Monday evening and every evening this week,from 6:30pm, Catholic Men of the Parishes of St Alphonsus, Cathedral, Fatima, and St Luke’s are expected to gather in large numbers at the Roseau Cathedral for the last Men’s Lenten retreat, to be preached at the Roseau Cathedral before it is closed for restoration.
The retreat is being held in preparation for the Feast of Easter under the theme: “Now is the time, repent, receive the Good News, and go forth to be disciples of the Good News.”
The main preacher for the retreat will be Fr. Matthew D’hereaux of the Archdiocese of Port of Spain who will be supported by local priests from the Vicariate, Father Charles Martin Dean, of the Cathedral, Monsignor Eustace Thomas, Parish priest of St Alphonsus parish, Fr.Clement from Fatima, and Fr. Wamitutu from St Luke’s.
Every evening, Fr. Mathew will share on a different aspect of the theme. Monday’s focus will be, “Now is the Time,” Tuesday is “Repent”, Wednesday, “Believe ; Thursday, “The Good News,” and Friday, “Go forth to be disciples of The Good News”.
President of the Cathedral DACAMEN, Norris Prevost said, “Fr Mathew is a very special priest with deep spiritual connections to our Diocese, having been a student of our present Bishop Malzaire, and having been ordained in 2002 by His Grace Archbishop Gilbert, our former Bishop of the Diocese of Roseau. Fr. Mathew holds a Doctorate in Moral Theology, and has a ‘fire in his belly’ for ministry on the margins. That is, to those which he calls ‘the Four L’s’ – the Little, the Least, the Last and the Lost.”
According to Chairman of the Retreat organizing Committee, Donald Rolle, “This year’s Retreat will have a special flavour. On each night of the Retreat, special prayers will be offered for different Categories of Men. In other words, by the last day of the retreat, the Church will have given special recognition in prayers,to all categories of men, including those who may have felt a bit left out in the past.”
Among the men categories for whom Special prayers will be offered are, retired men, the sick, the men with disabilities, businessmen, professionals, doctors, and Politicians; for Policemen, Teachers , sportsmen and Public Servants; for contractors, builders, tradesmen, fishermen, farmers, technicians, taxi and truck drivers; for Trade Union Leaders and members, Port workers, security men clerks, daily paid workers and the unemployed; as well as special prayers will be offered for Media Workers, DJs, Calypsonians, Musicians and song writers.”
The Roseau Cathedral is due to be closed after Mass on Easter Sunday, for restoration works which is expected to take up to three years for completion, at an estimated cost of over EC$8-million.