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Catholic university students meet with the Archbishop

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @gordon_lp The Catholic Students Movement (CSM), The University of the West Indies St Augustine met Tuesday, July 7 with Archbishop […]

Walking The Virtual Way—El Camino de Santiago

By Simone Delochan Email: copyeditor.camsel@catholictt.org Overseas travel may be out of the question for a while, and many probably had pilgrimages which would have unfortunately had […]

Bringing Jesus to people through food assistance

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 The Emmanuel Community of Trinidad and Tobago has pledged to continue distributing monthly food hampers to families affected by […]

HSE advisory: up to 75 per cent capacity allowed

The Archdiocesan Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) team has advised parishes that more persons can be allowed in churches to participate in Masses and Services. “Based […]

Strategic workshop on Catholic education ends

An Archdiocesan synod on Catholic education. This is likely to be the next step following the four-day virtual strategic workshop on Catholic education organised by the […]

Virtual forum on Black Lives Matter

Caribbean Theology Conference Today (CTCT) is hosting its second virtual forum Black Lives Matter: Caribbean Theological Perspectives on Thursday July 16 at 7 p.m. Presenters will […]

Sea Lots residents name their ‘dream’ for the community

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @gordon_lp Archbishop Jason Gordon visited Sea Lots last Sunday interacting with residents and prompting them to articulate a “dream” for […]

Last push to SEA but….

The Catholic Education Board of Management (CEBM) said teachers of Standard Five are willing to return to school July 20 to prepare their pupils for the […]

Archbishop: Underdevelopment of the Black male, a decades long injustice

“We have to do everything we can to guard against every loss of life, regardless of who the person is, regardless of their station of life, […]

Making Catholic education work for all

What is the Catholic character of a school? Archbishop Jason Gordon sought to provide an answer to this question during his opening day presentation on Catholic […]

“Bound In Faith” — Wheelchair Bound With A Voice From God.

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 We’ve found him! Since the broadcast of the Mass for the 2nd Sunday of Easter via Trinity TV, social […]

Challenging why people are poor

Spiritual Director of the TT Society of St Vincent de Paul Fr Roger Paponette emphasised that in service to the poor Vincentians individually and in groups […]

The stories behind a donated device…

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @gordon_lp  The ‘Donate a  project’ has not ended. The Catholic News was informed by an official of the Catholic Education […]

A reengineered approach to the poor

As the government of Trinidad and Tobago continues to ease COVID-19 restrictions, the Archdiocese’s ‘Let No-One Go Hungry’ campaign has seen “a little tapering off”. However, […]

DECREE * On dispensation from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Archdiocese of Port of Spain

Peace and blessing to you, beloved in Christ! The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our society and our world in both negative and positive ways. As Church, […]

The mature Christian accepts Jesus’ yoke

Can you say your heart is meek and humble in your family, Church community and workplace? “If in your family, you can say ‘my heart is […]

Blanchisseuse drowning – Archbishop renders assistance

Archbishop Jason Gordon was at the diocesan retreat house in Blanchisseuse on Friday, June 19 when a drowning occurred at the nearby beach. According to news […]

“Widespread use of cannabis amongst the young population makes it a public health issue”

“Widespread use of cannabis amongst the young population makes it a public health issue.” —Professor Andrea Cipriani, NIHR Research Professor of Psychiatry at the University of […]

Council begins monitoring for 2020 Elections

The Council for Responsible Political Behaviour has begun monitoring activities to evaluate all political parties, candidates and their supporters in the adherence to the Code of […]

Archdiocese releases guidelines for Masses

As congregations return to places of worship, the Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Committee of the Archdiocese has released ‘Guidelines for the Restoration of Masses in […]

Different ways to access Mass in the ‘new normal’

Many are desirous of returning to churches to celebrate Masses. However, adhering to the Health Ministry’s ‘Guidelines for Places of Worship’ and the Archdiocese’s Health, Safety […]

After 89 days… Communion again

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email:snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @gordon_lp “Good!” “Blessed! “Revived!” These were words used by the faithful who journeyed to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Port […]

A test in humility—Archbishop’s homily on the Feast of Corpus Christi

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 ‘Eighty-nine days!’ That’s exactly how long faithful were deprived of the Eucharist due to the closing of churches March […]

Yearning for the Body of Christ

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @gordon_lp It will be a happy moment on the Feast of Corpus Christi tomorrow June 11 for persons receiving the […]

Family ritual to plant for Corpus Christi

By Fr Roger Paponette Parish priest, San Raphael The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Catholic Christian life and this solemn feast began as […]

A new springtime

Archbishop asks for patience as churches reopen By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter:@gordon_lp Mask wearing, physical distancing and regular sanitising will be implemented as part of […]

CCSJ Symposium: Marijuana and cannabinoids: Health, research and regulatory considerations

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @gordon_lp Medical marijuana has been used like a “Trojan Horse” in the campaign overseas and in the Caribbean to get […]

Catholic Church remembers St Charles Lwanga and Uganda Companions

Saint of the Day (June 3)-St Charles Lwanga and Companions Today, the Catholic Church remembers Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions. Pope Paul VI canonised Lwanga and […]

Racism is a sickness in society—Archbishop Jason Gordon

Archbishop Jason Gordon has sounded off on the discussion on racism and the uprising in the United States of America following the death of George Floyd—an […]

Beginner-level Spanish begins first week in June

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 The Living Water Community (LWC) is providing beginner-level Spanish classes to members of the public who need to communicate […]

We going from house to house…

When the circulation of the Catholic News took a dive due to closure of churches during the COVID-19 lockdown, new ways had to be found to […]

Trini Carmelite ordained in NY

Trinidadian Rev Mikhail Woodruffe O Carm was ordained a Carmelite priest last Saturday, May 30 at a scaled-down ordination ceremony at the National Shrine of Our […]

Corpus Christi celebrations will be virtual

With gatherings of more than five still disallowed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no public Masses, processions, or Benedictions with the Blessed Sacrament […]

Church on mission today to bring about renewal

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 We are living in a Babylonian captivity. “There is no altar, no priest, no sacrifice, no Eucharist,” said Archbishop […]

Safeguard our legacy, support our mission

By Kathryn Tardieu General Manager, Catholic Media Services Ltd May 6, 2020 marked 128 years of uninterrupted printing for the Catholic News. Starting with print media, […]

Pupils, teachers receive devices

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter:@gordon_lp Distribution of laptops, desktops, tablets, and smartphones to facilitate e-learning for primary school pupils has begun. In April, Archbishop Jason […]

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 […]

Preparing for Mass on Pentecost Feast Day

On the day of Pentecost, when the seven weeks of Easter had come to an end, Christ’s Passover was fulfilled in the outpouring of the Holy […]

How to celebrate as family this Pentecost

As this day is very special for the whole Church and because it celebrates our identity and empowerment as a people, we should always find ways […]

You and I were created for Heaven —Archbishop Jason Gordon

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 Our yearning for Heaven is what the Feast of the Ascension is really about. However, Archbishop Jason Gordon has […]

A different time for our Muslim community

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 Traditionally, Muslims around the world turn out to attend Eid prayers at their local masjids (a Muslim house of […]

Catholic restaurants regroup during COVID challenge

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 Capacity restrictions and physical distancing measures imposed due to COVID-19 has seen many businesses including the food service industry […]

HSE team thinks ahead to reopening of churches, schools

Everyone has to take precautions against COVID-19. This vigilance does not end when restrictions are lifted. The Health Safety and Environment (HSE) Team of the Archdiocese […]

Church helps Venezuelan tribe camped in Icacos

The ‘Let No-One Go Hungry’ Project distributed hampers to 26 families from the Warahoon tribe of Venezuela living in Icacos. Of the 26 families, 56 were […]

Church hosts virtual symposium on marijuana use

The Archdiocese is hosting a virtual Symposium June 5 on the theme Marijuana and cannabinoids: Health, research, and regulatory considerations, to discuss the potential negative effects […]

Riding out the economic ‘depression’

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: gordon_lp Trinidad and Tobago as a small island developing state is in a precarious position with the shocks of revenue […]

Priests and their pets: Creature comforts

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @gordon_lp “Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds of the […]

Believing is seeing

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 “I would give anything to walk two seconds on water than to stay in a boat and tell the […]

Preparing workplaces for ‘the new normal’

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 With some businesses reopened in the first phase (May 10-23), there is “definitely” a need to develop an Infectious […]

Faithful respond: What do you miss most about Mass?

