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Head of the household – service, not domination

Q: Archbishop J, St Joseph, “Head of God’s household”: How? One of the titles of Mary is Mother of God (Theotokos). This title allowed the early […]

Abortion, not COVID leading cause of deaths in 2020

According to Our World in Data, it is estimated that around 60 million people died in 2020. The website Worldometer, on the basis of data from […]

Eight virtues of Catholic sexuality

And there you have it! You have journeyed with us for the last eight weeks on the eight virtues of Catholic sexuality. Beyond the Birds and […]

‘Make T&T safe, mentor youth’

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED. Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant. I’m using my column to respond to an opinion piece titled ‘Don’t drop the ball T&T’ […]

Your new home…buying or building?

By Finbar Garcia LUTCF, FSS, MFA For many of us, dreaming of your first home brings so much joy, but have you really examined the entire […]

Get involved in social justice

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @gordon_lp Catholics have a responsibility to get involved promoting social justice in the society. This message was stated in different […]

Cleanse my heart, O Lord

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “Open your heart to Jesus’ mercy! Say: ‘Jesus… Come, cleanse. Cleanse with Your mercy, with Your tender words, […]

Pray, fast, and give alms for greater purpose

Lent once again. Young people are abuzz talking about “giving up this” and “giving up that” in rather typical Catholic fashion. We know that prayer, fasting, […]

Personhood – Man and Woman in God’s Plan

“Personhood is not a characteristic of man or woman but what they are.” The authors of the Birds and the Bees broke this concept into three […]

The testing St Joseph endured

Archbishop J, why St Joseph in Lent? What is at the core and inner heart of Lent? I believe we have a clue in the Gospel […]

On and off the field, Rashad aims for balance

By Jamila Cross, athletesdiscovered@gmail.com In 2013, Rashad Hyacenth was a standout midfielder for St Mary’s College, the first team since the 1980s to win the North […]

Importance of women in agriculture

Compared to men, women and girls are still more severely affected by poverty, hunger and disease. When food is scarce, female family members often get the […]

Woman, the masterpiece of God’s creation plan

By Hollis ‘Chalkdust’ Liverpool, ORTT With the upsurge in the view that Trinbagonians comprise a violent society, and that most men in T&T have little respect […]

Are we listening to Him?

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “”… the first duty of the Christian is to listen to the Word of God, to listen to […]

We shall overcome COVID…but when?

Dr Peter Gentle, retired consultant orthopaedic surgeon and parishioner of Our Lady of Perpetual Help RC Church, San Fernando, reflects on life with COVID-19. His commentary […]

An inner transformation through suffering

Q: Archbishop J, tell me truthfully, why St Joseph? (Pt. III) St Joseph is a man of deep suffering. Things did not go the way he […]

Find time to be with Jesus alone

By Juliana Valdez “Come back to me, with all your heart, don’t let fear keep us apart….” The words of this hymn are like an invitation […]

Cooperation for planning and Joy for fun

In this week’s article we continue our discussion on raising sexually whole and holy children. We look at two virtues, Cooperation and Joy. Let’s start with […]

It’s Lent – give up or take up?

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED. Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant. Lent is here and the conversations in many families, even non-Catholic ones, are about who is […]

Lent: a time for renewing faith, hope and love

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “Lent is a time for deeper dialogue with God through prayer, for renewed gratitude for God’s mercy and […]

A tiredness of soul

By Fr Martin Sirju Fr Jack Conley, an American Passionist priest, tells the story of a young graduate student going to visit Rosa Parks. Parks was […]

Intimacy (Verbal and Emotional Communication)

We have been taught from the Theology of the Body that we were made for intimacy— with God and with others. Intimacy is the closeness between […]

Violence in the Home: A Reckoning

By Hedy Tenia Throughout the Bible, particularly in the Old Testament, the wrath of Yahweh is seen and felt, for example Numbers 11:1-2 and 12.  Moses […]

Mushrooms

A mushroom is a body of fungus that takes the form of a domed cap on the stalk, with gills on the underside of the cap.  […]

Addressing the root causes of crime

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “They are not cockroaches.  They are not monsters. They are of us. Raised for better or worse by […]

Humility and Obedience

Q: Archbishop J, tell me truthfully, why St Joseph? (Pt. II) St Joseph is an obedient man. He obeys God and, in this way, opens salvation […]

Caribbean man, look to St Joseph

Q: Archbishop J, tell me truthfully, why St Joseph? “St Joseph is a very, very hard sell for a Caribbean man!”  That is how the conversation […]

Biblical resolutions to keep

By Juliana Valdez The year 2021 is here! A new year with the promise of new hope, new expectations, new possibilities. Many began by indulging in […]

Teaching children conflict resolution

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED. Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant   Conflicts are best resolved when the emotional charges are reduced. Many people prefer to deny […]

R.E.S.P.E.C.T –Find out what it really means to me!

As we continue the series from Beyond the Birds and the Bees, this week we tackle a big one—respect. It’s the fourth virtue in raising whole […]

Business insurance: What you need to know about ‘P&C’

By Finbar Garcia LUTCF, FSS, MFA I pray that 2021 started great and you wrote down all your goals and objectives. Today we are continuing our […]

2021–anticipating some rain clouds and silver linings

By Dr Marlene Attzs, Economist Email: marlene.attzs@gmail.com The year 2020 came and went in a blur, almost like the year that never was. 2021 has been […]

Fraternal solidarity with the sick

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI The theme of Pope Francis’ message for the 29th World Day of the Sick on February 11 is: […]

Faith –openness of our hearts to divine love

Dominique, a fairly new parent, has not purposefully thought about how to set the Catholic foundation that will eventually impact her children’s personhood. She said that […]

Caring for our country’s wildlife

Trinidad and Tobago is one of the most bio-diverse places in the world, filled with wildlife unlike any other. ‘Wildlife’ can be defined as all organisms […]

Building Human Fraternity

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “The true worth of the different countries of our world is measured by their ability to think not […]

33-day challenge for men, all for St Joseph

Q: Archbishop J, what are we doing for the Year of St Joseph? For this special year of St Joseph, we are inviting all men to […]

Let sacred scripture speak to your soul

Q: Archbishop J, how do we read the scripture? The Bible is a love letter from God. If we understand this, we understand how to approach […]

Be careful what you ask for… WONDER WOMAN 1984

Everyone’s favourite Amazonian princess returns to save the planet in Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner Bros), an entertaining follow-up to the DC Comics superhero’s 2017 outing. Director […]

The two sides of responsibility

Richard complained that Sherry was spending time and money doing her nails, working late and, when at home, her time was spent posting on Instagram. Richard […]

Communicate, don’t lash out!

