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ON FRIDAYS WE WEAR BLUE
Non Violence Begins with Me
BEGINS WITH ME
Thank you for partcipatng in the 40 Hours of Prayer!
Nazareth House, San Fernando, 7 p.m.
Educaton Forum [Live]
Trinity TV, CNC3, Gayelle, Sky Radio, 8 p.m.
Outreach at Int’l Women’s Associaton Tea
Arrive Alive ‘Driving under the Inﬂuence’
Massy Propertes, 61-63 Edward St, POS, 4-5 p.m.
Junior Achievement Female Students’ Conference
Arrive Alive ‘Driving under the Inﬂuence’
Guardian Life, Hobson Court, 13-17 Keate St,
San Fernando, 4-5 p.m.
Wear Blue on Fridays
MAIN EVENTS THIS WEEK
Begins Monday, March 6
Educaton & Awareness
Podcasts and Announcements: TV, Radio & Social Media
You are invited to atend a Planning Meetng
on Monday, March 6 at 5.30 p.m.
at Living Water Community, 109 Frederick St, POS.
for Victms of Violence
and their Families
Challenge for the Week: Find out the names of those who have
died due to violence in your community for the Memorial.
RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
Two elderly women are about to make their
exit from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Con-
ception, Independence Square, Port-of-Spain,
yesterday morning. One of them, 72-year-old,
Phyllis Thomas from Morvant, said, "The nation
needs prayers for what is happening now. No
government could solve this. We need prayers
and not just prayers...sincere prayers because
what is happening, as a senior citizen, I have
never experienced the crime,
the murder...the vicious crime
that is going on and we should
be doing this a little more often."
Thomas was one of dozens of
worshippers who heeded the call
by the Archdiocese of Port-of-Spain
to attend a 24-hour vigil of prayer,
repentance and reparation for the
healing of the nation.
The Sunday Guardian spoke to cit-
izens yesterday morning after early
morning mass ended close to 8 am,
and many praised the initiative. The
invitation was open to Catholics and
"people of goodwill"
The vigil started on Friday at 5 pm
with mass and ended yesterday at
6 pm, also with mass. Archbishop
Joseph Harris delivered a sermon
around 9 pm on Friday.
Thomas said, "I got here about
9.30 last night (Friday). It was
beautiful and something out of this
world...and Father (Clyde) Harvey...
he did a lovely reconciliation.
"I would have stayed here about
12 hours and look at my age...I am
Thomas said she normally wor-
ships at the cathedral and goes each
day for the 6.30 am mass.
"I feel so happy, sweetheart and
I know something good is going to
happen. We have to save this coun-
try. It is not the Government but the
citizens, the people of Trinidad and
Tobago that have to save this coun-
Her friend, 81-year-old Kather-
ine from Laventille said it was "ri-
diculous" what was happening in the
She said she had never seen so much crime before
and recalled long ago when "we could have walked
the streets at midnight, take a taxi and he would drop
us safely. Now, before you see them you 'fraid them"
Marcia and her husband, Anthony, of Paramin spent
the night. She said, "It is a very good cause. I spent
the night. I got here around 8 pm. There were sessions
for the youth and a lot of prayers. I support this."
Anthony, said, "It was nice. It was real good."
Sherry-Ann, a Pentecostal from San Juan, who
accompanied her Catholic husband, said she was
unaware of the vigil and had attended for yesterday's
"I came at 7 am. We come here off and on. I didn't
know they were having this but I found it was alright."
The congregation was made up of mostly elderly
men and women.
Veronica from San Juan said she spent close to 15
hours at the church.
"It was good. We meditated. The nation needs
Members of the Emmanuel Community
from right, Sonia Wallace, Cheryl Wallace
and Maria Rampaul, pray for healing of the
nation at the Cathedral of Immaculate
Conception, Independence Square, Port-of-
Spain, yesterday. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
Worshippers say Govt
can't solve problems:
For Joan Gomez from Santa Cruz, who
said she loves prayers, it was a fulfilling
experience. She arrived at the church on
Friday at 4.30 pm.
Gomez said, "The night was excellent. It
was very lively and very interesting. Every
hour we had a different group. I have always
believed in prayer from small."
Maraval resident Edmund Romany said
the vigil was something he would like to ex-
perience again. He was at the church since
4 pm on Friday.
He said, "I believe the nation needs
prayers...with the amount of murders,
killings and rape, we really need prayers."
Friends, Allison and Eileen were glowing.
They said they did not know how they
were going to make it through Friday night
into Saturday morning but by God's grace,
They got to the church around 5 pm on
Eileen, who is from La Romaine in South,
said, "It was wonderful. Oh my God, it was
Allison said the hours went by quickly
with all the activity---the rosary, praise and
worship, the word, the speakers and the holy
She said, "Jesus is the answer to all our
troubles whether you believe or not. Forget
everything and go to God."
You can't serve God and money
During his sermon on Friday night, Har-
ris said power, money, and pleasure had re-
He said, "We have changed our God and
put other gods in God's place, so we are
making money one of our gods.
"We have made power one of our gods.
We have made pleasure one of our gods but
the true God, we seemed to have forgotten."
Harris reminded worshippers that they
cannot serve God and money.
He said if people have made money the
point of reference for their lives, "we are in
"When you make money your God, your
heart closes. When you make money your
God, your house is no longer open."
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