The Executives Members of St. Michael West Branch of the Democratic Labour Party will be hosting a series of free events themed 'Xmas Carolcades'. under the patronage of His Hon. Michael Carrington M.P. and Speaker oft he House of Assembly.
The 'Xmas Carolcades' would take form of different choirs, groups or indyviduals would either sing or recite a Xmas extract on the nights of Decemeber 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th.
It is therefore through this medium, we are extending an invitation to you and any memeber or group from the Roman Catholc Church that would wish to participate at the event.
On behalf of the people of St. Michael West, the Executive Memebrs and His Hon. Michael Carrington M.P., we look forward to your support and presence at this event.
For futher information about this event kindly conatct Ms. Julie Austin at 430-8969 email email@example.com or Ms. Michelle Walkes at firstname.lastname@example.org on or before Novemeber 26, 2010
Members of the Catholic Church of Our Lady Queen of the Universe, remind you that you are invited to our 2010 all night prayer vigil which commences at 7.30 pm on Friday 03 ends at 6.00 am on Saturday 04 December.
We look froward for your participation.
Rommel Lawrence, Leader
DYC Upcoming Events
Diocesan Youth Commission of Bridgetown
> November 19th 6-10 pm, at St. Patrick's Car Park, CariYouth Re-Launch, Peace Rally
> November 20th 9 am - 12 pm, CariYouth Re-Launch, Through Bridgetown, Non Violence Motorcade
> December 3rd 6-10 pm at St. Patrick's Car Park, ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS, Concert & Exhibits
Tel. 436 1565
Our Lady Queen of the Universe Catholic Church ADVENT SERVICE Festival of Readings with Advent hymns.
Sunday December 05, 2010 6.00 pm
Preacher Sr. Marie Therese OP
Theme "Christ our Light Dispel the Darkens Within Us."
Haiti is waiting ...
Thanks to St. Dominic's Parishioners, it was possible to send the following items to Haiti to help with the recent outbreak of Cholera.
Over 3000 Aquaclear tablets to purify drinking water. 200 packages of Hydrating Salts, assorted snacks, granola bars and other pharmaceutical supplies.
We thank Connie Barrow for hand delivering these to Fr. Hans who will distribute them to the many children in his care. (Some of the funds collected to purchase cell phones was used for this venture).
We will have another opportunity to send items in time for Christmas. Anyone willing to donate funds, aquaclear tablets or new clothing , please contact the office.
These Children are still very much in need. Thank you for your generosity.
St. Patrick's School Fair
St. Patrick R.C. School will host its Annual School Fair on Saturday, 27th November, 2010 at the car park of St. Patrick's R.C. Cathedral.
In order to make this event a success, we are once more depending on you to assume responsibility for your usual stall.
We thank you for your continued support and anticipate your favourable response. May God bless you.
Sr. Susan Gopaul O.P. Principal
New Building New School
The construction of our long awaited parish center is very much advanced and the contractor, despite weather problems, works hard to let us into the building for Christmas 2010. The first to benefit from the new building will be our Sunday School. There have been many years of sacrifices. Our children and catechists had no option but to share the church with other classes and activities. Over one hundred children and teachers outshouted one another, rushing to fill the time between the two masses with new lessons. Did the children and teachers enjoy it? I do not think so! How can you have a successful lesson when everybody is talking and walking around and making preparations for the next holy Mass? Today I would like to praise the commitment of our catechists, those present and past. Their ministry was not easy and sometimes not properly supported but despite everything, they tried to give our children, not only the best knowledge but very often their hearts, and personal witness of their own faith. This is why many adults have positive memories of St. Dominic’s Sunday School and today they send their children to us. The care of Sunday School, is our great responsibility and especially mine, as a parish priest. The move to the new building creates an opportunity for our Sunday school to revitalize. For many years we haven’t made changes, especially to our policy and program. After consultation and consideration, I have decided that now is the right time for change. The change is not against anything or anybody. My main concern is our children. We need to change our approach to children, to make our catechesis more attractive, more interactive. I do not want to see children forced to go to Sunday school. I would like to see them happy to go to our school. Sunday school must be something different from the school our children experience on a daily basis. We teach them too, but we talk more to their hearts than minds. There was a process of