‘F’ for Effort

By Dr Marlene Attzs, Economist Email: marlene.attzs@gmail.com In the last days of 2019, a video was being circulated on social media in which a fellow citizen […]

Lessons from a wisdom teacher

Vicar General and Cathedral Administrator Fr Martin Sirju remembers his rector at the Seminary, Fr Henry Charles. Seven is the number of perfection, of fullness, richness. […]

Receive Communion with reverence

Q: Archbishop J, why so little true devotion to the Eucharist? When a missionary asked me this question, my response was very defensive: “Of course, T&T […]

Youthful Red Force put on a batting performance

There was some delightful batting by the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force cricket team, the likes of which I have not seen for many a year!  […]

Are we inspiring or stifling our children’s learning?

Carol Dweck’s book Mindset is gaining popularity by the day around the world in business, education and academia. For us and our children to thrive, we […]

Buckled up for Flight #2020

Recently I came across a news item in a daily paper of a report prepared by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) highlighting the most corrupt countries […]

Recognising the feminine genius

The bread you store up belongs to the hungry; the cloak that lies in your chest belongs to the naked; the gold you have hidden in […]

Hope for more dynamic Catholics

Q: Archbishop J, why a Christmas book giveaway? Many people were very surprised by the Christmas book giveaway. They had not experienced a Christmas gift like […]

Seasonal celebrations bring new hope

I personally thought that the ending of 2019 would have seen an improvement in the state of our society re the reduction in the crime situation, […]

To solve a soursop situation

Dear Rayanna, My name is Amrad and I am an avid reader of your articles. I need some help for my soursop tree. Up to about […]

What ‘if’ for 2020

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor How did situations and events go for you last year? Were you able to achieve all that you set out to do? […]

Peace as a journey of hope

Peace is not merely the absence of war; nor can it be reduced solely to the maintenance of a balance of power between enemies; nor is […]

Can the pill affect how you think?

As this New Year begins, may our vision truly be 20/20 in seeing and doing our best to promote and support all that is good. One […]

Development through clubs

It is no secret just how long it has been since Trinidad and Tobago’s cricket team won the regional first-class tournament of the West Indies Cricket […]

A memorable 2019 into a Ukiyo 2020

By Jamila Cross athletesdiscovered@gmail.com   A recent experience at an Open Water Swim meet that I participated in got me thinking about what 2019 has symbolised […]

How did you do on the pro-life front?

As we approach the end of 2019, and we examine our consciences and take stock of our achievements and failures of the past year, now is […]

Let’s diversify into agriculture in 2020

The year is once again coming to an end and I’m sure that we can all agree that 2019 brought many challenges. Rising food prices, fuel […]

The Holy Family – a model for all families

The dignity of the human person and the common good rank higher than the comfort of those who refuse to renounce their privileges. When these values […]

I’ll have a blue, blue Christmas… with or without polymers

By Dr Marlene Attzs, Economist Email: marlene.attzs@gmail.com   The shock, awe and palpitations associated with the change-out from the old $100 bills to the new, still […]

Advent of the Messiah

Q: Archbishop J, in Advent who is waiting? Advent, if we think about it, is about Mary. John the Baptist, Isaiah, the gospels all heighten the […]

Joy or duty in giving?

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant Did you know that the experience of giving actually activates an area of the brain that […]

Jesus, our North Star

The majority of people living on our planet profess to be believers. This should spur religions to dialogue among themselves for the sake of protecting nature, […]

We all need Advent

Q: Archbishop J, why wait to celebrate Christmas? The secularisation of Christmas has been a creeping spiritual cancer. By October we are already in the height […]

‘Rejects’ prove they’re good enough

By Bryan Davis former West Indies Test cricketer The future of West Indies (WI) cricket must be in very good hands if we are to judge […]

Digital me, my-true-self and i

By Darren Mohammed When typing a message, do you go through many iterations of what you want to say before hitting ‘Send’? Do you re-read the […]

A not-so-traditional Christmas shopping list

We’re well into Advent now but also preparing for Christmas, the season where we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. By now […]

Messing around with million$

For the life of me I cannot wrap my head around the situation surrounding the gasoline problem which affected thousands of motorists. The news reports say […]

Continue support for those on the move

God loves all men and women on earth and gives them the hope of a new era, an era of peace. His love, fully revealed in […]

Behind prison walls, Advent lives

Q: Archbishop J, what is your Advent highlight? Advent is about waiting in joyful hope. Visiting the prison during this time has opened the season’s mystery […]

Football, cricket need to buck up

The youngsters who participate in any of the top sports in T&T have often been known to make remarks about old-stagers like myself such as “you […]

Make it an ‘extra’ Advent

“Children gather ‘round today, waiting for Jesus. Come let’s sing a song and pray, waiting for Jesus. Light the candles one by one, as we wait […]

How a parent’s words can shape their children’s adult relationships

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant Parents are their children’s first teachers. They have a power with words that is unsurpassable. The […]

BOM helps infertile couples

Infertility is a difficult topic to discuss as it affects couples who had plans to grow their family and now suffer great disappointment and heartache. According […]

Preparing for the Christ-child

By Leela Ramdeen Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI   On this second Sunday of Advent we will light the second candle on the Advent wreath—the Bethlehem […]

Advent keeps the end in mind

Q: Archbishop J, what is so special about Advent? Advent is a healing balm for the sick soul, sight for the spiritually blind, grace for the […]

WI disappoints against Afghans

By Bryan Davis former West Indies Test cricketer The West Indies (WI) vs Afghanistan T20 cricket series was a disappointment after WI won the One Day […]

An Advent touch to your home décor

The season of Advent is once again upon us. Advent commences four Sundays before Christmas and is a very important time in the Catholic Church as […]

When a ‘local’ seems like a ‘general’

Before I start pounding on my keyboard to write this column, I want to make it abundantly clear that I hold no brief for any political […]

Are we apathetic about HIV and AIDS?

