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Steps to my discernment

By Maria Prudhomme We may wonder how ‘do I begin to discern this call for my life?’ There are a few steps that we can actively […]

I know it will be okay

By Ashley Chin Aleong I was scrolling nonchalantly through Instagram recently and stumbled upon this message that read: “I know I’ll be okay and eventually everything […]

Crafty Catholic Women:

The Christmas Season is almost upon us! Whilst liturgically, Advent is not the preparation for Christmas, for many it is the real time when we start […]

“Orange is the new black”

By Debra Bartholomew He refused to wear an orange tee shirt that day. That day. November 25, 2021. The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, Dec 2

On December 8, we celebrate the feast of Immaculate Conception and I thought a wonderful way to celebrate this would be with a Marian painting. This […]

A Catholic Foodie: The Gratifying Gulab Jamun

Divali is over but everyone loves a good Gulab jamun or ‘big kurma’ as many call it! Try this amazing recipe from Country Kitchen and let […]

What has He done?

By Niobe Rodrigues What have you done? (Jn 18:35, NASB) These were words addressed to Jesus by Pontius Pilate, and they are good for us to […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, Nov 18

Michelle Tappin Davis is the President of the Women in Art Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago, a wife, a mother,a teacher at Hillview college, a parishioner […]

The Barnes Sisters – Badminton Superstars

Meet Danyelle and T’shelle Barnes, T&T national badminton athletes and sisters from St Francis of Assisi RC Church in Sangre Grande where they are presently confirmation […]

What’s next God?

By Maria Prudhomme Have you ever sat and wondered, ‘what does God want me to do in this life?’ In school, we are bombarded with the […]

Cast off!

By Debra Bartholomew I watched him with a smile as he waved goodbye and climbed into the car. He was off to the Anniversary Mass of […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, Nov 11

Michelle Tappin Davis is the President of the Women in Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago, a wife, a mother, a teacher at Hillview College, a […]

God’s call to motherhood

Copy editor/writer Simone Delochan concludes her interview with Candace Sobion. Part 1 HERE “This is the story I think God wants me to tell.” Attending Mass […]

Give your two cents with Love

By Niobe Rodrigues The Merriam-Webster dictionary gives a not-so-well-known definition for the word ‘widow’ as: “a woman whose spouse or partner leaves her alone or ignores […]

A Catholic Foodie: Trini Cooking with Ria

Have you ever heard of the famous ‘Trini Cooking with Ria’ blog? It is a popular international blog that features some of our favourite Trini recipes. […]

Party done, answering God’s call

Copy editor/writer Simone Delochan interviews Candace Sobion who tells a deeply personal story of how God called her back to faith and to motherhood, in the […]

What eyes cannot see, the soul will feel.

By Rowan Mc Ewan Now, for those who don’t know, our Archbishop Jason Gordon was ordained as a Bishop 10 years ago—time sure flies, huh? —and […]

Would I have said Yes?

By ‘Lizzy D’ We can agree that one of the most important roles in Jesus’ life was Mary as his mother and nurturer, but have we […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, Oct 28

Bernadette Hospedales is a parishioner from Tunapuna RC Church. She is an art teacher by day but an unbelievably talented artist and Sculptor by night. Bernadette […]

“I know who I am”

“On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, ‘Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.’ And many rebuked […]

From an Attitude of Gratitude to a Lifestyle of Gratitude

By Maria Prudhomme So, while we step in boldness and confidence, are we grateful? A lot of the times we say we have an attitude of […]

Mom shares experience of son with autism receiving Covid vaccine

By Saira La Foucade I felt moved to share my positive experience of allowing my son who is diagnosed as severe on the autism spectrum his […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, Oct 21

Today we feature another interesting piece by Joy Luk Pat entitled Catalyst. Joy’s work is an extension of her dynamism as a multi-faceted, catholic woman of […]

The Catechetical Agenda Our mission – My journey

By Andrew Fernandes Vicariate Coordinator Archdiocesan Catechetical Office The Catholic Church is on a mission—to teach the Good News throughout the world and bring all people […]

Maria Thinks: “Stepping out in boldness”

By Maria Prudhomme Stepping into this week with boldness and with confidence … Walking with a little more ‘oomph’ in my step because “my Daddy is […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, Oct 14

Today we feature another interesting piece by Joy Luk Pat entitled  “Flow”. Joy is is a multi-faceted, dynamic catholic woman of faith. She is a wife […]

“Thank you” Sr Thérèse Dookeran

Denise Scott I first met Sr Thérèse in 2012. She was a deeply caring soul who was feisty and always down for a little mischief. Needless […]

Praying for Wisdom

By Niobe Rodrigues Wisdom 7:7 begins, “I prayed, and prudence was given me…”, the ‘I’ here is King Solomon who was the successor to King David. […]

The Road Less Travelled

There’s a song I learned when I was a child called ‘Pilgrim’s Song’. It tells the lonely tale of a pilgrim. As I got older, it […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, Oct 7

Joy Luk Pat is a multi-faceted, dynamic catholic woman of faith. She is a wife and the mother of two boys who believes that she is […]

A deeper relationship with Christ through silence and meditation

By Maria Prudhomme The Catholic Youth Commission advertised the programme, “Are you committed?”. I began questioning if I was ‘committed’. I said to myself maybe this […]

Moving Day

By Rowan Mc Ewan Today, my mother, my brother and I are preparing to move out of our apartment. Last night, my mom was explaining how […]

A Catholic Foodie: Mhmmm! Moreish Brownies

Who wants brownies? Sparkle Caddle & Joe’Ella Caddle are sisters who have teamed up to master the art of baking. They belong to the parishes of […]

Good relationship advice

By Niobe Rodrigues In my childhood home, there was this quote on the wall attributed to Welsh theologian Matthew Henry:  “Women were created from the rib […]

Poem: The obstetrix of physics

The obstetrix of physics All I see are Hieroglyphics A whole bunch of random ancient scribbles and relics Always has a way of making me feel […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, Sept 30

