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Regional network working to alleviate the climate crisis

By Delia Chatoor On Thursday, July 28, the United Nations (UN) adopted a resolution declaring access to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment as a universal […]

Household favourites…indoor succulents

You often see them populating garden shops in all shapes and colours. In botany, succulent plants, also known as succulents, are plants with parts that are […]

Take a stand for family morality, parental rights

Q: Archbishop J, who has responsibility for the education of a child? A global movement is spending a lot of money in Trinidad and Tobago around […]

Reproductive health and fertility awareness methods

The Billings Ovulation Method® is used to identify times of fertility and infertility in a woman’s menstrual cycle, so that the couple can plan their pregnancies […]

Migrant integration through sports

By Darrion Narine, Acting Chair, CCSJ and Programme Manager, AMMR The Archdiocese Ministry for Migrants and Refugees (AMMR) supported a migrant football team in the annual […]

You’re so toxic, man’

By Daniel Francis In my time in New Orleans for my undergraduate degree, I was fortunate enough to get a global perspective. One of the classes […]

Advice for parents on health and family life education

When parents hear the words ‘sexuality’ and ‘sexual health’ their minds may go to the procreative act, but it is much more complex. The Archdiocesan Family […]

The importance of silence during the Liturgy

By Delia Chatoor On the Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul, June 29, Pope Francis published a letter entitled ‘Desiderio desideravi hoc Pascha manducare vobiscum, antequam […]

Human being or human person?

By Dr Ryan Corbin What is a human being? What is a human person? Are the two interchangeable? In the past few weeks, these ‘concepts’ have […]

Get your PPE for DIY landscaping

Beautiful landscaping is one such feature that really adds visual appeal to any home. There are many companies that offer landscaping services, but if you would […]

The value of money today

While growing up, you may have heard the saying ‘money these days have no value’, and this was many years ago. Has it changed? In essence, […]

The family in Bethany – a pathway to the domestic Church

The domestic Church is first and foremost a theological concept. It is primarily seen by the Church as rooted in the marriage bond of a man […]

A reflection for Emancipation Day

As Trinidad and Tobago celebrates Emancipation Day today (August 1), we use this excerpt of a paper Fr Stephan Alexander presented at a virtual forum hosted […]

What we must do for true freedom

Q: Archbishop J, what is freedom? For the young nations of the Caribbean, August 1 is historic. On that day, 188 years ago, the British parliament […]

To counter the ‘link culture’

By Daniel Francis I was privy to a conversation where someone expressed their frustration with how a selection was made. He was complaining about not being […]

Forgiveness – the path to freedom

The World Meeting of Families (WMOF) was held in Rome, Italy from June 22–26. The venue for the Pastoral Congress was the Paul VI Hall. For […]

Give our youth space to innovate and create

SOCIAL JUSTICE – rcsocialjustice.org By Darrion Narine Acting Chair, CCSJ and Programme Manager, AMMR World Youth Skills Day was recognised on July 15, 2022. The globe […]

Dealing with violence in the family

The World Meeting of Families (WMOF) was held in Rome, Italy from June 22–26, 2022. The venue for the Pastoral Congress was the Paul VI Hall. […]

Hope for the Caribbean Church

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor Psychologist/Assistant Professor Website: www.mncptcc.com “Go repair my house which is falling into ruins.” More than 800 years ago, these powerful words above […]

Adam’s mandate is ours too

Q: Archbishop J, if the domestic Church has a real liturgy, where does the priesthood come from? Marriage is a very special sacrament. I remember learning […]

Domestic Church – connections and configurations

Q: Archbishop J, why family rites? I have written before that every family—on pilgrimage to be fully a domestic Church—has rites: (1) rite of relationships, (2) […]

Visit to Rwanda – a lesson on forgiveness and progress

SOCIAL JUSTICE – rcsocialjustice.org By Darrion Narine CCSJ/AMMR Programme Coordinator Rwanda experienced one of the worst atrocities in human history 28 years ago. A genocide against […]

The emptiness of evil

By Ronald Francis Evil is nothing. Only good is. The Bible talks often of the fullness of God, the fullness of life. This is because in […]

Family love

The World Meeting of Families (WMOF) was held in Rome, Italy from June 22–26, 2022. The venue for the Pastoral Congress was the Paul VI Hall. […]

School is out, gardening is in!

The July-August vacation period is here once again. When school is out, I do believe that this is an important time to teach children many skills […]

Domestic Church – a working definition

Q: Archbishop J, what is a domestic Church? At Pentecost 2020 we left the Upper Room to mission the domestic Church. The question lingers, however: What […]

Bruno, birth control and billings

What does Bruno, Birth control and Billings have in common? They all start with the letter B, plus we don’t talk about any of them enough. […]

The Ocean: humanity in deep waters

SOCIAL JUSTICE – rcsocialjustice.org By Darrion Narine, CCSJ/AMMR Programme Coordinator Earlier in June, we celebrated World Oceans Day which brings awareness to the biodiversity and importance […]

The education solution – ensure every child blooms

By Tonia Leacock I looked at a survey for the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) and the Concordat, and unfortunately it was not well constructed. I have […]

What does success mean to you?

By Daniel Francis There’s an exercise that I always do with new clients. It is a very simple exercise that helps them better crystalise their idea […]

Families must be witnesses

The World Meeting of Families (WMOF) was held in Rome, Italy from June 22–25, 2022. The venue for the Pastoral Congress was the Paul VI Hall. […]

Life is a journey

SOCIAL JUSTICE – rcsocialjustice.org By Leela Ramdeen Consultant, CCSJ/AMMR & Director, CREDI My many years of service as Episcopal Delegate for Social Justice/Chair of CCSJ & […]

The rising interest in alternative flours

With the recent increase in wheat flour prices, the alternative of utilising root crop flour has been peaked. Cassava and sweet potato flour have become viable […]

Retrenchment, Investment and your Family

By Finbar Garcia, LUTCF, FSS, MFA During the last few weeks, we heard about employees at TSTT and other companies being given retrenchment notices with possible […]

Reaching out in humanity

SOCIAL JUSTICE – rcsocialjustice.org Matthew Pierre, Community Liaison Officer, AMMR The underlying challenge causing all other challenges faced by migrants and refugees is the lack of […]

Biblical Affirmations

By Daniel Francis I am asked frequently how I became a personal development coach. That is a multitiered origin story. One of the major factors was […]

‘My body, my choice’ bubble?

– What we can learn from Abortion and Covid-19 By Dr Ryan Corbin While we continue to battle Covid-19 as a human race, the western news […]

A nation of prayer warriors

By Vernon Khelawan =, vkmoose@gmail.com As I start this column, I want to ask my few readers a single question. Where do they think our society […]

A long weekend of gardening…

The anticipation of a beautiful long weekend filled with festivities is amongst us! For some, it’s the perfect opportunity to start that do-it-yourself gardening project. It […]

Forming Ministries of Consolation            

By Ottrisha Carter The Archdiocesan Family Life Commission (AFLC) hosted a virtual training workshop on Wednesday, May 25 from 7–9 p.m., in which the formation of […]

Prepare to encounter Christ: Holy Spirit, Word, and Liturgy

Q: Archbishop J, explain the work of the Holy Spirit in the prayer of the Church? When we think about the Holy Spirit we think of […]

‘A Time for Hope & Healing’

On Saturday, May 14, the Billings Ovulation Method Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BOMA-TT), in association with the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission (AFLC), invited those affected […]

Taking a deeper dive into the ‘Theology of the Body’

The Archdiocesan Family Life Commission (AFLC) and the Billings Ovulation Method Association of Trinidad & Tobago (BOMA-TT) will be hosting a training programme, ‘A Deeper Delve […]

Families, icons of the Trinity

By Ottrisha Carter The virtual training of members of Family Life Units (FLU) continued April 23 with discussions on school violence and the role of parents […]

On manliness and knowledge

By Matthew Woolford Cecil Williams was born on the island of St Vincent in 1918 and died on the island of Trinidad in 1996. He came […]

Life crises

By Daniel Francis Tell me if this sounds familiar. You tell yourself by X age you will have attained all these specific things. The plan is […]

Treating a grave matter with mercy and compassion

Q: Archbishop J, why is the Church so harsh on women and abortion? Many people believe that abortion is a gender issue. It may also be […]

How do you feel when you listen to the voice of creation?

