The Catholic understanding of marriage is that it is a sacrament. It is a sign of God's grace and love that is present as a gift to us as His people. As Catholics we believe that the sacrament of marriage is a mirror of the relationship of love between Christ and His church and as such is for life. ...More
Adults are required to register and attend the catechumenate (instruction) classes, which are currently held on Mondays at 7:00p.m. in the church. It is a two-year programme which begins in September of each year and culminates on Easter Saturday night at the Vigil Mass. Adults are baptized by immersion (in a pool) during the Vigil Mass. First Communion and confirmation are also administered. ...More
For infant baptism, there is a preparation period of four sessions. Parents and sponsors are expected to attend these sessions which discuss the meaning of the sacrament, its history and relevance, and the role of sponsors. As sponsors are primarily to help parents raise the child according to the Catholic church's teachings, they should be Roman Catholic and approved by the pastor.
Adults are required to register and attend the instruction classes, held every Monday evening at 7:00p.m. in the church. If you have been validly baptized in another church (baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit) and desire to become a member of the Roman Catholic church, you will not need to be baptized again. Instruction classes begins in September for a period of two years, and culminates in receiving First Communion and Confirmation on Easter Saturday night ...More
This is done by appointments. However, occasional Reconciliation Services are announced periodically.
This is done by appointment only.
Parishioners and/or their family members should contact the rectory so that your spiritual needs can be met.
For funeral arrangements, contact the church office.
Contact the church office.
|Adult Sunday School||Deacon Paul Dunnfirstname.lastname@example.org||Monthly|
|Altar Guild||Pat Ivey / BeverlyChenemail@example.com||Monthly|
|Altar Servers||Peter Sutherlandfirstname.lastname@example.org||Monthly|
|Big Brother Big Sister||Marcia Forresteremail@example.com||Monthly|
|Buildings and Grounds||Michael Ireland||michael.ireland0@gmail||Monthly|
|Caring Team||Rita Meikle||TBD|
|Children's Sunday School||Beneze Dunnfirstname.lastname@example.org||Weekly|
|Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)||Marjorie Newlandemail@example.com||Weekly|
The St. Richard's Altar Guild is dedicated to the maintenance of standards which will enhance the appearance of the Church and its environs to create, foster and promote an atmosphere for worship.
The Caring Team was formed primarily to assist with health care, physical and material needs and to provide counselling and guidance on issues of a social and/or emotional nature. The focus is caring for the physically ill, the disadvantaged and emotionally challenged.
The programme culminates with the conferring of the Sacrament by the Archbishop at Sunday Mass usually in the month of June at the end of the second year.
The Sunday School for Children ministers to children in and out of the St. Richard's parish between the ages of 3 and 14. Children are taught to know God, with the hope that they will come to love Him. ...More
The Programme is conducted over a two-year period as recommended for the Archdiocese of Kingston. ...More
The Adult Sunday School arises out of the increasing need for the instruction and direction of adults in the Catholic way. The major emphasis and direction has been to expose our experience as adults, of how Christ is meeting us in the context of our daily lives as adults in 20th century Jamaica, with an aim of understanding and relating our Catholic faith to life. ...More
The Finance Committee is a product of Canon 537 of the code of Canon Law and the Archdiocesan Norms. Its purpose is to help the Pastor in the administration of parish affairs. It exists independently of the parish (Church) council but works in collaboration with it.
The St. Richard's Youth Action is a ministry whose aim is to foster the spiritual and personal development of young people in the parish between the ages of 12 and 20. The group is affiliated to the Catholic Youth Movement. Meetings are held on Friday. The motto is: To know Christ and to make Him known. ...More
In responding to the needs of the time, the Basic School was established in 1985 to offer basic education to the children of our immediate neighbours at 130 Red Hills Road, Karl Samuda Boulevard and Donmair Drive. ...More
The mission of the Catholic Women's League of the Archdiocese of Kingston is to serve God, helping each other to face the challenges of daily life, and inspired by Mary, the Blessed Mother, developing a true Christian spirit in the home, in the church and in their community.
The Society offers one of the best means of expressing the Christian way of life as it calls its membership to live out the charge of feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, comforting the aged and afflicted, bringing solace and hope to the widows and orphans and burying the dead.
The ministry allows for the church membership to contribute in a tangible way in the moulding of children, who live in the communities adjoining the church, to become productive Christian citizens
The Eucharist is the Sacrament of unity with Christ as our Head, who draws into one, all the scattered members of His Body. As Special Ministers we are privileged to share in this Sacrament by assisting the Priest in the distribution of Holy Communion during the celebration of Mass and by visiting the sick or shut-ins in their homes or hospitals. In this way, the sick of our parish continue to share in Holy Communion, being in one with Christ and their church community. ...More
The Lectors of St. Richard's Roman Catholic Church are committed to making their lives fully responsive to the liberating influence of the Word of God by reading the Bible regularly and meditating on its truth.
The Society of Altar Servers is engaged in a ministry which is not only challenging but provides a medium for teaching organizational skills as well as responsibilities and inculcating values such as: respect, tolerance, and discipline in a climate of friendship and enjoyment which forms strong bonds and lasting relationships among the servers.
This group constitutes people who are called to praise, worship and adore God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord and to love one another through the working of the Holy Spirit so that all who see our faith in love may give glory and thanks to God. ...More
The Ushers' Association was formed to ensure that discipline and order is maintained during all services and to provide those courtesies required in mobilizing the congregation and seeing to their general welfare.
The coordination, promotion and implementation of Evangelization walks to visit people in the vicinity of the Church and to encourage non-Church goers to attend the gathering of St. Richard's ...More
To help people to be aware of their gifts from God and how God needs these gifts in the building of the Kingdom of God through the Church. In stewardship language within the Church, all our gifts are expressed in terms of Time, Talent, and Treasure.
"ARISE" is a Praise and Worship radio programme sponsored by the St. Richard's Community and aired on Love FM at 6:00a.m. on Saturdays. The programme had its first broadcast on November 11, 1993 and is among the first such programmes broadcast by LOVE FM to Jamaica.
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"Time Talent and Treasure...Working for the Lord"
The Pastor oversees the entire Parish life.
The Church Council is so structured that each Council member is responsible for a group of Ministries so that feedback can be given at Council meetings with possible solutions to raised issues or problems. There are two Deacons presently working in the Parish. The Pastor and some dedicated lay leaders along with the Rectory staff ensure the smooth and efficient operation of the Parish.
Members of Council along with the ministries and their respective heads have been identified.
The following represents the present structure of the Church Council as it relates to the ministries within the Church.
|Name||Church Council Role||Ministry Represented|
|Fr. Xavier Kannickairaj||
|Building and Grounds|