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 A different world: discovering monastic life at the Mount

Ryan Bachoo was a participant in a recent ‘Come & See’ experience hosted by the monks of Mount St Benedict Monastery in Tunapuna from Friday, June […]

Monastic friendship – Pachomian and Benedictine

Brother Paschal Jordan OSB shares on the close ties the monks at Mount St Benedict have with their counterparts of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. The monks […]

Composing a legacy of faith through music

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org   St Lucian Catholic composer Llewellyn Gill’s love for music was first manifested as a child of nine when he was part […]

Sister Marcelle – natural flair for the arts, cooking

St Joseph of Cluny Sister Marcelle Lum Chow died on June 2 in Grenada. She was 83. Her Funeral Mass was held on Friday, June 7 […]

Stillness in movement

Brent Barry is the Reliability Senior Superintendent at Nutrien, Couva, a demanding job yet he still makes time to enjoy his passion: sports. Any sport! He […]

Bingo fundraiser for Bethesda

Bethesda for persons with disabilities (PwDs) is hosting Bingo for a Cause 2 June 30 at Centenary Hall, St Mary’s College Port of Spain. It is […]

On Trusting God (and myself)

By Matthew Woolford The first time I read Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, I didn’t think I was mentally and emotionally equipped to follow all […]

From grief to growth – Ministry of Consolation workshop

“Focus your energy on your inner growth,” candid words conveyed by Bereavement Counsellor Cerid Sampson to participants at the ‘From Grief to Growth’ workshop hosted by […]

Remembering Andy…with love and gratitude

By June Johnston Every year on June 5, I would post on Facebook a few words in remembrance of Fr Michel de Verteuil CSSp, Editor of […]

5 Reflections on Catholic Fatherhood

Fatherhood is a profound vocation within the Catholic faith, exemplified by the guiding presence of God the Father and the earthly life of Saint Joseph. Below […]

Clergy & Religious Share Loving Lessons from Dad

Sr Juliet Rajah CHF “I learnt from my father, Davy Rajah, that God comes first in life, that service to the faith community is important. He […]

Kwailan, a star for sailors

The Catholic News intern Liam Kissoon attended the funeral for Kwailan La Borde and wrote this short reflection. “Harold had the vision, but Kwailan made it […]

The Church’s teaching on the protection of workers as human rights

With T&T’s annual Labour Day being marked on June 19, Justice Dr Anthony DJ Gafoor examines the Church’s position. The Catholic Church has long been a […]

Union leader and father advises… pay attention

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org   Vincent Cabrera, a former trade union leader has over 40 years of service in the field of industrial relations. He is […]

Music, my father, and me

By Matthew Woolford I was ‘born’ and raised at LP #71 Pelican Extension Road, Morvant, in a house built by my great-grandmother, Shirlee Andries. On her […]

A providential plurality?

By Fr Martin Sirju Some weeks ago, I was invited to the Mother Earth celebrations by the Orisha community. Baba Neal Rawlins, a leader of the […]

Br Paschal – liturgical music all around

By Kaelanne Jordan, mediarelations.camsel@catholict.org   In my recent interviews, the focus revolved around Catholic composers and their Advent and Lenten hymns, with Br Paschal Jordan OSB […]

Drug misuse – in the river or on the bank…

By Kaelanne Jordan, mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org   Families in Action (FIA) is on a campaign to educate society on substance use and highlight the importance of language. The […]

Non-Religious Traditions Associated with Corpus Christi Around the World

While Corpus Christi is primarily a religious feast in the Catholic tradition, in some cultures around the world, it is also associated with non-religious traditions and […]

The Feast of Corpus Christi: Celebrating and Defending the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist

The feast of Corpus Christi, formally known as the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, holds a significant place in the Catholic Church. Instituted […]

Dealing with the changing drug landscape

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Families in Action (FIA) has noted a “drastic change” in drug use, methods of use, and the age of introduction, observing that […]

Church moves to establish a centralised trauma resource

The Archdiocese of Port of Spain is now one step closer to establishing a centralised resource for trauma healing and care. The move comes 17 months […]

Corpus Christi in Art and Literature

The Feast of Corpus Christi has inspired a rich array of artistic and literary expressions throughout history. These works, spanning visual art, music, and literature, reflect […]

Corpus Christi in Ecumenical Dialogue: Bridging Divides through Eucharistic Theology

The feast of Corpus Christi, dedicated to the celebration of the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, holds a distinctive place within the Catholic tradition. […]

Behold, I make all things new’

This Sunday, May 26 is the first World Children’s Day. Following is the full text of Pope Francis’ message issued on March 2. Dear Children! Your […]

We saw the signs

Our Q & A in this issue of God @ Work is with well-known husband and wife Bryan and Niobe Rodrigues of the Touch of Christ […]

Eucharist: source and summit

By Msgr Michael de Verteuil Chair, Liturgical Commission   The Catholic Church speaks of the celebration of the  Eucharist as the source and summit of the […]

Building up the Temple

By Fr Jesse Maingot OP We’re approaching the end of our 33 days to Eucharistic Glory. Consecration day is fast approaching on Corpus Christi. I’ve been […]

Young athletes shine at CN’s 5K Steps for Hope

Seventeen-year-old Omare Thompson won the first Steps for Hope 5K of The Catholic News surpassing a field of more than 400 competitors in a time of […]

Eucharist and daily living

By Msgr Michael de Verteuil Chair, Liturgical Commission   “For the faithful who have understood the meaning of what they have done, the Eucharistic celebration does […]

Exploring the nature of Eucharistic Adoration

By Fr Jesse Maingot OP “I am convinced that we have lost the sense of adoration: we must regain it, …. ‘wasting’ time before the tabernacle, […]

Apologia for Evangelicals

By Fr Martin Sirju I’ve been rather dismayed by priests and laity who do not see the positive impact of evangelical Christianity on the world and […]

To the moms of big families: you are superheroes!

By Kathryn Tardieu General Manager, Camsel When people look at big families, very often they ask the moms in particular, “How do you cope with all […]

Nutrition for pre and post exercise

By Cherice Bronte-Tinkew Registered Dietitian What you eat before and after can affect your overall performance when exercising or participating in a sport. For this article, […]

Love is priority for great-great-grandmother Mavis

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org On today’s Mother’s Day eighty-three-year-old Mavis Sylvester has attained the title of great-great-grandmother with the birth of her first great-great-grandchild at the […]

Inculturation and Liturgy in the Easter Season

By Justice Dr Anthony DJ Gafoor  Inculturation, the process of integrating local cultural expressions into the liturgy, is essential for the Easter season as it allows […]

Our future in the age of AI

This Sunday, May 12 is the 58th World Day of Social Communications. The theme is Artificial Intelligence and the Wisdom of the Heart: Towards a Fully […]

Paul and the Eucharist (Part 2)

By Msgr Michael de Verteuil, Chair, Liturgical Commission 1 Corinthians 10:16–17 “The cup of blessings which we bless, is it not a communion in the blood […]

Fruits of Holy Communion

By Fr Jesse Maingot OP Last week we spoke of the principal fruit of receiving the Eucharist: our deeper transformation into Christ. Holy Communion increases Jesus’ […]

Memories of mamma’s sweet han’

Food not only satisfies hunger or brings comfort, in our subconscious it is linked to people, places and experiences. As we celebrate Mother’s Day The Catholic […]

Margaret’ was a mother figure to all

Margarita Rivas died on April 10. Her funeral was held at Holy Cross RC Church, Santa Cruz on April 20. Richard Lezama did the following eulogy. […]