What do you miss the most about going to Mass? The hymns, community, Communion or the homily? This question was polled by CatholicTT to persons on […]

Remembering Our Lady of Fatima’s journey of healing and peace

Do you remember when the statue of Our Lady of Fatima crisscrossed the country in the centennial year of the Fatima apparitions in 2017? During that […]

Our nation’s courts donate hampers to migrant ministries

Migrant families have benefitted from hampers donated by four of the nation’s specialised courts. The President, Vice President and Members of the Industrial Court of Trinidad […]

Thank you for your service

Pope Francis and Communication Minister on International Nurses Day As Trinidad and Tobago, joins the world in celebrating International Nurses Day, today, Tuesday, May 12, Minister […]

CatholicTT poll: 81% not ready to return to ‘life before lockdown’ 

While Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced on Saturday (May 9) that adjustments will be made to the COVID-19 Public Health Ordinance Regulations on a phased […]

Caribbean Church reconsecrated to Mary

‘Remain in Christ during pandemic’ says Archbishop By Raymond Syms Email: editor.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @RaymsCN With a pandemic raging, bishops worldwide have called on their faithful to […]

First Podcast by Abbot John Pereira OSB: The Psalms

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 The psalms take us through the “whole gamut” of human emotions—from sadness to joy. And while in the Caribbean […]

A blessed moment at Living Water Community

Last week, due to the crowds which had accumulated to receive hampers, police were forced to shut down operations as social distancing was not in effect. […]

128 years strong…but we need your support

Simone Delochan copyeditor@catholictt.org On May 6, 2020 the Catholic News celebrated its 128th anniversary. The Catholic News is the oldest paper in Trinidad and Tobago, the […]

Archdiocese to exercise ‘extreme generosity’ in face of COVID-19 financial fallout

Archbishop Jason Gordon and priests are giving up a percentage of their stipends to offset the Archdiocese’s unexpected debts because of the fallout from the COVID-19 […]

Parishes feed the multitude

“Phenomenal”, “fantastic”, Fr Cornelius Phillip; parish priest St Anthony’s RC Point Fortin says of the response by Catholics in his parish and beyond to their brothers […]

Mary, a symbol of grace

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 At the Feast Day Mass of La Divina Pastora last Sunday (May 3), Vicar General Fr Martin Sirju invited […]

Allow the Good Shepherd to shepherd your soul

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 During the last eight weeks of the national lockdown, have we become more fearful, anxious or worried? What has […]

No-one has to go hungry

The Archdiocese of Port of Spain’s ‘Let No-One Go Hungry’ project was launched live via Trinidad and Tobago Television (TTT) on Friday, May 1. Vicar for […]

Covid-19 hunger crisis—A migrant’s story

Feelings of uncertainty, stress, and intense hunger are not the experience of locals only during the COVID-19 pandemic. Santiago (not his real name), 26, left his […]

SVP offers temporary residence and meals to homeless and socially displaced

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @gordon_lp As the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown continues, the number of persons at the Centre for Socially Displaced Persons (CSDP), Port […]

‘Classes’ on TV for children without internet

The Catholic Education Board of Management (CEBM) will be utilising television as another medium to facilitate teaching for children of primary schools particularly those without internet […]

Christian Church leaders speak with one voice to help poor

Leaders of various Christian denominations in Trinidad and Tobago have pledged their continued service to the poor during the worldwide pandemic. Their ‘Declaration of Solidarity among […]

Ramadan Mubarak

Lent and Ramadan share a number of similarities. Ramadan, like Lent, requires both acts of charity and discipline of fasting. While many Christians fast during Lent, […]

The inner adventure in COVID

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 Many families, Archbishop Jason Gordon observed, are now “reconnecting” in prayer around virtual Masses daily which has been “simply […]

Archbishop: Let mercy flow to every nook and cranny

The Church in Trinidad and Tobago is called to be a “network of mercy” for the nation dispensing divine mercy to every “nook and cranny”, every […]

Church creates solidarity network to care for most vulnerable

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @gordon_lp As resources are mobilised to ease the suffering people are experiencing during the COVID-19 lockdown, parishes have been directed […]

Remembering Fr Reginald Hezekiah

“Father Reggie” always urged the congregation of the St Charles Borromeo RC, Tunapuna, to attend Mass regularly because the focus was not on him but God. […]

COVID-19 worries keeping you up?

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 Sleep is the most overlooked need for overall good health and quality of life. “And it is time to […]

School term reopens—With a difference

At a recent virtual media briefing Tuesday, April 14, Education Minister Anthony Garcia said the situation was “fluid” and it was not likely the term will […]

 A society redesigned—Archbishop’s presentation to CARICOM heads

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 The opportunity to be seized is not to re-open or re-start the economy so that we go back to […]

Update on ‘Donate a device’ for students

Anyone interested in donating devices to help students continue their education while schools remain closed can do so by emailing hope@catholictt.org. This was publicised on the […]

Archdiocesan HSE team appointed

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the need for a structured approach to successfully manage the challenges that come with this coronavirus. To this end, Archbishop […]

CEBM and MoE unite on e-learning

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter:@gordon_lp Archbishop Jason Gordon and the Catholic Education Board of Management (CEBM) met online with Education Minister Anthony Garcia and officials […]

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 […]

Faithful can now explore Mount St Benedict Abbey in 3D.

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 This latest update was shared via ‘Mount St Benedict, Trinidad’ and [Abbot] John Pereira’s Facebook page on Holy Saturday. […]

Jesus Christ—the living Lord of history

The Pascal candle which was lit on Gloria Saturday, has the insignia of the alpha and the omega. In his Easter Sunday homily, livestreamed on Trinity […]

In the Upper Room

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 The whole Church is no longer “living” in the desert for 40 days, but has now moved to a […]

Have we become numb to the Crucifixion?

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @gordon_lp The cloth quickly pulled from the altar at the end of the Mass of the Last Supper, Holy Thursday […]

Remembering the Passion of Christ on Holy Thursday

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 “What we have is this night is different and special from other nights,” Archbishop Jason Gordon said in delivering […]

Surrendering our will to God’s will

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 As faithful journey through Holy Week, the most “holy week in the entire year”, Archbishop Jason Gordon invited faithful […]

Preventing COVID-19 or spreading germs?

I went to a grocery and observed a cleaner wiping the handles of customers’ trolleys. What struck me was she was using the same rag from […]

Being Church in a time of COVID-19

Pastoral Guidelines, March 27, 2020 #1 Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our world in catastrophic ways. Globally, we are facing difficult times. The far-reaching effects […]

Solidarity in the time of COVID-19

Standing in solidarity, representatives of religious bodies offered supplications for Trinidad and Tobago and countries of the world confronting the COVID-19 pandemic. They affirmed trust in […]

Clergy Create “Virtual Community” As Churches Close

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 Archbishop Jason Gordon has said that social distancing severely affects the administering of the Church’s pastoral functions and is […]

Thanks for all the support!

On behalf of the team here at Catholic Media Services, in particular those of us in the Editorial Department of Catholic News, I’d like to express […]

Feast of St Joseph – waking up to the voice of the Spirit

On the Feast of St Joseph, Husband of Mary on March 19, Vicar General Martin Sirju delivered a brief reflection on the gospel reading of the […]

#wearehere Priests and faithful in live dialogue

Catholic faithful are rallying in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and are “grateful” for the clergy’s efforts to stay connected with them. The suspension of […]

“World Experiencing A Re-Creation” Archbishop Says

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 In the midst of the accelerating death toll of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the “terrible fixation” on all that […]

Weddings and funerals impacted

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Port of Spain has been and will continue to closely monitor the situation in consultation with an […]

Cleanliness is next to godliness

The adage “cleanliness is next to godliness” was used by Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh during a meeting with pupils of the St Ann’s RC School, St […]

Children’s Authority urges parents not to expose sick children to others

Parents and guardians who use elderly caregivers need to make alternative arrangements when children are showing flu-like symptoms. “The Authority is aware that the usual caregivers […]

Archbishop Meets The Faithful Online In Live Instagram Chat

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 Archbishop Jason Gordon has said that suspending all Masses and Services in light of COVID-19, was “absolutely” the “hardest […]

‘Aye you, what yuh want? We want more gospel!’

Sr Renée Hall OP had the audience at the Holy Rosary/Gonzales parish cluster retreat singing and dancing to the rhythm of Nailah Blackman’s ‘More Sokah’, the […]

Measures introduced to avoid passing the chalice – Archbishop

Responding to recent concerns from the Catholic community and wider society of the Church’s decision to adjust its liturgical practices because of the rapid spread of […]

What’s your undoing?

Concupiscence’ according to catholicculture.org is the “Insubordination of man’s desires to the dictates of reason, and the propensity of human nature to sin as a result […]

Archbishop Pantin beatification cause continues

The cause for beatification of Archbishop Anthony Pantin will continue throughout this year. The Catholic community in Trinidad and Tobago is being asked to offer prayerful […]

Beach clean-up to “hear the cries of the earth and the poor”

A long letter has been sent by the Pope to address the most concerning issues of the world today. The effect of climate change on a […]

Archbishop Pantin was ‘kicks’

This Thursday, March 12 is the 20th anniversary of the death of Archbishop Anthony Pantin, the eighth archbishop of Port of Spain. Though no longer present […]

The graces of Lent

As we began our 40-day Lenten journey, the scripture reading Remember that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return (Gen 3:19) is a fitting […]

Fasting: What I have gained from giving up!

