Archdiocesan Youth Commission
Catholic Engaged Encounter is an international family of communities whose members minister to engaged couples preparing for marriage in the Catholic Church. Through our unique ministry, in cooperation with the leadership of the local bishop, we help couples to reflect on the depth of their commitment to each other. We also help them to reflect on their relationship with God and God’s place in their lives as husband and wife.
Board representatives: Barbara and Jose Salazar 637- 5939
Ministry to married couples – Worldwide Marriage Encounter
The Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend is a positive and personal experience offering married couples an opportunity to learn a technique of loving communication that they can use for the rest of their lives.
The word Retrouvaille (pronounced re-tro-vi with a long i.) is a French word meaning rediscovery. The program offers tools needed to rediscover a loving marriage relationship. It is for couples with marital problems including those who are considering marriage separation and those who are already separated or divorced that want marriage help.
Board representatives: Mary and Peter Jardine 678-7564/629-3944 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ministry to Men
Ministry to Women – Jubilee Generation
To re-establish the process that helps people to learn the wisdom of God through scripture and the traditions of the Church and provide the on-going support for individuals to live and grow in that wisdom.
Jubilee Ministries was established in 2007. Our purpose at Jubilee Ministries is to assist the Church in its Evangelization mission. We aim to do so by (1) using all possible forms of communication technology to develop up-to-date catechetical programs as teaching tools in order to more effectively impact the laity and (2) establishing specific ministries to facilitate teaching and other forms of pastoral support.
To date, we have developed alliances with both the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission and the Catholic Religious Education Development Institute (CREDI) to assist in realizing the mandates associated with the SYNOD resolutions in areas relevant to women & single persons and also with regard to the impact of music in this Archdiocese. Under the umbrella of the Family Life Commission, we are responsible for the ministry to women and single individuals throughout the Archdiocese of Port of Spain. We have also partnered with the Catholic Religious Education Development Institute (CREDI) to develop and administrate degree and diploma programs specific to Catholic music.
Ministry to the Separated, Divorced & Widowed – New Beginnings
Assistant Treasurer: Jennifer Hackshaw
The first SDW Weekend Retreat was conducted in Trinidad by founders, Wilfred & Kay Holder in 1988. It was adopted from a Canadian program put together and developed with the blessing of Archbishop Pocock of Toronto and the support of the Sisters of St Joseph and team couples from Marriage Encounter. Since the start in 1988 the Holders have persevered over the many years to ensure these retreats continue annually, usually three times for the year.
The SD&W Ministry has been part of the Archdiocese Family Life Commission since its re-commissioning in 2003 by Archbishop Edward Gilbert. The Weekend Retreat has been used to bring healing & closure to those experiencing separation, divorce or death of a spouse. It also helps participants of the retreat to re-discover themselves in God’s plan as it unfolds in their respective new set of circumstances to deepen their faith and to share the trust that builds authentic family and Christian community. These retreats have deeply touched many participants and given them a new lease of life. Although this retreat is a Catholic expression it is open to other faiths.
Couples for Christ (CFC) is a movement intended for the renewal and strengthening of Christian family life. It is an association of Christian couples who have committed themselves to the Lord and to one another, so that they may grow into maturity as men and women of God.
Board representatives: Sandra and Earl Theodore 664-0970/3280
Human Sexuality/Natural Family Planning
Board representative: Dr. Peter Gentle 652-5381
Board representative: Mrs Pauline McCarthy Phelps
The Billings Ovulation Method Association Trinidad & Tobago has existed since the late 1970’s. The Billings Ovulation Method is a form of Natural Fertility Regulation that has been scientifically proven as 99% effective in the postponement of pregnancy. The BOM assists couples to recognize their combined periods of fertility and infertility, which can be used to achieve pregnancy, postpone pregnancy and to monitor the woman’s reproductive health throughout her reproductive life cycle from menarche to menopause. Dedicated volunteer teachers, not only promote the Method nationwide, but teach it with love one-on-one to whomever so desire to learn.
Contact info: email@example.com
Tel: 708-3481 or 384-1659
Board representatives: Avril Ross 628-1586/8181
Teams of Our Lady
Board representatives: Pasqualina & Jeffrey Horford 755-3692