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It’s all about Christ - Dec 21 PDF Print E-mail

Regenerating the Moral and Spiritual Values of our Society

By Vernon Khelawan

In a few days, this society, like many all over the world, will celebrate once again the birth of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The question I ask is: Are you truly spiritually prepared for this significant annual event?

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December 21 - ARCHBISHOP'S OFFICIAL + PDF Print E-mail

DEAR SISTERS AND BROTHERS,

The horrific murder of so many children in Pakistan this past week and the continuing senseless killings here and in other parts of the world threaten to rob us of joy this Christmas season. Let us continue to pray and work for peace, giving off light in the darkness of the world.

There are many people around us – in our offices, homes, neighbourhoods, parishes, on the streets – who are sad, lonely, afraid and despairing. Let us launch ourselves into the messy world, as Christ did from birth. Let us enter into meaningful relationship with those in need of the light, hope and joy that Christ offers. I urge each family to go on mission to someone in need in their community. Let us extend our hearts beyond the boundary of our homes and families and touch Christ in a brother or sister in need.

Please remember that the collections at the Christmas Masses will go towards the upkeep of the priests of the archdiocese. Thank you for your usual generosity and please pray for God’s grace and strength for our priests, and for healing for those who are ill. Please also continue to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

I will host the final in the Advent with His Grace series at Archbishop’s House today (December 21) and I invite you to attend.

+JOSEPH HARRIS

Archbishop of Port of Spain

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 December 2014 12:55
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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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EVENT - Advent with His Grace PDF Print E-mail

Advent with His Grace

 
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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