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED. Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant Domestic violence seems to be on the rise. Reports say it’s up by 300 per cent. […]

Education as a human right

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “Without inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong opportunities for all, countries will not succeed in achieving gender […]

Men like St Joseph

Q: Archbishop J, why a year of St Joseph? Pope Francis, in this time of pandemic, called for a year dedicated to St Joseph. From  December […]

Seek serenity

By Juliana Valdez 2020 was a year like no other in our experience. The COVID-19 pandemic brought home to us the reality that, in the blink […]

Your family’s ‘cake flour’ – self-donative love

A 2007 psychological study on couples by Gottman, Gottman & Declaire, revealed that there was a strong correlation between having a satisfying (respectful and pleasurable) sexual […]

Precision agriculture – less input, more output

‘Precision agriculture’ is simply new ways and use of technologies to increase crop yields and profitability while lowering traditional amounts of input needed to grow crops […]

What do you want?

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI After the recent insurrection and assault on the Capitol, the seat of Democracy in the United States, I […]

Migrants and refugees: A call to love?  

By Darrion Narine – Programme Coordinator for the Catholic Commission for Social Justice/Archdiocesan Ministry for Migrants and Refugees. The Venezuelan socio-political crisis has resulted in many […]

‘Till and keep’ to heal our ‘soul wound’

Q: Archbishop J, how do we build a culture of care? I hope that in 2021, we can work together to build a culture of care […]

More online, in-person training for 2021

At the start of this new year, BOMA-TT would like to share our plans for 2021 – promote the Billings Ovulation Method®, teach it, live it, […]

Birds, bees, and cake mixes

It took a lot for Mitch and Jackie (fictitious names) to remain virgins until marriage. They had ample opportunities to have sex with other people before […]

Going nowhere fast…

By Vernon Khelawan, vkmoose@gmail.com Everyone is looking to 2021 with great hope and optimism. The hope first and foremost, is the opening of the economy and […]

Hear the cry of the elderly

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “We are asking people, stop seeing bad things happen and remaining quiet” — ASP Claire Guy-Alleyne, Head of […]

Re-entering our caves

By Fr Donald Chambers “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek” (Joseph Campbell, US professor of literature) Caves are naturally dark, scary, […]

Spending or Saving – every penny counts

By Finbar Garcia LUTCF, FSS, MFA Happy New Year, readers. For many of us, at the stroke of midnight as we ushered in the new year, […]

Find a welcoming place for Christ

Q: Archbishop J, what is your hope this Christmas? PART 2 No room in the inn! This was how the world responded to the birth of […]

What’s Christmas without a crèche?

By Juliana Valdez It is a sight we behold annually all over the world. In shopping malls, store fronts, parks, village squares, churches, front yards, inside […]

We need not parent alone

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED. Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant When my fifth child, the fifth boy, was a newborn baby, all of 23 years ago, […]

Broken Nativity

By Alvin Peters One of the things I had always treasured was a Christmas card that my father gave me from Obadarie’s Department Store. Oba’s, as […]

Mary and Joseph, defenders of life

We probably won’t have much explaining to do when we say that the year 2020 was a year like no other in living memory! The COVID-19 […]

From ‘Sigh, sigh, sigh’ to ‘Hooray, hoorah!’

By Dr Marlene Attzs, Economist Email: marlene.attzs@gmail.com Thought I would pen my last column for 2020 with my own Parang refrains. What a year! We rang […]

Christmas joy, sadness and solidarity

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI I pray that your journey through Advent was prayerful. As we waited in joyful expectation of the birth […]

As parents, should we differentiate between St Nick and Santa?

Fr Michael Rennier We don’t have to choose and we can make a connection between these two legends. Today is the feast of St. Nicholas, which […]

We are Wounded Healers

The six-week series on the ‘Wounded Healer’ hosted by the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission ended on November 10. Over 80 married couples of varying ages participated. […]

In the new year, plant some more!

I am sure many of us are breathing a sigh of relief as 2020 ends! The year 2020 has definitely proven to us that we should […]

The virtue of Solidarity

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “While modern society places more importance on one’s own interests regardless of or even to the detriment of […]

A message to our men

By Darrion Narine A woman once told me that if men didn’t exist for a day, she would go on a hike by herself. When she […]

Pray and work for Peace

Q: Archbishop J, what is your hope for T&T this Christmas? I hope and pray for peace in Trinidad and Tobago, at the end of a […]

Practising human rights in a disabled society

Dr. Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor. Immediate Past President (TTAP). Psychologist/Educator Human Rights Day is celebrated on December 10 and its theme: Recover Better—Stand Up for Human Rights—relates to […]

Let the Word become flesh again

By Neil Parsanlal Ashanti died a horrible death at the hands of men who are sons, brothers, cousins, uncles, perhaps even fathers. She, like the 42 […]

What to hope for in Confirmation

Q: Archbishop J, what do you hope for in Confirmation? ‘Confirmation’ is a character sacrament. It is unrepeatable. It leaves an indelible mark on our soul. […]

For the good of the marriage: NFP or contraception?

