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New security measures at Mount ‘working well’

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org New security measures are currently being enforced at Mt St Benedict. Abbot John Pereira OSB told Catholic News while “for security reasons, […]

Second cohort of permanent deacons mark one year of ministry

By Rev Joseph ‘Jose’ Gomes One year ago, on January 22, 2022, 15 men said ‘yes’ as they were ordained as permanent deacons in the Archdiocese […]

The Seminary at 80

The 80th anniversary of the opening of St John Vianney and the Uganda Martyrs Seminary was celebrated with Holy Mass at the Seminary’s chapel on Friday, […]

Much loved “Fr Tom” retires

Parishioners and well-wishers hosted a farewell dinner for much-loved priest Fr Thomas Lawson OP who reached retirement age, 75 years, on January 11. He was the […]

St Gabriel’s Girls’ RC beaming over 3rd place Junior Panorama finish

By Klysha Best If the late calypsonian Merchant were alive today, he would see that his 1985 song ‘Pan in Danger’, could not hold water anymore, […]

Catholics reminded – “Wherever we go, the power of God must flow”

To say there is nothing good happening in the world is to say God is absent, “and God is not absent,” said the Chair of the […]

Priest responds to robbery on Mount St Benedict

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Abbot John Pereira OSB has commented on the news of an armed robbery at Mount St Benedict Tuesday, January 10, 2023, where […]

‘Called to be a Holy Family, a Holy Church, and a Holy Nation’

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Archbishop Jason Gordon has described the family as the “load-bearing wall” of civilisation, emphasising that if family is destroyed, the whole civilisation […]

Nuncio: Pope Benedict’s resignation was example of true humility, service

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org The Archdiocese of Port of Spain celebrated a Memorial Mass, Thursday, January 5, for the repose of the soul of Pope Emeritus […]

Archbishop meets with Religious Sisters, new Episcopal Delegate appointed

Sr Petronilla Joseph O Carm has been appointed Episcopal Delegate for Religious. The announcement was made at a December 10, 2022 meeting of Religious Sisters with […]

‘How big is your God?’ – Archbishop Gordon reflects on Epiphany

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org In the Solemnity of the Epiphany – the overwhelming manifestation of God’s light – faithful ought to consider who God is, but […]

RC community launches mental health initiative

The stigmatisation of mental health has long plagued Trinidad and Tobago. Within our society, the negative reactions to persons with mental health diagnoses or mental health […]

Archbishop: he will be missed

“Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will be missed.” So said Archbishop Jason Gordon in a short video-recorded statement released last Saturday morning (December 31, 2022) on learning […]

Catholic Church in T&T remembers 2022…

The year 2022 was momentous for the Catholic Church in Trinidad and Tobago as it joined worldwide Church in the synodal journey. In the last quarter […]

Spiritual work needed for T&T says Archbishop

As the nation goes through trauma manifesting in anger and acts of violence, Archbishop Jason Gordon said “spiritual work” was needed to bring healing. He reminded […]

“Mary gives a unique view of who God is”

– Archbishop on Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception Many people confuse the Virginal Conception of Christ and the Immaculate Conception but “they are two very different […]

Unity strengthened in Catholic communities after floods

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Maracas Valley is among the many communities hard hit by the massive flooding which occurred throughout the country at the end of […]

Hospital staff remembers Covid-19 patients at candlelight vigil

On Wednesday, November 30, a candlelight vigil was held at the Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility for the patients who have died from Covid-19 in Trinidad […]

A challenge to ‘bring fire to the world’

– Northern Vicariate men’s conference After many weeks of thoughtful prayer and planning, the Northern Vicariate Men’s Ministry Team had their Men’s Conference on Saturday, November […]

The journey to World Youth Day 2023 begins

By Renee Smith The universal Church celebrated the Feast of Christ the King on November 20 while simultaneously celebrating the Church’s youth. In 2021, amid the […]

Parishes mobilise during adverse weather

Parishes and Church organisations were mobilising help for individuals and families suddenly displaced and experienced massive losses from flooding by incessant rainfall which began Thursday, November […]

Catholic fashion designer is UTT’s Student of the Year

By Klysha Best There is nothing that beats the feeling of being awarded or recognised for your hard work, whether it be for a job well […]

RC schools affected by inclement weather

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org The Mundo Nuevo RC Primary building is condemned because of structural damage caused by incessant rainfall last weekend. Flooding was widespread across […]

Presentation College celebrates anniversary

The Feast Day of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary on November 21 reminds us of the Presentation Brothers, a fraternity of educators. They established […]

Holy Faith Sisters to launch ‘Presence & Action’

The Sisters of the Congregation of the Holy Faith will launch their 400-page limited-edition hardcover gift book, Presence & Action on Saturday, November 26. This year […]

Jamaican reggae artistes visit Rose Hill RC with a positive message

Keep focused on the goal of education and display good conduct were messages from Reggae artistes Sizzla Kolanji (Miguel Orlando Collins) and Capleton (Clifton George Bailey […]

Memories of Presentation Colleges in Trinidad

By Brother JM Feheney I first arrived in Presentation College, Chaguanas (PCC), in 1959, more than sixty years ago. The great Vidya Naipaul had just published […]

Addressing the secular Church

By Fr Martin Sirju The Church is facing precipitous decline, with sharp drops in practising populations. Figures that we used to see within a generation are […]

Holy Name Convent’s 120-year legacy celebrated at ‘An Evening of Light’

The Holy Name Convent Past Pupils’ Association will celebrate its alma mater’s 120-year legacy in educating women on November 26, 2022 at Holy Name Convent Secondary […]

SynodTT: “Synod experience is like a rose garden”

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Archbishop Jason Gordon has likened the synod experience to a rose garden. The roses, he said, presented positive experiences; thorns, the problems […]

Synod 2021–2023: The Journey

Following is the Foreword by Archbishop Jason Gordon for the booklet prepared for the November 19, 2022, Synodal gathering. Archbishop Anthony Pantin convoked the People of […]

Gratitude to ‘Brother Matthew’

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org The Congregation of the Presentation Brothers and the schools celebrate the Feast Day of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, November […]

Altar servers of Archdiocese asked to make a daily sacrifice

Archbishop Jason Gordon has asked altar servers of the Archdiocese to make a commitment to “daily sacrifice”. He will be meeting with the executive of the […]

Give with a glad heart…God will replenish.