Present to the community at John John

On Saturday, April 13, the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission (AFLC) was warmly welcomed to the John John community as part of The Picton Project Holistic Family […]

Paul and the Eucharist (Part 1)

By Msgr Michael de Verteuil, Chair, Liturgical Commission 1 Corinthians 11:17–34 In this Letter, Paul is answering questions or correcting things he has heard of the […]

Heavenly bread for the journey…

By Fr Jesse Maingot OP This week in our 33-day journey, we reflected a lot about life being a pilgrimage to Heaven. I would like to […]

Visit the art exhibition, ‘Lagoon’

Artist Kwynn Johnson returns to the Big Black Box for her tenth solo Art Exhibition. ‘Lagoon (Human Settlement)’ is the title of the exhibition which opens […]

Ensuring the future of the nation

Education is the cornerstone of a nation’s growth and prosperity. It shapes the minds of the young and prepares them to become the leaders, innovators, and […]

An Unlikely Success Story gifted to POS schools

Copies of An Unlikely Success Story, a local biography of Deacon Lennox Toussaint were distributed to 17 schools in Port of Spain on April 12. The […]

Aunty lived God’s commandment daily

Mary Serrette died on Sunday, March 31 (Easter Sunday). Her Funeral Mass and burial was on Friday, April 5 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Maraval. […]

Family Prayer – The Vocations Cup

Last Sunday (April 21) was Good Shepherd Sunday, which was designated a Day of Prayer for Vocations worldwide. Pope Francis also declared 2024, a Year of […]

Faith unveiled: The power of belief in the Eucharist   

By Rosemarie Sant, CN contributor The Christ the King RC Church in Miami, Florida, buzzed with prayer, praise, worship, and fellowship over three consecutive nights, April […]

Your sacrifice and mine

By Msgr Michael de Verteuil Chair, Liturgical Commission The Mass, the source and summit of the Christian life, has been called by many names—from the scriptural […]

Two Thousand Hail Mary Devotion

The Towers of Strength Community is inviting interested persons for this year’s Two Thousand Hail Mary Devotion on Saturday, May 4 at Sacred Heart RC Church, […]

What is the Feast of the Good Shepherd?

The Feast of the Good Shepherd, observed on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, holds profound significance within the Catholic Church, spotlighting Jesus as the Good Shepherd. […]

Chancery staff encouraged to spend time before Blessed Sacrament

The annual staff retreat of the Chancery, led by Archbishop Charles Jason Gordon, and facilitated by Fr Jesse Maingot OP, was held on March 13 at […]

Entering the process of Communal Discernment

By Fr Peter McIsaac SJ CONCLUSION How, then, as a director, guiding and participating in the directee’s personal discernment, do I cultivate self-awareness without promoting the […]

The NGC Bocas Lit Fest is on

The NGC Bocas Lit Fest is the largest literary festival in the Anglophone Caribbean. Now in its 14th year, the upcoming NGC Bocas Lit Fest will […]

My transformation – The Synodal Church Mission and Easter

By Noel Nunes Synod Facilitator, Cathedral/Sacred Heart Parish As we reflect on the spiritual journey this Easter season, I feel compelled to share the profound transformation […]

Liturgy School 2024

Liturgy School will be held for two weeks from Monday, July 29 to Saturday, August 10, 2024. This year, as has happened for the last few […]

Encountering the ‘Other’ in Prayer and Communal Discernment

By Fr Peter McIsaac SJ Fr Carlo Carretto, a spiritual master of the Little Brothers of Jesus, said: “Contemplation is the art of being watched by […]

Mercy amidst darkness: A call for redemption in T&T

By Rosemarie Sant, CN contributor Fr Trevor Nathasingh has lamented that the state of sin in Trinidad and Tobago now puts this country in a worse […]

Dig deep, show mercy

The life of the Christian “ain’t no joke thing”. According to Fr Maurice White, “It really takes something out of you, and you have to dig […]

Haiti: an inquiry into violence

By Matthew Woolford According to Fr John Hardon’s Modern Catholic Dictionary, violence may be defined as “Physical or psychological force used to compel one to act […]

Art, just scaled down…

World Art Day is celebrated annually on April 15, according to UNESCO, to celebrate “the links between artistic creations and society, encourage greater awareness of the […]

What does the Vatican’s new declaration on human dignity say?

“In the face of so many violations of human dignity that seriously threaten the future of the human family, the Church encourages the promotion of the […]

Bertin embodied love and selflessness

Bertin Salina-Vidale was born into a Catholic family in the beautiful valley of Lopinot. She was the seventh child and youngest girl of nine children. Raised […]

An unsolved murder, a moment for mercy

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org It’s during the most traumatic and vulnerable moments that God’s love sustains wounded hearts. For Catherine Ramsahai, the crucified Christ gave her […]

Parenting ABCs for a better T&T

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org   There have been a series of videos giving the ABCs of parenting on TV6 and online platforms. Each of the 26 […]

Sr Catherine Therese’s sideline, sprucing up Belmont’s broken statues

Story and photos by Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org   The restoration of St Francis RC Church, Belmont is proceeding apace with the completion in sight for May. […]

From faith and fire: A book on our churches and chapels

By Robert Clarke, Researcher/writer   The fire was the story: The blaze of 1944 that razed St Joseph’s Convent, killing four nuns, and causing priests to […]

Death and Resurrection in the Conversation in the Spirit

By Fr Donald Chambers In this article, I would like to explore how the Paschal Mystery (suffering, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ) informs and inspires […]

Awesome power, awesome pain

By Vincent G Lynch At the commencement of His ministry the sick and maimed He did heal, And to many unclean spirits He did His sacredness […]

Easter in the valley

By Archbishop Emeritus Robert Rivas OP Last year I found the Easter lily in the valley, and resurrection came dramatically to me on Easter Sunday. Here […]

Loved into existence

By Sienna Lewis “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither […]

Gregg Pinheiro on becoming Catholic

The Catholic News spoke with Gregg Pinheiro who will be initiated into the Church and join the community at Our Lady of Mt Carmel RC Church, […]

Couple shares their journey to becoming Catholic

Akeem and Petal Jack will complete the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults on Glorious Saturday at the St John the Evangelist RC Church, Diego Martin. […]

God’s gift to Liam – A winning voice

Liam Gooding placed First in the Boys Vocal Solo 16–19 category of the biennial Trinidad and Tobago Music Festival 2024. In 2022, he placed First in […]

Great information, the conversation has just begun

The March 8 Human Sexuality Symposium at the Centre of Excellence, Tunapuna attracted almost 2,000 attendees, mainly teachers and some parents. Hosted by the Catholic Religious […]

The connection between the Eucharist and Lent

By Justice Dr Anthony DJ Gafoor The Eucharist, also known as Holy Communion or the Lord’s Supper, holds a central place in the Christian faith, particularly […]

Llewellyn Gill: Composing a Legacy of Faith through Music

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Catholic composer Llewellyn Gill’s love for music was first manifested as a child of nine when he was part of the Choir […]

New priest for local Archdiocese: Meet Rev Maurice White

On March 19, Solemnity of St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Rev Maurice White, 40 will become a diocesan priest. The Catholic News put […]

Listen to Him!