Have you been moved by the sights and sounds of the Earth? The poor? Your inspiration can be a project for the Franciscan Institute for Personal […]

Rotten fruits of the same tree

Q: Archbishop J, how have we been so accommodating to abortion? The foetus in the womb of the mother is a human life. It has an […]

We have #OnlyOneEarth

By Marcia Tinto Member of CCSJ’s Management Committee This Sunday is World Environment Day. The United Nations has been commemorating this day on June 5 annually, […]

Towards vocations – those Benedictine Sisters from Coubaril

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor Psychologist/Assistant Professor Website: www.mncptcc.com “Tell the young people in Trinidad and Tobago that we’re looking for vocations. Come and join us!” These […]

Puppy-friendly plants

As a recent pet mom, it is always a challenge to keep my puppy away from all things green and chewable. If you own a dog, […]

Recalibrating your NIS and retirement plan

By Finbar Garcia, LUTCF, FSS, MFA Two years ago, I wrote about retirement planning (June 7, 2020 CN) and had many conversations over the last eight […]

Tuesday May 31st: Mary, the evangeliser

Feast of the Visitation “My soul proclaims the greatness of God.” Luke 1:39-56 Blessed and highly favored indeed she was, yet she did not bask in […]

Getting to Know…Annalisa Ramsahai and the Franciscan Institute

Everyone is in the circle By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Annalisa Ramsahai is the Regional Programme Coordinator for the Franciscan Institute for Personal and Family Development, a […]

Empowering childcare professionals to serve

By Dominique Heffes-Doon Integrated Communications Lead, Camsel It takes a village to care for a child. The Catholic Commission for Social Justice (CCSJ) and the Archdiocese’s […]

Financial foundation for newlyweds

By Finbar Garcia, LUTCF, FSS, MFA ‘Dollars and Sense’ monthly columnist   For many couples, during courtship, financial discussions are not the main part of relationship […]

Heavy weight of two ‘rights’

Q: Archbishop J, is abortion wrong? You won’t find a more contentious issue in the western world today than abortion. This has been made more so […]

Roving CFS: learning spaces for vulnerable children

By Darrion Narine, CCSJ/AMMR Programme Coordinator Life has taken many twists and turns over the last two years and for many it has been difficult. Children, […]

Hollow Catholicism

By Daniel Francis I have spoken to many individuals from my generation. There is a growing number that cannot see themselves integrating into church life for […]

Writing in the dirt of our times

By Neil Parsanlal A few weeks ago, I participated in the liturgy for the recommissioning of lay ministers. It was a beautiful liturgy and the wisdom […]

Laudato Si Mi Amore – A special gift for you

Pope Francis begins his landmark encyclical and open letter to humanity, Laudato Si’, with a direct instruction as to how we should love and treat with […]

Parenting with God’s grace

By Ottrisha Carter As part of the ongoing initiatives of the Year of the Amoris Laetitia family, on March 5, the Episcopal Delegate of the Archdiocesan […]

Let’s celebrate Laudato Si’ Week

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI This year marks the seventh anniversary of Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical: Laudato Si’, on care for our common […]

Listening and Journeying Together-Laudato Si’ Week 2022

This year, we join the Catholic communities across the globe in celebrating Laudato Si’ Week from May 22– 29, 2022. The theme, Listening and Journeying Together, […]

On ecumenism – two men for all seasons

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor Psychologist/Assistant Professor Website: www.mncptcc.com   I had not been to St Lucia in a long time, and looked forward to visiting the […]

God is calling – listen, trust, follow

Q: Archbishop J, why is May so special? (Part 2) As I wrote last week, this month embraces three major celebrations: the Resurrection of Jesus—always in […]

Social Justice Commission empowers childcare professionals to serve

It takes a village to care for a child. The Catholic Commission for Social Justice (CCSJ) and the Archdiocese’s Ministry for Migrants and Refugees (AMMR) with […]

God, my homey

By Daniel Francis I’ve always treated God as a benevolent and almighty being that must always have our full respect. This was the thinking that I […]

Make May special with Marian devotions

Q: Archbishop J, why is May so special? May has three major celebrations. Each is vital to the lifeblood of the Church. The most obvious is […]

Valuing workers who are on a mission

By Leela Ramdeen Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI In November 2017, in a letter at the conclusion of an international conference at the Vatican on work […]

The first stone

By Matthew Woolford Harper Lee once wrote, “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy… That’s why it’s a sin to kill […]

Corn – just a-maize-ing!

My earliest and perhaps fondest memory of planting a crop was the first time I planted corn seeds. I recall being only six years old, sprinkling […]

Continue contemplating Mercy

Q: Archbishop J, why Divine Mercy in the height of Easter? Some liturgists have seen the Feast of Divine Mercy, which we celebrated on April 24, […]

Loving motherhood

On this wonderful occasion of Mother’s Day, we would like to thank God for all mothers. The sacrificial love of a mother is something that can […]

A Mother’s Love

By Darrion Narine Programme Coordinator, CCSJ/AMMR “A Mother’s love, you never forget” – Sundar Popo There are pop culture phenomena like ‘Thank you, Mama’ by Jamaican […]

Ending corporal punishment

Saturday, April 30, 2022, was #EndCorporalPunishment Day. Anna Maria Mora shares her view on the issue of corporal punishment. Mora is a counselling psychologist in T&T. […]

Calling all the king’s horses and all the king’s men…and women

By Dr Marlene Attzs, Economist Email: marlene.attzs@gmail.com The fall of the fabled Humpty Dumpty required great effort on the part of all the king’s horses and […]

‘Error 404’: Women and mothers in the workplace

This year, in keeping with the recognition of International Women’s Day theme #BreaktheBias, JobsTT and Progressive (Recruitment Specialist Limited) celebrated women and the strides mothers have […]

The ‘beef’ with meat: the food security and health crisis

By Darrion Narine Programme Coordinator, CCSJ/AMMR Once upon a time, not too long ago, I was a ‘meat mouth’. In every house lime or all-inclusive party, […]

Exposing the ugly truths…

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor Psychologist/Assistant Professor Website: www.mncptcc.com   The word family, instead of domestic, is more commonly used to highlight the gruesome fact that many […]

Swimming sustains Jaleel

By Jamila Cross, athletesdiscovered@gmail.com I am attributing my months of sabbatical from this column to a combination of inertia, Covid fatigue and the illusion of work-life […]

Mary’s gold – flowers for our Mother

It’s the month of May once again where we celebrate all mothers. Mother Mary is our first mother as she was exemplified for her humility to […]

Bare minimum Christian behaviour

By Daniel Francis As a personal development coach, I help foster a heightened level of self-awareness in my clients and myself. It’s a good idea to […]

Beyond the piggy bank…

As children, we were all taught some of the basic principles of saving. We surely had a piggy bank or an old milk pan to save […]

Fatima students contribute to T&T Carifta Games medal count

Fatima boys Jamario Russell, Troy Llanos, Dylan Woodruffe and Jaden James represented Trinidad and Tobago at the Carifta Games in Jamaica over the Easter weekend. The […]

Creation and Re-Creation: An Easter Story

By Shannon Woodroffe In John 1, St John mimics the Creation story of Genesis 1, giving us the re-creation story. Genesis begins “in the beginning”, describing […]

Christ’s Resurrection – examining the evidence

Q: Archbishop J, how do we know if the Resurrection really happened? The whole claim of Christianity hangs on a single question: Was Jesus really raised […]

A blessing in disguise

By Daniel Francis I am a bit of a cafe junkie. I love sitting at a cafe, getting some work done, and running into friends randomly. […]

Families participate in AFLC’s Scavenger Hunt  

By Ottrisha Carter The Archdiocesan Family Life Commission (AFLC) in collaboration with the Catholic Youth Commission (CYC) and the Catholic Commission for Social Justice (CCSJ) hosted […]

Easter changes Everything

Q: Archbishop J, what’s so special about Easter? Christmas may be the beginning of the mystery of Christ, but Easter is its climax. Without it, Jesus […]

Chastity may help curb domestic violence

Domestic Violence continues to plague our country. The Domestic Violence Panel Discussion held online in 2020 by the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission (AFLC) revealed recent statistics […]

The reparation discussion

By Darrion Narine, Programme Coordinator, CCSJ/AMMR On Friday, March 25, the United Nations recognised the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the […]

Which is better: traditional or technology-driven?

