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Morning, morning break no bones! - Jul 20 PDF Print E-mail

REGENERATING THE MORAL AND SPIRITUAL VALUES OF OUR SOCIETY

By Vernon Khelawan

In our country today children are being shot and/or murdered, children are being kidnapped, unborn children are being discarded like garbage, teenaged girls run away from either their own homes or institutions and children are turned to street beggars even by their own parents. This, my brothers and sisters, is the society into which Trinidad and Tobago has apparently morphed.

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JULY 20 - ARCHBISHOP'S OFFICIAL + PDF Print E-mail

OFFICIAL

DEAR SISTERS AND BROTHERS,

I ask your prayers for the repose of the soul of Fr George Pritchett who had been ailing for some time and who died last Monday (July 14). I extend condolences to the members of Emmanuel Community which he co-founded with Violet D’Ornellas and to all who mourn his passing. He was determined to be faithful to the teachings of our Church and was undeterred by detractors. May he rest in peace. I appeal again to you to pray for our priests who are struggling with illness.

Work on a Code of Ethical Political Conduct for political parties in Trinidad and Tobago is nearing completion. I head the group of leaders of civil society and religious organisations who have been working on the initiative, which you can read more about on Page 3 of this weekend’s Catholic News.

I urge all married couples, as well as those engaged and preparing for marriage to attend Mass to celebrate this week’s Feast of Sts Joachim and Anne (July 26), parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary and patron saints of married couples. Let us continue to strengthen the domestic church as we seek to regenerate the moral and spiritual values of our society.

+JOSEPH HARRIS
Archbishop of Port of Spain

Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 12:11
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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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