“What great profit you gain from GOD when you are generous! You give a coin and receive a Kingdom; you give bread from wheat and receive […]

SVP must deal with realities, says new president

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Nigel Phillip admits he was irresolute about taking on the position of President of the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP). […]

A “double blessing” for the Holy Faith Sisters

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org It was a “double blessing” as the Congregation of the Holy Faith Sisters (CHF) celebrated God’s grace and favour, 75 years of […]

Acting COP meets with East POS Catholic primary schools

Acting Commissioner of Police McDonald Jacob said today’s meeting with primary school teachers and principals of Rose Hill RC, Bethlehem Boys’ RC, Bethlehem Girls’ RC, and […]

Curtailing disturbances of gunfire requires help from all segments of society

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org The Chief Education Officer (CEO) of the Catholic Education Board of Management (CEBM) Sharon Mangroo believes that the solution to curtailing the […]

Leadership: The Pursuit of Virtue; Together we can make a difference

As a teen, my father had a sailboat called Mattabelle. One Tuesday evening, my family and a group of my friends were at Scotland Bay. When […]

Gunfire traumatises students of Rose Hill RC, Catholic Board responds

“This is very sad….” This is how the Chief Executive Officer of the Catholic Education Board of Management (CEBM), Sharon Mangroo described the incident in which […]

Archbishop Gordon at UTT graduation: “Time to rejuvenate our hearts”

Congratulations to Archbishop Jason Gordon, who was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters on November 1, 2022, by the University of Trinidad and Tobago […]

Remembering deceased bishops, clergy, and religious sisters of the Archdiocese of Port of Spain

By Donna-Kay Kissoon Archdiocesan Archives Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Port of Spain   “Come, O my dear soul, to eternal repose in the arms of my […]

Fifth annual St Francis Canticle Award Ceremony

By Dominique Heffes-Doon commslead.camsel@catholictt.org The Franciscan Institute, and the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother congratulated the winners of the Season of Creation schools and parish competition […]

The Choice: A play that explores the choices we make

By Jameke Brown We live in a world today where freedom is painted as the ability to do anything that we want. We often forget that […]

Fr Peter’s final act

“Hey, I’m gone, look at your life.” This could have been the message from Fr Peter de la Bastide CSSp to family, friends and others who […]

Simple, humble, prayerful – Bishop Galt remembered

Many descriptions were given of the way Bishop Emeritus Malcolm Galt CSSp lived his priesthood. ‘Salty’ as he was nicknamed, strove always to be a faithful […]

“We need help!” – Finbar Ryan Geriatric Home

By Dominique Heffes-Doon commslead.camsel@catholictt.org The Finbar Ryan Geriatric Home, a Home managed and run by the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) is making news. […]

Belmont RC church art auction goes well

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org The art auction to raise funds for continuing restoration of the St Francis of Assisi RC church, Belmont, has raised more than […]

Like water for the fish…prayer is vital for life – Archbishop Gordon

When last have you dedicated a time to prayer? When last have you awakened in the morning and just thanked God because ‘Wow, I’m alive and […]

Holy Mass and prayers for Breast Cancer Awareness

The Sacred Heart RC Church, Port of Spain offered a Mass for persons affected by cancer, namely Metastatic Breast Cancer, Thursday, October 13, a day nationally […]

Carapichaima RC teachers & students remember student killed in Chaguanas

The Carapichaima RC Primary School erected a memorial for nine-year-old Jomol Modeste who was shot dead on Saturday, October 15 while fleeing gunshots near a basketball […]

SVP addresses “series of falsehoods” at Finbar Ryan Geriatric Home

The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) on Monday, October 17 issued a media release “to address a series of falsehoods” in video posted on […]

Catholic Education Board on parental rights & Children Sex Ed

The Catholic Education Board of Management (CEBM) said the Constitution of Trinidad and Tobago recognises parental rights to provide an education for their children in keeping […]

SVP facility for children living with HIV/AIDS gets new name

The institution called the Cyril Ross Nursery at El Dorado Road, Tunapuna underwent a name change November 2020 to the Cyril Ross Children’s Home. The Society […]

Help available to deal with mental health

Today, Oct 10 is World Mental Health Day to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental […]

Increased costs of living and its effect on mental health

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor Psychologist/Educator Team Lead (Crisis Intervention Team). Not all of us can swipe a card easily at the supermarket to pay for groceries […]

2023 Budget allocations to Catholic institutions

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org A few Catholic institutions and affiliated non-governmental organisations received funding from the State in the 2023 Budget to continue their service to […]

Youth carrying on mission of St Vincent de Paul

By Tyrone Thomas “Charity is certainly greater than any rule. Moreover, all rules must lead to charity” – St Vincent de Paul. The Feast Day of […]

Education Minister visits RC schools in national drive

Education Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly visited ten Port of Spain schools, both primary and secondary on Tuesday, September 27. She was accompanied by Minister in the […]

Budget for Creation? – A 2023 Budget Analysis

By Ryan Assiu Each year from September 1 to October 4, we Catholics observe the Season of Creation in which we unite in prayer and action […]

National awardees of the Catholic community “humbled and thankful”

The Office of the President announced the names of recipients of National Awards on the eve of the Republic Day, September 24 awards ceremony held at […]

Strict parenting can lead to sneaky children

Clinical psychologist, Alicia Hoyte described Caribbean parents as “super strict” with an “it’s-my-way-or-the-highway” attitude. Hoyte is appealing to parents to take a deep breath, calm down […]

Catholic education and 2023 Budget

The Government has allocated TT$7.45 billion to the education sector, the largest sum in the 2023 Budget read by Finance Minister Colm Imbert today, Monday, September […]

CEBM responds to viral photo linking former ‘Pres’ students to Pennywise heist

The Catholic Education Board of Management (CEBM) and Presentation College, San Fernando have extended deepest condolences to the families of security guards Jeffrey Peters and Jerry […]

Arrangements made as teachers ‘rest and reflect’ again

The third week of the new school term and schools implemented adjustments as teachers were to work half day today Thursday, September 22. On the first […]

Pennywise heist: Updates on Siparia RC pupil & mom of St Benedict’s student

The school communities of St Benedict’s College, La Romaine and Siparia RC School are praying for their respective students impacted by Monday’s heist at the Pennywise […]

Working on a good conscience

By Lara Pickford-Gordon, snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org What is the role of conscience with the violence and the high homicide rates for countries in the Caribbean region? The question […]

Curepe Fatima RC is most outstanding – Season of Creation winners announced

Curepe Fatima RC School is the Most Outstanding Primary School in the Season of Creation Challenge 2022. The regional winners were recently announced by the Franciscan […]

Child psychologist warns of online grooming, child exploitation

By Daniel Young Have you ever sat with a young child and been surprised by their intelligence? Questions they may ask, or things they say that […]

A cry for help

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org There were two recent cases which have spotlight individuals and families under stress in society: the finding of the body of seven-year-old […]

Trinity TV celebrates 9 years of “life-giving” broadcasting

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Trinity Television marked nine years as a 24/7 Catholic cable television station Thursday, September 8. Station Manager Lisa Bhajan told Catholic […]

Archbishop: Faith is caught, not taught

“Faith is caught, not taught”. This was the message from Archbishop Jason Gordon to the religious teachers and catechists of the Catholic Education Board of Management […]

Cedros school gets paint job, thanks to Chancery staff

The Chancery staff of the Archdiocese of Port of Spain, under the leadership of Archbishop Jason Gordon, embarked on a special project to assist a small […]

School term begins but Matelot schools inaccessible

Monday’s day of ‘rest and reflection’ called by the T&T Unified Teachers’ Association (TTUTA) halted classes at many schools on Day 1 of the school term; […]

Classes as normal at RC schools after Sept 5 ‘rest and reflect’

A contrast was evident as attendance by teachers and students at Catholic primary and secondary schools appeared to be normal on Tuesday, September 6. There was […]

Colombia donates to St Francis, Belmont art auction

The government and people of Colombia have contributed to an upcoming art exhibition and auction to aid in the restoration of St Francis RC Church, Belmont. […]

The role of race and religion in nation building

By Dr Sharon Syriac People only talking but they really don’t know What’s the proper meaning for Trinidad and Tobago Cipriani start the ball rolling Now […]

Legion of Mary 100th Anniversary Essay and Art Competition

The legionaries attached to Regia-Our Lady of The Rosary of Fatima, thank all participants who took part in the  Essay and Art Competition, which was organised […]

