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Revitalising Catholic Culture and IdentityBy Vernon Khelawan

In one of the most magnificent and stirring displays of Catholic culture and identity, thousands of the faithful converged last Sunday on the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva for a special ceremony and Mass to mark our country’s golden jubilee.

Apart from the concelebrated Mass at which Archbishop Harris was the chief celebrant, assisted by several priests, cultural items that formed part of the celebration, for which the large congregation showed its appreciation.

In his homily, the Archbishop, in a direct reference to revitalising Catholic Culture and identity said, the jubilee year was a year of grace and that grace was neither vague nor abstract, but “is expected to be expressed in very concrete ways.”

Catholics in the archdiocese have continued to play their part in the revitalisation of their Catholic culture and identity, while at the same time connecting with the many observances marking the nation’s golden jubilee.

In the run up to this milestone, the Archdiocese set the ball rolling with a concert series – Make a Joyful Noise – and plenty of noise and all joyful at that, did it make.

Archbishop Harris expressed great delight at the response to the concerts, which were actually his brainchild, and declared the concerts were a significant way to mark the important and historical event in this journey of nationhood.

Even if only by sheer coincidence, last Sunday’s celebration also marked the start of a National Week of Prayer, organised by the Inter Religious Organisation (IRO) which will culminate also at the Ato Boldon Stadium. The Church also participated in the week’s activities.

Many activities have been organised to mark this wonderful milestone of our country’s history. The theme of Revitalising Catholic Culture and Identity will be vividly explored next weekend when the Feast of Santa Rosa de Lima, patroness of Arima and all First Peoples is celebrated in style in Arima. Parish Priest Monsignor Allan Ventour is inviting all to attend the ceremony which begins at 8.45 a.m. followed by Mass celebrated by Fr Urban Hudlin OP and a sacred procession through the streets of the borough.

Last Updated on Saturday, 01 September 2012 23:17