Very often when asked about fasting or even abstaining from meat for Lent, one of the first things that come to mind is ‘…well, yuh know […]

Liturgical practices adjusted in light of Coronavirus

Effective immediately and until further notice, “full precautionary” measures are to be followed at all Catholic Masses and Services because of the rapid spread of COVID-19 […]

Viruses and the Precious Blood

Since the Archdiocese of Port of Spain has determined there will be no distribution of the Blood of Christ with the threat of COVID-19, there have […]

How the liturgy changes in Lent

Like other liturgical seasons, Lent has its own special rules and practices. But did you know there are certain things that should not be done in Lent? Catholic […]

Why is Lent purple?

When looking around at your church, you may have noticed that some things look different during the Lenten season, perhaps the first being the use of […]

Church dealt with 1970 criticisms admirably

The entry into the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Port of Spain by leaders of the National Joint Action Committee (NJAC) and the people was one […]

Panel discussion on Domestic Violence

More than ten ministries of the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission (AFLC) have come together to plan a panel discussion on the issue of Domestic Violence. The […]

Panel discussion on Domestic Violence

More than ten ministries of the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission (AFLC) have come together to plan a panel discussion on the issue of Domestic Violence. The […]

‘1970’ wounds must heal for T&T to move forward

Archbishop at Black Power Movement Service. Unless citizens understand the “deep underbelly” of the Black Power Revolution and the way it still affects us today, 50 […]

The many customs of Lent

Fasting as a way to regain or refocus spirituality is common in many religions. Fasting has played a key role in many of the world’s major […]

What Every Catholic Should Know About Lent

The Lenten Season begins Wednesday, February 26, 2020 – Ash Wednesday. What is Lent? It’s the 40-day period in the Church year set aside for spiritual […]

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 […]

Permanent deacons continue mission

The permanent deacons marked their tenth anniversary on February 6. Archbishop Jason Gordon was the main celebrant at their anniversary Mass last Sunday at the Cathedral […]

Black Power Movement anniversary to be commemorated Ash Wednesday

The 50th Anniversary of the Black Power Movement will be commemorated on Ash Wednesday with a 9 a.m. Service at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. […]

Take care of your eyes and feet at Carnival

Protecting and taking care of your body is essential especially during the Carnival festivities. Catholic News sought the expert’s advice on how to protect your eyes […]

Know how to celebrate—Talk yuh talk

Trinbagonians love to lime. And every event is cause for celebration: birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, weddings and even in the death of a loved one. But often, […]

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 […]

Catholic university students say ‘Pick a Side’ for Lent

Come out and support the Catholic Students Movement (CSM) as they host their 41st Lenten Production ‘Pick a Side’. CSM’s Lenten Production is a family event, […]

Reflect and share on God’s love this Valentine’s Day

As Valentine’s Day approaches, many of us will be celebrating the love we have for our spouses, children, friends, etc. But for singles, Valentine’s Day—the most […]

Panel discussion to observe World Day of Social Justice

As the world will observe World Day of Social Justice on Thursday, February 20, the Catholic Commission for Social Justice (CCSJ) is calling on all citizens […]

Indiscipline in schools: stress, anger are factors

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @gordon_lp Children are stressed and angry, and indiscipline reflects what is happening in the wider society, said Professor Dennis Conrad, […]

Tune in to, Talk Yuh Talk—watch, listen and learn!

We can all see it: Fr Robert Christo or Fr Matthew d’Hereaux mingling with people on the streets—drinking coconut water at the Queen’s Park Savannah, talking […]

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 […]

An answer to crime: Christian prayer changes hearts

By Fr John Theodore CSSp We have a problem of murders in our country. People are blaming the police and the government. Does this make sense? […]

Deacons 10th anniversary —A retrospective look

“The joys and hopes, the grief and anguish of the people of our time, especially of those who are poor or afflicted, are the joys and […]

Church keeping close eye on virus

As the deadly COVID-19 (short for Coronavirus disease 2019) spreads around the world, the local Catholic Church is taking cues from the health authorities by encouraging […]

Encouraging More Female STEMpreneurs

“To rise to the challenges of the 21st century, we need to harness our full potential. That requires dismantling gender stereotypes. On this International Day of […]

Christians in Carnival—Right or Wrong?

With the Carnival season upon us, one Catholic priest is urging Christians to pay close attention to what is going on within them as they engage […]

Caribbean youth eager to take up fight

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 One child mental health therapist at The Franciscan Institute for Personal and Family Development has revealed that the average […]

Better public awareness, collaboration needed to combat human trafficking

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter:@gordon_lp There is a myth that human trafficking happens only to the poor in society. The reality is that anybody can […]

Construction to begin at Santa Rosa First Peoples’ Heritage Village

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Trinidad and Tobago, an agency of the Ministry of Education, […]

CREDI grads told be passionate for Catholic education

By Dixie Ann Belle Passion for one’s calling, for inspiring others and for the Catholic faith were the prevailing themes at the graduation ceremony of the […]

No one is called to stay in a violent relationship — Archbishop Gordon

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 In January of this year three women were murdered. Jezelle Phillip (January 6) Gabriella Du Barry (January 9) and […]

Franciscan Institute Hosts Human Trafficking Q&A

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 When persons are subjected to crimes of human trafficking it affects them spiritually, emotionally, psychologically and physically. Of the […]

The Great Masquerade — What Carnival Reveals.

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 Archbishop Jason Gordon has said that violence against a spouse is something that the Bishops of the Antilles Episcopal […]

Talk the Word, live the Word

Get in the habit of talking about Jesus in your families and schools. “Don’t let anybody expunge Jesus from your schools. Talk about Jesus. When you […]

22 years of Couples for Christ

January 26, 2020, Sunday of the Word of God, marked 22 years that the Couples for Christ (CFC) Ministry has been established in Trinidad and Tobago. […]

The Red House reopens

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 After 20 years of restoration, the ceremonial reopening and the long-awaited resumption of Parliament at the iconic structure called […]

Dealing with your family’s past to bring healing

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter:@gordon_lp Can you imagine doing research on your family and finding out there are patterns for alcoholism, gambling, divorce, or sexual […]

Franciscan Institute hosts discussion on Human Trafficking

What is human trafficking? How does our judicial system factor into combatting this devastating crime? How is the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service involved? What can […]

Fatima College turns 75

The College of Our Lady of Fatima celebrated its 75th anniversary of establishment with Holy Mass last Friday. Chief celebrant and Fatima old boy, Archbishop Jason […]

Recommended ritual for all Masses

The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is next Sunday, January 26. In preparation for this new occasion, the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission submits for use by clergy […]

The ritual for the celebration of the Word of God

Enthroned in the family home Family gathers in a suitable room. The head of the household enters the room with the Bible, accompanied by a vigil […]

Word of God Sunday

Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter, Motu proprio Aperuit illis, published on September 30, establishes that “the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is to be devoted to the […]

Our baptism is a ‘bligh’

Mankind got a “bligh” when Jesus took on the collective debt of the human family. Preaching the homily on the Feast of the Baptism of Our […]

It’s still illegal for children to smoke marijuana

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter:@gordon_lp   It is legal to use small amounts in the home but the Children’s Authority (CA) of Trinidad and Tobago […]

Zion Community celebrates four decades answering the Call

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1   As Zion RC Community celebrated its 40th anniversary with Holy Mass on Saturday, January 11 at the Pro-Cathedral […]

Mini Bible Fair next Sunday

The Catholic Bible Institute will host a Sunday of the Word of God– Mini Bible Fair on Sunday, January 26 at the Institute’s grounds, Frederick Settlement, […]

CA: Don’t expose children to marijuana

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @gordon_lp The Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago is reminding parents and guardians about the dangers of children being exposed […]

Outreach programme at Carapichaima

“Whatever you do to the least of my brothers that you do unto me” (Matt 25:31–46). These words are exactly what Fr Gerard Bernier and the […]

Teach us to pray – online

Archbishop Jason Gordon recently compiled a series of articles on prayer, initially published in the Catholic News, in a book entitled A Little book on Christian […]

Go forth with the Good News… people are waiting

The dwindling number of Catholics attending Mass is a source of “grief” for Deborah de Rosia of the Eternal Light Community. She called for joyful disciples […]

Inclusive education pilot project to focus on special needs students

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter:@gordon_lp   In the new academic year starting September 2020, 21 schools in the seven education districts in Trinidad will pilot […]

Archbishop: We have our responsibility – to help as best we can

Stories by Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter:@gordon_lp Archbishop Jason Gordon has reiterated that the Catholic Church in Trinidad and Tobago will continue to assist migrants coming […]

‘Diversity is your strength’

Vatican regional rep describes visit as ‘a moving experience’ Fr Robert Stark SSS, the Vatican’s regional Coordinator—North America, Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, Migrants and Refugee Section […]

Two new books from Archbishop Gordon

Meditations in the Upper Room and Teach Us to Pray- A Little Book on Christian Prayer are two new books written by Archbishop Jason Gordon. Archbishop […]

Bless and protect the children

There is a popular misconception that Christmas should be about “unadulterated joy” and happiness but the Christmas story “has never been about 100 per cent good […]