In Marriage Preparation classes many times it crosses one’s mind, what is the difference between using contraception and using Natural Fertility Regulation (NFR) if the married […]

More JOY & LOVE with less things this Christmas

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED. Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant Budgets are super tight. The pandemic has impacted more people than not economically. Yet the children […]

Promoting the dignity of migrants

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “All migrants are entitled to equal protection of all their human rights. On this International Day, I urge […]

Why the sacrament of Confirmation lays a foundation

Q: Archbishop J, why is Confirmation necessary? Confirmation is an integral part of the initiation into the Catholic Church. It is a structure of grace and […]

Make Advent meaningful

By Juliana Valdez “He sent to say He will be coming. Prepare His way His path, make straight, Welcome your King, be ready for Him…” These […]

The difficulties of Nuclear Man

The fourth session on ‘Marriage: a symbol of real love’—a journey with the book, The Wounded Healer had two segments. Fr Dexter Brereton CSSp facilitated the […]

Plants to make your Advent and Christmas pop!

It has been a whirlwind of a year but somehow, we’ve made it to the month of December! Even though we may not feel like it, […]

Business Insurance – the needs and benefits

By Finbar Garcia LUTCF, FSS, MFA Season’s greetings. Many persons start their small businesses with dreams and goals of becoming a larger and well-known household name […]

Christmas present… and in the past

By Vernon Khelawan, vkmoose@gmail.com We are fast approaching Christmas 2020 and for sure it’s going to be very different, thanks to the global pandemic— COVID-19. Our […]

Stand up for human rights

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI Thursday, December 10 is Human Rights Day. The theme, Recover Better— Stand Up for Human Rights relates to […]

It’s Advent – create holy moments

Q: Archbishop J, what do you hope for this Advent? My hope this Advent is that each family will find ways in this season to deepen […]

Respect wins, not demands and commands

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED, Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant “Beware! You will have to repeat!” Are you threatening your kids, saying they may have to […]

Eradicating modern slavery

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI International Day for the Abolition of Slavery will be observed on Wednesday,  December 2. As the UN states: […]

Is our Church prepared to be bruised, hurting and dirty?

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Jesus Christ King of the Universe. Pope Francis urges us to “embrace […]

Beautiful flowers for the dead

Earlier this month the Church commemorated two important solemnities. The Solemnity of All Saints on November 1 which dates to the 4th century is a day […]

Building men to build strong families

When we think of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects, many speak of it in terms of the economy and the impact on the health of […]

The Nativity story through the eyes of a grumpy, old ox

By Juliana Valdez Intriguing, fascinating, enlightening……are some of the words I used to describe how I felt after viewing the conversation between Dough Keck and his […]

Prepare for an encounter with our King

Q: Archbishop J, why do the readings become so dramatic around this time? The Church has its own rhythm. It sees the year as a sacred […]

Breaking the cycle of shame

Q: Archbishop J, how does the family move past shame? Shame is a break in harmony with God, neighbour, creation, and self. It leads the individual […]

Ministry and a good marriage

Fr Dexter Brereton CSSp facilitated the third session on Marriage: a symbol of real love- a journey with the book, The Wounded Healer.  Fr Brereton started […]

Is sibling rivalry worse lately?

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED. Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant. Children do not have the maturity to identify and process big, challenging emotions. Even we adults […]

Stretching forth our hand to the poor

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI  “Lazarus is a good example of the silent cry of the poor throughout the ages and the contradictions […]

My Dream for the Church in 2021

For Vocations Awareness Week (Nov 8–13) six priests were asked by Generation S’ what was their dream for the Archdiocese in 2021. Here are three responses. […]

Standards to follow

Q: Archbishop J, how can we discern our vocation in the domestic Church? Parents, what is your dream for your children? What do you agonise over? […]

Parents and teachers, working together

By Juliana Valdez Lately I’ve been listening to the complaints of some parents regarding their role in the ongoing exercise of supervising their children’s online schoolwork. […]

About that vocation to love…

Recently the Church proclaimed “Blessed” Carlo Acutis, a Spanish teen in a hoodie who was a computer whiz. We all know we need a saint to […]

Some real Sorrel

As Christmas approaches, one can expect to see vendors in vans or on foot selling bags of bright, red sorrel. Caribbean sorrel is actually the sepals […]

Praying for the dead and the bereaved

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “Remembering the dead, caring for their graves and prayers of suffrage, are the testimony of confident hope, rooted […]

Jamaica bishops on Pope’s comments

Most Rev Kenneth D Richards, DD, CD, Archbishop of Kingston A few bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference have commented on the recent news item. Here […]

Conversion therapy – harmful or not?

The determined promotion of the LGBTQ+ agenda has gone so far as to ban all sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) and gender identity change efforts (GICE) […]

The spiritual roots of vulnerability

The second session on Marriage: a symbol of real love- a journey with the book, The Wounded Healer on October 13 was facilitated by Fr Dexter […]

Life Insurance – means and myths

Today we are continuing on the topic of ‘life insurance’. As mentioned in my last column, life insurance can be used for many purposes. Personal Life […]

Please bring back my mail person

By Vernon Khelawan, vkmoose@gmail.com It has gotten worse. I am speaking about our mail delivery system. The reason: I don’t know and I cannot explain why. […]

On our journey to sainthood

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “Our hearts were made for You, O Lord, and they are restless until they rest in you.” -St […]

Pope Francis & same-sex civil unions: Local priest responds

Parish priest, Fr Dexter Brereton, responds to media reports of Pope Francis’ comments on same-sex civil unions: “Accept the challenge of being truly pro-life” Beloved in […]

From Shame to Redemption

Q: Archbishop J, what is the greatest challenge to the Catholic Family? Shame! Let me explain. Behind the dysfunction, behind the drama, the many quarrels, and […]

His wonders to perform

By Juliana Valdez I grew up hearing the phrase, ‘God works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform’. With the onset of adulthood, I was not […]

Challenged with remote learning? Make emotional connection a priority

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED, Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant Is your child’s remote learning proving to be a huge source of worry, concern and stress? […]

In this trying season, let’s turn to agriculture

The much anticipated 2020-2021 Trinidad and Tobago Budget was read on October 5, with the follow-up debate on Friday 9. With post-budget talks reflecting fears of […]

Created out of love, to love

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI Today’s gospel, Matthew 22:34–40, is at the heart of Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, on Fraternity and Social […]

Depression or the soul’s dark night?