Society of St Vincent de Paul responds to centre’s closure

Following is the recent press release from the Society of St Vincent de Paul on the closure of the Centre for Socially Displaced Persons: The Society […]

Mount St Benedict to revive Masses in Spanish

The Mount St Benedict Abbey Church will resume Spanish Mass Sunday, August 28 at 10 a.m. Abbot John Pereira OSB will be the chief celebrant, Fr […]

RC community celebrates Dr Adanna James who received Christian Ethics prize

Dr Adanna James, Dean of Studies at the Seminary of St John Vianney and the Uganda Martyrs, St Augustine won the Msgr Arthur Janssen-Prize for Christian […]

Commemorating World Humanitarian Day

Today August 19 is the UN’s World Humanitarian Day with the theme It takes a village. The day reminds of sacrifices made by people to humanitarian […]

Parish priest at San Rafael RC robbed

Parish priest of San Rafael RC, Fr Roger Paponette was tied up and robbed of a vehicle and personal valuables at the presbytery on Thursday (August […]

Catholic youth represent at ‘Youth Week 2022’

IN PHOTO: Jameke Brown was chosen to represent the Roman Catholic Community at Youth Week By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org The Office of Youth Ministry forming […]

A vacation of fun and growth with CTC

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org A vacation of fun and growth. That’s exactly how the Companions of the Transfigured Christ (CTC) summed up its first teen […]

“History witnessed” in Point Fortin with newly ordained priest

“When a son of the soil reach to this place, it is just pure joy.” So said Archbishop Jason Gordon to applause from the St Anthony’s […]

Senior killed in Moruga, remembered as a mentor in the Church

Sylda Mudie, 82 years, was a “practising Catholic” who in her younger years gave service teaching First Communion and Confirmation classes. She was a Lay Minister […]

Concerning school violence

By Klysha Best The third term and first of an all-out physical return to schools in the last academic year began in April. Since then, 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, […]

Archbishop’s advice to travelling students

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Know what is true education, and your true identity – Archbishop Jason Gordon The Office of Youth Ministry of the Archdiocese of […]

RC students get excited about national instrument

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org The first group of primary school students have completed the ‘School in Pan’ programme, a collaboration between the Catholic Education Board of […]

Archbishop to CBI grads: help ‘give scripture the prominence it deserves’

By Kaelanne Jordan, mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org “What you have come to in your graduation, I pray is mission, that you have not graduated and now you’re gone, but […]

Point Fortin ‘son’ to be ordained

The Catholic community in Pt Fortin and environs is preparing to witness history as one of its own, Rev Royce Thomas CSsR, will be ordained to […]

Vatican appoints new Apostolic Nuncio

Pope Francis has appointed Spanish Archbishop Santiago De Wit Guzmán as Apostolic Nuncio to Trinidad and Tobago. The announcement was made July 30 and his portfolio […]

CSCC 2022 sessions reflect on Pope’s encyclical Fratelli Tutti

Participants of the 2022 Caribbean School for Catholic Communications (CSCC) were invited to address  the “cultural iceberg” that exists. Vice Principal, CSCC, Sr Angela Ann Zukowski, […]

Bad weather, road damage does not stop feast day celebration

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Bad weather on Friday, July 15, a landslip, and the closure of the North Coast Road did not stop Our Lady of […]

Know Your Faith: The mission of the Church is a dance

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org The third instalment of ‘Faith and Synodality: Mission’ of the monthly Know Your Faith series concluded Monday, July 25, with contributions […]

Jesus Explosion XX’ exceeds expectations

By Gregory Quan Kep, Freeport Who would have thought that Jesus Explosion XX (July 15–17) would have been so well attended? The pandemic is still with […]

Fundraising prayer breakfast to support Diocesan Clergy

Mary Immaculate Prayer Group and Friends are hosting a fundraising prayer breakfast in support of the Diocesan Clergy Pool on August 31, Independence Day at the […]

Vacation camp for children and adults with disabilities

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org The Bethesda for persons with disabilities (PwDs) will be hosting a respite camp for children and adults with all disabilities from […]

Clarifications on mask-wearing at Catholic places of worship

“It is not mandatory to wear a mask to enter our churches, parish offices, or other church buildings but we highly recommend that all persons entering […]

Tobago Heritage Festival: Preserving legacy in our sister isle

The annual Tobago Heritage Festival returns to the island July 22 (Opening Night Gala) to August 1. The event remains a much-anticipated celebration of the unique […]

Amazing, extraordinary’ – SJC, San Fernando celebrates 140 years

The effect of the mission and charism of the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny (SJC) on the development of Trinidad and Tobago has been “extraordinary”. […]

Mask-wearing still recommended at churches despite removal of mandate

The mask mandate will be removed in Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday, July 17, however the Archdiocese’s Health, Safety and Environment Committee (HSE) is urging that […]

Register now for “Communications School” – CSCC 2022

The Caribbean School for Catholic Communications (CSCC) is on from August 1–6 virtually on Zoom with the year’s theme Connecting the docs. Participants will be taught […]

Know Your Faith: Communion is important

Faith and Synodality is the latest instalment of the Know Your Faith series which began Monday, June 11. The topic was ‘Communion’ from the theme of […]

Day and Night – A book for interior reflection

If you know Fr Urban Hudlin OP, even just in passing, you are certain to have heard of his many titles and qualifications. You may have […]

Hydroponic farming at RC primary schools

Hydroponics, a method of growing plants without soil has been introduced at four Port of Spain primary schools: Our Lady of Laventille RC (OLL), Bethlehem Boys’ […]

Key takeaways from 2022 World Meeting of Families

“Talk it out, work it out, and seek support.” Catholic News Editor and Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) delegate, Raymond Syms offered this practical advice for families […]

SEA 2022 performance exposed education inequalities

The results of the Secondary Entrance Assessment were released Friday, July 1. The Catholic News contacted the Catholic Education Board of Management (CEBM) for a response […]

Families: “See yourself as the Domestic Church”

Many families still do not see themselves as domestic Church and their call to holiness, Archbishop Jason Gordon said in a June 23 interview with Rome […]

Forging a dynamic Domestic Church

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Archbishop Jason Gordon has observed that for a long time, the faithful has perceived the parish as a place “where church […]

Answering questions from youth on Pride Month

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org During Pride Month (June 1–30), the Catholic Youth Commission (CYC) fields many questions from young people “about sexuality issues”. This was disclosed […]

Families must be witnesses

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

RC schools share on SEA performance

19,000 students received their Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) results today, Friday, July 1. At Nelson Street Girls’ RC, principal Lisa Hinds-Lynch expressed she is quite pleased […]

Faith meets reason: Philosophy and Theology

Have you ever wondered about why things are the way they are? What is truth? Do you have deep questions about life, religion, society, your faith? […]

Life is a journey

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

Jubilee of Families in 2025, next WMOF in 2028

The 11th World Meeting of Families (WMOF) will be in 2028, but before that, the next gathering of Catholic families will be the “Jubilee of Families” […]

Corpus Christi in Paramin 2022

By Winston Eugene Expecting showers of blessings, the Catholics of the agricultural community of Paramin came out in their numbers to celebrate Corpus Christi—The Body of […]

Girl Guides Association issues call for more volunteerism

By Klysha Best “Friendship, fun, adventure, while making your mark on the world.” That’s what girl guiding offers to every girl and young woman and it […]

