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CEBM puts repair proposal to Government - Aug 31
2014 - News
Saturday, 30 August 2014 22:25

Preliminary discussions have taken place between the Education Ministry and the Catholic Education Board of Management (CEBM) on the Board’s proposal to be given responsibility for minor repairs at schools under its purview.

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Fr Warner at Santa Rosa festival: Find time for God - Aug 31
2014 - News
Saturday, 30 August 2014 22:33
Jennifer Cassar, titular Queen of the Santa Rosa First Peoples, waits for the start of the street procession with the statue of Santa Rosa de Lima, mounted on a van in the background. Photo Jameel Boos.
Jennifer Cassar, titular Queen of the Santa Rosa First Peoples, waits for the start of the street procession with the statue of Santa Rosa de Lima, mounted on a van in the background. Photo Jameel Boos.

Christians are called to imitate saints like St Rose of Lima who focused on developing a personal relationship with God.

In his homily at last Sunday’s annual celebration to mark the August 23 feast day of the patroness of Santa Rosa RC Church, Arima, recently appointed parish priest Fr Ferdinand Warner OP said Christians needed to find “a time and place” where they could focus on their relationship with God. To do this, “we need to cultivate quiet and solitude… to leave everything and go off alone.”
The Dominican friar said St Rose was exceptional in her dedication to prayer and from an early age was espoused to Christ, noting that when she was only five years old she made a promise of virginity, a way in the early Church of expressing total commitment to God.
He said one of the saint’s qualities was her desire to develop her relationship with God and so as not to be distracted or to attract suitors, she kept her hair short and refused festive clothing. By the age of 20, she had become a lay member of the Dominican Order. “She dedicated her life to prayer, reflection on the Word, and service,” noted Fr Warner, adding that her “actions spoke volumes” as she built a hermitage to pray in solitude and receive people in need.
Fr Warner told the congregation that the Christian commitment meant not settling for the bare minimum. “We need to create moments to deepen our conversation with God” and be of service to our brothers and sisters, he said.

He ended by challenging the congregation, “Santa Rosa sold everything in favour of her treasure, Jesus Christ. Does her example inspire us to do the same?”

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 August 2014 22:59
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Calling all seminary grads! - Aug 31
2014 - News
Saturday, 30 August 2014 22:20

Lay and religious graduates of the Seminary of St John Vianney and the Uganda Martyrs are invited to attend a meeting next Saturday to discuss the formation of an alumni association. Venue for the September 6 meeting is the parish hall at Our Lady of Fatima RC Church, Curepe; start time is 10:30 a.m. The meeting will be hosted by graduates and targets former students, staff and teachers.

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Look to the South, urges Archbishop - Aug 31
2014 - News
Saturday, 30 August 2014 22:35

By Lara Pickford-Gordon

Archbishop Joseph Harris had a “great” time on the recent pilgrimage he led to Paraguay – where he served for 13 years as priest – and Argentina, and said South American countries had much to offer Trinidad and Tobago.

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Reflections on 52 years of Independence - Aug 31
2014 - Features
Saturday, 30 August 2014 22:47

By Lara Pickford-Gordon

Sr Marie Therese Retout OP remembers watching Trinidad and Tobago’s transition to an independent nation on television. “It was a tremendous moment and very moving,” she recalled, as she watched the Union Jack being lowered and the Trinidad and Tobago flag being raised.

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