Features

The Church of the Assumption – a local architect modernises church design

Trinidad & Tobago has many beautiful churches, all having a rich history. Senior writer Lara Pickford-Gordon visited a few and writes on the Church of the […]

The role and impact of Africans in Nation Building

By Dr Sharon Syriac On  August 1, Dr Lovell Francis, High Commissioner to South Africa, revealed that there are many forms of emancipation. However, in 1834, […]

Youth participation in the life of the Church

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org “You ever went to church, and after the Mass… everybody… people just jump in their car and buss out?” Catholic Commission for […]

Preserving Woodbrook’s unique heritage

The following ‘Response to Ariapita Avenue Developments and Year-Round Carnival Centre’ issued by the Woodbrook Residents Committee on August 4 has been edited for length. Since […]

In the name of science and service

By Dixie-Ann Belle As Dr Arlene Williams-Persad stood with the nine other awardees at the recent 13th Latin American and Caribbean Congress of Immunology – ALACI […]

Aug 9: International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Tuesday, August 9 marks the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. This year’s theme looks at the Role of Indigenous women in the preservation and […]

Always for others

The Chatham/Cedros Catholic community honoured stalwart Dexter Mitchell on July 31 at the St Ann’s RC Chapel after Mass celebrated by Fr David Khan. The following […]

Men, check your health and what you eat

By Cherice Bronte-Tinkew R.D. Men are less likely to go to a doctor for an annual check-up unless they are severely ill, or it is a […]

Hiking How To’s

By the Hiking Association of Trinidad and Tobago As the August vacation draws to a close, families and friends may be seeking exciting ways to end […]

Error 404’ Provide salary details – or not?

By Pasha Hussain, Managing Director In our last piece (CN July 10), we weighed in on the need to develop and post a clear and honest […]

Shepherd’s Cup 2022 – Fun, Fitness and Fellowship Edition

From The Office of Youth Ministry When we think of the pandemic lockdowns and its repercussions on ministry in the Archdiocese of Port of Spain, its […]

An Immersive Village Experience: Lopinot Tourism

In collaboration with Marcia Guerrero, Chair, LCCT and Director, Mariposa. The old adage, “There is no place like home” is the basis of the local tourism […]

Let the children play… and join them

From the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission What is it that children love to do? Play of course! Parents and teachers (read ‘the adults’) often complain that […]

My journey in the workplace

By Helen Achong I worked at one organisation for 29 years, beginning at the age of 18 with no prior working experience. It was there that […]

Viola’s Place – like family

Joan Benita Braithwaite, owner, Viola’s Place Where did you start working and how did you end up in the hotel industry? I was a classroom teacher […]

Holiday time again

The July/August vacation is halfway-through, and in this business supplement themed Love up Local—Experience T&T, we focus on local sites that offer a fun experience for […]

Earthquake? No, just the Metro

By Raymond Syms, Editor Are you ready to go home? Represent the Antilles Episcopal Conference at the tenth World Meeting of Families – done. Visit some […]

We plan our course, but the Lord determines our steps…

Leela Ramdeen is the first in our Catholic Icons web series. Parts one and two appeared in the July 3 and 17 issues respectively. This is […]

No flour? No problem, says Madame Moringa

By Klysha Best Imagine having breadfruit pancakes or some melongene fritters for breakfast, minus the use of flour? Following the increase of flour last month, debate […]

Francesco – from ‘Papa’ to San

By Raymond Syms, Editor All eyes were on him as he slowly exited the popemobile parked behind the altar. Pope Francis grimaced in obvious pain, suffering […]

Retired? No, just ‘retreaded’ to bear more fruit

This Sunday is World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly. The theme is In old age they will bear fruit (Ps 92:15). “The day emphasizes how […]

Getting to Know Series: Lauren Branker

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org As Lauren Branker tells it, her work as Communications Officer at the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) is for the good of God. […]

“Soft spoken Richard” displayed grit for SEA 2022

“Pleasantly surprised.” This is how Granville RC Principal Martin Lumkin responded when asked to share his thoughts of his students’ performance at this year’s Secondary Entrance […]

Pandemic struggles to SEA success: Hardbargin RC student gives thanks

On Friday July 1, the Hardbargain RC School, Williamsville held a graduation ceremony for the outgoing Standard Five Students who sat the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA). […]

Taking in the sights…watch out for the seagulls!

By Raymond Syms, Editor “Waaahhhhh!” Dawn in Rome. “Waaahhhh!” I open my eyes and turn. Tricia is still fast asleep. “Waaahhhh!” What the heck is that?! […]

Working for racial justice in the UK

Leela Ramdeen, a champion of Social Justice, before becoming Chair, Catholic Commission for Social Justice (CCSJ) and the Archdiocese’s Ministry for Migrants and Refugees (AMMR) was […]

Mmm….‘A nice brown ting’ We’re talking Cocobel

Cocobel Chocolate’s 100 per cent locally made, artisanal, single origin chocolate has been pioneering Trinidad’s artisanal fine chocolate-making industry since 2008. Cocobel Chocolate is made from […]

Helping children get their writing back on track

By Kaelanne Jordan, mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Veronica Carasquero, author of Penmanship Perfect is a devoted teacher at Diego Martin Boys’ RC. Her new book is targeted at preschoolers, […]

Holy Spirit Chosen Ministry celebrates second anniversary

“Holy Spirit Come With your Fire!” were the words sung lustily at the June 5 celebration of the second anniversary of the Holy Spirit Chosen Ministry […]

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 […]

Error 404’ Aiming for transparency in the JD

In our last article (June 5, CN), the team discussed the Recruitment Process, Tips and Traps for the Job Seeker. In this article, we would be […]

Rome was made for walking…

By Raymond Syms, Editor Step up. Keep up. This is Rome. Again. Buongiorno! Good morning or Good Day! I had the blessing of visiting Rome for […]

The role of the Labour Movement in nation building

By Dr Sharon Syriac Brown girl in the ring Tra la la la la There’s a brown girl in the ring Tra la la la la […]

The Catholic Netflix

By Kaelanne Jordan, mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org The Catholic Religious Education Development Institute (CREDI) has partnered with the Augustine Institute Resource Center for free access to the FORMED online […]

A passion for justice

Leela Ramdeen, a champion of Social Justice, before becoming Chair, Catholic Commission for Social Justice (CCSJ) and the Archdiocese’s Ministry for Migrants and Refugees (AMMR) was […]

Lions Roar and Heroes Cry

By Matthew Woolford My love affair with the game of basketball started as a 10-year-old student at Western (now Sacred Heart) Boys’ RC School, Richmond Street, […]

Courage and Tears: A Tale of Resourcefulness

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Courage and Tears is the title of Shirley Tappin’s first novel. Tappin, the Senior Human Resource Officer at the Chancery Archdiocese of […]

Waves for Hope: Spreading joy through surfing

By Daniel Young For Christopher ‘Chris’ Dennis, the sport of surfing has provided much. In the local Trinidadian surf community,  Dennis is an icon of the […]

Let’s Talk Nation Building: The Development & Protection of Women and Girls in Trinidad and Tobago

I woke up today in pain. My chest hurt from the first kick I’d gotten. My arms were blue-black. My leg was throbbing where he’d kicked […]

A priest’s golden jubilee: Fr Herbert Charles

On June 25, 1972 Rev Herbert Charles of Mt Lambert, Rev Franklyn Andrews and Rev Brian de Freitas were ordained by Archbishop Anthony Pantin. Charles, this […]

Business Spotlight: Curepe Agri and General Supplies

The Curepe Agri and General Supplies store offers a wide range of products and services for household gardens and larger agricultural spaces. They sell flowers and […]

Business Spotlight: Cocoa Pod Chocolate Shop

With a vision to helping make Trinidad and Tobago the Mecca of chocolate in the world, the Cocoa Pod Chocolate Shop is a research and development […]