In my recent conversations, the debate of growing crops traditionally was compared to the modern techniques that exist for crop production. In this article, we will […]

‘Error 404’ The Dignity of Work and networking

“…in your toil at which you toil under the sun. Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might…” (Ecc 9:9–10) When presented with […]

Sacred oils – essential and vital for life

Q: Archbishop J, why does the Church bless oil in Holy Week At the Chrism Mass every year, the bishop blesses two oils and consecrates one. […]

Register today for Laudato Si’ Animators course

“What I enjoyed in the programme was being connected with those with a similar perspective” – Maria Samad Are you seeking community and an opportunity to […]

Give accordingly…

Q: Archbishop J, why almsgiving? The tradition teaches us that almsgiving covers a multitude of sins. Does this mean we can sin all we want, then […]

Humanitarian implications of the Russia – Ukraine War

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI The Institute of International Relations (IIR) at UWI, St Augustine and the Catholic Commission for Social Justice (CCSJ) […]

IVF…Red card

In today’s society, we are fuelled by the drive to achieve whatever our heart desires. This philosophy has extended to the burden of infertility: if I […]

The push and pull of Life

By Daniel Francis I’m ashamed to admit this, but sometimes I’m not a good Catholic. I went long periods where I did not go to church, […]

All about asset protection

By Finbar Garcia, LUTCF, FSS, MFA As we continue our discussion on the biggest investment asset we own or want to acquire, a house, I want […]

A time to pray and fast for the nation

Q: Archbishop J, why a special day of prayer and fasting during Lent? Consider our world, our nation, your family, and your life. Are we living […]

A space for all – Roving Child-Friendly Space

By Darrion M Narine Programme Coordinator, CCSJ/AMMR   On Saturday, March 5, the Archdiocese’s Ministry for Migrants and Refugees (AMMR) conducted its first Roving Child-Friendly Space […]

Remaining resilient in the midst of the pandemic

By Andre and Gizelle-Ann Hinkson We completed our Catholic Engaged Encounter weekend in October 2008 and were married in April 2009. The experience not only helped […]

Reigniting our call to serve

By Allyson and Michael Dwarka What does it mean to reignite our call to serve as Catholics? Traditionally, we have seen persons serving as catechists, lay […]

A ministry of families

From Kendall and Latoya Celestine, Coordinator couple, CEETT Happy 40th anniversary to our beloved ministry, Catholic Engaged Encounter of Trinidad and Tobago (CEETT)! CEETT is a […]

Our past, our future

From Anthony and Angela Mitchell, Coordinators, CEE Caribbean Catholic Engaged Encounter (CEE) came out of an initiative of Marriage Encounter in 1968, which saw the need […]

The importance of Catholic Engaged Encounter

The family is the most basic unit of the human society, and as such, it requires particular attention by the Christian community so it can carry […]

International Forestry Day (March 21)

Conserving our forests By Delia Chatoor “I think that I shall never see, a poem lovely as a tree….Poems are made by fools like me. But […]

Unholy addiction to social media

By Daniel Francis Tell me if this sounds familiar. You wake up one morning with as much excitement to get out of bed as someone heading […]

Long before the ‘I do’…

Q: Archbishop J, why must we spend 12 weeks in Marriage Preparation? Marriage is the most significant decision you will take in your adult life. It […]

Speaking the truth about women’s bodies

The world celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8, where the call for equality amongst women and men is still being resounded amid all the tragedy […]

Don’t worry, be like St Joseph

The Feast of St Joseph is March 19, which is closely followed by the United Nation’s International Day of Happiness on March 20. This year’s happiness […]

Let’s #Break the Bias!

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor Psychologist/Educator International Women’s Day (IWD) was celebrated on Tuesday, March 8. The theme was Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow, with […]

A discussion on love, jealousy, and envy

The Archdiocesan Family Life Commission (AFLC) aired the second episode of the ‘Conversations on Love’ series on February 14. This episode was titled ‘Love is not […]

Human life is sacred

The social doctrine of the Catholic Church has been described as one of the best kept secrets of our modern times. It is believed that the […]

The nature of truth and postmodernism

By Marc Mollenthiel Post modernism is characterised by scepticism, relativism, or subjectivism regarding all claims to truth. Subjectivism is the belief that truth, or what we […]

Battling the real enemy through reconciliation

Q: How do we live with Covid as we move to an endemic phase? In recent weeks, I have received letters on a variety of topics […]

Get excited! Yes – it’s Lent!

Q: Archbishop J, how should I approach this Lent? Approach Lent with great joy, anticipation, excitement, and consciousness! Our culture highlights comfort, security, pleasure, and power. […]

Man’s perceived value

By Daniel Francis A few weeks back, I went on a date with a lovely woman. It was our third or fourth date in some weeks. […]

Social Justice Commission calls for end to Ukraine war

The Catholic Commission for Social Justice (CCSJ) is calling for an end to the war in Ukraine and for peaceful solutions to be found to address […]

Moving towards Climate-Smart Agriculture

Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) is an integrated approach to managing landscapes, cropland, livestock, forests, and fisheries, that address the interlinked challenges of food security and accelerating climate […]

Justice and Mercy

Q: Archbishop J, is justice sufficient? As children, we have a concept of fairness, which somehow is built into our brain. Sharing of a cake in […]

Synod and social justice

By Leela Ramdeen Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “Do you live what you believe?” —Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi, 1975) The diocesan phase of the global […]

Our grieving nation…

Q: Archbishop J, how do we keep hope in a time of such deep despair? In the first half of 2020 the question was: ‘Do you […]

Parenting workshop on online schooling 

On Wednesday, February 9 the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission (AFLC) hosted an hour-long session for parents titled ‘How to encourage my unmotivated child in online school?’ […]

Participate in ‘Be Mine Moments’

By Ottrisha Carter For some of us, when we think about the month of February, we immediately think of Valentine’s Day. Although this special day falls […]

Climate stewards: honour our gifts and redeem the land

Racquel Moses UNFCC Global Ambassador and CEO, Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator shares her reflections on COP26 If you follow regional and global news, last November you may […]

What happens when you doubt God?

By Daniel Francis Any believers of divine intervention? Divine intervention can be defined as God sending you a message in the form of a sign. This […]

In the afterlife

Q: Archbishop J, why do you believe that God exists (part 12)? Consider the ultimate question! What happens when you die? Is there just an exhale […]

‘Love’ issues

Whilst we do not have a ‘two-child’ policy here in Trinidad and Tobago, universally, this number of offspring (or less) has been realised by many couples […]

Give not in your name, give in the name of God

social justice – rcsocialjustice.org As we journey through the Synod together, the CCSJ recommends that each member of our Church adopts an approach of listening, not […]

Ever heard of ‘wild marjoram’? Get to know your herbs

Herbs are broadly defined as any type of plant material used for scent or flavour or medicinal or spiritual purposes. Thousands of herbs are used all […]

One from ten…

By Matthew Woolford On March 25, Rosanna Poon-Kumar shall be solving quadratic equations on the black or whiteboard for the last time at St Mary’s College. […]

Let’s find a humane way to address the migrant situation – CCSJ on infant’s deat

The Catholic Commission for Social Justice (CCSJ) and the Archdiocese’s Ministry for Migrants and Refugees (AMMR) extend deepest condolences to the family and all those affected […]

‘Error 404’ What do we do when our career path does not load?