This week we feature the third in a series of paintings from the young and absolutely talented Erin Krogh in celebration of the Season of Creation. […]

Cyclist Akil Campbell: A role model to young, Catholic men

By Dante Padmore On September 10, Akil Campbell won gold in the Men’s Elimination Race at the International Cycling Union (UCI) Track Cycling Nations Cup. This […]

Youth in Art: Xande Alexander

This beautiful piece of work is done by the very talented Xande Alexander who is a Form 6 student at Bishop Anstey High School. She is […]

A Catholic Foodie: Golden Garlic Pepper Chicken

This simple garlic pepper chicken dish made by the wonderful team at Klamps catering is made with a few ingredients and can be cooked under 30 […]

The Loyal Catholic

By Niobe Rodrigues According to yourdictionary.com, jealousy is defined as “a state or feeling of being envious or of wanting what someone else has.” In my […]

A mere percentage point

Dr Debra Bartholomew What does that mean, exactly? I’ve often heard people say that Covid-19 has a mere percentage point of deaths worldwide, but is it […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, Sept 23

This week we feature another wonderful piece by the very talented Erin Krogh. Erin is the 19-year-old who said, “I was always the person to question […]

Poem: Mary, Mother of God

By Alicia Hankey Mary is the Church’s universal mother, Pure and beautiful as a rose petal flower, To some she is the mother of good counsel, […]

Patriotism is more than words

By ‘Lizzy D’ Have you ever worn an outfit inspired by our country’s vibrant flag? Have you ever declared that you are proud to be Trini? […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, Sept 16

Erin Krogh, is a 19-year old who while she is sweet and very compassionate, is also filled with enormous depth and understanding and uses her art […]

WWJD? On the subject of inclusion

By Rowan McEwen A while ago, I was doing virtual practice with the Lower Brass section of my Scout Band. There were only three of us […]

Guys in poetry

As we honour Season of Creation Month this year, we remember these masterpieces from last year’s The season of Creation Challenge [2020] Love is why children […]

SHE

By Valerie Bethel I sure everybody here know about the woman in Proverbs 31 According to the Bible she is described as one in a million. […]

Suicide Prevention Month: Lord Hold Me

By Niobe Rodrigues Psalm 116: 3-4 The cords of death encompassed me; the snares of the netherworld seized upon me; I fell into distress and sorrow, […]

A Catholic Foodie: Going bananas for Banana Bread!

Who does not love a good banana bread? If you have ever done a parish cake sale, you must know that the banana bread is always […]

Season of Creation – Healthy Eating Challenge – Gazpacho

September 1 – October 4 is the Season of Creation! An ecumenical, or unified Christian Church celebration, in which according to SeasonofCreation.org, “the world’s 2.3 billion […]

Season of Creation – Healthy Eating Challenge

September 1 – October 4 is the Season of Creation! An ecumenical, or unified Christian Church celebration, in which according to SeasonofCreation.org, “the world’s 2.3 billion […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, Sept 9

Today we feature another piece by Djenessa Jean Baptiste who belongs to the parish of St Michael’s in Point a Pierre. Prior to the pandemic, Djenessa […]

“Just come”… In-person Masses again after lengthy closure

By Lara Pickford Gordon “Be neighbourly, consider each other.” This was the simple request from Archbishop Jason Gordon with the resumption of public Masses from September […]

A Real Talk with the Sport Highlight Real Team

By Joshua Britto On Independence Day I got the opportunity to speak with core founding members of Sports Highlight Real: Staron Timothy, Aaron De Matas, and […]

Lizzy D prepares for the new school term

On September 6, I will return to virtual school with much anticipation to begin my second year of secondary school during the pandemic. I started Form […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, Sept 2

Today we feature another piece by the super talented Dr Debra Bartholomew who belongs to two parishes St Mary’s, St James which was her original parish, […]

I Still Believe in Miracles Pt. 2

Sherisse Alexander is a 23-year-old parishioner of Tortuga RC and suffers from a rare nerve condition called Plexiform Neurofibroma. CLICK HERE to read Part 1 of […]

Find the courage

Thus says the LORD: Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God, he comes with vindication; with divine recompense, […]

What do you love about being Trini?

Gabrielle Miles All aspects of our culture influenced by our rich history including the food, delicacies, togetherness or “all ah we is one” mentality, festivals, our […]

Poem: The World’s Problems

By Thiarry Bartholomew   Everybody’s waiting for somebody to do What anybody could do You could doubt me but it’s true.   You may have a […]

“What do you pray for God to bless T&T with?”

Happy Independence Day Trinidad and Tobago! We often say May God bless our nation, so we decided to ask some Catholic women, “What do you pray […]

Youth in Art: Xande Alexander

Name of  artwork:  Untold Xande Alexander is a Form  6 student at Bishop Anstey High School He attends Assumption RC parish in Maraval Why art? It […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, August 26

Can you guess the church? This is another wonderful piece by the amazing Frances White. This talented, 70-year-old parishioner of Tacarigua RC Church began her journey […]

A Catholic Foodie: Scrumptious Sweet & Sour Chicken

A Klamps Edition recipe Are you ready to lick your ten fingers, and smack your lips non-stop in the kitchen? Then you will be happy to […]

Share the message

By Niobe Rodrigues Have you ever had something to share with someone and when you contacted the person you were informed that they had a message […]

What does it mean to be Committed?

By Kirstin Sylvester When I first saw the ad for the Committed programme, I did not consider signing up. I thought of others who might be […]

Caring for your skin

By Heidi Gibbon Warm greetings to you. My name is Heidi Gibbon, and I am usually very quiet when it comes to expressing myself in a […]

About Integral Living

By Fr Robert Christo, Vicar for Communications During a Sport’s Day, seven-year-olds swarm with a ball in the muddy playfield. The mass of children pushed and […]

A Catholic Foodie: Pleasing Parmesan Chicken

Who doesn’t love Parmesan Chicken? If it’s something that you love but it’s too expensive to buy at a fancy restaurant, especially if you have to […]

Who is ready for school? What are you doing to get ready?