By Leela Ramdeen Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI Today, Sunday, December 1, is World AIDS Day. The theme this year is: Communities make the difference. “A […]

Sacred spaces and blurred lines

Q: Archbishop J, a fashion show in a cathedral? There are many implications in this wonderful parable of modern life. I want us to read it […]

For the love of Judo

Navor Suarez has practised judo for over two decades, becoming a high-performance athlete at age 16. Hailing from Caracas, Venezuela, Navor has resided in Trinidad with […]

Abortion affects men too

We’ve grown used to thinking of abortion as a woman’s issue, and many believe that men should not even be involved in the decision to abort. […]

Running on ‘E’ for Empathy

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant What sort of response do you like to receive from your significant other when you share […]

Eliminating violence against women

By Leela Ramdeen Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI How I wish that all of us would hear God’s cry: ‘Where is your brother?’ (Gen 4:9). Where […]

Leadership in the Church

Brent Augustus, a parishioner from Diego Martin, concludes his commentary on the Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan. Part One appeared on this page in last Sunday’s issue. On […]

See the face of Christ in the poor

Q: Archbishop J, really? A world day of the poor? Yes really! The scandal of poverty in our world today is no longer felt and seen […]

T&T cricketers shine

The Trinidad and Tobago cricket team known as the Red Force (RF), has started off the 2019 regional season by playing sparkling cricket. At the Queen’s […]

Inappropriate fabric

By Juliana Valdez Many years ago, a contestant in the King of Carnival competition won with a portrayal entitled ‘The Sacred and the Profane’. These words […]

Just what your garden needs– earthworms!

Earthworms, belonging to the phylum Annelida, are tubed-shaped segmented worms. They are found in soils throughout the world. These decomposers (organism that feeds on decomposing organic […]

Party before country

By Vernon Khelawan vkmoose@gmail.com   Well we really reach. Now we have seen everything. Nakedness, almost, in a church and a Cathedral at that. Scantily clad […]

United as a nation

Truth and justice must stand above my comfort and physical well-being, or else my life itself becomes a lie. Pope Benedict XVI, Spe Salvi, para 38 […]

Church’s faith formation programmes must change

Brent Augustus, a parishioner from Diego Martin, shares his concerns and makes some suggestions on the Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan. I attended a parish consultation on the […]

Fee, Fie, Fo, Fum – I smell imminent elections

“I would offer that some of the conversations on the road to December 2 really ought to focus on what matters to, and directly affects, the […]

Will change come to the TTFA?

By Alvin Corneal former national footballer I wish it was easy to communicate with those who are aspiring for places in the hierarchy of the Trinidad […]

Yes, youth still interested in #chastity

We at BOMA-TT would like to express our sincere gratitude to those who contributed to the Marriage Quiz which appeared in this column for the past […]

From boys to MEN

Rescuing maleness from a degenerative spiral and rebuilding their constructions of identities that are positive and valued is not an easy task. By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor […]

Getting your teen to do their chores

My previous article (‘Are teens really disobedient’, CN October 27) explained what is taking place in the teenaged brain as well as what is happening with […]

Introducing spoken word in the classroom

“Never hesitate to hold out your hand; never hesitate to accept the outstretched hand of another.” Pope Saint John XXIII CCSJ Social Justice Education Committee By […]

Discern, respond and live the calling

Q: Archbishop J, What’s all the fuss about vocation? The Archdiocese of Port of Spain has struggled to have adequate vocations to the priesthood and religious […]

The Saints: heroes, witnesses to the faith

Q: Archbishop J, why celebrate All Saints? The saints are our elder brothers and sisters in the faith. They have gone before us and have triumphed […]

Positive move bringing Phil back

Cricket West Indies (CWI) has brought back successful coach Phil Simmons to be in charge of the West Indies (WI) team! Certainly, this was necessary, based […]

Not a superhero, just a defender of the faith

By Juliana Valdez At some point or another throughout our lives, we see ourselves in different roles. These roles change from time to time and can […]

‘Mums’ the flower to remember

As we know, the month of November is dedicated to the departed. It begins with All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day and continues throughout the […]

Vocations Week 2019: Pray and Witness

Prayer and witness through action is the staple of all Catholic life. Generation S is bringing the two together. Vocations Awareness Week 2019 (November 10 – […]

Comforting those who mourn

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI November is the month dedicated to those who have died. November 2, All Souls’ Day, is commemorated the […]

Strive to be a better employer/employee

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 An inspired employer is more than twice as productive as a satisfied employee and more than three times as […]

Culture and religion

Q: Archbishop J, is incorporating Hindu elements into the liturgy syncretism? The simple answer is, it depends on which elements and how they are incorporated. In […]

Mary’s point of service

Mary Cruz is from Yaracuy State in Venezuela. Yaracuy has gained acclaim over the years for producing many of the country’s top national athletes. Physical education […]

Dealing with the PASS

On October 10 we observed World Mental Health Day. One aspect of mental health that is largely ignored by doctors and the secular media is the […]

Are teens really disobedient?

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant Neurons in the brains of teens go through a process of major pruning during adolescence. They […]

The more things change…

What is it about our politicians that they cannot understand how to be completely honest with the people? I refer particularly to Finance Minister Colm Imbert […]

Building a culture of inclusion

By Leela Ramdeen Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI One of the joys of being a citizen, is the fact that we have learned over the years […]

Connecting the dots… #budget2020

By Dr Marlene Attzs, Economist Email: marlene.attzs@gmail.com There was the usual hype in the media in anticipation of the budget—interviews and perspectives being shared about what […]

TKR loss self-inflicted

The Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR), after a bright start, fell away considerably, until they caved to the Barbados Tridents for the third time in the tournament.  […]

Unique, but not so different

Some time ago, my friend Lisa, mother of a special needs daughter, Angel, posted something from a Facebook site called They call it Disabilities, I call […]

What to do with a sick plant

Just like human beings, plants get sick. All plants are susceptible to diseases. A plant becomes diseased when it is disturbed by a causal agent which […]

The facts about the stats

Let us ask the Lord for the grace that a new wave of love for our neighbour may sweep over this poor world.   Venerable Pope […]

Listen carefully for Christ’s voice

Q: Archbishop J, what is the heart of missionary discipleship? At the core, centre and heart of missionary discipleship is obedience to God. This may seem […]

Mary was the first

Q: Archbishop J, who was the first missionary disciple? First, we must determine what is a missionary disciple? To answer this, I will turn to Pope […]

Woman narrates soccer games for her blind son; win FIFA prize

In 2018, a TV report told the story of Sílvia Grecco, who narrates soccer games for her son Nickollas, who suffers from blindness and autism. She […]

Does marriage really mean plenty sex?

BOMA-TT created a marriage quiz. In our August 11 column we presented the first seven questions and answers. Six more of the 20 questions and answers […]

Extra-curricular activities: How much is too much?