Once the heart is open, Christ will come

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter:@gordon_lp   Our hearts may not be ready to receive Christ but even if things are not pristine, if the heart […]

Beyond the brick and galvanize to hearts

There was celebration in Sea Lots as five rebuilt homes were blessed December 22 by Archbishop Jason Gordon. He said the homes were a symbol of […]

Vatican rep to inform Pope of parish ministries’ response

Story and photo by Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter:@gordon_lp   Fr Robert Stark SSS, regional coordinator, North America, Mexico, Central America and Caribbean for the Vatican […]

Archbishop proud of church ministries in 2019…

expects growth of MATs, migrant support in 2020 By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1   Archbishop Jason Gordon said he is “excited” about entering 2020 […]

‘Bring hope… joy to others’ says Archbishop in Christmas message

Become Christmas angels! “Where God is born, hope is born; and where hope is born, persons regain their dignity ”. These are the words of the […]

Catholic men’s ministry moving forward in 2020

Having been commissioned by Archbishop Jason Gordon on March 19, the National Catholic Men’s Ministry (NCMM) under the patronage of St Joseph has been working to […]

Church will accept $100 notes until midnight Dec 31

Archbishop Jason Gordon holds to the position that old $100 notes will be accepted in collections up to midnight December 31, Old Year’s night. He has […]

Don’t put old $100 note for collection at New Year Masses

Parishes last weekend started informing their congregations about putting the ‘old’ $100 notes into collection baskets at year end Masses. On December 31 they will no […]

The Liturgical Year explained

The Church’s liturgical year began with the first week of Advent and a new cycle for the liturgical calendar. We’re in Year A (see the Mass […]

Waiting joyfully down Carrera

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 Last Monday, Archbishop Jason Gordon, accompanied by members of the Prison Executive, including one currently on pre-retirement leave, members […]

Vatican rep on migrants to visit

The Regional Coordinator of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Vatican Dicastery for Integral Human Development will be visiting the Archdiocese from Tuesday to Friday this […]

Mary with us in our ‘messy circumstances’

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter:@gordon_lp ‘Inter faeces et urinam nascimur’- ‘We are born between faeces and urine’. This quote attributed to St Augustine, was referenced […]

Break-ins at CEBM

Intruders broke into the head office of the Catholic Education Board of Management (CEBM), Belmont twice in two days, last Sunday after 3 a.m. and Monday […]

First Benedictine monk ordained in two decades

The last time a Benedictine monk was ordained to the diaconate at the Abbey Church, Mt St Benedict was in 1992 by Archbishop Anthony Pantin. The […]

Responding to children under stress

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email:snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @gordon_lp Too many people know someone who has been touched by crime in its many forms. They themselves may have been […]

Princes Town RC reopens after fire

The Princes Town RC school reopened November 25 after repairs on areas damaged by fire September 26.  There was some minor work on the first day […]

Don’t wait like a sour puss

Archbishop to clients at prison visit By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 “How are you waiting while you are here? Is it with joy…anger…frustration? Is […]

Don’t rush Advent, says Archbishop

Take your time…for Advent. Archbishop Jason Gordon is challenging Catholics to be attentive to the observance and enjoy the “waiting” period before the birth of Jesus […]

Teachers told to treat pupils with dignity, love

While automotive manufacturers like Toyota or Nissan are obligated to rectify defects and, in some cases, issue a refund, teachers, however, cannot “fix” students or “send […]

Chance, a champion for Restorative Justice

Leela Ramdeen, Chair, Catholic Commission for Social Justice writes on the loss of her friend, Wayne Chance. Trinidad & Tobago has lost a true patriot in […]

An ‘outstanding’ woman—Farewell, Sr Phyllis Wharfe

By Simone Delochan Email: copyeditor.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @SimoneECDel Someone in a crowd, after an animated discussion of which she was part, once commented to Sr Phyllis Wharfe […]

Ghanaian monk to be ordained deacon

Faithful are invited to witness the ordination to the diaconate of Br Antony Benjamin Buaful OSB from 10 a.m. next Saturday at Mt St Benedict. Archbishop […]

See with eyes of faith

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 “Have you ever touched God?” Archbishop Jason Gordon posed this question to altar servers as they celebrated their annual […]

Carmelites have given amazing witness, a legacy of love

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @gordon_lp Giving thanks before the liturgy began, at the centennial celebration at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception November 16, Prioress […]

Calling artists to show God’s call

Can you write or tell a story, draw, paint or airbrush? Whatever your medium of artistic expression, Generation S is calling artists of all ages to […]

Sr Phyllis, a “Catholic icon; Sat Maharaj, “a warrior”

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @Gordon_lp In the Ask the Archbishop live chat on Facebook, November 20, Archbishop Jason Gordon commented on the two recent […]

Inter-Religious Organisation bids farewell to iconic Sat Maharaj

Vicar General for the Archdiocese of Port of Spain and IRO representative for the Catholic Church, Fr Martin Sirju, shared this message to those gathered at […]

Amazing witnesses and a legacy of love

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter:@gordon_lp Giving thanks before the liturgy began, at the centennial celebration at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception last Saturday, Prioress […]

Abbot John to serve for third term

Monday, November 11 marked the first time in the history of Mt St Benedict, that an Abbot has been canonically re-elected for three consecutive terms. This […]

Small acts can have big changes to end plastic pollution

Seven-year old Abigail Subrath, founder of Abbytopia of Hope is appealing for changes to be made today or else it will be her generation faced with […]

Five New Inductees To Join SJC Hall of Excellence

Inductees (top): Hazel Brown, Dr Maria Bartholomew, (bottom): Sr Mary Jean Ayow, Dr Michelle Monteil and Dr Paula Henry. Four outstanding alumni and a Sister of […]

AEC organises pilgrimage to 2020 Eucharistic congress

The Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) wants the region to be well represented at the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) in Hungary next year. President Bishop Gabriel […]

100 years living in service

The Port of Spain City Corporation has recognised the decades of service by the Corpus Christi Carmelites at the L’Hospice. Neila Todd, a Tertiary of Carmel […]

With Dyslexia, early screening helps

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 According to research, 60 per cent of children who repeat a grade will not finish school. For persons with […]

Coordinator appointed to migrants ministry

The local Church’s ministry to migrants and refugees will receive a boost with the appointment of Simone Francois-Whittier as Coordinator of the Archdiocesan Ministry to Migrants […]

Society of St Vincent De Paul says thanks

The Society of St Vincent De Paul (SVP) held a well-attended Tea party and Fashion Show at the Lions Cultural Centre in POS on Sunday 20th […]

Relics of saints placed at the altar of St Mary’s, Mucurapo

At the re-dedication of St Mary’s RC Church, Mucurapo on Sunday, October 20, Archbishop Jason Gordon placed first class relics of Sts Narcisa de Jesús Martillo-Morán […]

Help students move from failure to success

Become missionary disciples, Archbishop tells teachers What if every teacher at Catholic schools visited the families of two of their students every term? This idea was […]

Become witnesses to all

Challenge put to teens at CCR Youth Rally While on earth, Jesus delivered many messages as a call to mission and it is important that we […]

Lack of funding forces creation of new business unit

What’s in the Society of St Vincent de Paul’s National Council Report presented at the recent AGM   There’s been a gradual decline of local membership […]

T&T needs income generators to grow back pie – Archbishop speaks on Budget 2020

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 Archbishop Jason Gordon is firmly maintaining that no-one should ever be housed in cages nor kept in conditions in […]

Do not bring cancer of disobedience here

By Kaelanne Jordan “Mary’s obedience brings salvation; Eve’s disobedience brings confusion. Which mother is your mother?” Archbishop Jason Gordon posed this question to faithful gathered for […]

New Carib Queen- a keeper and teacher of traditions

The great, great, granddaughter of Pedro Lopez, the last King of the Nepuyo People (Caribs) became the Santa Rosa First Peoples Community’s seventh Queen last weekend. […]

Laity can offer support and constructive criticism for parish leaders

As the Archdiocese of Port of Spain rolls out its pastoral priorities from its Pastoral Plan (2020–25), focusing on Hospitality, Homilies, and Hymns (3Hs), Fr Robert […]

Church NGO responds to Budget 2020

Education and training received the largest allocation in the 2020 National Budget, $7.548 billion, followed by National Security $6.440 billion. This has been the distribution pattern […]

Shame on us! CCSJ on conditions at rehab centre

“A crime against humanity”. This is how the Catholic Commission for Social Justice (CCSJ) responded to the news of 69 residents being rescued from a rehabilitation […]

Caring for ALL our people

October 9 statement from Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ The Catholic Commission of Social Justice (CCSJ) calls on all right-thinking persons to pray and act to rid […]

A “Benedictine” welcome on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

Dom Odo van der Heijdt, O.S.B., the archivist of the monastery, in the year 1937 October 6 marked the 107th anniversary of the coming of the […]

‘Holy Goat’, ‘Believers’ Beef Burger’ at ‘Priests Can Cook 3’

