Well, we’ve just returned from a six day stint in Kingston and we’re glad to be back on the North Coast to deal with some much needed issues on this side of the island.
This past week, Lowel and I we’re invited by Mr. & Mrs. Chamber’s (from Deanery VI) to attend The 30th Catholic Charismatic Conference celebrating The 40th Anniversary of New Life Community (The Beginning of Catholic Charismatic Renewal in Jamaica.)
Our hosts made accommodations for us at The New Life Retreat Centre in Kingston for 3 nights; afterwards, Lowel and I spent several nights at the Archbishops Cottage while attending meetings at the Catechetical Centre and taking care of personal business in Kingston.
Attending the Catholic Charismatic Conference allowed Lowel and me an opportunity to mingle with Catholics from all areas of Jamaica and we thoroughly enjoyed the Guest Speaker Monsignor
William John-Lewis who came in from Roseau, Dominica for the conference. We exchanged many numbers and we look forward to meeting with our new acquaintances in the near future.
This past Sunday proved to be the most challenging day on the road thus far. We left Kingston in the morning and made the two hour trek into the mountains to attend the Service in Guys Hill and then on to Donnington; afterward, we made the two hour trek back down to Kingston to finish out the conference that evening. Upon our return to The New Life Retreat Centre – we just collapsed from our day’s adventure. Our primary objective for this endeavor was to establish meeting times with the parishioners for these two parishes and to discuss their needs and desires for their communities.
We recently had our first meeting with the parishioners of Donnington and we were pleased with the turnout and interest for their community. Through the course of a two hour meeting we were able to establish a day and time that works well for the children, as well as, for the adults. We covered an array of topics dealing with the needs of the children, teens and adults. We also established a list of children’s names with their ages that will need to be prepared for their First Communion. Lowel and I will do our best in implementing such programs to meet their needs and desires. May the Holy Spirit guide us in this process!
Until Next time…