Business Spotlight: Cocobel

Cocobel Chocolate’s 100% locally made, artisanal, single origin chocolate has been pioneering Trinidad’s artisanal fine chocolate-making industry since 2008. Cocobel Chocolate is made from world-renowned, “Fine […]

Business Spotlight: IFarmTT

IFarmTT LTD is a 100 per cent local agri-tech company pioneering Vertical Farming and Controlled Environment Agriculture which is a technology-based approach towards crop cultivation to […]

Business Spotlight: Fresh Farm

Located in Talparo, Fresh Farm provides all-natural eggs to groceries around the country. Soon to be providing all-natural chicken, Fresh Farm has developed a system of […]

Business Spotlight: New Earth Organic

Established in September 2008, New Earth Organic is the first organic store in Trinidad, and the only store devoted entirely to organic products. They offer delivery […]

Business Spotlight: The Plant Doctors Hydroponics/Aquaponics

Pioneers in selling all inputs and advising in hydroponics/aquaponics, The Plant Doctors’ objective is for farmers, householders and other interested persons to engage in different systems […]

Planting Time

Sandy Samnarine Division Manager-Agri, Lawn & Garden FT Farfan Limited Despite your religious persuasion, Corpus Christi in Trinidad is the single most popular day for planting.  […]

The Future of Business and the Earth – ESG Who?

By Dominique Heffes-Doon Integrated Communications Lead, Camsel Member of Laudato Si’ Media Pope Francis in his encyclical and open letter to humanity on the environment, Laudato […]

Managing your emotions

Here are a few effective ways to understand and gain control over your emotional life: Pause and Pray–Get in the habit of briefly pausing and praying […]

Living a Christian life on the job

Sometimes, our jobs can be enlivened by the people we work with. Other times, they seem to get on our last nerve. Jerome Alexander is the […]

Faith and farming – Cornelius Campbell, Paramin farmer

How did you get started? I used to work in a hydraulics place. I started in garden first, but it was kinda difficult financially I say […]

Eco-Agriculture

We are particularly excited about this supplement’s theme: Eco-agriculture. According to Green Peace, eco-agriculture or eco-farming “combines modern science and innovation with respect for nature and […]

Bathol Pallai: A Legacy of Agriculture

There is often a dilemma at the passing of a person who was very well known to all, as to what was their legacy. This thought […]

Caring for and treasuring our elderly in the time of pandemic

By Kaelanne Jordan Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, older adults have been disproportionately affected. We have all heard the warnings from the health authorities […]

The path to another life

By Richard Thompson “Many people begin, but few finish. And we, who are trying to behave as God’s children, have to be among those few. Remember […]

Celebrating our spiritual fathers

Every year Father’s Day comes knocking at our door and how do we celebrate? This year we celebrate the lives of four priests who give of […]

A family of musicians

By Kaelanne Jordan Music is a common thread in the Roberts’ household. Kern has been involved in a church choir his whole life playing drums, even […]

“Getting to Know” Series: Meet Angelo Kurbanali

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Angelo Kurbanali is the Content Creator at the Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Archdiocese, known as the Catholic Youth Commission […]

‘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 […]

The saint of ordinary life — Josemaria Escriva

By Fr Mark Georges, Opus Dei On June 26, the Church celebrates the Feast day of St Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei (Latin for […]

‘Auntie Sylvia’ could well cook

Sylvia Allen died on April 14, 2022, at the age of 102. The funeral Mass was held May 17 at the Santa Rosa RC Church, Arima. […]

Finding God again

By Daniel Young Faith is a subject that we can all relate to. Some of us see faith as a state of always being perfectly in […]

Pew to Pavement Q&A with Cindy Narine

The Catholic News is excited to launch our new online series ‘Pew to Pavement’ and who better to kick off this venture, than a true champion […]

Our Mt Tabor experience

Many people, when they hear ‘Couples for Christ’ (CFC), they immediately think that it is an organisation only for couples – but I assure you, it […]

The benefits of breastfeeding

The Supermarket Association of Trinidad and Tobago issued a media release May 13 assuring that based on feedback from its suppliers there is no issue with […]

‘Error 404’: Recruitment process – Tips and Traps

The recruitment process is a two-way street, neither being the easier path to tread. In this two-part series, we’ve put together our lead recruiters’ experience with […]

Working with young men reaps rewards

By Lara Pickford-Gordon, snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org We encounter the divinity in our brothers and sisters through their acts of generosity and kindness; it can come in different guises. […]

Living with and overcoming PWS

Simone Callender writes about a rare genetic disorder affecting her daughter known as Prader-Willi Syndrome. World International Prader-Willi Syndrome Awareness Day was marked on Friday, May […]

The beautiful fragments that make us whole—Happy Indian Arrival Day!

Originally published May 30, 2019 “Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry for granted […]

God @ Work: The Catholic Mission

The Catholic News has added another facet to its integral living thrust with the introduction of its business supplement. With a specific theme every month, get […]

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 […]

Dis Rosary Ting

By Alvin Peters Hear dis. Ah have someting to tell yuh but finish yuh drink fus. I paying for de next rounds. Doh get vex, eh. […]

Wedding venues

After having completed the formal joining to become husband and wife at your parish church, the next step of the wedding reception marks the full stop […]

So you’re getting married – What do you have to do?

On one, practical level there are certain documents you must have. The first one of these is the Marriage License, sometimes referred to as ‘the banns’, […]

Make your wedding day special… keep it simple and sacred

General Manager Kathryn Tardieu and her husband Fitz share their advice for couples on their wedding day. The preparation leading up to the big day Kathryn […]

New perspectives for wedding planning in a pandemic

By Simone Sant-Ghuran www.trinidadweddings.com www.facebook.com/trinidadweddings www.instagram.com/trinidadweddings As if wedding planning wasn’t stressful enough, add a pandemic into the mix and you could have a reason for […]

Wedding planning basics – getting started!

By Simone Sant-Ghuran, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, TrinidadWeddings Chances are, that unless you’re in the event management field or accustomed to throwing huge parties, your wedding will […]

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 […]

Theology of Work

By Mark Carmino, Catholics in the Workplace Contrary to what we may sometimes think, work itself is not punishment for the sin of Adam and Eve. […]

Humility is key to leadership

Derek Hudson became Non-Executive Chairman of Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago in December 2020 (a position he still holds). Prior to this, he was President of BG […]

Catechists renew body, mind, and spirit

It started off as an overcast Saturday (May 14) morning with the sun peeping through. I had made a commitment to attend the ‘Renewal of Body, […]

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, […]

Children learn about the nation’s heritage in ‘The Most Magnificent’

By Dixie-Ann Belle As they fly their kites, play football, and eat sno cones around the Queen’s Park Savannah, the average Trinidad and Tobago child might […]

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, […]

Kitchener, culture and spirituality

Aldwyn Roberts, better known by the stage name Lord Kitchener (or ‘Kitch’) was born April 18, 1922, in Arima. To ensure his legacy remains relevant, the […]

A bit of Jose – de Jesus, he certainly was

Jose Salazar died April 15, Good Friday. His funeral Mass was April 22 at his home parish, St Anthony’s RC Church, Petit Valley. Salazar’s eulogy was […]

‘Final Easter’

‘Final Easter’ was the chosen title of the April 19–28 Holy Week Art Exhibition at Arnim’s Art Galleria LTD, Port of Spain, featuring the work of […]

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 […]

Saving our youths

By Senator Hazel Thompson-Ahye Founder and Chair, Child Rights and Restorative Justice Organization   Why are we, as adults, so reluctant to intervene in young people’s […]