‘Mary has found her lamb’, ‘Pork Chop Con Salsa Batata’, ‘Chicken Lickin’, ‘Piggly Wiggly Pork’, ‘Believers’ Beef Burger’, ‘Barry’s Oink in Wine’, ’Hawaiian Fish Seasoned with […]

New president calls membership to Mission

The Society of St Vincent de Paul has a new executive. Angelique Taylor was the lone nominee for the post of President at the SVPTT’s Annual […]

A “true human being” found in Fr Bunty

Renee Smith Email: parishcomms.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: rsmith_cntt Hundreds from across the Archdiocese gathered at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, San Fernando to pay their last respects to […]

Fire at Princes Town RC School

A fire broke out in the computer room of Princes Town RC Thursday, September 26, at 11:55am.  There was a prompt response by school officials with […]

Seminary honours Fr Hugh Joyeau

The Seminary of St John Vianney and the Uganda Martyrs and its seminarians recently honoured the late Fr Hugh Joyeau by dedicating their students’ lounge to […]

Questions for the would-be preacher

Archbishop Jason Gordon continues discussing key aspects of the homily. The Dynamic of the Text is finding that action in the text, that Christ wants to […]

Magnificat women ponder the Transfiguration

Magnificat exists to evangelise and to encourage Catholic women to grow in holiness through opening more fully to the power and the gifts of the Holy […]

Trinidad students rally for mission

By Lara Pickford- Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: @gordon_lp The Trinidad students’ rally for the first Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) Mission Congress at the Centre of Excellence, […]

Creating safe spaces in schools, Church and society

By Kaelanne JordanEmail: mediarelations.camsel@abpos.orgTwitter: @kaelanne1 Archbishop Jason Gordon has commented on the viral voice recording of an abusive female teacher berating and threatening students at Tranquility […]

Baptism joins you to Christ, like your finger to your hand—Archbishop Gordon to pupils

By Kaelanne Jordan Email:mediarelations.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 “Little brothers and sisters” of Scarborough RC and Delaford RC were reminded that it is their responsibility to make Tobago […]

Embrace the Cross of Christ – Archbishop to four new priests

As he spoke at the latest ordination of four priests on Saturday, September 14 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Archbishop Charles Jason Gordon described […]

Preach to connect with the people

The following is an article on Homilies which takes excerpts of talks given by Archbishop Jason Gordon “The preacher must know the heart of his community, […]

Being a person of God…becoming a nation of God

Last Sunday, September 8, marked the end of the 40 Day Rosary for Life with a candlelit procession around the Queen’s Park Savannah. Archbishop Jason Gordon, […]

Excerpt from the AEC PMS Mission Congress booklet

Missionary outreach to our young people: awareness of the digital milieu The Bishops call us to become more aware that in our changing societies, we will […]

Improving literacy levels in T&T

International Literacy Day, September 8 By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: @gordon_lp International Literacy Day is on September 8 with a focus on literacy and multilingualism. […]

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 […]

True freedom is moving as God moves

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 If your life is not moving towards a deep thirst and yearning for God or a deep sense of […]

Sing the ‘Amen’ with gusto!

We continue from last week, noting that every piece of liturgical music has a function for the worshipping community and assumes a certain form in which […]

‘Season of Creation’ launches in Toco

On Sunday, September 1, parish priest of Toco-Matelot, Fr Raymond Francis celebrated Mass at the Assumption Church, Mission Village to mark the start of the month-long […]

Four to be ordained

Deacons Stephan Alexander, Kwesi Alleyne, Kenwyn Sylvester, and Mikkel Trestrail will be ordained to the priesthood next Saturday. The venue for the Mass, which begins at […]

One RC school opening delayed, others face challenges

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: @gordon_lp St Finbar’s Girls’ RC Arouca was the only Catholic RC school of 118 which did not open on Monday […]

Church takes steps to improve school performance

Story by Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: @gordon_lp Archbishop Jason Gordon met with the Catholic Education Board of Management (CEBM) and school managers, August 15 to […]

Form and function of liturgical music

As we prepare for weekend liturgies, it is important that we pay closer attention to our music selections. The following lets us look at music and […]

Carmelite journey continues for Br Mikhail

The Carmelite family celebrates with Br Mikhail Woodruffe O Carm and Br Paul Richmond O Carm on their profession of solemn vows at the National Shrine […]

RC Schools To Receive Performance Push

Story by Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: @gordon_lp Archbishop Jason Gordon met with the Catholic Education Board of Management (CEBM) and school managers, August 15 to […]

Venezuelan bishop: ‘Gracias, T&T’

by Raymond Syms Email: editor.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: @RaymsCN The Bishop of the Diocese of Carupano – geographically the closest Venezuelan diocese to the Archdiocese of Port of […]

Santa Rosa priest praises First Peoples, asks forgiveness for past sins

By Raymond Syms Email: editor.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: @RaymsCN The celebrant and homilist at Sunday’s annual feast day Mass of St Rose of Lima at the Santa Rosa […]

Your questions answered – Mission Congress FAQs

There has been a buzz about the upcoming Mission Congress hosted in Trinidad and Tobago on September 17 – September 22. We thought of some questions […]

Don’t be afraid to be a saint

Archbishop Jason Gordon has called on Catholics to put aside their fears, trust in the guidance of Mary and become saints. He believes through personal conversion, […]

300 years of religious commitment

On Sunday, July 21, Emmaus Centre, Arima was the venue for the jubilee celebration of five Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny. Surrounded by the daughters […]

Archbishop sees opportunities for development and transformation

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations@camsel.abpos.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 Archbishop Jason Gordon has said that he did not expect the prayers from the 40-day Rosary for Life to […]

Teaching YOUNG MEN to discern God’s call

Archbishop Jason Gordon revealed when he was 16 years old, his powers of discernment were really “not good” for he allowed his “inadequacies” to become an […]

Newly Ordained Fr Jesse Maingot Called to a Radical Life

As he participated in his ordination ceremony at St Finbar’s Church in Diego Martin on Saturday August 17, Fr Jesse Maingot was possibly reflecting on his […]

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 […]

Siparia Boys’ RC take in Gold Cup final

Siparia Boys’ RC take in Gold Cup final La Divina Pastora, Siparia Boys’ RC in collaboration with St Brigid’s Girl’s RC, captured the inaugural Scotiabank/Concacaf NextPlay […]

Good music makes the Mass alive

By Fr Steve Ransome “A hymn is the praise of God in song”—St Augustine. Music is a very essential component of any liturgical celebration. Music in […]

Hospitality beyond the Eucharistic experience

By Fr Don Chambers In last week’s article, I posited that the Church’s ministry of hospitality is grounded and shaped by our friendship or relationship with […]

Maintaining our historical cathedral

The cathedral is once again undergoing further minor renovations. New furniture with appropriate signage will be installed in the narthex of the church where the Catholic […]

25th Anniversary of Caribbean School for Catholic Communications

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 The media has changed so much of who we are as a Caribbean people and has given us such incredible […]

Find your inner salmon

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 Just as salmon continues to swim upstream, against the direction of the waters, and under challenging conditions and circumstances so […]

Looking for a leader? Look in the mirror

By Raymond Syms Email: editor.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: @RaymsCN If you’re looking for a leader, just look in the mirror. That was the message from Archbishop Jason Gordon […]

St Therese Centre for Education and Training:  A community space for migrants, refugees and others

By Lara Pickford-Gordon, Email: snrwriter.camsel@rcpos.org.Twitter: @gordon_lp The St Therese Centre for Education and Training Saddle Road Maraval will be a “welcoming space”, a community centre for […]

Code aims to change political culture

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: @gordon_lp The Code of Ethical Political Conduct was signed by political parties on Monday at Archbishop’s House, Port of Spain. […]

Don’t miss the real meaning of the Mass

Story by Kaelanne Jordan, Email: mediarelations.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 You can get everything right yet still miss the real “intentionality” of the Mass. “You can celebrate it, […]

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 […]

Code trying to change political ‘bacchanal’ culture

Lara Pickford-Gordon, Email: snrwriter.camsel@abpos.org, Twitter: @gordon_lp The Code of Ethical Political Conduct was signed by political parties today, July 29 at Archbishop’s House, Port of Spain. […]

Some Trinidadians Remember

By Kaelanne Jordan, Email:mediarelations.camsel@abpos.org, Twitter: @kaelanne1 Where were you and what do you remember of July 27, 1990? Catholic News sought some answers as the nation […]

Monsignor Julien Kaboré—A symbol of humility, a light in darkness and a nice human being

The Vatican posting of two Africans to serve in the Apostolic Nunciature of Trinidad and Tobago was an “idyllic period”. This is how Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop […]

Nelson Street Boys’ ready for Emancipation competition

Reigning seven-time Sanfest Best African drumming champions Nelson Street Boys’ RC intends to share some “licks” as they compete against some of the countries top drumming […]

Called to live a spirituality of hospitality

By Fr Don Chambers The Archdiocese of Port of Spain recently embarked on a fresh pastoral approach that emphasises three aspects of the Eucharistic celebration, Hospitality, […]

Liturgy school back up at the Mount

Liturgy School 2019 starts tomorrow, Monday with week-long activities of prayer, praise and worship, talks and workshops. This year, the school will be returning to its […]

‘PLAY like Raymond did’

Story by Kaelanne Jordan, Email: mediarelations.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 Family, friends, well wishers and members of the theatre fraternity were reminded that Raymond Sulan Choo Kong would […]

Getting in on the 20 per cent

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@abpos.org Twitter:@gordon_lp How many of us know about the process used by principals for the selection of the 20 per cent, apart […]

Remembering the attempted coup 29 years later

Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@abpos.org Former minister in the National Alliance for Reconstruction (NAR) government Winston Dookeran engaged in “dialogue” with members of the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen in the July […]

Catholic men’s ministry in T&T

Ralph Charles & Fr Dwight Merrick reflect on two decades of Catholic men’s ministry. In 1999, Winston Garcia, Christo Gouveia, Paul Bousignac, Simon Rostant (both now […]

What is the 20 per cent?

