Diocesan World Youth Day Rally to be held in Vieille Case

The Diocese of Roseau Youth Commission in collaboration with the Parish of St. Andrew is organizing its annual Diocesan World Youth Day Rally to be held on Saturday April 8, 2017 in the community of Vieille Case. Pope Francis has invited the youth of the world to reflect on the theme: “The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His Name” (Lk 1:49).

The guest speaker for the day will be Ms. Marie Pascale Affana from the Parish of Fatima, Holy Spirit Chapel. The rally will begin at 10:00 am with a parish mission outreach. After the parish outreach groups will assemble at the Baroness Patricia Scotland Primary School from 11:30am.

During the parish outreach youth groups will be visiting homes and praying with families and the elderly in all 6 communities of St. Andrew’s Parish which include: Paix Bouche, Anse de Mai, Thibaud, Upper and Lower Penville and Vieille Case. The young people will also be delivering care packages to the families. Hundreds of young persons from every parish community of Dominica are expected to participate in the rally.

Highlights of the day will include: performances, testimonies, praise and worship procession through the village and a dramatization of the Palm Sunday Passion Reading. His Lordship, Bishop Gabriel Malzaire will be present throughout the day and will be the main celebrant at the closing Eucharistic Liturgy which will begin at 3:30pm at the Vieille Case Roman Catholic Church.

World Youth Day is celebrated worldwide in the Catholic Church on Palm Sunday. Pope Francis, in his message to the youth of the world states: “Do you realize how extraordinarily enriching the encounter between the young and the elderly can be? How much attention do you pay to the elderly, to your grandparents? With good reason you want to “soar”, your heart is full of great dreams, but you need the wisdom and the vision of the elderly. Spread your wings and fly, but also realize that you need to rediscover your roots and to take up the torch from those who have gone before. To build a meaningful future, you need to know and appreciate the past. Young people have strength, while the elderly have memory and wisdom. As Mary did with Elizabeth, look to the elderly, to your grandparents. They will speak to you of things that can thrill your minds and fill your hearts”.

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  1. Let The Truth Be Told - Original
    March 31, 2017

    The Spirit of the Lord is upon me!
    What’s in a picture? It tells much about the person in the picture. When I saw your picture, my immediate reaction is disdain. Reason as I cited.
    Genuine Catholics who are blessed with graces and enlightened should ask why is your large picture in that area of the center of the picture below Our Lord Jesus Christ’s Statue? Who are we worshiping? You? Who, in Lent Catholics meditate on for what He has done for us, for the entire world? Certainly not you!
    Note how Our Lord’s bowed head, in humility, in pain, dying on the Cross.
    This picture of a woman dressed in a sleeveless dress is distasteful. It should be smaller, on the lower left hand side of the picture. It should not be conspicuously in the center, underneath Our Lord’s picture.
    What is the purpose of your enlarged picture, sleeveless dress, underneath the Cross of Our Lord?
    I hope, in the future, Bishop Malzaire ensures that your picture be removed from where it is.

    • March 31, 2017

      Let The Truth Be Told – Original.

      I am not a Dominican nor a Catholic so I will begin by begging you to allow me to comment on this matter so far from home. I am a Canadian Pentecostal Evangelist who has conducted crusades in a number of the island nations in he Caribbean.

      I have followed (but not attended) World Youth Day for years and appreciate much (not all) that is involved in it. I wish to make the following comments for your consideration.

      (1) We need to encourage our young people. There is so much evil in the world to pull them down. When a young person attempts to do what he or she believes is a service for God they need gentle guidance and encouragement. They should not be hurt by those who are older in the faith who think they could have done better.

      (2) I personally did not find anything offensive about the way Ms. Pascale was dressed. Sorry do not know
      what is the accepted custom for church dress among ladies in Dominica and I do think that should be…

      • March 31, 2017


        Sorry I do not know what is the accepted custom for church dress among ladies in Dominica and I do think that should be respected.