Selfless Ann

Angela O’joe-St Rose delivered the following eulogy for her mother, Ann O’joe (November 22, 1934–April 21, 2022). Ann Pascall, Ann O’joe, Annalina, Mummy, Ms Ann, Mammy […]

A tribute to Latchmie – my role model, mentor, mother

By Camille Ramdial-Cumberbatch My mom, Latchmie Ramdial, was the queen of our family in Cocoyea, San Fernando. The musical icon, Sundar Popo sang, “A mother’s love, […]

Motherhood is balance

Last November, Associate Editor Simone Delochan interviewed entertainment entrepreneur Candace Guppy-Sobion about her call back to faith and motherhood. Freelance writer Daniel Young spoke with Sobion […]

St Mary’s College student saves life of a stranger

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org When faced with a sudden life-threatening situation would you risk your life to save a stranger? Fifteen-year-old Gregg Alejandro Mannette is among […]

Moms, relieve the stress – time for a massage

By Heidi Gibbon, Aesthetician Aesthetics is my side job. I am also a mother of three lovely children, so I understand the time constraints of balancing […]

The Little House on the Corner

By Matthew Woolford Within recent months, I have fallen in love with Rosary Monastery, St Ann’s. This ‘Little House on the Corner’ was, to my eyes […]

Christie steps into the bright light

Christie Balcombe’s love for music began at an early age. As a child, she would sit before the image of the Sacred Heart and sing daily […]

Fatima boys reflect on successes at Carifta Games

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Athletes of Fatima College can hold their heads high having competed in the 49th Carifta Games, April 16–18 at Independence Park, Kingston, […]

Catholic Principals Association President dies

The Principal of Petit Valley Boys’ RC, and President of the Association of Catholic Principals (ACP) Gregory Johnson died suddenly on the morning of Thursday, April […]

On Synod fatigue

From The Office of Youth Ministry Synod. Synod. Synod. Hopefully, you have heard this word hundreds of times. By now you might even be tired of […]

Awesome Father – a ‘love letter’ to T&T and God

Story and photos by Dixie-Ann Belle Educator, poet and children’s author, Charisse J Broome is on a mission: to help reshape the literary world of the […]

Memoir: Sister Marie-Thérèse Rétout OP

Dominican Sister Marie-Thérèse Rétout arrived in Trinidad on February 9, 1952, at the age of 30. During the 70 years she spent in the Republic of […]

Andrew Lewis: A New Way Forward

By Daniel Young Andrew Lewis has long made Trinidad & Tobago proud with his representation at the Olympics. He spent many years dedicated to the sport […]

Thank God for the blessing

Nikel Baptiste, 19 years is thanking God for his recent success earning a scholarship for his performance in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exam (CAPE). One hundred […]

The adventure of Otto, the inquisitive octopus

By Angela Pidduck Cynthia Sheila Ellis has dedicated her first publication Inquisitive Otto, the story of Otto the Octopus, to: “Gabriella, my five-year-old grand-daughter: a beam […]

FEEL continues to assist

The Foundation for the Enhancement and Enrichment of Life (FEEL) was “busier than ever” during the Covid-19 pandemic achieving a milestone in 2020, with about 65 […]

Top Three Things To Know About Maundy Thursday.

Commonly known as Holy Thursday, ‘Maundy Thursday’ is celebrated the Thursday before Good Friday in Holy Week. For many Catholics and Christians alike, it is a […]

A mother’s strength; Misilla pushes through pain of losing her baby

By Klysha Best Nothing can be more traumatic for a mother than to lose a child. When that child is mere months old, the suffering and […]

From the Paschal to the synodal

By Fr Donald Chambers Palm Sunday marks the end of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem together with His disciples, and the beginning of His Paschal journey – […]

Hope springs eternal

Natasha Babwah-Tim Kee shares her thoughts and reflections for the Lenten season Personal and world events that impact our lives can sometimes lead to feelings of […]

Joseph lived, in spite of

Joseph Chow died March 21, 2022, at the age of 37. His father, Alfred, delivered the following eulogy at his funeral Mass at Our Lady of […]

Michelle Borel: Inspiring others to see the greatness within themselves

By Klysha Best So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the words of GOD. (Rom 10:17) These are the words that motivational speaker Michelle […]

Open schol winner looks forward to possibilities to be revealed

Nineteen-year-old Navita Rampersad had mixed feelings about her success in getting an open scholarship in Environmental Studies, but she is looking forward to the possibilities to […]

SEA student with Leukaemia shows strength

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org While most students writing the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) Examination hope of attaining bragging rights for securing their first-choice secondary school, […]

Scholarship winner, Anjuli Ramnathsingh says ‘Balance is key to life’

The Ministry of Education announced the recipients of national scholarships March 16. A total of 100 scholarships were distributed based on the results of the Caribbean […]

Actor and antagonist

By Fr Donald Chambers Pondering today’s gospel reading of the woman caught committing adultery (Jn 8: 1–11), I sense three protagonists and one antagonist on the […]

What kind of disciple are you?

Part 5 of a series of articles for the Lenten season by Msgr Michael de Verteuil, Chair of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission I remember reading, but […]

Lent 2022: It’s not too late…

Natasha Babwah-Tim Kee shares her thoughts and reflections for the Lenten season Faith and trust are one in the same. “Faith is inseparable from trust; it […]

Sister Martha lived for God and others

We remember Sr Martha Helena Lloyd O Carm. This is an edited version of her eulogy delivered April 15, 2021 Sr Martha was a righteous person. […]

Synod through Lent: Lesson in a visit to the zoo

By Fr Donald Chambers “. . . with a little boy to lead them” (Isaiah 11: 6) Recently, I had a light bulb moment. I finally […]

FAQs about Lent

Part 4 of a series of articles for the Lenten season by Msgr Michael de Verteuil, Chair of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission Q: Why is Lent […]

Filled with joy doing what God has called me to

The Church needs priests. This month-long series featuring four young priests and their respective journeys to answering the Call, concludes with FR PETER ST HILLAIRE. Whenever […]

‘The Pursuit of Greatness’

On Saturday, April 2 at 7.30 p.m., Chandelier Productions will open its 2022 Concert Season at Queen’s Hall with ‘The Pursuit of Greatness’, under the musical […]

Lent 2022: “Communion is… community”

Natasha Babwah-Tim Kee shares her thoughts and reflections for the Lenten season Two weeks ago, I attended my parish’s week-long Lenten retreat and was very excited […]

Sr Dominic had an indomitable spirit

We remember Sr Dominic Xavier Sandy O Carm. This is an edited version of her eulogy delivered in 2020. Sr Dominic Xavier has touched lives in […]

Those unwanted brown spots

By Heidi Gibbon, Aesthetician Maintaining a healthy skin tone is crucial to ageing gracefully. Over my 20-plus years in the skincare industry, this issue of tone […]

What to make of the metaverse

Human ingenuity is alive and well, thanks be to God! In the last century, and especially the last few decades, our technology has begun to assist […]

Pigeon peas ice-cream? Get ready for Pigeon Peas Festival 2022

All over the world, there are festivals of one kind or another. India is reputed to be the country with the most festivals, and Nigeria has […]

What is a Marian Consecration?