Second consultation on SEA and Concordat

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org The Association of Denominational Boards of Education (ADBE) would like to have a “genuine partnership” with the Education Ministry in the interest […]

Everything you need to know about World Youth Day 2023

What is World Youth Day? World Youth Day (WYD) was instituted based on the prophetic insight of St John Paull II. Every three years, the entire […]

Families meet in Rome

By Raymond Syms, Editor, writing from Rome, Italy on Monday The 10th World Meeting of Families (WMOF) concludes in Rome, Italy this Sunday at St Peter’s […]

With joy in their hearts

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org There was joy as Catholics walked through the streets of Port of Spain praying and singing on Corpus Christi, Thursday June 16, […]

Family life must rise again to take back the nation

“What do you think God is saying about us as families today?” “Is God saying, ‘my children making me proud?’. You think God boasting?” Deborah de […]

Corpus Christi 2022

The Corpus Christi procession returns in 2022 after two years, albeit on a smaller scale compared to previous years. In 2020, the easing of restrictions in […]

Archbishop establishes team to review RC children’s homes

Archbishop Charles Jason Gordon has established a team to undertake a systemic review of Catholic Care Homes for children and to implement new policies and guidelines […]

‘Know Your Faith’ series delves into Purgatory

The second instalment for 2022 of the Know Your Faith series is dealing with Apologetics. Session 1, ‘Purgatory – ‘When yuh dead yuh don’ was packed […]

Listening to the marginalised

By Ottrisha Carter The Conference on Theology in the Caribbean Today (CTCT) hosted its first virtual forum for 2022, on Wednesday, May 25. The theme for […]

The role of East Indians in nation building

By Dr Sharon Syriac Today again, I must tackle it, I cautiously brave the heap. Its long, thick and natural black, Dark and stubborn like my […]

Families, ask for outpouring of Holy Spirit

Archbishop at Pentecost Mass Is your family Babel or Pentecost? Archbishop Jason Gordon asked the congregation while presiding at the Pentecost Vigil Mass for families June […]

Archbishop Gordon: Children have to be safe… no matter the cost

“Children have to be safe, have to be protected and have to be kept protected no matter what it costs.” So said Archbishop Jason Gordon as […]

Mount St Benedict reopens to public

After being closed to the public since Sunday, May 22 “out of abundance of caution” as Abbot John Pereira OSB tested positive for Covid-19, the Abbey […]

Know Your Faith series on Mary ends examining The Assumption

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Fr David Khan concluded the final instalment of his five-part presentation on Marian Devotions with ‘The Assumption’ in the Know Your […]

Canon Law Society convenes in Tobago

To the accompaniment of the choir at St Joseph RC Church, Scarborough, Tobago, the procession of altar servers, priests and Bishop John Persaud of Mandeville, Jamaica […]

120 years for St Francis, Belmont

Present and former parishioners of St Francis of Assisi RC Church, Belmont gathered on May 25 to celebrate the church’s 120th anniversary and a successful Belmont […]

Church of the Nativity celebrates 50 years of sacred ministry

The Church of the Nativity, the only Catholic church in the country named after the birth of Jesus Christ, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The name […]

Grace on our shores

Our shores were truly graced during the whirlwind visit of the Vocations Director of Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, a Franciscan Charismatic Religious Community based […]

Laudato Si Mi Amore – A special gift for you

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

Archdiocese to investigate allegations of abuse at RC children’s homes

Archbishop Jason Gordon said allegations of abuse at children’s homes grieve the heart of the Catholic Church and everything will be done to bring healing and […]

View vocation differently – Archbishop at Seminary graduation

Archbishop Jason Gordon is calling for a “paradigm” shift in how vocations are viewed. He envisions the Seminary St John Vianney and Uganda Martyrs, Tunapuna as […]

108 Years of Work for the Blind Trinidad and Tobago

On May 18, 2022, the Blind and Visually Impaired Community will celebrate the 108th anniversary of work for the blind in Trinidad and Tobago. The gentleman […]

Protest action at St Dominic’s RC school

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org CEO of the Catholic Education Board of Management (CEBM) Sharon Mangroo has responded to news of peaceful protest action outside the […]

Social Justice Commission empowers childcare professionals to serve

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

Archbishop comments on “long tail of Covid” during live chat

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org “The long tail of Covid” is how Archbishop Jason Gordon describes some of the societal effects which may be linked to the […]

‘Scouting for Food’ for people in need

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org The Scout Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ScoutsTT) is doing its part to alleviate hunger in the country through ‘Scouting for Food’. […]

RC primary school students share on “Life in the Pandemic”

Life in the Pandemic is the title of an anthology of poems from the Suburban Vicariate comprising poems from children at Catholic schools in the vicariate. […]

The role of Muslims in nation building

By Dr Sharon Syriac “Religion, we must remember, is an indispensable element of peace in any nation” (Fr Martin Sirju, ‘Kinsmen in faith break fast’ Catholic […]

Penal community mourns death of RC student and mom

The school community at St Dominic’s RC, Penal is traumatised after receiving news today Tuesday, May 10, that 12-year-old Levi Lewis, a pupil of the graduating […]

Vicar General to Lay Ministers: be other Christs in your parishes

Jesus was criticised by some followers for His “intolerable language” saying He was the living bread come down from Heaven and inviting “whoever eats this bread […]

After vandalisation incident, windows repaired at Belmont RC

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org The windows at the St Francis of Assisi RC Pastoral Centre, Belmont, were repaired but it is yet to be decided what […]

Show children love – CCSJ responds to children’s homes report

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Chair of the Catholic Commission for Social Justice and the Archdiocese’s Ministry for Migrants and Refugees (AMMR) Leela Ramdeen has spoken […]

New “Know Your Faith” series: Understanding Marian devotions

The Know Your Faith series 2022 resumed yesterday (Monday, May 2) with the theme Marian Devotions. For this month, in which special Marian devotions are done, […]

Bridge at Mount restored: Monks grateful for public’s support

The 106-year-old iron bridge at Mount St Benedict was finally completed Friday, April 22. Repair works began towards the end of March and took one month […]

Vicar General main celebrant at weekend celebrations

Vicar General Fr Martin Sirju will preside at the Holy Mass for the recommissioning of Lay Ministers at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 7 at the […]

St Xavier’s Primary celebrates Earth Day

By Analisa Ramsahai Regional Programme Coordinator for the Franciscan Institute A special Earth Day session was done April 22 for the Prep 3 students, their parents […]

Fatima students contribute to T&T Carifta Games medal count

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

Belmont church centre vandalised before Mass

By Lara Pickford-Gordon The Pastoral Centre at St Francis RC, Belmont was vandalised yesterday afternoon (Saturday, April 23) as parishioners were gathered for the start of […]

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 […]

The contribution of the Shouter Baptist community to nation building

By Dr Sharon Syriac In this school we come together Students of every creed and race (Holy Faith Convent, Couva, School Song) The Sisters of the […]

Kinsmen in faith break fast

By Fr Martin Sirju Taliban. Boko Haram. Terrorism. These are some of the words that come to mind when many people hear the word ‘Muslim’. This […]

His Resurrection was something different

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Many people think of the Resurrection in really strange ways as if somehow Jesus’ soul rose from the dead. “But the text […]

Students’ well-being a priority as full classes resume

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org The Catholic Education Board of Management (CEBM) on Tuesday (April 19) disseminated ‘Creating comfort before completing curriculum: a return to school orientation/enhancement […]