Aaliyah Abraham, 19 I’m currently a Year 2 student at The University of the West Indies (UWI), pursuing a BSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice. This […]

My Grandma Joy

Dedicated to: Joicelyn Bartholomew by Thiarry Bartholomew  You may not have a clue Of all the good things you do For this family and that is […]

I Still Believe in Miracles Pt. 1

BARE – A LITTLE GIRL’S BIG DREAM As I sat to try and compile a series of words that would tell my first of many stories, […]

Getting ready for the European football season

Who is going to win! Our youth reporter Joshua Britto gives us his predictions   1. Ligue 1 (France) – Paris Saint Germain After failing to […]

Am I that different?

Greetings and salutations! My name is Rowan Nicholas McEwen, composer, novice artist, trombonist, and singer. I used to have a dream when I was younger. I […]

Purpose

“The purpose of life is a life of purpose” – Robert Byrne. I have often wondered what is my purpose in life, what was I placed […]

“Good Men”

By Daniel Reyes “Young men these days have no idea how to be a real man!” sounds quite familiar doesn’t it? Perhaps because we have heard […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, Aug 19

This week we feature another magnificent piece by Kristy Galt Franco. It is a very large piece about 51/2 feet by 31/2 feet and is presently […]

My Caribbean School for Catholic Communications experience

By Brianne Gomes As a Youth Journalist Intern for the Catholic Youth Commission, I was granted the opportunity to attend the Caribbean School for Catholic Communications […]

Hold on to love

By Niobe Rodriques This week we are admonished in Ephesians 4:31 “All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must be removed from you, along with all […]

A Catholic Foodie: How fast can you say No-Bake-Chocolate-Peanut-Butter-Granola-Bar?

By Gina Ling of Ranchos Marketing It’s August vacation! This is a great snack recipe for the kiddies! My nieces love helping me make this no-bake […]

Concession Stand

By Dr Debra Batholomew In a way, sometimes, I do wish I could purchase my child’s concessions from a stand much like the one at the […]

Help our sons! We ought to teach boys differently

By Candace Francis Boys and girls vary in several ways, two of which are their physiological and psychological structures. As a result, the behaviour and mannerisms […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, Aug 11

Once upon a time, Kristy Galt Franco used to be a first communion teacher and a graphic artist, but now her hands are filled being the […]

Contemplating the rosary

By Jacqui-Theresa Leiba Many years ago, after having been drawn into wordless contemplative prayer, I found that the traditional way of praying the rosary no longer […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, Aug 5

It was so nice! We are doing it twice! The wonderful work of Leona Fabien, who if you remember Vision (Catholic News’ youth paper) you may […]

7 tips to make your home safer and more welcoming for seniors

By Sherette Almandoz Interior Design Consultant Here in Trinidad and Tobago, our culture is one of family. Many households are made up of multiple generations, sometimes […]

My God has provided for me

By Niobe Rodriques This is my testimony… my God has supplied all my needs. Glory, glory to my provider! [aye-yah] Oh my, Adonai [yeah], forever you […]

The Catholic Church and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

By Candace Santana As we approach the Emancipation Day holiday in Trinidad and Tobago, it is a good time to discuss a topic whispered about in […]

A Catholic Foodie: Cheesin’ for Cheesecake

Did you know that July 30 is international Cheesecake Day? Giselle Best another Catholic foodie from the parish of St Phillip and St James, Chaguanas and […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, July 29

If you remember Vision (A July 29Catholic News’ youth paper) you may remember some of Leona Fabien’s artwork from back in the day. If you are […]

Staying committed

Many people have negative things to say about young adults and their expressions of faith. More often than not, when anyone describes religion and the behaviours […]

Good luck to Catholic Cyclist, Teniel Campbell

The Tokyo Olympics is here and all eyes are on the 23-year-old who will become the first female cyclist from Trinidad and Tobago to compete in […]

Marriage & Family Week: Wives share on married life

This week the Archdiocese celebrates Marriage and Family week and on July 26th we celebrate the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne. They are the parents […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, July 22

Can you guess the church? This is another wonderful piece by the talented Frances White. This 70-year-old parishioner of Tacarigua RC Church began her journey into […]

Best friends who married says “Faith won the battle”

By Christopher & Jeanine Culpepper When two best friends become life partners, faith will always win the battle ahead! Our story officially began New Year’s Eve, […]

Be not afraid…

By Niobe Rodrigues Well I don’t know about you but I’m not afraid My Shepherd He walks beside me all way I will not fear no, […]

A Catholic Foodie: Feelin’ for KFC (Korean Fried Chicken)

Are you salivating at restaurants re-opening on the July 19 and getting your order ready for your favourite fast-food craving? Well, for the last year and […]

Poem: These Four Letters

By Dr Debra Bartholomew These four letters Four letters define my fate CAPE/CSEC examinations June 2021, the start date   The date, June 2021, I hear […]

Poem: Fingers For Lunch

By Dr Debra Bartholomew There’s a new diet fad in town The craziest of the bunch All the teenagers are doing it It’s called “Fingers for […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, July 15

Frances White is an amazing 70-year-old, catholic woman, who proves that life begins after retirement. This talented, parishioner of Tacarigua RC Church began her journey into […]

#BeingTracy – Birthday thoughts & stages of grief

By Tracy Hutchinson Wallace So, this month I celebrate my birthday. Not a unique or significant number. Middle-aged. Old enough to be a grandmother (which I […]

A Catholic Foodie: Preparing Pan de Jamon

Here’s a little boost of Christmas spirit halfway to Christmas not to mention an excuse to binge on Hallmark Channel movies. Pan de Jamon.(pronounced PAN-de-HAM-on) . […]

I am

By Dr Debra Bartholomew I am the mother of two adolescent boys. My older son, diagnosed on the autistic spectrum at the age of three, and […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, July 8

Ruth Naomi Lushington is a beautiful 34-year-old, Artist and a parishioner of St Ann’s RC church. This Diego Martin born lass’, artistic talents seemed to blossom […]

A Catholic foodie: Time for Focaccia!