Story by Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@abpos.org Twitter:@gordon_lp An analysis by Nigel Henry, Lead Analyst CEO of Solution by Simulation on leaked information on placement for Secondary […]

3Hs – How did we get there?

By Fr Martin Sirju, Vicar General “3Hs? What’s that? Where did it come from?”  Many people have been asking that question. Well, let’s try and answer […]

Transmit Christ’s life to be successful ambassadors

As 53 graduates of the Catholic Bible Institute received their diplomas and certificates, they were reminded to become “reflectors” of Christ and carry their “letters of […]

MAT: putting the pieces together

For the past few weeks, we have been providing information on the new Parish Architecture (how we organise our parishes in the Archdiocese) through the medium […]

Some safety tips from the Children’s Authority

For babies and toddlers Toddlers by nature are curious, and unfortunately lack a strong sense of danger, and this can bring its own unique child safety […]

THINK safety, care for children

The Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (CATT) last Wednesday held a media briefing to underscore for parents, guardians and caregivers to treat children as “number […]

Food, Water, Education: South parishes assist Migrants

Our parishes continue to do the best they can for our migrant Venezuelan brothers and sisters. At the parish of St Benedict’s RC, La Romaine their […]

Leadership conference for you

Story by Kaelanne Jordan, Email: mediarelations.camsel@abpos.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 The Church and world at large are enduring a period of great challenge and change. In such environments, […]

The MAT and Pastoral Council

By Fr Matthew d’Hereaux As we continue the work of building Church in the Archdiocese of Port of Spain, the faithful has been asking, “So, what […]

The role of the Pastoral Council in the new architecture

By Fr David Khan The Church is the living body of Christ. In diverse ways, we all share the responsibility for the mission given to her […]

Fr Joyeau—troublesome, beautiful…all love

Story by Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@abpos.org Twitter:@gordon_lp Some may say he was a bit of a “troublemaker” or a little “cantankerous” from time to time; others […]

Remembering Fr Hugh Joyeau

By Gregg Durham, Carmelite novice in formation in USA It was on my last surprise visit home to Trinidad about a month ago, I walked through […]

The Body of Christ connects us like the roots of a tree

Corpus Christi—the Body of Christ, is like a rhizomatic tree whose roots are intertwined and produces shoots out of which new trees grow. It withstands unfavourable […]

Where are we?

by Archbishop Jason Gordon The process at arriving at our Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan began in January 2018 with an articulation of the problem by clergy deriving […]

The Church has always helped those in need

Archbishop Jason Gordon is rebutting the public’s perception that the Church is doing “more” for refugees and migrants than poor and marginalised Trinbagonians. Speaking during Catholic […]

One Caribbean Church, one people

Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Harris said the holding of a Caribbean Catholic Church synod is “the obvious step forward” for the region to be recognised as a […]

Theology for the Ordinary People— Caribbean Theology Conference, June 24–28

It has taken “audacity” and “courage” for Caribbean theology to develop over 25 years and more of these are needed in moving forward. “Theology is about […]

Fmr Fatima student, parishioner ordained in US

Trinidadian Deacon David Darryl Wong was ordained a Diocesan priest by Bishop Peter Libasci of Manchester together with Deacon Adrian Frackowiak at the Cathedral of St […]

Out of the Valley of Dry Bones

Vicar General Fr Martin Sirju has challenged the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) to establish “prayer hotlines” in all parishes because “people want prayer, they want to […]

Getting the Church out of the Valley of Dry Bones

Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@abpos.org “If we want to renew the life of the Church and get out of this valley of dry bones, we have to be […]

235th Annual Corpus Christi celebrations

The celebration of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi on Thursday begins with Holy Mass at the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah at 8.30 a.m. Parishes in […]

On World Communications Day

A message from Fr Robert Christo – Vicar for Communications For the year 2019, the 53rd World Communications Day took place on the feast of the […]

Confirmation impacted my life, what about yours?

By Renee Smith,  parishcomms.camsel@abpos.org The Church teaches confirmation is a true sacrament instituted by Christ and different to baptism. It is administered by laying-on of hands […]

Questions for the Congress, Mission Month

Every parish community of all AEC dioceses will be provided with sufficient copies of the booklet Baptised and Sent to read and study. The following parish […]

Parishes continue to reach out to Venezuelan migrants

By Renée Smith and Lara Pickford-Gordon Parishes and communities throughout the Archdiocese of Port of Spain are opening their doors to support Venezuelan newcomers in their […]

Church alive: Helping our Venezuelan brothers and sisters

By Renee Smith and Lara Pickford-Gordon rsmith.camsel@rcpos.org, lpickfordgordon.camsel@rcpos.org Parishes and communities throughout the Archdiocese of Port of Spain are opening its doors to support Venezuelan newcomers in […]

The Feast of the Visitation gives a lesson on solidarity and faith

The following is a daily reflection on today’s Gospel by a local contributor. Get your daily Gospel reflections, readings, homilies and much more by downloading the […]

St Benedict’s RC ‘Green Space’ set to flourish

Story and photos by Kaelanne Jordan, Email: kjordan.camsel@rcpos.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 On the National Day of Caring A multifunctional outdoor green space to boost the morale of […]

Students Demand Change

Over 500 students from both primary and secondary schools gathered on the front parking area of the Archbishop’s Residence with banners and posters in hand, chanting […]

Come feel the rhythm!

A platform to feel the rhythm of God’s heartbeat, of time, faith and the symphony of creation will be offered through Trinity TV’s upcoming telethon. The […]

Stop using plastics at Church events

Technology’s total control of us, the loss of our clean rivers and the sense of community gatherings in natural areas, as well as the need for […]

Caratal Sacred Heart’s Netball Success

Sacred Heart RC School in Caratal won the Victoria Education District Netball Competition 2019 against Mon Repos RC on Friday, May 24, 2019. The final score: […]

Excitement at Nelson Street Girls’ transformation

By Lara Pickford-Gordon lpgordon.camsel@rcpos.org Their screams of joy must have been heard for several blocks in Port of Spain as the students of Nelson Street Girls’ […]

Supporting our Seminarians

From Archbishop’s Appeal Recognising the dire need to support the priestly vocation, the Archbishop’s Appeal was given a mandate to support our seminarians. The clarion call […]

Msgr Ventour steps down as rector

Msgr Allan Ventour has been associated with the seminary at the ‘Mount’ for 47 years, as a seminarian, teacher and rector. After six years managing the […]

Challenging lectures for 25th Caribbean theology conference

Story by Kaelanne Jordan, Email: kjordan.camsel@rcpos.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 Theology is not an exercise of the elite as certain expressions such as ‘God don’t sleep’; ‘Heaven and […]

You cannot separate Jesus from Mary – Nuncio

Who are we to refuse the person that God Himself has chosen to be the Mother of the Son of God? This was the crux of […]

Historic beatification for Opus Dei

From the Prelature of Opus Dei A group of persons from Trinidad and Tobago was to join with many others from all over the world, in […]

La Divina Pastora: Leading stray hearts back to Jesus

By Lara Pickford-Gordon lpgordon.camsel@rcpos.org Twitter: @gordon_lp It is tradition for people to visit the shrine at La Divina Pastora RC Church, Siparia to lay their burdens […]

From Venezuela to vocations, AEC discusses its vision

President of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau (Dominica) has expressed concern for the crisis in Venezuela and the concomitant refugee situation […]

Corruption: We like it so?