Are we being too eager to see our children blossom? Are we adamant that they get exposed to a wide variety of sports and activities to […]

Tobago students learn ‘It nah yours. Leffum’

The motivation of the Integrity Commission (IC) to adopt the cultural Tobago tradition Speech Band, became clear recently at the competition’s finals at the Magdalena Grand […]

Protecting the dignity of work

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI The Dignity of Work is the theme for the 2019 Justice, Peace and Community Week, October 19–26. See […]

Mental illness – a health issue

Q: Archbishop J, does the Church really care about persons living with mental illness? In the creation story, after God created all other species, He said, […]

Something to think about

By Bryan Davis Former West Indies Test cricketer   The first-class game of cricket, which is played over four consecutive days, is the benchmark on which […]

Get ready for Vocations Week 2019

Generation S is launching Vocations Awareness Week 2019 on Sunday,  November 10 and encouraging the entire family to pray for vocations. It is envisioned that Catholic […]

Children – the unseen victims of the death penalty

On Thursday, October 10 the 17th World Day Against the Death Penalty will be dedicated to children whose parents have been sentenced to death or executed. […]

Creation Time

Q: Archbishop J, why all this fuss about creation? In his now celebrated encyclical Laudato Si’, Pope Francis put a spotlight on the destruction we cause […]

By striving, Kedan conquers

By Jamila Cross athletesdiscovered@gmail.com Kedan Crosby is a natural athlete. Gifted and grounded, he has spent the last four years with his alma mater Fatima College […]

The annihilation of the woman

The freedoms wrought by the sexual revolution of the 1960s constituted a double-edged sword for women, for while men were free to indulge their sexual inclinations […]

Who are our children’s friends?

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant Our children are in new schools, classes and activities and one of their primary needs is […]

Lazarus at our gate

“Poverty is not just a lack of money; it is not having the capability to realise one’s full potential as a human being” —Amartya Sen By […]

43 years a republic: time to grow up

Q: Archbishop J, What’s with our Republic? The move to becoming a republic in 1976 was a significant next step in our evolution as a nation […]

“Good Luck!” Secondary School Football Teams

The Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) has started in a most surprising way, especially with the two relative newcomers this season to the premier division, Malick […]

Understanding hurricanes

Since 1970, the North Atlantic has had an increase in hurricane activity. Data is showing that climate change increases the chances of these devastating weather events […]

Our responsibilities as citizens of this Republic

On September 24 we celebrate the 43rd anniversary of Trinidad & Tobago becoming a Republic. We gained independence on August 31, 1962 and Republican status on […]

AEC Mission Congress – a golden opportunity

Q: Archbishop J, what has come out of our 40 days of prayer? Our Church has prayed for 40 days. I want to thank each of […]

CPL youth need coaching

By Bryan Davis Former West Indies Test cricketer The t20 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) competition exposes the rich talent of cricketers in the West Indies (WI), […]

How to keep our children safe

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED. Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant I am sure we all agree that there are many threats to our children’s safety. When […]

Living our baptismal call to mission

“The Church is on mission in the world. Faith in Jesus Christ enables us to see all things in their proper perspective, as we view the […]

Single parents: Give yourself some credit

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 A mental health clinician has this message for all single mothers and fathers: “You are not alone. You are doing […]

Are there 3 persons in a marriage?

BOMA-TT created a marriage quiz. In our August 11 column we presented the first seven questions and answers. Here are six more of the 20 questions […]

Climate change and the Amazon

The Amazon rainforest is the largest tropical rainforest in the world. It is approximately six million square kilometers making up 40 per cent of Brazil’s total […]

A society doing its own thing

By Vernon Khelawan vkmoose@gmail.com Gerry Pemberton, a regular reader of this column, responded to the Morality in Public Affairs matter I wrote about two weeks ago […]

Celebrating diversity

By Leela Ramdeen Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “God does not reveal himself in the abstract, but by using languages, imagery and expressions that are bound […]

We all own this space

Trinidad and Tobago is in its 57th year of independence, and moving to 43 years of republicanism. Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Harris in his final interview with […]

Receive, live, share your Catholic faith

Q: Archbishop J, who is a missionary disciple? Missionary disciples are not a special type of disciple. They are disciples living out the missionary mandate of […]

The road we take

Q: Archbishop J, are we independent yet? Independence, like emancipation, is a work in progress. Sometimes we are on target and, at other times, we lose […]

A tale of two Tests

They both began on the same day. Thursday, August 22 was the first day of India vs the West Indies (WI) in the first Test match […]

Helping form praying children into praying adults

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED. Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant We say bedtime prayers with our children, we go to church and they go to Catholic […]

Forged in the fires of hope and prayer

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor Praises to our ancestors, from every creed and race, who endured hardships so that today in 2019 we would be an independent […]

Humility – from ‘I’ to ‘We’

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “…everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the man who humbles himself will be exalted.” The quotation […]

What we need to get right

Q: Archbishop J, What explains the high crime? There are many ways that we could look at this present crisis in Trinidad and Tobago. I have […]

Sports Mind Body connection

“How can any of us ever believe that we have learned enough or are emotionally intelligent enough or should stop working on personal development? Every day […]

Coping skills when life is no rose garden

In a recent episode, Fr Leo M Clifford OFM, host of EWTN’s Reflections, shared with viewers on the topic, ‘How to Handle Worry’. He quoted the […]

Learning about the principles of parenting

We were given the opportunity to be part of the Caribbean Pastoral Institute 2019. One of the modules presented was on family life. In this module, […]

Soursop for restful ZZZ

It happens to everyone! We can all relate to those nights where we need to sleep but for some reason we just cannot. A restless night […]

Matters of public affairs

Remember a long time ago when our Chief Minister and first leader of the People’s National Movement (PNM) at the time, Dr Eric Williams gave this […]

How much do we love our liberty?

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI On Saturday, August 31, we will celebrate 57 years of independence. Firstly, let us give thanks to God […]

A Pill for Our ‘Picaroon’ Society

Q: Archbishop J, why “exaggerated responsibility for the common good”?  Every civilisation has its unconscious assumptions, driving forces that motivate and at the same time act […]

A Cuban visit

When Ian Corbie, my travel consultant first spoke about a trip to Cuba, I was hesitant. It was a poor, communist Caribbean country populated mostly with […]

Our Youth Matter

Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI On August 12, the world will celebrate International Youth Day. It is worth noting aspects of the UN’s statement: […]

Consider the golden rule

Q: Archbishop J, How is prayer going to help us? This is a great question! I have asked that every Catholic participate in the 40 days […]

Vacay time is family bonding time NOT more screen time

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED. Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant. It’s vacation time. Have we gradually slipped into the habit of allowing our children and ourselves […]

A long tradition of excellence—An Emancipation Day commentary by Fr Dexter Brereton CSSp

Repeat after me: ALL BLACK PEOPLE DO NOT LIVE IN LAVENTILLE Repeat after me: MANY GOOD THINGS COME OUT OF LAVENTILLE Repeat after me… MANY BLACK […]

A culture of disrespect

Conversations with Archbishop J Q: Archbishop J, what are we doing about the disrespect for life in our country? Every year, hundreds of citizens are violently […]

Conflicting Identities

Life truths ‘Gender Dysphoria’ is classified by The American Psychiatric Association as a mental disorder in its 2013 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth […]

Growing your own sweet potatoes

Sweet potato or ‘kumara’ (Ipomoea batatas [L]) belongs to the family Convulaceae and originated in the northwestern part of South America around 8000–6000 BC and in […]

Questions for our ‘Fourth Estate’

In the very recent past, the issue of ‘Press Freedom’, as is currently practised, has generated a great deal of attention and diverse opinions. This is […]

Emancipating ourselves

By Leela Ramdeen,                       Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery, for though others may free the body, none but […]

Self-interest has a morality of its own

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor Every day the same scenarios are acted out in the local arena, but with increasing arrogance, hatred and little respect for the […]

The ABCs of T&T’s economic ratings

A few weeks ago, the ubiquitous headlines revealed a downgrade from Standard and Poor’s (S&P) regarding the national economic outlook. Given the recriminations and the ‘confuffling’ […]

WHAT NOW, West Indies?