        The picture of Marie Pascale was (a) under the cross AND it was central. This is appropriate. In my own limited understanding I thought it implied Ms. Pascale represented the Catholic youth of the nation. She was not there for herself. She was there for them. The crowds around the cross represented Dominicans in general. But she represented the youth -LARGE and CENTRAL- because it was Youth Day.

        I could be wrong. But I do NOT get the impression that she had any desire to show off or draw attention to herself. I expect this was the last thing she would want. Pray for the young lady. Let us encourage our young people.

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

    • March 31, 2017

      Regardless of his personal preferences I can assure you Bishop Malzaire thinks and acts as a *father* and would encourage a young person in the faith rather than discourage him or her.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

  2. Let The Truth Be Told - Original
    March 30, 2017

    Your picture does not depict humility. It looks like one who is full of pride and praise for herself, exalted by those who approved of it being there.
    You see, you are not God; not the Blessed Virgin Mary; not the Pope; not the Bishop and; not the Priest and far from that.
    Your picture right below Our Lord, looks like you feel you are the Lord of all. This is what irks me. If it does not bother other Catholics, then something is wrong with their spirituality and spiritual growth.
    Whoever took your picture and placed it there, have greatly erred. It is an offense against God. It is giving you prominence to all things above God of all as if you are at par with Him.
    Your picture gives the youths a poor example on how they should dress for Church and at Catholic prayerful gatherings.
    I am surprised that Bishop Malzaire or the other Priests allowed this picture right below Our Lord’s Statue depicting him suffering on the Cross. Does it not bother them?

  3. Let The Truth Be Told - Original
    March 30, 2017

    You may be a Catholic, good speaker and singer/actress. Frankly, God is not interested in how well you sing/talk. He is concerned about your mode of attire. It saddens Him. Anyway, how much do you impress Catholics, lead them to God, inspire them motivate them to grow in knowledge of God, of the Faith and spiritually motivate them to love of God, to serve Him through others after they have seen and heard you? One of it is to dress modestly.
    It serves nothing if your mode of attire is unbecoming of the God you serve and teach others about and his expectations of us, no exception our mode of attire at Church.
    Rendering ones heart means “to tear” – rent open the shirts as those who did in those days and which was spoken about, “Render not thy garment but thy heart”
    Most Catholics have misinterpreted it to mean, you can dress anyhow to Church. Not so! Look up the meaning of “render.” You will note the meaning. It is nothing to do with the mode of attire.

  4. Let The Truth Be Told - Original
    March 30, 2017

    Our Lady spoke to the three children at Fatima. One of Our Lady’s messages to them, as stated by little Jacinta: “Many fashions will be introduced that will offend Our Lord.”
    Do they not realize that they should dress modestly to Church and at Catholic prayerful gatherings? It is apparent that these lack godly virtues. Faithful Catholics eh. It tells much about them; so much for them.
    Oh boy/girl/adult! Look at these fashions today. Look at how some Catholics especially in the big countries go to Church. They create a scandal in the Church. It is getting worst. This is the example they project to their children and others in Church.
    There are few Priests who speak about it from the pulpit. Others are afraid to mention it. They notice them. Why do these who notice (they have eyes to see) do not say anything to purge the Church of these unbecoming attire? It is their duty to do so.
    Our Lord said: “Those who know/see and do nothing, it is a sin.”

  5. A series of nonsense
    March 30, 2017

    To all the negative comments I saw, where is the positive Ness, everything cannot be a politics, o am a Catholic and I am from the parish. Now back to the negative thinkers. Think and ask yourself, what positive impact do I have on the young people?

  6. tru d bino q la
    March 30, 2017

    Every picture tells a story; looking at the one above I would label this one, ‘self_ aggrandizement’ with a pinch of divinity and sexuality. I hope the baroness don’t show up and cause Morn Au Diabe to erupt in disapproval.

