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Too much focus on self - Jul 27 PDF Print E-mail

REGENERATING MORAL AND SPIRITUAL VALUES IN OUR SOCIETY

By Vernon Khelawan

At a funeral service last week, Arouca Parish Priest Fr Ashton Pierre CSSp was led to speak in glowing terms of the deceased who, he said, was always willing to help in whatever way he could. He said even after he had learnt he was terminally ill he continued to offer his assistance.

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JULY 27 - ARCHBISHOP'S OFFICIAL + PDF Print E-mail

OFFICIAL

DEAR SISTERS AND BROTHERS,

I begin with Eid greetings to our Muslim brothers and sisters. May God’s peace be with you.

May our celebration of Emancipation Day on Friday be a reminder to us all of the sacrifices we must still make to deepen the freedoms we already enjoy.

Next weekend, we will share in the joy of the ordination of Rev Matthew Martinez. Please keep him in prayer as he prepares to become a Dominican friar and please continue to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

I urge you to read details of the proposed Code of Ethical Political Conduct contained in this week’s Catholic News and other newspapers. It seeks to foster democracy, promote respect for human rights, encourage participation in the electoral process, and promote an election process free from violence. Please join me in praying for its success.

Also, let us pray today specially for our country and in particular for those who lost their lives as a result of the 1990 insurrection.

+JOSEPH HARRIS
Archbishop of Port of Spain

Last Updated on Sunday, 27 July 2014 12:12
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Fr. GEORGE PRITCHETT RIP PDF Print E-mail

Fr George PritchettFr George Pritchett died peacefully in his sleep on Monday 14th July 2014. He was a priest of the Archdiocese of Port-of-Spain, co-founder of Emmanuel Community and spiritual brother of Violet D’Ornellas. The funeral Mass for the late Fr George Pritchett took place on Thursday 17th July at the Church of the Nativity, Crystal Stream, at 9.30a.m. In lieu of flowers, an offering will be taken for charity. Interment will follow at Lapeyrouse Cemetery.

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Solemnity of Corpus Christi 2014 - Called To Live Harmony PDF Print E-mail

Following is the homily prepared by Archbishop Joseph Harris for the June 19 Mass at the Queen’s Park Savannah to celebrate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi.

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New appointments - Jun 22 PDF Print E-mail

I wish to thank Fr Karol Wielgosz OP for the work he has done in our Archdiocese over the past few years. He has been recalled to Poland and will leave on June 30. As we thank him, we pray that God will continue to bless his ministry.

As a result, the following appointments will take effect on July 1:

Msgr Allan Ventour will be re-assigned from Arima to St Joseph.

Fr Ferdinand Warner OP will be re-assigned from Curepe to Arima.

Fr Arnold Francis will be re-assigned from Bourg Mulatresse to Curepe.

Other changes will be made on September 1.

+JOSEPH HARRIS

Archbishop of Port of Spain

 
Disposal of holy oils PDF Print E-mail

Msgr Michael de Verteuil, Chair of the Liturgical Commission, explains what to do with left-over oils.

Each year at the Chrism Mass the Archbishop blesses oil to be used in the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Orders and Anointing of the Sick. Each parish sends representatives to the Mass who collect the Holy Oils on behalf of the parish; these oils are then brought up in procession in the parish churches at the Holy Thursday Mass.

What is to be done with the oils that may be left over from the previous year? They are to be disposed of either by burning or pouring into the ground. They can be burnt by soaking cotton or paper with them and lighting that – some parishes place the soaked cotton in the Easter fire on Holy Saturday night. They can be buried by digging a hole in the ground near the church and pouring the oils in.

The left-over oils are not to be used except in an emergency, and then only by a priest.

 
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