For women

The Great Debate

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

A tribute to my dad

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

‘Plant ladies’ – Vilma Jackson

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

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, June 17

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

The mental health of our Catholic women

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

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, June 3

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

What Corpus Christi means to me

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

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, May 27

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

Women of the Sunday experience: Debra Bartholomew

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

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, May 20

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

Peeling the onion back– is it fear ?

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

Drawing Strength from Mary our Mother

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

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, May 13

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

‘Mothers of our Fathers’

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

Poem: Woman of Virtue

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

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, May 6

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

The Power of Choice

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

‘Plant ladies’ – Monica Borel

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

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, April 22

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

Allow God to Surprise You

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

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, April 15

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

SJC POS Alumni share anniversary greetings and memories

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

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, April 8

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

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

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

What Easter means to me

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

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, April 1

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

Walking with Lizzie: Welcome home

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

The black squirrel

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

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, March 25

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

Art connects us with the Master Artist

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

Take The Number!

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

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, March 18

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

Plant Ladies – For the Love of Bromeliads

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

Women of the Sunday experience: Marceline Peters

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

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, March 4

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

The Story of Two Bougainvillas

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

Walking With Lizzie: Perspective

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

Our Thoughts … the Real Prison Cell

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

Thinking about tithing

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

Visio Divina For Women: Thursday, Feb 25

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

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, Feb 18

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

Love letters to the Catholic Church

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

Time Out… The Type 2 Prisoner

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

Do you have the will?

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

From God to guys

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

God Sees How Unloved You Are Pt.1

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

Visio Divina For Women: Thursday, Feb 11

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

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, Feb 4

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

You can begin again

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

‘You are as important As I am’

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

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, Jan 28

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

No greater love

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

Put on your oxygen mask first

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

The still, small voice…

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

2021 reminders

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

Visio Divina for Women: Thursday, Jan 21

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

Visio Divina For Women: Thursday, Jan 14

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

God balances us

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

Lessons on giving and forgiving

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

Enjoy the pause!

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

Reflect on the Light

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

Poem: The Joy of You

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

5 career development tips for the New Year

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

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, Jan 7

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

Special Christmas Q&A with our nuns

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

Walking with Lizzie

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

What’s missing?

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

Christmas memories & recipes

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

Contemplation

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

Managing self during COVID pandemic

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

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, Dec 17

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

We all had mentors before we had a name for it

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

Visio Divina for women: Thursday, Dec 9

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

Sometimes I Wish I Could Do Nothing … Just Be

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

Lesson from my Grandmother

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

To Be A Good Wife

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

Our bodies: our property to do what we want?

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

Education: Grace, Mercy & Opportunity

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

A Time for Transitions

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

Going through a depression? Learn and trust.

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

Confronting the ugly…

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

Going down the wrong road…

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

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

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

#LifeinLeggings

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

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