  7. Me
    March 30, 2017

    And you all thought that verse applied to Roosevelt Skerrit? Wrong! It applies to his father.

  8. March 30, 2017

    Take note that it was Pope Francis who has invited the youth to meditate on these words first spoken by Mary the Mother of our Lord recorded for us Luke 1:49.

    *THE MIGHTY ONE HATH DONE GREAT THINGS FOR ME, AND HOLY IS HIS NAME.* Do you not think it was the Holy Spirit who directed him to encourage the young people of the world to reflect on these words on World Youth Day :?:

    It is no coincident that put this scripture under this awesome picture of the cross with Jesus nailed there and the people around :!: Think of it! Let all Protestants think of it! Let all evangelicals think of it! This with
    the resurrection message is the gospel according to 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. I pray many young people will gaze upon this picture and say *The Mighty One hath done great things for ME, …* Yes, for ME! Making it personal let them receive HIM as their personal Savior. *He who has the Son has life; and he who has not the Son has not life.* (1 John 5:12)

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill

  9. Let The Truth Be Told - Original
    March 30, 2017

    Another picture of Marie Pascale should replace this one.
    Look at Our Lord Jesus Christ suffering on the Cross, bleeding and dying and this picture represents a faithful Catholic? I think it is a disgrace. Bishop Malzaire should not allow it. She could take another picture modestly dressed to suit the occasion.
    As a saint said: “Going to Church does not make one holy.” For one, take a look at their deportment and attire. These also tell a lot about a Christian Catholic.
    I am not impressed. I am also not impressed how many times some of them go to Church and pray. God knows this better than I do.
    I have much to share with especially other Catholics. I have been doing that for years. However, recently the urge is even greater, all for the glory and honor of God, the salvation of souls and also mine. We are obligated to share what we have with others.
    I can tell you it costs money. However, I do what I can and am happy to do so at no charge.

  10. Let The Truth Be Told - Original
    March 30, 2017

    Marie Pascale Affana, are you the one proudly smiling and in a sleeveless dress? This is something which bothers me that some Catholics do not know how to dress modestly to go to Church and at Catholic functions. Do they not know there is a time and place for everything and how they should dress?
    Imagine standing before Our Almighty Father, Our Lord Jesus Christ and The Mother of God, Our Blessed Mother and dressed in this manner as you look in that picture. Consider what they would think and say.
    I have some articles on dressing modestly for Church. I also taped a Retreat and a Sermon, the latter on EWTN about modesty.
    Recently I saved a few articles by Saints on relevant sermons. It is a serious matter, those who dress immodestly to go to Church and these functions. These Catholics need to learn about proper attire at especially those times.
    They say it is modern times. They must think, Jesus Christ is still the Same, Yesterday, Today and Forever.

    • Anon
      March 30, 2017

      Shut the hell up, you hypocrite.

      This young lady is one of the most active members of the church in Dominica and is working wonders among the youth.

      All you do is sit in Canada and talk crap.

      What does being sleeveless have to do with anything? Does having sleeves save your soul? Nothing wrong with the young lady’s dress.

      Get off your butt and do something for the young people in Dominica. Geez.

      • Anonymous
        March 30, 2017

        Were we not all born naked, in the image of God? Maybe your arms too ugly and wobbly to display in public? You are too judgemental and hypocritical.

      • April 3, 2017

        Except for your first line I agree with you. (We should avoid using the word *hell* out of context.)

        However you are right. You can go to heaven with your arms uncovered and you will go to hell with them covered if you have not believed the gospel of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, and received Christ as your personal Savior as in John 1:12, and been born again according to John 3:3.

        Christians are called upon to please God in all things and one of these things of course is to dress in modest apparel. However, I do not find any fault with how this young lady is dressed. That is only my opinion. Others disagree.

        I am not a Roman Catholic. But the Mighty One has done great things for me, … On the cross He signed my pardon with His BLOOD and through faith in Him I am saved and rejoicing :-P in eternal life.

