Celebrating Trinidad and Tobago’s First Official Republic Day

For Republic Day this year, the Catholic News Team dug into its archives and stumbled upon our Editorial from September 26, 1976! CALLED TO BE ALIVE […]

Literacy For Life’ – an educational intervention

By Coreen Kirton, Official Jolly Phonics Trainer Many studies show that the most effective way to teach all children, including those with dyslexia, to read and […]

More work to properly minister to the Deaf community

Fr Paul Zirimenya, who is deaf, was raised in Uganda, the third of nine children, including two sets of twins. He attended Catholic, Muslim, and Baptist […]

Lifeline – a safe space for the despairing and suicidal

By Klysha Best When you hear the word ‘lifeline’ you may think of a safety feature on a boat, a rope that either protects you from […]

Adopt ‘panyard’ principles:

Foster culture of discipline, teamwork says Archbishop In a candid and wide-ranging interview on The Catholic News’  television programme Altos, Archbishop Charles Jason Gordon shared his […]

St Mary’s College Mourns Passing of Beloved Teacher, Mr. Joel Garcia

Acting Principal of St Mary’s College, Port of Spain, Rawle Russell issued a statement via the College’s Official Facebook Page on the death of Physical Education […]

Refuelling Our Faith – Northern Vicariate celebrates its catechists

By Andrew Fernandes Coordinator, Northern Vicariate Every September, the Church recognises the contributions of all her catechists – those whose vocation is to journey with those […]

Speak up’ – God can use your voice to save others

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org   Fr Kwesi Alleyne observed in his homily at the Laventille Devotions on Sunday, September 10, that when there are issues to […]

Changes at the Seminary…as new academic year begins

“A lot could happen in one year.” This was how Archbishop Charles Jason Gordon began his homily on the Feast of Our Lady’s Birthday on Friday, […]

Maintenance and Repairs Impact Several RC Schools in Trinidad

It was a delayed start for some pupils of St Rose’s RC who returned to classes yesterday (Wednesday, September 6) at the north building of the […]

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

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

They’re our schools, our responsibility’

CEBM pleas for parishioners to offer more support to RC schools As Trinidad and Tobago prepared for the reopening of primary schools, Sharon Mangroo, the Chief […]

To catechists: thanks for your persistence, may you find renewed strength

A message from Sr Juliet Rajah CHF, Administrator of Catechetics  Dear Catechists, As we celebrate Catechetical Month, I take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude […]

Humanity must cooperate with God’s creation… or face consequences

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Martin Luther King Jr once used the same scripture from Amos 5:24 in one of his iconic speeches, ‘I have a Dream’, […]

Parents protest Ortoire RC conditions, temporary building being sought

The Catholic Education Board of Management (CEBM) is awaiting the Ministry of Education for recommendations regarding the next step for the Ortoire RC Primary school which […]

Rest in Peace to ‘singing priest’, Fr Patrick Walter Brennan

Fr Patrick Walter Brennan OP died peacefully on September 1 at Tallaght Hospital. He was 87 years. A Requiem Mass was scheduled for 11.30 a.m. [6.30 […]

Rose Hill RC pupils in TTPS programme: ‘Who’s Writing Your Story?’

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org The Victim and Witness Support Unit (VWSU) of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service in collaboration with the Catholic Education Board of […]

Trinity TV’s Telethon 2023: A Week of Entertainment and Giving

The Trinity Telethon 2023 is on for a week, starting this Sunday, September 3, and ending next Sunday, September 10. It is the Trinity Television Network’s […]

Ferdie’ Ferreira reflects on 61 years of Trinidad and Tobago’s Independence

In the Independence edition of Altos, Friday, August 25, anchor Neil Parsanlal chatted with Ferdinand ‘Ferdie’ Ferreira. Ferreira is an author, veteran political commentator, and witness […]

Work continues on some schools

School repairs are in progress before the start of the new term Monday, September 4. “There are schools in which they are doing some fairly major […]

Our Lady of Montserrat Shrine restored

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org “She not looking bad for an old lady, eh?…” “When I last saw the church, it was not like this. There was […]