The International Cricket Council’s 2019 Cricket World Cup (CWC) is over. Last week a remarkable, pulsating and dramatic finale took place at the Lord’s Cricket Ground, […]

Parenting from a healed inner place

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED. Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant. Q: When I talk to my children, I say the same things my mother told me. […]

Remembering a good ‘St Josephian’, Fr Hugh

Three weeks ago, we buried one of our favourite, homegrown priests. Fr Hugh Joyeau was born in Trinidad’s first capital of St Joseph almost 70 years […]

Gifts of the blind and vision impaired

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “I am too positive to be doubtful, too optimistic to be fearful, and too determined to be defeated”—Helen […]

CWI, TTFA in the same boat…

The past two weeks have been filled with controversial and sometimes unnecessary criticism, all coming from disappointed fans. However, has either the administrators of Cricket West […]

Our country, worth fighting for

There was a time citizens, when asked about living abroad, say New York for example, the answer for some used to be, “It’s a nice place […]

The impact of home life on a child’s education

A commentary by Cuthbert Sandy My teacher education in the years 1976–1978 at Corinth Teachers’ College still serves me in good stead, notwithstanding from that time […]

Own land? Try investment farming

Investing is the act of taking money and placing it into property, shares, ventures and financial schemes with the expectation of achieving a profit. Investment farming […]

The use of reproductive technology

Do all women have the right to make babies? After all, isn’t that what being a woman is about, her natural ability to have babies versus […]

Levelling the education ‘playing field’

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI A just society is inclusive. Years ago, the late Prof John Spence, who established T&T’s Education Discussion Group, of […]

Time to have ‘the talk’

Q: Archbishop J, what are we doing about the early sexualisation of our youth? Trinidad and Tobago has been ranked within the top ten countries in […]

Our Caribbean word about God

Q: Archbishop J, why a theological conference in the Caribbean? Catholic Theology in the Caribbean Today celebrates 25 years of theological reflection in the Caribbean region. […]

Only one word for WI at CWC 2019…

To review West Indies’ (WI) performance in the concluding 2019 Cricket World Cup (CWC) is an assignment some may feel requires a degree in psychology.  They […]

Let there be a culture…and let it begin with me

As part of our journey of creating a culture of vocations, one has to stop and ask the critical question, “How am I contributing to creating […]

Exam results? It’s all about perspective

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED. Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant. Q: Sophie, what do I do with a child worried over their exam results? SEA results […]

Teenage pregnancy or child rape?

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor Teenage pregnancy is not a new issue, as most of the comments in the newspapers would have us believe. Neither is the […]

What makes you happy?

By Leela Ramdeen,  Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go […]

We too can help keep it clean

Driving behind a vehicle recently, I observed someone in the passenger seat throw out garbage—it looked like crumpled paper, probably napkins and wrappers—through the window onto […]

Gender ideology may be child abuse

In April this year, a Canadian judge found a father guilty of “family violence” for publicly and privately referring to his 14-year-old daughter, who identifies as […]

Parents learn about the best and worst times to interact with their children

Parents have to remember to HALT when they are Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired before interacting with their children, as the wrong message can be conveyed during these times. This was just […]

Prepare your garden for an active rainy season

The wet/rainy season has begun and I am sure we are all very happy that the rain is finally here. Our mountains are once again starting […]

Virtues not in vogue

How you treat your senior citizens is a reflection of the society in which you live. The criminal element has generally lost all respect or sympathy […]

Is Parliament fulfilling its role?

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI A democratic parliament is one that is representative, open and transparent, accessible, accountable and effective (Inter-Parliamentary Union) On Sunday, […]

Rooted in Christ

Q: Archbishop J, what is Corpus Christi? Corpus Christi comes from two Latin words, corpus, body and Christi, Christ, thus it means the body of Christ. […]

Migrants need spiritual support

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “A spirituality of migration has less to do with ‘being nice to refugees’ and more to do with […]

Which side of the line do you stand?

Q: Archbishop J, is this really happening in Trinidad and Tobago? On Thursday (June 13) night I went to the Oval to walk around. What I […]

Are lessons being learnt?

It is difficult to determine the main factors that have led to defeats for the WI. Maybe the sign which triggered my observation was the return […]

If we want courageous adults, we have to raise courageous children

Edited version of an article first published by Aleteia. All parents want what’s best for their children. That may include sending them to the best schools, […]

It takes all kinds for parishes to live

There is still a strong belief among Roman Catholics in Trinidad and Tobago that you can buy your way into heaven. But God doesn’t deal in […]

WI satisfaction…and despair

After an awesome start in their first match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup (CWC) against Pakistan at Trent Bridge on May 31, West Indies (WI) […]

Dads, be there for your children

Today is Father’s Day and it’s celebrated in much the same vein as Mother’s Day. Family gatherings and luncheons with the requisite drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) […]

Plenty fathers, need more dads

Q: Archbishop J, is fatherhood undervalued in today’s family? I meet many men who make significant sacrifices for their children. When I enquire about their experience […]

Dropping dress sizes

Age, they say, is supposed to bring reason, wisdom. But those of us who belong to the ‘pleasantly matured’ category, we know that other things tend […]

Fathers as co-Creators

Q: I’m a young father of two. How can I form my children to live in our world today? I surprised a friend recently when I […]

In the garden with Dad

It’s the one special day that we celebrate dads around the world. Usually when we think of gifts for our fathers/grandfathers/godfathers/father figures, it is usually associated […]

‘Soufra’ – From refugee to entrepreneur

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair CCSJ & Director, CREDI This Sunday (June 16) I celebrate my birthday. Each day I thank God for the many blessings He […]

Gathering storms

June marks the start of the rainy season for us in T&T and also the start of the annual hurricane season. During the period June 1–November […]

‘Vene’ crisis: What do you see?