        *For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.* (Ephesians 2:8,9)

        Sincerely, Rev…

    • mine
      March 30, 2017

      be not judgemental

    • Let The Truth Be Told - Original
      March 30, 2017

      @ Anon: You are not a good person. :twisted: :mrgreen:
      Wherever I reside is my personal business. It is none of your business
      If you knew who I am you would be surprised. You would keep your dirty mouth closed.
      So what type of Catholic are you to make this derogatory comment? Your words tell a lot about you., hypocrite. You do not have the blessing of God. Satan has helped you very well.
      One thing Our Lord is not pleased with your comment. You will be punished for it. He will not punish me for making some of you aware of how to modestly dress for Church.
      Look here! A good Catholic should be graced and enlightened enough to dress appropriately and right in front of Our Lord’s Crucifix, depicting him suffering and dying.
      I am a Catholic and have a right to address this immodest issue, a scandal by some women who think they are faithful Catholics.
      I do think you are not well taught and lack godly enlightenment. Read the Life of the Saints.

    • ye yep
      March 31, 2017

      What is your problem? I am pretty conservative and I so nothing wrong with the dress. There is no invitation to temptation here. Her bodily features are quite covered up, unlike some other women fully sleeved and with outfits hugging their body curves until blood oozes through the fabric.

      • Let The Truth Be Told - Original
        April 1, 2017

        God sees! Conservative or traditionalist? Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Learn to dress modestly and to act likewise. Short sleeves would do.
        Furthermore I stated that where her picture is situated, in the middle of the picture right below Our Lord’s picture on the Cross is inappropriate.
        Genuine Catholics should notice. They do not walk around with their eyes closed. These days people as you have your own views which do not conform to the teachings of the Catholic Church. Some of you ignore them.
        Going to church is one; practicing the faith in its entirety is another and so is dressing modestly.
        Last but not least, I do not praise church members when I see them in church or at prayer gatherings looking as if they are at a secular dinner or party. If they are so religious, they should be enlightened on how to be dressed at those gatherings. The manner in which they dress projects they lack it and spiritual growth. I need not elaborate further.

  11. ye yep
    March 30, 2017

    Vieille Case eh? Napoleon himself found religion to be a useful tool to further his political aims.

    I’m done with that! I aint stupid anymore. No more blind faith from me.

    • mine
      March 30, 2017

      just want to give the place a bad name wow.

    • March 31, 2017

      The people who cannot see the evidence of God in the creation around them are blind.

      It takes more faith to believe there is no God than to believe in the existence of God.

      Did you know that over 40% of the Ph.D. scientists in the U.S.A. attend church on a regular basis :?: One university graduate told me he had been an atheist. But it was after he received his Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree he realized there must be a God. Now he is a born again Christian and active in a Pentecostal church! I talked with a senior Ph.D. who had retired from a lifetime in atomic research. He
      believed in the Bible and was a strong advocate for creation, and the world wide Genesis flood. When I met him he was teaching a Sunday School class of teenagers in an upscale Pentecostal church in Toronto where I have had the privilege of preaching.

      I recommend that you read the book CREATION by Grant Jeffery, Ph.D.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill

    • March 31, 2017

      Ye Yep:

      Nobody is asking you to accept Christianity on blind faith. We are inviting to consider the evidence with your eyes wide open!

      Please visit my website: http://www.livinghopeministries.ca

      Click onto SERMONS.
      Then click onto – and listen to – my sermon MANY INFALLIBLE PROOFS.

      In this sermon I will share with you some (not all) of the evidence that Jesus Christ rose literally and physically from the tomb. I will give you the names of several lawyers of recent times who have actually said the evidence for the resurrection of Christ would stand up today in modern court of law.

      One was an unbeliever who began to write a book from an historical point of view. He planned to call it WHO ROLLED THE STONE AWAY :?: and leave Jesus in the tomb. But as he did his research he was overwhelmed by the evidence. He subtitled it THE BOOK THAT REFUSED TO BE WRITTEN.