Remember Easter collection to support priests

The annual collection for the clergy will be taken up at all Easter Triduum Masses and Services. Archbishop Jason Gordon has emphasised that the customary generosity […]

Gift of priesthood a ‘sacred responsibility’

Archbishop Jason Gordon has reminded his brother priests of their sacred role and responsibility in helping to bring the people to God, as he preached the […]

How to dispose holy oils

Msgr Michael de Verteuil, Chair of the Liturgical Commission, explains what to do with left-over oils. Each year at the Chrism Mass the Archbishop blesses oil […]

Holy Week is here

Holy Week is here, so-called because on the days of this week we remember and celebrate the culmination of Jesus’ mission which has won life for […]

Religious leaders will break fast together

The final half hour of the National Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace and Human Development will comprise Pundit Omadath Maharaj of the Sanatan Dharma […]

106-year-old bridge at Mount to be restored

By Kaelanne Jordan The 106-year-old iron bridge at Mount St Benedict is in a state of disrepair and has become increasingly dangerous to traverse. It was […]

National Day of Prayer: RC Churches to be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The following message is from Fr Martin Sirju, Vicar General and Roman Catholic Church Representative – IRO   In his weekly Catholic News column (March 27), […]

Catholic schools ready for full reopening

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org The Catholic Education Board of Management (CEBM) is collaborating with a team of principals to develop a “ritual” for the first few […]

Holy Week processions return

After two years in which Palm Sunday and Stations of the Cross processions were halted because of the Covid-19 pandemic, these displays of devotion will return […]

The Church in the metaverse

Conclusion of a two-part series on the metaverse. A starting point for Catholics who wish to understand the metaverse could first be observed from understanding how […]

IF…Humanity turns towards God, there will be peace, says Archbishop Gordon

God has a plan for peace in the world but the only obstacle to it is the human heart which needs to be converted. “When our […]

New app teaches your children financial literacy

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org The National Financial Literacy Programme (NFLP) of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago launched “a new era of financial literacy” […]

Archbishop to SEA students: “Don’t sweat it because God is with you”

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org “Don’t panic. Don’t worry. Don’t sweat. Do not be afraid because God is with you.” Archbishop Jason Gordon gave this piece […]

Swimming again at the Mount

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org After not being in use since 2000, the newly reconstructed Mt St Benedict Swimming Pool was blessed Friday, March 18 and […]

Welcome youth back

From The Office of Youth Ministry BACK AGAIN! Back to a full capacity Mass. We haven’t been able to do this in two years, and what […]

Metaverse and the Church

  By Fr Peter St Hillaire When I was asked to write a short article on the Church’s possible migration to metaverse services, I must admit […]

Archdiocese joins Pope to consecrate Russia and Ukraine to Mary

Pope to consecrate Russia, Ukraine to Mary’s Immaculate Heart Pope Francis has invited the bishops of the whole world, along with their priests, to join him […]

New acting principal for Fatima College

Ronald Cooper was welcomed as the Acting Principal of Fatima College on Monday, March 21. He was introduced and installed at a special assembly that morning […]

Gala concert to benefit St Francis RC, Belmont

On April 10, Palm Sunday the ‘Gala Belmont Heritage Benefit’ will take place at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) Port of Spain to […]

Help needed to repair Cathedral presbytery roof

Story and photos by Fr Martin Sirju, Cathedral administrator It’s now close to four years since I moved to Port of Spain. I’ve grown to love […]

What’s up, Archbishop Joe?

Archbishop Emeritus speaks on pandemic, Synod and what he’s been up to By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Harris CSSp turns 80 years on March […]

Catholic News — not just a ‘church’ paper

Story and photos by Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org You may not expect to find the Catholic News in a bar, but since October 2019, it has been […]

Prayer weekend for SEA students

The Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) for 2022 will be held on March 31. The Archdiocese of Port of Spain is mobilising prayer intercessors throughout Trinidad and […]

Churches back to full capacity – Archdiocese updates guidelines

Pre-registration, and signing-in for Masses has been suspended as restrictions on the number of persons physically present and time spent at places of worship have been […]

Ongoing cause for the beatification of Archbishop Anthony Pantin

The Postulator Fr Christopher Lumsden is happy to report that the cause of the beatification of Archbishop Anthony Pantin is still ongoing. In pursing any cause […]

Allow Lent to be transformative, not routine

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are “sacramental actions” during Lent, but these external practices should be mirrored internally and lead to transformation said Vicar […]

Social Justice Commission calls for end to Ukraine war

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

Emmanuel Community mourns late Moderator, John Mackay

John Trevor Mackay joined the Emmanuel Community in the late 1980s, after hearing the testimony of his twin brother, Michael, at an evangelising dinner held by […]

Pray for peace in Ukraine – Archbishop

By Kaelanne Jordan Archbishop Jason Gordon is calling all brothers and sisters around the world to pray for peace amidst the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict. In a […]

Your questions answered on ‘The Mass: The High Point of Christian Worship’

The third installment of ‘The Mass: The High Point of Christian Worship’ of the Archdiocese’s Know Your Faith series concluded with a Question-and-Answer segment Monday, February […]

Hymn, ‘To be the Body’ inspires priest who was robbed

There was a break-in of Fr Harold Imamshah’s car on Wednesday, February 16, during the more than 10-hour islandwide electricity outage. The media reported incidents as […]

‘I’ not ‘We’ – the importance of Baptism

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Arizona, USA-based Fr Andres Arango has voluntarily stepped down as parish priest after learning he botched thousands of baptisms with “one simple […]

Vaccinated or not, “let us not discriminate” says Archbishop

There’s no room in society for another form of discrimination based on vaccination status, says Archbishop Jason Gordon. “Both the vaccinated and unvaccinated have a responsibility […]

You’re not alone – Help is available to cope

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org “You are not alone, and the services are there for a reason. Whether you choose to access it or not…the problem exists. […]

Issues unresolved for primary schools, says principals’ association president

Despite mixed reviews about the start of in-person classes for Standard Five students in the primary school sector, the National Primary Schools Principals’ Association (NAPSPA) has […]

So far, so good

February 7 was the first day of physical school for Forms 1–3 secondary school students. The return was an adjustment to normalcy with all classes now […]

Archbishop: Grow closer to God in grief

No-one welcomes grief but “when we mourn, we touch the very heart of God”, Archbishop Jason Gordon said Sunday, February 13 at a special Mass at […]

RC Church continues to pray in light of vehicular accident

In social media release on February 12th, the Roman Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Port of Spain is offering condolences to the family, and praying […]

You’re not alone – help available to deal with mental health

Today, Friday, February 11, 2022 marks the 30th World Day of the Sick which was instituted by St Pope John Paul II to encourage the people […]

Mount St Benedict launches liturgical music project

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org The music ministry at Mount St Benedict has embarked on a project to produce pieces of music from the monastery that […]

Church must consciously engage Youth

As the Archdiocese embarks on a series of consultations for the Synod, the inclusion of youth will not happen by chance. “It is important for the […]

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

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

The Word of God must propel faithful into mission

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Catholics are called to sanctify the world with their presence and through their relationship with God, “come into that place where we […]

MoE guidelines

The Ministry of Education (MoE) disseminated Guidelines for the Reopening of Schools Phase 3 Term 2, 2021/2022 which begins February 7 for Forms 1–3 and Standard […]