By Kathleen N. Hattrup – published on 03/18/22 The consecration of Russia and Ukraine will take place on Friday, March 25, feast of the Annunciation. “Pope Francis has […]

Synod through Lent: “Convert to become fruitful”

By Fr Donald Chambers The word ‘conversion’ appears ten times in the synod handbook, Vademecum. Its frequency is a critical clue to a primary fruit which […]

For a fruitful Lent

Part 3 of a series of articles for the Lenten season by Msgr Michael de Verteuil, Chair of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission The first weeks of […]

The synodal journey – a gift for our catechists

By Fr Donald Chambers The spirit and guidelines of the Synodal journey (2021–2023) is without doubt a gift to all, including catechists – teachers or formators […]

Called to spread the passion

The Church needs priests. This month-long series features four young priests and their respective journey to answering the Call. This issue, FR KENWYN SYLVESTER When asked […]

Do you need Me Time? Check out our ‘She Shed’

By Charlene Gowrie MSc LLb, BSc and Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B Ed My friend called, “Hey, I need to decompress, what are you doing later?” […]

Agnes was an example of synodality

Agnes Charles died peacefully on Monday, February 21, three months short of her 94th birthday. Her funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, February 26 at her […]

Synod through Lent: “Transfiguration moments”

By Fr Donald Chambers The Gospel of Luke (Year C) is an idyllic synodal gift to the Church because Luke crafts Jesus’ ministry as a journey, […]

A season to check in on ourselves

Part 2 of a series of articles for the Lenten season by Msgr Michael de Verteuil, Chair of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission Lent is basically about […]

The Church needs priests: “A leap into adventure”

The Church needs priests. This month-long series features four young priests and their respective journey to answering the Call. This week: By Fr Kwesi Alleyne I […]

Women’s Day Feature: Hazel Thompson-Ahye

Today, March 8 is International Women’s Day, a global observance celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. It is also a call to […]

Temptations as pitfalls

By Fr Donald Chambers Imagine you are a member of a group on a hiking trail. On the trail, you bump into huge rocks, running streams, […]

Pray to the Mother of God for Ukraine

As escalations continue in Ukraine, let us pray to the Virgin Mary and ask that her intercession may bring peace. Prince Yaroslav the Wise consecrated Kyivan […]

We think we know people you know…We don’t!

– Journeying with youth in a synodal Church From The Office of Youth Ministry On February 5, 2022, the Office of Youth Ministry held its quarterly […]

Conversion, then evangelisation

By Fr Donald Chambers The coronavirus pandemic has severely occasioned the diminishing participation in Church life and attendance. Like the education system losing some students with […]

Life challenges…love endures

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Saira Joseph-La Foucade offered up her unborn child to be a priest after the first ultrasound revealed she was having a boy. […]

Eye See Cannyval

You jumping up for dee cannyval?  As for Eye, Eye cyah miss dat, Eye must take pat, bot Eye following dee popula cannyval root.  Eye starting […]

Ageing gracefully

By Heidi Gibbon, Aesthetician As much as we would like to stay young forever, ageing is inevitable. There are many different factors that contribute to ageing, […]

The mas – good and bad

“An artist is a priest, and by the same token, a priest is also an artist” – Peter Minshall, January 2022 Dr Sharon Syriac concludes her […]

Remember it is Spirit-driven

By Fr Donald Chambers As I write this article, many dioceses within the Antilles Episcopal Conference, from Hamilton, Bermuda in the north, to Belize City/Belmopan, Belize […]

The mas – joy and unity

Dr Sharon Syriac reviews Fr Robert Christo’s thesis, ‘Interpreting the Mas Portrayals of Peter Minshall as Food for the Christian Religious Imagination’ She’s Bacchanal lady Sweet […]

Mercy – the other side of love

How to still be a loving person in difficult relationships without becoming angry and bitter? Fr Robert Christo, Vicar for Communications said, “The minute that you […]

Together again …but letting go

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org As Love Endures Pt 2: Hannah (not her real name) has a volatile relationship with her mother. They get along, however, the […]

Nearness, charity for those who suffer

Following is an edited version of Pope Francis’ message for the 30th World Day of the Sick (February 11, 2022) issued on December 10, 2021, Memorial […]

Intentionally listening to the other

By Fr Donald Chambers On August 18, 2021, I posted a personal blog entitled ‘Conversation, Conversation, Conversation’ (belovedreflections.org) about the fruits from a weekend conversation with […]

Diabetes and DEMM

By Petra Bridgemohan Retired public health Optometrist For people living with diabetes, please do not add to pandemic stress of public health systems. With most of  […]

The mas – an expression of FREEDOM

Sharon Syriac reviews Fr Robert Christo’s thesis, ‘Interpreting the Mas Portrayals of Peter Minshall as Food for the Christian Religious Imagination’ During this pandemic, amidst mass […]

As Love endures…

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org A true understanding of what love is comes in the trials of life, the willing vulnerability, expanding our hearts beyond our own […]

The spirituality of tension

By Fr Donald Chambers “My heart was burning for home. For a moment I felt like crying out, but . . . my mother’s voice came […]

Live your life…and forget your age!

By Jacqueline Adams, Attorney-At-Law Starting a new career at the age of 70 raised a few eyebrows. I suppose that sort of behaviour violates the norm […]

Young people of faith, be bold

Ten questions with Jonathan Bhagan, Attorney-at-Law Tell us about yourself. I was born in October 1989. I am 32 years of age. Presently, I am an […]

‘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 […]

The ‘Color’ of contemplative music

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Color Music Ministry is an evolution that is still taking place. The Catholic group started as a church choir providing music […]

Dora Gibbons, family matriarch, turns 100

Prayer, faith, family and an active lifestyle are what Dora Margaret Gibbons (née Oliver) attribute to her long and prosperous life. Born on January 24, 1922 […]

The story of Sister Victoria

Victoria Virués was born 95 years ago in Chiclana de la Frontera, a town in Cadiz, in southern Spain. She lived through the Spanish Civil War […]

OUR BEAUTIFUL CHURCHES: St Patrick’s RC Church

Trinidad & Tobago has many beautiful churches, all having a rich history. Senior writer Lara Pickford-Gordon visited a few and writes on the St Patrick’s RC […]

Accept what God gave you!

By Heidi Gibbon, Aesthetician “I will give thanks to you because I have been so amazingly and miraculously made.” (Ps 139) Are we obsessed with our […]

A ‘little Eden’ by the Cathedral

Story and photos by Lara Pickford-Gordon Vicar General Fr Martin Sirju has been sharing his gardening exploits on the Cathedral’s Facebook page. His joy evident as […]

Out of the ordinary…

By Alvin Peters I placed the last of the Christmas decorations in the box. I stood, stretched my back, and looked around. The joyous, festive look […]

Sunday of the Word of God: The ritual for the celebration of the Word of God

Enthroned in the family home Family gathers in a suitable room. The head of the household enters the room with the Bible, accompanied by a vigil […]

Sunday of the Word of God: Recommended ritual for all Masses

This Sunday, January 23 is the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.  In preparation for the celebration of the Sunday of the Word of God, the Archdiocesan […]

Making a garden… from household garbage

What may be considered garbage after one-time use can become a receptacle in your home garden for 2022. Form Four Presentation College, Chaguanas student Dimitri Siewnarine […]

Nutrition for those eyes!

By Cherice Bronte-Tinkew R.D. “Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law” (Ps 119:18). Our eyes are organs which allow us to […]

Called to the stage

Scott Rochard, 25, would have had a career in neuroscience, if not for a chance encounter on the dance floor. He shares how he discovered his […]

OUR BEAUTIFUL CHURCHES: St Ann’s RC Church

Trinidad & Tobago has many beautiful churches, all having a rich history. Senior writer Lara Pickford-Gordon visited a few and writes on the St Ann’s RC […]

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 […]

Matelot twins make community proud

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Jenniah McLaren has made her family, her school, and the Matelot community proud. The 12-year-old pupil of the Matelot Community RC placed […]

Dear St Peter…

By Matthew Woolford Granny Myrtle was just over five feet tall at her peak, but she was a giant of a woman! During my childhood, she […]

A visit to the ‘Brown Cow’

The Brown Cow is doing its part to develop tourism in Tobago through the plate and palate. Senior writer (and food lover) Lara Pickford-Gordon visited the […]

In 2022, choose your crew wisely

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor, Psychologist/Educator From the reports circulating on social media about the pandemic, both negative and positive, it seems that we are in for […]

Urbi Et Orbi – A Christmas message from the Holy Father

Following is Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi (to the city and the world) Christmas message delivered on Christmas Day, December 25, 2021, at midday in Saint […]

Catholic News kids answer: “What are you most looking forward to this Christmas?”