CAL’s Handling of Autistic Child on Flight Ignites Conversation on Inclusivity and Awareness

The founder of Bethesda Community (a Catholic community for persons with disabilities) says, “airline incident with autistic child could have been avoided.” The incident aboard a […]

Iconic Historic Shrine Rededicated: Our Lady of Montserrat, Tortuga

Our Lady of Montserrat, a revered Roman Catholic Church located in the quiet village of Tortuga, Central Trinidad, is set to mark a significant milestone with […]

Students lunch with Archbishop, discuss controversial issues

By representatives from St Joseph’s Convent, Port of Spain As young people, we face many challenges. There is a myriad of issues we must navigate and […]

Local swimmers in the right lane to aquatic success

by Klysha Best If you witnessed or read any of the news coming out of the August 4–11 Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) 2023, staged for the […]

Catholics in the politics: ‘We all have the right to shape the direction of our country’

By Klysha Best People always say there are three things you don’t talk about – religion, politics, and money. Fr Stephan Alexander, General Manager of the […]

Two deacons to be ordained on Aug 15, 2023

Archbishop Charles Jason Gordon will preside at the ordination of two priests for the Archdiocese of Port of Spain 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 15 at the […]

Assessments begin for migrant children for September intake at RC schools

Migrant children are to be assessed prior to their entry into the national primary school system. Sharon Mangroo, Chief Executive Officer of the Catholic Education Board […]

Council for Responsible Political Behavior strives to maintain Code of Ethics in the politics

By Klysha Best While it may seem that politicians live according to their own rules and regulations when compared to the ‘average Joe’, there is the […]

Farewell to Porto, off to Lisbon

The Catholic News reporter, Renée Smith is among the group of 35 pilgrims at World Youth Day 2023. Stay connected to The Catholic News each week or follow us […]

Bem-vindo a Porto  – Welcome to Porto

By Renee Smith I always feel so many emotions travelling to a new country: anxious, excited, impatience, joy. It is my first time travelling to Europe […]

T&T WYD pilgrims arrive in Lisbon safely; stationed at St Cristovao Parish

The Catholic News reporter, Renée Smith is among the group of 35 pilgrims at World Youth Day 2023. Stay connected to The Catholic News each week […]

Space for over 2,000 migrant children in RC primary schools

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org More than 2,000 student spaces have been identified across the RC Primary School system for migrant children in the new academic year. […]

Youth catch a faith-filled vibe at Youth Day Village TT

By Renee Smith comms.camsel@catholictt.org If you weren’t at Holy Faith Convent, Couva on Saturday, July 22, you missed out on a mini-pilgrimage, a celebration of youth, […]

God’s Kingdom is unstoppable

Archbishop Charles Jason Gordon says the Kingdom of God is unstoppable and will win the war against evil stalking Trinidad and Tobago if only we will […]

All-of-society approach, update legislation to help curb crime

By Klysha Best With just over half the year crossed off our calendars and more than 300 murders already recorded, one would think that there is […]

Break-in at Assumption RC

There was a break-in at the Church of the Assumption, Maraval and an attempted break-in at the parish office on Tuesday (July 25) sometime between 3 […]

Vacation Revision Programme can boost learning… but only if students attend

by Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org The St David’s RC, Caroni  and Bethlehem Boys’ RC, Port of Spain are among the 22 Catholic RC primary schools out of […]

Detachment from material things encourages building a life of Grace

In the modern world, it’s easy to become attached to material possessions. We accumulate clothes, shoes, gadgets, and more, often finding it difficult to let go. […]

Archbishop: Blanchisseuse church anniversary a celebration of the Sacraments

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org The 150th anniversary celebration of Our Lady of Mt Carmel (OLMC), Blanchisseuse is a wonderful celebration of the life of the Church […]

Church organisations comment on migrant issues

Good news for the migrant community in Trinidad and Tobago as Foreign and Caricom Affairs Minister Dr Amery Browne says steps are being taken to integrate […]

School hair code is ‘misplaced emphasis’, more pressing issues in education

By Klysha Best Fr Gregory Augustine CSSp, Chairman of the Holy Ghost Fathers’ Board of Management, which manages St Mary’s College and Fatima College, says the […]

