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Friday, November 23, 2012


Today the Irish Dominicans in Rome celebrate the Feast of our Patron St. Clement, Pope and Martyr (97 AD). Clement according to tradition was the third successor of St. Peter after Linus and Cletus. St. Irenaeus says of him in 202 that "Clement had seen the Apostles, he had been conversant with them, and might be said to have the preaching of the apostles still echoing in his ears and their traditions before his eyes." His lasting gift to the Church is his famous letter to the Corinthians which encourages the early church at Corinth to remain steadfast to the faith amidst trails and sufferings and remain faithful to the tradition handed on by the Apostles. According to tradition the forth pope was banished to the Crimea in the reign of Trajan and was forced to work in the mines. There his missionary work among the soldiers and fellow prisoners met with such success that the Romans had him bound to an anchor and thrown in the black sea. 
Today the Irish Dominicans in Rome celebrate the Feast of our Patron St. Clement, Pope and Martyr (97 AD). Clement  according to tradition was the third successor of St. Peter after Linus and Cletus. St. Irenaeus says of him in 202 that "Clement had seen the Apostles, he had been conversant with them, and might be said to have the preaching of the apostles still echoing in his ears and their traditions before his eyes." His lasting gift to the Church is his famous letter to the Corinthians which encourages the early church at Corinth to remain steadfast to the faith amidst trails and sufferings and remain faithful to the tradition handed on by the Apostles. According to tradition the forth pope was banished to the Crimea in the reign of Trajan and was forced to work in the mines. There his missionary work among the soldiers and fellow prisoners met with such success that the Romans had him bound to an anchor and thrown in the black sea. His remains were brought back to Rome by St. Cyril and St Methodius in 867 and were laid beneath the Altar of the Church of St. Clement, where they lie today alongside St. Ignatius of Antioch.

This evening we carry the relics of St Clemente through our local streets to the sound of music and the bells of the Basilica.  Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, who currently serves in the Roman Curia as Prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, will be the main celebrant of the High Mass at 6.30pm and the evening celebrations conclude with a might display of fireworks in honour of the Martyr Pope

 The Irish Dominicans have been the custodians of the Basilica of San Clemente in Rome since 1677 and our community is comprised of teachers and students who study, pray and preach in the Eternal City. We have a wonderful website if you would like to know more about the Basilica, the Excavations and the Irish Dominican Community. http://www.basilicasanclemente.com

 Wishing you a Happy Feast Day of Pope St. Clement and remembering you in our prayers.

The Prayer of St Clemente, Pope and Martyr.
We shall pray without ceasing to the Creator of all things, and beg him to preserve the number of his elect throughout the whole world, through his beloved son Jesus Christ, and not let a single one of them fall away. Through him you called us from darkness into light and gave us the knowledge of the glory of your name. He taught us to hope in you, from whom all creation has its being. He opened our eyes so that we would recognise you, most high among the highest, holy and surrounded by holiness. You put an end to the pride of the arrogant, you frustrate the plans of the gentiles, you raise up the lowly and bring down those who are exalted. You give riches and give poverty, you dispense both death and life. You succour every spirit, you are the God of all flesh. You behold what is hidden in the depths, you see all that men do. You give help to those in peril and rescue to those without hope. You create all that has breath and watch over it; you multiply the peoples of the earth, and from among them you choose those who love you through Jesus Christ your beloved Son, through whom you give us wisdom, holiness, and honour. We beg you, Lord, to be our help and our support. Free us from our troubles; take pity on the lowly; raise up those who have fallen; give help to the poor, health to the sick, and bring home those who have wandered away. Feed the hungry, ransom captives, give strength to the weak and courage to the faint-hearted. Let all peoples come to know that you alone are God, that Jesus Christ is your son, and that we are your people and the sheep of your flock. For by your acts you made visible the everlasting structure of the Universe and set the Earth on its foundations. For all generations you have been faithful and just in your judgments, and wonderful in your power and majesty. Wisely you have created, and wisely you have kept things in being. All that we see shows your goodness; to all who trust in you, you are faithful, kind, and merciful. Forgive us our wickedness’s and injustices, our sins and our transgressions. Do not weigh down your servants with the burden of their sins, but purify us and direct the paths we take so that we go forward in purity and innocence of heart, so that all that we do is good and acceptable to you and to those who lead us. Come, Lord, let your face shine upon us so that we may peacefully enjoy all good things. May your powerful hand be a roof over our heads and may your strength preserve us from all wrongdoing. Free us, Lord, from those who hate us without cause. Give peace and harmony to us and to all the inhabitants of the Earth, as you gave them to our fathers who called on you with trust and faith. You alone can give us these gifts and confer these favours on us. We put our trust in you through Jesus Christ, our high priest, the guardian of our souls. Through him be glory and majesty to you now and through all generations until the end of time. Amen



Today, the Dominican friars in Puerto Rico madrugamos to discern at Community @ House of preaching San Vicente Ferrer. father Sunday, meets what you promised when you were to die! pray for us...
hoy, los frailes dominicos en Puerto Rico madrugamos a discernir en comunidad @Casa de PredicaciĆ³n San Vicente Ferrer.  padre Domingo, cumple lo que prometiste cuando estabas para morir! oren por nosotros...