This week’s recipe is brought to you by Joanne Campbell, HR Manager by day, entrepreneur, and amazing cook by night!  She is also part owner of […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, July 1

“Our existence itself on this planet is an example of how powerful the creator is at its craft. When I tune into this creative force field […]

A Catholic Foodie: Let’s Try Lionfish!

Meet Joanne Campbell, HR Manager by day, entrepreneur, and amazing cook by night!  A past pupil of Holy Faith Convent,  Couva, and a devout parishioner of […]

A lighthouse in a storm

Recently, I had reason to pause and reflect on the state of my emotions over the last six weeks. Well, first I had to recall what […]

‘Death at an online funeral’

By Camille Mc Milan Rambharat Are we there yet? This lockdown feels like a locked-in, five-year term mortgage. There’s nothing more sad and traumatic than having […]

In the spirit of incognito

By Fr Donald Chambers God’s creation overflows with moments incognito. ‘Incognito’ means to hide one’s true identity. The word originates from the Latin ‘in’ meaning ‘not’ […]

Altar servers immerse themselves in prayer

Making our way to the altar with an abundance of heart-felt joy to serve once again during this  unchartered period, we began to realise how fragile […]

My garden… and sin

By Fr Martin Sirju Coping with the seesaw lockdown experiences has sent me into my garden on many occasions. My garden has taught me a lot […]

Care for Creation: Early puppy and kitten care PT 2

By Dr Asia O’Neill DVM God requires that we assist the animals when they need our help. Each being (human or creature) has the same right […]

The Great Debate

From as far back as primary school, I can recall being prepped for debating competitions. The standard practice was that each team would adopt a viewpoint […]

A tribute to my dad

Meet Peter Waterman. He is the father of the effervescent Sr Sarah Marie Waterman OCarm. While that might be enough to earn our admiration, this amazing […]

‘Plant ladies’ – Vilma Jackson

If you are from Tunapuna RC Church, you must know this week’s plant lady! She is Vilma Jackson. At age 77, she is a liturgical lay […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, June 17

There is a famous saying that, “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach” well one person who this certainly does not refer to, is the […]

In my eyes…

By Alvin Peters As a child, when my father walked beside me, I sometimes wondered what other people saw. Some people gave furtive glances, their eyes […]

St Joseph, model of fatherhood today

From the National Catholic Men’s Ministry Many of us see St Joseph as the perfect father. If God Himself had to choose an earthly father, he […]

Listening and Obedience

By Fr Donald Chambers “The saints teach us to live boldly by listening to that gentle voice within” (Matthew Kelly) The root meaning of the word […]

The mental health of our Catholic women

When I read that Naomi Osaka was leaving the French Opens because of her mental health, I was shocked! Surely everyone would understand what anxiety is […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, June 3

Today we are happy to share with you the work of Stephanie Rattan who is a parishioner of St Francis RC Church in Sangre Grande. Stephanie […]

What Corpus Christi means to me

T’shura Chinia Our Lady of Monsterrat,Tortuga Corpus Christi means that Jesus gave His entire body and blood for me so now I can give my entire […]

Silent listening is God centred

By Fr Donald Chambers In last Sunday’s article, I reflected on silent listening as a spiritual disposition that allows us to listen to the inner voice […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, May 27

Petrina Yip Hoi does not consider herself an artist and for that reason, she has never signed a single piece of her art. When asked about […]

Silent listening

By Fr Donald Chambers We live in an anti-silent culture. From birth, we are socialised to resist silence, and this resistance is now fertilised by the […]

To all Confirmation candidates…

From Angelo Kurbanali in the Office of Youth Ministry, Catechist Dear young people, you’re well on your way to becoming a fully initiated member of the […]

Women of the Sunday experience: Debra Bartholomew

What defines your Sunday experience? Research has shown that in many parishes in Trinidad and Tobago, our music ministry comes second only to the homily. We […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, May 20

This week we are proud to present to you another piece by the multi-talented Renee Roberts. Renee has packed up a lot in her 23 years […]

Drawing closer to communicate God’s hidden plan

By Fr Donald Chambers In last Sunday’s article, I alluded to the cramped physical condition of many Caribbean homes and communities in which we huddled together […]

Peeling the onion back– is it fear ?

The silence in the streets with the implementation of the State of Emergency and curfew has not silenced the cacophony of sound emanating from social media, […]

A Coronavirus Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ you travelled through towns and villages curing every disease and illness, at your command the sick were made well, come to our aid […]

Joseph and decision-making

By Fr Donald Chambers Many Caribbean families, including my own, grew up huddled together in small houses. Huddled together in cramped spaces, we grappled with each […]

Drawing Strength from Mary our Mother

By Marina Austin We all know that there are times when the demands of womanhood are very heavy to bear. No one besides our heavenly mother […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, May 13

This week we are happy to present another piece by super talented Encaustic Artist Alicia Nathai – Achong of St Benedicts RC of La Romaine. In […]

‘Mothers of our Fathers’

Happy Mother’s Day to all our readers! For everyone in Trinidad and Tobago, Mother’s Day is usually a time for family get togethers, love, laughter and […]

Poem: Woman of Virtue

By Monica St Hillaire. Mammy… De sweetest sweetest lady. Bearer of true strength and power, Love blooms like ah hibiscus flower. Resplendent as de petals of […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, May 6

This week we are excited to present the Encaustic art Alicia Nathai -Achong a parishioner of St Benedicts RC of La Romaine. For the past twenty […]

Rachel’s Prayer

By Alvin Peters The father tried again to call his older son, Seth, but there was no answer. He had left home the night before. He […]

The Power of Choice

By Lizzie Hernandez From one plant came two branches—one full of green leaves, the other a stick. As I pondered how from one root there were […]