  Q: Archbishop J, how can we meet the needs of Venezuelans who have come to our shores? In 50 years, history will judge us on […]

Concacaf needs to ‘put a hand’ with team visa issues

At last the time has arrived for the member countries of Concacaf (North America, Central America and the Caribbean) to get ready for the region’s most […]

Helping a child to mourn

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor (For Joel – not his real name, 6 years old, who lost both his parents to a murder/suicide which he had witnessed) […]

Our bodies: our property to do what we want?

In a recent article we referred to in Bloomberg, Margaret Sanger was described as a “female trailblazer”. This is the opinion of those who see her […]

Not seeing the light at Point Galera

It did not take too much encouragement from this group to spend a do-nothing weekend in Rampanalgas (near Toco). There was no television and no newspapers, […]

Welcome Holy Spirit

By Leela Ramdeen,  Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI Let us welcome the Holy Spirit on this Pentecost Sunday and open our hearts to be renewed by […]

Weaknesses in West Indies CWC Squad

Cricket World Cup (CWC) is here! By Brian Davis – Former West Indies Test Cricketer The 50-over tournament started this weekend. Many articles were being written […]

Plant protection for pets from pests

We simply cannot live without them! Pets, especially dogs and cats, have become integral parts of our families. Pet parents are now ensuring that their ‘fur […]

The Ripple Effect of ‘Vene’ Labour

By the time you read this, the high-profile certification or registration process for Venezuelan migrants would have been in effect for about two days. The question […]

Religious sisters, our heroines

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair,                                  CCSJ & Director, CREDI Good news! Pope Francis has appointed the first female Consultors—four, including three religious—to the Secretariat of the Synod […]

Going back to our baptismal roots

Q: Archbishop J, Why an AEC Missionary Congress? Pope Francis has called for an extraordinary mission month in October 2019. The bishops of the Antilles, in […]

School ‘vacay’ with real purpose

Many of us can recall our school days. No doubt, teachers were always very dedicated to their students and in the midst of the school work, […]

This, that, the other…

Usually I do not comment on political happenings in the country. And this is simply because politicians, of whatever ilk, hardly if ever, put the welfare […]

A world craving for peace

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI The world is craving for peace. In today’s gospel (Jn 14:23–29), Jesus tells His disciples that the peace […]

Dealing with the invisible bruises

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor The little girl at the back of the class had seen her father beat her mother so many times that she was […]

In the Cross – love, discipleship, victory

Q: Archbishop J, If Jesus is risen from the dead, why do we still focus on the cross? Great question! One would think that once the […]

Mary, our Queen Mother

Q: Archbishop J, La Divina Pastora—Is Mary a god? Mary is not God! She is not part of the Trinity! She is not a god! She […]

Rating the WI’s World Cup chances

I was asked a question recently to rate the West Indies’ (WI) chances of winning the Cricket World Cup (CWC) which bowls off on May 31 […]

Acceptance – pass it on

Throughout our lives we are told to be our brothers’ keepers, to do unto others as we would have them do unto us, to show kindness […]

A crackdown on corruption

Remember when ‘morality in public affairs’ was a phrase used very often by almost everyone in the country? More than 50 years after our independence, can […]

School exclusion can affect life chances

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI How is data in the education system in T&T used to ensure that behaviour and exclusion practices do […]

It’s still not about the numbers

The national conversation over the past few weeks has focused primarily on numbers— some ‘good’ numbers but also a lot of ‘bad’ numbers. The ‘bad’ numbers […]

Celebrating a mother’s journey

I am celebrating my 10th anniversary as a mother. What an honour and a privilege it is to accept that God has blessed me with three […]

Yes, Billings has an app for that

In a recent Bloomberg article on the first contraceptive app called ‘Natural Cycles’, the creators of the app were criticised because some of its users achieved […]

Those mothering moments

Decades ago, more than six at least, ‘Mother’s Day’ meant very little to myself and many other children of that time. We knew it was a […]

Family life at risk due to climate change 

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI On Wednesday, May 15, the world will celebrate the International Day of Families. The 2019 theme is:  Families and Climate […]

When a child dies

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor In a conference room in Atlanta recently, the young doctoral student from Singapore asked the first question: What do you call a […]

The challenges of Catholic media

Q: Archbishop J, What are the challenges facing Catholic News? This month Catholic News celebrates 127 years of faithful, uninterrupted journalism. Congratulations to all who work […]

Tough battle ahead for WI

There has been much healthy discussion and speculation on the West Indies (WI) team selected for the ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2019 that starts in […]

Blessed Fr Michael, patron of Divine Mercy

Viewing an episode of Women of Grace on EWTN recently, I was made aware of someone and something I did not know before with regard to […]

Discovering the plot twist

David Villafana reflects on his experience thus far in the Aspirancy programme. From vague ideas of pursuing business, to becoming a filmmaker, to taking up a […]

Give Aeroponics a try

For the past year we have continually examined hydroponics and its many benefits. Hydroponics, the practice of growing plants without soil as a growth medium, has […]

What was far away, now seems close…

Please forgive me for returning to one of the biggest problems in Trinidad and Tobago…PROPER PARENTING. Imagine a 14-year-old student was killed during what reports describe […]

Irrational fear making us crazy

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI In 1995 Pope St John Paul II stated: “The value of democracy stands or falls with the truths and […]

Let’s talk about that dreaded ‘S’ word

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor Did I read the headline correctly? ‘Church considers suicide intervention.’ The (CNApril 14) article stated that Archbishop Robert Rivas has “expressed concern […]

The Resurrection – ultimate sign of Mercy

Q: Archbishop J, Why should I show mercy? Our natural inclination is to go for justice. Every child knows what fairness is. It is built into […]

The Resurrection – process and power

Q: Archbishop J, What is the Resurrection? Some people see the resurrection as an event that happened 2,000 years ago. It is! It is the most […]

Walk softly, Ricky

So, the journey starts for the new president of Cricket West Indies Ricky Skerritt. He’s going to find himself bombarded with advice from all quarters! He’ll […]

When the Poui blooms

There is a saying “April showers bring May flowers”. The Easter period is the time of year where our gardens awaken with beautifully coloured petals and […]

Let’s inject love and change society

So now we have come to the end of another Lenten season. Praise God! We did our denials or maybe we paid greater attention to the […]

Christ’s Resurrection – true hope for the world

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Christ is risen, Alleluia! The blogger, Phil Newton, wrote: ‘9 ways Christ’s Resurrection gives us hope for today.’ Numbers […]

The empty tabernacle – what God has done for us

Q: Archbishop J, Why is there a special altar on Holy Thursday? The Triduum is the celebration of all celebrations in the Catholic calendar. As the […]

God uses the insecure

Johan Oliveire reflects on his experience thus far in the Aspirancy programme. On May 12, 2018, I entered Aspirancy for the diocesan priesthood. By May 11, […]

Bush fire fury

In the past weeks the trend of bush fires has been rampant. As the temperatures rise during the day, these fires ignite, naturally or by human […]

Transforming the health of the nation

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI Today, April 7, we observe World Health Day. The theme is: Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere. The World Health […]

What a welcome change!