      After you have listened to MANY INFALLIBLE PROOFS please listen to my sermon THE NEW BIRTH.

      Sincerely, Rev…

  12. heigher heights
    March 29, 2017

    a joke that. stop mixing matters. we are the most hospitable people in DA. whoever u are check yrself and stop putting yr dirty secret outside. Easter is a time of reflection.

    • Me
      March 30, 2017

      And for others it is time for erection. Think of all those eggs!

      • Dominican
        March 31, 2017

        Pun intended?

  13. March 29, 2017

    In these days the world seems to offer so much to young people to draw them away from God.

    But on World Youth Day the Catholic Church reminds young people that God is there and HE is a force to be reckoned with. I hope not only Catholic youth will take heed. I pray this event speak to young people of every religious background. Let it be all about Jesus! Peter said *Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.* (Acts 4:12) Paul said *… Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, …* (Acts 16:31)

    When I brought up this page I was attracted to the cross and it spoke to my heart. Under it I read the words *The Mighty One hath done great things for me, and holy is His name.* (Luke 1:47) On the cross the Prince of Glory died, paying my debt and setting me free. How appropriate for these words of scripture spoken by Mary to be under the picture!

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill

    • March 29, 2017


      This is my personal testimony. *The Mighty One hath done great things for me, …*

      On the cross at Calvary He took upon Himself the guilt of all my sins and bore the punishment for me. When I believed this and trusted what He did for me on the cross to put my sins away He saved me. He washed my sins away! He gave me eternal life!

      He will do the same for you. Read John 3:16, and John 3:36. Yes, you will HAVE eternal life NOW, and you can KNOW you have it NOW as a present possession. Read 1 John 5:11-13.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill.

      • Tjebe fort
        March 30, 2017

        Sorry Reverend, don’t want to be rude but I get a distinct impression you are getting off on all this religious bunkum. Deeds speak louder than words brother, that is all I want to say. All this highfalutin stuff is turning me off religion frankly.

  14. March 29, 2017

    I am from the parish of st.Andrews,and a deep catholic,in my opinon worst place this is taking place. These people are not welcoming i know and if i lie ask all the older generation that would go to the only church in the parish.waiting forvmy thunbs down vut is true.

    • Let The Truth Be Told - Original
      March 30, 2017

      You should speak to the Parish Priest about your concern. Let me further inform you, this could occur in big countries. You only have to listen to some of them, interact with them also to converse with them and you can tell a genuine practicing Catholic.
      Our Lord commanded us to love one another. The Catholic Church teaches it. There are some of them who lack godly enlightenment. Some go to Church and pray but this is as far as they project. From my observation and experience, I could go on and on. . . .>
      One thing, you must treat them with the respect which is due to them. Speak courteously; act graciously.
      If, as Christians we fail to do what we should do according to Holy Scripture and the teaching of the Church we have to answer to God for that. In no uncertain way parish Priests must emphasize this to parishioners. There are some who do not take their religious teachings seriously. Hope the Priests do not fail for they will be answerable to God.

    • johnjay
      March 30, 2017

      Why Vielle Case I realized the youth are not united and using this occassion to bring them together especially in this political time.

      • Let The Truth Be Told - Original
        April 1, 2017

        You know the saying: “You can take the horse to the water but you cannot make it drink.”
        Which youths do you refer to? Are all of them Catholics or not?
        St. Paul said, “Teach and remind people of these things.”
        This is for the youths you think who are not united. The youths are taught on how to treat others and conduct themselves. Some do fail and probably do not care. While they are still young, they need to be taught over and over again and be reminded.
        If their lack of unity is a problem, speak to them and also your parish Priest about it.
        The reason for the World Youth Rally is also to keep them in the faith, practicing it, growing in faith and for love, peace and unity.

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