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AEC VOCATIONS WEEK 2015 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 11 TO SATURDAY, JANUARY 17

CHOSEN, CALLED, BLESSED AND SENT – EMBRACING THE FUTURE WITH HOPE

The AEC Vocations Week 2015 will begin on Sunday, January 11, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The Bishops of the AEC initiated this week four years ago to ensure that in all our Arch/Dioceses of the AEC a culture of vocations will be fostered and to offer support to the Directors or Promoters of Vocations in all our Arch/Dioceses, including Religious Institutes, encouraging among them greater solidarity with each other in the vital ministry of vocations promotion. The Week was also meant to encourage prayer for vocations and ensure that clergy, religious and faithful would all be aware of their responsibility in promoting vocations. The promotion of vocations is the responsibility of all in the Church, not just a few dedicated to the cause. Continue reading

New horizons of hope brighten the lives of the Cuban people

“New horizons of hope brighten the lives of the Cuban people”, says the Bishops’ Conference

Havana (Agenzia Fides) – “We thank the Lord because new horizons of hope brighten the lives of the Cuban people, because good relations without tensions between peoples, who are so close, are the foundation of a promising future”. This is what the Bishops’ Conference of Cuba (COCC) says in a statement sent to Agenzia Fides and is signed by the General Secretariat of the COCC, written after the announcement of the resumption of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba. Continue reading

HISTORIC DECISION BY THE UNITED STATES AND CUBA TO ESTABLISH DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE ANTILLES EPISCOPAL CONFERENCE REGARDING THE HISTORIC DECISION BY THE UNITED STATES AND CUBA TO ESTABLISH DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS

“The Holy Father wishes to express his warm congratulations for the historic decision taken by the Governments of the United States of America and Cuba to establish diplomatic relations, with the aim of overcoming, in the interest of the citizens of both countries, the difficulties which have marked their recent history.” Continue reading

Pontifical recognition of the Lay Religious Institute of the Missionaries of the Poor, founded in 1981 by Fr. Richard Ho Lung.

The Papal Nuncio in a Press Release on 12th December 2014 informs all the Ordinaries of the Antilles that the Holy Father gave his approval to the “Missionaries of the Poor” (M.O.P) founded by Fr. Richard Ho Lung, as a Lay Religious Institute of Pontifical Right.
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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time February 1st 2015

Reflections for February are by Bishop Jason Gordon, Bishop of Bridgetown, Barbados and Kingstown, St. Vincent

gordonGospel -Mark 1:21-28

Jesus and his followers went as far as Capernaum, and as soon as the Sabbath came he went to the synagogue and began to teach.

22. And his teaching made a deep impression on them because, unlike the scribes, He taught them with authority. Continue reading

Sunday 25th January 2015- Mark 1:35-42 the call of the first disciples

Meditations for January are by Bishop Emmanuel Lafont, Bishop of Cayenne

lafont - newWe meditate today the first disciples’ vocation narrative according to Mark’s Gospel the most ancient of the four Gospels. We might be astonished to read a different narrative from the one we meditated last week, from John’s Gospel. Continue reading

Meditation for Sunday 18th January – John 1:35-42 The call of the first disciples

Mediatations for January are by Bishop Emmanuel Lafont, Bishop of Cayenne

lafont - newIn this year, when the Church, according to Pope Francis, “a Church which goes forth[1], it is good to read and meditate the call of the first disciples according to the John’s Gospel. Indeed, the liturgical year “B” during which Mark’s Gospel is to be proclaimed every Sunday, some passages of John’s Gospel have been added, since Mark is the shortest of all gospels.  Continue reading

PARENTS TEACH YOUR FAMILY OBEDIENT FAITH

Reflection by Bishop Kenneth Richards, Bishop of St. John’s-Basseterre

Richards - newFEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY

As Christians, our perspective on life must always be guided by the revealed vision of Our Lord God. A renewed commitment to this approach to our living experience is ever so needed in the face of the many conflicting challenges of our contemporary existence; an existence heavily influenced by a secular approach to living. Family Life is one institution that has to contend with the secular challenge at hand.

As we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family this Sunday, we must take the opportunity to reflect and renew commitment to God’s plan for the Family, in order to counter the secular challenge. Continue reading

Solemnity of the Lord’s baptism – January 11, 2015

Reflections for January are by Bishop Emmanuel Lafont, Bishop of Cayenne

lafont - newReadings:

Isaiah 55: 1-11, Psalm Isaiah 12, 1 John 5:1-9, Mark 1:7-11

The most ancient Gospel, Mark, begins with Jesus’ baptism by John in the Jordan River. We can assume that our Lord was then about 33 years of age. Until then he had been an unknown carpenter in a very obscure city, Nazareth, which name does not appear anywhere in the ancient literature, except in the New Testament. No doubt, Jesus was praying every day for his Father to send him a message so that he would fulfil his mission. Continue reading