As Year of Mercy ends Holy Door closed, but Mercy continues

Catholic Standard,Guyana, 18th November 2016

At the end of a special Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Brickdam last Sunday to mark the end of the Year of Mercy, the congregation carrying candles lit from the Paschal Candle processed out of the cathedral through the cathedral’s Holy Door of Mercy for the last time. Outside they quietly gathered on the steps and in the courtyard facing the Door of Mercy. Bishop Francis Alleyne said a short prayer as the parish priest, Monsignor Terrence Montrose, slowly closed the door shut. Continue reading

Welcome Cardinal Hummes

From Catholic News – Guyana- 15th April 2016

We sincerely welcome Cardinal Claudio Hummes from Brazil to Guyana and we are sure our readers will join with us in praying for him, his delegation and the Church in Latin America.

Cardinal Claudio Hummes is a former archbishop of Sao Paulo and is currently the president of the Commission for Amazonia of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil.

Named to the College of Cardinals in 2001 by Pope John Paul II, he has earned the respect and admiration of the Church in Brazil for the way he has stuck to his task of safeguarding the dignity of the human person by protecting the family and promoting employment which has been a constant theme of his pastoral work there. Continue reading

Highest-ranking Vatican official to ever visit Guyana due April 20


The highest-ranking Vatican official ever to visit Guyana will arrive here on April 20th for a three day visit. Cardinal Claudio Hummes from Brazil is a former archbishop of Sao Paulo and is currently the president of the Commission for Ama-onia of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil.

Cardinals are the most senior clergymen in the Catholic Church below the Pope in the hierarchy. They are Bish-ops of important ‘sees’ (dioceses) and come from around the world reflecting the Catholic Church’s diversity. Some Cardinals may head departments of the Vatican. The title of Cardinal is given by the Pope as a personal decision.

The main purpose of the Cardinal’s visit to Guyana is to present the vision of REPAM, which is the Amazonian Church Network formed in 2014. This also includes discussing the relevance of Pope Francis’ recent encycli-cal Laudato Si (Praise Be To You) to conserving the Amazon and helping the poor in the area. Continue reading

This Church ‘is we own’…Bishop Francis at 60thAnniversary Mass of Diocese of Georgetown

Preaching at a special Mass last Monday February 29th to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the diocese of Georgetown, Bishop Francis Alleyne said as Guyanese look to the next 60 years and beyond they should speak of and relate to the church here in spirit of the famous Dave Martin song “Is we own.”

He felt that the church can give to the rest of society a sure sign and sense of identity, of who we are. History has brought us to a certain place, he said, we are very proud of that and we can stand on that foundation for the way forward. More and more, every person must become involved in every aspect of church taking the owner-ship resoundingly in the words of the song, “This is who we are, this is ours”. Continue reading

Diocese celebrates jubilees

Catholic News, Trinidad, Sunday January 24, 2016 

The Church in Guyana has begun preparations for the celebration of three important jubilees: Guyana’s 50th anniversary of Independence, the 60th year of the establishment of the Diocese of Georgetown, and the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis. Continue reading

Holy Year is a reminder to put mercy before judgment, pope say

Taken from Catholic Standard, Guyana 11th December, 2015

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — On a cloudy, damp morning, Pope Francis’ voice echoed in the atrium of St. Peter’s Basil-ica: “Open the gates of justice.” With five strong thrusts, the pope pushed open the Holy Door, a symbol of God’s justice, which he said will always be exercised “in the light of his mercy.”

The rite of the opening of the Holy Door was preceded by a Mass with 70,000 pilgrims packed in St. Peter’s Square Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception and the beginning of the extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy.

As the sun broke through the clouds, heralding the start of the jubilee year, the pope bowed his head and remained still for several minutes in silent prayer. Continue reading

World Meeting of Families and Papal Visit

Catholic Standard – Guyana – October 9, 2015

Chris and Angie Sukhai – Family and Life Commission

The 8th World Meeting of Families 2015 was held in Philadelphia, the city of “Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection”, under the Theme “Love is Our Mission: the Family Fully Alive”. His Lordship Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB along with Chris and Angie Sukhai represented our Diocese. This event had representatives from all the continents with more than one hundred countries represented. It was deemed the biggest ever. Continue reading

Quotes from Pope Francis in the US

Editorial - Catholic Standard - Guyana  2nd October 2015, by Mike James

Homily at final Mass in Philadelphia in which Pope Francis reflected on a Gospel reading that sees the disciples ask Jesus whether they should rebuke others who are healing in his name. Jesus replies: “There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me.”‘

Love consists in this, not that we have loved God but that he loved us’ first. That love gives us a profound certainty: We are sought by God; he waits for us. It is this confidence that makes disciples encourage, support and nurture the good things happening all around them. To raise doubts about the working of the Spirit, to give the impression that it cannot take place in those who are not ‘part of our group,’ who are not ‘like us,’ is a dangerous temptation. Not only does it block conversion to the faith; it is a perversion of faith!” Continue reading

Pope simplifies marriage annulment process

From Catholic Standard, Guyana, September 11, 2015


Pope Francis has unveiled reforms intended to make it easier for Roman Catholics to get annulments and remarry within the Church.

The Church does not recognise divorce, teaching that marriage is forever.

In order to separate, Catholics must have their marriage annulled by showing it was flawed from the outset.

The radical reforms allow access to procedures free of charge and fast-track decisions, as well as removing automatic appeals. Continue reading