‘Plant ladies’ – Monica Borel

Monica Borel is a parishioner and Lay reader of St John the Baptist RC Church in San Juan. She is also a retired Nursing Assistant who […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, April 22

Last year when racism started showing its ugly head in Trinidad and Tobago; one young lady who did not want to see her country go down […]

Allow God to Surprise You

By Judy Joseph Mc Sween For as far back as I can recall, we always owned one or more dogs for the protection of our home. […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, April 15

Last week we presented one side of the backdrop at St Peter’s in Orange Valley, and today we present the second side, both pieces done by […]

SJC POS Alumni share anniversary greetings and memories

On  April 5 this year, social media was ablaze with the 185th anniversary emblem of St Joseph Convent, Port of Spain. Today, we decided to join […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, April 8

In the midst of Covid 19 Petra Berment found herself responding to tweets by Pope Francis on Twitter, then one day she got an inbox message […]

To the woman who may be wondering: “Where is my husband?”

To the woman who may be wondering: “Where is my husband?” and desiring marriage by Marina Austin “God, where is my husband?” or “Where are the […]

Series: The symbolism of the Paschal candle

By Msgr Michael de Verteuil, Chair of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission. Alleluia! Christ is risen! And here we are at Easter where we celebrate in a […]

What Easter means to me

Six women share their thoughts on this incredible season of Easter! Stephanie Rattan What does Easter mean for you? Easter is about new life, and having […]

Wither the ‘bobolee’

By Felix Edinborough The word ‘bobolee’ might sound strange to the young people of today but when I was a child, one of the traditions was […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, April 1

When Jade Hilaire is not busy being a super mummy to two rambunctious little boys you can find her at her day job where she is […]

Trini family lives Holy Week

As a mother of several young kids, I desired greatly to include them in some Holy Week traditions yet the frustration of taking everyone to the […]

Walking with Lizzie: Welcome home

By Lizzie Hernandez After my run this morning, I was at the Stop sign and really studied this sign. To me it beckoned ‘Welcome home’. Have […]

The black squirrel

Each of us during our lifetime, has created a story in our minds. If we take a Time Out to reflect on the story, we could […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, March 25

VISIO DIVINA FOR WOMAN – Kimberly Williams Today we feature 31 year old Kimberly Williams of Chaguanas who confesses that she still attends her original family […]

Series: Holy Week begins with palms

Msgr Michael de Verteuil, Chair of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission continues a series of articles for the Lenten season. This is the beginning of Holy Week, […]

Art connects us with the Master Artist

By Sharina Gerald A look at society may make one wonder where did we go wrong. At a glance it may seem as though we have […]

Take The Number!

Camille Mc Milan Rambharat Take the number. Decades before cell phones, calypsonian Scrunter advocated for young girls and women to ‘Take the number’. The foresight, simplicity […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, March 18

Today we present to you ‘Las Cuevas Hut’ by Patricia Campbell Although Patricia Campbell is the niece of renowned local artist, Willie Chen, she never saw […]

Series: The Paschal Mystery brings eternal life

Msgr Michael de Verteuil, Chair of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission continues a series of articles for the Lenten season. We continue our look at the prayers […]

Plant Ladies – For the Love of Bromeliads

Every parish has them. These amazing ladies who are great with plants. They support church harvests all over the country, buying plants from other plant ladies. […]

Women of the Sunday experience: Marceline Peters

What defines your Sunday experience? Research has shown that in many parishes in Trinidad and Tobago, our music ministry comes second only to the homily.  This […]

Series: Into the light…

Msgr Michael de Verteuil, Chair of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission continues a series of articles for the Lenten season. We continue our look at the prayers […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, March 4

Today we re-introduce you to 34 year old Tammy Arneaud, a 34 year old, married nail technician who hails from the parish of St Anthony’s in […]

The Story of Two Bougainvillas

 By Judy Joseph Mc Sween The story began with two bougainvillea plants that formed the view outside my French windows.  One plant had never bloomed in […]

2 Step Guide To Maximize Silence For Lent

By Jodel Lutchman For many of us in T&T, Ash Wednesday crept up on us unannounced, and we didn’t even realise it, all because there was […]

Beauty in the ‘Crown of Thorns’

By Delia Chatoor Many symbols are associated with the season of Lent and they include the cross, palms, nails, dry land, loaf of bread, a chalice, […]

Series: Fr Mike on ‘cleansing ourselves’

Msgr Michael de Verteuil, Chair of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission continues a series of articles for the Lenten season. As the Church tells us, Lent is […]

Going deep for Lent with youths and young adults

By Sr Renee K Hall OP The season of Lent creates a space in the frenzy of our lives to enter more deeply into prayer, fasting […]

Suffering teaches us to love

By Ottrisha Carter Ottrisha is an author, doctoral student and parishioner of St Martin de Porres RC Church, Coryal. We’re living in very uncertain times, when […]

Walking With Lizzie: Perspective

By Lizzie Hernandez On this morning’s journey, we saw a mass of grey clouds …. low hanging grey clouds… ominous, wet, cold, grey clouds. It would […]

Our Thoughts … the Real Prison Cell

By Judy McSween In the middle of facilitating a workshop, the alarm on my cellphone sounded. It was with great chagrin I noted that I was […]

Thinking about tithing

Tithing (giving 10 per cent of our income to the church) is not a strict requirement of the Catholic Church – which is something most of […]

Visio Divina For Women: Thursday, Feb 25

Have you ever seen this iconic piece  on the walls of the offices of the Catholic News? You may not know it, but it is done […]

Series: Looking ahead to God’s glory

Msgr Michael de Verteuil, Chair of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission continues a series of articles for the Lenten season. The liturgy, as I mentioned in last […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, Feb 18

Today we feature Tammy Arneaud a 34 year old, married nail technician who hails from the parish of St Anthony’s in Petit Valley. Tammy confesses that […]

Love letters to the Catholic Church

By Denise Scott There is a funny story about me. When I was born, I was very ill, they told my mother to baptise me quick […]

Time Out… The Type 2 Prisoner

In Emma Donoghue’s novel Room, the Room is described as “home to Jack, but to Ma, it’s the prison where she’s been held since she was […]

Do you have the will?