By Jacqui-Theresa Leiba It is a time when mental health issues are at the forefront in the discussions in society. It is also time that we […]

Love is not supposed to hurt

Thursday’s Topic Thursday segment on Facebook addressed a topic that mental health clinician Crystal Johnson believes “needs to be continuously highlighted” for effective change to occur—Domestic […]

The New World Order and the American Election

Msgr Christian Pereira Parish Priest, St Benedict’s La Romaine It is evident that the world is evolving in a new and different way. This evolution is […]

Share the faith, support the mission

Q: Archbishop J, why a World Mission Sunday? In 1926, Pope Pius XI instituted World Mission Sunday for two reasons: first, to raise people’s consciousness of […]

Married couples should strive for excellence not perfection

The first of six sessions on Marriage: a symbol of real love – a journey with the book The Wounded Healer hosted by the Archdiocesan Family […]

Poverty and the dignity of the person

By Leela Ramdeen Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “Without a solution to the problems of the poor, we will not solve the problems of the world. […]

Our Lady of good memory

By Fr Martin Sirju The month of October is here—the Month of the Rosary—a time to remember Mary. A time to pray the rosary as a […]

Caribbean Sunday lunch… with new meaning

By Fr Donald Chambers “Families are messy. . . Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we’re related for better or […]

Breaking the taboo of miscarriage

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 To families who’ve had to bury their baby after a miscarriage, “You are not damaged by any means, nor […]

That man called Sprang

The last Sunday’s Express editorial ‘Thank you, Cultural Sprangalang’ was a well-written portrayal of a man who was an original. It states very aptly: ‘his gift […]

Our families, on pilgrimage towards the domestic Church

Q: Archbishop J, is every family a domestic Church? I wish to make a distinction between a Christian family and a domestic Church. The domestic Church […]

Healthy relationships during COVID-19 and beyond

By Keegan Ellis and Hedy Tenia What is your philosophy of life and are the relationships in your life healthy based on your philosophy? Is a […]

Live humbly, spend wisely, grow food abundantly

The economic impact of COVID-19, according to the World Bank could push near 100 million people to the edge of the extreme poverty line. It also […]

Fun is essential, let’s get physical!

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED, Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant The mental health of your children is not just important, it is vital, for them to […]

Recognising the rights of the girl child

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “In order to stop violence against girls and women and instill the values of respect, dignity, honesty and […]

Finding solace with ‘spiritual food’

By Juliana Valdez During this time of the COVID-19, when restrictions are the order of the day, people are searching for coping mechanisms to see them […]

Promoting Christian relationships in the home

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 How can the domestic Church practise or promote Christian relationships within the home? This was the question addressed during […]

The principles of Life Insurance

By Finbar Garcia, LUTCF, FSS, MFA Today we are going to talk about Life Insurance and more so after celebrating International Insurance month in September. This […]

‘OB’ lived and breathed journalism

By Vernon Khelawan, vkmoose@gmail.com The world of local journalism and I daresay foreign, has lost yet another giant. Owen Baptiste or ‘OB’ as he was more […]

The right to adequate shelter

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “Lack of housing is a grave problem in many parts of the world, both in rural areas and […]

‘De people want water’ – and other budget considerations

A monthly column by Dr Marlene Attzs, Economist Email: marlene.attzs@gmail.com A few weeks before the 2020 general elections I took a drive to Manzanilla, one of […]

At the point of no return

Q: Archbishop J, what can the domestic Church do about our climate? Once upon a time there was a family, the Maanavatas. They lived in the […]

Sharing our stories: Pain of suicide loss

With September being recognised as Suicide Prevention Awareness month, one mental health clinician believes this observance is an ideal opportunity to share resources and stories in […]

TKR – a model team of inspiration

By Felix Pierre A stellar victory ushered by a crescendo of unblemished Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) victories, took the TKR Legends to a record fourth Caribbean […]

Motivating children to learn

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED, Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant As our children are resuming online school it is possible that they will not have as […]

Boil your cassava well

Cassava has been an integral part of the diet of this region since the days when only the First Peoples inhabited the islands of the Caribbean […]

Promoting integral ecology

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI CCSJ urges everyone to continue to pray and act during this final week of the Season of Creation, […]

School at home

A short reflection on the new academic year by Gregory Quan Kep, Acting Principal, St Benedict’s College “Behold I make all things new” taken from Revelation, […]

Meet the migrant in our midst

Q: Archbishop J, how can the domestic Church support migrants and refugees? Forced like Jesus Christ to flee. This is the theme of the 106th World […]

Enriching relationships and domestic Church during COVID-19

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 How can the domestic Church practise or promote Christian relationships within the home? This was the question addressed during […]

Learning forgiveness in the family

Q: Archbishop J, how essential is forgiveness and mercy for the domestic Church? Mercy is what love does when the beloved messes up. Mercy is not […]

Forgiveness works both ways

By Juliana Valdez One of the challenges we face on a daily basis, is the issue of forgiveness. Confronted with myriad situations which see us clashing, […]

Suicide – we need to care

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor The month of September is Suicide Prevention Awareness month. Thursday, September 10, was World Suicide Prevention Day and persons in many countries […]

We, the Peoples…

By Delia Chatoor On Monday, September 21, Heads of State and Government of the Member States of the United Nations (UN) will be invited to adopt […]

Migrants and refugees, like Jesus, forced to flee

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2020 (WDMR) will be observed next Sunday, September 27. The theme of […]

9 points to get the best out of virtual schooling

In this week’s edition of the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission’s Topic Thursdays, Mental Health Clinician Crystal Johnson reflected on her own learnings as she observed her […]

Working together to prevent suicide

Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor Psychologist/Immediate Past President (TTAP) The month of September is Suicide Prevention Awareness month. This Thursday, September 10, is World Suicide Prevention Day and […]

Know your rites

Q: Archbishop J, what are our rites as domestic Church? The modern child knows about his or her rights, but very few know there are rites. […]

We need to pay attention to children’s mental health and psychosocial support

By Jamila Cross athletesdiscovered@gmail.com This is a column that is slightly different. With permission from the Editor, I’d like to raise an issue of importance during […]

