Easter Vigil (B) 4th April 2015

 Gospel: Mark 16:1-8

When the Sabbath was over, Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices with which to go and anoint him. And very early in the morning on the first day of the week they went to the tomb, just as the sun was rising. They had been saying to one another, ‘Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?’

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Gospel Meditation for the 5th Sunday of Lent

Meditations for March are by Bishop Robert Llanos, Auxiliary Bishop of Port of Spain

llanosReadings  Jer. 31:31-34,  Heb: 5:7-9, Jn. 12:20-33

In this Sunday’s gospel from Jn. 12 the Greeks approach Jesus through his friends and apostles Phillip and Andrew. In other words strangers are brought into the presence of Christ by those who know him and are his friends. Are we prepared to do the same? If so then we must also be prepared to first establish a genuine friendship with God from which Jesus may proclaim “the hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified”. Continue reading

3rd Sunday of Lent, 2015

Meditations for March are by Bishop Robert Llanos, Auxiliary Bishop of Port of Spain.

Readings : Ex. 20:1-17                 1Cor.1: 22-25              Jn 2: 13-25

The Ten Commandments was not the first code of ethics ever written but it is different from any other because it involves the reality of love whilst binding closely together religious belief and moral living. It is the core of the Law of the Jewish Scriptures and presumes the special covenantal relationship between Yahweh God and His people. Because of this a violation against any of the Ten Commandments is not only an act against other people but an act against God. The first three Commandments concern the relationship between God and us, and the other seven Commandments concern how we relate to each other but are in direct relationship to how we observe the first three commandments. It is clear then that how we worship and love God is determined by how we love, respect and reverence each other.  Continue reading

Gospel Meditation for the 4th Sunday of Lent -

Mediations for March are by Bishop Robert Llanos, Auxiliary Bishop of Port of Spain.

llanosReadings 2Ch. 36:14-17, 19-23             Eph. 2:4-10                             Jn. 3:14-21

“We are God’s work of art, created in Christ Jesus to live the good life as from the beginning he had meant us to live it.” This last sentence in today’s second reading appears to sum up the broad message of our salvation as celebrated in this weekend’s scripture texts. The reading from the second book of Chronicles chapter thirty six highlights the fact that the people of Israel broke covenant with God by “adding infidelity to infidelity, copying all the shameful practices of the nations and defiling the Temple”. Continue reading

2nd SUNDAY OF Lent, 2015-Reflections on the Sunday Readings

Meditations for March are by Bishop Robert Llanos, Auxiliary Bishop of Port of Spain   Bio -Robert Llanos

llanosGen. 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18       Rom. 8:31-34             Mk. 9:2-10

My dear friends Lent could be considered a microcosm of our whole lives fitted into six weeks where we gain the opportunity to reconsider the meaning of our lives and the direction it is taking. It is as if we get the Lenten journey right we will get our life’s journey right. With this in mind we reflect on the readings of the 2nd Sunday of Lent focusing mainly on the Gospel of the Transfiguration according to Mark 9: 2-10. Continue reading

Bible Exhibit at Seminary

 Catholic News, Trinidad - Sunday 7th December, 2014

November was designated Bible Month in the Archdiocese but although the month is over, interest in the Bible remains.
On Wednesday (December 10), the Theological Institute of the Seminary of St John Vianney and the Uganda Martyrs, Mt St Benedict, will host a Bible Exhibit at the seminary’s conference room. All are invited.

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The Catholic’s Companion - Become friends with your Bible

Catholic News, Trinidad, 23rd November 2014

By Lara Pickford-Gordon

“Don’t let your Bible collect dust; let it be your ‘daily companion’ through life’s journey.” This recommendation came from Archbishop Joseph Harris, who said the “compartmentalised lives” people now lived stemmed from a loss of Bible values and their forgetting that God’s word was the source of life.

Archbishop Joseph Harris gestures while speaking at the CiW conference. In the foreground is an enthroned Bible. Photo Dymphana McEachrane. Continue reading

‘A privilege to serve’

Catholic News, Trinidad, 23rd November, 2014

AEC outgoing General-Secretary receives papal award

In recognition of his work as General Secretary of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC), Pope Francis has awarded Guyana-born Rev Michael James one of the Church’s highest medals for the laity.

Papal Nuncio Archbishop Nicola Girasoli gives Rev Mike James the lapel pin which accompanies the Cross of Honour awarded to him by Pope Francis. Looking on are Rev James’ wife, Maria, and Fr John Persaud, his successor as AEC General Secretary. Photos Raymond Syms. Continue reading

GENERATION S YOUTH ASSEMBLY

Catholic News, Trinidad, Saturday, 01 November 2014 23:00
Confirmation candidates during a praise and worship session led by People of Praise Music Ministry.

Let your life do the talking – Archbishop

Become authentic disciples, Archbishop Joseph Harris told Confirmation candidates at the October 23 Generation S Youth Assembly, and help other young people become disciples. Continue reading

Share the Word

Catholic News, Trinidad, Saturday, 01 November 2014 22:36
Bible Month begins

By Lara Pickford-Gordon

Share the Word is the theme of Bible Month, being observed in the Archdiocese for the month of November.According to Vicar for Evangelisation Fr Robert Christo, it is being used as a springboard for activities to be rolled out over the next year in support of the Biblical Animation of All Pastoral Life (ABP). Continue reading