Financial audit submitted

The Archdiocese of Port of Spain has completed its first financial audit for the year ended December 31, 2019. This is an historical achievement as this […]

Catholic Education Board comments on school hair policy

The Catholic Education Board of Management (CEBM) welcomes the inclusion of the hair policy in the National School Code of Conduct. The new policy allows cornrows, […]

The Catholic News goes to TV with ‘Altos’

By Klysha Best The Oxford Dictionary defines the word “evolution” as a process of gradual change that takes place over many generations…” The Catholic News is […]

T&T pilgrims attend World Youth Day in Portugal

The Archdiocese of Port of Spain is bringing the life and energy of the 2023 World Youth Day (WYD) pilgrimage to youth of Trinidad and Tobago […]

Papal blessing for ‘Fr Tom’

Fr Thomas Lawson’s OP unwavering commitment, compassion and wisdom has touched countless lives in the course of his 42 years in Trinidad. Some of the countless […]

RC schools to SEA students: Blossom wherever you are placed

Chief Executive Officer of the Catholic Education Board of Management, Sharon Mangroo, in her congratulations to all students receiving their Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) results today […]

Archbishop Gordon clarifies The Concordat

Trinidad and Tobago would not be where it is today if the religions of the country did not make a significant commitment to education and thus […]

“School in Pan” helped build community: POS primary schools shine

The School in Pan programme was a timely intervention during the Covid-19 pandemic as it brought children out of fear, vulnerability, and social isolation. This was […]

Catholic educators & gender conversations

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Catholic mission and identity are very important for Catholic institutions such as schools especially with today’s culture which is replacing the word […]

On Gender Ideology: Christians called to speak The Truth, show mercy, compassion & love

Catholics must not be afraid of speaking the truth even if it means being despised or ‘cancelled’ on social media, Archbishop Charles Jason Gordon told the […]

Fr Thomas Lawson celebrates 50 years of priesthood

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Fr Thomas Lawson’s OP love of his adopted home and the people have not waned since his arrival October 16, 1981. His […]

Catholic Education Board responds to misinformation rife on ‘rainbow’ book

There was lively discourse on social media over the past week after a screenshot of a book titled, “I am a Rainbow” began circulating. The book […]

Free symposium held to honour trailblazer, ‘Dom Basil’

The Caribbean Sociological Association (CASA) in collaboration with St Benedict’s College, La Romaine will be holding a one-day Symposium on Wednesday, June 21 at the San […]

UPDATE: Astonishing disclosure following theft at Mount St Benedict

Abbot John Pereira OSB has underscored that the theft at the Abbey Church of Mt St Benedict is not merely an issue of lack of respect […]

Theft at Mount St Benedict

Six thousand dollars in coins were stolen from two finance rooms of the Abbey Church of Mt St Benedict Wednesday, June 14. Commenting on the incident, […]

Respect the Eucharist, respect each other – Archbishop at Cathedral celebrations

Catholics should be conscious of how they treat others because disrespect can be an affront to the Body of Christ. “If every one of us is […]

Unite in prayer and practical initiatives to break the darkness

Fr Trevor Nathasingh has passionately expressed his concerns about the state of Trinidad and Tobago, lamenting that this country is undergoing judgement, having “squandered the mercies […]

Work hard for the gifts of the Holy Spirit

By Kaelanne Jordan, mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Unlike the Hollywood movies where boy meets girl, and one hour later he knows everything about his partner, that’s not the case […]

Catholic Education Board comments on Cumaca RC shooting

The Catholic Education Board of Management (CEBM) is alarmed and saddened by the breach of the “sanctity” of the school compound following a shooting at the […]

Priests help laity understand discernment

All of the reasoning, conversations and plans of Church are geared towards: “seeking to encounter God and to know God’s Will”; discerning the presence of God, […]

Deliberative to Discerning – Archbishop says local Church needs a revolution

For a long time, decisions have been made using the pragmatic and practical approach. Archbishop Charles Jason Gordon is now calling for the Church in Trinidad […]