In a world filled with many different voices influencing us and pulling us in all directions, we must ask ourselves, what and who am I listening […]

Have age-appropriate conversations with your children about sexuality

Educators and others attending the Human Sexuality Symposium were informed of four principles to guide conversations with children about sexuality. Episcopal Delegate for the Archdiocesan Family […]

The ancient church of India

Attorney-at-law Johnathan Bhagan concludes a two-part series looking at India’s Christian heritage. In last Sunday’s issue, he wrote on the saints of Africa. The state of […]

Response to Tobago oil spill highlights need to review contingency plan

In the aftermath of the recent oil spill that has impacted beaches in Tobago and spread as far as Grenada and Venezuela, Professor Judith Gobin of […]

Int’l Women’s Day & female saints who were trailblazers

International Women’s Day 2024 is celebrated on March 8. Let’s celebrate some female saints who were trailblazers, ignoring critics who tried to box them in when God […]

Justice Hudlin-Cooper urges faithful: Stand firm against worldly temptations

Justice Tricia Hudlin-Cooper is urging the Catholic faithful to stand firm in their faith and not be swayed by the tide of the world. Addressing the […]

The Saints of Africa

Attorney-at-law Johnathan Bhagan looks at the churches in Africa and India in this two-part series. Christianity has always had a deep connection to Africa. Sadly, due […]

Women’s health and nutrition

By Cherice Bronte-Tinkew It takes a lot to fill the shoes of a woman. Women today take on many roles in the lives of all. Besides […]

A time for musical sobriety – hymns for Lent

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org According to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, in Lent, “the playing of the organ and musical instruments is allowed only […]

Bold and balanced

Interview with Anna-Maria Garcia-Brooks Q: Can you tell us a little about your corporate background? My career started in 1980 when I entered Neal & Massy’s […]

Family life concerns discussed at provincial clergy meeting

By Fr Stephan Alexander, participant Mayaro! This wonderful seaside locale in southeastern Trinidad played host to members of clergy of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) Province […]

On the beauty of Carnival

Story and photos by Matthew Woolford I was born on February 17, 1986, and according to the Trinidad and Tobago National Library and Information System Authority […]

Theme: Through the desert God leads us to freedom

The following is the text of the Message of the Holy Father Francis for Lent 2024. Dear brothers and sisters! When our God reveals himself, his […]

The role of women in a Synodal Church – Building the Civilisation of Love

The following is an extract from CCSJ’s Consultant, Leela Ramdeen’s presentation as the feature speaker at the Growing in Grace Women’s Ministry’s Annual Women’s Conference 2023, […]

Human Sexuality: the realities and our response

By Fr Matthew Ragbir Director, Pastoral Formation   It is said, “to be human is to be sexual, but not everything sexual is human.” What then […]

Understanding the strengths of community 

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org   The ‘East Dry River Community Pride Creative Workshops’, a series of workshops over eight weeks exploring how strong community identity can […]

Lyzel, a natural-born servant leader

Lyzel Cummings died February 3, 2024. Her Funeral Mass was celebrated February 9. The following is an edited version of the eulogy delivered by close friend, […]

After Carnival, look out for ‘My Sweet Lord

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Local musician and music producer Curtis Marcellin sees Lent as an opportunity for self-examination, spiritual growth, and deepening of his relationship with […]

Passion, perseverance led to Junior Panorama win for HFCP

By Klysha Best Neil Simon, the music teacher at the Holy Faith Convent, Penal, (HFCP) can attest to being the kind of teacher that motivates and […]

Moko Somokow brings Heaven to Earth

By Klysha Best There is something completely special, even ethereal when one sees a moko jumbie in movement. The ease and lightness with which they walk […]

Down memory lane with an All Stars stalwart

Photo and story by Lara Pickford-Gordon St Clair Plowden is 94 years old. He joined the Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra at the age of 19 […]

Academics to reduce recidivism, promote reintegration

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org PART 2 Offenders, Prison Officer Cindy Poliah of the Correctional Education Unit, Programmes and Industry Department emphasised, are not “forced” to pursue […]

Couples invited to participate in The Marriage Course

Couples are invited to participate in the ‘The Marriage Course’ (TMC) created by Nicky and Sila Lee as part of the Alpha programme. It will be […]

Our Lady of Exile

The Feast day of Our Lady of Exile is celebrated on February 4. Reader Gail Cooper contributed this reflection. The patronal plaque Our Lady of Exile […]

Junior mas designer puts spotlight on glaucoma

By Klysha Best There is a common phrase that says, “art imitates life”. But, for most artists, their life is their art and through their art, […]

A fancy sailor’s tales

Story and photos by Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org “I love Carnival; I could eat Carnival and pan. I started to play pan in 1969 as a 19-year-old. […]

To find a different way

By Fr Kwesi Alleyne A member of the Maloney Parish Clergy Team Yet another principle is the Universal Destination of All Goods. Everything that God has […]

The Word of God, our gift of hope

Fr Hugh Logan, Caribbean Zone Coordinator for the Catholic Biblical Federation issued this message for Sunday of the Word of God which was celebrated January 21. […]

Proclaiming Scripture must be taken seriously

Kali McMorris from the Archdiocese of Kingston, Jamaica was one of the candidates to receive the Ministry of Lector from the Pope on January 21, the […]

Catholic males and worship

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org At the inauguration of The National Catholic Men’s Ministry on March 19, 2019—the Solemnity of St Joseph— at the Cathedral of the […]

God’s project – bring people together

By Fr Kwesi Alleyne, a member of the Maloney Parish Clergy Team If we look at the related field of ethics. For both ethics and morals […]

A tribute to Fr Herbert

By Senator Hazel Thompson-Ahye On Saturday, January 6, 2024, I attended the celebration service to mark the retirement of Fr Herbert Charles CSSp from active priestly […]

See me, extemporaneously

The Catholic News’ Senior Writer Lara Pickford-Gordon interviewed Joseph Vautor-La Placeliere aka ‘The Mighty Lingo’ in October about his entry into the Calypso arena. He also […]

Little Mother’ embraced cultural diversity

By Neila Todd, Tertiary of Carmel Servant of God, Mother Mary Ellerker of the Blessed Sacrament, Foundress of the Corpus Christi Carmelites made her transition from […]

Embracing the tradition: Enthroning the Bible as a family

In 2019, Pope Francis made a significant declaration that has since become a cherished tradition for many families around the world. The third Sunday of January […]

Does politics have a morality of its own?

By Fr Kwesi Alleyne, a member of the Maloney Parish Clergy Team As I ruminated on the Epiphany readings with the familiar imagery of the Wise […]

What kind of society do we want?

By Lara Pickford-Gordon, snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org It’s no secret the issues to be confronted in regenerating males to meet the challenges of today are complex and require tough […]

ScoutsTT partners with WASA to tackle river pollution

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org The Scout Association of Trinidad and Tobago is partnering for two years with the Adopt a River Programme to tackle pollution of […]

The many ways of  pigeon peas

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org The annual pigeon peas festival, held in Diego Martin during the Carnival season, has promoted the many uses of pigeon peas in […]

Trinidad All Stars celebrates 89 years of scintillating sounds of steel

Story and photos courtesy Overtime Media Discipline. Dedication. Magnificence. These watchwords have guided and inspired members of the Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra (TASSO) for decades. […]

Fellowship for new SDW ministry

The Archdiocesan Family Life Commission’s Ministry to the Separated, Divorced and Widowed (SDW) held its first in-person event on Saturday, November 11, 2023, at the Living […]

An experience of social/social justice ministry in Mexico

By Fr Curtis Gaston Poyer Former Director for Social/Social Justice Ministry in the Diocese of Tampico, Mexico, 2004–2023   PART 1 In the new millennium, the […]

The Epiphany of the Lord – a celebration for all peoples

By Msgr Michael de Verteuil, Chair of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission   First, a little history. The Feast of the Epiphany has a complex early history […]

No Longer at Ease’ – a reflection

By Matthew Woolford This was a gem of a book! When I purchased it, I could not have predicted the powerful and explanatory effect it was […]

The challenges of being a man

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org   It’s no secret that males face a unique set of challenges growing up and living up to their potential and societal […]

After Darién, Venezuelan migrants take the maritime route to T&T

The following article by Angel Morillo was published on the website of the CELAM Center for Communication. It has been translated from the original Spanish language. […]

Do you still buy and send Christmas cards?