consultation and discussion. I did not approach every teacher, and I am very sorry about that but this is only the beginning of discussions and everybody who wishes will have a chance to express their opinion. My intention is to create a starting point. This is why I appointed the SUNDAY SCHOOL BOARD, to stimulate and organize the process of changes. The board comprises the acting principal Alex Noel, former principal and long time teacher Mrs. Grace Edey and Helen Alleyne, a teacher and catechist who graduated in Rome. I have also invited a completely new person to the board, who was shy and shocked by my invitation: Alison Pile. Alison has been very successful teaching confirmation classes at St. Patrick’s. Because I would like our school to focus on our confirmation and first communion classes I have asked Alison to become the principal’s assistant, and she has agreed. I would like to thank all the members of the new board for accepting my invitation: Alex, Grace, Helen and Alison. Welcome to our team. Our motto is now: new building, new school! I would like to invite everyone who would like to contribute to our school as a catechist or assistant. Please contact me personally or the office. The call to become a catechist or a catechist’s helper is a vocation given by God. The decision to become a catechist or helper requires prayerful discernment. No special knowledge, skills or experience is required. The parish is responsible for providing the resources to make this ministry simple, even for a beginner! Every catechist must respect some important criteria: she or he must be a catholic of an outstanding moral reputation. If you have any doubts, it would better to first contact me to clarify them. Every parishioner has the right to let me know if they have any misgivings. The catechist must be a practising catholic, attending Sunday services and participating actively in the church community life. One who teaches about Jesus has to deepen his spiritual relationship with the Lord by focusing on: sacramental practises, prayer life and spiritual growth. I really would like to see our catechists praying, socializing and supporting each other. Their personal witness is the first and most important lesson we give to our children. I would like to open a special programme for the parents. We see them dropping their children by the church and running away. Some of them I do not even see at our Sunday Mass. I understand that we do not invite them and that could be the reason. If we want to teach our children that: God and the Church have priority in their lives, in what they believe, think and do, all our efforts are in vain if we do not set the example in our own lives. Dear parents, we do not want to leave you outside the school. Please stay with your children as they learn things that are relevant for their lives and salvation. We want our catholic teaching to have an influence on you and your children. We would also like to offer you Christian, catholic formation. Maybe you have some problems with your children, family issues; we will try to help you. We want to have the best Sunday school ever. We will not succeed without the community support. Please pray for our children, new board and our teachers. Let us draw inspiration from the teaching of Pope Benedict XVI who spoke recently to children and teachers from catholic schools in the UK. (17/09/2010 11:45 am, St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, Friday, 17 September 2010) The Pope highlighted a few things: the school must be good, the education must be complete for the whole person, the knowledge must help them to become saints and encourage them to practise virtue and friendship, especially with non-Catholics who very often choose the catholic education. May our school give our children the joy of being with Christ as the Pope wished to everyone.
Fr. Luke, Parish Priest.
St. Vincent's Kitchen
We continue to feed a total of one hundred less fortunate folk every week. Thank you to the “faithful few” who continue to support us with food and “manpower”. However, if we are to continue with this very important ministry, we will need the majority to get involved, not the minority. An hour or two of your time and a small donation of food or if you prefer, a “few dollars”, is all we are asking. Just to remind you of some of the food items: Chicken, beef, pork, rice, peas, red beans, corn, potatoes, onions.
For some, this is the only hot meal they will have on that day.
“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you? (Matthew 25:37b)
Blessed J.H. Newman Lecture in the Convent
His Excellency Paul Brummell British High Commissioner to Barbados and The Right Reverend Monsignor Vincent Blackett of the Roman Catholic Church in Barbados invite you to a lecture at the Ursuline Convent Chapel, Collymore Rock, on Tuesday October 12th 2010 at 7:00pm by The Right Reverend Monsignor Vincent Blackett. Topic: Lead Kindly Light: An introduction to the theology of Henry Newman.
