St. Michael's Messenger - St Michael's Parish, St Joseph, Trinidad

Stations of the Cross St. Michael’s Fri 6:00pm
Benediction every first Friday of the Month 7:00 - 9:00pm
St. Cecilia’s
6.30 am to 6.30 pm
St. Theresa’s
6.30 am to 6.30 pm
St. Michael’s
6.30 am to 6.30 pm
Eucharistic Adoration
Fri 9:00 am - 12 noon
Sat St. Cecilia’s 4:30 - 4:55 pm
Or by Appointment
Intercessory Prayer St. Michael’s church
Eucharistic Service (Lluengo) Third Sunday of every
month 9:30am
Weekend Masses:
St. Cecilia’s
Sat 5:00 pm; Sun 5:00pm
St. Michael’s
Sat 6:30 pm; Sun 7:30 am
St. Theresa’s
Sun 9:30am
Spanish Mass (St. Cecilia’s) Sun 11:00am (Once per Month)
Community Centre (Lluengo) First Sunday 9:30am
Weekday Masses:
St. Michael’s First Sat
St. Michael’s Wed, Fri
6:30 pm
St. Cecilia’s
Tue, Thu
5:45 am
St. Cecilia’s
First Fri
St. Michael’s Chaplet &Novena Wednesdays 5:30 pm
St. Theresa’s
Wednesday 6.00 am
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Parish Priest’s
Office Hours:
Wed 9am –11am
Parish Office Hours:
Mon– Fri 8am-2pm
Parish Office
Lay Ministers: Earl Clement, Hugo Huggins,
Stephen Johnston, Wendy Johnston, Rosalie
Labban, Gail Meade, Diane Narine, Judy
Narinesingh, Michael Pancham, Eileen
Regenerating Moral
and Spiritual Values
Happy Birthday
Finance Chairman: Mr. Wayne Johnson
Parish Council Chairman: Dr. Karl Theodore
Sick Corner
Mass Schedule
Sextons: Mr. Francis Lezama (St. Michael’s),
Ms. Daisy Laltoo (St. Cecilia’s), Ms. Jean
Narine (St. Theresa’s)
Data Entry: Hazel Ann Michelle Daniel
Secretary: Patricia Plaza
Admin. Assistant: Ms. Jacqueline Jeffrey
Serving the Communities of: St Michael,
Maracas; St. Cecilia, La Seiva; St Theresa,
Acono; Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Lluengo
Pray with the
Spiritual Communion
Fr. Gerard Tang Choon O.Carm Parish Priest,
Episcopal Vicar of the Suburban Vicariate
Deacon Rev. Sheldon Narine
Meditation on the
Sunday Scriptures
Maracas RC School: 662-5814
Principal: Ms. Denise Gordon
Saint of the Week
In Residence: Fr. Joseph Phuong
Entrusted to the pastoral care of the Carmelite
Inside this issue:
Sunday 01st February 2015
Parish of St Michael the Archangel
Royal Road, Maracas Valley, St. Joseph
Phone: 662-4103 Fax: 696-0160
4th Sunday of Ordinary Time
(Year B)
St. Michael’s Messe
Parish Mass Schedule
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Pray with the Scriptures
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Meditation on the Sunday Scriptures
Hebrews 13:15-17, 20-21
Mark 6:30-34
Sat, Feb 07
Hebrews 13:1-8
Mark 6:14-29
Fri, Feb 06
Hebrews 12:18-19, 21-24
Mark 6:7-13
Thu, Feb 05
Hebrews 12:4-7, 11-15 Ps 103:1-2, 13-14, 17-18
Mark 6:1-6
Wed, Feb 04
Hebrews 12:1-4
Mark 5:21-43
Tue, Feb 03
Ps 24:7-10
Luke 2:22-40
Malachi 3:1-4
Hebrews 2:14-18
Mon, Feb 02
Ps 95:1-2, 6-9
Mark 1:21-28
Deuteronomy 18:15-20
1 Corinthians 7:32-35
Sun, Feb 01
Ps 22:26-28, 30-32
Ps 48:2-4, 9-11
Ps 27:1, 3, 5, 8-9
Ps 23:1-6
Spiritual Communion Prayer
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy
Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive
You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You
sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace
You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to
You. Never permit me to be separated from You. AMEN.
We Pray for
Vocations to the
Priesthood and the
Religious Life
Today's Gospel continues our reading from Mark and describes
what some believe was likely to have been a typical day in Jesus'
ministry. Jesus and the disciples that chose to follow him in last
week's Gospel arrive at Capernaum, a small village on the Sea of
Galilee. Jesus teaches in the synagogue on the Sabbath. Mark
reports that the people respond to Jesus' teaching with
astonishment, noting Jesus' authority and contrasting it with the
scribes'. Early in Mark's Gospel we already find evidence of the
tension that will manifest itself fully in Jerusalem.
After Jesus' preaching, an even more astonishing thing happens.
A man possessed with an unclean spirit calls out to Jesus. As we
see in this example and throughout Mark's Gospel, the spirits and
demons seem to know Jesus and are often fearful of him. In fact,
they seem to understand Jesus' identity better than his disciples.