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org A local manufacturer and distributor of Hallmark-branded greeting cards has disclosed that the greeting card industry is not experiencing significant growth due […]

A beacon of hope for dance, drama, and music

By Daniel Francis I must start this review with two disclaimers. When I was asked to attend and produce a review for ‘Gifts of Blue and […]

Starting new Christmas traditions

By Alvin Peters As Josephine walked through the front door of her parents’ home, her mind’s eye opened to the sights, smells and sounds of wonderful […]

On the synodal journey for Christmas

By Fr Donald Chambers The liturgical season of Christmas is close at hand, and it is celebrated within the universal Church’s synodal journey. What is the […]

‘Give me the homemade wine…’

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Homemade wines are traditional at Christmas. Just ask Scrunter (Irwin Reyes Johnson) who in the Christmas song ‘Homemade Wine’ names 16 wines […]

Christmas with per-sons with disabilities

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org The holiday season, with its twinkling lights, festive decorations, and joyous gatherings, is a time when families come together to celebrate. However, […]

The Christmas Eve rush… and other traditions

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Putting the house away’ on Christmas Eve was common in the past and some people say they find excitement still doing that […]

Parang-ing for Jesus: Meet Viva Jesús!

By Renee Smith University students who came together in prayer and worship found they were a talented group of musicians and bound by their unwavering faith […]

Around the World: How Various Cultures Mark the Advent Season

For the world’s over 1 billion Catholics and many Protestant denominations too, late November heralds the thoughtful season of Advent. Marking the four weeks approaching Christmas, […]

Synod, not a project but an experience

By Fr Donald Chambers Synod is not another pastoral programme or project to be added to the litany of Church projects. As a well-oiled institutional machinery, […]

Mission Hosororo – God at work

Jesus Explosion’s Coordinator Lesley Taylor Gouveia reflects on their 2023 mission to Guyana’s Interior Jesus Explosion went on Mission in July 2023 to Hosororo, the third […]

Believe…’ is more than a concert

In the spirit of unity, joy, and the magic of the holiday season comes ‘Believe, Christmas Around the World.’ This enchanting event will take place on […]

In support of the neurodivergent

The Neurodiversity Foundation (TNF) was launched at Queen’s Hall, Port of Spain on October 30. The main aim of the Foundation is to advocate on behalf […]

The layered history behind Advent

The Advent season marks a pivotal period in the Christian calendar, serving as a time of preparation before the celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth. Tracing back […]

Sweet Parang Sounds: Meet Los Sonidos!

By Renee Smith Within the Parang music industry stands a group that radiates an energy that seems to transcend the ordinary, where the harmony isn’t just […]

Silence and synodality

By Fr Donald Chambers “There is a time to keep silent and a time to speak” (Ecclesiastes 3:7). Silence is an essential element in the Church’s […]

Bishop Clyde among inductees to St Mary’s College Hall of Fame

Bishop Clyde M Harvey of St George’s-in-Grenada was one of five men inducted into the St Mary’s College Hall of Fame on November 14. The other […]

Grounded

Interview with Judy Joseph Mc Sween, Organisation Development Consultant and Christian Meditation teacher Q: Can you give us a little bit about your background? I was […]

Saint Francis of Assisi and the first Christmas crib

By Dominic J Ganteaume The first Christmas crib was instituted by Francis of Assisi (1181–1226) in the mountain village of Greccio in central Italy. Francis was […]

Dressed to impress God? RC Church’s Clothing Guidelines Cause Controversy

The question of what to wear in a church generates different views. This was evident after a photo of a poster giving examples of “proper” and […]

Catholic Men Speak: Int’l Men’s Day 2023

Sunday, November 19 is International Men’s Day, designated to spotlight the positive value men bring to the world, their families, and communities. It aims to highlight […]

What’s next? Let it be done

By Fr Donald Chambers On Sunday, October 29, Pope Francis celebrated the closing Mass of the Synod Assembly in St Peter’s Basilica. Three hundred and sixty-five […]

Vatican office provides guidance on sacramental inclusion of transgender and homosexual people

In July 2023, the Vatican’s doctrinal office, the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF), responded to several questions posed by Bishop José Negri of […]

Challenge to conversion

By Fr Donald Chambers As the Synod Assembly in Rome ended, the pertinent question resting on my mind was: what is the biggest challenge facing the […]

CCR Gospelypso Grand Finale

The Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) of Trinidad and Tobago will host the Grand Finale of its bi-annual Gospelypso Competition on November 26, from 6.30 p.m. at […]

Return of Santa Claus Parade

After a three-year hiatus, The Santa Claus Parade is back! Now in its 12th year, the parade is the major fundraiser for the Grant-a-Wish Foundation which […]

Embracing our dignity, vocation, and mission in the world today

By Bernadette Patrick In addressing the role of women in the Church, the recently concluded Synod on Synodality Synthesis Report recognises the significance of accompanying and […]

Letter of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to the People of God

Dear sisters, dear brothers, As the proceedings of the first session of the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops draw to a close, […]

Look de Caribbean Saints there!

By Fr Martin Sirju I visited the Canboulay street theatre on Carnival Friday last. When I arrived at 4.30 a.m., the place was packed and I […]

Emerging Parang Band: Meet Voces Dulces!

By Renee Smith A new and dynamic band has burst onto the scene, bringing a fresh wave of creativity and energy to Parang music. ‘Voces Dulces’, […]

Answering the call to serve: mission trips and mission at home

The call to serve and bring God’s love to others has long been a fundamental aspect of the Catholic faith. This calling is often answered through […]

What ‘a diamond’ looks like

Janet and Hugh Ramsey celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on October 26. Their daughter, Michele Mohammed, pays tribute. What does 60 years of marriage look like […]

Dealing with the big ‘C’ with a dose of big ‘F’

Interview with Lauren Pamponette, breast cancer survivor, cervical cancer patient. Q: Can you tell us, first of all, a little bit about your Catholic background? I […]

Discovering beauty, faith, and redemption

Story and photos by Matthew Woolford According to the Gospel of St Matthew 13:44, “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, […]

Homelessness a multi-faceted challenge – SVDP President

The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVDP), a venerable charitable institution in Trinidad and Tobago, stands as a stalwart in the country’s long history of […]

Synod and Mission

By Fr Donald Chambers In his spiritual input entitled The Samaritan Woman at the Well, at the Synod Assembly (October, Rome), Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP writes, […]

Challenges faced by the blind: An interview with ‘Lingo’

By Lara Pickford-Gordon October 12 was World Sight Day and October 15 was White Cane Day Safety Day in the United States. The white cane is […]