Every Catholic, unless specifically excluded by the norms of law, is entitled to the Church’s ministry at the time of death. The funeral is celebrated at the deceased’s catholic parish church. You may request to have the service at another catholic church in Barbados, this happens. You need the approval of the priest in charge of that church. You should also inform your parish priest.
You may request any priest or deacon to officiate at the funeral. Your parish priest does not take the responsibility for this arrangement. If you want another priest to officiate the funeral at your church, you must arrange this before meeting with your parish priest. When your parish priest is not able to officiate, he invites a priest or deacon to officiate.
You must make an appointment with your parish priest to arrange the details of the funeral. There are several options to be decided, such as the order of service or Holy Mass, music, flowers, collection etc. There is also the diocesan fee to be paid. If another priest has been requested to officiate then the funeral arrangements must be made to prepare the church for the celebration, since we have no sacristans.
2010 Pilgrimage to Italy and Greece (Fr. Alfonso)
First meeting: Thu 9th September 2010 at St. Patrick's Cathedral, outside adoration chapel (For more details call Fr. Leonard Alfonso 422 2179)
Mass for Victims @ Cathedral
Msgr Vincent invites you to share and take part in a Mass @ 12 noon on Friday September 10 at the Cathedral, for the victims of the tragic fire which took place in Bridgetown on Friday Sept. 3.
Please notify your congregation and parishioners.
Lucy Clarke (Mrs.)
(Received from Bishop's office,
on Wednesday 8th September at 3 pm)
Cursillo is having a workshop from Friday the 17th to Sunday 19th September at Verdun Retreat House. All are invited. For further information please contact: Elva Hall 428 6090 or Marian Clarke 429 5370
Sister Martin Dominic
We bid a fond farewell to Sr Martin Dominic who retires this month. Sister has worked tirelessly with university student and was instrumental in starting the rosary group at St Dominic’s. Sister leaves on Thursday for Trinidad. Thank you for all your good work in Barbados and we wish you continued good health and a happy and peaceful retirement. (Sun 22 August)
We have been privileged to have had Father Padraig O’Cochlan from Dublin, Ireland visiting for the past two weeks. We have enjoyed his wisdom and wit. Father we hope that you will visit our “little dot on the map” very soon again. We look forward to an Irish pilgrimage in the not too distant future as well. Thank you for sharing your time with us and we wish you a safe journey back home. (Sat 21 August)
Weekend 27-28 November 2010
Corsages on sale
"A help with surgical procedures to hold the devastating defects of multiple sclerosis, a diseases Caddy has had for the last 28 years."
D. Andrew Medford and Caddy Medford
Members of the Catholic Church of Our Lady Queen of the Universe, Black Rock, St. Michael, remind you that you are invited to 2010 all-night prayer vigil with commences at 7.30 pm on Friday 3rd ands at 6.00 am on Saturday 4th December.
We provide fruit, drinks, snacks between the second and fourth watches of the night.
Rommel Lawrence, Leader
New Doctor of Philosophy
URSULINE'S 475th Anniversary
Saturday, November 20th at 6 pm at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Con-celebrated Thanksgiving Holy Mass for the 475 years of existence of the Order of St. Ursula. Chief Celebrant Archbishop Robert Rivas OP
To God be the Glory!
Diocesan Sacred Concert in honor of St. Cecilia at Our lady of Sorrows Sunday November 28th at 3 pm. Come listen to our various choirs, artistes and much more ...
"As you are aware the Mission Sunday collection was deferred to November 7 due to Assembly 2010. You are kindly asked to make announcement and distribute envelopes provided (where applicable) at all masses this weekend so that Parishioners will know that a second collection will be taken up on Saturday/Sunday November 6th/7th."
Thank you Jean
I take this opportunity in response to the resignation of Jean Date as Choir Director, to whole heartily express our sincere thanks and great appreciation for your 25 years of selfless dedication to the community of St. Dominic’s. We can only imagine the great sacrifice that you and your family have made over these years as you continued to serve this community with your time, talents and treasures that have enabled us all to share so many special Christmases, Easters and countless Sunday Masses as you and the choir have led us in song and worship.
