DEAR SISTERS AND BROTHERS,
Let me begin by thanking everyone who contributed to making last weekend’s visit by Cardinal Fernando Filoni a memorable experience.
Sadly, the last week has been memorable for other reasons. Individuals in our society continue to vent their anger on innocent lives, including children. We pray that God will grant comfort and peace to those who mourn at this time of year when we should be joyfully anticipating the coming of Christ. It bears repeating that if every Catholic did something for Jesus every day, then Trinidad and Tobago would be a better place.
On Monday, December 9, our archdiocese marks the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, a significant celebration for the Church in T&T. This year there is double reason for celebration as we open the Diocesan Inquiry into the Cause for Beatification of Archbishop Anthony Pantin. You are all invited to attend this special Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Curepe, from 5 p.m.
Monday’s Mass will also mark the official end of the Year of Faith in our Archdiocese. Cardinal Filoni brought with him greetings to the region from Pope Francis and also a mandate to do more in terms of proclaiming the Gospel. This applies in a special way to the Archdiocese of Port of Spain, considered the ‘mother’ Church of many others in the Antilles. I recommend to you Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium” (The Joy of the Gospel), which offers us all a way forward as we continue our faith journey.
I end by urging families especially to use this season of Advent to draw closer together. Whatever you do, do as a family. Have fun as a family, pray as a family, even clean house as a family. Strive to be a holy family.
Archbishop of Port of Spain