424 Music’s Transformative Worship Concert Experience

By Alana Seepersad How often have we felt as if God, though present, was somehow hidden from us? A further, and perhaps a more fitting question […]

Synod and hospitality

By Janine Aqui Synod has been swirling around in our Catholic Church since 2021. Appreciated or not, it is a vitally important collaboration that Pope Francis […]

Paris pilgrimage: finding friendship and faith at Sacre-Coeur

Story and photo by Matthew Woolford For most of my life, I have wrestled with the idea of friendship: What is it? How is it distinguished […]

Young person donates art in honour of Lady of the Rosary

By Anastazia Andrews, Holy Rosary Young choir member of the National Shrine of the Lady of the Rosary Kaitlin Harris donated one of her artwork pieces […]

An Inspiring Story of Sophie and Ava’s Fashion Week Adventure

Faith, Family, and Fashion! By Klysha Best While there are easy conversations on all that is wrong with T&T, it is also good to celebrate the […]

Meet Tyriq, the Young Mountain Biker with Big Dreams for T&T

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org My introduction to Tyriq Springer, the fearless 15-year-old mountain biker, began with a heart-pounding video of him conquering the treacherous Paramin hills. […]

Why does the Catholic Church dedicate October to Mary?

October is the month of Mary because it is a time when the Church encourages devotion and prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary. This tradition October […]

Gladys Gafoor – a legend, a superwoman, a true soldier

Gladys Mirahai Gafoor died August 25, 2023. She was 90. Her Funeral Mass was held  Friday, September 1 at St Charles Borromeo RC Church, Tunapuna. Her […]

Get Ready for ‘Unveiled’ – 424 Music Collective’s Worship Concert

The Archdiocese of Port of Spain can look forward to a new young adult music ministry collective called 424 Music. The name arises from the Johannine […]

Navigating the Secular: Insights from a Catholic Catechist

Angelo Kurbanali, catechist, reflects on how Catholics can engage with a secular world that often seems at odds with Church teaching. These are the teachings he […]

Archbishop’s Luncheon: Where Divine Guidance Meets Divine Dining!

By Meagan Roberts Head Girl, Holy Name Convent, POS On Monday, September 11 Archbishop Charles Jason Gordon hosted a luncheon for Head Girls and Deputy Head […]

Shine in the world…Jesus Explosion Revival 2023

From the Jesus Explosion Committee The Jesus Explosion (JE) Revival was indeed a well-needed spiritual top up, delivered on the heels of a successful main event […]

Forgiveness – the key to life

Fr Trevor Nathasingh lamented the scourge of hate in society which he says has led to unforgiving hearts and causes people to want to kill. Delivering […]

PAINT-Tings: Unveiling Creativity

In a world where creativity knows no age limits, Island Artists TT, under the tutelage of Paulette Narinesingh of Art De Joulie, proudly announces its inaugural […]

A pioneering Home

Book Review by Prof Bridget Brereton Residential homes for at-risk children have been in the news recently, and mostly not for good reasons. So it is […]

There is something for everyone

We feature those unheralded persons in the parishes committed to selling this publication. We appreciate all who have contributed to this ministry over the years, helping […]

Lifeline – there, to listen

CN contributor Klysha Best concludes her interview with Chair and volunteer listener with Lifeline TT, Lucretia Gabriel. Part 1 appeared in the September 24 issue. If […]

From Classroom Project to Film Festival Premiere: Panazz’s Extraordinary Journey

By Klysha Best There are some stories we just never knew we needed to be told. But God, as we know, works in mysterious ways. For […]

People were important to our missionary sister, ‘Gussie’

Sr Augustine Quarless SJC died September 2. She was 95. Following is an edited version of her eulogy. Rita Quarless was born on November 4, 1927, […]

Getting to Know Series: Chukwuma ‘Chuma’ Emesiani – from Nigeria to Trinidad

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelatons.camsel@catholictt.org There is a man whose name embodies the bridge between two worlds. To his Nigerian family and friends, he is Chukwuma Emesiani, […]

Fr Eliaza Mulemba Reflects on Serving Laventille and Morvant Communities

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Fr Eliaza Mulemba said he was “personally overjoyed” seeing the participation of youth at the Laventille Devotions, Sunday, September 10. The parish […]

Testaments of Faith and Miracles in the Tortuga Community

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Derek Telfer admits he’d be lying if there was not a moment during his membership with the Shrine Committee of Our Lady […]

CFC expands ministries, hosts Walk for Life

By Jemma Wong and Cheryl-Ann Mader, Couples for Christ Ministry, Trinidad & Tobago Couples for Christ (CFC) is ONE with the Catholic Church.  We share in […]

We ‘Trinify’ food

Interview with the man in front of @hungrybelly868, Brent Branker Q: Can you give us a little background on yourself? I went to school in Holy […]

Kael Bisnath: Chess Star from Presentation College Secures Gold 

Kael Samual Bisnath, a Form Three student of Presentation College, Chaguanas placed first in the Under-14 Open of the Central American and Caribbean Games Youth Chess […]

His greatest miracle?

By Matthew Woolford According to Dr M Scott Peck: “I began The Road Less Traveled with the assertion that ‘life is difficult’. In Further Along the […]

Saluting Catholic News Sellers: Debra Francois

We feature those unheralded persons in the parishes committed to selling this publication. We appreciate all who have contributed to this ministry over the years, helping […]

Creating a trauma-sensitive nation

By Dr Sharon Syriac “Trauma is not what happens to you. Trauma is what happens inside you, as a result of what happens to you.” – […]

Diane Bertrand on The Faith-Filled Restoration of OLM RC, Tortuga

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org The journey towards the restoration and rededication of Our Lady of Montserrat (OLM) Tortuga, Tuesday, August 22 asserts that God enables a […]

The life and legacy of respected composer of Caribbean music

A special feature on the life and legacy of accomplished musician and educator Desmond Waithe premiered on television during the Independence Day weekend. Waithe, who passed […]

Online book study: Theology of the Body for Beginners

Theology of the Body (TOB) offers a clear awareness of what it means to be human. TOB enunciates who we are, why we are on this […]

His precious cross

Joy Nanton of Holy Cross Parish, Santa Cruz, offers her thoughts on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, September 14. “When I am […]

Brainstorming ABP for renewal in the Archdiocese

By Colin Bartholomew Biblical Animation of All Parish Life (ABP) is a ministry that began in the Archdiocese of Port of Spain in 2014. This Ministry […]

A ‘big up’ for ‘Mr Chung’

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Her beloved Trinidad and Tobago

On August 31, 2020, Jill Padmore in a Facebook post commented that two songs were running ‘neck and neck’ to be winner in the competition for […]

Art by Zain…get familiar

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Zain Wint’s drawings are an integral part of The St Charles Borromeo RC Ministry of Consolation Book 2023. Zain is an eleven-year-old […]

Sir’ Michael – champion of Aripo, mayor of Cumaca

Michael Marlon Kishore Baptiste, the youngest serving lay minister in the Santa Rosa/Malabar cluster, died August 20. His Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, August 30, […]

Family love for ‘Daddy Nico’

The Precious Blood Prayer Group welcomed one of its longstanding and faithful members, Lionel Nicholas, fondly called ‘Daddy Nico’, to its prayer meeting on Thursday, August […]

La Veronica RC continues to show the face of Christ

On Sunday, August 20, La Veronica RC Church, Lopinot, celebrated its 75th anniversary. In the early 1940s, the Lopinot settlers were displaced from their homes in […]

Tunapuna’s Ministry of Consolation launches new book

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org   The St Charles Borromeo Church Ministry of Consolation (MoC) has produced its second book St Charles Borromeo RC Ministry of Consolation […]

More children activities so they can grow in the faith

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Solemnity of the Assumption explained

The Catholic Church teaches that Mary, the Mother of Jesus, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory when her earthly life was over. This […]

Blanchisseuse Liturgical Ensemble inspired by God

By Kaelanne Jordan The Blanchisseuse parish is one of the traditional standalone parishes which does not belong to a cluster group except belonging to the Northern […]

Bethesda camp

Two events to assist Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and their families were hosted by the Bethesda Catholic community.  A stakeholder fair and fun day took place […]

Camp Joyful Catholic

Camp Joyful Catholic is an initiative of St Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church that envisioned the First Communion Team building relationships with God and each other through […]

Ésta es la juventud del papa!

