Friday, May 4, 2012


Tuesday evening the 1st of May we met and welcomed Monsignor Michael Palud, Fr. Joe, Fr. Raymond, and Fr. Samuel from St. Vincent Strambi, Mandeville.  We enjoyed meeting them all and we had a great time showing them around.  Thanks for stopping at our beautiful St. Mary's Above Rocks, come again soon, or we may just have to venture over to St. Vincent's.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Missionary couple

Thank you Br. Michael,
We are here at Above Rocks and have been blessed to have a Pastor appointed by Archbishop DuFour to help us continue your mission of evangelization and these three wonderful parishes. Father Gregory Eboh has moved up this weekend from St. Theresa's in Kingston. We have been enjoying his lively Masses and powerful homilies for the past month and look forward to working with him.
This weekend after consulting with Father we announced the formation of a men's group to meet each Sunday after the 11:00 a.m. Mass at St. Mary's. A prayer shawl ministry which will meet weekly at 3:00p.m. on Tuesday's. This is a ministry in which we knit or crochet shawls while praying for the sick person we will present them too after Father has blessed them. We will be supplying the yarn and needles, having brought 2 suitcases back for the states recently. We could definitely use more, donations needed. We will also be having a movie night the 1st and 3rd Saturday at St. Mary's, the 2nd Saturday at Sacred Heart Pinto, and the 4th Saturday at Holy Family Cassava River at 5:00 p.m. Popcorn needed. Thank you for starting this informative website, blessings. Dan and Gail Lower

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Four Months

Dear Friends,

It has been four months today since the friars left St Mary's and Missions. Today we have been informed that a lay couple will be assuming administration of St Mary's and Missions. With this email we will be turning over access for all future postings.

Thank you for your love and support over the years. Please offer that same support to those who follow. The test is in the continuance of that which has been begin, while we have time, let us continue to do good!

Br Michael Duffy, ofm conv

Saturday, July 16, 2011

While we have time, let us do good!

St Francis is attributed with saying: “while we have time, let us do good!” I would hope that almost six years after arriving here in Above Rocks, we have been able to “some good?” Everything comes full circle. On the evening of August 16th, 2005 we gathered here to celebrate Eucharist. Present at that “first mass” were: Fr Mike, Scheppy, Marc, Miss Lewis, Sr Claudette, Patrick Murphy, Mama “G”, Sr Jude, Fr Joe, Vernon, Mrs Brown, Chrisma and myself . . . today we gather around this same altar, to celebrate Eucharist, with the faith communities of: Holy Family, Cassava River, Our Lady of Lourdes, Rock Hall, St Mary’s, Above Rocks, and Sacred Hearts, Pinto.

When we arrived Msgr Albert gave us two charges: give the people good Liturgy and take back those schools. In his initial directives he went on: (1) stop the hand out mentality and preach stewardship and (2) encourage evangelization and catechesis.

We, the Friars: here present and those who have come and gone, committed ourselves to good liturgy, taking back the schools, mechanisms for charity, evangelization and catechesis. For the past six years we have made it a point to have this church open daily, and that the Sunday celebration of Eucharist is central to the life of the Mission. We have committed our selves to weekly Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for over five years – and this past Tuesday we gathered one last time for praise and worship, evening prayer and benediction.

We, the friars, have committed ourselves to taking back the schools – a return to some sense of order, good principals, weekly Mass and regular participation in school devotions, meetings and functions. We have made strides, BUT, we are far from finished in this area.

We, the friars, have tried to bring order to chaos and dignity to charity. We have preached, encouraged and participated in every evangelization effort that the vicariate or archdiocese has offered. We have supported, re tooled, and tried many avenues for effective Sunday School and sacramental catechesis.

I bring up these few points not to pat ourselves on our backs, but to encourage you . . . let you hear what the objectives were, and let the long term effects be the evaluation of our six years here.

Yes it breaks our hearts to be leaving – but as a seasoned missionary shared with me: the six years have prepared you for something Michael, and at the same time it has prepared the people of God for something. I don’t know what it is . . . You may or may not know what it is . . . and only time will tell.

Today after we depart – actually as of now, Tennessee Lewis, our own 10-A-C, is the Parish Manager. Tennessee will be the day-to-day, go to man until a permanent pastor or archdiocesan administrator is appointed. Tennessee will serve as the link with the chancery – but please, please do not take advantage of his nice side: he has no authority to give land, allow use of, lend out, etc… yes, he will make sure the auditorium is available: opened and closed when necessary. But that’s about it.

Lest we be remiss, and at the danger of omitting someone by name, suffice to say we owe a debt of thanks to many people who “while we have had time” have helped us to do good. Each of you know in your heart who you are – to each of you we say thanks! To those who have been somehow slighted or hurt – lest anyone have a heavy heart – we offer apologies and beg your forgiveness.

As we said from the first time we announced our departure – please do not honor us with gifts and praises, but honor us with continuing the charge that we have tried to do these past six years: work for good Sunday Celebrations . . . keep the schools under the Archdiocese – Catholic! . . . offer charity to those who are in need. . . continue to evangelize. . . and re-start Sunday School come September.

This is the gift we desire, a gift that keeps on giving. For as St Francis ends his testament: I have done my part; may the Lord teach you yours!” AMEN!

MOP in Above Rocks

This morning we were joined by the Brothers from the Missionary of the Poor Community. There are 100 Brothers in Jamaica who minister to the poorest of the poor. They came to Above Rocks to say good bye to the friars and thank them for their work in Jamaica. Saint Mary's and Missions has collected food each week and delivered it to the MOPs to distribute to their poor. Saint Francis would be proud.

MOPs with Saint Francis

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Good Soil

Today we reflected on the parable of the sower and the seed. For our Mission Churches it was the last time Mass will be celebrated by our friars. Next week our final Mass for all four Churches will be in Saint Mary's. The friars are grateful to God for calling us to serve in this rich soil of Jamaica. Below are some of the fruitful seeds. (click on picture for larger view)

Holy Family, Cassava River - following 7:00am Mass

Our Lady of Lourdes, Rock Hall following 9:00am Mass

Saint Mary's, Above Rocks following 11:00am Mass

Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Pinto following 1:00pm Mass

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Camps Continue

Even though we have 10 days left in Jamaica, the Football Camp continues full swing. Over 60 footballers attended the camp from 9-12 each day this week. Thanks to our friends from Conneticut who fund this program each year, the kids enjoy this yearly event. Next week the kids hit the courts for the second annual basketball camp.

Goalkeeper Jaheam makes a dive to stop a shot