The Billings Ovulation Method® in sports

The Billings Ovulation Method® (BOM) is a natural approach to fertility and planning for your family. In a direct way the method encourages couples to become […]

Plants to remember September and Our Lady of Sorrows

The Church celebrates the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows on September 15 during the liturgical season of Ordinary Time. This season is represented by the […]

Attacking racism at its root

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “Racism generates inequality…but inequality also fuels racism” —Prof Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, Dean, Faculty of Law, UWI STA. Many […]

The challenge of RACE

By Msgr Christian D Pereira For many years people of our great nation were guided by an unwritten convention, namely, we should not speak about or […]

Tips for Maintaining Your Garden During the Rainy Season

Successful gardening requires a combination of sufficient sunlight, moisture and healthy soil. This may seem easy enough to achieve but during the rainy season all these […]

Exercising faith in the now

By Juliana Valdez There is so much going on lately that many are actually throwing their hands up  in despair as they fight to make sense […]

Is it safe to be honest?

Teenagers will tend to be deceitful and dishonest when they know they will be criticised, lectured and argued with. As adults, are we inclined to open […]

Saving for your children’s education? Consider an Endowment

Welcome back, I really hope my last three columns on retirement planning made some impact and you all are seriously focusing on it. Today we will […]

Not a desired position…

By Vernon Khelawan, vkmoose@gmail.com Here we are in the middle of another compulsory lockdown as the authorities try to fight off a second and more dangerous […]

Right relationship with God’s Creation

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI Let’s commit to observe the Season of Creation, an annual ecumenical celebration of prayer and action to protect […]

Transforming our broken society

By Ottrisha Carter We live in a society in which a lot of brokenness exists. Whether we accept it or not, we’re all broken in some […]

Service – let the good works flow

Q: Archbishop J, what is the mission of the domestic Church? (Pt 3) The mission of the Church, as we saw over the last two teachings, […]

Cherishing liberty -Growing unity, tolerance, respect

The song ‘God bless our Nation’ was written for Trinidad and Tobago by the late Marjorie Padmore to celebrate our status as an independent state. The three last […]

We will be rewarded according to our behaviour

Love for others, and in the first place, love for the poor, in whom the Church sees Christ himself, is made concrete in the promotion of […]

Not yet breathing easily

A monthly column by Dr Marlene Attzs, Economist. Email: marlene.attzs@gmail.com The elections are over, and T&T begins another chapter in the new normal. A government is […]

Let’s grow some lettuce

Lettuce (Lactuca sativa) is probably the most efficient crops to grow hydroponically. It belongs to the Asteraceae daisy group. Known for being a leaf vegetable used […]

Adrian on the run

By Jamila Cross athletesdiscovered@gmail.com Imagine playing football from five years old, and having family members who were former Intercol standouts for Presentation, and St Mary’s College, […]

THIS IS OUR HOUSE

Q: Archbishop J, what do you see as our greatest challenges in Trinidad and Tobago? Quite possibly, we are facing the most challenging decade since independence. […]

Who’s the racist

A commentary by Fr Martin Sirju, Vicar General for the Archdiocese of Port of Spain “Give her what she wants because she is shouting after us…I […]

It takes two to…

By Juliana Valdez “It takes two to…” This was one of the questions a family faced on the game show, Family Feud, hosted by Steve Harvey. […]

Helping your children to develop the virtue of honesty

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED, Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant Why do children lie? There are many reasons, here are a few. Parenting expert Dr Laura […]

Marriage, entanglements, and Declarations of Nullity

There’s a perception about “getting an annulment” that the Judicial Vicar wants people to move away from–you just have to visit the Marriage Tribunal “thinking it’s […]

The theatrics of racism

By Dr Margaret, Nakhid-Chatoor Now that the battle has been played out in the arena of Trinidad and Tobago and the governing political party readies itself […]

We too are the rock of Faith

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI Over the past few weeks, before and after our General Election on August 10, it has been sad […]

CCSJ: There is no place for racism in the world today

The Catholic Commission for Social Justice is calling on all citizens to denounce racism. Following is the Commission’s full statement: The Catholic Commission for Social Justice […]

Parents must be the first and best catechists

Q: Archbishop J, what is the mission of the domestic Church? (Pt 2) The mission of the Church, as we saw last week, is always threefold: […]

Treating with Pest, Diseases and Nutrient Deficiencies During the Rainy Season

While the rainy season provides an abundance of water for your garden, it unfortunately also gives rise to certain pests, diseases and nutrient deficiencies. As worrying […]

WI improvement needed badly

By Bryan Davis, former West Indies, Test cricketer West Indies (WI) cricket in the 21st century is judged solely on the heights it achieved in the […]

Go ‘Kratky’ – just set and forget

In previous articles, we have explored many different types of hydroponic systems. A recap: hydroponics is the art of growing plants without soil but by using […]

Ordinary Time, the Church, and the impact of COVID-19

By Delia Chatoor With the return of Ordinary Time in the Liturgical Calendar of the Church, we are provided with a very lengthy period during which […]

God’s house, a house of prayer for all

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI Recently I visited Mt St Benedict. Since my childhood I have always found it spiritually uplifting to pray […]

Make your family a domestic sanctuary

Q: Archbishop J, what is the mission of the domestic Church? The mission of the Church is always threefold: Sanctification, Teaching and Service. ‘Sanctification’ has to […]

Your vote is your voice

The Catholic community is free and “duty bound” to vote in today’s General Elections, says the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission (AFLC). The AFLC’s mental health clinician […]

Beauty Formulations using Plants

By Rayanna Boodram If you go to any beauty counter, it is guaranteed that you will find rows of skincare products featuring plant-based extracts. There are […]

Topic Thursdays: Parenting during the pandemic

It is no secret the COVID-19 pandemic has been a rollercoaster ride for many parents. The Archdiocesan Family Life Commission (AFLC) however, made it known that […]

When it’s all over…

By Juliana Valdez The ‘silly season’ as General Election time is referred to, is in full swing, and so is the rhetoric, the plethora of promises, […]

