Last Catholic Men’s Retreat (before restoration work) at Roseau Cathedral begins tonight

The Roseau Cathedral will soon be closed for restoration

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.

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17 Comments

  1. Justice and Truth
    March 19, 2012

    As contained in Holy Scriptures in my Holy Bible:

    Problems of Discipline – 1 Timothy 2:1:4 – Prayers and Conduct – First of all, then I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone, for kings and for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity. This is good and pleasing to God our Saviour, who wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth…

    Fellow Dominicans, Christian Catholic men, I wish you a good, spiritual retreat. God bless you and all the Clergy who will be especially administering to you during the retreat.
    A happy Lent and a happy and glorious Easter to you and your family.
    This also includes all the Dominican Christian Catholic laity in DA and elsewhere. God bless you!

  2. FORKIT
    March 19, 2012

    what a church and its leaders. may god have mercy on them

    • Justice and Truth
      March 20, 2012

      And what about you?

  3. Ras
    March 19, 2012

    “Now is the time, repent, receive the Good News, and go forth to be disciples of the Good News.”…….Nice try!! You expect them to go forth to make disciples when the leaders of the church not going? But…Then again,….they can’t go because God doh send them.

    • Justice and Truth
      March 19, 2012

      @ Ras

      Do not be negative. :twisted: :mrgreen: How could you make such a statement, judging them? Have you seen them do anything wrong? What about you? What are you doing for your church and society? Speak for yourself. God knows what you are capable of doing, are doing and what you are not doing.
      The words and teaching of Our Lord Jesus Christ: “Judge not that you may not be judged accordingly.”
      The problem with some people is they fail to look at themselves and the lives that they live as they judge and condemn others.
      Look to yourself and see about your own soul. At this moment, where does your soul stand before God? In other words in what state is it in?

  4. Pray from the heart
    March 19, 2012

    Prayer without concerted follow up action to condemn and correct what is wrong in our society never works, because we continue not to love our neighbours as ourselves. As soon as prayers done, or a match for peace ends, two, three crimes are soon committed. Disrespect,disregard for the Laws of the land continue unabated. Who cares?

    Those in high places continue along their merry ways of deceit, manipulation, lies, quick enrichment while in public Office. Prayer is from the heart, not just mouthing words without really meaning what we say.

    Imagine, it was during the lenten season, time of deeper spiritual reflection, that Dominicans were disturbed with the news of Gambling to be put into operation at Krazy Kokonuts. It was no other than the Supreme leader, in defence, who claimed that Slot Casino gambling is not gambling. All dictionaries say something different. A far cry from the teachings of the bible about the evils of gambling. Guess what, not a murmur from those religious bodies. It seems to many now, Jesus Christ was out of place or mad to take rope to drive the Gamblers away from the gambling house (casino).

    Crimes on the rise with no slowing down or end in sight. Poverty increasing in the abundance of water and fertile soil. More prayers from the mouth, more inaction to stop wrong doings, more fear to speak against corruption = more criminal acts. What a vicious cycle.

    • Justice and Truth
      March 19, 2012

      @ Prayer from the heart.

      Do your part and allow others to do their part. Be concerned about yourself and pray from the heart with a loving, humble and contrite heart and cease criticizing, judging and condemning.
      In this era, there are too many people who do not practice the faith and who have left the faith due to false indoctrinations and also their personal lifestyle. God gave them a mind of their own and they are doing as they please. They are the ones who go about doing their own thing and some commit crimes. Pray for them and leave the “church people” alone. God knows their heart and He knows yours too. When He judges you, He will not be asking you about anyone but yourself, what have you done with the time He gave you and what have you stated with your mouth.
      Some of you act as if you are experts of the Bible even though you may never have read/studied it in the past. All of a sudden you are more intelligent than others and think you know more than others. How much have you erred?
      I say that it is not gambling. They are playing a game. When it becomes gambling it is when people spend all their money on it. Does it mean that the religious ones who participate have forgotten God? By no means! You people make a mountain out of a molehill. You are not God. You are not the Savior of the world. Let God judge his people and see about your soul.
      If crimes are on the rise, it may be because people like you do not have a godly heart and you are not praying well, minding the business of others.
      If you continue to criticize a Church which was established by Our Lord Jesus Christ and was established before all those so-called churches of today, how do you expect God to answer your prayers and those who criticize it? Furthermore, those who came to Dominica and lured some of you out of the Catholic Church, since they thought that they were experts they should have been instrumental in eradicating crimes. What have they done in this respect? Have you ever thought of that? Give it a good thought when you criticize the faith of others. You are guilty of sin and you really do not know what is contained in the Bible and the words of Our Lord: “Love one another.” Therefore, God cannot answer those prayers and yours with no exception. :twisted: :mrgreen:

      • March 20, 2012

        I AM A CATHOLIC AND PRETTY FED UP AT THIS TIME.
        WHAT I SEE BEFORE ME IN ALL FAITHS IS A SUPERFICIAL CHRISTIANITY.
        EVERYBODY WANT TO DO THE EASY STUFF.
        GO CHURCH, HOLD HANDS, SING SONGS IN G SHARP MINOR AND GO ON LONG WALKS WITH CANDLES…
        NOBODY WANTS TO ACT
        NOBODY WANTS TO WAIT
        NOBODY WANTS TO TAKE THE CHALLENGE TO PUT GOD FIRST
        THEY COME AND SING SONG EVER SO HYPOCRITICALLY BUT WHEN GOD GETS IN THEIR WAY THEY PUSH HIM ASIDE.
        ITS DISGUSTING

        FROM THE CLERGY TO THE LAITY, ITS DISGUSTING

        HEAVEN WILL BE FULL OF SURPRISES

  5. March 19, 2012

    please Ad on your lest of prayers, The Nation which all the crime that is going on at the moment.

    • Justice and Truth
      March 19, 2012

      @ Dominican in BVI

      “List”

      You are not too far away to pray for Dominica and its residents. Wherever you are, you can pray for them and also bless them and the world in general. Were you aware of that? Therefore, pray with all your heart and soul. God wants the prayers of everyone in general with no exception.

  6. hmmm
    March 19, 2012

    who took that photo of the cathedral? Super cool!

  7. angel
    March 19, 2012

    So where will mass for the people of Roseau be kept?

    • Rama
      March 19, 2012

      At Gerard’s Hall.

      • Rama
        March 19, 2012

        Sorry, St. Gerard’s Hall.

    • Anonymous
      March 19, 2012

      Wondering the same thing

      • ALas
        March 19, 2012

        St Gerard’s Hall starting the Tuesday after Easter.

    • hmmm
      March 19, 2012

      In the St.Gerards Hall I believe

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