Showing posts from January, 2013

Today is the Feast of Thomas Aquinas

This is the resting place of one of the greatest minds of the world Thomas Aquinas.
St. Alphonsus de Liguori, giving advice to a priest on how to help young man in choosing a state of life, also mentions these two elements:

Let the confessor test well the vocation of his penitent, asking whether the penitent has some obstacle to it, due to incapacity, poor health, or the need of his parents. And let him especially weigh his purpose, to see if it is right, i.e., in order to unite himself more closely to God, or to amend the falls of his previous life, or to avoid the dangers of the world. But if the primary end is worldly—in order to lead a more agreeable life, or to free himself from relatives of an unfeeling character, or to please his parents, who push him to this—let him beware of permitting him to enter religious life. For in that case, it is not a true vocation, and entering in this way, without a true vocation, will have a bad outcome. But if the end is good, and no obstacle is present, then neither the confessor, nor anyone else, as St. Thomas teach…

Notice of the Funeral Mass of Fr. Henry Charles

Dear Fathers/Administrators/Religious Further to our memo of January 15, 2013, advising of the death of Fr. Henry Charles, kindly note that the funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, 23rd January, 2013 at the Church of the Assumption,Maraval beginning at 9.30 a.m. followed by interment at Lapeyrouse Cemetery. His brother, Fr. Herbert Charles, will preside. After interment, Priests and Religious are invited to return to the Assumption Church for refreshments. Kindly advise if you will be returning to the Assumption. On Tuesday, 22nd January at 6.00 p.m. there will be a Vigil for Clergy and Religious only at Clark & Battoo Ltd., Tragarete Road, Port of Spain. Thanks for your attention. Please acknowledge receipt. Regards and blessings, Maria

Prayer For Dominican Vocation

O Blessed Jordan worthy successor of Saint Dominic, in the early days of the Order, your example and Zeal prompted many young men and women to follow Christ in the Dominican way of life, as given to us by St. Dominic.
AS patron of Dominican vocation continue, we beg you, to stimulate talented young men and women to consecrate their lives to God. Through you  intercession, lead to the Order of Preachers generous and sacrificing youth, willing to give themselves fervenly to the apostolate of Truth.

Help our youth to prepare themselves to be worthy of the grace of a Dominican vocation. Inspire young hearts to become learned of God, that with firm determination they might aspire to be "champions of true lights of the world."


Blessed Jordan of Saxony, chosen patron of Dominican vocation, help me to obtain the wisdom to know God's plan for me. Through your powerful intercession, gain for me the grace to find and follow my God-given voca…

Death of our Dear Priest Fr. Henry Charles of the Port of Spain

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Death of our dear priest Fr. Henry Charles

I just learnt of the death of our dear priest Fr. Henry Charles who died of a heart attack today. Fr. Charles was the parish priest of St. Mary's Church in St. James, Trinidad. In addition to being a priest, Fr. Charles was a qualified lawyer, holding a law degree from the George Washington University in the United States (US) and an LLM from the University of London. He attended St Mary’s College, Port-of-Spain and won an island scholarship in languages. He took an honours degree in Classics from University College Dublin, followed by a master’s degree from the Gregorian University, Rome. He went on to do further graduate studies in the US, with a master’s in Ethics from Harvard Divinity School and a PhD in Ethics from Yale Graduate School. He later taught ethics, theology and literature at the Regional Seminary in Trinidad, the University of the West Indies and at St Louis University, Missouri. “My career has…

President Richards at CIC: Values are born in the home - Jan 13

Saturday, 12 January 2013 22:57 Children must be introduced to values in their homes so that doing the right thing would become the norm, President George Maxwell Richards told staff and students of St Mary’s College last Tuesday morning.
St Mary’s College principal Fr Ronald Mendes CSSp escorts President George Maxwell Richards to Centenary Hall as some of the college scouts salute the Commander-in-Chief.The students of St Mary’s sing the college song. Photos: Raymond Syms “Morals and ethics flow from values and therefore it is important that the value systems that are inculcated are those that will develop high moral standards and ethical behaviour. The first introduction to values systems occurs in the home. Other institutions have their influence but the critical incubator is the home.”
Speaking on the theme “Ethics, Morals and Values”, the President warned that if the right values were not taught at home, “it becomes difficult for a person to break out of the mould of …

‘Youth Army’ takes conference by storm - Jan 13

Saturday, 12 January 2013 23:03 By Racine Grant
“I am a soldier in the Army of the Lord!” That was the chant of the youth at the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) National Conference as they marched throughout the auditorium of St Augustine Secondary School last week Saturday.
Anika Johnson of Living Water Community offers a prayer for the youth during their presentation on Saturday.The youth walk in the aisles during their presentation on Saturday. The Youth Leg of the conference began at 9 a.m. that day and ran simultaneously with a talk delivered by Deborah de Rosia in the main auditorium and also the workshop portion of the morning. The young conference participants, who ranged from seven to 25 years, were invited to congregate in a separate room for the session.
The youth segment, based on the conference theme “I have appointed you sentry to the nations,” commenced with a talk by Fr Trevor Nathasingh, who related the story of his conversion to Roman Catholicism and …

Church gets new deacon …shaped through experience of the ‘cross’ - Jan 13

A month shy of what might have been his third anniversary of ordination to the permanent diaconate – had he not fallen ill, retired Catholic school principal Simon Rostant (IN PHOTO) received Holy Orders last Sunday afternoon at Sacred Heart Church, Gasparillo.
Expressing his appreciation at the end of the Ordination Mass, Rostant thanked God, family, the parish community and all who supported him during “my extended journey”.
That extended journey to ordination was as a result of a stroke he suffered on November 21, 2009, which prevented him from being ordained as planned on February 6, 2010 as one of the archdiocese’s first permanent deacons.

Rev Simon Rostant is vested by wife Paula and daughter Alyssa. Looking on at right is his brother Lambert Bourne.Archbishop Joseph Harris lays hands on Rev Simon Rostant. Looking on are Reverends Derek Walcott and Dennis Bryan.Rev Simon Rostant, a former principal of Presentation College, Chaguanas, is congratulated by former Pres…

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