A rare privilege

Catholic News, Trinidad - Saturday, 11 October 2014 13:23
Serving in Rome

Trinidadian Matthew Ragbir of Living Water Community, who is studying in Rome and preparing for the priesthood, was among those chosen to serve at the opening Mass of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, celebrated at St Peter’s Basilica. In photo, Ragbir greets Pope Francis before the Mass

Trinidadian Matthew Ragbir had the privilege of carrying the processional crucifix and serving alongside seminarians from Eastern and Western Churches at last Sunday’s opening Mass of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family in Rome. Continue reading

How you pray matters

Catholic News, Trinidad, 14 September 2014 by Fr Martin SirjuParish Priest, Siparia

About ten years ago, the manager of a bank asked me to join in an ecumenical service in his bank. As is common here there was a prayer by representatives of the Christian, Muslim and Hindu faiths. It is how we do things here, or at least so I thought. Continue reading

Good vibes from Rome

Catholic News, Trinidad, 4th October 2014, By Lara Pickford-Gordon

Archbishop reports ‘very productive’ meetings

Rome is receptive to the idea of Pope Francis visiting Trinidad and Tobago, Archbishop Harris has said.

He discussed the possibility when he met on September 13 with the Pope’s Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin. The talks followed correspondence to Cardinal Parolin inviting the pope to visit T&T.

Archbishop Joseph Harris gestures after greeting Pope Francis during the pope’s weekly General Audience on September 10 at St Peter’s Square. This L’Osservatore Romano photo was provided to the Catholic News by Archbishop Harris. Continue reading

Bishop Llanos tells People of Praise (PoP): Hold firm to doing God’s will

Catholic News, Trinidad, Saturday, 04 October 2014 22:09
Winston Garcia presents a token of appreciation to Bishop Emeritus Malcolm Galt, who was Arima’s parish priest when PoP Community was started 25 years ago. Photo Jameel Boos.

“What do we do when we celebrate 25 years of God’s love, mercy and faithfulness in our lives?” asked Auxiliary Bishop Robert Llanos. He answered, “One remains committed and firm in one’s desire to fulfil God’s will in a particular situation.” Continue reading

The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic

By Matthew Kelly - Catholic Standard - Guyana - 19th September 2014

Transforming people one at a time is at the heart of God’s plan for the world.

It is also essential to developing dynamic marriages, loving families, vibrant parish communities, thriving economies, and extraordinary nations. Every time you become a-better-version-of-yourself, the consequences of your transformation echo through your marriage, family, par-ish, nation, and beyond to people and places in the future. It is God who does the transforming, but only to the extent that we co-operate. God’s grace is constant, never lacking. So our cooperation with God’s desire to transform us is essential. Continue reading

Students of the Caribbean School for Catholic Communications (CSCC) have been told to return to their parishes, dioceses and ministries and practise their new pastoral communication skills

Catholic News - Trinidad - 17th August 2014

The reminder came from CSCC principal Bishop Jason Gordon at the August 9 closing ceremony at Emmaus Centre, Torecilla, Arima.

SIGNIS World President Gustavo Andújar addresses the CSCC 20th anniversary celebration on August 7. Photo Enrico De Shong

Thirty-four students from seven Caribbean countries participated in CSCC 2014, which ran from August 3 – 9. Continue reading

Church communicators told: Wake people up

Catholic News - Trinidad - 10th August 2014

Bishop Jason Gordon has called on those involved in Catholic communications in the Caribbean to be “discerning connoisseurs of technology”.

Sr Angela Ann Zukowski assists a group of CSCC participants.

He asked participants in the 2014 Caribbean School of Catholic Communications (CSCC) to consider whether they were focused on discipleship and using technology in service of that discipleship, or whether they hungered for technology and were trying to somehow incorporate discipleship as they satisfied that hunger. Continue reading