Pentecost Mass for Families

To become the domestic Church, families must ask God to send His Holy Spirit. Archbishop Charles Jason Gordon also called on families to “thirst for God” […]

RC schools willing to teach migrant children …but gov’t mechanisms not in place

Archbishop Charles Jason Gordon told a Joint Select Committee (JSC) of the Parliament that Catholic schools are prepared to assist with the education of migrant children […]

Celebrating Laudato Si

The Office of Youth Ministry hosted a Laudato Si’ Awareness Day at the San Fernando Hill on Saturday, May 20. The Laudato Si’ Week 2023 was […]

Living Water Community leads prayers for T&T at QPS

The Living Water Community (LWC) will host a Rosary Crusade Procession around the Queen’s Park Savannah this evening at 6 p.m. The starting point is at […]

Pentecost and YOU

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Faithful will not come to the “fullness of our humanity” without the gifts of the Holy Spirit, said Bishop Clyde Harvey of […]

Bear witness to Corpus Christi, says Vicar General

A clarion call was made by the Vicar General Fr Martin Sirju for Catholic faithful to bear witness to the Body of Christ in their lives […]

Don’t miss CREDI’s Conference on leadership and discernment

Parish leaders and communities are invited to register now for the Leadership Conference hosted by The Catholic Religious Educational Development Institute (CREDI) and The Office of […]

#KeepingTheFaith: David Huggins, an amputee, hosts fundraising concert for eye surgery

A fundraising event to assist David Huggins with eye surgery is carded for Indian Arrival Day, Tuesday, May 30 at Queen’s Hall. Tickets for ‘For the […]

About Ascension Sunday: Jesus ascends triumphantly into heaven

The Solemnity of the Ascension of Jesus Christ, Ascension Day was Thursday May 18 and is celebrated on the 40th day of Easter. It was a […]

“Students safe” after incident at Providence Girls’ RC

“The students are safe.” This assurance from Chief Executive Officer at the Catholic Education Board of Management (CEBM) Sharon Mangroo as she provided The Catholic News […]

Why the desecration of a tabernacle hurts

The break-in at the St Augustine RC Church, Southern Main Road, Cunupia and the desecration of the tabernacle with the Body of Christ was shocking for […]

Local Church honours Communications in May

If you’re not familiar, every year in May, the Universal Church celebrates World Communications Day (WCD) guided by The Holy Father’s World Communications Day message and […]

Break-in at RC Church in Cunupia

The Archdiocese of Port of Spain issued a statement via its official Facebook account on a report of theft at St Augustine RC Church in Cunupia. […]

Continue practising good hygiene

– Archdiocesan HSE Team While the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a declaration that Covid-19 is no longer a global pandemic, the Archdiocesan Health, Safety and […]

Denominational boards submit recruitment proposal to Teaching Service

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org The Association of Denominational Boards of Education (ADBE) has submitted a proposal to the Teaching Service Commission (TSC) to arrive at a […]

Ministry helping people survive separation and divorce

Archbishop Charles Jason Gordon hosted an online retreat on March 23, 2023, for the Separated, Divorced and Widowed (SDW) in the Archdiocese. This retreat served to […]

Poor Man’s Lunch’ fundraiser

From the Society of St Vincent de Paul Last year, the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVDP) held its first ‘Poor Man’s Lunch’ at the […]

Archdiocese, Children’s Authority to collaborate on children’s Homes

There is a need for greater collaboration between the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Port of Spain and the Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago to facilitate […]

Our house, your house, Archbishop’s House

The stately Archbishop’s House is well established as the people’s house, more significantly the entire people of Trinidad and Tobago. The house has been part of […]

St Benedict’s College teen wins boxing gold for T&T

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Fifteen-year-old Paul Matthew Newallo, a Form Four student at St Benedict’s College (SBC), La Romaine, earned gold as part of the four […]

Rosary RC Church & surreal imaginations

By Fr Martin Sirju, Cathedral Administrator It was a surreal experience visiting the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary for an Acies (Legion of […]

