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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 […]

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 […]

Male spirituality features in St Theresa’s ‘Tuesday Talks’

Every man must commit to the quest to discover true masculinity and heal his wounded adolescent masculinity. “We have to find the inner strength…and make that […]

Archbishop praises the work of educators

As Term III of the 2020–2021 academic year ended July 2, Archbishop Jason Gordon has publicly praised the work of educators during the Covid-19 pandemic. In […]

POS City awards Fr Gregory

POS Mayor Joel Martinez (left) presents Fatima College principal Fr Gregory Augustine CSSp with a mayoral award for his contribution to education and youth development. The […]

Many options for adult Catholics to grow their faith

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org How can I continue to grow my faith as an adult? Archbishop Jason Gordon provided guidance on this question during an […]

Archbishop Gordon recommends a reading list for Christians

Archbishop Jason Gordon will soon add four new books to his name. The Archbishop is already an author of five published works: Encounters of Grace, A […]

“Our identity is in God not our sexual preferences” says Archbishop

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org As the LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) communities around the world declare June as Pride Month, Archbishop Jason Gordon has […]

Catholic Educators address online learning challenges

Education Minister Nyan Gadsby-Dolly last month disclosed in an interview with Guardian Media that approximately 2,000 students from Primary and Secondary schools could not be contacted […]

Mount St Benedict receives another ‘son’

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org On Thursday, June 24, the Solemnity of the birthday of St John the Baptist, 38 year old, Brother Gerard Mopeli Sehlabo […]

Bethesda Community celebrates 6 years

By Dr Adanna James, Bethesda Board member When my mother gave birth to her first child, a son, on the eve of Christmas, neither she nor […]

Educators, ICT providers collaborate to close digital divide for students

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org More than 1,000 students in Catholic schools without internet access are getting assistance through a collaboration between the Archdiocese through the […]

Society needs to heal the ‘father wound’

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org As the nation joined the world in celebrating Father’s Day Sunday, June 20, Archbishop Jason Gordon proposed that fathers adopt St […]

Retrouvaille hosts virtual workshop for couples

Described as “the best kept secret” in the Catholic Church, the Retrouvaille T&T Community, in its Ministry to hurting couples, sought creative ways to offer support […]

Living Water goes digital to help those most affected

Last year,  the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic rippled through society, leaving a trail of  unemployment and the rising threat of  food insecurity. Things have gotten […]

Know Your Faith series continues with Fr Robert Christo

The third instalment of the Know Your Faith series started Monday, June 7 on the topic ‘Apologetics’. Fr Robert Christo, Parish Priest St Dominic’s Penal, and […]

Let us show one another GRATITUDE

On the observance of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, Catholics were reminded of gratitude, recalling the sacrifice which Jesus made through His Body and Blood. “Gratitude […]

Dealing with loneliness after the loss of a loved one

“Take one day at a time!”. Practical advice was shared by Psychologist Dr Margaret Nakhid- Chatoor during a virtual workshop on ‘Dealing with Loneliness after the […]

Faith, love & charity for the poor during pandemic

“It is not easy being poor, worse, being poor during a pandemic,” said Brenda De La Rosa, president of the TT Society of St Vincent de […]

Catholics reminded of gratitude for Corpus Christi 2021

On the observance of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, Catholics were reminded of gratitude, recalling the sacrifice which Jesus made through His Body and Blood. “Gratitude […]

Corpus Christi and national identity

By Carmelite tertiary, Neila Todd The observance of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, a national holiday in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is a significant […]

CCR virtual rally – ‘Let us Rebuild’

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1   There was no usual large gathering for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal’s (CCR) annual celebrations this year. Instead, the […]

CEBM agrees with SEA deferral

The Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) exam has been postponed to July 1. Originally scheduled for June 10, Education Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly at the post-cabinet media […]

‘We must be of one mind’ to defeat Covid – Anglican bishop at National Day of Prayer

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Religious leaders offered prayers of praise and thanksgiving to God for blessings bestowed and asked for healing and protection on the […]

Take the vaccine, it’s an act of faith

Fr Matthew d’Hereaux, parish priest at St Joseph RC had this message to share as his parish engages in their IVax campaign. “Dear fellow Catholics, God […]

Social justice commission rebrands website

From the CCSJ/AMMR The Catholic Commission for Social Justice (CCSJ) and the Archdiocesan Ministry for Migrants and Refugees (AMMR) are happy to announce the launch of  […]