Catholic News reporter Renée Smith was among the group of 35 local pilgrims who attended the World Youth Day celebrations in Lisbon, Portugal. She has been […]

A spiritual immersion in Israel

By Ruby Alleyne PART 3 conclusion Tired, sun-drenched, and thirsty, we made our way to the Church of Our Lady of the Mountain in the tiny […]

TT Scouts brave heatwave at Jamboree in South Korea

‘Be Prepared’ is the motto for the Scout Movement. This was tested as the T&T Scout contingent braved the heatwave conditions at the campsite in SaeManGeum […]

Counter Trafficking Unit says Catholic Church can assist in fight against human trafficking

By Klysha Best On July 30, 2023, the world marked World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. The Day was created by the United Nations in 2014. […]

Beach safety

Halfway through the July and August vacation period (JAVA), we have already seen a few beach-related deaths. The Trinidad and Tobago Life Saving Society (TTLSS) Education […]

Families Grieving Loss: Remembering Sherwin

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Murder is an unsettling reality in our country. Behind the news stories are families grieving their loss. Galey Fernando’s corridor and living […]

Embracing Faith and Community: The Inspiring Journey of Nichell Richardson-Austin

By Kaelanne Jordan In the serene and picturesque coastal village of Las Cuevas lies the heart of a vibrant Catholic community, and at its core, stands […]

An unforgettable desert adventure in Jordan

By Ruby Alleyne PART 2 Our Egyptian tour guide, Adel, was an archaeologist and so, in the days that followed, we would learn about ancient Egyptian […]

A call to faith

By Nicole Poyer Like that first conch shell in Peter Telfer’s hymn, ‘A Call to Praise’, the CTCT’s call for papers was a call to reflect, […]

Yes Stevie, she is lovely!

By Matthew Woolford The first time I held Amari, she was weeks away from being born and still in her mother’s womb. This was at the […]

Son paralysed from the neck down, but ‘God has the final say’, says mother

By Kaelanne Jordan An accident on what should have been a beautiful Easter Sunday (April 11) family outing to Paria, resulted in 15-year-old Ayden Attin, an […]

Seeing people for who they are

Interview with our youthful The Millennial Mind columnist and writer, Daniel Francis Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your background? I went to […]

Our journey begins in Egypt

By Ruby Alleyne PART 1 A pilgrimage is first and foremost a spiritual journey. Although it is a synodal experience as we journey together with our […]

On death and dying

By Dr Alison Mc Letchie The panel ‘Death and Dying’ which took place at the Conference on Theology in the Caribbean Today (CTCT) held in Grenada […]

Celebrating World Day for Grandparents and Elderly: The village midwife

As we celebrate the third World Day for Grandparents and Elderly on July 23, 2023, which has as its theme His mercy is from age to […]

Deacon Toussaint’s unlikely success story

An unlikely success story – The CEO, Deacon, Cultural advocate and Revolutionary. That’s the title of the memoir by Deacon Lennox Toussaint which was launched on […]

Healthy eating during the ‘vacay’

By Cherice Bronte-Tinkew It’s JAVA! The July/August Vacation is a great time to teach children new habits and skills. It’s all about family time together and […]

Don’t let your mind rule you!

Centenarian’s advice for a life well-lived St Theresa’s Parish, Woodbrook recently celebrated one of its most esteemed parishioners, centenarian Paulina Amoy Amar nee Chatolal, who was […]

The Primacy of Peter as told by a Holy Land tour guide

Imagine you are in Jerusalem after the Resurrection, and your name is Peter. “And everybody knows you are the chief, you are the oldest…believe me, each […]

Promise House TT Offers Hope for Children with Cancer

By Klysha Best Promises are actions that affirm our love and connection with others. Whether that connection is through friendships, family, or strangers, promises affirm that […]

An explosion of love and hope

Hundreds of people gathered at Trinity College East, Trincity for the 21st edition of Jesus Explosion, a powerful event aimed to inspire the T&T Catholic community […]

Marionettes celebrates its diamond jubilee

In a series of celebratory concerts planned for July 14 to 16, The Marionettes Chorale will launch its much-anticipated 60th anniversary at venues in Port of […]

Good News comes in different forms

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Obeying the Father’s command in The Holy Land

There are five things a visitor to the Holy Land must do. What are they? Archbishop Charles Jason Gordon found out on his visit to the […]

Redemption–through God and art

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org The art exhibit from Carrera Island Studios got off to a good start with 17 of 30 pieces sold on opening night […]

More youth activities in the paper

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Gender Q&A with Anna Maria Mora (Part One)

Many parents are concerned about attempts to indoctrinate their children into lifestyle choices that go against their own values. This came to the fore during the […]

Bethesda resumes First Communion programme

Bethesda – For Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) resumed our sacramental programmes in 2023 after an absence due to Covid-19. For our first group of candidates for […]

Bingo!’ …with Bethesda

On the very rainy Sunday, May 28, the Bingo fraternity came out in support of Bethesda – For Persons with Disabilities’ first fundraising event at Holy […]

Radical faith! Radical witness!

By Sr Renée K Hall OP Sincere gratitude to His Grace Archbishop Jason Gordon, Vicar General and Cathedral Administrator Fr Martin Sirju, the Organising Committee at […]

Lystra epitomised ‘the Catholic teacher’

Lystra Rosemary Simon died May 8. Her Funeral Mass was May 12; Fr Roger Paponette was the main celebrant. The following tribute was submitted by the […]

A tribute to ‘The Dom’

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org St Benedict’s College, La Romaine, was largely the brainchild of one Benedictine monk, Dom Basil Matthews who, having emerged on the public […]

Beyond Friendship – Mausica Teachers’ College reunite

By Anna Maria Mora (MTC 1968–1970) Mausica Teachers’ College (MTC), founded in 1963, was located on Mausica Road, D’Abadie, South of the Churchill Roosevelt Highway. It […]

Good advice in the financial column

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Why an ecosystem for services

Micro and Small businesses matter By Vashti Guyadeen CEO, Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Services Industries Commemorating World Micro and Small Business Day on June 27 […]

Initiatives to strengthen marriages, family life

Through the sponsorship of the Catholic Marriage Initiative (CMI) fund whose  purpose “is to dramatically increase the availability of and participation in high quality Catholic Marriage […]

Posting T&T positivity

Interview with local social media content creator, Alan Charles @trini_surfer Q: How did you become a content creator? In a nutshell how I became a content […]

REDEMPTION: Carrera Island Art Exhibition

Painting is considered a calming, peaceful, and meditative activity where time slips by unnoticed. The Carrera Island Studios is a special art studio which has produced […]

Saluting Our Sellers: Edme Francois

We feature those unheralded persons in the parishes committed to selling this publication. We appreciate all who have contributed to this ministry over the years, helping […]

Add love, care, respect to curriculum

“Teachers need to teach the old-time values of love, care, and respect. The world needs to be anchored in the love of God, more today than […]

Pope receives photobook from popular T&T photographer

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org “I was on a high for two days. I couldn’t stop talking about it,” local photographer Chris Anderson told The Catholic News […]

Racquel Moses: Connecting the dots of climate change

By Klysha Best  How many of you believe that climate change is real? Well, in the last few years, the world has experienced devastating extreme weather […]

Integrating Venezuelan migrants through home-based agriculture

Story and photos courtesy Matthew Pierre On Saturday, May 6 a graduation ceremony was held for a migrant training programme in Arima. The programme focused on […]

And there was jazz too!

