NOTICES for the week commencing Sunday, January 17, 2021 to Sunday, January 24, 2021


1) Because of the smaller congregation during Corona Virus restrictions, last year's Peter Pence collection was not taken up.  This collection will now be taken up at all masses next weekend.  The Peter Pence collection is taken up worldwide and goes to support the Holy Father in his charitable works for the most disadvantaged.  This is an opportunity to join with our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and be a witness to our suffering brothers and sisters so please be generous.


2) There will be a meeting for the parents or guardians of Confirmation students (all 3 years) from all three communities at the Gros Islet Church on Monday, January 18th from 6:30 p.m. 


♦ There will also be a meeting for the parents or guardians of First Communion students (both years) from all three communities at the Gros Islet Church on Monday, January 25th from 6:30 p.m. Please make a special effort to attend.


3) ALL members of the Cursillo Movement are invited to their annual  Thanksgiving Mass on Sunday, January 17th at the Cathedral from 10:00 a.m.  Please wear your Cursillo Jackets.  You are also reminded to observe the Covid-19 Protocols as outlined by the Ministry of Health.


4) Given the increasing number of Covid-19 cases on island, the Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Local Government and Empowerment in collaboration with NEMAC advises the following in regards to funerals until further notice: A maximum of 50 persons (including the celebrant and the bereaved family/relatives) are permitted at funeral services and at the cemetery. Attendance at funeral services should be by invitation. A list of attendees is to be submitted to the church before the funeral service. There is to be no gathering of persons outside the church or spill-over room/tent before, during or after the funeral service. Funerals are to be booked with the church at least 8 days before the date of the funeral to allow for advising of the date to the Police for monitoring purposes. Please be guided accordingly.


5) Offerings and donations to the parish can now be made via Sure Pay. Please specify that the payment is for St. Joseph the Worker Parish, and you will be given a choice of the different communities.  The account numbers are as follows:

Gros Islet  01

Grande Riviere  02

Monchy  03

Payments can be made in person at the Sure Pay counters or online.  Please contact the Parish Office if you require further information about online payments.

6) Pope Francis announced on Tuesday, December 8th, 2020, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the year of St Joseph beginning December 8, 2020 to end December 8, 2021 and our Parish is dedicated to St Joseph the Worker so our church will be a place of pilgrimage during this entire year of St Joseph as well as the Holy Church in Jacmel.  We have some ideas of some of the things we will be doing but we want to develop a calendar of activities for the year for ourselves as well as for those who will be visiting the pilgrimage.  Kindly take a little time, give it some thought and send us an email ( with some suggestions as to what it is we can do during this year dedicated to St Joseph.

There are two feasts dedicated to St Joseph, the 19th of March which is the Feast of St Joseph, spouse of Mary and our own feast on the 1st of May, Feast of St Joseph the Worker so we want to really celebrate this year meaningfully so help us by sending us some suggestions as to how best we can observe that year that we can add to our calendar of activities.


Readers for January 2021 can be found here