Wary, but welcoming

RC secondary schools prepare for return to in-person classes  The return of students of Forms 1–3 to in-person classes has been welcomed by principals of Catholic […]

Archbishop’s Tobago visit – Synod, Education among issues discussed

Archbishop Jason Gordon and the Episcopal Vicar of the Eastern Vicariate and Tobago, Fr Steve Duncan, paid a courtesy call on Tobago House of Assembly’s (THA) […]

Synod with Youth

From The Office of Youth Ministry Synod 2021–2023 is upon us. Synod teams have met, plans are being conceived and executed, and we are beginning to […]

Tribute to Justice Andre des Vignes

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & AMMR It is with profound sadness and a heavy heart that I learned about the passing on Monday, January 24 […]

Called forward: To serve not just ‘nice, esoteric words’, says Archbishop

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org As the Archdiocese of Port of Spain celebrated the ordination of 15 candidates to the permanent diaconate Saturday, January 22, Archbishop […]

The Permanent Diaconate explained

By Fr Jason Boatswain, Director of the permanent diaconate programme Archbishop Jason Gordon will ordain 15 candidates to the permanent diaconate at 10 a.m. on Saturday, […]

‘Know Your Faith’ series on Luke shows a gospel of inclusivity

Luke’s Gospel emphasises the inclusivity of the Kingdom of God and Jesus, through His interactions with the marginalised in the society, conveyed that “all may call […]

For devoted and generous service to the CCR…

Several local clergy, religious and laity were recognised for their contribution to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal at its 23rd Caribbean Conference held January 7-9. Tokens of […]

Archdiocese welcomes new permanent deacons

On Saturday, January 22, Archbishop Jason Gordon was expected to ordain 15 men to the permanent diaconate. Here are the aspirants. HILARY JUAN BENGOCHEA Parish: St […]

SYNODTT – We’re getting ready to listen

Wondering what stage our local Synod is at? On Saturday, January 15, the Archdiocesan Synod Team met with over 200 Synod coordinators of parishes, commissions, and […]

New school term: Schools continue dealing with Covid-19 challenges

The Catholic Education Board of Management reported a “relatively uneventful” reopening of Catholic RC primary and secondary schools it has oversight for, but schools have been […]

Priest pays tribute to late Deon Lendore

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

Local priest comments on Pope Francis’ “choosing pets over children”

By Fr Robert Christo Vicar for Communications “Yuh treat meh like a dog, but yuh treat yuh animal like a king.”Perhaps motivated by ongoing global discussions […]

Let the Holy Spirit interpret the Word

“You can do scripture as a subject and never encounter the Father who is in Heaven; you can do scripture as a subject and never be […]

KEEP IT SOCIAL: Faith isn’t a ‘private thing’

– Archbishop at CCR Caribbean Conference Being a follower of Christ is not an exercise in private faith but a call to be part of community […]

Apostolic Nuncio will miss T&T

Outgoing Apostolic Nuncio His Excellency Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu said he will miss the Caribbean, and Trinidad and Tobago in a “special way”.  He asked for prayers […]

Fulfilling the Church’s secular mission

By Neila Todd, Carmelite Tertiary Seventy- three years ago, on January 11, the Servant of God, Mother Mary Ellerker of the Blessed Sacrament O Carm, Foundress […]

Heads of Christian churches pray for optimism in 2022

Following is the full text of a statement issued by Christian church leaders on Thursday, December 30, 2021. Today we say goodbye to a year like […]

Let us work, dialogue, and educate for Peace in the New Year – Archbishop

As many in society struggle with job loss during the pandemic, the perspective of employment has to change. “We may not be looking at jobs in […]

Catholic Community takes “a look back at 2021”

The Catholic Church in Trinidad and Tobago adapted to living and worshipping during the Covid-19 pandemic and inherent uncertainties of the time. It was a difficult […]

The family is God’s instrument of salvation – Archbishop Gordon

The family is an “instrument of salvation”, Archbishop Jason Gordon said on the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. Preaching the homily […]

CYC – Catholic Youth Christmas

From The Office of Youth Ministry We know what you’re thinking, CYC means Catholic Youth Commission, right? Well, yes, it does, but for the month of […]

Archbishop visits Couva Hospital ‘cold zone’

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Archbishop Jason Gordon prayed for healthcare workers at the Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility on Saturday, December 18, asking God to bless […]

Archbishop reminds “…it’s not Happy Holidays, it’s Christmas”

Society has blurred the real purpose of Christmas with commercialism and materialism, says Archbishop Jason Gordon. While the world may have “lost the reason for the […]

Archbishop to new priest: ‘God has something special for you’

By Lara Picford-Gordon Rapturous cheers and applause greeted the presentation of Fr Peter Clinton St Hillaire, the newest diocesan priest in the Archdiocese, at his ordination […]

Vicar General on on Feast of the Immaculate Conception: “Let grace flood your heart”

Grace is available to all but Catholics must be willing to “cooperate with grace” as Mary did. “The story of the Immaculate Conception shows what grace […]

CEBM offers workshop on becoming a Catholic teacher

The Catholic Education Board of Management (CEBM) in October embarked on a pilot ‘Journey to becoming a Catholic teacher’, which had participation by 101 persons comprising […]

T&T needs ‘inner cleansing’ to overcome Covid

People must return to devotion to God and stop their indiscipline and selfishness to restore Trinidad and Tobago because irresponsibility is causing destruction, said Archbishop Jason […]

Synod coordinators meet virtually

By Renee Smith For Synod 2021–2023, the Archdiocese’s parishioners, commissions, ministries, and clergy alike will play an essential role in the local Church’s listening process. The […]

‘Finding Your Purpose…’ to support youth education

Fr Urban Hudlin OP will speak to ‘Finding Your Purpose through the Guidance of God’, at a virtual evening of introspection, inspiration and learning on Sunday, […]

Listening during the pandemic

Contributing writer Ottrisha Carter shares on her experience of this year’s virtual Conference on Theology in the Caribbean Today, held November 8 to 12. Over the […]

Catholic schools managing but stress supervising children

Strict adherence to health and safety protocols has so far prevented reports of infections at Catholic schools under the Catholic Education Board of Management (CEBM). “Our […]

Synod 2021-2023: “Everything must be heard”

By Renée Smith comms.camsel@catholictt.org For the official launch of Synod 2021–2023 in the Archdiocese of Port of Spain, Archbishop Jason Gordon expressed this synodal experience is […]

The missing gift

From Msgr Cuthbert Alexander, Seminary Rector Dear Seminary friends, You may just have noticed, no talk of the Annual Seminary Dinner this year! Every year our […]

Men, Walking in Power with St Joseph Men, Walking in Power with St Joseph

From the NCMM Secretariat The Year of St Joseph closes on December 8, 2021, as decreed by Pope Francis. This year was filled with several engagements […]

Educators must help students fulfil potential, live their vocation

69th annual CTA Convention Catholic schools and teachers can help turn around the culture of disrespect and mediocrity in the society, by raising a generation who […]

To become your best self, work with God

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org The notion of development in an integral consciousness requires all to understand that it is both our action and God’s action […]

Archdiocese celebrates World Youth Day 2021 Mass

The Kingdom of God is in the consciousness, heart and around, but to experience it, Catholics must let go of “me” and give in to God’s […]

The importance of intercession

By Ottrisha Carter The Evangelization Commission in collaboration with the Catholic Youth Commission organised an Intercessory Prayer Training for youths and youth ministry leaders. Sessions were […]

Youth forum at theology conference

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Within our Caribbean culture, there are numerous unspoken elements of contemplation in natural everyday activities like shelling peas, cleaning sorrel, grating […]

Archbishop’s Appeal to supporters: “You have made a difference”

The Archbishop’s Appeal is deeply appreciative of the kindness, thoughtfulness, and generosity, from the donors who have willingly responded to our call to Support our Seminarians. […]

Synod consultations get underway in December

A media release from the archdiocesan Synodal Team announced the official launch of Synod 2021–2023 in this Archdiocese will take place on Saturday, November 27 with […]

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 […]

Lady Hochoy Home dealing with Covid-19 outbreak

By Klysha Best The Lady Hochoy Home, Cocorite is mourning the passing of two of its residents, one of whom passed because of Covid-19. The Home […]

Religious leaders address poverty

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

Wait? Did You Miss Your Vocation?

