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Regional religious reflect on vocation - Apr 13
2014 - News
Saturday, 12 April 2014 21:50

Consecrated religious and laity need not be “great prophets, but small prophets who live the radical message of the Gospel”.

Spanish Archbishop José Rodríguez Carballo made the comment while speaking to leaders of national conferences of religious congregations and orders from Latin America and the Caribbean who met in Trinidad recently.

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Homily advice from Fr Henry: Content please, not ‘dramatics’ - Apr 13
2014 - Features
Saturday, 12 April 2014 22:27

By Lara Pickford-Gordon

“People always know when you are preaching stupidness,” the late Fr Henry Charles PhD used to say. He insisted on preparation for preaching and regarded the Sunday homily as “immensely important”, especially today. “His attention to studying the text to the best of his ability is a model for all of us to emulate. He always cautioned since our seminary days about proximate preparation and distant preparation,” said Fr Martin Sirju, as he spoke on “The Importance of the Sunday Homily: Lessons from Fr Henry Charles.”

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Altar Server extraordinaire - Apr 13
2014 - Features
Saturday, 12 April 2014 22:08
Victor Reyes leads then Archbishop Kelvin Felix. Photo courtesy Catholic Chronicle
Victor Reyes leads then Archbishop Kelvin Felix. Photo courtesy Catholic Chronicle

Trinidad-born St Lucian Victor Reyes has served a remarkable 71 years as an altar server, 50 of these in St Lucia. Archbishop Robert Rivas was the main celebrant at a January 17 Pontifical Mass of Thanksgiving for Victor and his family and for his service. Following is an adaptation of an article by Robert Harvey from the January issue of St Lucia’s Catholic Chronicle.

He’s an institution, inextricably linked with sacred ceremonies at the Minor Basilica (formerly the Cathedral) of the Immaculate Conception in Castries, St Lucia.
Victor Reyes, a stately gentleman, dressed in cassock and surplice, has now completed 50 years of faithful and devoted service at the altar in Castries. Many a younger man would long ago have packed his bags and retired, but Victor plans to remain at the ‘crease’ until the Master calls him out.

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A first for Nigerian Catholics in T&T - Apr 13
2014 - News
Saturday, 12 April 2014 21:53

The Nigerian Catholic community in Trinidad and Tobago held their first public Lenten Retreat on April 5 at St Charles Borromeo RC Church, Tunapuna.

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A ‘gift of love’ from Pope Francis - Apr 13
2014 - Caribbean Church News
Saturday, 12 April 2014 21:44

In an exquisitely decorated Sts Peter and Paul Cathedral, filled to capacity, Bishop Wilhelm De Bekker of Paramaribo presided at the April 6 celebration of the Eucharist marking its elevation to the rank of minor basilica.

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