By Camille Mc Millan Rambharat Retirement and death, too young for that? Asked last week by a female caller about my planned retirement age, a long, […]

From God to guys

“Come and hear, all you who fear God, while I recount what has been done for me” Psalm 66:16. When I was 22 years old, I […]

Series: It’s Lent – on our journey to conversion

Msgr Michael de Verteuil, Chair of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission begins a series of articles for the Lenten season. The General Norms of the Liturgical Year […]

God Sees How Unloved You Are Pt.1

By Marina Austin A beautiful message for those who feel unloved and who to want to be loved (Part 1 of 4). Have you been feeling […]

Visio Divina For Women: Thursday, Feb 11

Today we feature the young and talented Patrice Quamina who belongs to the parish of St Paul’s in Couva. Patrice is a third year design student […]

Legacy and letter writing

After having the opportunity to share a reflection on Sr Mary Margaret during her virtual memorial service (via Susan Engel), I decided to re-read correspondence I […]

Altar Servers are experiencing ‘tabanca’ during COVID

Some members of the Archdiocese of Port of Spain Altar Servers’ Council compiled their thoughts as the group navigates through the pandemic, often times feeling like […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, Feb 4

Today we feature Jo-ann Taylor-Smith who is a beautiful wife and mother belonging to the Our Lady of Assumption parish, South Oropouche. Jo –Ann’s story reminds […]

You can begin again

By Lizzie Hernandez At last I roamed my backyard! The cool, calm air mixed with the fresh greenery was a welcomed change from recent environments. After […]

‘You are as important As I am’

By Danielle Boyke That light from within radiates outward and becomes so bright that they wonder who you are. Remember you are a faithful servant of […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, Jan 28

By Denise Scott Today we feature the multi talented Dr Debra Bartholomew for a second week. Debra belongs to two parishes St Mary’s and Assumption… She […]

No greater love

By Denise Scott Fifteen years ago, Giselle Bartholomew’s ten-year-old godson Akil desperately needed a liver transplant. His family had travelled to Argentina as their last hope […]

The Cross and the Eucharist

By Jacqui-Theresa Leiba The cross is the symbol of pain, suffering and death. It is also the symbol of resurrection and new life. It symbolises the […]

Put on your oxygen mask first

Camille Mc Millan Rambharat LADIES-YOUR CAPTAIN SPEAKING: In case of emergency, put your oxygen mask on first before assisting those in your care. Some of us […]

The still, small voice…

By Judy Mc Sween As I drove, I was conscious that the temperature in the car was increasing.  My freshly made-up face had begun to glow.  […]

2021 reminders

Last year, 2020 elucidated the uncertainty of life. As it progressed, there was the acknowledgment that though things are not going according to my plan, they […]

Visio Divina for Women: Thursday, Jan 21

Today we feature the super talented Dr Debra Bartholomew who belongs to two parishes St Mary’s which was her original parish and Assumption in Maraval. Debra […]

Liming with Jesus

By Michael Merritt, parish of St Charles Borromeo, Tunapuna In 2020, we celebrated Easter in a way we could never have thought. Now, in a new […]

‘Rediscover the Saints’ reminds us sainthood is possible

Author/Counsellor, Miranda Dookran reviews Rediscover the Saints by Matthew Kelly In this book, Rediscover the Saints, the author Matthew Kelly challenges both you and me to […]

Visio Divina For Women: Thursday, Jan 14

Today we feature a southern lass, the multi talented   Djenessa Jean Baptiste who belongs to the parish of Point a Pierre.  Djenessa is an Artist, an […]

God balances us

A few months ago, I stepped onto the scale at the pharmacy. After a few seconds, that paper seemed to slide out of the machine and […]

Lessons on giving and forgiving

By Danielle Boyke The words ‘give’ and ‘forgive’ are two simple words, but these are actions we are reluctant to do at times. There are various […]

Enjoy the pause!

By Lizzie Hernandez Pause! In this ever fast, never stopping, always connected life, we often don’t get to schedule in a pause. We don’t seem to […]

Reflect on the Light

By Judy Mc Sween I decided to end 2020 by a taking a time out: time out to relax, reflect, reframe, and rejuvenate. The relaxation took […]

Poem: The Joy of You

By Marsha Alleyne Oh, you must appreciate the joy of being who you are When you look up embrace the night Blue blankets laced with stars. […]

5 career development tips for the New Year

By Camille Mc Millan Rambharat Yes, it’s been an interesting year for all of us and we had way too much time on our hands. Seriously. […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, Jan 7

Happy New Year Ladies! We are back with our weekly Visio Divina experience! So many persons gave us positive feedback on their Visio experiences of 2020; […]

Re-entering our caves

By Fr Donald Chambers “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek” (Joseph Campbell, US professor of literature) Caves are naturally dark, scary, […]

‘Rediscover the Saints’ and teach by example

Rio Claro parishioner Alicia Phillips-Sealy submitted this review of Rediscover the Saints by author Matthew Kelly, which was distributed to parishes during the Christmas season. ************************************************************* […]

Special Christmas Q&A with our nuns

Confession time!!! When I was young, everyone thought I would become a nun when I got older, even me. I spent some of my early years […]

Walking with Lizzie

By Lizzie Hernandez This morning, we started off walking later than usual but due to the time of year it was still very dark, eerily so. […]

What’s missing?

By J’lane Perriera ‘Something’s missing in my life’. How many of us say this to ourselves, to friends or family. You are not quite sure what […]

Christmas memories & recipes

By Camille Mc Milan Rambharat As I face Christmas 2020, my most enduring memory is of my mother as she prepares for her all-night baking, going […]

Parang as domesticity

By Dr Francisca Allard “Parang is not a tune you know; parang is me, you, he and he and he and he … a parang is […]

As parents, should we differentiate between St Nick and Santa?