Friday, November 2, 2012

Archdiocesan Appointments - Sep



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      1. Fr. Steve Duncan, Parish Priest of Tobago with residence in Scarborough, effective October 1
      2. Fr. Alan Hall, Parish Priest of Tortuga-Gasparillo, effective October 1
      3. Fr. Gregory McLawrence - Parish Priest of Rio Claro, effective September 1, 2012
      4. Fr. Glyn Jemmott - Diocesan Hispanic Ministry with residence in Tortuga.
      + Joseph Harris
      Archbishop of Port of Spain

      Year of Faith Pastoral Letter - Oct 14, 2012

      Year of Faith Pastoral Letter - Oct 14, 2012
      Knowledge of the Faith
      Live your Faith
      Share/Proclaim your faith
      Conclusion

      Abp Harris crest"To The Faithful of the Archdiocese and to All People of Faith and Goodwill in Trinidad and Tobago"
      Lord, I believe; help my unbelief. (Mark 9:24) These words find an echo in my heart as I seek to respond as your bishop, to the invitation of the Holy Father to journey with him on a Year of Faith and to invite you to join me here in this Archdiocese on that journey.
      We in Trinidad and Tobago are adherents of many faiths. God is in our constitution. Prayer is very much a part of our life as individuals and as a nation. Yet we know how much and how often we fall short. Lord, I believe; help my unbelief! This Year of Faith extends from October 11 this year to the Feast of Christ the King, November 24, next year. Its beginning marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church; both landmark moments in the history of the modern Church. October 11 also marks the beginning of the Synod on the New Evangelisation which seeks to confront the challenges we face in proclaiming the Gospel to today's world. In this year, we will give thanks to God for the faith which the missionaries brought to our shores and which our parents, grandparents and generations of catechists have passed on to us. Our Catholic institutions across the land bear witness to the meaning, affirmation and joy - abundant life - which we have found in the faith for more than two centuries. This year our Pro-Cathedral community celebrates 225 years of such witness and the parish of St. Michael’s, Maracas Valley, 150 years.
      From 2003 to 2009 the archdiocese engaged in the Synod process, an expression of our on-going desire to deepen our faith and its expression. Even as we give thanks for this witness throughout the years, we continue to pray, Lord, I believe; help my unbelief! The strong foundations of our faith face the crisis of a decaying edifice symbolised by our Cathedral in disrepair. How do we build on these strong foundations an edifice able to withstand the current storms which assail us and become a beacon, a light on the hills of Aripo and Naparima for God's people in Trinidad and Tobago?

      Archbishop Anthony Pantin Awards 2012


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      Archbishop Anhtony Pantin Awards
      The Archdiocese will mark the nation’s jubilee year by issuing special awards, in memory of Archbishop Anthony Pantin, to persons and organisations that have shown commitment to serving the “common good”.
      Camsel’s board of directors, in seeking ways to honour those who have contributed to the development of the society in the last 50 years and the memory of the late Archbishop of Port of Spain, decided on the Archbishop Anthony Pantin (AAP) Awards.

