Elyse O’Kane of Magnificat in
Stone Mountain, Georgia, was the guest speaker when Magnificat celebrated its 25th year on St. Croix with a luncheon at Gertrude’s Restaurant on October 30. Ms. O’Kane gave a testimony of her spiritual journey and sang two songs from her CD, With All My Heart, including “Magnificat,” before 140 participants. Magnificat is an international ministry for Catholic women, with chapters on St. Thomas and St. Croix.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Father Piotr “Peter” Chyla, CSsR, the vice provincial of the Redemptorists’
Warsaw province, visited his Redemptorist priests at Holy Cross Church on St. Croix over the October 30 weekend. Upon his return to Poland, he was aboard the passenger jet that crash landed in . Neither he nor any of the 200+ passengers were injured. Father Chyla is pictured above in the center, surrounded by Father John Juszczak, CSsR, and parishioners. Warsaw
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Bishop Herbert Bevard confirmed eight youth at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church on
on October 29. Pictured left to right after the Mass are Father Anthony Abraham, administrator; Brenon Joseph; Igdaliah Pickering; Cyrillia Casimir; DeVante Monsanto; Bishop Bevard; Desmond Charles Jr.; Kaneeka Hodge; K'yon Louis; Amani Belizaire; and Celine Joseph, catechist. St. John
Friday, October 28, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
The Secular Order Discalced Carmelites on
St. Croix are collecting food to donate to soup kitchens, shelters and pantries. The members recently donated food to two Catholic Charities facilities, the soup kitchen in September and Bethlehem House Shelter for the Homeless in October.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Deacon Joseph Mark, the dean of the diaconate formation program, (kneeling) posed with his seven permanent deacon candidates after one of their classes at St. Ann Church on St. Croix on October 20. Left to right, they are Alvin Bedneau, Reynold Modeste, Benjamin Parrilla, Hector Arroyo, Jose Diaz, Marlon Braithwaite and Melford Murray.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Michael Akin, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Virgin Islands (CCVI), and Richard Bourne-Vanneck, member of the CCVI board of directors, attended the White House Community Leaders Briefing Series in
, on October 14. The meeting was for Catholic Charities USA staff, Catholic Charities agency directors and board members. The evening before the meeting, the two also attended a Mass celebrated by His Eminence Theodore Cardinal McCarrick at St. Patrick Church, followed by a reception and a dinner. Pictured above, left to right, are Mr. Bourne-Vanneck and Mr. Akin. Washington, DC
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Bishop Herbert Bevard installed 19 Theology II students to the order of acolyte in the Chapel of St. Mary at St. Paul Seminary in
, on October 11. Pictured right, Bishop Bevard presented a paten, a symbol of Eucharistic ministry, to Bruce Anderson, a seminarian who is studying for the priesthood for the Diocese of St. Thomas in the St. Paul, Minnesota Virgin Islands, under the watch of Msgr. Aloyious Callahan of the seminary. The reception of the order of acolyte allows the seminarians to serve more fully at the altar during Mass and brings the candidate closer to ordination to the transitional diaconate and priesthood.
Monday, October 10, 2011
First Lady Cecile de Jongh partnered with Catholic Charities of the
Virgin Islands on her “Tiny Tokens of Hope” initiative. The outreach launched at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church on on October 10, World Homeless Day and Virgin Islands Homeless Day, as proclaimed by Governor John de Jongh, Jr. St. John
“Tiny Tokens of Hope” provides care packages, including personal hygiene items, to the homeless population of the
Virgin Islands. Government employees are encouraged to participate by collecting unused toiletries from travel and hotel stays, and dropping them off at any Government House location. The “Tiny Tokens of Hope” initiative will distribute toiletries to the Virgin Islands homeless population twice a year.
“In our work with groups and organizations that provide services to the homeless, while food, clothing and other items are regularly donated, we found that a missing piece was in providing toiletry items to assist their personal hygiene,” said Ms. de Jongh. “Based on the success of the program thus far, I am pleased to invite the wider community to participate, providing support not only to our homeless population, but also to the service organizations that assist them on a daily basis.”
Pictured above, Ms. de Jongh distributed lunches and small bags of toiletries on the steps of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Lt. Col. Jose Herrera blessed animals outside Bicentennial Chapel in
, on October 8. Father Herrera is a priest from the Redstone Arsenal, Alabama Virgin Islands who is serving there as a chaplain in the U.S. Army. “They are your companions and you are their companions,” Herrera said before he blessed the pets with holy water.
The Knights of Columbus Council 6482 assisted with a charity food sale when the Water Gut Family and Friends held its first annual Ancestral Memorization and Tribute to former “Watergonians” on
St. Croix on October 8. The event paid tribute and recalled the culture in the Watergut (formerly known as Bazen Town) community, one of the most historically prominent neighborhoods on St. Croix, with a cultural parade, ceremony, dancing, music and food. The Knights roasted a pig on-site.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
The staff at Bethlehem House Shelter for the Homeless on
St. Croix hosted a Yard and Food Sale on October 1 at the facility. A large collection of new and used clothing was available and shoppers remarked how pleased they were to take advantage of the low prices, which ranged from 50 cents to $10. Food was available as well, including bull foot soup, lentil soup, saltfish cakes, fried chicken and Johnny cakes. Drinks included maubi, sorrel and lemonade. The funds will go for much needed repairs and maintenance.
Pictured above, shelter assistant Anette Kent and night manager Abigail Charles set up tables for the event.
Pictured left, shoppers examined the school uniforms for sale.