Some parents say that the reactions of their children at Christmas are part of what makes the season festive for them. So, we asked the children […]

Dealing with grief and loneliness at Christmas

By Dr Gerard Hutchinson The dictionary definition of grief describes it as an experience of intense sorrow or sadness after having experienced a loss. This feeling […]

Keeping fatherhood in Christmas

By Richard Thompson Looking back over the years, my adulthood has always challenged my true self-worth, whether I was a sales representative, manager, or director. I […]

Here’s to healthy skin

By Heidi Gibbon, Aesthetician Don’t be fooled by the perfect skin you see on social media, magazines and even Zoom calls. We’re imperfect humans, and this […]

Determined to celebrate

By Golda Lee Bruce For most of my life I was fortunate to have my two grandmothers. I often talk about my mother’s mother with whom […]

A Marian role as Advent focus changes

By Msgr Michael de Verteuil, Chair of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission Mary is an important companion in our lives. In Advent, she has a special role […]

People of Praise Food Bank & Life Centre opened

The People of Praise (POP) Food Bank and Life Centre was officially opened Friday, December 3. The POP community has been active in that ministry for […]

 Creating outdoor spaces for Advent and Christmas

By Kevin Allister Garcia We have arrived at the fourth week of Advent, where we light the fourth candle on our Advent wreath known as the […]

The Incomplete Mission

By Alvin Peters Father Stephen gathered his parishioners for a mission. He wanted them to see the church as much more than just four walls. He […]

Our Beautiful Churches: The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

By Lara Pickford-Gordon “It holds a special place as a landmark in Port of Spain,” said Architect Rudylynn De Four Roberts of our Mother Church, located […]

November Members’ Exhibition till December

You still have time to visit The Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago’s November Members’ Exhibition. The event opened November 26 at the ASTT’s headquarters in […]

Advent explained by ‘Fr Mike’ – Enter into the joy of the day

By Msgr Michael de Verteuil, Chair of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission The third Sunday in Advent is sometimes referred to as Gaudete (rejoice) Sunday. You will […]

To Sir, and Miss, with love

By Matthew Woolford The first time I met Mr Neil Williams was as my Form 1 Dean of Discipline and Studies at St Mary’s College, Port […]

DIY: make a sacred space for Advent

By Kevin Allister Garcia Last week, we went through the steps of preparing an Advent wreath as we journey through this season of preparation to celebrate […]

A time of Hope when all seems hopeless

Simone Maria, a Trini-born UK blogger, shares her post at the start of the Advent season. Today is the first Sunday of Advent. A time of […]

Believe- Once Upon a Star

‘Believe- Once Upon a Star’ Christmas concert is on at Queen’s Hall December 2–5. This year’s production will celebrate the Christmas star, according to a release […]

Jesus Explosion XIX – ‘Preach the Word’

From the Jesus Explosion Committee Jesus Explosion XIX is set for Sunday, December 12, coinciding with the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This year, the […]

Advent explained by ‘Fr Mike’ – Keep the season…

By Msgr Michael de Verteuil, Chair of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission Advent has a hard time, almost swallowed up by Christmas and its preparations. But the […]

Anti-violence youth campaign launched

‘I Have the Power to End Gender Based Violence (GBV)’ is an awareness campaign featuring a collection of six video-based messages with solutions to address and […]

Fight against pancreatic cancer

By Dr Olivia Dalla Costa As a physician, I have always been passionate about helping patients with cancer. Being on the Board of the John E […]

DIY: Make your own Advent wreath

By Kevin Allister Garcia The Advent season is one of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to the significance of our Lord’s birth and to […]

The everyday sacredness

The monastic life has taken on the extraordinary responsibility to pray for the Church constantly throughout the day and be a symbol of Christ’s stability in […]

Using time well

By David Isidore There is a playwright and musical director who chose to portray his work in an unorthodox manner. He chose serious and boring topics […]

A special place for Jean

Beryl Jean Sue Wing passed away peacefully in her sleep in Boston, Massachusetts, USA on October 21, 2021, after a brief illness. She was born in […]

Christ is alive in our youth

From The Office of Youth Ministry On Sunday, November 21, the youth of the Archdiocese of Port of Spain came together, online as well as in-person, […]

Advent – season of spiritual growth

Happy new year! Liturgically speaking that is. Msgr Michael de Verteuil, Chair of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission reminds us of the significance of Advent. The liturgical […]

Caribbean Theology Conference reflects on significance of Covid-19 pandemic

From the CTCT Secretariat The 21st Conference on Theology in the Caribbean Today (CTCT) took place from November 8–12, 2021. Because of the circumstances of the […]

Christmas cards to bring smiles

Thinking of a Christmas card to send to a family member or friend? Look out for the Catholic Media Services Ltd’s (Camsel) Christmas cards portraying a […]

Discipleship and Leadership Seminar

There were more than 300 participants logged into last Saturday’s ‘Discipleship and Leadership Seminar’ hosted by the Archdiocese’s Office of Pastoral Planning and Development (OPPD) and […]

Sisters together again

Reader Lauren Pamponette pays tribute to her mother, Elizabeth and her aunt Theresa, both of whom died on October 30, 2021. Theresa ‘Lila’ Singh, also known […]

PORN. THE TRUTH

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org “Its convenient nowadays, I wish I could stop. I really do, but porn is the worst drug. I quit smoking, drinking, […]

Don’t lose sight because of diabetes

By Petra Bridgemohan, Consulting Optometrist The Bible records many stories of Jesus healing the blind. Were they diabetics? As a former public health optometrist, I always […]

Nutritional management of Diabetes during the pandemic

With World Diabetes Day held last Sunday, November 14, registered dietician Kimberly Suraj has some timely advice for persons living with diabetes in these pandemic times. […]

Your king, your friend

By Alvin Peters There appeared to be a great divide between the king and his specially invited guests. He had hoped that this would be the […]

Virtual tea with the SVP

The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) held a Virtual Tea Party Extravaganza on Saturday, November 6, and Sunday 7. Patrons collected their tea boxes […]

Fr Anton adjusts from accountant to priest

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org For persons discerning a vocation to the priesthood, there is the dilemma that “God couldn’t be calling me to leave a […]

Diabetes and you

Did you know that about 34 million children and adults have diabetes in the United States? Trinidad & Tobago has its own challenges with this health […]

“Honouring the legacy of grandparents” at Café Jobee

Welcoming, hospitable, and vibrant. This is exactly how Jonathan Serrette describes the newly opened Café Jobee (pronounced Jo-bay), a family run business located at 60 Eastern […]

Creating the right space for a quiet place

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit […]

God’s call to motherhood

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

What if you think you missed your calling in life?