A letter to your younger self was the turning point for the reflection of the virtual session conducted by the recruitment firm, JobsTT & Progressive Recruitment […]

Newlyweds and the ‛I Dos’ of money

By Finbar Garcia, LUTCF, FSS, MFA Financial planning for young married couples and those planning to get married, is of paramount importance. Money can be a […]

The source is in the scriptures

Q: Archbishop J, why do you believe that God exists (part 11)? The Magi read from the book of creation, and it got them to Jerusalem. […]

Strengthening family life during the pandemic                

By Ottrisha Carter During the pandemic, the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission (AFLC) has made use of technology to continue providing services and opportunities for families. Tricia […]

Peace be with you

Social Justice: rcsocialjustice.org “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace” (Is 52:7). On February 4, the United Nations (UN) […]

I’ve encountered the living God

Q: Archbishop J, why do you believe that God exists (part 10)? You may say I am writing all this because I am a priest and […]

Hope… even if!

By Trudy Nicome “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not […]

What we bring to Life

By Richard Thompson Years ago, there was a young emotional man, full of change, full of passion—a teenager just starting his life. He was gentle but […]

Dry season means ‘wild’ market prices

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service declared the start of this year’s Dry Season on January 6, 2022. According to the Met Office, compared to 2021 […]

A guide for our lives

Q: Archbishop J, why do you believe that God exists (part 9)? We have looked at the challenge of belief and unbelief from many different perspectives. […]

Working together to alleviate poverty

By Dominique Heffes-Doon CCSJ/AMMR   To commemorate World Day of the Poor, November 14, 2021, CCSJ hosted, with His Grace, an interfaith conversation, comprised of key […]

Love has found its way

By Matthew Woolford Travelling to St Ann’s RC Church one weekday for my pre-Covid habit of afternoon Mass, I heard a passenger lament, as the taxi […]

Care for creation: The argument for spaying and neutering

Dr Asia O’Neill Surgical procedures can range from elective surgeries to emergency procedures. Neutering is an elective procedure that is widely used as a means of […]

Priest pays tribute to late Deon Lendore

By Fr Steve Duncan I first met Arima-born Deon Lendore at the Santa Rosa Parish office, on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. He was visiting his family […]

The resilience of religion

Q: Archbishop J, why do you believe that God exists (part 8)? Have you ever wondered why we humans have a concept of God? Why there […]

Harmony How-to: Integral Human Development

A fruit of the Holy Spirit is peace. The path to the Spirit is “integral human development”, which is a key component of Catholic Social doctrine. […]

The power of autonomy

By Dr Ryan Corbin In today’s society, especially in the political arena, human rights are at the forefront of most discussions, and rightly so. There is […]

Healthy family life in uncertain times

By Alicia Hoyte, MSc Clinical Psychologist Parenting in a pandemic has left us feeling vulnerable, uncertain, and anxious about the long-term impact on our children and […]

The Grow Room Initiative

After decades of steady decline, the number of people who suffer from hunger, as measured by the prevalence of undernourishment, began to slowly increase again in […]

God always was, is and will be

Q: Archbishop J, why do you believe that God exists (part 7)? While walking the Camino de Santiago in 2016, I met a young man from […]

Our Baptism and the BOM – what’s the link?

Today is the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord and liturgically-speaking, the last day of the Christmas Season. But it is not the last day […]

T&T needs to address food security

SOCIAL JUSTICE – rcsocialjustice.org “God must be a Trini.” He is fully present and experiencing life with each person in our nation. Our diversity in race, […]

Faith as a young Catholic in the pandemic

By Christopher Mohammed   What is the first thing we think about when going to church? Is it how long Mass will be? Or what season […]

A new year resolution you need to keep

By Finbar Garcia, LUTCF, FSS, MFA Happy New Year! After another challenging year 2021, what have we learnt or plan to do differently in 2022? Covid-19 […]

Give the gift of Love

By Darrion M Narine Programme Coordinator, CCSJ/AMMR On the darkest day, the star of wonder must continue to burn bright. The world is going through a […]

A Christmas miracle – when enemies became brothers

By Tony Magliano, tmag6@comcast.net As the first Christmas of World War I approached, Pope Benedict XV on December 7, 1914, asked the leaders of all warring […]

Pet care and pyrotechnics

By Dr Asia O’Neill The holiday season is upon us and there are many celebratory activities in store for the upcoming time. For us, this may […]

Contemplate the crèche and our God constructs

Q: Archbishop J, why do you believe that God exists (part 6)? The Christmas mystery For God to become a baby, born of a woman is […]

Let’s Spread Love This Christmas

By Marcia Tinto, Member, CCSJ & AMMR Christmas is a stressful time for families who are on strict budgets and especially for those surviving below the […]

Skepticism & Conspiracy Theories… Friends or Foes?

By Marc Mollenthiel In the modern era, scepticism of the religious impulse appears to be the voice of reason, often viewed as synonymous with rationality. This […]

Faith and Reason – inseparable

Q: Archbishop J, why do you believe God exists (part 5)? Many modern thinkers have proposed that faith and reason are diametrically opposed. If you have […]

Spruce up with Christmas plants

As the world-altering Covid-19 pandemic evolves, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced it has designated the new strain a “variant of concern” and named it Omicron. […]

A time to share and care

by Vernon Khelawan, vkmoose@gmail.com We are now within days of celebrating Christmas 2021. Like the holiday season of 2020, we remain in the throes of the […]

Living between faith and doubt

Q: Archbishop J, why do you believe that God exists (part 4)? Blaise Pascal was a 17th century philosopher, theologian, and mathematician. Trying to build a […]

We are one

The annual Spoken Word Competition organised by the Catholic Commission for Social Justice was held Saturday, November 20 under the theme The Ever Wider We.  Here […]

Moving forward: Learning from the Book of Daniel

By Hedy Tenia The Billings Ovulation Method® (BOM) advocates a natural fertility method of regulating or managing the couple’s ability to conceive a child. The BOM […]

Creating waves in Special Olympics swimming

By Jamila Cross athletesdiscovered@gmail.com Deep passion and commitment to see a son with special needs thrive has driven Simone Soo Ting-Bethel to develop a strong voice […]

Parental abuse by adult children

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor, Psychologist/Educator Almost every week, I hear of reports of parental abuse by adult children, especially against mothers and grandmothers. Is this an […]

Life – chance or design?

Q: Archbishop J, why do you believe that God exists (part 3)? Modern atheism and the conflict between faith and science reached a crescendo with the […]

‘She doh know nah…’

The annual Spoken Word Competition organised by the Catholic Commission for Social Justice was held Saturday, November 20 under the theme The Ever Wider We. Here […]

Blessed are the poor?

By Matthew Woolford When church was reopened a few weeks ago to physical attendance at worship, I made my way to the Cathedral, Independence Square, Port […]

‘Foodemic’ in the pandemic

By Vernon Khelawan, vkmoose@gmail.com Several months ago, almost at the onset of the vicious Covid-19 pandemic last year, I told my wife that shopping, for whatever, […]

‘Meh Christmas money’

By Finbar Garcia, LUTCF, FSS, MFA It’s that time again—trying to stretch your dollar, gifts to buy, delicious meals for the family, ham, pastelle, sorrel and […]

In the beginning….

Q: Archbishop J, why do you believe that God exists (part 2)? Everything that exists has a beginning. This is a simple statement with many profound […]

The Wider We

The annual Spoken Word Competition organised by the Catholic Commission for Social Justice was held Saturday, November 20 under the theme The Ever Wider We. Here […]

Worship – what is the question

By Marc Mollenthiel Why worship? Should worship have a place in ordering our society? I am not only going to offer an answer to these questions, […]

Smart Advent shopping during a pandemic

The Season of Advent is once again upon us. There are four Sundays before Christmas, and the season is a particularly important time in the Church […]

A lesson for social justice movements today

By Fr Curtis G Poyer, CCSJ/AMMR During the 1980s, human rights movements emerged in many parts of Latin America and the Caribbean. This was because from […]

Belief and Unbelief

There are some people who do not have even a minimal foundation. They simply do not believe. And they do not want to believe. God gave […]

Religious leaders address poverty

By Klysha Best The Catholic Commission for Social Justice (CCSJ)/ Archdiocesan Ministry for Migrants and Refugees (AMMR) hosted a virtual session to discuss the fifth World […]

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 […]

Accompaniment is key to learning about NFP

The use of Natural Family Planning (NFP) is supported and encouraged by the Church. At BOMA-TT we strive to offer “competent, compassionate, patient” teaching of the […]

Promoting the dignity of the poor and vulnerable

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & AMMR “The measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those most in need, […]

CFC’s marriage retreat – we all need some on-the-job training

My wife and I attended a marriage retreat in the comfort of our home. It was a retreat hosted by Couples for Christ and featured ‘The […]

Are all religions equal?