Juan Luis wants to leave a ‘Trini-Vene’ footprint

By Jamila Cross athletesdiscovered@gmail.com Recently a friend shared a YouTube video of a 97-year-old athlete Charles Eugster also known as ‘the fittest pensioner on the planet’. […]

Learn about the BOM virtually

Elections are in the air. We hope and pray for a government that loves the people of this country and is dedicated to making available what […]

Saintliness with work well done

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED, Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant We are halfway through the August holidays. How many times have your kids washed your car, […]

Valuing our #youth

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI On Monday, citizens will go to the polls to vote in our General Election (GE), to elect the […]

Finding Church in the new normal

By Fr Robert Christo, Parish Priest, St Dominic’s RC, Penal and Vicar for Communications The Lord’s presence dwells in real and concrete families, with all their […]

Who to vote for? Vote for programmes that invest in young people

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor Which political party will talk about investing services and monies into the development of our youth? I am yet to hear of […]

Exercise your duty wisely, vote for the common good

Q: Archbishop J, what is the responsibility of a Catholic in the General Elections? As we approach the General Elections, I would like to propose some […]

Stop, reflect, pray for our democracy

Q: Archbishop J, why a National Day of Prayer on August 2nd? Democracy did not come easy to us. It took a long time for us […]

Outplayed by better cricketers

By Bryan Davis, former West Indies, Test cricketer It was a strange tour. West Indies (WI) agreed to tour England to play three Test matches in […]

Free or Die!

God did not mean [for] people to own people. Vicar for Communications, Fr Robert Christo reflects on the movie Harriet. Harriet is an exceptionally powerful, engaging, […]

Advantages of Small Ruminant Farming

An important and traditional branch of livestock farming that has been regularly ignored and undermined is small ruminant farming. ‘Small ruminant farming’ is the farming of […]

Life in retirement

By Finbar Garcia LUTCF, FSS, MFA Having discussed both ‘Planning for Retirement’ (CN June 7) and the ‘Investments Options’ (CN July 5), have you ever considered […]

Making it work in Marriage

By Vernon Khelawan, vkmoose@gmail.com In less than a week my dear wife Joan and myself will celebrate 55 years of (they say) wedded bliss. I put […]

Compassion, the language of God

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “Compassion allows you to see reality; compassion is like the lens of the heart: it allows us to […]

Elections 2020 – a Catholic perspective

By Sr Renée K Hall OP The year 2020 will go down in the annals of our history books as the one that presented unprecedented challenges […]

Family and the big Church

Q: Archbishop J, what does the Church teach us about the domestic Church? The term domestic Church first appears in the documents of the Second Vatican […]

How to live the ‘happily-ever-after’

By Juliana Valdez The Holy Roman Catholic Church offers to her followers, avenues for us to grow stronger in faith and be obedient to the commands […]

Divine parenting support – the best gift to a child

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED, Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant If children learn what they live, then what should they learn to live and be conscientious, […]

Yes, your vote counts

By Leela Ramdeen Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation.” (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium […]

Topic Thursdays: ‘Entanglement? Marriage and Commitment’.

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 Marriage is not simply an idea of a fairytale that the media projects. “[It’s] not a run-of-the-mill concept of […]

Stages on our spiritual journey

Q: Archbishop J, what can I do to ensure my Catholic DNA is active? Part II Our Catholic DNA was given in baptism when we were […]

A superlative victory

By Bryan Davis, Former West Indies Test cricketer I would be the first to admit that the West Indies (WI) cricket team played beyond my expectations […]

Strengthen males for the domestic Church

What do men really want? Fr Matthew Ragbir put this question to an online conversation with men as the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission hosted a virtual […]

The many uses of cocos genus

The coconut palm and some of its most basic by-products have been serving Caribbean societies for as long as we can remember. The coconut is a […]

Accompanying those addicted to gambling

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “We pray for those suffering from addiction may be properly helped and accompanied.”—Pope Francis In Pope Francis’ prayer […]

Kale Grow Guide

In the recent years, kale has slowly progressed its way into our diets. Whether in a soup, salad or smoothie, it is definitely one of the […]

Response calls for authentic development

Q: Archbishop J, what is the response of the Church to the protests of June 30? Taking a life is always a grave matter. When the […]

Being decisive not desperate

By Juliana Valdez For days, the news reports featured the angst of those who cried out for justice over the alleged police shooting of three young […]

Examining the link between the Eucharist and Scripture

‘Eucharist and Scripture’ is the title of a ten-part weekly series organised by the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission (AFLC) examining the roots of Catholic liturgical worship. […]

Woman, learn the Method and know thyself

There is a trend among some young women nowadays to suppress their menstrual cycles in order to enjoy vacations. The natural event of a woman’s menstrual […]

Exam time? Exercise faith not fear

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED, Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant Exams are upon us. Our children are about to finally sit the long-awaited SEA, CSEC and […]

Building an inclusive society

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “Violence is not the cure for our broken world”—Pope Francis Let’s pray for members of the recently appointed […]

A dose of Intentionality and Grace

Q: Archbishop J, what can I do to ensure my Catholic DNA is active? Awakening the Catholic DNA is the responsibility of every adult Catholic. It […]

Phew! Thank God for Phase Five!

By Jamila Cross, athletesdiscovered@gmail.com Phase Five, we are back to normal! Or as is being referenced, the ‘new normal’. My article published on March 29, exactly […]

From printer’s ink to planting pak choi

By Vernon Khelawan, vkmoose@gmail.com The COVID-19 three-month lockdown has had a number of diverse and strange results. Imagine me, a journalist of more than 60 years, […]

Enter the Dragon…fruit

It’s the latest fruit craze. Dragon fruit, also known as ‘pitaya’, is the fruit of several different Hylocereus cactus species. The plant, native to Southern Mexico […]

Investments options for your retirement

By Finbar Garcia LUTCF, FSS, MFA Now that you’ve read part 1 of the retirement planning process (Pg 17, June 7 issue), today we look at […]

Parish action to promote Social Justice

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI Pope Francis has asked the faithful not to forget the poor and vulnerable during the pandemic. Let’s reflect […]

The Wonders of Lemon-Grass

After the last article on ‘Herbal Remedies’, my Green Thumb fans, your request to delve into the wonders of lemongrass have been answered. Cymbopogon citratus, commonly […]

Understanding our mission

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “When Jesus wants to teach us how a Christian should be, he tells us very little, but he […]

Sayamanda –Is I a man there when I am silent about injustice?