God is counting on us’ – Nuncio at La Divina Pastora

By Kaelanne Jordan, mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org To let yourself be touched by the words of Mary in ‘The Magnificat’ can be a “dangerous activity”. “No, the Virgin Mary […]

‘Final push’ to complete St Francis of Assisi RC, Belmont

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org The St Francis of Assisi RC Building Committee is hosting a fundraising concert June 18 at the National Academy for the Performing […]

BREAKING NEWS: Bomb threat causes suspension of classes across Trinidad

The Ministry of Education (MoE) has assured that all students at several schools across Trinidad which received emailed bomb threats were evacuated. The Trinidad and Tobago […]

Our house, your house,Archbishop’s House

Queen’s Park West boasts stately buildings known as the Magnificent Seven. Among these stands the distinctive of all buildings around the Savannah: the 1904, George Brown […]

Are you being called to the priesthood? And other frequently asked questions

Fr Matthew d’Hereaux , Vocations Director answers Q: The Archdiocese of Port of Spain has a thriving permanent diaconate ministry. Should I just become a permanent […]

Collaborations to be enhanced with new ‘RC Pastoral Campus’

The Roman Catholic Belmont Pastoral Campus (RCBPC), 34B Belmont Circular Road was blessed by Archbishop Jason Gordon on Thursday, April 20. The new campus houses the […]

Heavy rainfall disrupts school in Matelot

Heavy April showers and flooding caused the suspension of classes at the Matelot RC and Matelot Community College on Monday and Tuesday. While flooding caused the […]


The NGC Bocas Lit Fest, Trinidad and Tobago’s annual festival of books and writers, is back and it’s bigger and better than ever before. What’s your […]

Retreats at Mt St Benedict resume

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Having been closed due to restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the monks at Mt St Benedict were able to host a […]

Know God’s mercy and respond with gratitude

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org   “Mercy Father, mercy, mercy!” This was the appeal for Divine Mercy Sunday as Archbishop Jason Gordon urged Catholics to access the […]

Catholic students shine in CARIFTA games

FEATURED IMAGE: The team that set Carifta records in the 4×100 and 4×50 freestyle relays (front row, left to right) Giovanni Rivas, Zachary Anthony (back row, […]

Archbishop lifts dispensation, Catholics obligated to attend Sunday Mass

The decree allowing Catholics to participate in Masses virtually and make a Spiritual Communion is no longer applicable. Archbishop Jason Gordon made the announcement in the […]

Archbishop to Carrera inmates on Holy Thursday – ‘Serve somebody’

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Humility, love, humbleness, compassion, equality.These were some of the responses from inmates at the Carrera Convict Prison (CCP) to Archbishop Jason Gordon’s […]

NGC Children’s Bocas Lit Fest Storytelling Caravan is on the move!

The National Gas Company (NGC) Bocas Lit Fest is Trinidad and Tobago’s annual literary festival, but it is Caribbean in scope. The festival season starts with […]

Copyright and church music

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Copyright is a property right and takes effect from the moment of creation. David Bereaux emphasised this point as he addressed the […]

Embrace the light of Christ and spread its message

Archbishop Jason Gordon urged faithful to spread the message of light through their families and communities at the Easter Vigil Mass at the Cathedral of the […]

Hot Cross Buns anyone?

Hot cross buns can now be called ‘Mister hot cross buns’. We have to put some respect on the name of the most sought-after buns during […]

Perished in a fire: A Tribute to Zaya

Zaya Morris, a Standard One pupil of St Brigid’s Girls’ RC School, sadly lost her life on Sunday, April 2, 2023. Together with her mother, Kemba […]

We are all the People of God

By Msgr Michael de Verteuil Chair of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission Pope Pius X in 1906 wrote the letter Vehementer Nos to the French bishops. In […]

Crucifixion – asking subversive questions

By Fr Martin Sirju, Cathedral Administrator Holy Week is the most sacred time in the liturgical life of the Catholic Church. It recalls the last moments […]

Archbishop to SEA students: “Don’t go anxious”

Archbishop Jason Gordon imparted key advice to SEA students on Thursday, March 23, “pray as if everything depends on God, and work as if everything depends […]

