Saturday, December 1, 2007

YouthQuake - a Big success

Youthquake a big success - over 300 young people registered and participated in a weekend retreat with Tim and Raquel from Hard As Nails Ministires from New York and Omar and Lease from the Movement in Barbados. MTV stile retreat with DJ and pure Gospel music rocked the Basseterre High School Auditorium on Friday night, November 9 and that lead to quiet reflection testimonies and Adoration of the Blessed sacrament with the private meeting with the Eucharistic Jesus. Saturday Morning after rousing Morning devotion to the Gospul Music the young people like there was a time to let out our hurts and the powerful witness from Raquel led to many puring out their hearts before others. Some too the opportunity to go to confession. The leeting out the hurts and opening the woulnds led many to tears and healing. After Lunch on Saturday there was a lot of group work and then writing and pinning to a big wooden cross our promises and self-offering to Jesus. The highlight of the day was the GrandRally through the streets of Basseterre, to the musing and rap of Omar and lyrics of Hard as Nails Ministry team. The youth were indeed "on Fire for Christ" in their white T-shirts with the Youthquake emblem in front and "Youth on Fire for Christ" at the back. Sunday mass was the official ending of the Retreat. The Co-cathedral church was full to the brim with young people. many of them stayed with the Retreat team throughout the morning and went for a beach nick in the afternoon. All are looking foraward to the next Youthquake and meanwhile to the Aftershocks which were promised. The first one coming soon.

Friday, September 21, 2007

The Neo-Catechumenal Way

In the months of October & Novemebr our parish will be embarking on new effort of new evangelization through the Neo-Catechumenal Way. A priest from the Diocese of Rome Fr. Charels Bell will be conductiong a series of sessions with testimonies and Kerygmatic preaching on Sundays and Tuesdays (6.00-700 pm) of October and November. All the initial sessions will be held in the Immaculate Conception Co-Cathedral. It is hoped that after those initial sessions a community will be established embarking on a journey of a systematic Catholic Formation.

All intersted persons are cordially invited!!!

Bleow there is some history of the Neocatechumenal Way:

1. The beginning: a theological –– catechetical synthesis
At the beginning of the Sixties, Kiko Argüello, a Spanish painter, after experiencing an existential crisis, discovered in the suffering of the innocent people the awesome mystery of the crucified Christ which is present in the ‘‘least’’ of the earth. Such a discovery made him abandon all things and following the footsteps of Charles de Foucauld, he went to live among the poor people of the slums of ‘‘ Palomeras Altas’’ in the outskirts of Madrid. It was there that another Spanish woman, Carmen Hernààndez, a graduate in Chemistry, came to know Kiko Argüüello. She had come in touch with the renewal of the Second Vatican Council thanks to Monsignor Farnéés Scherer ( a liturgist) and had been called by her bishop while trying to gather together a group of people with a view to evangelise the miners of Oruro ( Bolivia).
The environment of the slums was one of the most degraded in society, mainly made up of gypsies and ‘‘quinquis’’ (white nomads) as well as illiterate people, tramps, thieves, prostitutes, young delinquents, etc……
Kiko’’s artistic temperament, his existential experience, his previous formation as a catechist of the ‘‘Cursillos de Christianidad’’, Carmen’’s thrust for evangelisation –– formed in the Institute of the ‘‘Misioneras de Cristo Jesùùs’’- her theological preparation ( she has a licence in theology), her knowledge of the Paschal Mystery and the Liturgical renewal of the Vatican Council, together with the environment of ‘‘these poorest of the poor’’ of the earth were the elements that created the ‘‘humus’’, ‘‘the lab’’ in which a kerygmatic, theological –– catechetical synthesis came into being. Such synthesis would then become the back bone for the process of evangelisation of adult people later known as the Neocatechumenal Way.