Pentecost is a manifestation of Holy Trinity – Nuncio

Pentecost is not just a solemnity of the Holy Spirit “in isolation,” said Papal Nuncio Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu. “What we celebrate is a manifestation of God […]

Families, become schools open to the Holy Spirit

– Archbishop at Pentecost Vigil Mass By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 “When last in your family did you say to each other ‘I am […]

GCCM TT launches with pledge of action

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org The local chapter of the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) was launched Friday, May 21 online with a pledge of “action” […]

The local Church invites families to a virtual celebration of Pentecost

Archbishop Jason Gordon invites all Catholic families of various parishes and communities to join him virtually in making the Pentecost Vigil Mass on Saturday, May 22 […]

MoE suspends face-to-face classes

The Education Ministry suspended all face-to-face classes at schools following Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s May 15 announcement of a State of Emergency. In a media […]

Call for papers for virtual theology conference on COVID-19

The prevailing international and regional conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have inspired the Conference on Theology in the Caribbean Today (CTCT) to host its first […]

UNHCR gives devices for RC schools

The UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency has donated devices to assist with online learning at Catholic schools. On May 7, 103 tablets were handed over by […]

‘Be where people are’, see with religious imagination

Archbishop at Seminary’s first virtual graduation “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times…” said Archbishop Jason Gordon, using the opening lines […]

Archbishop Gordon on pandemic and Pentecost: “Let’s push back to God”

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne 1 Archbishop Jason Gordon said he is “excited” as he spoke of two “big things” happening for this year’s […]

Appointments at the Chancery

Lucy Cathy-Ann Wright-Auguste — Manager, Finance Lucy Wright-Auguste has over 30 years in financial management and accounting in private and publicly traded organisations across the Caribbean. […]

Archbishop Gordon joins international speakers to help Christians prepare for Pentecost

Archbishop Jason Gordon is one of nine speakers at an online international Ecumenical Novena to the Holy Spirit which starts on Ascension Thursday, May 13. ‘The […]

Thirty-eight receive Holy Communion at Arima Boys’ RC

The memories of First Holy Eucharist celebrated on Thursday, April 15, 2021, at Santa Rosa RC, will always be powerful to the 39 boys who participated. […]

May is dedicated to the Blessed Mother

We, as Church, have witnessed Mother Mary’s appearance in various parts of the world. We are encouraged to pray the rosary, for the conversion of sinners […]

Adopt daily, spiritual practices during pandemic lockdown

As the country experiences its third lockdown, Archbishop Jason Gordon opined that the present reality can be seen as a time of “pruning” for faithful and […]

Goodbye to in-church Masses, for now…

The announcement on Thursday, April 29 of the closure of all places of worship as part of Public Health regulations to curb community spread of the […]

Keeping Easter Traditions Alive at St Xavier’s Private School

On March 25 (The Feast of the Annunciation),  St Xavier’s Private School concluded the academic term by attending a virtual Mass celebrated by St Joseph Parish […]

Priests also work to build trust in COVID-19 vaccine

By Kaelanne Jordan mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Catholic News has asked clergy from the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) to share their experience and words of encouragement on taking the […]

Let’s go scouting, virtual camp and all!

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org “Scouts experience adventure and have fun taking part in activities as diverse as kayaking, hiking, expeditions overseas, photography, climbing and archery. […]

We are always in God’s hands – Archbishop at La Divina Pastora

The hundreds of parishioners and pilgrims that usually attend La Divina Pastora celebrations on ‘Good Shepherd Sunday’ were absent for another year because of the pandemic, […]

Society of St Vincent de Paul members called to be change agents

“If we are calling ourselves Christians and we are not changing or effecting change in the lives of others then we are wasting time,” Trinidad-born Fr […]

AEC bishops meet on Catholic education, disaster preparedness

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 In view of the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated restrictions on public gatherings, the bishops of the Antilles Episcopal […]

What’s it like taking ‘the jab’ ?

