Tobago was made a Vicariate in the Archdiocese of Port-Of-Spain on April 01, 2013. Prior to this, Tobago was annexed to the Northern Tobago Vicariate comprises two (2) parishes, the St. Joseph Parish in the West, and the Sacred Heart Parish on the Eastern end of the island. The St. Joseph Parish contains five (5) communities, Scarborough, where the central Church, St. Joseph R.C. is located, Patience Hill, the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Mason Hall, St. Anthony, Castara, St. Peter, and Mt. St. George, Our Lady of Fatima. The Sacred Heart Parish, meanwhile, is comprised of Delaford, where the Sacred Heart Church is located, Roxborough , the Church of the Assumption, and Goodwood, the St. Dominic Church.
The Moderator is Father Leslie Tang Kai who is assisted in his administrative duties by an office staff of an Executive Assistant, Ms. Agnes Murray, an Office Secretary, Miss Weizmin Chiterman, Mrs. Clothilda Douglas-King, the Financial Officer and a Technology Assistant, Mr. Mosi Denoon. A second priest, Monsignor Esau Joseph, also serves the Vicariate. There are also two Deacons attached to the Vicariate, Deacon Kenneth Phillips in the St. Joseph Parish and Deacon Casimir Reid in the Sacred Heart Parish. In addition, the Sacred Heart Parish is served by an Administrator, Sr. Debbie De Rosia, and two Assistant Administrators, Sr. Yvette Phillip and Sr. Dawn Commissiong. The Cluny Sisters hav also been an At present, Sr. Phyllis Wharfe and Sr. Rosemary Cavalho administer much-needed services at the Retreat House, Cuyler Street, Scarborough.
The Vicariate hosts two (2) primary schools, the Scarborough R.C. Primary School, and the Delaford R.C. Primary School. Mr. Phillip Rochford, is the Principal at Scarborough where Mrs. Jacqueline Springer-Dillon is the Vice-Principal. Mrs. Ashlyn Melville-Cornwall is the Acting Principal at Delaford. The school population at Scarborough is five hundred and sixty-eight (568) at present, and ninety-four (94) at Delaford.
There are several groups and ministries in both parishes including a Vicariate Chorale which serves the whole vicariate, other liturgical ministries such as Lectors, Altar Servers, Catechists, Youth and Young Adult Ministries, Hospitality Ministry, Men’s Ministry, Prayer Groups, Magnificat, the Legion of Mary, the St. Vincent de Paul, the Vicariate’s own steel band, Alpha Pan Pioneers, an established standing choir at St. Joseph and established groups of music ministers in other communities such as Delaford and Mason Hall.
The Vicariate strives to host vicariate events involving the whole island such as Fun and Family Day, an annual cricket competition organized by the Young Adults Ministry, and liturgical celebrations such as Corpus Christi, revivals and retreats. Special masses celebrating the feast days of the Saints after whom communities are named have become integral parts of church liturgy here. In addition, the Vicariate Chorale takes the Music Ministry at various times throughout the year throughout the whole island.
A key, enrichening feature of this Vicariate is that we often host officiating, visiting or “vacationing” priests from several other islands in the Caribbean, including our own sister isle of Trinidad, to Jamaica, Dominica and Antigua/Barbuda. Our Vicar himself often preaches in areas such as Barbados, Grenada, Dominica, Canada and the United States of America. We are often also blessed with other music ministers such as the People of Praise and the Point Fortin Music Ministry from Trinidad.
Contact us at the following phone numbers:
868-639-2136 at the St. Joseph R.C. Parish Office
In off- hours and in cases of emergency: 868-684-2822;
At the Sacred Heart presbytery: 868-660-4762.
Our e-mail addresses:
For the Vicariate,
For the parish of St. Joseph,
For the parish of Sacred Heart, .
Follow us on our web-sites:
Tobago Vicariate web-site, http://www.tobagovicariate.com
St. Joseph R.C. web-site, http://www.stjosephtobago.com
Tuesday, May 17, 2016