2. For the Church and with the Church.
Faced with this kerygmatic synthesis the poor people of the slums did not defend themselves against it. On the contrary, they responded with immense gratitude and thus constituted a first Christian community. It is this community that gave birth to the first seed, the first ‘‘mustard seed’’ of something that today we can see has become a great tree full of fruits. That ‘‘seed’’ came to the notice of the Archbishop of Madrid, Monsignor Casimiro Morcillo, on the occasion of his visit to the slums. There he could personally witness the action of the Holy Spirit and consequently defended it, blessed it and identified it as a true realisation of the Council –– he had been, in fact, one of the General Secretaries of the Second Vatican Council. He then sent this seed to the parishes of Madrid with the recommendation that the parish priest should always be at its centre. At the same time he approved ‘‘ad experimentum’’ some necessary liturgical adaptations for a Christian initiation: the Word, the Liturgy and the Community.

3. From the slums to the parishes.
The Way which was born in the midst of so much suffering and among the poorest was brought to the parishes thanks to Don Casimiro Morcillo. The first parish to receive it was of an upper ––middle class type. It was there that Kiko, Carmen and some poor brothers from the slums were invited to speak about the Eucharist. In fact the parish priest of that parish had been greatly impressed by the power of the liturgy he had experienced in the slums. Later on, they were invited to Zamorra, a rural parish made up mostly of farmers and very religious people. Returning to Madrid, they had two more experiences: one in the parish of Pius XII among upper class people and the second at Canillejas, a dormitory like neighbourhood in the outskirts of the city and later in many other parishes

4. An itinerary appears.
The challenge faced by this catechetical synthesis brought by the group from the slums of Madrid soon revealed a particular tendency when coming in touch with parishes: the catecheses tended to be ‘‘dressed up’’ and transformed into conferences. Such conferences would enlighten the mind, enrich the culture but ultimately could not be understood as a way of self –– emptying, a kenosis whereby the old man is slowly brought to die in order to be filled by a new creation in the Holy Spirit. The social situation was already so serious that the necessity of an adult Christian became clearer and clearer: a Christian capable to respond to the signs of the time. In this way the renewal of Baptism appeared as an itinerary, a Way which fundamentally would lead to an adult faith capable of giving an answer to the epochal change that was taking place.
In the parishes many people who received the sacraments were insufficiently catechised and mostly ignorant of the contents of Baptism. By opening a way of Christian initiation such people would find, in a Post-Baptismal itinerary of a catechumenal type, the possibility to recovering the stages of Baptism already received as infants.
With respect to the neocatechumenal process, its fundamental stages, its permanent formation, a catechumenate for the non-baptised and service for catechetical activity, refer to the respective headings as found in he Statutes.
To Know more check:

Friday, September 14, 2007

September is Catechetical Month

Happy feast day to all Catechists - This Sunday is celebrated in our Diocese as Catechetical Sunday. All the catechists will be re-commissioned during Sunday Mss for the New Catechetical year 2007-2008. Let us support our catechists and especially parents - remember you are the first catechists to your children at home!
PARENTS NOTE: Sunday School sessions start Next Sunday !!!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Farewell to the Martha Sisters

Since 1986 at the invitation of Bishop Donald Reece, Sisters of St. Martha from Nova Scotia in canada has established a mission outside of canada in St. Kitts and for the last 21 years have worked tirelessly in St. Kitts. Due to lack of younger personel they will not be able to work any more in St. Kitts and are closing the Convent. OnMonday, August 13th at 6.00p.m there will be a special Thanksgiving Mass for their many years of service.
Motto of the Sisters of St. Martha: Deo Soli – For God Alone

Mission Statement: We, Sisters of St. Martha, inspired by God’s graciousness,
hear, embrace and respond to the cry for Gospel hospitality.

The following sisters served in St. Kitts:

Sister Joan Fultz, 1986-1989, Coordinator of Religious Education
Sister Anita Driscoll, 1986-1995, Nursing to the elderly. Weekly health clinics at Basseterre and Conaree
Sister Antoinette Chiasson, 1986-1992, Home Visiting, Prison prayer services, Sessions on Scripture, etc.
Sister Genevieve MacDonald, 1986-1993, Taught Grade VI at St. Theresa’s Convent School
Sister Brendalee Boisvert, 1990-1994, Coordinator of Religious Education for the parishes
on the Island of St. Kitts, assisted with Religious Education on other Islands in the Diocese
Sister Theresa Parker, 1992-1998, Coordinator of Christian Living at St. Theresa’s and St. Joseph’s Schools, Peacemakers Youth Group with Patrice Mills, facilitated the teaching of English to the Spanish speaking people from Dominican Republic.
Sister Veronica MacNeil, 1993-1994, Grade II teacher at St. Theresa’s Convent School
Sister Clotilda McIntyre, 1994-2000, 2006-2007, Pastoral Ministry with a social
thrust: advocacy for the needy, Cardin home, Society of St. Vincent DePaul, prison ministry
Sister Mary McMahon, 1996-2002, Nursing to the elderly in their homes. Health clinics
weekly at Basseterre and Conaree
Sister Donna Brady, 1996-2001, Adult Faith Development: Ministry Formation Institute
Helped develop CAWA.
Sister Joan Walker, 2001-2005, Pastoral Ministry: Prison, Cardin Home, Hospital, elderly
Sister Loretta Gillis, 2002-2006, Spiritual Development: spiritual direction, sessions on prayer,
prayer with the elderly in their homes.
Sister Agnes Beaton, 2004-2007, Volunteer at St. Theresa’s and St. Joseph’s Schools, Parish Ministry: RCIA, parish council, youth

Many of the sisters assisted with Communion to the sick and shut-ins at the hospital and in the home.

Thursday, May 24, 2007


A meeting of the clergy and pastoral administrators of the Northen Deanery took place in the Basseterre Presbytery on Tuesday, May 22. In attendance were Fr. Larry Finnegan from Virgin Gorda, Fr. Nihal Abeyasingha from Tortola, Fr. Antonio Ritaccio from Nevis. Fr. Digno Jore send his apologies from Anguilla as his working visa is not yet sorted out. Fr. Ramil who is assigned to Sandy Point has not arrived yet in the Caribbean. Sr. Margaret Hansen SSpS, pastoral administrator from Molineux parish in St. Kitts was only woman among men. Fr. George Agger, former dean was also invited to share and participate in the meeting. Br. Ivano, a seminarian in Nevis also took part as an observer. Of course the local clergy: Fr. Bernard Latus, the new dean and Fr. Xuan Ho also participated. The meeting was a time of sharing our joys, experiences and concerns and it was good to be together especially for those who are alone on an island.

Thursday, May 10, 2007


Our usual PENTECOST BRIMSTONE HILL CELEBRATION is going to be on Sunday, May 27 starting with the FESTIVE CATHOLIC ALL-ISLAND EUCHARIST at 10.00 a.m.

There will be lunch on sale at 12.30p.m. Tickets only $15 and drinks will also be on sale (please support the Sandy Point Fund-raising).

There will be many other attractions for children youth and adults: Bouncing castle for children (bring some change and support out catechetical program), cricket and domino competition, and many other games with prises to win.

CAR PASSES & LUNCH TICKETS are on sale in the Parish Office

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Biblical Sabbath & Christian Sunday - Weekned Course - April 13-14, 2007

This is the time when we in the Christian church reflect upon the impact of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the Lord's Day which commemorates it. Why we celebrate the Lord's day and not the Sabbath? What is the essence of Biblical Sabbath? Why the Adventists and others accuse us catholics of changing Sabbath into Sunday? What did we retain in the celebration of the Lord's Day from the Biblical Sabath?

Thses and many more quastions will be answered at the Weekend workshop on "Biblical Sabbath & Christian Sunday"

You are invited to join in the two day workshop on Biblical Sabbath & Sunday starting this Friday (April 13) evening 6.00p.m. - 9.00p.m

We begin with the short introduction to the Jewish Sabbath Celebration and then at 7.30p.m. we will celebrate a sumptious Sabbath meal according to Jewish customs.

and on Saturday April 14
Saturday morning (April 14) from 9.00a.m. until noon (12.00p.m) - The Sabbath Commandment(s) in the Bible. - A serious Bible study of the sabbath commandment in the bible and biblical understanding of sabbath.
Noon until 5.00p.m. - Sabbath Rest (please refrain from doing any work)
5.00-7.00p.m. - Why not Saturday(sabbath) but Sunday (the Lord's Day)?