As we will read again and again in Mark's Gospel, Jesus orders
the spirit to be quiet and drives the unclean spirit out of the man.
Jesus' ability to heal those possessed by demons is an indication
of his power over evil.
In the prescientific age of Jesus' time, all illnesses were
understood to be manifestations of evil and sinfulness. Our
modern understanding of illness is very different. Possession by
unclean spirits may have been a way to describe what we might
call mental illness today. It may have even been a way of
describing certain kinds of physical conditions. There is evidence
that there were many kinds of exorcists and healers in firstcentury Palestine. Jesus appears to be like these healers, but he
heals with unique authority and connects his healing activities with
the words of his preaching.
We are missing the point that Mark is trying to make in this
Gospel, however, if we try to explain away the healing work of
Jesus. The crowds see in Jesus' cure of the possessed man
further affirmation of his authority. Jesus' power to heal gives
greater credence to his teaching. Jesus impresses the crowds
through his words, which are manifested with power in his deeds.
Mark's Gospel tells us that because of the authority with which he
healed, Jesus' fame spread throughout all of Galilee.
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Saint of the week
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Presentation of the Lord
Feast Day: February 02
Forty days after Jesus was born, Mary and Joseph brought
him to the great Temple in Jerusalem. There they presented
Baby Jesus to the Heavenly Father. That was the Jewish
law. The Holy Family obeyed it with loving hearts.
This was a very popular feast called Candlemas in past centuries and candles were blessed and carried in procession,
to show the entry of Jesus as the light of the world.
While they were in the Temple, Mary also attended the Purification ceremony which was another custom. After the
birth of their children, all Jewish mothers were supposed to
go to the Temple for this ceremony. Mary did her duty
cheerfully. She teaches us to be humble and obedient as she
A holy old priest of the Temple named Simeon learned from
God that the Infant Jesus was truly the Savior. He held
Mary's Son Jesus in his arms with joy and awe. "My own
eyes are looking at my salvation," he exclaimed.
God allowed him recognize Jesus as the Savior and Simeon
put his trust in the little Child. Imagine what Mary and Joseph were thinking. Then, inspired by God, Simeon told
Mary that she would have to suffer very much. He was talking about the terrible pain our Blessed Mother would feel
when Jesus died on the cross.
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Regenerating Moral and Spiritual Values in our Society
–Fatherhood Crisis – Pope Francis
Pt. 1
In his general audience
catechesis on Jan. 28,
Pope Francis turned to
the role of fathers, saying that they play an
irreplaceable role in
family life, and their absence leaves children
prey to false idols.
“When children feel neglected by fathers
who focus only on their problems, on their
work or their own personal realization, this
creates a situation of orphans in the children
and youth of today, who live disoriented,
without the good example or prudent guidance of a father,” the Pope said.
This word, he said, is the one “which Jesus
taught us to call God, giving new depth and
richness to the mystery of the intimacy of
God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, which is
However, in modern times, we frequently
speak of a “society without fathers,” in which
the crisis of fatherhood can lead one to associate the term with authoritarian and repressive tendencies, the Pope noted.
There will be a blessing of children ages 7years and under on
Monday 02nd February 2015 at the 6:30pm mass at St.
Michael’s. All mothers, Grandmothers and guardians are asked
to make the effort to bring the children since they will be consecrated to Jesus, Mary and Joseph and therefore, under their special protection.
A Gentle Reminder that all Mass Intentions should be in before
2pm on a Friday
The Maraj family is celebrating its 18th Annual Novena dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes from 2nd –10th February at 8 Riverview Gardens, La Seiva from 6pm. All are invited. Let us pray
for the Sick.
Ash Wednesday Masses are as follows 6am St. Theresa’s, 9am Maracas R.C. School, 5:30pm St. Cecilia’s and
7pm St. Michael’s.
The Archdiocesan Catechetical Office Suburban Vicariate invites Young Adults and Adults to Lenten Reflections
on Pope Francis’ The Joy of The Gospel at Our Lady of
Fatima Church, Curepe from 19th –26th February and
05th March from 6:30pm –7:30pm. Presenter: Fr. Arnold
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Happy Birthday - February
4th—Antoinette Henry, Saadiah Ramdial
8th—Fr. Gerard, Joan Frederick, Josiah
14th—Jared Scott
15th—Alfred Medera, Faustina Villaroel
16th—Juliana Hernandez
18th—Cindy Sadaphal, Virginia
19th—Suresh Narine
24th—Anton De Silva
26th—Kimberly Dennis
27th—Jean Narine
28th—Zéa Jackman, Richard Jay Williams, Peter Jay Williams
The Sick Corner
Patricia Ali
Petra Beatrice
Gerald Bennett
Annie Caesar
Mary Cedeno
Dianne Dennis
Joan Flavergny
Anne Clarke
Cyril Gonzales
Lynn Harewood
Juanita Mendoza
Camilla Morris
Gertrude Noreiga
Matilda Noreiga
Michail Ramsumair
Keith Clarke
If you know of any sick that wish to be visited, please contact the
Parish Office and submit the information.
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