On Sunday, March 24 in a vote that surprised the most optimistic of us, Ricky Skerritt, the challenger for the position of president of Cricket West […]

Partnering with the strangers among us

Q: Archbishop J, What has been your Lent highpoint? Now that is a hard question! I have three: (1) The sacrifice people made towards the upkeep […]

Setting the working world on fire for Christ

The Evangelization Commission will be hosting a lunchtime Lenten Retreat from Monday, April 1 to Friday 5, from noon–1 p.m. at the Holy Rosary Church, Park […]

Marriage prep and beyond

Q: Archbishop J, How are we forming people for the vocation of Marriage? Marriage is a vocation; it is a sacrament, a commitment for life! It […]

Brain, brawn and the beats

Luke Walker is as talented as they come. He is currently a freshman (first year student) on full scholarship, pursuing his undergraduate and Master’s degrees as […]

Pit Bulls and People                                                                                    

I love dogs. In my choice of pets, the canines have my first vote. Small, medium, large, it matters not. Some of the large ones, I […]

Is free speech and expression under threat?

For several years now we’ve been witnessing an increase in the number of instances in ‘the free world’ of the suppression of free speech and expression […]

Creating holy moments

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “Migrants and refugees do not represent a problem to be solved, but are brothers and sisters to be […]

Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving to rebuild a community

Q: Archbishop J, what is the Generation S challenge? Each year Generation S challenges young people to sacrifice for something bigger than themselves: this is at […]

Respect our local coaches

Why do we completely ignore our local coaches? Well, not completely ignore, but there have been far too many occasions which have left us without the […]

Shopping for seafood

It is a fact that seafood is staple for a Lenten diet. In Church history, there was no rule on the consumption of fish for days […]

Turning life around this Lent

This society, in which we Catholics form an integral part and play a major role, has become very angry. It is reflected on our roads. It […]

Remembering the victims of slavery

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI The world will commemorate the UN International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave […]

Calling our men to mission, mentorship

Q: Archbishop J, Why launch a men’s ministry? At a meeting with Catholics some time ago, I asked the group to look around. They did. I […]

Oh, Happy Day!

By Leela Ramdeen,       Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “Everyone you meet always asks if you have a career, are married or own a house, as if […]

A crucial election

Cricket West Indies directors will meet on Sunday (March 24) to choose its president for the next two-year term of office. The incumbent is Whycliffe ‘Dave’ […]

Simply maintaining a tradition…

I had planned to write some more on the season of Lent, which should create increased holiness and spirituality that this penitential season brings to us. […]

Renewing our Baptismal call

Q: Archbishop J, What is the inner meaning of Lent? Lent is a time of renewal—either a time of preparation for Baptism or recommitment to our […]

NSAs need to get serious

Now that the Carnival celebrations have ended, the focus will be placed upon varying forms of recreation such as sea bathing, and sporting events. To many […]

Faithfulness chat by the mechanic shop

“I don’t know what is happening, like women taking after the men? It used to be men were the ones to do that sort of thing. […]

How about a Lenten detox?

The 40-day period of Lent, which began on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Thursday, represents the time Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ spent in […]

Connect. Restore. Change. It’s Lent.

Catholics are people of great faith and activities such as pilgrimages and attendance at night missions or special prayer services are not expected to suffer from […]

Advancing women’s equality

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI On March 8 the world observed International Women’s Day (IWD). The 2019 theme is: Think equal, build smart, innovate for change. […]

The rhythm and routine of prayer

Q: Archbishop J, teach us ways of praying. TO pray is to live and become fully alive in Christ. I will focus here on methods and […]

WI on the up!

THE cricketers of the West Indies (WI) have certainly been showing a big improvement in their approach to the game.  I haven’t seen the team play […]

Inspired to be the best that we can be

THE advertisement begins with a woman standing in front of a mirror looking sadly at her bandaged chest, her head is tied with a scarf, these […]

What’s in a Carnival glance?

There’s no denying that Carnival forms part of our culture. The national festival stirs up a myriad of emotions and thoughts. Requesting anonymity, a reader shares […]

Leaving everything behind to follow God

Michael Maillard reflects on his experience thus far in the Aspirancy programme. FEELINGS of hope and anxiety were what I felt when I first entered the […]

Show me your velvet…

YEAR after year, as a true born-and-bred Trinbagonian, I long for those days when Carnival truly displayed our ingenuity by producing good Calypso (humourous, satirical and […]

A moment of grace

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI IT was with great joy that many of us gathered at the Church of St Philip and St James, […]

Movement towards God

Q: Archbishop J, why is it so hard to be consistent in prayer? If a profound and deep prayer life is so advantageous, why do so […]

Gabby throws for Tokyo 2020

Gabriella Wood became the youngest black belt judoka in Trinidad and Tobago at age 18. She is a four-time national women’s judo champion in the +78kg […]

Virtus— Protecting God’s Children

The Virtus—Protecting God’s Children Programme is hosted by the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission as an awareness, education and training programme for adults 18 years and older. […]

Powerful and popular – Turmeric vs Saffron

IT IS VERY DIFFICULT to distinguish turmeric from saffron because of the similar bright yellow colour. However, do not be fooled as turmeric and saffron are […]

Celebrate culture on the savannah grass

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI RECENTLY I gave a woman and her two young children a lift to their home. On the way the […]

New NY abortion law grim irony for 9/11 victims

In 2 Timothy 4 we read: “The time is sure to come when people will not accept sound teaching … and they will collect themselves a […]

Alpha alive at SJCSJ

St Joseph’s Convent, St Joseph (SJCSJ) has been successfully hosting Alpha with their Lower and Upper 6 students for the past three to four years with […]

‘Daddy, deliver us from temptation’

Q: Archbishop J, How do we pray? Pt 4 The ‘Our Father’ is a gym for spiritual development and growth in discipleship, stretching the one praying […]

Over the spirit of the game

Some two or three decades ago, India’s cricket team struggled to win Test series’ especially away from home. They finally worked out the reasons why they […]

Living with the choices we make

Choices! Daily we are faced with having to make them concerning one thing or another, and there are times when we can choose fairly easily but […]

Seeking solutions

What a bloody start to 2019, which we thought would have been different. What was once a peaceful and beautiful country has turned into a nightmare, […]

Addressing the plague of human trafficking

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “WHAT TO DO? WHAT TO DO?”, cried my friend in frustration after reading about the 19 young Venezuelan women, between […]

Wake up my people!  