Fr Michael Rennier We don’t have to choose and we can make a connection between these two legends. Today is the feast of St. Nicholas, which […]

Contemplation

Last week I sat down to write, but I couldn’t. There were so many thoughts and so many emotions that I found it difficult to focus […]

Managing self during COVID pandemic

By Judy McSween “I am a Time Out Specialist” I was really looking forward to my travelling at the end of March, a mixture of work, birthday celebration and relaxation.  The […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, Dec 17

Hey girlfriend, Join us every Thursday at 3 p.m. for Visio Divina! I hope you will find this to be a fun and inspirational journey to […]

We all had mentors before we had a name for it

By Camille Rambharat Mentorship is an important part of my life and every day I am reminded that parents are our first mentors. We mirror their […]

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, Dec 9

Hey girlfriend, Join us every Thursday at 3pm for Visio Divina! I hope you will find this to be a fun and inspirational journey to help […]

Let the Word become flesh again

By Neil Parsanlal Ashanti died a horrible death at the hands of men who are sons, brothers, cousins, uncles, perhaps even fathers. She, like the 42 […]

Pay attention to the words – and the Word

Msgr Michael de Verteuil, Chair of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission continues a series of articles looking at some areas of our Eucharistic celebration. We communicate in […]

Sometimes I Wish I Could Do Nothing … Just Be

By Judy McSween “I think that I need some time away from everything—a few days by the beach, a few days in the country, somewhere where […]

World Aids Day: HIV 37 years later and the resounding silence

World AIDS Day is an international observance on December 1. People around the world unite to show support for people living with HIV and to remember […]

Lesson from my Grandmother

By Camille Rambharat As I write I think about my grandmother, my first and most enduring image of a strong, forward-thinking woman. Strong, beautiful and classy, […]

To Be A Good Wife

BY STEPHANIE RATTAN A wife of noble character who can find?     She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her     and lacks nothing […]

Our bodies: our property to do what we want?

In a Bloomberg article, Margaret Sanger was described as a “female trailblazer”. This is the opinion of those who see her as a saviour in the […]

Education: Grace, Mercy & Opportunity

By Sharina Gerald I see grace; I see mercy; and I see opportunity. This was the message I sent to my friends in the midst of […]

The reason for the season—Advent

Advent gives us a perspective to look at life. We can get caught up in the cares of life, the busyness, that prevents us seeing beyond […]

COVID-19 and God’s merciful love

-Fr Kizito Ameloko VC During this season of the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of us have been affected in various ways. And from the many thoughts […]

Suffering from burnout? Pour love back into yourself

The Catholic News has looked at the stressors of working from home and how mitigate them. Click here for PART 1 to this story In part […]

How’s your work from home going?

How is the working from home going? Has the novelty of sitting at home in your shorts or pyjamas doing work and eating and drinking at […]

Our valley experiences

By Fr Donald Chambers “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death” (Psalm 23: 4) As I listen to countless COVID-19 pandemic lockdown […]

Giving God a chance

By Jameke Brown, aspirant After experiencing the power of God through the Holy Spirit in 2010, I always felt a call to serve Him in a […]

Called to be a dad, deacon, priest

Fr Paul Bousignac was ordained to the priesthood on Republic Day, September 24 by Archbishop Jason Gordon at the St Joseph RC Church, St Joseph. He […]

Cremate me…please?

Ah, the casual conversations in married life. Me: When I die, I want to be cremated. Wife: What? Why? Me: I really don’t want to be […]

Learning to put on the mind of Christ

Contemplation is difficult for many people because they have not developed the discipline. There is even a “commercial mentality”, a busyness which has been brought into […]

Five things to think about on World Day of Teachers

1. To all the teachers, I have not heard of our being considered essential workers but indeed we are. 2. Teachers have always been very resourceful […]

School at home

A short reflection on the new academic year by Gregory Quan Kep, Acting Principal, St Benedict’s College “Behold I make all things new” taken from Revelation, […]

Euthanasia:  Should death be a choice?

Fifteen-year-old Erin Newton recently participated in a ‘Hot Topics’ session on Euthanasia at the Shalimar Student Centre. The centre is run by the Prelature of Opus […]

Turning points in time

The Jubilee Year 2000 was a turning point in time. Amidst glitter and fireworks a new century began. All over the world people were happy, smiling; […]

A Time for Transitions

By Renee Smith God is there in the panic, He is with us now, and He will be with us always – Lois Mowday Rabey One […]

Transforming our broken society

By Ottrisha Carter We live in a society in which a lot of brokenness exists. Whether we accept it or not, we’re all broken in some […]

Holy Mass: Until we meet again…

-By Christine Mahon Second semi-lockdown, churches to be included, faithful making sure to attend the ‘last’ for how long? Nobody really knew. I was not disappointed. […]

Urgent need to create community during this COVID-19 pandemic

The Catholic News continues to examine parenting areas during the pandemic.  In this piece, psychologist Anna Maria Mora offers a perspective for parents and their children. […]

Of angels, apples and Mother Earth

The Editor: It came to my attention recently that two pages of instructions/information concerning a visit to one’s home by five archangels has been circulating It […]

Precious Blood, rescue us

By Ottrisha Carter When we think of Jesus’ blood, we immediately associate the painful image of Jesus being crucified. We are able to visualise Jesus being […]

Trini in a pandemic

Steupsin’ and Segregation: We vex.  But a contained and shock-absorbing kind of vex.  Speculation, but nobody really to target for the blame, nobody to whine or […]

At church for Mass means being ‘home’ again

The Editor: Like most people, I had not been to Mass in more than three months when I recently had the opportunity to book a space […]

Poem: Forever

Hours turn to minutes and weeks turn to days whenever I’m near You. Darkness becomes light and despair becomes hope whenever I’m in Your presence. How […]