By Lara Pickford-Gordon lpgordon@rcpos.org Twitter: @gordon_lp Years ago, when I was scheduled to do my driving test to get my licence, the instructor after the driving […]

Earning $$ or just ‘breezing out’ on the promenade

Lara Pickford-Gordon lpgordon.camsel@rcpos.org On May 2, the 50th birthday of cricket star Brian Lara the man after whom the promenade is named, Mayor of Port of Spain Joel […]

Go to confession, it is a “gift”

Speaking at the Mass for Divine Mercy at Santa Rosa RC last Sunday, Archbishop Jason Gordon said people have told him, ‘I don’t have to confess […]

Cathedral Mercy Door closed

A decision was made by the Administrator of the Cathedral, Fr Martin Sirju and the maintenance consultants—after consultation with Archbishop Gordon—to have the Mercy Door at […]

Protecting our heritage structures

Many of our churches are in need of restoration (CN, March 10). Catholic News approached architect Rudylynn De Four Roberts, a member of Citizens for Conservation, […]

Archdiocese to begin roll out of MATs

Roll out and sensitisation have started in vicariates for the introduction of Ministry Animation Teams (MATS) in parishes. The MATs will work alongside clergy and parish […]

Priests are ‘lovers’ – Archbishop

By Kaelanne Jordan kjordan.camsel@rcpos.org Lovers aren’t always perfect but their intention and action of love demonstrate their commitment to love even in the midst of their […]

Thank you and farewell, Fr Baskar

After ten years of committed service to the Archdiocese, Fr Antony Baskar Jayaseelan MSFS, will be transferred to another appointment. Better known as Fr Antony or Fr Baskar, he […]

Priesthood is an offering of love

By Kaelanne Jordan, kjordan.camsel@rcpos.org Archbishop Jason Gordon has thanked priests of the Archdiocese of Port of Spain for the incredible sacrifices they made on a daily […]

Yes to Bill – Archbishop

By Kaelanne Jordan kjordan.camsel@rcpos.org The passage of the Unexplained Wealth Bill 2019 in Parliament Monday, April 9 was a “wonderful” example of how the business of Trinidad […]

Unexplained Wealth Bill “vital” says Archbishop*

By Kaelanne Jordan kjordan.camsel@rcpos.org The move by Government, with unanimous support from the Opposition to pass the controversial Unexplained Wealth Bill in Parliament was one of […]

Archbishop Gordon:  Impossible to live a crooked life when the only line is a straight line*

Lara Gordon-Pickford lpgordon.camsel@rcpos.org Striving for a virtuous life can have consequences. Archbishop Jason Gordon illustrated this disclosing that his father quit a job after being asked […]

Cooler Cathedral coming

Archbishop Jason Gordon has directed the technical consultants attached to the Cathedral to find a solution to make the church cooler. The ventilation in the Cathedral […]

Are you an “undercover Catholic” in your workplace?

Deacon Derek Walcott cautioned followers of Catholicism from being identified only by their attendance at Masses. “How are we manifesting our faith in our workplaces?” he […]

Bloom where you are planted*

By Kaelanne Jordan, kjordan.camsel@rcpos.org Does God allow bad things to happen as a form of punishment? Archbishop Jason Gordon tackled this question in an Instagram live […]

Fr Jeffrey Supersad: It began with a dream…

By Simone Delochan sdelochan.camsel@rcpos.org A dream of laying prostrate on the ground, face down in a church is not a typical one to have, especially when […]

Fr Lindsay John: small nudges

By Lara Pickford-Gordon lpgordon.camsel@rcpos.org The “call” to priesthood doesn’t happen in the same way for all men. For Fr Lindsay John, 43 years, it came as […]

Mount St Benedict safe…for now

By Kaelanne Jordan kjordan.camsel@rcpos.org The maintenance employees at the Mt St Benedict monastery commenced work last Tuesday to change the PVC water lines destroyed by a […]

Ego must go

By Lara Pickford-Gordon lpgordon.camsel@rcpos.org The ordination to the priesthood of Deacons Jeffrey Supersad and Lindsay John was long in coming but God was relentlessly in pursuit […]

Delight for double ordination*

By Kaelanne Jordan The local faith community and well-wishers from Guyana, Suriname, the Dominican Republic and the US gathered to witness the ordination of Deacons Lindsay […]

Calling all men of God to transform church, T&T

By Kaelanne Jordan, kjordan.camsel@rcpos.org The launch of the National Catholic Men’s Ministry (NCMM) does not indicate that men will now “take over” or suggest unhappiness with […]

Church land for Bethesda

By Lara Pickford-Gordon, lpgordon.camsel@rcpos.org Bethesda, for persons with disabilities (PwDs), has received ten acres of land at Todd’s Road/Arena Road in Carlsen Field, Chaguanas to construct a […]

T&T’s first Catholic church in urgent need of restoration

The St Joseph RC Church established in T&T’s first capital is testimony to the Catholic Church’s early history. At 204 (1815–2019), the structure has deteriorated and […]

Endgame of Lent: being closer to Christ

For the Lenten season, Archbishop Jason Gordon has challenged Catholics to observe and practice the three Hs—Hymns, Homilies and Hospitality by listening to sacred music; reading […]

We cannot divorce ourselves—Archbishop on Carnival

By Kaelanne Jordan, kjordan.camsel@rcpos.org Archbishop Jason Gordon has declared that he cannot “remove” himself “entirely” from Carnival and neither should the Catholic Church be removed from […]

Faithful four ordained to the diaconate

THE early morning’s light rain may have been God’s way of showering blessings on seminarians Stephan Alexander, Kwesi Alleyne, Mikkel Trestrail and Kenwyn Sylvester who were […]

Remember gratitude & charity: advice to new priest

Bishop Gerard County CSSp of St Vincent and the Grenadines ordained his friend of 26 years, Rev Ako Trevor Walker CSsR to the priesthood at the […]

Ready to fulfil a Redemptorist mission

Communications Officer Renée Smith interviewed Rev Ako Walker CSsR days before his ordination. THE THOUGHT of devoting your life to Christ is a journey. Some find […]

Children’s Rally to kick off AEC Mission Congress

From the AEC Secretariat For the past six months, the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) Mission Congress 2019 planning team has been meeting to strategise and implement […]

Pray for spiritual renewal

The First Friday of each month is a time of grace to turn to God and implore God’s divine mercy in this plight that our Church […]

Address social issues regarding children’s education

By Lara Pickford-Gordon, lpgordon.camsel@rcpos.org Until legal amendments are made, the compulsory age of education in the Trinidad and Tobago Education Act 1966 is six to 12 years. […]

CCSJ: build a just country, world

Reflect on the causes of injustice in Trinidad and Tobago and the world, and make a commitment to promote justice for all. The Catholic Commission for […]

History shows migrants can help T&T grow

By Kaelanne Jordan,    kjordan.camsel@rcpos.org Archbishop Jason Gordon has maintained that the influx of Venezuelan refugees in the country can be a “wonderful opportunity” if citizens treat […]

Rehabilitate, not legalise*

Archbishop on marijuana issue By Kaelanne Jordan, kjordan.camsel@rcpos.org Archbishop Jason Gordon again reiterated that while he is not in favour of persons being criminalised for marijuana […]

New coat of arms

Bishop Llanos’ coat of arms as Bishop of St John’s-Basseterre differs slightly from the coat of arms as Auxiliary Bishop of Port of Spain. The shield […]

Bishop Llanos ‘weds’ St John’s-Basseterre

By Raymond Syms, Editor Bishop Robert Llanos celebrated his 61st birthday last Sunday and finally ‘tied the knot’ after a two-year ‘engagement’ as Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop […]

Abbot’s doctor pleased with successful operation

By Kaelanne Jordan, kjordan.camsel@rcpos.org Abbot John Pereira OSB is now recuperating “nicely” at the Monastery of Sant’Anselmo in Rome as his surgery for transurethral resection of […]

As Venezuela faces humanitarian crisis: “Respond as Christ would”

As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the LORD surrounds His people from this time forth and forever.’ (Psalm 125:2) We are experiencing a time as never […]

Cluster bids farewell to Fr Harold

The Diego Martin/Petit Valley/Crystal Stream cluster bid farewell to Fr Harold Imamshah at a Mass on January 25 at the Church of the Nativity, Crystal Stream, […]

Strategic Intentions – Big Picture 2019

We move to the implementation phase of the Pastoral Planning process for 2019. Consistent with feedback received as we execute, the emphasis this year is on […]

Fmr Delegate for Youth thanked for Christian witness

A humble former Episcopal Delegate for Youth Winston Garcia was commended last Sunday for his Christian witness to young people of the Archdiocese. A farewell Mass, […]

‘Fr Chris’ celebrates 20 years of priesthood

The man says ‘yes’ to the priesthood but the most precious gift is how God uses the ‘yes’ to allow His mysteries to be known to […]

SVP refutes claims

By Lara Pickford-Gordon, lpgordon.camsel@rcpos.org The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) is refuting allegations made about the treatment of children at the Cyril Ross Nursery, […]

Bishop Llanos’ installation today

Bishop-elect Robert Llanos will today be installed as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of St John’s-Basseterre. He has been the Apostolic Administrator of the diocese […]

Teach youth old-time religion with no gimmicks, Archbishop tells catechists

It is an “awesome challenge” to be a catechist, and a privilege to bring the faith to the present generation. In the past, all catechists had […]

A message from the Archbishop

Parish Pastoral Planning – Big Picture 2019 My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, We have spent 2018 in planning mode, listening to you. Your input has […]

