From the Catholic Youth Commission
The Catholic Youth Commission (CYC) wishes to thank all our youth, young adults, adults and youth leaders who attended ‘A Night with Mama’. This blue-and-white peace vigil with Midnight Mass was held at Our Lady of Fatima RC Church, from Thursday, October 12 until the early morning of Friday, October 13.
According to Episcopal Delegate for Youth Winston Garcia, the event was hosted to mark the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparition at Fatima, Portugal, which has had a profound impact on our Church and the world.
The church at Curepe proved to be the ideal venue for, not only is it named after Our Lady of Fatima, but it was also the parish hosting the pilgrim statue of the Queen of Peace which has been journeying around the Archdiocese since the beginning of the year.
The programme for the evening immediately captivated the imaginations of those in attendance with its prayerfulness and variety.
The night began with a wonderful recitation of Marian hymns by Jodel Lutchman, accompanied by John and Miriam Waterman, and Christian Pereira (an altar server). Jenny Lee, head of the Archbishop’s Appeal, was invited to share the inspiring story of how the statue came to the shores of T&T from Ireland.
GRACE Music Ministry responded with a rousing time of praise and worship, leading everyone to give thanks to God. Fr John Theodore CSSp rounded off the first part of the vigil with a message on the importance and value of Eucharistic Adoration.
At midnight, Mass was celebrated to usher in October 13, the anniversary date of the last apparition of Our Lady. The joyful liturgy was celebrated by Bishop Emeritus Malcolm Galt CSSp. Fatima’s parish priest Fr Arnold Francis concelebrated with Deacon Derek Walcott assisting.
After Mass, the Blessed Sacrament was exposed, and the rest of the morning was spent in adoration and prayer. We prayed the litany of Our Lady of Fatima, the ‘Shattering Prayer’ composed by Garcia, and the international rosary. At 3 a.m. the Divine Mercy Rosary was sung, followed by a time of ministry and healing with members of the People of Praise (POP) Community. Fr Francis closed off the vigil at 4.30 a.m. with Benediction.
Heartfelt thanks to Bishop Galt; Fr Francis and Curepe parishioners; Fr Theodore; GRACE for their anointed music ministry throughout the vigil; emcee Trevon Pascall; and POP for their healing ministry.
Most importantly, we say ‘Thank you!’ to everyone who came out to spend a night with Mama – special mention to those from South Oropouche, Siparia, San Fernando and Paramin.
May God bless you all abundantly. May our Blessed Mother cover you with her mantle of grace and protection.