Make the ‘rule’ of St Benedict part of your life

He who labours as he prays lifts his heart to God with his hands – St Benedict St Benedict’s motto ‘Ora et Labora’ (prayer and work) […]

“Social Media helped my faith grow”

By Renée Smith Email: comms.camsel@catholictt.org Is your faith life and worldly life separated online? How do you use your online presence to share your Christian beliefs […]

Our Lady, your study friend

By Ottrisha Carter, student Without a doubt, the coronavirus pandemic has negatively affected the lives of students. While some students are struggling to adjust to online […]

BREATHE

His breath was poured into the very being of His image and likeness. Born to live, move, coexist side by side bring part of this kaleidoscope […]

On answering the Call—Fr Ransome’s story

On May 29, 2010 Fr Steve Ransome, a diocesan priest said ‘Yes’ to the priesthood. He shares his journey with us. I grew up in Maloney, […]

Quarantine Blues

By Adéle Stowe St Francis of Assisi parish, Sangre Grande   Isaiah 41:10 it says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not […]

Church Media: A web & God-empowered ministry

By Kristian Luces, Head Altar Server & Communications Team Leader at St Francis of Assisi parish, Sangre Grande Since March, our world has changed completely to […]

Poem: Glory

By Angelo Kurbanali, Content Creator, Archdiocesan Youth Commission You are there, involved in every aspect of my life, Keeping me sharper than the Last Supper’s knife. […]

Poem: Through The Storm

By Terryck Torres, poet, Santa Rosa RC, Arima Every dark stormy night no matter how long Will always end with a rising sun The storm in […]

Poem: Alone

By Ray Anna Romero, 18 years old, student Is it time to live, Or is it time to die, Is it time to love, Or is […]

Poem: God > Your problems

This life is not mine… Living in His grace is my gold mine. So many times, I could’ve died, I’m covered with His blood so I […]

Quarantine Blues

By Adéle Stowe, St Francis of Assisi parish, Sangre Grande Isaiah 41:10 it says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be […]

COVID-19 Faith Journey with Our Lady

By Ottisha Carter Writer and current student for the Communications for the Archdiocese Specialist Training progamme (CAST). During the last couple of weeks, people have been […]

God is with us in COVID crisis

By Ottrisha Carter Over the last couple of weeks, many people have been asking themselves: ‘Where is God in all of this?’. This burning question was […]

I want to be ready!

by Raysha Purcell of St Benedict’s parish, La Romaine. My free will to attend Mass and to even serve as both a Lector and Choir member […]

Going through a depression? Learn and trust.

By Lydia Singh, Santa Rosa parish, Arima. COVID-19 happened and sent the world and my world into disarray. It was as if I went to bed […]

How to stop overeating and avoid weight gain in self-quarantine

If you don’t manage your eating, many persons may find themselves emerging on the heavier side of the scale after this quarantine is over. Registered Dietician […]

Feeling emotionally overwhelmed? Draw, paint, write, squeeze some Play-Doh

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @gordon_lp COVID-19 ‘s sudden intrusion brought anxiety and disruption to routines. Families are thrust together for extended periods and the […]

Welcoming little children

With schools being closed and most adults working from home these days, those of us who are parents are now with our children 24 hours a […]

6 Apps for your Lenten journey

Our Daily Bread The Our Daily Breaddevotional is read by millions of people around the world and is translated into more than 50 languages. Each month […]

Wash your hands and pray

By Renee Smith Growing up Christian, you probably were often told to lean on God during the good times as equally as during the bad. It […]

How Praying in the Wrong Way destroyed my Faith

I’m sharing with you an account of how I completely lost my faith in God by praying in the wrong way. I was facing some severe […]

Pregnancy & Womanhood

On February 26, 2020, Nicki Minaj told the young women at St Jude’s Home that she hid her teenage pregnancy. In a 2014 interview with the […]

What is the state of your finances in the time of the COVID-19?

Fear of the effects of the virus caused a rush to purchase food, and items to sanitise and clean for those who could. Unplanned spending whether […]

Wading into the deep of faith

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 “Where are you along this journey of faith?” Archbishop Jason Gordon posed this question in his homily as he […]

25 Bible passages to confront COVID-19 fears:

Deuteronomy 31:8 The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do […]

Five tips to get through a quarantined Lent

We are at the midway point of the Lenten Season and with the uneasiness surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak many would have already been focusing on several […]

The balancing act of marriage and parenting

By Marsha Gomes-Mckie A couple of months ago, the priest, at the beginning of his sermon asked all couples to sit next to each other. There […]

Four FREE Books To Read Online For Lent

As the COVID-19 pandemic drives us indoors to hunker down with loved ones, what better time to pick up a book. Brett Cassim of Metropolitan Book […]

How To Have A Fulfilling Christian Carnival

Fr Dexter Brereton, CSSp offers some practical tips to guide behaviour during Carnival, bearing in mind that one cannot always simply look at actions and tell […]

The Catholic Church and near-death experiences

There’s a reason people return to life after death. Copy editor Simone Delochan concludes her examination of near-death experiences with a look at the Catholic perspective. […]

Almost gone…

Usually, when you’re ‘gone’, there really is no coming back. But there are those who’ve ‘died’ only to return to share their out of body experience. […]

Confronting the ugly…

By Simone Delochan I remember the photos of women brutally murdered in 2017, plastered on the front page of Sunday Guardian (January 7). The precedent continues… […]

Going down the wrong road…

By Simone Delochan It was a gruesome scene in the late afternoon. Female body parts were strewn in front of me and I couldn’t help but […]

A concept to live by: People are people and they aren’t all bad

It’s another rainy afternoon in Port of Spain with the typical goose-stepping over streams on the pavements, and mighty leaps (which inevitably fail) over rushing water […]

#LifeinLeggings

By Simone Delochan Every woman has been sexually harassed. Take a poll of the women in your workplace or among your friends, and I am sure […]

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