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Thousands have received the COVID-19 vaccine since the State’s vaccination programme became accessible to the public from April 6, older persons, […]

The National Parang Association (NPATT) celebrates 50

The National Parang Association of Trinidad and Tobago (NPATT) celebrates its 50th anniversary with one year of celebrations starting this month on Sunday, April 18, 2021. […]

‘For Faith and Music: A Mass for the People’ goes online

The All Saints Anglican Church, Port of Spain came alive with the sound of voices, piano and steelpan on Friday, March 26, for the Trinidad and […]

Know Your Faith: The role and power of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit existed before, during and after creation. It empowers people giving them courage to fulfill the mission left by Jesus. Zimbabwe-born Deacon Ronald Abraham […]

Liturgy School goes virtual

A message from the Liturgy School Committee The Liturgy School Committee would like to inform all those who are interested in taking part in Liturgy School […]

CEBM: students’ participation remains a challenge with virtual teaching

Ongoing monitoring of students is one of the challenges as education continues in Term III using a “hybrid format”. Community spread remains unabated, and the Education […]

Breakfast with SVP

The Society of St Vincent de Paul is hosting Breakfast with SVP on Sunday, April 18 instead of its usual Top of the Mount Brunch. The […]

Divine Mercy –important part of salvation history

By Kaelanne Jordan Email: mediarelations.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @kaelanne1 “If we understand that Divine Mercy is really the ethos of Christianity, how we could have sourpuss Christians?… How […]

Dial down on social contacts

By Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org His appointment was at 2.40 p.m. and by 2.49 p.m. Archbishop Jason Gordon had received the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. He was among […]

Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago celebrates Easter 2021

The Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago (ASTT) celebrates Easter 2021 with an exhibition entitled: ‘Easter Traditions & Religious Art’. The exhibition opened to the public […]

“Someone at my church tested positive for COVID-19…what’s next?”

The Archdiocesan Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Team has issued guidelines ‘COVID-19 Action to be taken in respect of positive cases among persons who were at […]

Local Church ready to assist SVG

To assist our brothers and sisters in St Vincent and the Grenadines in wake of the eruption of La Soufrière, The Archdiocese of Port of Spain […]

Schools get Catholic faith delivered despite online limitations

Singing hymns, praying and doing creative, faith-based activities together are just some of the many things students miss about their physical Religious Instruction class. With physical […]

Bilingual Palm Sunday Mass

A bilingual Mass was celebrated on Palm Sunday (March 28) at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for the Hispanic community of the […]

Three new Spiritan deacons

On March 13, five of the eight Spiritan Brothers living at Tisserant House of Formation in Arouca: Ronald Abraham CSSp (Zimbabwean), Petros Dasiyano CSSp (Malawian), Eliaza […]

The transforming power of the Resurrection

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ showed that death and darkness have no power. As the Triduum reached its climax at the Easter Vigil on Gloria Saturday, […]

Set a high standard of safety in all parishes

Archbishop Jason Gordon has reminded clergy and the faithful of the requirement to maintain the COVID-19 guidelines. Health officials have voiced concern of an increase in […]

Palm Sunday Health & Safety reminders

Excerpt from Bulletin #12, ‘Guidelines for the Season of Lent and Holy Week’, issued February 17, 2021 from the Archdiocesan Health, Safety, and the Environment Team. […]

Easter at the Cathedral – ‘Sacred Classics, Hymns and Spirituals’

This Easter Sunday on April 4, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Port of Spain will be filled with heavenly sounds of ‘Sacred Classics, Hymns and […]

Renew the Church and family life through consecration to St Joseph

The National Catholic Men’s Ministry (NCMM) 33-day Consecration to St Joseph challenge should be a “launch pad” for a new family life and renewal for the […]

Church embarks on healthcare outreach for migrants & refugees

The Catholic Commission for Social Justice (CCSJ) and the Archdiocese’s Ministry for Migrants & Refugees (AMMR) have embarked on a healthcare outreach campaign across Trinidad and […]

Be God’s “behind-the-scenes” guy

“God NEEDS behind-the-scenes guys.” US-based, Australia-born Catholic author and motivational speaker Matthew Kelly told participants in the 33-day Consecration to St Joseph challenge on Thursday evening, […]

Celebrating St Joseph’s Day

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org The Solemnity of St Joseph, St Joseph’s Day is celebrated in Colombia  Día de San José, on the Monday closest to […]

Tribunal wants to hear your stories of Archbishop Pantin

Have you had an experience of praying for the intercession of the late Archbishop Anthony Pantin and having your prayers answered? The tribunal appointed for the […]

He was providential – Archbishop Gordon at Memorial Mass for Archbishop Pantin

Many people have stories of praying to God for something they needed and, at the opportune time, Archbishop Anthony Pantin came and helped them. Archbishop Jason […]

East POS schools grateful for new tablets

‘Multi-pronged’ approach needed to get devices to students By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org A total of 54 tablets were distributed to the Nelson St Girls’ RC, […]

This Lent, ask yourself, “What’s God’s vocation for me?”