Registration: $25 (which includes Kosher sabbath evening meal - on Friday; and light lunch on Saturday)

You may pay your registration fee when you come but you have to register by Thursday (April 12) evening (9.00p.m. - no later registartions accepted !). You can do it by e-mail or phone. Just give me your name. Please register soon as we want to keep the workshop to maximum 10-12 participants.

The venue for the Sabbath meal will be the Prebytery Board Room, on East Independece Square, Basseterre

Marriage Encounter Weekend

A weekend course for the Engaged Couples who intended to marry in next twelve months will be held from Friday evening April 20 till Sunday morning April 22. Please register as soon as possible for the course.

This course is not a lived in course: Friday: 7.00-9.00p.m. Saturday: 9.00-12.00a.m. (Break for Lunch - included) and 1.00-4.00p.m.

Sunday Mass will be the presentation of the Certificates.

The cost is only $50 per couple.

Friday, March 30, 2007


The precepts of the Catholic Church say that each catholic should participate in the Sacramental Penitential Rite and make confession of sins at least once a year. Beside regular Saturday confessions twice a year in Advent and Holy Week we have organized Penitential Rite with the opportunity for the private confessions. Please take opportunity to do it on monday or Tuesday in the evening in your respective church.

The CHRISM MASS (Holy Wednesday 7.00p.m.) is a special mass when the Holy Oils (Oil of Salvation, Oil of Chrism and Oil of the Sick) are blessed by the bishop.
During this celebration there will be a celebration of the Installation of 5 ACOLYTES for the candidates selected by the Bishop & Fr. Bernard. These are: Ian Slack and Ken Martin for the Co-Cathedral; Pierre Berry for Sandy Point, Joseph Edmead for Old Road and Jeff Fraites for Molineux church.

The EASTER TRIDUUM Celebration (Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, Passion of the Lord on Good Friday and Easter Vigil on Easter Sunday) should be treated as one celebration - (it starts with Opening Hymn on Thursday and ends with the Easter blessing after Easter Vigil, there is no ending hymn or blessing on Holy Thursday and no opening rites or blessing and recessional hymn on Good Friday celebration) This is the pinnacle of the Liturgical life of the church. All Catholics should make every effort to participate in the whole Easter Triduum Celebration.

SIGN OF PEACE after the Prayer of the Faithful !

To: Clergy
Religious Houses

Dear Fathers and Friends,

Re: Location of the Sign of Peace

It is necessary to make uniform throughout the Diocese of St. John’s-Basseterre the location of the Sign of Peace.

As of Easter 2007, the Sign of Peace will be exchanged immediately after the Prayer of the Faithful. After the closing prayer summing up the Prayer of the Faithful, the celebrant will greet the Assembly with these or similar words: “The peace of the Lord be with you!” (Note: it is NOT a statement, but a greeting – hence “BE” and not “IS”).

Why this decision? Throughout the diocese I have noticed different and protracted greetings (cum conversation). The Eucharistic Lord is overshadowed by this exchange that is actually not central to the liturgy. Also, it is biblical that before we bring our gifts to the altar we make our peace with others (cf. Mt.5:23ƒƒ).

Because of these reasons, in the just published Apostolic Exhortation, SACRAMENTUM CARITATIS (“Sacrament of Love”), the Holy Father has referred this matter to the pertinent Vatican Departments, for revision (cf. Par. 49).

I therefore encourage all Pastors to read and explain this decision to the Faithful and, if necessary, give any further catechesis. A Blessed Palm/Passion Sunday to you!

God bless!

Yours sincerely in Christ,
+ Donald J. Reece
Most Reverend Donald J. Reece, D.D., G.C.M.
Bishop of St. John’s-Basseterre

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

to Good Friday’s Stations of the Cross
at the Independence Square

The general Public is invited to a special celebration of the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday morning at 8.00a.m. around the Independence Square in Basseterre. The Catholic Church traditionally celebrated Stations of the Cross in this particular place following the example of John Paul II who celebrated the Stations in the Roman Colosseum - a place of suffering of Christians in the early centuries of Christianity.
This year as we celebrate the 200 years of the Abolition of Transatlantic Slave Trade we want to reflect especially on the humiliation and suffering of many slaves who were priced and auctioned on what today is called the Independence Square.
Please join us at this celebration.