So many times we have taken you for granted, expecting you there at each celebration, occasion, whether it be a Funeral, Wedding, First Communion or Confirmation, not understanding that it may also have been in conflict with a Child’s Birthday, an anniversary or some other family event that you and your family have sacrificed for us…for this we are sorry while grateful that your dedication and service to all of us has been part of the foundation on which this community is now growing. We wish you and your family all of God’s blessings, grace and support as you open new chapters in your life and know that you shall always be in our hearts and our prayers. We shall miss you behind the organ and understand that the decisions you have made have not been made without pain and concern for both your family at home and we your St. Dominic’s Family. We however, look forward to having you fill your place in the pew as you so desire. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. All of our love and prayers. (Fr. Luke)
"New" Law Re Covenants and Donations
As requested, I have researched the law as it relates to the “new” income tax provisions dealing with covenants/donations made by persons to the Roman Catholic Church in Barbados. .. a synopsis of the current provisions of the Income Tax Act as it relates to covenants is as follows:
(i) From income year 2009 a taxpayer is entitled to deduct the total amount paid by him to the Roman Catholic Church (by way of covenant) from his assessable income;
(ii) The amount that could be claims/deducted was previously limited to 10% of the assessable income of the taxpayer. There is now no limit. This is a significant change. E.g. a “one time” payment by a taxpayer of $200,000.00 will qualify and can be deducted by that taxpayer from his assessable income in the year the payment was made.
(iii) The payment does not have to be for any specific period. Previously the taxpayer had to covenant to make payments for a period of 3 years. Now any payment made in a financial year can be deducted.
(iv) There is no need for a deed nor is it necessary to have it adjudicated by the Registrar and noted by the Inland Revenue Department.
However, I would suggest that at the end of every year you send a notice/letter to the Inland Revenue Department advising of all payments by way of donations/covenants made to the Church. This should make it easier for the Inland Revenue Department in processing/verifying payments made by parishioners to the Church and claimed as deductions from their assessable incomes.
From the point of view of the Church, it is advisable that the parishioners establish with some official at the Church the amount actually paid or to be paid by way of covenant, so that this can be verified and a receipt issued by the Church at the end of the financial year for income tax purposes.
MICHAEL N. FITZWILLIAM, QC
SOME PASTORAL PRIORITIES
Communication: Website, newsletter, notice board and most important information is announced from the pulpit. There is also a news section on the website where the diocesan events are included that we have been informed of.
Office: Office hours have been extended and you can find them in the newsletter or website. You can call or email the office and leave messages on the phone. These are retrieved daily. Important information about weddings, baptisms and funerals is accessible from the website, including forms.
Priests: Priests are available at the office and for confessions and counselling on Tuesday and Wednesday from 3-6 pm. It is advised that you make an appointment before you come. Confessions before Masses are not always possible. You may invite priests for a pastoral visit to pray with your family or to bless the house. All the appointments with priests must be made through the office.
Sick Care: We have created a register of sick parishioners, especially those who want to receive regular Holy Communion. Around Christmas and Easter the priest visits them with the sacraments. On a regular basis, the Eucharistic Minister visits the sick. We visit our sick at home, nursing homes and hospitals on request. The visited person should be prepared for this pastoral visit. You may request, in an emergency, a priest visits at any time. Once a year the Holy Eucharistic is celebrated at the church on “World Day of the Sick” on February 11th when the sacrament of the sick is administered to the congregation.
Prayer: We pray for the sick and needy every day. There is a Divine Mercy book in the church where you can place their names. You can book the Mass intention at the office for the particular Mass. There is a section on the website where we publish prayer intentions as well.
Collections: Every collection is optional. We should support our church financially, but there are situations when we can omit the collection especially if it is a second collection or fundraising and we are not prepared. (Confirmed at the Parish Council meeting on August 25th, 2010)
A Weekend Experience for Single Young Adults
Others are talking about it, now you can ...
Single young adults (18-35)
20th - 22nd August 2010
Marian Retreat House
Registration fee BDS$50
To register please call ...
Sister Angilla 436-1565