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Easter Greetings!

Easter Greetings! 

The 2017 Bishop's Appeal is now underway. See below for more details.

May 2017 Catholic islander

December 2016 Catholic Islander Cover

The May 2017 issue of the Catholic Islander is online, click on the above image of the front cover or here.

From the Bishop's Desk - about spreading the Gospel message (from the March 2017 issue of the Catholic Islander)  ( with Google Translate)

 

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Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral Restoration Project

Help St. Joseph High School's Fundraiser event on June 2, 2017 at the St. George Village Botanical Gardens on St. Croix

 

The 2017 Bishop's Appeal is underway.  Help support our Catholic Schools and Catholic Charities.   Click on an image below for more information in English or Spanish.

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The 2017 Bishop's Appeal is underway.  Help support our Catholic Schools and Catholic Charities. Click on the English or Spanish image above for more information about the Appeal in that language.

 

Mary, Queen of the Universe

Mary, Queen of the Universe

Photo taken after the crowning of the statue of Mary, Queen of the Universe at St. Joseph Catholic Church on St. Croix at 9 AM on May 13, 2017. Afterwards there was a rosary procession around the grounds of the Church and school followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

 

 

Youth Groups, 05/20/17

During the weekend of May 19-21, 2017, Sts. Joachim and Ann Parish and the St. Joachim Juniors Youth Group of St.Croix hosted 11 members of the Sts. Peter & Paul Youth Group from St. Thomas. The group toured many historic and religious sites, forts and Catholic churches on the island of St. Croix.  Shown above is a photo of the combined group with their sponsors and Fr. Louis Kemayou, Pastor of Sts. Joachim and Ann Parish (fourth from the left) after arriving in a yellow school bus on the beautiful campus of St. Joseph High School on St. Croix.  Bro. James Petrait, O.S.F.S., a teacher at the school, led the tour of St. Joseph High School and showed them a multi-media video presentation, "Welcome to St. Joseph High School" in his science classroom. After the visit to St. Joseph High School, the group went on to visit St. Patrick's Church and School on the West end of St. Croix.

 

 

Sts. Joachim and Ann 2017 Confirmation, April 23, 2017

Bishop Herbert A. Bevard of the Diocese of The U. S. Virgin Islands confirmed 27 students during the 9:30 AM Mass at Sts. Joachim and Ann Catholic Church on St. Croix on April 23, 2017. The confirmed students were from Sts. Joachim and Ann Catholic Parish and St. Joseph Catholic Parish on St. Croix.  Fr. John Mark, Pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church, is to the left of the Bishop and Fr. Louis Kemayou, Pastor of Sts. Joachim and Ann Catholic Church is to the right of the Bishop. Deacon Denis Griffith of Sts. Joachim and Ann Catholic Church, is on the far right side of the second row while Mr. Steve Olive, Diocesan Master of Ceremonies is on the far left side of the second row.  Mrs. Linda McFarlane, confirmation teacher, is pictured on the extreme right. There are two altar servers who are wearing humeral veils which hold the miter and staff of the Bishop during the ceremony.   Watch a video of the Mass and Confirmation on the Carribbean Catholic Network (CCN7) on Livestream.  CCN7 is broadcast on a TV station on St. Croix and Sts. Joachim and Ann Catholic Parish has their 9:30AM AST Sunday Mass live on Livestream and previous videos of the Masses and other events can be watched on Livestream.  Go to the Parish website for more details: Sts. Joachim and Ann Catholic Church.

 

 


Keys and Sword 01/17

Photo from the Good Friday  Celebration of the Passion of the Lord which was held at St. Joseph Catholic Church on St. Croix on April 14, 2017 beginning at 3 PM.  Bishop Herbert Bevard of the Diocese of The U. S. Virgin Islands led the liturgy and was joined by  Fr. John Mark, Pastor of St. Joseph Church; Msgr. Michael Kosak; Dea. Conrad Williams, SFO;  Dea. James Verhoff; Dea. Hector Arroyo; and Mr. Steve Olive, Diocesan Master of Ceremonies and the altar servers.




Keys and Sword 01/17

Photo from the Good Friday  Celebration of the Passion of the Lord which was held at St. Joseph Catholic Church on St. Croix on April 14, 2017 beginning at 3 PM.  Bishop Herbert Bevard of the Diocese of The U. S. Virgin Islands led the liturgy and was joined by  Fr. John Mark, Pastor of St. Joseph Church; Msgr. Michael Kosak; Dea. Conrad Williams, SFO;  Dea. James Verhoff; Dea. Hector Arroyo; and Mr. Steve Olive, Diocesan Master of Ceremonies and the altar servers.



 

Keys and Sword 01/17

Photo from the 2017 Keys and Sword Award Benefi held on February 11, 2017 at the Marriott tFrenchmen's Reef Hotel Grand Harbor Ballroom.   ( Bishop Bevard (ctr), his guest Most Rev. Daniel E. Thomas, bishop of Toledo (far right), and joining them, from the left: Rev. Dr. Jeffrey R. Texler, PhD., Jack Pohrer, president of the Order of Malta, American Association; with honorees John and Claire Foster, Dr. Rizalena Batenga, Rita De Chabert-Schuster and Christine and Jerry Woodhouse.  Read more about the event and see more photos on pages 12, 13, and 14 of the March 2017 issue of the Catholic Islander magazine.

Cathedral 12/16

 

The Restored Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.

 

 

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Photo from the prayer service held for the newly sworn-in senators of the V.I. Legislature which was held at St. Joseph Catholic Church on St. Croix on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. The Catholic prayer service included readings done by Deacon James Verhoff (front left) of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the sermon by Fr. John Mark (Front right), Pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church on St. Croix U.S.V.I.  Read more about it in  the March 2017 Catholic Islander magazine text version.

 

 

Dove Mural on the Outside Wall of the St. Joseph High School Chapel

Volunteers from Florida painted this dove mural, which is a symbol of the Holy Spirit, on the outside wall of the St. Joseph High School Chapel on St. Croix on February 23, 2017. The volunteer group consisted of Tim and Eileen Kozyra from the Catholic Heart Workcamp of Orlando, Florida with a group of students from Melbourne Central Catholic High School together with other chaperones. They spent the school day with some students from St. Joseph High School completing this inspirational mural.


Bishop's Thanksgiving Catholic Schools of St. Croix Mass

Bishop Bevard celebrated Thanksgiving Mass for the Catholic Schools’ of St. Croix at Sts. Joachim and Ann Catholic Church on November 23, 2016



Bishop's Thanksgiving Mass for the Catholc Schools on St. Croix

Bishop Bevard celebrated Thanksgiving Mass for the Catholic Schools of St. Croix on November 23, 2016.  After the Mass, students and teachers passed through the “Door of Mercy” at Sts. Joachim and Ann Catholic Church. Tthe “Door of Mercy” opens to the Marian Shrine which is located in the remains of an old sugar mill at one end of the Parish. 



Bishop's Thanksgiving Mass for the Catholic Schools of St. Croix

Bishop Bevard celebrated Thanksgiving Mass for the Catholic Schools of St. Croix on November 23, 2016.  After the Mass, students and teachers passed through the “Door of Mercy” at Sts. Joachim and Ann Catholic Church. Tthe “Door of Mercy” opens to the Marian Shrine which is located in the remains of an old sugar mill at one end of the Parish. 



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