WE ARE ONLY HALFWAY IN MONTH TWO of a new year and already the bad news abounds. The murder toll continues to rise 67 in 43 […]

Trusting Daddy for our daily bread

Q: Archbishop J, How do we pray? Pt 3 The ‘Our Father’ is an ancient prayer. Originally spoken in Aramaic, it was written in Greek, translated […]

WI’s vast improvement

The past ten days of cricket between England and the West Indies in two test matches may well have brought renewed vigour to the Caribbean players […]

A Carnival skit that gets real with our youth

In a skit on Carnival, one young man of an all-boys’ school was brave enough to act out getting involved with a woman in a ‘little’ […]

Ah, smell the roses…

Valentine’s Day, celebrated February 14 annually across the globe, is the day where we show the people who mean most to us how much we love […]

A kaiso tent that takes you back…

My faith in the Calypso artform was restored following my visit to Trinidad and Tobago’s newest calypso tent ‘Back to Basics’ Kaiso Tent last weekend. Now […]

Families matter

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair,   CCSJ & Director, CREDI I watched the video clip on Facebook in which six girls in school uniform at a school in […]

Meeting Daddy in our true home

Q: Archbishop J, How do we pray? Pt 2 God is daddy! A loving father! This as we have seen is the foundation of Christian prayer. […]

An exceptional victory!

One of the most enjoyable features in sport is the unpredictability of the result.  Sporting contests are played to win and quite often the underdog wins […]

We’re all given time…

Viewing footage of the celebration of World Youth Day in Panama, I was impressed by the number of young people coming from all corners of the […]

Aspiring to serve with gladness

Alyndo Woodhouse reflects on his experience thus far in the Aspirancy programme. It all started on May 12, 2018. I didn’t know what to expect when […]

Promoting equal opportunities

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI It may be timely to remind ourselves of legislation that exists in T&T to deal with various kinds of […]

God is our daddy!

Q: Archbishop J, How do we pray? Jesus’ disciples asked the same question—“Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples” (Lk 11:1). At […]

Prescott dances with the stars

In 2010, La Shaun Prescott traded her work suits and pumps in a prestigious position as an economist in pursuit of her passion for dance to […]

Growing terrific tomatoes

Food security is everyone’s responsibility and it begins at home. Due to the harsh dry season and unpredictable rainy season, I am sure we are all […]

Justice and Health – Where are we going wrong?

I start the column this week by posing two serious questions. Are you satisfied with the pace of our justice system? And secondly are you comfortable […]

Addressing the needs of migrants and refugees

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. Recently someone remonstrated, stating that the Catholic Church should […]

Pro-life resolutions for 2019 and beyond

As we settle into 2019, some of us may have already begun to forget the resolutions we made at the turn of the year. But, take […]

Prayer – personal and community

The School of Discipleship is a one year programme offered by the Commission. It comprises 40 sessions, including Understanding Scripture, Reading the Word of God and […]

Good luck, West Indies

There is no denying that Jason Holder, captain of the West Indies (WI) cricket team, had a superb year 2018 as an all-rounder for the team. […]

Armless guitarist gives hope

Words and phrases such as ‘challenged’, ‘differently abled’, ‘disability’, ‘special needs’, etc., took on a new perspective for me recently as I viewed a documentary on […]

Peter was everything to everybody, but family first

“Dad’s first name is Peter and he lived up to his Catholic name because he was the rock on which our family was built.” So said […]

Prayer – Covenant and Communion

Q: Archbishop J, what is prayer? Having looked at why we pray in last Sunday’s column, now we will look at what is prayer. Remember from […]

Education system needs an overhaul

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. On Thursday (January 24) the world will observe the […]

When the bough breaks…

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor Early on Friday morning (January 11), I received a phone call with news that no mother or parent wants to share—her daughter […]

2019 – time for a reset

And we’re off… 2019, the new year is well and truly underway. But one wonders if the new year brings a new fresh perspective or more […]

A lesson from India for the WI

At last I have been able to sit comfortably to witness the quality of cricket I have been longing to see for many years. Of course, […]

What’s in your grow box?

Grow boxes are container-based gardens which can be both soil or hydroponically based. They are usually square or rectangular and can be constructed using plastic, wood, […]

The truth about our bodies

Are you looking for new rules for this New Year? Are you looking for prescriptions for a happier life? What can increase our love and laughter? […]

Last-minute, and looking for a ‘bligh’

I gave a small chuckle when I read there were thousands of motorists lining up to have their vehicles inspected for mechanical suitability and roadworthiness and, […]

Get ready for the heat

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. T&T is caught up in the worldwide change in […]

Alive in Christ

Q: Archbishop J, why do we pray? Prayer for the Christian is like water for fish. It is through prayer that we realise the full measure […]

Just stop blaming players

Dr Rudi Webster wrote an excellent article in the Sunday Express of December 16, 2018. He told the Cricket West Indies (CWI) board that they must […]

The word for 2019 – Effort

Reviewing the year that has passed, 2018, I recall the incidents, both local and foreign which made the news. Some were horrific, unprecedented occurrences which were […]

Coming Soon: Vocations Camp 2019

When last did your son or daughter, niece or nephew attend a camp? Yes, when last did they attend a camp with tents, sleeping bags, bonfire, […]

Dare to be different

Let me begin by apologising to my readers and others for not wishing them a season full of hope, love and expectations full of spiritual fulfilment. […]

Pilgrims of Faith

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. Today, Sunday, January 6, we celebrate the Solemnity of […]

All have a part to play for Peace

Q: Archbishop J, how do we promote peace in T&T for 2019? Peace is not the absence of war or murder; it is the establishment of […]

Every end is a new beginning

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor 2019 is here! We have survived a year that was filled with tumultuous energies in the political, social and economic arenas, some […]

Yohance learnt from the best, now gives back to communities

It is hard to believe that 2018 is almost over and the countdown to 2019 has already begun. I am always humbled and honoured by the […]

‘ManU’ not united

Fans of English football club giants, Manchester United (ManU) have been going through some periods of great disappointment this season. It is difficult to understand the […]

Moving ABP forward…

Reviewing the Roadmap (2016 – 2019) formulated at the II Latin American and Caribbean Biblical Animation of all Pastoral Life (ABP) encounter, held in Quito, August […]

Prepping for the coming Dry Season

As 2018 comes to an end and 2019 approaches, the negative impacts of climate change will continue to increase. The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Services issued […]