Do you think you have missed your vocation? “Relax,” said Fr Matthew d’Hereaux, Vicar for Priestly Formation and Vocations, “it is not the end of the […]

Mucurapo Boys’ RC benefits from project to prepare for in-person school

The United Way Trinidad and Tobago (UWTT) continues to advocate for the return of in-person school for primary school children once the public health safety measures […]

Finals of the CCR Gospelypso/Choir competition

The grand finale of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal 50th Anniversary Gospelypso/Choir competition was held on the Diwali holiday, November 4 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate […]

Church’s November traditions explored at film festival

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org The traditions of the Catholic Church—All Saints’, All Souls’, as well as other holidays like Divali are being explored in a […]

Young theologian looks forward to CTCT 2021     

Contributing writer Ottrisha Carter speaks with Guyanese Deacon Joel Thompson SJ about this year’s virtual Conference on Theology in the Caribbean Today which runs from November […]

Students need to have healthy discourse on Covid-19 vaccine; avoid “labelling” peers

Counselling Psychologist Anna Maria Mora said the “labelling” of persons as vaccinated and unvaccinated is causing division. She said young people need to be educated about […]

Contribution made – thank you, readers!

Catholic Media Services Ltd has contributed $14,000 to the Archdiocese’s programme to improve education at RC primary schools during the pandemic. The contribution represents part proceeds […]

Appointment at the CREDI

Jacqueline Francois has been appointed Executive Chairman of the Catholic Religious Education Development Institute (CREDI), effective October 12. For the next three years, she will be […]

Children encouraged to help preserve Caribbean beauty

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Head of the Ecology and Creation Office, Vatican Dicastery for Promoting, Integral Human Development, Rome, has praised children of the region for […]

Know Your Faith: Catholics called to respect all life

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

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 […]

Meet the synod team for the Archdiocese of Port of Spain

The synod can only be successful with full participation of everyone including the persons whose voices have not been heard over the years. “This is an […]

Catholic Education Board on return to face-to-face classes for all

Now that the Ministry of Education (MoE) has directed that all students of Forms 4-6 return to face-to-face classes, the message of personal responsibility and heightened […]

Permanent diaconate candidates become acolytes

For the last three years, 16 men have been in a formation programme preparing them for service as deacons in the Archdiocese. Their training has included […]

The disconnections and connections of the pandemic CTCT November conference launched

By Ottrisha Carter Are you thinking about registering for the upcoming virtual biennial Conference on Theology in the Caribbean Today (CTCT)? You should be! CTCT hosted […]

Students addressed on World Mission Sunday

Archbishop Jason Gordon addressed thousands of primary and secondary Catholic students in a virtual setting October 14. The theme for his address was, “We cannot but […]

A momentous shift for the church – Archbishop on synod launch

The listening to take place during the synod is a time of “pastoral conversion” for all the faithful, not just priests and bishops, Archbishop Jason Gordon […]

No one should ever go hungry – yet millions do

By Tony Magliano, tmag6@comcast.net There is one war we need to fight. Without our intervention, countless people will suffer, and thousands of children will continue dying […]

Archbishop Gordon on Telfer’s passing: “…a great Catholic, and true patriot of T&T”.

“ I remember the first time I heard ‘O Creator’, Peter Telfer and the Mawasi Experience in liturgy, it woke me up. It woke me up […]

Catholic Community mourns passing of brother and friend, Peter Telfer

Founder of the Mawasi Experience, Peter Telfer, died at 2.45 a.m. today Friday October 15, three days after the musical group he founded marked its 41st […]

Are TT Safe Zones a saving grace?

By Klysha Best Safe Zones are turning out to be a hassle more than a saving grace for two businesses The Catholic News spoke to. Trinidad […]

Our Synodal journey begins

The Archdiocese of Port of Spain on Sunday (Oct 17) launches the synodal journey at the diocesan level. Archbishop Jason Gordon is inviting Catholics to “get […]

Catholic educators prepare for return of Forms 1-3

The Ministry of Education may have given the green light for fully vaccinated Forms 1-3 to return to school in coming weeks, but not all children […]

Archdiocese prays for Mawasi Experience leader, Br Peter Telfer

Prayers are being offered for Mawasi Experience founder, Peter Telfer while he is in the Intensive Care Unit at the Arima General Hospital. Thursday, September 30. […]

Virtual launch of theology conference

The Conference on Theology for the Caribbean Today (CTCT) will host its first virtual CTCT Biennial Conference from Monday, November 8 to Friday 12, 2021. Conference […]

Catholic educators “happy” as face-to-face classes resume

The resumption of face-to-face classes today Monday, October 4, for the Forms Four to Six secondary school students was welcomed by Catholic educators. They are happy […]

Sr Théresè Dookeran: 50 years of religious life

If you had to bow before a priest, nun or angel, to whom would you bow first? Archbishop Jason Gordon examined this scenario while delivering his […]

A letter to the editor: Fatima College student speaks up

I write to you as a student of Fatima College who finds himself in a state of cautious abeyance over the reopening of school. My reasoning […]

Fatima College will balance educating vaccinated and non vaccinated students

Catholic secondary are preparing for the return of their senior students, as schools across Trinidad & Tobago are set to have in-person classes for the first […]

Teaching children new skills 

Sr Roxanne Constance OP manages the Plainview Children’s Home, Arima. Plainview is a branch of the St Dominic’s Children’s Home, which is run by the Dominican […]

Continuing his mission using technology

Contributing writer Ottrisha Carter spoke with Fr Matthew Ragbir he’s doing during the pandemic. Before the pandemic, technology played an important role in Fr Matthew Ragbir’s […]

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

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

Mass for Archbishop’s tenth anniversary

The Catholic Church is not an expert in finance and the economy, but it has wisdom to offer the world through its bishops including Archbishop Charles […]

Archbishop Jason Gordon celebrates a decade shepherding  

Archbishop Charles Jason Gordon celebrates his tenth anniversary of his ordination to the episcopate today, Tuesday, September 21. Born March 17, 1959, to parents Stanley and […]

CEBM States 70% Of Their Teachers ‘Vaxxed’ – hopeful for hybrid classes come January

By Klysha Best While the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association, (TTUA), has no figure yet for the number of teachers that have been vaccinated, the […]

Rose Hill  RC: A safe zone in the midst of crime trauma

Story and photo by Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org “When it’s calm, it’s really calm but when it is not… it is really horrid.” This is how […]

Season of Creation: Called to preserve the earth’s beauty

By Delia Chatoor ‘For the beauty of the earth’ is a 19th century hymn, with text by Folliott S Pierpoint, who was so overwhelmed by the […]

