This year’s Lenten season for the Laventille Morvant Pastoral Area was characterised with prayer, penance, processions and peace which culminated in the beautiful Easter Triduum.
On Holy Thursday there was the washing of the feet of men, women and children; in previous years, only men were chosen to participate.
The penitential walk throughout the pastoral area on Good Friday was particularly inspiring as the youth of St Dominic’s Church, Morvant dramatised the Stations of the Cross in the street.
Those from the National Marian Shrine, Laventille, performed a spoken-word piece on the Blood of Jesus, and the youth from Corpus Christi Church, Success Village showcased their acting talent with a skit on Noah and the Ark.
The impactful message of listening to God even though you cannot see Him and when it just does not make sense, is a reality that we can all identify with, and was emphasised in the Noah story – building an ark in ‘dry season’. Sunburnt and drained from the scorching heat, we ended with the Good Friday liturgy at St Dominic’s.
Gloria Saturday was indeed glorious and the pastoral area welcomed eight persons into the Catholic faith. This may have been our longest Mass in the history of St Dominic’s, lasting approximately five hours.
We were left with a very important message, ‘Do not be afraid’, which parish priest Fr Trevor Nathasingh indicated in his homily is a phrase cited in the Bible 365 times, a reminder for each day of the year.
Spiritually renewed and revitalised, the pastoral area’s focus will now be on preparations for the celebrations of the centennial year of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in May, and the 50th anniversary celebration of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in our country in June.