By Sasha Woodroffe “All religions are equal paths to the same God.” “God just chooses to reveal Himself to different people in different ways.” “Your religion […]

THEME: The poor you will always have with you, Mark 14:7

Suggested format for service in parishes and schools, homes, prayer groups…wherever the family of God may be gathered. Submitted by Archdiocesan Catechetical Office: Andrew Fernandes, Antonett […]

Opportunities in agriculture

It has always been a mindset to think about promising careers as being jobs in the fields of Law, Medicine and Engineering. This has been so […]

The poor, our brothers and sisters

Q: Archbishop J, how should we respond to the growing poverty in T&T? The pandemic has been a wrecking ball to the financial stability of many […]

Choosing to be for all

Q: Archbishop J, why would anyone want to become a priest or consecrated person? Priests are an integral connection between Christ and God’s mission. There have […]

Promoting generosity of character

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & AMMR “Generosity is the predisposition to love open-handedly. Our hands matter, both literally and symbolically. In the open hand, our […]

Covid-19, vaccination and your insurance policies and benefits

By Finbar Garcia, LUTCF, FSS, MFA Many of us would have taken a Covid-19 vaccine by now, be it willingly, after some hesitation or discussions with […]

Family Life Commission encourages ‘Become an Advocate/Volunteer’

“Try your hand at something, make yourself available, and once you are available many great things can happen,” said Episcopal Delegate Archdiocesan Family Life Commission Tricia […]

Potential pitfalls on the journey

Q: Archbishop J, what are the challenges while on the synodal journey? Every journey to mission begins with temptations. Right after Jesus was baptised the Scripture […]

Reaching and keeping our youth

From the Office of Youth Ministry As we begin to meet in our various groups at parish and archdiocesan levels to plan for an uncertain future, […]

Get ready for Justice, Peace and Community Week 2021

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & AMMR The CCSJ is currently coordinating activities for our Archdiocese’s upcoming observance of Justice, Peace, and Community Week (JPCW), Saturday, […]

Vaccine moral dilemma

By Dr Ryan Corbin The goal in this pandemic is universal; “return to normal” and currently, the main tools in this Covid-19 fight have been vaccines. […]

‘Abracadabra?’

By Dr Marlene Attzs Economist. Email: marlene.attzs@gmail.com Budget 2022 read on October 4, 2021, was both one of the shortest and simultaneously the longest in our […]

Know Your Faith: Catholics called to respect all life

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org The sanctity of life and the dignity of each human being, made in the image and likeness of God, is the […]

Listen to develop a synodal mentality

Q: Archbishop J, what does Pope Francis intend with Synod 2023? The Pontiff’s intention is to invite the Church to synodal conversion and thus to turn […]

Link your faith to action

By Zahirah Mohammed Child Friendly Spaces Support Officer, CCSJ/AMMR   “None of us can think we are exempt from concern for the poor and for social […]

Delving into discernment

Q: Archbishop J, how do we transform a ‘deliberative assembly’ into a ‘discerning assembly’? Pt 2 A discerning assembly has its own rules. The first rule […]

The poor and Fratelli Tutti

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & AMMR Today is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The theme is: Building Forward Together: Ending Persistent Poverty, […]

Reflecting on poverty

By Shelly-Ann T Simon Case Management Officer – Alternative Care, CCSJ & AMMR, rcsocialjustice.org Very often, we hear conversations about poverty where there is always some […]

Not a quick fix: Is there a mental health impact of abortion?

By Dr Ryan Corbin Today, abortion is praised as the pinnacle of the modern woman’s health/rights. Many of women’s difficulties are linked to unwanted pregnancies, a […]

The allocations to agriculture: Budget 2022

In case you missed it, the Finance Minister Colm Imbert has announced a $52.4 billion budget for the next fiscal year. The theme for the budget […]

A Party for Mrs Singh

By Alvin Peters Mrs Singh was just finishing the last subject before lunch when there was an announcement from the principal, Mr Gomes. He wanted to […]

Over the counter drugs and products to avoid for your pets: Pt 2

We continue the list of products and at-home remedies for pets that should be avoided. Read Part 1 9insert hyperlink) Black disinfectant/ Car Oil Application of […]

Over the counter drugs and products to avoid for your pets: Pt 1

By Dr Asia O’Neill The animals of God’s creation inhabit the skies, the earth and the sea. and have a part in human life. We, therefore, […]

Walking together as Church

Q: Archbishop J, how do we transform a ‘deliberative assembly’ into a ‘discerning assembly’? A ‘deliberative assembly’ and a ‘discerning assembly’ share several things in common. […]

What to do after ‘Love or Lust?’ webinar

Living the virtue of chastity as a single or married person helps with the use of the Billings Ovulation Method. Chastity is a virtue (like courage […]

Becoming a gatekeeper

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor On Republic Day at 3 p.m., 30 university students both male and female, took time out from their families to attend a […]

Mission – our very nature

Q: Archbishop J, what is the role of synodality in the mission of the Church? October is mission month. We are invited again to reflect upon […]

Sign this petition to help protect our world & our common home

By Dominique Heffes-Doon Social Media & Research Officer, CCSJ/AMMR, rcsocialjustice.org This year the United Nations (UN) World Habitat Day falls on October 4, which is also […]

The primacy of Good

By Ronald Francis There are two dangerous misconceptions about the nature of ‘goodness’ in the world today. The first is that good and evil are equals, […]

Don’t touch, it’s just ‘wet paint’

By Vernon Khelawan, vkmoose@gmail.com It is not only in Trinidad and Tobago that devices (cellphones etc.) rule the world. They are global. In many instances they […]

Global novena to close Season of Creation

The Season of Creation will end on  October 4, the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology beloved by many Christian […]

Green bouquets

The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. The Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated on October 7. October falls during […]

Understanding your Critical Illness policy

By Finbar Garcia LUTCF, FSS, MFA As promised, today we will look at your Critical Illness Insurance policy contract. Some persons believe once they are ill […]

Archcbishop Gordon: Catholics must take decisive action to save our planet

Archbishop Jason Gordon said Catholics need to be “far more conscious” of what is happening with the planet, and they must take decisive action now. “The […]

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 […]

Synod process – through dialogue and discernment

Q: Archbishop J, why synodality? Synodality speaks about a way of being Church, where its members walk together, where its leaders listen to all the faithful, […]

Migrants and refugees – put yourself in their shoes

By Darrion M Narine Programme Coordinator, CCSJ/AMMR, rcsocialjustice.org This Sunday we celebrate the 107th World Day for Migrants and Refugees (WDMR) which “is always an occasion […]

Returning to Mass after lockdown

By Sasha Woodroffe In the midst of yet another wave of Covid-19 restrictions, churches were closed for public worship. For some, this has been the greatest […]

In the pool with Special Olympic swimmers

By Jamila Cross athletesdiscovered@gmail.com I continue to be amazed by the depth and substantive work accomplished at a grassroot level in sport; there is an entire […]

A change of era in catechetics today

Q: Archbishop J, what is the task of the catechist? The catechist’s task is first and foremost to hand on a living faith to this generation […]

Ever heard of soil fertigation and solarisation?