If you do nothing else during Lent, then ask yourself that single question, Archbishop Gordon asserted. “…God will answer you; God will show you the path,” […]

SVP responds to non-payment of CSDP staff

The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) said it is “committed to fully paying our staff all salaries owed.” In a media release issued Monday, […]

A servant of heroic joy

By Fr Christopher Lumsden, Postulator of the Cause of Servant of God Archbishop Gordon Anthony Pantin (in collaboration with the Archdiocesan Archives) On this 21st anniversary […]

Get involved in social justice

By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @gordon_lp Catholics have a responsibility to get involved promoting social justice in the society. This message was stated in different […]

Youth ‘not dropping the ball’

Teenagers and children were among a small but impactful group who came out last Wednesday night (February 24) to Adam Smith Square for a candlelight vigil […]

SVP centre houses former ‘C9’ residents

The Centre for Socially Displaced Persons (CSDP), Port of Spain has received 21 persons who were housed at a temporary facility known as C9 which was […]

Report on schools reopening: RC secondary students happy to be back

Education Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly held a meeting for education stakeholders February 23 to get feedback on the return to school for Forms Four, Five and […]

New CEBM chairman willing to listen, learn and lead

New Chairman of the Catholic Education Board of Management (CEBM) Derek Hudson is easing into his new role and familarising himself with the organisation. Responding to […]

‘Instil proper Catholic values’ —Archbishop to administrators

On Friday, February 12, the first commissioning ceremony for all the recently appointed principals (17), senior teachers (2) and heads of department (3) was held at […]

Welcoming migrant children into RC schools

Principals, teachers trained in virtual forum By Lara Pickford-Gordon Email: snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Twitter: @gordon_lp Principals and teachers at Catholic primary schools attended a virtual forum February 15–16 […]

Lent – time to pause, reflect on our role as ambassadors for Christ

Just as a car needs to be taken for maintenance, or businesses close for stocktaking, so too people must take a break to reflect spiritually on […]

Give up violent speech and negativity for Lent — Archbishop at Ash Wednesday Mass

A return to loving language, responses and gestures will engender a renewal of the family and nation. This is what Archbishop Jason Gordon is appealing for […]

Lenten practices in a time of COVID

The Archdiocesan Health, Safety and Environment team (HSE) on February 17, issued guidelines for the Lenten season and Holy Week. Bulletin #12 deals with the Sacrament […]

Lent: A challenge for today’s culture

The period of 40 days of prayer, fasting and almsgiving will begin on Ash Wednesday. These 40 days, if well lived and pondered, serve not only […]

Understanding the Lent basics

By Fr Garfield Rochard There are 46 days from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday. Lent has six Sundays including Palm Sunday. These Sundays are within the […]

New CEBM Chair

The Catholic Education Board of Management (CEBM) has a new chairman. Derek Hudson was installed at the CEBM’s AGM on Wednesday, February 10. Archbishop Jason Gordon […]

‘We need a conversion of heart’

Archbishop Jason Gordon has commented on the “culture of violence” seen in the violence against women in society. He referred to the recent  murder of Andrea […]

Andrea Bharatt: The Tipping Point

The heavy downpour on February 12, slowed the initial gathering of participants of the march for female victims of gender-based violence. It was also the funeral […]

Catholic Men’s Ministry stands with T&T

THE FOLLOWING IS A MEDIA RELEASE BY THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC MEN’S MINISTRY “CALL TO ALL MEN: LET US REBUILD OUR NATION” (Monday, February 8, 2021) For […]

Church History: Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, Maraval

Today, February 11 is the patronal feast of Our Lady of Lourdes RC Maraval and Tacarigua. The Feast commemorates the 18 times in 1858, the Blessed […]

Baying for blood will not address issues

The Catholic Commission for Social Justice (CCSJ) and the Greater Caribbean for Life (GCL) is urging T&T’s Government to focus on human development and crime prevention […]

Faithful Friday starts 

The Franciscan Institute Trinidad and Tobago, a sponsored Ministry of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother (SSM) is hosting Faithful Friday- ‘Praying the last Seven Words […]

Archdiocese of POS announces Ash Wednesday guidelines

The Archdiocese of Port of Spain has announced guidelines for the faithful to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday and the possibility of the distribution extending for […]

