Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Seniors at St. Joseph High School on St. Croix were asked to facilitate half hour group discussions for the remainder of the student body and faculty on January 31. They gathered information on a topic (modesty, the effects of alcohol, materialism or bullying/cyber bullying). The four senior groups made the presentations as the other students circulated from one session to the other. The presenters used visual aids and one group demonstrated their perspective with a skit. All groups began their report with a prayer and included Bible passages on the topic.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Angeles Cruz, class of 2010, spoke to the students of her alma mater, St. Joseph High School on St. Croix, on the themes of Catholic Schools Week in the St. Joseph Church Hospitality Lounge and Learning Center on January 30.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
The Humble Servant Prayer Group celebrated its 10th Anniversary with an afternoon of prayer and praise in the Marian Hall of St. Ann Church on St. Croix on January 29. Fr. Stanislaus Birungi (pictured) was the main speaker and Fr. Anthony Abraham, the diocesan director for charismatic renewal, led the empowerment session. More than 200 people attended.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
St. Joseph High School on St. Croix launched Catholic Schools Week at Mass at St. Joseph Church on January 28. Students, teachers and parents were in attendance and students took part in serving the Mass and in the offertory procession. Pictured left to right, Fr. John Mark, pastor and principal; Benjamin Alicea (grade 11), acolyte Alvin Bedneau, Jonathan Morales (grade 10), and Deacon Neville Charles stood in the back of the church waiting to start the procession for the beginning of the Mass.
Father Patrick Lynch, CSsR, pastor of St. Patrick Church on St. Croix, celebrated at the Sunday Mass that opened Catholic Schools Week at St. Patrick Church on January 29.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
Thirty Virgin Islanders, most of them youth, traveled to Washington, DC to participate in the National March for Life. Pictured right, they attended the morning youth rally and Mass at the Verizon Center on January 23.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
His Excellency, Bishop Herbert Bevard, and bishops of dioceses from Washington DC to Florida met with the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, at the Vatican on January 16-21.
Pope Pius X stated in the Decree for the Consistorial Congregation in 1909 that a bishop needs to report to the Holy See an account of the state of his diocese once every five years, starting in 1911. The ad limina visits included individual and group meetings with the pope, encounters with Vatican officials and prayers at the tomb of St. Peter.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Leopold Sprauve, on behalf of the ushers of Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral on St. Thomas, gave a $200 donation to help the youth who were participating in the March for Life in Washington, DC. The ushers raised the money from smoothie sales after Mass in the Hospitality Lounge on January 15.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
As youth and their chaperones prepared to participate in the March for Life in Washington DC on January 23, Callista Julien, director of the diocese’s Child Protection Services, administered mandatory VIRTUS child safety training in the clubhouse at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church on St. Thomas on January 14.
Friday, January 13, 2012
Sarah-Ann Charles, a senior at Ss. Peter and Paul School, was among the six students honored by the Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas at a Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., memorial on January 13.
The annual ceremony, which takes place in the synagogue within the context of the Reform Jewish worship service, honors one student from each of the St. Thomas high schools. Principals or guidance counselors nominated these students for leading lives that exemplify Dr. King’s teachings.
Ms. Charles is an altar server at St. Anne Chapel. Working with the Law Enforcement Planning Commission (LEPC) as the Virgin Islands Youth Ambassador against Drugs, Crime and Violence, she led a march and rally where she introduced the youth to outlets in the community where they could turn rather than turning to drugs, crime and violence. She volunteers with the Virgin Islands Resource Center for the Disabled, where she helps the disabled children with educational and recreational activities so they may increase their self-confidence and feel equal to other youth. She also volunteers with the Virgin Islands Horse Rescue, helping to care for horses that were taken away from their abusive owners so that they may be nursed back to health and be adopted by others.
In addition to the recognition, the students received a $500 U.S. savings bond and a book, Shared Dreams: Martin Luther King and the Jewish Community.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Members of the service team people prayed over Father Anthony Abraham, the Virgin Islands’ diocesan liaison for Charismatic Renewal Services, before he spoke at the Catholic Charismatic Renewal 18th Caribbean Conference in Trinidad on January 7-8. Photograph courtesy of Catholic News-Trinidad.
Bishop Herbert Bevard celebrated a Mass honoring the Santo Niño de Cebú at Holy Cross Church on St. Croix on January 8. Fr. John Juszczak, CSsR, pastor, and Msgr. Antonio Verzosa, parochial vicar of Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral on St. Thomas and a native of the Philippines, concelebrated the Mass. The Mass highlighted the faith, music and culture of the Philippines. Pictured right, left to right, are Deacon David Capriola, Msgr. Verzosa, Bishop Bevard, Fr. Juszczak and Deacon George, a seasonal visitor.
Bishop Bevard also celebrates a Mass honoring the Santo Niño at Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral on St. Thomas on January 29.
Saturday, January 7, 2012
The Rosary Walks are held the first Saturday of each month at 7:00 a.m. in an attempt to reclaim the neighborhood for Christ and his Church.