Fertigation is the direct application of fertilisers for soil adjustments, water adjustments and other water-soluble products into an irrigation system. In this system, fertiliser solution is […]

Afghanistan’s clear lesson: ‘War is not the answer’

by Tony Magliano, tmag6@comcast.net Was it good that the United States and its allies fought a 20-year war against the Taliban in Afghanistan? Was all the […]

Male mental health and suicide

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor September is Suicide Awareness and Prevention month. Suicide affects every family which has lost a loved one, in myriad ways that last […]

Let’s sign the Healthy Planet, Healthy People Petition

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair CCSJ & AMMR & Head Animator of Animators, Laudato Si’ Movement – TT Chapter “We must open our hearts, believers and non-believers […]

Suicide Prevention Day – Creating Hope through Action

On September 10 every year, World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) provides the opportunity for people across the globe to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Communion, participation, mission—the new ‘S’ word

Q: Archbishop J, why is the Church speaking synod again? Shortly after I was installed as Archbishop, a good Catholic said to me: “Archbishop, I hope […]

A ‘road map’ for family life

By Shelly-Ann Simon Case Management Officer – Alternative Care, CCSJ/AMMR, rcsocialjustice.org There are many versions of the family. One thing we can say for sure is […]

Giving your pet home treatments? Hold on that

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

Oikos, our home, our family

Q:Archbishop J, why a Season of Creation? Between September 1 and October 4, Christians on six continents are coming together “for a time of restoration and […]

Recognising the dignity of work

By Matthew Pierre Community Liaison Officer, CCSJ/AMMR In our present experience living amidst a Covid-19 pandemic, globally, we can see the importance of having a job, […]

Safety during flooding

A flood is an overflow of water that submerges land that is usually dry. Floods are an area of study of the discipline hydrology and are […]

Understanding your insurance contract

By Finbar Garcia, LUTCF, FSS, MFA It is no secret; many persons believe that insurance contracts carry “fine print”. This is because of the legal jargon […]

Care for Creation: Giving your pets home treatments

By Dr Asia O’Neill In the upcoming pieces, we will be addressing myths of at-home/over-the-counter treatments and why they may not be fitting for certain cases. […]

A reflection of our watchwords

Q: Archbishop J, what has Covid taught us about our nation? We are living in unprecedented times. For the fourth time in our young history, we […]

Let’s take action during the Season of Creation

By Leela Ramdeen Head Animator of Animators, Laudato Si’ Movement – T&T Chapter “…living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a […]

Do we value T&T’s Independence?

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & AMMR On Tuesday, August 31, we will celebrate the 59th anniversary of T&T’s Independence. Let’s give thanks to God for […]

My garden and ‘douglarisation’

By Fr Martin Sirju “When the British were finished with the British Virgins Islands there were hardly any virgins left.” – The Mighty Chalkdust So quite […]

And may God bless our nation…

My point of view by Dr Marlene Attzs, Economist Email: marlene.attzs@gmail.com Our 59th anniversary as an Independent country finds us well entrenched in Covid-19 conversations. The […]

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 […]

Code red for humanity

By Tony Magliano tmag6@comcast.net  The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group’s recently released report is a “code red for humanity,” warned UN Secretary-General Antonio […]

The unexamined life is not worth living

By Michael Lezama, 20 What do we value and how do we know that we value it? According to the online dictionary ‘Catholic Culture’, “value is […]

Synod and the unknown

By Fr Donald Chambers “All journeys have a secret destination of which the traveller is unaware” (Martin Buber) In this article, I reflect on the synod […]

How food systems impact our shared dignity

By Zahirah Mohammed CCSJ/AMMR, Administrative Facilitator There are over 7.5 billion persons on Earth (US Census Bureau, International Data Base). Each individual is created in God’s […]

The Blessed Virgin Mary, the new ark

Q: Archbishop J, kindly provide the text of your homily on the Assumption? At first look, the readings for the Solemnity of the Assumption do not […]

Form 6 student of St Francis Boys’ College eyes Olympics 2024

Competitive runners must keep their focus on the track or road ahead as they move toward their goal. For Genesis Joseph, Upper Six student of St […]

Destined for the divine

Q: Archbishop J, what does the Assumption mean for us today? Look at the painting titled, ‘The Assumption’ by Jackie Hinkson done in 2019. Look very […]

Support for the Church’s message on Marriage

By Vernon Khelawan, vkmoose@gmail.com Last Sunday, my charming and lovely wife Joan and I celebrated 56 years, as they say, of “wedded bliss”, a misnomer if […]

Attend ‘Love or Lust’ Seminar, support T&T chastity project

According to the Office of the Prime Minister’s report on an Enquiry about Domestic Violence Data from the Crime and Problem Analysis (CAPA) Branch of the […]

The power of the Liturgy to shine during dark times

By Marc Mollenthiel The reality for humanity is that our greatest enemies are the unseen ones. As St Paul said, “we wrestle not with flesh and […]

Church clear on vaccinations

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & AMMR As disciples of Christ, each of us has a duty to use our God-given talents to promote integral human […]

It’s more than anti-vaccine stances…

By Fr Matthew d’Hereaux The events of August 5, 2021, in St Vincent and the Grenadines in which the Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves was injured […]

School is in – grow your faith

Q: Archbishop J, why so many schools during the holidays? The long primary and secondary school holidays are a great opportunity for learning. I know this […]

Agriculture initiatives behind prison walls

The Trinidad and Tobago Prisons Service is privileged to have Commissioner Dennis Pulchan leading their organisation. In his 38 years of service, Commissioner Pulchan has worked […]

Why go to Confession?

By Shannon Woodroffe When we become physically sick, most of us think of what medication we can take or whether we should seek medical attention, as […]

Love is for the brave

By Ambrosio A. Valerio Rojas CCSJ/AMMR, Migrant Support Officer/Translator “The distinguishing mark of the Christian, today more than ever, must be love for the poor, the […]

Synod as listening

By Fr Donald Chambers “For this synodal process to be enriching for both the regional and universal Church, a welcoming space must be established to listen […]

Global Catholic Climate Movement becomes Laudato Si’ Movement

GCCM becomes Laudato Si’ Movement The Laudato Si’ Movement —that’s the new name for the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM). The name change was announced worldwide […]

Synod as storytelling

By Fr Donald Chambers “One listening to the others; and all listening to the Holy Spirit.” These were words from the Vatican News website announcing that […]

Factors, equations, and solutions to reduce crime

By Vernon Khelawan, vkmoose@gmail.com The ages of our criminals today seem to be getting younger and younger. And the reasons being proffered by qualified and unqualified […]

The pandemic and your finances

By Finbar Garcia, LUTCF, FSS, MFA It’s been over 18 months since the pandemic reached our shores and many of us are still trying to understand […]

Our Emancipation journey continues

Q: Archbishop J, what do we celebrate on Emancipation Day? I would argue that no event has shaped our national identity more than the day slavery […]

The Cross, the Holy Spirit, and Ecology

Fr Curtis G Poyer, CCSJ/AMMR In August and September of 2020 at the height of the pandemic, we celebrated the Sacraments of First Communion, and Confirmation, […]

Let’s recite the rosary daily

By Dominique Heffes-Doon, CCSJ/AMMR In the Gospel of John, 19:25–27, Mary is recorded to have been at the foot of the cross when Jesus was crucified. […]

Strengthening marriage and family

By Leela Ramdeen Chair, CCSJ & AMMR “My hands used to be sweaty, but Grandma didn’t mind. She would hold on to my sweaty hand as […]

Grandparents: essential to the next generation

Q: Archbishop J, why a day for grandparents and the elderly? Our grandparents and the elderly are indispensable for a renewed tomorrow. They hold the burden […]

They deserve better

By Kirt Conrad Walrond Many were justifiably incensed by the recent images of our senior citizens standing in long lines or sitting in the pouring rain […]

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, […]

“Pass on the faith to the grands”

This year, Pope Francis has inaugurated the celebration of a World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. The observance is on the fourth Sunday of July, […]

Good luck Team TTO in Tokyo

By Jamila Cross athletesdiscovered@gmail.com Tokyo 2020 is being held in 2021. In spite of last year’s cancellation due to the pandemic, unwavering criticisms and challenges, and […]

Care for Creation: Preventing infections in dogs and cats

Dr Asia O’Neill Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher […]

Archbishop Gordon & UNHCR talk issues affecting migrants and refugees

Archbishop Jason Gordon met with Miriam Aertker, the head of the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, TT office on July 8 at Archbishop’s House, Port of […]

Marriage and Family: Rediscover God’s intention

Q: Archbishop J, why a week for marriage and the family? Marriage a sacrament from Creation The family is the load-bearing wall of civilisation. As the […]

From cruise ships to soursop – with short crops in between

By Sydney Valere For over 25 years, my line of work has been one of touring and guiding tourists and cruise ship passengers to all the […]

My ficus needs help!