Our hopes for the new year

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. We have come to the end of another year. […]

Where C_ _ _ _ _ mas and J_s _s are banned

Recently, an ‘extra’ news item on the 7 p.m. news on one of the local television channels was about an elementary-school principal in Omaha, Nebraska, USA, […]

Give a gift of support to our priests

Q: Archbishop J, why is the Christmas collection for our priests? At Christmas and Easter the whole collection from all parishes goes to the support of […]

Christmas is what you make it

Every Christmas season we see a variety of advertisements on the television promoting one product or the other. Occasionally there is that one advertisement which causes […]

What’s missing from Christmas today

Would you say Christmas celebrations – the habits, customs and traditions – have changed over the years? I certainly do. The reason for the season, the […]

Moved by the joy of the gift

By Leela Ramdeen,  Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. In two days’ time, on December 25, we will […]

A word for the wise in 2019… #ridonkulous

I am so looking forward to the Christmas holidays!  Before some readers get carried away, stop—my opening line has absolutely nothing to do with pastelle-making or […]

Same old story…

At least once I would love to be able to write of how happy I am in the performance of the West Indies (WI) cricket team.  […]

The colours of Christmas

With Christmas a little over a week away, it’s important to remember the reason for the season, Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. As the days […]

Moving away from the death penalty

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. As Chair of the Greater Caribbean for Life, an […]

The many titles of Our Mother

Q: Archbishop J, which is more important, the Immaculate Conception or Guadalupe? The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is the patronal feast of our cathedral and […]

Declare a different kind of ‘war’

Q: Archbishop J, with the high murder rate do you have hope for T&T? The high rate of criminal activity has fostered a deep anxiety and […]

Sadness over no Shiva Boys’

by Alvin Corneal It’s sad that within the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) a top soccer school over the past few years, Shiva Boys’ Hindu College, […]

The many influences of the BOM

Another World AIDS Day passed on December 1. Some of you may be wondering what on earth can the Billings Ovulation Method® (BOM) do to prevent […]

Update on Virtus’ Protecting God’s Children programme

From the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission Virtus’ Protecting God’s Children (PGC) is a four-hour introductory workshop designed to raise awareness about the reality of child sexual […]

Let’s help empower persons with disabilities

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. “There is no greater disability in society than the inability […]

The world is mine

Soon we will all be caught up in pre-Christmas activities, shopping for gifts for children, loved ones, family and friends. Parties of all sorts will crowd […]

Well tried ladies, but…

The truth is that the West Indies’ (WI) Women’s t20 team performed poorly against Australia in the semi-final of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Women’s t20 […]

Hope to heal our land

It’s not that I’ve never viewed it before, but for some reason, a recent viewing of Trinity Network and the AEC choir singing ‘Heal Our Land’ […]

How to make your Poinsettia bloom for the season

The most wonderful time of the year is upon us! Christmas is the season where we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. […]

In the midst of uncertainty, make Advent real

Today is the second day of the last month of 2018. It is the start of the Advent season leading up to the birth of Jesus […]

Building inclusive parishes 

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. As you reflect on the draft Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan, […]

Live Advent fully

Q: Archbishop J, why do we celebrate Advent when everyone is celebrating Christmas? The early celebration of Christmas is commercial. Merchants have realised that the season […]

From Laventille to Wall Street

In 2013, Anselm LeBourne launched the ‘Laventille to Wall Street Sports Academy Scholarship Foundation’. It forms an integral part of the work of his foundation which […]

As our society strays

Many people living in Trinidad and Tobago are holding their heads and bawling or wringing their hands in apparent surrender to the criminal and gang element. […]

Caring for His kingdom

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI. Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. Today, the last Sunday of the liturgical year, we […]

Rebuking ‘General Comment 36’

On October 31 this year, the United Nations Human Rights (CCPR) adopted a General Comment (General Comment No 3 6 on Article 6 of the International […]

Petrotrin – a pastoral perspective

Q: Archbishop J, What does Catholic social teaching say about the layoff of workers? The Petrotrin workers are in the hearts and minds of our nation […]

This poor man cried and the Lord heard him

Q: Archbishop J, Why a World Day of the Poor? We live in a world with a widening gap between rich and poor. The gap is […]

Leadership woes

There are many ingredients that go into the mix in order to emerge as a fine cricketer. Professional cricket is tough, not unlike any other profession […]

Remembering our Departed with flowers

Job 14:2 tells us “Like a flower he comes forth and withers. He also flees like a shadow and does not remain”. In the Holy Bible, […]

Parenting ills

With increasing regularity, we get news that schoolchildren, primary and secondary, are engaging in fights, bullying and truly violent behaviour in many of the government schools […]

Spoken Word on the state of the world

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. CCSJ and the Youth Commission are pleased to share […]

Of disasters, corbeaux and an indomitable human spirit

For the December issue of the CN the Editor usually would ask that I write a “lighter” column in keeping with the spirit of the season. […]

A plan to transform our Church

Q: Archbishop J, why a pastoral plan? The Church today is facing some difficult challenges. The things we have done as Church in the last 50 […]

SSFL play needs to improve

It is no secret that the number of matches played among the teams in the Secondary Schools’ Football League (SSFL) is far too little. I suppose […]

Loving thy neighbour…

Towards the end of last month, Trinidad and Tobago experienced a flooding disaster unparalleled in recent history. We were spared any deaths but experienced great trauma. […]

Youth speak out on caring for creation

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. CCSJ would like to thank all those who observed […]

Life and Love go hand in hand

Love is contagious. Love is dynamic.  Love is generous. Last month we celebrated love through the movie documentary ‘Sexual Revolution: 50 Years Since Humanae Vitae’. While […]

Motivation is the key

The Trinidad & Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) will be changing the format under which they play their League games during the next season in 2019. They […]

God will make a way through disaster

The more I viewed the footage of the areas affected by the recent floods, the more I questioned how much did we as human beings contribute […]

Rehabilitating flooded lands

A fortnight ago, Trinidad and Tobago was severely affected by heavy rainfall initiated by an ITCZ which resulted in heavy flooding. Properties, personal belongings and vehicles […]

Mission and vocations go together

The Archdiocese is about to embark on an exciting week, namely, Vocations Awareness Week 2018, from Sunday, November 11 to Friday, November 16. The faithful led […]

Lighting up the past

Recently, on my annual trip to the cemetery to clean the graves of my deceased parents, grandparents, in laws and other family, I found myself in […]

Literacy transforms lives

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. “Literacy is the skill that unlocks the gates of […]

Remembering those who have ‘fallen asleep’

Q: Archbishop J, why do Catholics pray for the dead? On November 2, All Souls’ Day, many people light up the tombs of their ancestors. Days […]