      Rev Elton Letang ordination to the Diaconate

      Archbishop Harris and Rev LetangHomily delivered by Archbishop Joseph Harris at the ordination to the order of the Diaconate of Elton Letang, CSsR (Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer) on Wednesday October 24, 2012 at the St Theresa's RC Church, Malick, Barataria.
      Dear friends, let me begin by welcoming Bro. Elton’s family, his mother and sister and other relatives and friends to Trinidad and Tobago and to this Archdiocese of P.O.S on the occasion of the ordination to the diaconate of their son, brother, relative and friend. I thank you Mrs Letang and your husband for this gift of God to the Congregation of the Holy Redeemer and to the Church of the Caribbean.
      In a special way I welcome the Redemptorist provincial and his delegate here in the Caribbean Fr. Mark Owens and congratulate them and the Congregation for bringing this young man to the point where he can be declared worthy of receiving this sacrament. May he be an asset to the Congregation!
      This man, your relative and friend, is now to be raised to the order of deacons. Consider carefully the ministry to which he is to be promoted. He will draw new strength from the gift of the Holy Spirit. He will help the Bishop and his body of priests as a minister of the word, of the altar, and of charity. He will make himself a servant to all. As a minister of the altar he will proclaim the Gospel, prepare the sacrifice and give the Lord's body and blood to the community of believers. It will be his duty, at the Bishop's discretion, to bring God's word to believer and unbeliever alike, to preside over public prayer, to baptize, to assist at marriages and bless them; to give viaticum to the dying and to lead the rites of burial. Once he is consecrated by the laying on of hands that comes to us from the apostles and is bound more closely to the altar, he will perform works of charity in the name of the Bishop or the pastor. From the way he goes about these duties, may you recognize him as a disciple of Jesus, who came to serve, not to be served.
      And now my brother since this is your day, let me address a few words to you.
      “Repent and believe the Good News.”
      My dear Brother, You have chosen as the Gospel reading for this your ceremony of ordination to the diaconate, these words of Jesus with which according to the Gospel of Mark, the Lord Jesus began his public ministry and which he repeated again and again in different words and in various ways. “Repent and believe the Good News.”
      At the beginning of this homily, addressing your relatives and friends, I told them that as a deacon you will be a minister of the word, of the altar and of charity. How will you be a minister of the word, of the altar, and of charity?
      The rite of ordination itself provides the answer. After being vested as a deacon, I will place the book of the gospels in your hand and say to you; receive the Gospel whose herald you now are; Believe what you read, teach what you believe and practice what you teach.
      The reception of the book of the Gospels means much more than taking this book into your hands. The reception of which we speak is a reception of mind and heart. It is a reception which says that you accept intellectually what is written in it and that you embrace it with all your heart and strength. You will then be told; Believe what you read! If you have not already understood, you will come to the realization if you are faithful to the reading of the Gospel that the object of our belief is not simply the words and ideas and values enunciated in the scriptures, but a person, Jesus Christ. Then you will be told teach what you believe; If the subject of our belief is the person Jesus Christ, then as St. Paul tells us in his first letter to the Corinthians (1 Cor. 2,2) this person Jesus Christ is whom we teach and Him crucified and Risen from the dead. The third injunction you will receive is; “practice what you teach!” In other words be another Christ, who spoke with authority because his life validated what he taught and because he spoke truth to Power, even when Power in the persons of the Pharisees and scribes and chief priests had the power to annihilate him, he was crucified with a crucifixion which brought freedom to those in slavery to sin. In this you have the example of St. John the Baptist, who was put into prison and lost his head for speaking Truth to Power. You have the example of so many martyrs who also spoke truth to power and paid with their lives for it. Never let power be stronger than Truth. . Never make compromises with power, in whatever form even when power has the potential to do you great harm. Then you will truly be a minister of the altar becoming yourself the bread sacrificed and broken for the sake of Truth (with a capital T) Jesus Christ himself. Dear brother, be another Christ letting your life validate whatever you say.
      As another Christ let your life be one of gentleness and love, so that it can be said of you as it was said of Jesus, he did all things well. As a minister of charity, you are called to make the love of Christ present to all with whom you come into contact.
      My dear brother, these three functions which you are called to fulfil must not simply be functions. They are to be expressions of your belief in the Lord Jesus who came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many. You will live these functions, (notice I said live and not fulfil) in the measure that you respond with total generosity to the call which you have received from God. Remember the words of Jesus to his disciples, “You did not call me. I called you and sent you so that you may bear fruit, fruit which will remain.”(John 15, 16) The fruit which Christ wants of you and for which he chose you is that through you the Love of God, Father Son and Spirit will be made manifest in this world, a love lived for us in the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. In this enterprise you have the example of St. Alphonsus Liguori, the founder of the Congregation to which you belong and who often exhorted his followers to be saints and who followed Christ the redeemer so closely that they have become models for others. After being ordained as a priest, he himself Caring for the poor, wherever his journey took him, was the hallmark of his calling. St. Alphonsus realized he could no longer be comfortable in his role of popular preacher living apart from the poor. So, leaving his family and his dearest friends, he set out to dedicate himself completely to the service of the poor and most abandoned.
      Within your Congregation you also have the examples of St. Clement Hofbauer, St. Gerard Majella St. John Neumann and Blessed Francis Seelos. Be a friend of these saintly men, know their lives, draw inspiration from them as you strive to be faithful to the Gospel and to the charism of your congregation.
      Finally be a man of prayer, of deep and frequent prayer. Only in a life of intimacy with the Lord, following the examples of these saints of your congregation will you find the spiritual stamina to be faithful in good times and in bad.
      May Mary Immaculate be with you always on this journey to which you pledge yourself today and may God bless you.