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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 […]

A Time for Transitions

God is there in the panic, He is with us now, and He will be with us always – Lois Mowday Rabey Last week Thursday, I […]

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 […]

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, […]