Stand your ground, don’t water down the faith

Catholics at the National Conference of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal were called to stand their ground against mainstream culture and society and develop a countercultural way […]

‘Shepherds’ must be on fire, for ‘sheep’ to feel the heat

Catholic Charismatics were encouraged to embark on a new season of renewing and reviving the Church as “active participants”. Fr Trevor Nathasingh believed that in order […]

Archbishop: Let’s harness children’s imagination, creativity

As he paid tribute to the contribution of the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny to education, Archbishop Jason Gordon urged Catholic educators to respond to […]

T&T WYD group stays in Colon Kuna

A group of 47 left Piarco International Airport last Monday to represent the Archdiocese of Port of Spain at World Youth Day (WYD) 2019 in Panama. […]

Abbot Pereira prepares for surgery*

By Kaelanne Jordan, kjordan.camsel@rcpos.org Abbot John Pereira OSB (in photo with Ghanaian priest, Fr Vitus Mensah) continues to remain positive and relaxed days before an operation […]

God’s Will

By Simone Delochan, sdelochan.camsel@rcpos.org In the space of about a week in the first half of December, three books were released by the local Catholic community. On […]

Gov’t responds to the street-dweller problem

by Lara Pickford-Gordon, lpgordon.camsel@rcpos.org How many times have we seen street dwellers and wondered why the authorities do not round them up and take them to a […]

Millennials want to see witness, not hear authority

Archbishop at CCR conference Archbishop Jason Gordon called on participants at last weekend’s Catholic Charismatic Renewal’s (CCR) conference to pursue and evangelise millennials.He believed should that […]

St Benedict’s to be relocated*

By Renée Smith, rsmith.camsel@rcpos.org Efforts are being made to relocate St Benedict’s College, La Romaine. The 62-year-old structure is severely compromised with the building having outgrown its […]

VG: ‘Holy Innocents’ shouldn’t be cosmetic

Story and photo by Lara Pickford-Gordon The Feast of Holy Innocents should not be a “cosmetic” exercise but a time for parents to reinforce the faith […]

As we were in 2018

By Lara Pickford- Gordon,       lpgordon.camsel@rcpos.org In 2018 the Church was called to respond to the needs arising from the influx of migrants particularly from Venezuela, flooding […]

Justice system requires an ‘architect’

Writer KAELANNE JORDAN joined Archbishop Jason Gordon on his recent visit to three of the nation’s penal institutions. Archbishop Jason Gordon made a promise to clients—formerly […]

Christmas mystery reminds us of God’s love

Amid the bustle on the Brian Lara Promenade Friday, December 21, Archbishop Jason Gordon called for love to be the guiding force in the lives of […]

LWC offers hope for refugee children

By Lara Pickford-Gordon, lpgordon.camsel@rcpos.org The story of a refugee begins with “hope”, in search of a better life to find freedom, protection and welcome.  The Living […]

2018 was a busy, challenging year, says Archbishop*

By Kaelanne Jordan, kjordan.camsel@rcpos.org Archbishop Jason Gordon said since his installation as archbishop last December, 2018 has proved to be his busiest year. It was one […]

Mary—the ideal Advent figure

By Kenwyn Sylvester, seminarian On this fourth Sunday of Advent the Church invites us to enter deeper into the season by looking at a person who […]

Bishop Llanos appointed to St John’s

Pope Francis has appointed Apostolic Administrator, Bishop Robert Llanos to the Diocese of St John’s-Basseterre. The appointment was made public last Tuesday at noon, Rome time. […]

Abbot celebrates Christmas away from home

By Kaelanne Jordan, kjordan.camsel@rcpos.org This Christmas will be the first Abbot John Pereira OSB will celebrate without his Brothers at Mount St Benedict. He told Catholic […]

Archbishop’s Christmas message: Be vulnerable to God

The Son of God coming as a baby is inviting us to know the love of God and to reach out to others. In his Christmas […]

Inmate asks Archbishop to advocate for swifter justice

Archbishop Jason Gordon visited the Port of Spain prison on December 10 as he began his visits to prisons last week. He was invited by the […]

‘Called to Serve’

That’s the title of a new book authored by ‘a woman before and beyond her time’. Simone Delochan reports. The launch of Called to Serve, held […]

Irish Dominican history in T&T

By Lara Pickford-Gordon, lpgordon.camsel@rcpos.org In the digital age, written letters on paper contained in the Dominican archive “may be among the last set of physical artefacts of […]

Embarking on an Advent-ure

By Kwesi Alleyne, seminarian Do you know that God wants to do a work in and through you? A religious sister recently shared that some years […]

Coping with a new economic reality

By Kaelanne Jordan,  kjordan.camsel@rcpos.org When you are unemployed, your life changes radically—professionally, psychologically and financially.  Bills you paid regularly/monthly continue to come in, but your income […]

Live Advent well – Archbishop

By Kaelanne Jordan, kjordan.camsel@rcpos.org Catholics ought to live the Advent season “really well” and prepare for Christ’s coming, Archbishop Jason Gordon said in the final instalment of […]

God chooses humans to do the extraordinary

When God calls us to vocation, He also prepares us and gives us what we need. “We have to recognise the preparation that God makes when […]

Love through God’s lens

By Stephan Alexander, seminarian Like the desire for God, love is a desire common to all human persons. It is also a virtue commonly associated with […]

Connected, working together, in alignment

We thank all parishes, priests and laity alike for organising and participating in the discussions to develop the Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan (APP) 2019–2023 during the month […]

New book on Irish Dominicans in T&T

The Irish Dominicans have a longstanding history of service to the Church of Trinidad and Tobago, much of which has been documented in publications by Sr […]

Educators must recognise learning diversity

By Kaelanne Jordan, kjordan.camsel@rcpos.org Dr Lennox Bernard has urged Catholic Religious Education Development Institute (CREDI) graduates to understand, interrogate and navigate the concept of diversity which exists […]

The role and function of the permanent diaconate

By Fr Jason Boatswain, Director of the permanent diaconate programme History During the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965), it was decided to restore the permanent diaconate to a […]

500 expected for AEC Missions Congress 2019

by Renée Smith, rsmith.camsel@rcpos.org The Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) will host its first Missions Congress for the region in September 2019. Pope Francis is calling upon the […]

Church in Education for formation

By Renée Smith, rsmith.camsel@rcpos.org Catholic education must be considered a domain for formation and not just education Archbishop Jason Gordon told the gathering of Catholic teachers at […]

Give God your best

By Kaelanne Jordan, kjordan.camsel@rcpos.org Altar servers of the Archdiocese were reminded of their call to live lives reflective of a “true religion” which means always putting God […]

Way Forward

By Gary Tagallie of the Office of Pastoral Planning Thank you for helping to forge our Archdiocese Pastoral Plan!  The Plan is expected to be finalised […]

How is Spirituality linked to our Pastoral Planning process?

The spirituality of good and comprehensive pastoral planning is the spirituality of communion. It involves the understanding that ALL of us in the Church and in […]

A message from the Archbishop

DEAR SISTERS AND BROTHERS, This is our Church and we all have a responsibility to find a way towards becoming the Church that Christ wants us […]

Church in solidarity with those on the fringes

By Kaelanne Jordan, kjordan.camsel@rcpos.org Archbishop Jason Gordon is reaffirming that the Catholic Church has always been at the “forefront” of helping people during difficult or challenging […]

Archbishop to Petrotrin workers – Put your hand in God’s

By Renée Smith, rsmith.camsel@rcpos.org Celebrating God’s inevitable love in the midst of challenge will allow you to embrace new beginnings. This message was shared by Archbishop […]

Conversation begins on sex abuse scandals

By Kaelanne Jordan, kjordan.camsel@rcpos.org Archbishop Jason Gordon is hoping the ‘Conversations on Sexual Abuse Scandals’ will yield clarity and the “best solutions” that are “caring” for […]

January surgery for Abbot

Abbot John Pereira OSB is now unable to return home until February 2019 as he is due for surgery sometime late January next year. Abbot Pereira […]

‘French Mass’ helps others feel at home

“Holy Mass is a journey to Our Father’s home, where He always waits for us at the gate, to receive us with opened arms, so that […]

In the beginning

Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu was appointed as the pope’s representative for the Antilles Episcopal Conference in November 2017. Catholic News writer/copy editor Simone Delochan interviewed […]

We are our brother’s and sister’s keeper

As the deafening cries of our vulnerable brother’s and sister’s reach our ears, after years of silent abuse suffered at the hands of clerics and consecrated […]

Archbishop: if all help, all will be cared for

Following is the full text of Archbishop Jason Gordon’s statement issued October 21. As we awake today, the day after the relentless rain and resulting floods, […]

A nation suffers…a nation helps

By Lara Pickford-Gordon, lpgordon.camsel@rcpos.org The natural disaster came after more than 250.2 mm of rainfall on October 17–19, a heavier than normal amount— the long-term average for […]

The bridge-maker

It’s almost a year since Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu was appointed as the pope’s representative for the Antilles Episcopal Conference. Catholic News Writer/Copy Editor Simone […]