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor The late and great artiste and musician, Andre Tanker’s song, ‘Sayamanda’, had been playing in my ear since the George Floyd story […]

Reigniting the Catholic DNA

Q: Archbishop J, what is the path to renewal? Renewal requires that we understand that we face a fundamental challenge requiring us to respond in new […]

Fulfilling family roles

By Juliana Valdez So, ‘Carl Winslow’, actor Reginald Vel Johnson on the sitcom, Family Matters cannot celebrate with his wife ‘Hariette’, actress Jo Marie Payton, who […]

Advantage England but WI ready

By Bryan Davis, Former West Indies Test cricketer July 8 is the day the bell would ring for the first round of cricket matches that would […]

Key practices of the domestic Church

Q: Archbishop J, what does the domestic Church and the greater body have in common? If the family is the domestic Church, Church miniature, then we […]

Father’s Day — A single mom’s perspective

By Jamila Cross, athletesdiscovered@gmail.com My forward-thinking editor always has me on my toes: “Would you be able to do the sports column for Father’s Day?” I […]

Dads have needs too!

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED, Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant Fathers are requested to do this, that, and the next thing. Their children need them to […]

Tea for two? Try some herbal

Herbalism is the study of botany and the use of medicinal plants. Herbal remedies date back to the Paleolithic Age, which is approximately 60,000 years ago. […]

Pondering the pandemic and protests

By Constance Reyes I am living through a time in human existence that is beyond anything I thought I’d ever see or experience in my lifetime. […]

We are vitally connected to Christ

Q: Archbishop J, how long must we wait? Last Sunday, Prime Minister Keith Rowley advanced the date for reopening of churches from Friday, June 12 to […]

A tough task

By Bryan Davis, Former West Indies Test cricketer Shimron Hetmyer and Evin Lewis, two prolific West Indian cricketers, were left out of the tour to Sri […]

A terrible tragedy

“I can’t breathe”. The sorrowful last words of George Floyd brought tears to many in the past few weeks. While people of all races across the […]

Elder abuse – an issue that deserves attention

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “Where there is no honour to the elderly, there is no future for the young…We must reawaken our […]

Family, on mission, become what you are

Q: Archbishop J, why missioning the Domestic Church? In the New Testament on Pentecost Day, many amazing things happen. A mighty rushing wind fills the Upper […]

This is a ‘re’ time

By Juliana Valdez In the midst of the uncertainty, panic and fear of the COVID-19 pandemic, Divine Providence was at work to ensure that our Church, […]

Onika stays ready

By Jamila Cross, athletesdiscovered@gmail.com Onika Marie Brereton is insatiable about her passion for running, fitness and motherhood, and has a mentality and focus that is bar […]

What example are you setting in faith, hope and trust?

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant Uncertainty in our lives continues. Will our children perform as well when SEA, CXC and CAPE […]

Growing healthy seedlings

A healthy plant begins with a healthy seedling. Over the past few weeks, I have been observing the wonderful trend of pop-up vegetable stalls now providing […]

Are you ready for retirement?

By Finbar Garcia LUTCF, FSS, MFA With all these life-changing events like COVID-19, I am quite sure you had many thoughts about your financial future and […]

Denouncing and combatting racism

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “When injustices around the world are screaming ‘your life is of no value’, the Church cannot remain silent. […]

Managing pests and diseases in your garden using natural methods

Insects are very harmful to gardens. They chew, bite and suck on plants causing damage to the leaves, stems and roots which overall decrease the photosynthetic […]

Cues to Pentecost

Q: Archbishop J, how can I make Pentecost come alive in my life? Pentecost is a triple feast. The word ‘Pentecost’ literally means 50. In the […]

UK tour in jeopardy

By Bryan Davis, Former West Indies Test cricketer The West Indies (WI) cricket tour to England this year is in jeopardy. More’s the pity because the […]

On the dignity of motherhood

Gone are the days when motherhood was upheld as a noble and esteemed vocation.  So says Rosa Linda G Valenzona in a 2008 lifeissues.net article, ‘Motherhood […]

Much more ‘arrival’ needed

By Fr Martin Sirju It might surprise many to hear I was not in favour of Indian Arrival Day as another public holiday. I felt at […]

Children, honour your parents

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI June 1, the world will observe Global Day of Parents. As the UN states: “The Global Day provides […]

Sometimes we’re ‘Bruce Almighty’

By Juliana Valdez It is very common when situations occur for us to find fault with the steps taken to resolve them, especially when we are […]

Create a garden for our Mother

The month of May is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mother Mary. For us Catholics, during the entire month of May, it is customary to commemorate […]

Drugs, alcohol, vaping, and teenagers

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant Imagine your teenager feeling comfortable enough to tell you that they tried smoking marijuana and what […]

The many dimensions of using marijuana and cannabinoids

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “Our bodies are ours to use, but we have to account one day to the Lord as to […]

A good story for all time

Q: Archbishop J, why World Communications Day? For 54 years, the Church has celebrated World Communications Day. This is because of the realisation that communications are […]

Discussion on family life by Archdiocesan Family Life Commission

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 In observance of International Day of Families, Friday May 15, the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission (AFLC) celebrated Mass together […]

Flood-Tolerant Plants

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service predicted that the dry season for 2020 will last from January to May 2020. There is no fixed date for […]

Living a ‘good life’ caring for our common home

Q: Archbishop J, why the AEC bishops’ priority on the environment? We are in the midst of a pandemic that has raised consciousness of our environment […]

Ramdin’s exclusion and the ‘new wave’

