It was a glorious day for the Catholic Church on Sunday October 13th because not only did she celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary but it was also a day that was designated by the Holy Father Pope Francis to consecrate the world to the Blessed Virgin Mary. This special consecration was done during the closing of the Laventille Devotions for the year.
St. Joseph/Mt. D’or parishioners came out in impressive numbers to participate in the pilgrimage with maxis being provided as the primary mean of transportation. The afternoon started with the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3PM followed by the Glorious Mysteries with Benediction closing the hour of Marian Devotions. During the devotions hour, a heavy down-pour of rain came but being as awesome as our God always is, the weather was transformed from unpleasant rains to a cool and sunny evening and by the start of Holy Mass at 4PM, the crowd was intensified.
St. Joseph/ Mt. D’or parishioners played active roles during the rosary, the choir and as lectors. The Chief Celebrant was His Grace, Archbishop Joseph Harris with the homilist, Auxiliary Bishop Robert Llanos, concelebrating Priests were Frs. Derek Anton and Karol Wielgosz, O.P. and Deacon Walcott and Michael Smith. In his powerful homily Bishop Llanos paid made reference to the Gospel story of that weekend, urging us Catholics to ‘embrace the pains in our own lives so that we can see what needs to be healed’. Following the homily, the Consecration (that was coined by Pope John Paul II, now Blessed John Paul) was recited by Archbishop Harris which he made applicable to our beloved country of Trinidad & Tobago.
Another Laventille Devotions in the bag but the annual devotions will return in May of 2014. We also invoke the maternal intercession of the blessed mother upon our lives, the church and the world.