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A timely reminder - Jan 25 PDF Print E-mail

Regenerating the Moral and Spiritual Values of Our Society

By Vernon Khelawan

This brand new call for missionary work by Archbishop Joseph Harris is one that could impact greatly on persons or groups organising activities surrounding the challenging Third Pastoral Priority, Regenerating the Moral and Spiritual Values of Our Society.

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January 25 - ARCHBISHOP'S OFFICIAL + PDF Print E-mail

DEAR SISTERS AND BROTHERS,

Please enjoy the Carnival festivities; take time to appreciate creativity where it exists and also positive lyrics. I congratulate those artistes who, through their songs, performances and lifestyles, are supporting the current road safety campaign of the T&T Police Service by promoting the non-use of alcohol by drivers. I urge you all to exercise extra caution on the roads and at Carnival events. Be safe.

The diocesan priests of the Province of Port of Spain, which includes other Caribbean territories, will meet here this week. I welcome the visitors and pray that their discussions will bring benefit to their dioceses and the Caribbean Church. Please keep praying for vocations to religious life.

Congratulations to all the youth and young adults who participated in last Sunday’s “Mission in Motion” event, which had as its base Our Lady of Fatima Church, Curepe. The archdiocese is proud of you and looks forward to you sharing your experience – and the Good News – with others. Thanks to the Youth Commission and all who helped organise the event.

I will be heading to India on January 25 so please pray for a safe journey and for success in the meetings I will have there.

In my absence, the archdiocese will be in the care of Auxiliary Bishop Robert Llanos.

Archbishop of Port of Spain

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 January 2015 22:17
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Homily - Christmas 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Following is the homily prepared by Archbishop Joseph Harris for the December 24 midnight Mass at the Pro-Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, San Fernando to celebrate the Christmas.

My dear friends, the first reading of the Mass which we are celebrating begins with these beautiful words “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone.” This first reading from the prophet Isaiah first spoke to people of another age, indeed another world at a time when there was great political turmoil in Judah.

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Called to be a deacon? - Dec 14 PDF Print E-mail

My dear Brothers and Sisters,

Just before his passion and death, Jesus told us, “I am among you as one who serves” (Lk 22:27). The diaconal ministry in the midst of the Church reminds us that service is one of the pillars of the Church’s identity as she seeks to walk in the footsteps of our Lord. Three years ago, Archbishop Gilbert ordained the first permanent deacons for service in the archdiocese.

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Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Accompanied by permanent deacon Rev Roy Raghunanan, Archbishop Joseph Harris incenses the altar at the start of the December 8 Mass on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, at the Pro-Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, San Fernando. Photo Jason Regis

Accompanied by permanent deacon Rev Roy Raghunanan, Archbishop Joseph Harris incenses the altar at the start of the December 8 Mass on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, at the Pro-Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, San Fernando. Photos Jason Regis

Following is the homily prepared by Archbishop Joseph Harris for the December 8 Mass at the Pro-Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, San Fernando to celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.

Dear Friends,

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a moment of great thanksgiving for all of us. We thank God for our Cathedral and for the tremendous work of restoration which is coming to its conclusion. Soon our Mother Church, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception will be once again a fitting place of worship and I want to thank at this moment all who have contributed to the work being done. I thank you the individuals and parishes who have financed the various packages being shown weekly in the Catholic News. Truly when this great work is completed the Cathedral will be the People’s Cathedral because all of you, some with your widow’s mite, some with a bit more will have contributed to its restoration.

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Bishops propose mediation - Oct 7 PDF Print E-mail

Dear Citizens,

As the hunger strike wages war on the body of Dr. Wayne Kublalsingh, so do the anxiety levels and causes for concern rise across the nation. The various media reports indicate mixed views but the tone reflects a wounded Trini spirit, hopefully not fatally. As we continue to appeal on humanitarian grounds for a meeting of minds on the issues, which now command international attention, we appeal to that which is noble, sensitive and powerful among us.

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