By Fr. Michael Rennier Everyone has a vocation, and it isn’t always a simple, one-time decision. Iused to dream of being an artist. As a teenager, […]

Our Beautiful Churches: St Vincent Ferrer RC, Moruga

By Rudylynn De Four Roberts I was asked to visit this church and advise regarding restoration works. I had not been to Mourga since I was […]

‘Maus’ was born to drum

My name is Michele Browne, née Telfer, oldest sibling but also one of the shortest, hence Peter’s greeting “Hi, big little sis”. Peter was literally born […]

Precious Blood celebrates 50 years of renewal

Arima’s Precious Blood Prayer Group celebrated its 50th anniversary in October. Core members submitted the following article which traces their history. “This cup is the New […]

Voice of the aspirants

At Aspirancy House, St Joseph, young men begin discerning if they are being called to the priesthood. The current group share their thoughts. I am where […]

The men set apart

By Alvin Peters Father Matthew closed his eyes and put his face into his hands. He felt the stubble on his cheeks. He hoped to collect […]

Audrey celebrates a century of life

Audrey McLean, a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and aunt was born November 11, 1921, to Hazel and Nettie Wharwood. She will celebrate her 100th […]

Like vintage wine, Jocelyn turns 90

Steeped in family religious tradition, Dr Jocelyn Hezekiah’s 90th birthday celebration began with a celebratory Mass on October 13. Family friend, Fr Leslie Tang Kai, travelled […]

Turning trash into treasure

By Kaelanne Jordan in Tobago mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Even the Pope agrees — recycling is good for the environment. In Laudato Si’- On Care for Our Common Home, […]

Allyson’s openness to life was phenomenal

By Christine Gonsalves Allyson Pantin:  July 2, 1947 – October 18, 2021 I first met Allyson over 30 years ago when we were brought to a […]

Take this counter-cultural Catholic trend to heart this November

November is the perfect time to practice the ancient devotion of memento mori. Anyone who has lost a loved one can tell you that our modern […]

Party done, answering God’s call

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

‘I knew I wanted to be a Religious Sister’

Holy Faith Sister Juliet Rajah celebrated her 25th anniversary as a religious sister last Sunday with Holy Mass at St Theresa’s RC Church, Woodbrook. Archbishop Jason […]

Which saints are honoured on All Saints Day?

As the name states, November 1 honors “all saints,” those canonized, and those unknown to the world. One common misconception about All Saints Day is that […]

The heavenly, angelic order…

The orders of the angels are not listed in the Bible but are referred to in scripture. Pseudo-Dionysius, a Christian philosopher of the late 5th century […]

Seeking closure

“Closure has to come from within, you have to close that door yourself” emphasised Ceirid Sampson, Bereavement Counsellor, as she spoke to participants at a workshop […]

Drink water. Repeat…

By Heidi Gibbon, Aesthetician Water is known as the elixir of life: 70 per cent of the earth is covered with water and we are literally […]

Dealing with your infatuations and repulsions

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org There’s a saying in T&T, “my blood don’t take to…”. The repulsion felt towards another person can be our psyche pointing us […]

Church History: Smallest Chapel in the Archdiocese

Where St John’s Village in St Augustine ends is where St Michael’s Village begins. There’s a road sign that welcomes you to the village, but it’s […]

Praying, playing for God and the people

INTERVIEW BY LEISEL JOEL-GEORGE Pierre Leiba is a violinist and mechanical engineer. He was born in Jamaica and started playing the violin at age six under […]

Promoting a positive view of people

Written by members of the World Youth Alliance, Trinidad and Tobago Chapter More than 40 years after the theory of ‘overpopulation’ was first placed on the […]

Short Story: “A rainbow of hope”

Ottrisha Carter, a parishioner of Coryal released a collection of short stories titled, Creeping towards a New Dawn, in 2020. The five stories narrate the lives […]

‘Rise Up’ – nine-year-old sings song of hope

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Francis ‘Julong’ McComie, nine years, released his first single ‘Rise Up’ August this year. It has been getting airplay and positive reviews […]

Our praying mothers

Where would many of us be without our praying mothers and grandmothers? As this Marian month of October draws to an end, reader Claire Baptiste testifies […]

Our Beautiful Churches: Sacred Heart RC

Dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, pre-Covid Ash Wednesday at Sacred Heart RC, Richmond Street was standing room only, as workers from around the city […]

An eye-opener

By Fr Wilfred John, San Fernando The name of the book is Fighting the Big D. In this neat, easy to read book of 74 pages, […]

What’s it like ‘Fighting the big D’

By Raymond Syms, Editor editor.camsel@catholictt.org There’s still somewhat of a stigma attached to issues related to mental health. But the times are changing. The Covid-19 pandemic […]

Catholic Charismatic Renewal celebrates 50 years with Gospelypso/Choir competition

As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations this year, the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) hosted a Gospelypso/Choir competition in each vicariate during August-September. The theme was […]

Delivering the gift of smiles

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org What makes you smile? A joke, a warm greeting, or a kind gesture? Well, imagine a costumed character surprising you at […]

How ‘What if’ can you lead you to sin

Which two ordinary words, when combined, can lead to panic, hysteria, and even sin? These two: “What if …?” Novelist Stephen King says that’s the question […]

Supporting children through anxiety and the unknown

By Dr Krystal-Jane Verasammy In typical and atypical child development, September is usually a time of heightened anxiety among children. This may be due to the […]

A woman for all seasons

Former member of the Mary Immaculate Charismatic Prayer Group, Claudette Medina-Charles pays tribute to Edriss Redmond who died August 22 at the age of 96. This […]

Our Beautiful Churches: Holy Rosary RC

At the corner of Park and Henry Streets Port of Spain stands the Church of the Holy Rosary. The Gothic structure stands tall and contrasts the […]

Preparing for difficult conversations

By Fr Donald Chambers If the synod journey consists of conversations among the diversity of individuals and groups of the People of God, to discern the […]

The journey into self

Senior writer Lara Pickford-Gordon wrote this fictional story based on real events. This Sunday is the World Health Organization’s World Mental Health Day. The 2021 theme […]

Want a good immune system? Eat your veggies…and then some

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org There is the view that eating fruits and vegetables to build up a healthy immune system can prevent Covid-19. A good immune […]

Education for all, including those with special needs

By Natalie Mohammed Director of the Down Syndrome Family Network and Special Education Teacher What do you understand when you hear the term ‘special needs education?’. […]

The Sun… and how it affects your skin

By Heidi Gibbon, Aesthetician In Trinidad and Tobago, we struggle with a love-hate relationship with the sun.  On one hand, it makes us feel “sooo good” […]

Emmaus Doubles

By Alvin Peters Do you know what is worse than an angry man? I’ll tell you. A hungry and angry man. That was me last week. […]

Design considerations for those with Alzheimer’s

By Sherette Almandoz Interior Design Consultant   “Hi Mama, afternoon.” “Aye aye, Polo! It’s so nice to see you!” “Mama…who is Polo? I’m Mathew…”   Similar […]

I’ve got X, you’ve got Y – Let’s barter…

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org “Cash will always be king but when used with barter, transaction possibilities expand immensely,” says Stuart Henderson who is spearheading the […]

Anchored in the faith

A tribute by Angela Pidduck Sheila Theresa Faustin née Roudette died in Toronto, Canada, on August 15, 2021. She was 94. Her Funeral Mass was held […]

Quality of the conversations on the synod journey

By Fr Donald Chambers Pope Francis has invited all parishes, small Christian communities, lay movements, religious communities, and other forms of communion to embark on a […]

Eucharist as summit

By Msgr Michael de Verteuil Chair of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission In last Sunday’s article, we saw that the Church teaches that the Eucharist is the […]

Working with horses, helping little humans

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Karen Stollmeyer describes herself as a “lifelong” horse lover. She has had a passion for horses since her involvement as a child. […]

Talking vision

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org At age 42, Jeanista Agard began to experience a change that no one saw coming. It was easy to ignore the fact […]

Remember those ‘red flags’ in relationships

Chastity advocate speaks at ‘Love or Lust’ webinar By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Catholic author and speaker on chastity, Jason Evert said practising self-control during dating […]

‘One day at a time’ – a tea shop surviving in the pandemic

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org It’s no secret that the Covid-19 pandemic has forced business closure and increased unemployment. The businesses struggling to survive amid the […]

Eucharist as source

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

The journey of a young catechist

By Charmaine Thomas and Jade Downer As a Catholic parent, it is a significant responsibility, particularly in these tech-focused, modern times, to ensure that our kids […]