Workshop on composing responsorial psalms

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org On Thursday, March 30 the Liturgical Commission will host a workshop on ‘Composing Responsorial Psalms’ with Bro Paschal Jordan OSB of the […]

T&T Catholics gather to address the ecological disaster the Earth faces

“I feel very much ignored and excluded by the people who have the ability to make changes”. A statement from Angelo Kurbanali a youth voice during […]

St Joseph RC, Scarborough to be consecrated on its Feast Day (March 20, 2023)

After being postponed twice, in 2021 and 2022 owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the consecration of the St Joseph RC Church, Scarborough will finally take place […]

Work on new sewer system at St Joseph Girls’ RC begins

The construction of a new sewer system for the St Joseph Girls’ RC Primary School commenced Wednesday, March 15. A letter from the Ministry of Education […]

“We have to pray and work” – RC priest responds to Police Commissioner comments

Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Port of Spain, Fr Martin Sirju has commented on Police Commissioner Erla Harewood-Christopher’s recent statement that God’s divine intervention is […]

Covid-19 restrictions relaxed at RC churches

The Archdiocese of Port of Spain’s Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Team has issued March 16, 2023, guidelines for the relaxation of some Covid-19 restrictions as […]

A ‘Lenten’ Scavenger Hunt for families

The average Catholic views Lent as a time of recollection, repentance, and stillness. While that is rightfully so, what tends to be overlooked is the hope […]

You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek

The journey of a seminarian begins at the Seminary of St John Vianney and the Uganda Martyrs where young men accept to be in persona Christi […]

Rosary Boys’ RC helps St Rose’s Girls’ RC after school section condemned

Students of St Rose’s Girls’ RC Primary have since settled into their temporary accommodation at Rosary Boys’ RC since a portion of the school building was […]

History & legacy of God’s will being accomplished

We have much to be thankful for. In 1943, thanks to the vision and tenacity of many, and under the guidance of Count Finbar Ryan, the […]

Fr Mike lived the command to be a holy priest

Fifteen years after his death on March 12, 2008, reader Najette Abraham remembers Fr Michael Moses. Fr Michael Paul Moses is best remembered for his work […]

How he lived… ‘all things to all people’

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Archbishop Anthony Pantin’s episcopal consecration was on March 19, 1968 and he took as his episcopal motto, Omni Omnibus — all things […]

Update: Beatification and Canonisation of Archbishop Pantin

The Office for the Cause for the Beatification and Canonisation of Archbishop Gordon Anthony Pantin provides an update on the 23rd anniversary of his death. In […]

Put party politics aside to combat T&T human trafficking problem

As the controversy rages on alleged “government officials” complicit in human trafficking and government and the Opposition criticising each other, Archbishop Jason Gordon called for country […]

Scouts honour for Archbishop

Archbishop Jason Gordon was among the persons recognised by the Scout Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ScoutsTT) last Sunday, February 26 at the Founder’s Day Celebration […]

Don’t make Lenten journey only about “I”

The Lenten period is not to be an “I-centred spirituality” Vicar General, Cathedral Administrator Fr Martin Sirju reminded Catholics as he presided at the noon Ash […]

Father of Holy Cross’ remembered as Holy Cross College celebrates 65 years

The heights of Calvary Hill, Arima resounded with the joyous sounds of prayer and music as Holy Cross College commemorated its 65th anniversary as a college […]

Challenges of the synodal path

By Fr Martin Sirju The Synod on synodality continues. Pope Francis has pushed back the date for the formal closing of the Synod to October 2024. […]

Look out for the Lord in disguise

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org To recognise the gift of Simeon and Anna, in their capacity to see God amid the ordinariness of the day, is the […]

Know Your Faith: Evidence of synod themes in the Bible

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Building community, inclusivity and dialogue is a call that is not “strange” or “foreign” to the Bible. In fact, there are Old […]

Maracas Valley church leaders unite to discuss community issues

Ecumenical dialogue and collaborative church efforts are underway in Maracas Valley, St Joseph. Religious leaders involved in the community of Lluengo, Maracas Valley including St Michael’s […]

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 […]