Local priest engages pupils on World Read Aloud Day

The pupils of Nelson Street Boys’ RC had a special guest for World Read Aloud Day Wednesday, February 3 with Fr Mikhail Woodruffe O Carm, reading […]

Reminders for phased, physical re-opening of schools

The Education Ministry announced the phased physical reopening of schools February 8 for students of Forms Four to Six using a “hybrid system”. Classes resume April […]

COVID-19 protocol update for Archdiocese of POS

The following is a statement from the Archdiocesan Health, Safety and Environment Team The Archdiocesan Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Team was established by Archbishop Jason […]

New mattresses please, St Vincent de Paul appeals

The TT Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) is in need of new mattresses for the clients of the Centre for Socially Displaced persons (CSDP), […]

‘Overcoming Prejudices’ — an open dialogue on migrants and refugees.

The ill-treatment of migrants and refugees can become a pattern of behaviour that if ingrained will come back to “haunt” citizens, Fr Matthew d’Hereaux cautioned at […]

Archdiocese warns about ‘Zoom bombing’

Keeping troublemakers out your meeting An education session on anti-xenophobia hosted by the Living Water Community and hosted by the Catholic Education Board of Management (CEBM) […]

‘Know Your Faith’ series gets revamped & focuses on Mark’s gospel

Although Mark was not an apostle and neither saw nor met Jesus, the gospel attributed to him captures a “portrait” of Jesus and His ministry because […]

Pranksters and porn quickly end forum for RC schools

An anti-xenophobia discussion conducted by the Living Water Community (LWC) for four RC primary schools was disrupted by persons displaying pornographic material. The event, hosted under […]

Church supports receiving COVID vaccine

Is it ethical to receive the COVID-19 vaccine? The quandary is real for many Catholics because in the production of vaccines, cell lines from aborted foetuses […]

Read your Bible, ‘dig deep’ into God’s Word

“The Word of God has been my joy; the Word of God has been my life”. Dean of Studies of the Catholic Bible Institute (CBI), Deborah […]

US politics needs ‘conversation’ – Archbishop

The accusations between political opponents in the United States following the US elections in November 2020, and the January 6 storming of the US Capitol building […]

Archdiocese plans for pandemic Ash Wednesday…and other 2021 events

The Archdiocese is looking at ways for ashes to be distributed on Ash Wednesday. Archbishop Jason Gordon gave this feedback Wednesday, January 20 responding to a […]

Celebrate, study, and disseminate the Word of God

Lara Pickford-Gordon snrwriter.camsel@catholictt.org Join the Catholic Bible Institute in celebrating ‘The Sunday of the Word of God’ January 24. The observance, on the third Sunday of […]

St Joseph, the man for our time

On Sunday, December 6, 2020, the National Catholic Men’s Ministry (NCMM) hosted its second Annual Men’s Advent Retreat. Over 100 men attempted to participate. Unfortunately, the […]

Recommended ritual for ‘Sunday Word of God’

This Sunday, January 24 is the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. In preparation for the second celebration of the Sunday of the Word of God  occasion, […]

How to behave in the family

It is in the family that people learn to become disciples of Christ, develop a relationship with Him, and reveal their God-given talents and gifts. This […]

Educators make recommendations to MoE for reopening of schools

The Catholic Education Board of Management (CEBM) was among the interest groups which met with Education Minister Nyan Gadsby-Dolly and officials of the Ministry January 7 […]

Practical steps to build Church

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘Church’? Fr Steve Ransome sought to provide some clarity to this question at last weekend’s first […]

Archbishop Gordon: Baptism important for Christian living & mission

Archbishop Charles Jason Gordon was one of the feature speakers at the January 2021 Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) National Conference Baptism is important as, through the […]

‘Jesus Explosion’ 18 goes virtual

From Gregory Quan Kep, Jesus Explosion Committee Member COVID-19 has precipitated several restrictions. There is a new normal that has jolted everyone out of their comfort […]

Zion hosts first online prayer conference

Zion RC Community, through the Association of Catholic Intercessors, Zion’s Ministry of Prayer, launched a Year of Prayer for Trinidad and Tobago on the first Sunday […]

A virtual Life in the Spirit experience

Rosemarie Siewnarine, a participant, writes on possibly the first-ever virtual Life in the Spirit seminar in the Caribbean Led by Fr Raymond Francis and Trinitarian Presence […]