Growing Beyond The Pews

This Adult Faith Formation seven-week series hosted by Andrew Fernandes, Northern Vicariate Catechetical Coordinator was designed, as the name suggests, to help persons to “grow” beyond […]

Blended learning in South/Central

Training of catechists in the South/Central Vicariate was a challenge during the pandemic. However, 50 catechists from both vicariates were able to complete their training online […]

Catechetics in Tobago

The last 18 months have been challenging for us catechists in Tobago, but we have soldiered on! In the Sacred Heart parish (Delaford and environs), First […]

ACO Catechetical Conference 2021

On September 4, 2021, the Archdiocesan Catechetical Office (ACO) hosted its virtual Catechetical Conference with the theme Celebrating the Catechist.  This theme was chosen because of […]

God also calls us to be holistically healthy

Fr Stephan Alexander is on a health and weight-loss journey. He recently created buzz on social media when he debuted his impressive weight loss transformation after […]

Getting youths active to boost their mental health

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Lara Littlepage and her colleagues in the teaching fraternity were struggling to keep their students motivated while online. Beyond academic performance, […]

The virtual journey to SEA

As Covid-19 made its way into our country and sent our students home, we were forced to make the transition online. Quickly adjusting our sails at […]

The synod journey – hard pill for some to swallow?

By Fr Donald Chambers Synod or synodality is not an event. It is a journey of the people of God who listen to each other and […]

Real-life experience of synodality

By Fr Donald Chambers In this article, I bring together the main thoughts of my previous articles (CN August 1, 8, 15, 22, September 5) on […]

From Abraham to the Mass

By Msgr Michael de Verteuil Chair of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission God called Abraham. He called him to go to another land and to become the […]

You don’t have to affirm or abandon transgender persons

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Anyone who does not support gender dysphoria may be labelled a hater and a transphobic bigot. If  a family member or […]

My home away from home

By Sr Francoise OP I love to think of my years in Trinidad. I met so many wonderful people. I do get letters from my ‘son’ […]

Living and loving St Dominic’s – 74 years of joy

By Sr Catherine-Therese Mc Comie OP My vocation to Religious life was nurtured partly by my many visits to the Belmont Orphanage, now called the St […]

150 years of St Dominic’s Children’s Home

By Sr Arlene Greenidge OP, Manager Since 2008, St Dominic’s Children’s Home (SDCH) has been engaged in an organisational change and transformation process which led, in […]

Preserving the sacred and precious

Relics of St Dominic and others at Dominican reliquary By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org   Theca Reliquary is the title of a booklet recently published by […]

Life in the village Church

Diane Bertrand in her recently published a memoir, The Gospel According to Diane – Between Vestibule and Altar, chronicles her spiritual journey. She is an active […]

Remembering my friend, Neil

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & AMMR My friend, Neil Macey, 82, died in London on August 14 of Covid-19. He will be cremated on  September […]

Synod and participation

By Fr Donald Chambers In the post-Vatican II Church, many dioceses conducted synods. These assemblies, consisting of elected delegates of the laity, religious and clergy, were […]

Why does the good God allow suffering?

By Shannon Woodroffe Suffering. A word and experience familiar to every human. And although it seems inevitable in our lives, we somehow spend many thoughts and […]

We’re 59 – time for a performance appraisal

As Trinidad and Tobago marks its 59th anniversary of Independence, veteran journalist Dominic Kalipersad reflects on the nation’s history and experiences. Happy birthday to me? I […]

A STORY: The next generation

By Alvin Peters “Father, you do know you’re in a bar, right?” Ronald whispered to him as he and his best friend Jean-Paul or ‘JP’ looked […]

Keeping an eye on work-life balance

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Balance seems to be the best word to characterise Dr Greer Iton-Chams life. Like many, Covid-19 has created a slew of […]

Celebrating our people’s success

Recently, Trinidadian artist Che Lovelace posted on Facebook, that one of his pieces has become part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art […]

Shaping Soul and Civic-mindedness

Editorial Excerpts: 1962 to 1972 Editorial of the August 31, 1963, issue. August 31, 1963 First Anniversary of Independence “On Saturday, August 31st Trinidad celebrated the […]

Our people dream

“With the help of young people and their innovative spirit, we can make the dream come true of a world where bread, water, medicine and work […]

God also calls us to be holistically healthy

Fr Stephan Alexander is on a health and weight-loss journey. He recently created buzz on social media when he debuted his impressive weight loss transformation after […]

Mentorship matters

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Terrence Caesar first got involved as a youth member of the Scouts Association—the largest youth organisation of Trinidad and Tobago— in […]

Nature Sprout – empowering people to grow their own food

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Candice Caruth has always been interested in starting a business but did not want it to be dictated by the quest […]

Krogh amps it up

Self-taught Jonathan Krogh has been part of the local music scene for about 20 years, with his custom-built amplifiers and guitars, and later as stage manager […]

The Goodness

By Golda Lee Bruce When I left Trinidad and Tobago three years ago to take up a job in the US, I estimated that I could […]

Reaping for a Cause

Rio Claro farmer Navindra Heeralal would have been just an anonymous farmer tending to his produce farm. However, he was thrust into the spotlight in a […]

Jesus Christ Makes the Difference

A migrant family went to the Jesus Christ Makes the Difference Double B Supermarket at Government House Road, Tobago in May this year to purchase food. […]

The Community Cupboard

Deanna Moon-Leotaud lives Rebeiro Trace, off the Penal Rock Road, with her husband and four children. Looking out from her home she began noticing persons in […]

“Forty years a priest and I would do it again” says Fr Arnold Francis

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org “I loved it and, if it was possible, I would do it all over again.” So said Fr Dr Arnold Francis […]

Sr Reina lived the missionary life, moment by moment

The following is an edited version of the eulogy for Sr Reina Loe Sack Sioe SJC who died August 1 at the age of 93. It […]

New centenarian’s secret to longevity: ‘living in peace, serving God’

One hundred years and going. Carl Sayers Rogers is thankful to Almighty God, and prayers were offered for his life on Tuesday, August 10 at his […]

Learning to sync or swim

Youth interns Brianne Gomes and Joshua Britto, both 19, share their experience of the 2021 Caribbean School for Catholic Communications (August 2–7). Following is Britto’s perspective. […]

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 […]

Being present for the children

Contributing writer Ottrisha Carter spoke with Sr Roberta O’Flaherty CHF and Sr Sarah Waterman O Carm on what they’re doing during the pandemic. Sr Roberta O’Flaherty […]

The Holy Spirit and synodality

By Fr Donald Chambers In my two previous articles (CN August 1 and 8) I reflected on two dimensions of the Church’s synodal journey as story-telling […]

‘I will do it all over again’

By Fr Kenneth Vigelandzoon I entered the Seminary in 1989 along with 11 other brothers. We had a full house and a newly installed Rector, in […]

Your child and you—Part 2

By Anna Maria Mora, Counselling Psychologist What can be done to improve communication within the family? I n many cases communication between father and mother needs […]

Your child and you

By Anna-Maria Mora, Counselling Psychologist The pandemic and close living situations for parents and their children may have revealed gaps in the parent/child relationship. Counselling Psychologist […]

A Floral artist who seeks inspiration from God

By Leisel Joel-George You may have noticed a gorgeous floral backdrop while watching Mass via Trinity TV during Easter last year and this year. Perhaps you […]

Seminarians needed: Apply Within

By Neil Parsanlal It was the great ancient Greek philosopher Socrates who uttered the famous statement “the unexamined life is not worth living”. One of the […]

Sr Jeanne – a rough diamond with a heart for the poor

The following is an edited version of the eulogy for Sr Jeanne Williams SJC who died June 30. It was submitted by the Sisters of St […]

Wine won’t prevent Covid-19

Adapted from Verificat, July 19 A message sent to the Consortium through its WhatsApp number asked if tannins, a compound of wine, are beneficial to prevent […]

On nature’s side

Nicholas Mohammed, Committee Member of the Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalists’ Club writes on the club’s varied activities. On July 10, 2021, the Trinidad and Tobago […]

The Sacrament of Marriage: “I do or don’t?”