By Bryan Davis, Former West Indies Test cricketer Denesh Ramdin was not left out of the Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) team for the Hero Caribbean Premier […]

‘The Journey Today’ retreat experience

The Journey Today was a look at spirituality for families for our time through an experience of life. It was a retreat experience yet one which […]

Understanding teenage grief and loss amid COVID-19

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor “The world outside is wide so I keep telling myself, I’m safe inside. But the four walls are creeping near as the […]

Wait and see – life in the ‘new normal’

By Vernon Khelawan, vkmoose@gmail.com Scientists and thousands of medical professionals are still puzzled over the speed of infections by this devastating coronavirus, fully cognisant that a […]

Celebrating Laudato Si’

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who will come after us, to children […]

‘Domestic Violence can be unpredictable’ says psychologist

By Renee Smith Email: comms.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter:@rsmith_cntt With an alarming increase in domestic violence cases in T&T under the COVID-19 “stay-at-home” order, the local Church’s Archdiocesan Family […]

Reach out in love to all families

By Leela Ramdeen Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “It’s necessary to rediscover the plan drawn by God for the family, to reaffirm its greatness and irreplaceability […]

Celebrate yourself – this is Supermom’s day!

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant The village that helps us raise our children was shut down eight weeks ago. We lost […]

A saint to encourage pregnant women

Last month BOMA-TT could not host our annual Mass for Hope and Healing due to the lockdown. Many women at this unprecedented time feel the burden […]

A really ‘egg’-citing project

Prioritising food security is everyone’s business these days. If you have not realised by now, we have reverted to the ‘old time’ days where kitchen and […]

Movies for moms this Mother’s Day

By Juliana Valdez Under normal circumstances, preparations and grandiose plans would have been in the pipeline weeks ago by offspring across the globe, wanting to ensure […]

Litmus test for parenting ‘high office’

By Jamila Cross athletesdiscovered@gmail.com Mom solves, mom accompanies, mom comes and goes, mom takes care, mom hugs, mom challenges, mom cooks, mom pampers, mom shares everything. […]

Why turn to Mary, Our Mother

Q: Archbishop J, why do Catholics turn to Mary in times of trouble? Catholics see Mary as a sacred vessel that contained the Most Holy One, […]

Discovering God’s call in our lives

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “Every vocation is born of that gaze of love with which the Lord came to meet us…Vocation, more […]

Finding the right balance

Q: Archbishop J, what is the REAL challenge of COVID-19? Is physical health and death the real challenge? Is it the high rate of infection? Is […]

With children’s entertainment, monitor their storytellers

As the social distancing restrictions due to COVID-19 continue to confine us to our homes, parents, in their desire (or need) for some breathing space, will […]

Talk to the coach

By Bryan Davis, former West Indies Test cricketer Criticism by ex-Test cricketers should always be constructive and sensitive. I am especially referring to former West Indies […]

Cope with the lockdown – check in with yourself

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 One of the things that can help persons cope during this COVID-19 lockdown is to be kind to someone […]

In a time of challenge, remember justice and mercy

Q: Archbishop J, how do we become mercy? Mercy is at the core of the revelation of Jesus Christ. It is what a lover does when […]

Power to unite and support the community through football

By Jamila Cross athletesdiscovered@gmail.com   Nyron Jones is a man with a definite sense of purpose about his life. As a former national under-20 player, he […]

On the frontline with modern-day saints

By Fr Martin Sirju “What the world needs more than ever is saints.” So said Fr Henry Charles many years ago. The pandemic has provided us […]

Watch, wipe, and wash before you cook

Staying healthy during COVID-19  COVID-19 has been around for weeks and from the daily reports released by the Ministry of Health, it is expected to last […]

Prisoners set free to avoid COVID-19 calamity

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “We don’t want our institutions to become petri dishes” —US Attorney General William Barr Like the US Attorney-General, […]

T&T must learn resilience for post-COVID-19 ‘run’

By Dr Marlene Attzs, Economist Email: marlene.attzs@gmail.com Like many, I am keeping check on what is happening globally in this unusual season. To witness economic superpowers […]

Let us go where the transformation of the apostles took place

Q: Archbishop J, why the Upper Room?   The Upper Room holds a central place in our understanding of the early Church. It is central to […]

Catches win matches

By Bryan Davis, Former West Indies Test cricketer The adage that catches win matches is a truism in the game of cricket. While it is natural […]

Remember to ‘do’ for others

By Juliana Valdez I try to tune in to the frequent news conferences, viewing the panel of government officials and other relevant personnel whose duty it […]

Stumbling? Falling? Let’s rise again

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant We’ve tried to maintain control while isolating. We’ve tried setting up new routines for ourselves and […]

Responding to the REAL Grief of COVID – 19

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor The senior nurse at one of the hospitals calls at 10.30 p.m. She is sitting in the gallery with her husband—both are […]

The microbe, love, and hope

By Vernon Khelawan, vkmoose@gmail.com Life, as we know it, in Trinidad and Tobago today or even yesterday, has been turned upside down; inside out and probably […]

Why fear when Jesus is here?

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “”…let us thank the Lord for having entered through our closed doors with his mercy, for calling us, […]

COVID-19 can be a transforming moment

By Fr Donald Chambers Recently, a friend remarked about an increased awareness, sensitivity and response to the needs of the weak and vulnerable since the COVID-19 […]

Lessons from St Benedict during COVID-19

A reflection by Abbot John Pereira OSB In his Rule for Monks, which St Benedict wrote in the sixth century, he states clearly that he is […]

Where we must put our hope

Q: Archbishop J, how do you keep hope alive in a time like this?   Hope is only real when the hour is dark. It is […]

Keep calm and maintain charting

We thank God for this beautiful season of Easter, offering us the hope of Heaven and celebrating life in Christ Jesus. This life with Jesus offers […]

Five fun gardening ideas for Easter

Easter 2020 is here! Due to COVID-19 we are indoors but keeping our spirits high and celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. […]

Our hope is in the risen Lord

“Let us not keep our faces bowed to the ground in fear, but raise our eyes to the risen Jesus. His gaze fills us with hope, […]

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 […]