Story and photos by Matthew Woolford The island of St Lucia has a way of wrapping her spirit around you: embracing, guiding, and teaching you all […]

SVP needs financial support as it cares for the poor

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org   The Cyril Ross Children’s Home, El Dorado Road, Tunapuna is expected to be licensed after meeting the standards required under the […]

Dads, you need some ‘me time’

Mindfulness, hot towel shaves, meditation, facials, nutrition, beard enhancement, scalp micropigmentation…What are these you ask? These are all terms synonymous with the move towards better self-care […]

A father’s lullaby

By Alvin Peters My precious one, now go to sleep May the angels always protect you As you close your eyes, remember this That my love […]

Roslyn appreciated the simple things in life

Roslyn Charlotte Delapenha died Tuesday, May 9. Following is an edited version of the eulogy delivered by her daughter Abigail Tardieu at her funeral on May […]

‘Surviving Divorce’ series continues for the Separated, Divorced and Widowed

The newly relaunched Ministry for the Separated, Divorced and Widowed (SDW) in the Archdiocese hosted its second monthly meeting on May 19.  Like the first meeting […]

Studies at Seminary offers both Catholic unity, Ecumenical character

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org The Seminary of St John Vianney and Uganda Martyrs (SJVUM) held its 2023 graduation and end of semester Mass Friday, May 19. […]

Trinity TV takes a LEAP

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Trinity TV is inviting viewers to join them on a LEAP of Faith as they explore LOGOS, ETHOS, ALTOS, PATHOS, a new […]

One Body of Christ  – rising up together

The Catholic News (CN) features some of our Catholic composers of hymns, and songs of praise and worship to find out how their creations were inspired. […]

To understand the pulse of the community

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How to make your wedding business better

By Simone Sant-Ghuran, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, TrinidadWeddings.com  As the first wedding planning resource established in Trinidad and Tobago almost 20 years ago, we are privileged to […]

Why do priests drop a piece of host into the chalice?

During Mass in the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church you may have noticed that the priest will break a small part of the consecrated host […]

Saluting Our Sellers: Shirley Stewart

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Pool lime with a purpose

Faith. Fellowship. Fun. These are some of the building blocks of what it means to be family. We are all aware that the sun has not […]

Communication, forgiveness builds healthy, life-giving married life

Kendell and Latoya Celestine, Coordinator couple of the Catholic Engaged Encounter of Trinidad and Tobago (CEETT), offer some advice on married life to newlyweds. Photo: Gerard-Paul […]

Selling the paper is my way of evangelising

We feature those unheralded persons in the parishes committed to selling this publication. We appreciate all who have contributed to this ministry over the years, helping […]

Part One: Finding the ‛Holy’ in the Holy Land in Holy Week

Fr Robert Christo is the Vicar of Communications and while on sabbatical, he joined a pilgrimage to Jerusalem for Holy Week. He writes about experiencing Holy […]

Lest we forget – CTCT memories

The Conference on Theology in the Caribbean Today (CTCT) hosted an online conversation between one of its founders, Msgr Patrick ‘Paba’ Anthony of Castries and executive […]

Psalms of praise and gratitude

Bro Paschal Jordan OSB spoke at the Liturgical Commission’s workshop ‘Composing Responsorial Psalms’ March 30 at the Max Murphy Hall, St Philip and St James RC […]

Praise the Trinity – a song for the nation

The Catholic News (CN) features some of our Catholic composers of hymns, and songs of praise and worship to find out how their creations were inspired. […]

Earl Romaine: A commitment to personal delivery

We feature those unheralded persons in the parishes committed to selling this publication. We appreciate all who have contributed to this ministry over the years, helping […]

Shalom Centre at St Dominic’s Children’s Home

The Shalom Centre was established by the St Dominic’s Children’s Home (SDCH) on its Belmont campus in 2010, in response to the challenge directed by the […]

The Psalms – cry out to God in confidence

Bro Paschal Jordan OSB spoke at the Liturgical Commission’s workshop ‘Composing Responsorial Psalms’ March 30 at the Max Murphy Hall, St Philip and St James RC […]

We have a state-of-the-art 21st century paper

We feature those unheralded persons in the parishes committed to selling this publication. We appreciate all who have contributed to this ministry over the years, helping […]

Is Christ divided?

By Fr Donald Chambers   We pilgrim to the land of Jesus’ earthly life, ‘Cause it’s Holy. Holy cause: the footsteps of Jesus, Jesus – human […]

Helping others was Allison’s concern

Following is a tribute to Allison Carrington who died March 29, 2023. Her Funeral was held April 12 at the Church of the Annunciation, Santa Rosa […]

Don’t forget Our Lady of Fatima’s call to repent

Sr. Lucia stated that the central message of Our Lady of Fatima was the call for personal repentance and conversion. While it’s easy to focus on […]

Crime and violence as a public health issue

By Tonia Leacock-Gooding Communities Alive Education and Training It is quite commendable that leaders in various countries came together to discuss this matter of great concern […]

Solace from the Book of Psalms

Bro Paschal Jordan OSB spoke at the Liturgical Commission’s workshop ‘Composing Responsorial Psalms’ March 30 at the Max Murphy Hall, St Philip and St James RC […]

Litany of Blessed Virgin Mary

The Catholic News (CN) will be featuring some of our Catholic composers of hymns, and songs of praise and worship to find out how their creations […]

Teaching and singing – Linda’s great passions

Linda McCollin died on Easter Sunday (April 9). Her Funeral Mass was on Tuesday, April 18. The eulogy, delivered by her daughter Janine, has been edited […]

Army of the Lord! x Sharon Jackson-Tobas

Army of the Lord – lyrics & music by Sharon Jackson-Tobas, Trinidad   We are the army of the Lord, down in the battlefield. The Word […]

Getting to Know Series: Barbara Lake – Managing Director, Liturgical Commission

Barbara Lake, Managing Director, Liturgical Commission has many anecdotes about her life which can keep the listener rapt. Lake is of British and Austrian parentage. Her […]

Strength in numbers: AFLC’s Scavenger Hunt 2023

By J’Lani De Four “Please tell me we not going South! We ain’t want to drive to South at all!”, said many of our scavengers before […]

Catholic gamer runs “Virtual Reality Zone” for all ages

By Klysha Best For parents of children of any age, it can be difficult sometimes to find good, family friendly safe spaces to take them to, […]

SJC Scholarship winner tells secrets to success: faith, family and tutelage

By Klysha Best On March 2, 2023, the Ministry of Education announced the award of 100 scholarships based on the results of the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency […]

Deep Faith: A rags to riches story

By Daniel Young As members of the Catholic faith, we are acquainted with the story and teachings of Jesus Christ. Christ’s teachings are timeless in their […]

First reunion for RC Teachers’ College

On Saturday, March 11 the Roman Catholic Teachers’ College (which is no longer in existence) Class of 1978–1980, held its first reunion, at the Emmaus Retreat […]

Special Needs children – sent for a specific purpose

World Autism Awareness Day is being commemorated this Sunday, April 2. Lyra Thompson-Hollingsworth, a Special Needs parent and a member of the Bethesda Catholic Community reflects […]

RC Community in Tobago

By Kaelanne Jordan Should you check information such as that of the Trinidad Guardian of October 1, 1963, you will read headlines such as: ‘Four Tobago […]

Green Market Santa Cruz: all about food security and zero hunger

by Vicki Assevero Pope Francis in his 2015 encyclical Laudato Si’ encouraged believers “to care for our common home” and to view Mother Earth as a […]

What are we doing here?