“The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward […]

Sr Dominic – like those who ‘fell from the sky’

The following is an edited version of the eulogy for Sr Dominic Savio Walrond SJC who died June 28. It was submitted by the Sisters of […]

Pride in wearing the ‘Convent Blue’

The graduating class of 1959 wishes to convey our congratulations to the principal, staff, and members of the St Joseph’s Convent Past Pupils’ Association on the […]

Art in a Digital World: A conversation with Nicholas Huggins

By Daniel Young Most Trinidadians would be aware of names like LeRoy Clarke and Boscoe Holder as some of the best artists the country has produced. […]

JoJo’s dilemma

By Alvin Peters One of JoJo’s favourite things to do, ever since he was little, was to sit and talk to his grandfather while he made […]

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 […]

What’s the point of Marriage?

By Sasha Woodroffe The popularity of marriage has been on a decline for several years. Many persons question the need to enter a contract with the […]

‘Auntie Brenda’ loved to serve

Following is the eulogy for Brenda Gill who died July 5, 2021, written by her sister Carol Gill.   Brenda Catherine Gill was born on May […]

Who were Saints Anne and Joachim?

Who were Saints Anne and Joachim? On July 26, the Catholic Church commemorates the parents of the Virgin Mary, Saints Joachim and Anne. The couple’s faith […]

I am with you always

The following is the message from Pope Francis for the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly being marked July 25, the Sunday closest to […]

Maintain routines to help cope with Covid, says psychologist

As lives and livelihoods are upended by the Covid-19 pandemic, it is important to maintain a routine with work, exercise, and intimate moments. Routine was emphasised […]

This Catholic gymnast will be taking her rosary to the Tokyo Olympics

Olympic gymnast Grace McCallum will carry her rosary as she travels to Tokyo. The 18-year-old is making headlines, not just for her skills at the vault, […]

Covid-19 immunisation does not mean increased ‘flu vulnerability’

Adapted from Verificat, July 8 A WhatsApp video claiming that the Spike protein, which is found in SARS-CoV-2, has the capacity to worsen influenza disease. “One […]

Our Father healed my dad

By Afiya Marcial This Father’s Day was extremely special to my family. You see, at the beginning of May, I received a call advising that I […]

Hope for our elderly

By Sherette Almandoz, Interior Design Consultant In his encyclical Laudato Si’ – On Care for Our Common Home, Pope Francis stressed that in our human pursuit […]

Vaccines do not implant brain nano sensors

Adapted from Verificat, June 21 There is a video circulating on WhatsApp suggesting that vaccines against Covid-19 have the mission to implant nano sensors in the […]

Be careful not to impose a ‘Western vision’ on Covid-19 vaccines

Adapted from I.MEDIA, July 2 In order to ensure widespread vaccinations against Covid-19, world leaders need to be wary of imposing a “Western vision” on health […]

Questions with Fr Martin Sirju: Bringing the marvels of God on to local soil

Fr Martin Sirju celebrated his 30th anniversary of ordination, Wednesday, June 23. Catholic News interviewed the Vicar General to discover what these years have brought to […]

Sisters in Health: Sr Alicson walks in the footsteps of Jesus’ healing ministry

Sr Alicson Hudlin SJ loves nursing. Her enthusiasm for helping people has not dimmed through the many decades of service nor the Covid-19 pandemic. She considers […]

Woodbrook development – the blueprint we want to see

By Dwight Gonsalves Woodbrook resident and business owner Dwight Gonsalves comments on business plans to develop his community The suggestion to make Ariapita Avenue a world-class […]

In times of disaster, REACT

Ravindranath Goswami, President, REACT Trinidad and Tobago Council, lays out the importance of the volunteer organisation during times of disaster. It is not uncommon to have […]

World vaccination campaign is not a biological weapon

Adapted from Verificat, June 17 The portal Latin American Information Agency (ALAINET) has published a paper with the arguments of Geert Vanden Bossche, a German virologist […]

Prayers first, everything else will fall in place – farewell Sheila

A tribute from St Mary’s Mucurapo Girls’ RC to Sheila Adams who died May 14, 2021. Sheila Adams joined the family of Mucurapo Girls’ RC as […]

Reliable, predictable, stable – ‘Winty’

A poem by Vince, in tribute to his friend Ralph Winthrop Maraj who died alone at hospital in October 2020. Winty was a provider; son of […]

Catholic Engaged Encounter continues preparing couples through lockdown

In spite of the Covid restrictions and the peculiar situation in which we find ourselves, CEETT has continued to serve couples who are preparing for marriage. […]

Vaccinations reduce risk of vaccine-resistant variants

Adapted from Verificat, June 16 The portal Latin American Information Agency (ALAINET) has published a paper with the arguments of Geert Vanden Bossche, a German virologist […]

Fr ‘Mannie’ Pierre thanks God for treasures of priesthood

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Fr Emmanuel ‘Mannie’ Pierre celebrates 40 years of priestly ministry today, Monday, June 21. When asked what this significant milestone means […]

Vaccinate despite virus mutations

Verificat, May 31 Many have asked whether it makes sense to continue vaccinating if the virus continues mutating and new variants such as the British or […]

Author Kevin Jared Hosein, proud son of the soil

Simone Delochan copyeditor.camsel@catholictt.org “I thought it was going to be a mid-level publication. I was just writing…It still surprising to me. He [agent] sent it out […]

Catholic during the pandemic: freedom of conscience, or obligation to get vaccinated?

The following article by Jesús Colina was published May 3 by Aleteia and has been edited for length. Aleteia is a founding member of the Consortium. […]

Michael – ‘The Greatest Showman’

Michael Dennis Perkins passed away peacefully at home on the morning of  Tuesday, May  4 after  a  short  illness. Michael’s greatest passion was the church, whether  […]

Helping rescued animals reach their full potential

By Dixie Ann Belle When Elspeth Duncan woke up early one morning and heard a dog crying, her response was typical of her. While someone else […]

Miss Lalla devoted her heart and soul

Solange Lalla died May 22 after a long battle with illness. She entered the teaching service on September 21, 1990 and was appointed to the Arima […]

Walking on the water

By Barnabas Ramon Fortune The priest was getting a bit queer. Frequently he would stop during the celebration of the Mass seeming to be carried away […]

Researchers consider link between Covid-19 and teeth

Adapted from Verificat, May 26 The Spanish Society of Periodontology (SEPA in Spanish) said in April that “periodontitis aggravates the systemic condition of Covid-19 patients and […]

Spike protein cannot be transmitted through the air by vaccinated people

Adapted from Verificat, May 21 A website self-defined as Catholic has echoed the results of a report published by an organisation known as America’s Frontline Doctors […]

On vaccines, ‘no one will make it alone’

Sr Nathalie Becquart, a member of the Congregation of Xavières, serves as Undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops. This is an edited version of an interview […]

How the Sinopharm vaccine works

Adapted from Verificat, April 1 The National Chinese Pharmaceutical Group, known as Sinopharm, has developed two vaccines: Sinopharm-Beijing and Sinopharm-Wuhan. The Institute of Biological Products from […]

Thoughts and memories of our Dad, Prof Courtenay Bartholomew

Prof Courtenay Bartholomew died May 7 at the age of 89. His children pay tribute. Our Dad, Prof Courtenay Bartholomew had, over the last two years […]

A friendship blossoms between ‘Honeybee and Nectarine’

By Dixie Ann Belle When an enterprising little insect called Honeybee leaves her hive for the first time one morning for a day of foraging, she […]