Calling a generation to counter ‘hook-up’ culture

A generation of disciples putting their hope in God and having the courage to bend their heart to His will. Archbishop Jason Gordon asked youth and […]

Know Your Faith series helps us understand Intercessions

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Understanding Intercession was the title of Dr Peter Timothy’s presentation, Monday, September 6, part one of a two-part series on intercessory […]

Suicide Prevention Day – Creating Hope through Action

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

SEA pupils enjoy success after hard work and sacrifice

“Great, wonderful, very proud, ecstatic” was how Tyiesha Fortune described the performance of her sister’s twin Takara and Tianna of the Rose Hill RC School. Their […]

Key points for reopening of churches

The Archdiocese of Port of Spain Health, Safety and Environment Team proposal for the reopening of churches issued September 5 for the week beginning September  6, […]

Treat with compassion and speak truth – Archbishop at webinar on gender

Journeying with persons who experience gender dysphoria was highlighted by speakers at the Emmanuel Community’s webinar ‘The Gender Issue: I am Who I am’ held August […]

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

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

A giant among priests

By Fr Martin Sirju, Vicar General Fr Michael Makhan was a giant among priests. I got to know him better when I moved to Port of […]

Fr Makhan was a priest for all

Reynold Makhan, the brother of the late Fr Michael Makhan asked for him to be remembered “as a simple, loving man, and a priest for all […]

What’s the big deal about a new masthead?

By Kathryn Tardieu, General Manager, CAMSEL This new look is not just a pretty image to give the Catholic News a modern appeal, or to catch […]

Archbishop pleads, “Save this beautiful nation of ours, get vaccinated”

Archbishop Jason Gordon is appealing for unvaccinated Catholics to think with the Church and not rely on “spurious information flying around”. He rebuked the influence of […]

May we be better human beings because of Fr Makhan

By Marie Makhan Remembering my brother Fr Michael Makhan “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the lord” (Matthew 29). “This is my beloved […]

Pandemic Relief Food Drive in Tobago

The Tobago Vicariate has been assisting persons affected by Covid-19 mainly with food support since April 2020 under the umbrella of the Pandemic Relief Food Drive, […]

Proud of this place

“When I think of Trinidad and Tobago, the words that come immediately to mind are PRIDE and HOME.” These are the words of Richard Ramirez when […]

Vaccinate children, need to return to in-person schooling – paediatrician

Paediatrician Dr David Bratt is in favour of children receiving the Covid-19 vaccine because of the “suffering” they are experiencing during the pandemic. He said there […]

“Make the wise choice” says Catholic Education Board on vaccines for children

The allocation of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines for children ages 12 and 18 began today, Wednesday, August 18. The Catholic Education Board of Management (CEBM) is […]

New crematorium at Clark & Battoo

Clark & Battoo Funeral Home marks another milestone in their aim to faithfully serve our nation of Trinidad & Tobago with the announcement of the opening […]

SVP thanks Yvette Woodruffe for 49 years of service

Yvette Woodruffe was honoured for her 49 years of “stellar service” at an appreciation ceremony hosted by the North-West Particular Council of the Society of St […]

Virtual conference on gender

The Gender Issue – I am who I am’ is the title of a virtual conference being hosted by The Emmanuel Community on the Independence Day […]

Catholic Edu Board recommends rapid Covid-19 testing in schools

As the Education Ministry prepares for physical reopening of schools with a blended learning approach, the Catholic Education Board of Management (CEBM) has recommended the provision […]

Fr Stephan continues to journey with his flock

Contributing writer Ottrisha Carter spoke with diocesan priest Fr Stephan Alexander on how he’s coping during the pandemic To keep in contact with his parishioners, Fr […]

The Cleric and Covid-19

The pandemic is affecting everyone in different ways. What’s it like for our clergy, faced since early March with seeing to the spiritual needs of their […]

Dating Tips for Catholics

“What do you want in a partner?” Deacon Sheldon Narine and his wife Cindy got the dialogue going with this question in their presentation ‘Dating II […]

‘Worship in a covid space’ at Liturgy School 2021

“This time is a time when we have to find new ways to express what is core and central to our faith”, said Fr Kwesi Alleyne, […]

Participants complete virtual CSCC 2021

The Caribbean School for Catholic Communications (CSCC) halted its activities last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. With the pandemic still in effect, CSCC decided to […]

Time for individual attention

Sr Sarah Marie Waterman O Carm is attached to the Christ Child Convalescent Home, Diego Martin which is a children’s home run by the Corpus Christi […]

Virtual priests retreat for ‘Vianney Day’

By Fr Kenwyn Sylvester On Wednesday, August 4, priests of the Archdiocese of Port of Spain celebrated the Feast Day of St John Maria Vianney with […]

Immunised at the Cathedral

By 10.13 a.m. ten persons had received their first Covid-19 vaccination at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Port of Spain, which was used as a […]

Are you an internet addict? These are the signs…

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Is there any activity (gaming, social media, YouTube, Netflix etc.) that may cause you to pay less attention to others around, […]

Seminary is the heart of the Archdiocese

By Archbishop Charles Jason Gordon Sixty years ago, the Seminary moved from the monastery to its present building when Archbishop Count Finbar Ryan OP answered: “It […]

Parents must form and fashion their children’s sex education

Parents have the inalienable right and duty to teach and educate their children about sexuality. Spiritual Director/Theological Adviser for the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission (AFLC), Fr […]

Global Catholic Climate Movement becomes Laudato Si’ Movement

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

Churches to be used as vaccination sites

Places of worship remain closed for religious gatherings, but the Ministry of Health intends to use them as vaccination sites for citizens. Speaking at a media […]

Virtual Liturgy School & Communications School begin Monday

The 2021 editions of the School of Liturgy, and the Caribbean School for Catholic Communications (CSCC) both begin on Monday with new formats as they will […]

Youth interested in agriculture – SVP launches food initiative

The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) National President’s Youth Food Basket 2021 can be the opening to get more youth members into the SVP. […]

T&T’s Project Care caters to the less fortunate

Project Care held a food bank in the car park of the St James RC Church last Saturday, July 10 to help the communities of St […]

Good luck Team TTO in Tokyo

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

Archbishop Gordon & UNHCR talk issues affecting migrants and refugees

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

Archbishop Harris celebrates golden jubilee

What’s heaven really like? Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Harris CSSp hopes it’s like a Carnival band with “togetherness, enjoyment and happiness”. These are all values which he […]

Caribbean theologians continue their mission during pandemic

As the Conference on Theology in the Caribbean Today (CTCT) prepares for its 27th conference this year, the Catholic News will feature various aspects of this […]

SVP encourages youth to grow food for others

“You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.” Deuteronomy 15:11 As food security becomes a […]

Scouts help in vaccination drive

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org One of the positives coming from the Covid-19 pandemic is the willingness of many individuals and groups to find ways to […]

Archdiocese of POS prepares for ‘Marriage and Family Week’

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

Church hosts mental health discussion

‘Church in Action—Sharing Hope and Healing in Covid Times’ takes place July 12-18 live at 6 p.m. on Trinity TV and Facebook. The mental health outreach […]

The local Church shares on pandemic relief efforts

Many are in desperate need of assistance as evidenced by the long lines that form when various organisations distribute food hampers. Catholic News’ Lara Pickford-Gordon puts