By Msgr Michael de Verteuil Chair of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission What are we doing here in this church building this Saturday evening/Sunday? We have come […]

‘5 star Akil’ steps into a new life

Akil ‘5 Star’ Borneo is now singing a different tune. The acclaimed Soca artiste and former deejay has closed the door on his Soca career and […]

Who are we?

By Msgr Michael de Verteuil Chair of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission Who are we, this people gathered in this church? The General Instruction of the Roman […]

Discover God’s Will in your life

The Companions of the Transfigured Christ (CTC) is offering directed retreats for individuals and small groups seeking to deepen their spiritual practice and discover God’s Will. […]

Retreats for those seeking to deepen their spirituality

The Companions of the Transfigured Christ (CTC) is offering directed retreats for individuals and small groups seeking to deepen their spiritual practice and discover God’s Will. […]

Beware the doorways to the demonic

A United States-based peritus (Church-decreed expert) of religious demonology and exorcism spoke of a “special challenge” in today’s generation; many are drawing away from religion, which […]

A different Way

From the National Catholic Men’s Ministry, Northern Vicariate This is an urgent call to the whole Church, to join us as we reach out to the […]

Gambling: the addictive vs the benign

Senior writer Lara Pickford-Gordon concludes her series on the growing addiction of gambling with the opinion of past and present clergy.  Part one appeared in the […]

Firmness in God, importance of fathers

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org The father-child relationship is like what the skeletal is to the body: it provides stability, a courage to face life and its […]

If you’re still not sure what to do for Lent, this is for you

By Zoe Romanowsky, Aleteia.org During Lent, as we prepare for the Lord’s Passion, death and Resurrection, the Church calls us to examine our lives, turn away […]

Recovery… a long road

Twenty-five years ago, Wayne Lee, approached Violet D’Ornellas and Fr George Pritchett, founders of the Emmanuel Community about having a programme for gambling addicts. It became […]

IWD 2023 #Embrace Equity in mental health care

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor Psychologist/Educator email: mncpsych17@gmail.com   This year 2023, the campaign theme for International Women’s Day, #EmbraceEquity, seeks “to get the world talking about […]

Spoilt Rotten Kids showcases compassion and kindness with ‘Ubuntu’

By Klysha Best There is a perception that Carnival is all about skimpiness and fetes. However, there is a whole sector of creatives that are striving […]

Making Indian mas’ unforgettable

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Photos by Elmo Griffith   The late Lionel Jagessar made his mark on Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival for more than 40 years. […]

Eager to deliver at Dimache Gras, Yorke sings ‘Being Human’

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org   Ezekiel Yorke will have many prayers and supporters behind him as a finalist in the 2023 Calypso Monarch competition at the […]

The ‘Viking’ and ‘MM’

By Matthew Woolford The first time I saw the ‘Fete King’ in concert, I knew he was going to be a global superstar! The year was […]

Skin and self-care tips for a safe Carnival

By Heidi Gibbon, Aesthetician I’ve played mas’ for almost the last 30 years and feel confident that I have the BEST skincare/beauty tips for Carnival Monday […]

A close encounter of the blue devil kind…

Senior writer Lara Pickford-Gordon had a brief encounter with a few blue devils. Interestingly, she left with not even a smudge of paint – two years […]

Talk Tent 2023 is on!

Fans are in for a treat as the Annual Talk Tent celebrates its 40th anniversary at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s, for two big shows on Saturday, […]

Spiritual conversations essential on synodal journey

By Fr Donald Chambers In today’s culture, group discussions and one-on-one conversations tend to be guided by the philosophy of “the survival of the fittest”. They […]

Interview with a Carnivalist

A chat with Claudette Sinnette Q: Can you give us a little about your background? Initially, I started training as a pharmacy student and then I […]

Reaching the soul of the nation

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org The resumption of parish visits came out of necessity. A board of management meeting discussed the urgency of boosting circulation. Sr Marie-Thérèse […]

Be ignited by the flame

St Dominic’s Penal RC School 60th Anniversary On Tuesday, January 22, 1963, the first students and teachers of St Dominic’s Penal RC made a step into […]

New year, new weight goals?

By Cherice Bronte-Tinkew As always, every new year is a time to reset, and many would have set their new year goal to lose 10lbs to […]

The Word of God – God’s self-disclosure

Fr Donald Chambers presents the Church’s meaning of the expression ‘Word of God’ and reflects on the Church’s mission of proclaiming God’s Word today. On Sunday, […]

Take time to understand the Word – start at the end to interpret the beginning

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org If one should ever come across “strange things” that the Church teaches, don’t start by believing that the Church is wrong; and […]

CFC celebrates silver jubilee, challenged to move forward

By Aliyah Maynard CFC Singles for Christ Sunday, January 22, 2023, was no ordinary day for Couples for Christ (CFC) Trinidad and Tobago, but one that […]

A chosen one of God who understood sacrifice

Bernadette Salandy can be pointed out as someone whose sacrificial life showed she was a chosen one of God, said Fr Gregory Augustine CSSp at the […]

Launching into the written word with God’s help

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org During her two decades with The Catholic News, she wrote on a range of issues and topics. There were series from her […]

Making Room in the In”

By Dr Sharon Syriac “There is no greater disability in society than the inability to see a person as more.” –Robert M Hensel The Holy Faith […]

The beautiful soul and spirit of Bernadette

Bernadette Salandy died Thursday, January 12 at the age of 77 years. Her Funeral Mass was celebrated Thursday, January 19 at the Church of the Nativity, […]

Bernadette Salandy – a good and faithful servant

By Felix Edinborough As a template for our lives should we want to enter paradise, Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” […]

Family, faith, and music ‘Viva!’ to ‘Flutie’

Ronald Ramon-Fortune died January 6, 2023 at the age of 84. His Funeral Mass was celebrated January 11 at St Benedict’s RC Church, La Romaine. Following […]

Becoming a Lay Dominican

Lay Dominican life is truly a vocation, and so the process of formation is undertaken over a number of years, in the context of a community […]

For the love of this paper and T&T…

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Sister Marie-Thérèse Rétout OP first embraced her vocation as a religious August 1, 1949 when she made her first vows of Religious […]

Just for men – an invitation to fellowship

By Hayden Ross St Michael’s Men’s Group   There is no telling where we (men) have been, or how we have fared mentally or spiritually for […]

Who are lay Dominicans?

Part one of a two-part series The Dominicans (Order of Preachers), are a Catholic religious order founded by Dominic de Guzmán in 1215. The history of […]

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