We are the People of God in Trinidad and Tobago, building the Civilization of Love - reconciliation with God, neighbour, creation and self - through:
- The New Evangelization
- Revitalizing Catholic Culture and Identity
- Regenerating the Moral and Spiritual Values of our Society
You have called us to be your Church here in Trinidad and Tobago
Be with us in the power of Your Spirit as we move forward together, striving to continue the work begun at our Synod.
Send forth your light and your truth - let these be our guide.
Protect us from all that may lead us astray.
Keep us united in constant prayer with Mary, our mother, so that together we may make Your Church alive and present in our land.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
MESSAGE TO DELEGATES
Chairman of the Synod Committee Fr Allan Ventour has addressed a special message to synod delegates as preparations for the third sitting of Synod continue. In his letter to delegates, parish priests and parish coordinators Fr Ventour writes:
You the 785 delegates are drawn from the parishes, ecclesial communities, commissions, councils and secretariats and will play a crucial role in the Synod process. Delegates please bear in mind that you are the Church and without you the Church is incomplete. The contribution that you are currently making and will make at the third sitting is crucial as the Church tries to be alive and present. You should be actively involved in at least one area of parish ministries (Catholic Education, Family Life, Stewardship, Youth, Evangelisation, Catholic Communication, Social Justice and Catechetics).”
Preparing the final agenda (January 11, 2009) With 12 days to go before the third sitting of the Synod, the Synod Process Team is working feverishly to have everything in place for the start of sessions on Friday, January 23 at the Centre of Excellence at Macoya, Tunapuna. The Synod will take place over two weekends – Friday, January 23... read more →
Fr Ventour praises all involved (December 14, 2008) With Synod 2009 just a mere six weeks away, Fr Allan Ventour and his organising team are proceeding steadfastly to have everything in place for the start of proceedings at the Centre of Excellence, Macoya, Tunapuna on Friday January 23 2009. Highest priority is now being given to refining the many resolutions... read more →
Synod 2009 Gets Going Synod 2009 is upon us. The special Mass to launch the four-day deliberations will be celebrated this afternoon (Sunday 18) at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at 3.00 p.m. Main celebrant will be Archbishop Edward Gilbert, who will also deliver the homily in which he is expected to exhort delegates to work diligently during their... read more →
Resolutions under review (December 7, 2008) Preparations for Synod 2009 have swung into the homestretch and work is proceeding feverishly to ensure that everything is ready for the assembly, scheduled to take place at the Centre of Excellence, Macoya, beginning Friday, January 23. Following the meetings and consultations held in the five vicariates and Tobago, the Synod Team has now... read more →
Planning the agenda (November 30, 2008) The pre-synod vicariate meetings have all been completed and the Synod Team, headed by Fr Allan Ventour, has nothing but praise for the attendance, enthusiasm and general outcome of the process. Fr Ventour said, “We have now completed all the vicariate meetings and while all can be described as successful, the presentation of the... read more →
A 'great experience' (November 23, 2008) The meetings of the Synod Team with synod delegates, priests, parish administrators and other parish personnel have now ended. The final meeting was scheduled to take place in the Eastern Vicariate yesterday. The team has described the meetings as a “great experience”, commending the participants for the “enthusiasm and energy” they brought to the... read more →
Appeal for donations and prayer (November 16, 2008) One faith; diverse people; one journey. That is the theme selected for Synod 2009 carded for the last two weekends in January at the Centre of Excellence in Macoya. Preparations for the synod are moving along smoothly. The weekend meetings, which, over the past three weeks, have brought together parish priests and... read more →
Week of prayer to precede opening (November 9, 2008) Although Synod 2009 will actually begin its working sessions on Friday, January 23, when it is formally declared open, a special Mass will be celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Port of Spain on Sunday, January 18 at 3.00 p.m. His Grace the Archbishop Edward Gilbert will be... read more →
On the road to Synod 2009 (October 19, 2008) Traffic on the road to Synod 2009 is picking up speed as the meetings and discussions in the various vicariates are being successfully completed and whipping up some excitement at the same time. Following from the meeting of vicars and delegates at Tunapuna last month, the first round of the five... read more →
Importance of the delegates (October 12, 2008) There will be around 850 delegates at Synod 2009. You the delegates are very important as you represent the 289,000 Catholics living in Trinidad and Tobago and on their behalf you will play a significant role in the formulation of the resolutions that will emerge from the third sitting of the Synod. Some... read more →
Getting Ready For the Process (October 5, 2008) As the Roman Catholic Church in Trinidad and Tobago moves towards the third sitting of its Synod next January, preparations are becoming more intense to ensure a successful Synod. Close to 800 delegates, from parishes and religious communities all over the Archdiocese of Port of Spain, are expected to attend the Synod... read more →
Related links Synod 2009 gets its focus - CN Sept 21 Fr Allan announces new Synod dates - CN Sept 14 A template for parish - CN Aug 3 Mission of the Church - CN July 27 Catholic culture and identity - CN July 20 Discipleship and Evangelisation - CN July 13 Regenerating the moral life - CN July 6... read more →