Rayanna, I have a ficus that was doing so well. It was full and we were able to shape it etc. Then all of a sudden, […]

Question the Church – it’s natural and beneficial

By Luke Gooding “I’m spiritual, but not religious.” I’ve heard this sentence uttered on countless occasions, particularly from the mouths of my youthful peers. The separation […]

We are interconnected

By Dominique Heffes-Doon, Research and Social Media Officer “Grief is the acute pain that accompanies loss. Because it is a reflection of what we love, it […]

Archdiocese of POS prepares for ‘Marriage and Family Week’

Let’s keep making this journey as families, let us keep walking together is the theme for the Archdiocese’s ‘Marriage and Family Week’ which runs from July […]

Gay and Catholic

Q: Archbishop J, I am gay and Catholic, what am I supposed to do? I want for you what I want for every Catholic. I want […]

Parents need to talk to their children about sexuality

Parents generally do a good job of instructing children to learn discipline when it comes to studying for examinations. They also enrol them in football, cricket, […]

Microgreens and their nutritional value

Microgreens are young vegetable greens picked just after the first leaves have developed. They are approximately 1–3 inches (2.5–7.5 cm) tall and are known for their […]

Catholic Voices answers: Is affirmation the path to happiness in gender dysphoria?

By Dr Ryan Corbin We live in a society which values its inclusivity and fluidity. An extension of this has been the global recognition of the […]

Children on remand

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “Instances of racism continue to shame us, for they show that our supposed social progress is not as […]

Employee benefits and YOU

By Finbar GarciaLUTCF, FSS, MFA What exactly are employee benefits, and does it really benefit you? Some persons say it’s a waste of time because they […]

Pride month: the paradox of love, and truth

Q: Archbishop J, could a Catholic support Pride month? Social Justice There is a historical reason why Pride month emerged. For a long time, persons with […]

Athletica Vaticana – running the race

From the smallest state in the world, the first—and so far only—sports association formed within the Leonine walls of Vatican City is emerging with energy and […]

‘The Advocate’ – CCSJ’s advocacy magazine

By Darrion Narine Programme Coordinator, CCSJ and Archdiocesan Ministry for Migrants and Refugees In a world where social ills continue to dominate our society, it is […]

Several answer the call to be ‘Yessers’

Generation S launches its volunteerism programme “I ask the Church to continue to promote vocations. May she touch the hearts of the faithful and enable each […]

Caribbean masculinity – work in progress

Q: Archbishop J, what is happening to our men? Every Caribbean man who shows up consistently to father all his children is a special man. If […]

Brendon’s creed – lead with humility, be a team player

By Jamila Cross athletesdiscovered@gmail.com Name: Brendon Creed Age: 24 Hometown: Petit Valley University: Temple University- BSc in Civil Engineering Past Student: Newtown Boys’ RC, Fatima College […]

September seminar to correct misconceptions about Chastity

The Billings Ovulation Method Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BOMA-TT), a Ministry of the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission is hosting the ‘Love or Lust? Creative Competition […]

Vaccines for poor nations – a human right and moral duty

By Tony Magliano, tmag6@comcast.net The head of the World Health Organization (WHO), as reported by The Guardian, has warned that as Covid vaccines continue to roll […]

Choose to evolve not dissolve – battling with suicidal ideation

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor The caller from Sangre Grande was in his sixties. He said that he was staring out his window early one morning this […]

Building an inclusive future

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI Today, Sunday, the world observes Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSME) Day, which aims to raise public awareness […]

Society needs to heal the ‘father wound’

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org As the nation joined the world in celebrating Father’s Day Sunday, June 20, Archbishop Jason Gordon proposed that fathers adopt St […]

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 vaccine – Our best option

Q: Archbishop J, why vaccinate? We will not get out of the series of lockdowns, mask-wearing, social-distancing, and isolation until significant proportions of the planet are […]

Fathers, follow the road of truth

By Juliana Valdez “What shapes your life?” This was the question asked by the narrator of an ‘Evangemercial’ aired on EWTN, channel 150 recently. The image […]

Retrouvaille hosts virtual workshop for couples

Described as “the best kept secret” in the Catholic Church, the Retrouvaille T&T Community, in its Ministry to hurting couples, sought creative ways to offer support […]

Teams of Our Lady offers ‘The Marriage Course’

Couples are invited to participate in ‘The Marriage Course’ (TMC) as a virtual weekend retreat organised by Teams of Our Lady (TOOL). Efforts have been fuelled […]

Influential fathers

Influential Fathers on April 30 was the fourth segment of the virtual Children Are Gift (CAG) programme. Previous CAG segments encouraged persons to develop balanced physical, […]

Garden tips for the rainy season

In the tropics, we have two seasons, the dry season and the rainy season. We have entered the rainy season which began at the start of […]

Dad, watch your tie…

By Vernon Khelawan vkmoose@gmail.com In decades past and more recently during the Covid pandemic, the population seems to have become immune to bad news – murders; […]

Investing in fathers

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “Every family needs a father – a father who shares in his family’s joy and pain, hands down […]

Continue to welcome, protect, promote and integrate

By Delia Chatoor By General Assembly Resolution 55/76 of February 12, 2001, the United Nations (UN) declared that “as from 2001, 20 June will be celebrated […]

Contemplating the many mysteries of Mary, our mother

Q: Archbishop J, how is Mary Mother of the Church? Pope Francis, in 2018, instituted the feast Mary, Mother of the Church (May 24). This feast […]

Athletes say ‘Thank You’ as TTOC celebrates 75th anniversary

The Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) has come in for high praise from Minister of Sport and Community Development, Shamfa Cudjoe and this country’s Olympic […]

‘Love or Lust’ events for Amoris Laetitia Family Year

Chastity is often viewed as a restrictive ‘belt’ the Catholic Church tells young people to put on to say no to sex before marriage. This is […]

We must be sowers of the seed

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI Today’s gospel, Mark 4: 26–34, reminds me of the way in which the many gifts in our Archdiocese […]

The Eucharistic sacrifice and family life

Q: Archbishop J, the Paschal mystery: how does it relate to family life? (Pt 10) The Feast of the Body and Blood and Christ is pivotal […]

Critical Illness – Catch-22

By Finbar Garcia LUTCF, FSS, MFA Have you heard of this famous phrase ‘Catch-22’? It refers to this, “A dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there […]

The adoption experience

“Adopting a child is an act of Love…I encourage those who cannot have children to expand their marital love to embrace those who lack a proper […]

Sweet peppers, melongene perfect for Corpus Christi planting

The Solemnity of Corpus Christi is a celebration associated with the commemoration of Jesus Christ’s Last Supper with His apostles before His crucifixion and the celebration […]

Will a world divided against itself last?

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot last. And if a household is divided against […]

Care for Creation: Early puppy and kitten care

Check out new content on our ‘Climate and Environment’ column bi-weekly on Mondays! By Dr Asia O’Neill, DVM “Our indifference or cruelty towards fellow creatures of […]

Archdiocese’s Social Justice Commission engages Covid-19 conversations

For the parents hesitant to take the Covid-19 vaccine, Dr Michele Monteil, asks them to consider their children “dying a different kind of death” not being […]

Being transformed

Q: Archbishop J, the Paschal mystery: how does it relate to family life? (Pt 9) At the beginning of Lent 2020, we found ourselves in the […]

‘GB’, a true alchemist of sports and business

By Jamila Cross athletesdiscovered@gmail.com With the singular accolade of a life well lived, a plethora of roles, and accomplishments, Gordon Borde is no stranger to the […]

Children are gift: Infertility to Adoption

“God does not make us deficient so not being able to have babies does not mean that you are less than.” Carl and Sharon Mangroo shared […]

We need a social collective spirit

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor A social collective is needed in this country right now—a coming together of groups, organisations, communities, and individuals who can work for […]

Developing a Trinitarian relationship

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. As baptised Catholics, we belong to the Family of […]

Prayerful reflections on Laudato Si’

By Raymond Syms Email: editor.camsel@catholictt.org “Let’s plant, let’s share, let’s care for this common home of ours.” That was the challenge from Archbishop Jason Gordon during […]

Hummingbirds and Pentecost

Sr Angela Ann Zukowski MHSH loves hummingbirds. She sent this reflection from her home in the United States. Perhaps you, like me, anticipate the arrival of […]

GCCM TT launches with pledge of action

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org The local chapter of the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) was launched Friday, May 21 online with a pledge of “action” […]

The Green Army keeps environmental discussions alive

As the local Church joins Catholics around the globe in celebrating Laudato Si’ Week May 16-25, Catholic News caught up with Green Army—a local national movement […]

Clothed from on High

Q: Archbishop J, the Paschal mystery: how does it relate to family life? (Pt 8) Handing on the faith to the next generation is one of […]

Gifts of the Holy Spirit must move us

By Juliana Valdez I have always admired the Gary Sinise character, detective Mac Taylor on the television series CSI:NY. His unflustered, direct, and knowledgeable approach to […]

Grow your own…Cucumbers ‘come in’ quickly

Over a year has passed since COVID-19 has plagued our world. It is very sad to state that in our country, we are facing a crisis […]

Denying Eucharist over abortion ignores the big picture

By Tony Magliano, tmag6@comcast.net St Paul, in his first letter to the Corinthians writes, “When you meet in one place, then, it is not to eat […]

People of Pentecost

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI Today we celebrate the great Feast of Pentecost. We recall how, on the evening of His Resurrection, Jesus […]

The Holy Spirit and the  ‘Holy Ghost Orchid’

By Delia Chatoor The Peristeria elata comes from the orchid family and is known as ‘the dove orchid’ or ‘the Holy Ghost orchid’ because of its […]

‘Brown-skin girl…’

By Fr Martin Sirju “… stay home and mind baby. Brown skin girl, stay home and mind baby. I going away, on a sailing boat, and […]

Understanding “the nearest hospital” – The Family

The Archdiocesan Family Life Commission (AFLC) is hosting a weekly online training workshop, ‘Understanding the nearest hospital’ running from April 17 to June 5. The training […]

Your e-waste, your responsibility!

Laudato Si’ Week 2021 calls to mind how we all can create change regarding our environment and all God’s creations. Locally, the Commissions in the Archdiocese […]

T&T is first Global Catholic Climate Movement Chapter in English-speaking Caribbean

Trinidad and Tobago is now the home of the official Chapter of the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM). The GCCM is an international, ecological movement of […]

Care for Creation: Cherishing Pets

Saint Francis of Assisi’s response to the world around him was so much more than intellectual appreciation or economic calculus, for to him each and every […]

God’s invitation to grow up

Q: Archbishop J, the Paschal mystery: how does it relate to family life? (Pt 7) You know how hard it is when your children go away […]

The parenting debate is over – discipline not punish

“The parenting style and techniques that we adopt are largely influenced by the way we were parented by our parents and grandparents. The traditional, Caribbean approach […]

Celebrating Laudato Si’ week

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI ““…in this time marked by the pandemic we are more aware of the importance of caring for our […]

Called by name

Q: Archbishop J, the Paschal mystery: how does it relate to family life? (Pt 6) There is a moment in spousal relationship where the vision grows […]

Mother’s love endures all

By Juliana Valdez May is the month when mothers the world over are celebrated on the day especially set aside for them. Mother’s Day is observed […]

Healing pregnancy loss

In this year’s ‘Hope and Healing evening’ for all affected by pregnancy loss and difficulty becoming pregnant, in his Good Shepherd Sunday Homily, Archbishop Jason Gordon […]

‘Children are Gift’ programme is online

“Mummy, if you got raped or molested, would you have an abortion?” was a question posed to her by one of her sons recently. Tricia Syms, […]

A gift of compassion for mothers

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED. Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant. Several years ago, after one of my parenting radio interviews, on a programme featuring Mother’s Day, […]

Give mom some flowers associated with Mother’s Day

May is once again here where we celebrate Mother’s Day and our Blessed Virgin Mother Mary throughout the month. Flowers, chocolates, and cards are popular gifts […]

Gendered impact of COVID-19

By Dr Marlene Attzs, Economist Email: marlene.attzs@gmail.com Just over a year after the first case of the coronavirus was reported in Trinidad and Tobago, our social […]

Celebrating Mothers

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “A world that looks to the future without a mother’s gaze is shortsighted…In today’s fragmented world, where we […]

The verdict is in, but the jury is still out

By Tony Magliano, tmag6@comcast.net Although a court jury’s recent verdict convicting former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of murder and manslaughter in the death of George […]

Topic Tuesday: Celebrate the God-given pleasures of life

“It’s important for everyone to know we can encourage joy in our homes…. Remember that it’s never too late, we are never too old to have […]

Living the Resurrection – betrayal to forgiveness

Q: Archbishop J, the Paschal mystery: how does it relate to family life? (Pt 5) Forgiveness is a deep part of the Resurrection story, an aspect […]

If we are quiet, we are complicit

By Rev Mike James, a former general secretary of the Antilles Episcopal Conference and a contributor to Guyana’s Catholic Standard Following the conviction of former Minneapolis […]

About your last will and testament…

By Finbar Garcia LUTCF, FSS, MFA So, are you ready to distribute your wealth? Have you decided on the ‘who’, ‘how’ and ‘when’? This can be […]

For the Love of the Old

By Darrion M Narine,Programme Coordinator, CCSJ. ammr@catholictt.org An old man who lives alone in his apartment, is sitting in front of the TV watching the 7 […]

St Joseph, Model of Workers

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI What are you doing to observe the Year of St Joseph? You will recall that to mark the […]

Earth Day – an urgent reminder to protect ‘our common home’

By Tony Magliano tmag6@comcast.net As we celebrate Earth Day (April 22), it would be wise for Catholics to reflect on Pope Francis’ famous environmental encyclical letter […]

Jesus’ peace to right relationships

Q: Archbishop J, the Paschal mystery: how does it relate to family life? (Pt 4) The Resurrection peace “Peace be with you!”. This is the standard […]

Sporting ecosystem must evolve

By Jamila Cross, athletesdiscovered@gmail.com The ripple effect of COVID-19 is still being experienced in every corner of the world even with the rollout of vaccination drives […]

‘Joy-Filled Marriage’ programme continues in 2021

Introduced in the Archdiocese in January 2020, The ‘Joy-Filled Marriage’ (JFM) programme offers a comprehensive approach to marriage preparation that covers not only the sacramentality and […]

The impact of volcanic eruptions on agriculture and soils

Volcanoes are natural structures formed from plate tectonic movement where one plate moves under the other and delves into magma under the mantle, allowing magma to […]

Off to work on an inter-island seaplane

By Vernon Khelawa, vkmoose@gmail.com With the Easter celebrations 2021 short circuited by the various COVID-19 regulations, as they were, is now history, we turn our attention […]

Developing a special bond with the Shepherd

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI It is always heartening to read comments from persons who access CCSJ’s resources on our website. I recall […]

See domestic violence as a hate crime

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor Even though the issue of domestic violence (DV) has taken centre stage over the last few months with an increase in statistics […]

Topic Tuesday: Expressing sexuality is like a prayer

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org The Archdiocesan Family Life Commission’s (AFLC) eight-part series on the virtues of Catholic sexuality continued last Tuesday (April 13) with the […]

True faith: let go and let God

Q: Archbishop J, the Paschal mystery: how does it relate to family life? (Pt III) What is the Resurrection if it does not transform the way […]

Fostering happiness

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED. Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant. Happiness cannot be bought. We must cultivate it. Children learn by our example what is important […]