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Trip to Centre for Language Learning at U.W.I Campus

On Friday 1st November, 2013, the executive members of the Japanese Cultural and Lingual Club accompanied by 11 other lucky members, their Club Coordinator. Boatswain and teacher Ms. Jeanville, were carried to Centre for Language Learning at the Trinidad and Tobago U.W.I campus in St. Augustine, for an introductory class in Japanese. They arrived at the U.W.I campus on a wonderful Sunny morning at around 10:00 A.M and were carried to classroom #11- the Japanese class where they met their teachers Rankin Sensei, Kawasaki-sensei and Sato-sensei. Comically enough, these teachers are also Ms. Boatswain’s Japanese teachers.

First lesson taught was how to introduce yourself in Japanese- Hajimemashite [name] desu. Dōzo yoroshiku, (Nice to meet you. I’m-----). After which each person in the room was asked to introduce themselves. This was accompanied by outbursts of giggles at mistakes made and general amusement. Afterwards, a small grammatical introduction about the different types of Japanese (Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji, conjugation and tenses was made and all jokes aside during the short session, a lot of work was covered. This included:-

<!--[if !supportLists]-->ü  <!--[endif]-->A few basic verbs, their conjugation and use (sentence formation)

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All this was done while being thoroughly interactive using games and questions. There was a break in between and at the end of the class, additional questions from the students to the teachers were entertained. The students were asked who would like to someday return and learn Japanese here, to which most of the class raised their hands. The teachers’ reply was “We’ll be waiting.”Both the students and teachers had lots of fun and thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company.  And surely all members cannot wait to return and learn the wonderful language someday. Below are pictures




On May 22nd, 2013; the Japanese Cultural and Lingual Club of St. Joseph’s Convent hosted its very first Japanese Culture Day. It lasted from 12:30 to 2:30 pm and took place within the school compound. For the event, each class of the school did a presentation on previously given topics such as fashion, food, and other aspects of the Japanese culture.

The students of the school were first addressed by visiting members of the Japanese Embassy in the school’s auditorium, and were then dismissed by the principal to go to their respective classes. Aside from the class presentations, there were games taking place in the courtyard – such as a team jump rope (which was rather amusing to look at, as no one could really keep perfect synchronisation).

In light of everything, it would be safe to say that the endeavour was a success. Here are some pictures from the event:











Aerobics Club

The Aerobics Club was launched in September 2010 and has approximately forty (40) enthusiastic members.

The group meets every Wednesday in the SJC Auditorium from 2.45 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. and is led by Andy de Bique. We have even had guests from Naparima Girls'' College and ASJA Girls'' College.

New members are invited. Here are some pictures of the Aerobics Class:







Biological Society

Catholic Youth Alive

SJC Abstinence Club


The volleyball club comprises of students from various classes of SJC and participates in national competitions against other Secondary Schools in Trinidad and Tobago.

Legio Mariae Legio Mariae

Praesidium: Mary, Seat of Wisdom


Meeting time: Mondays at 11:45 a.m.
President: Ms. Danielle Stewart (2011)

This (Junior Legion) Praesidium is scheduled to officially launch in October 2008

The Legion of Mary is the largest apostolic organization of lay people in the Catholic Church, with over 3 million active members in almost every country of the world.

Purpose: The Legion of Mary is to give glory to God through the sanctification of its members.

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The Legion of Mary (Legio Mariae) was founded by Frank Duff on 7th September 1921 in Dublin, Ireland. Its purpose was to allow Catholic laypersons to fulfill their baptismal purposes, and to be dedicated to the Church through an organized structure.


Legion of MaryThe Works of the Legion

The Legion sees as its priority the spiritual and social welfare of each individual. The members participate in the life of the parish through visitation of families, the sick, both in their homes and in hospitals and through collaboration in every apostolic and missionary undertaking sponsored by the parish.

Every legionary is required to carry out a weekly apostolic work in the spirit of faith and in union with Mary. “For all states of the laity the perfect example of spiritual and apostolic life is the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Apostles, who while leading the life common to all here on earth, one filled with family concerns and labours, was always intimately united with her Son and in an entirely unique way co-operated in the work of the Saviour . . . All should devoutly venerate her and commend their life and apostolate to her maternal care”.

(Vatican II: Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity)


Who Can Belong?

The Legion of Mary is open to all Catholics who:

  • Faithfully practice their religion;
  • Are animated by the desire to participate in the Church''s apostolate through membership in the Legion;
  • Are prepared to fulfill each and every duty which active membership in the Legion involves



The Legion of Mary is modeled after the Roman Army. It consists of the following:

The smallest unit is the Praesidium (4-20 members), the Curia which is charge of several Praesidia, the Comitium which is in charge of several Curia. The Curia is under the control of the Regia, which in turn is controlled by the Senatus (normally in a large territory or country). The Concilium is the highest level and has its seat in Dublin Ireland; it has control over the entire Legion.

Each level of the Legion has the following positions: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and the Spiritual advisor who is a priest or other religious.



Opening Prayers

(Make the Sign of the Cross)
In the name of the Father, etc.

Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of Your love.
v. Send forth Your Spirit, O Lord, and they shall be created.
R. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray.
God our Father, pour out the gifts of Your Holy Spirit on the world. You sent the Spirit on Your Church to begin the teaching of the gospel: now let the, Spirit continue to work in the world through the hearts of all who believe. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

v. You, O Lord, will open my lips.
R. And my tongue shall announce Your praise.
v. Incline unto my aid, O God.
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
v. Glory be to the Father, etc.
R. As it was in the beginning, etc.

Then follow five decades of the Rosary with the Hail, Holy Queen.

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy; hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To you we cry, poor banished children of Eve, to you we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, O most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy towards us, and after this our exile, show us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

v. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.
O God, Whose only-begotten Son, by His life, death and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal salvation; grant, we beseech You, that meditating upon these mysteries in the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain, and obtain what they promise. Through the same Christ our Lord.


v. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
R. Have mercy on us.
v. Immaculate Heart of Mary
R. Pray for us.
v. St. Joseph
R. Pray for us.
v. St John the Evangelist
R. Pray for us.
v. St. Louis-Marie de Montfort
R. Pray for us.

Make the Sign of the Cross:
In the name of the Father, etc.


Antiphon. Who is she that comes forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in battle array?

(Make the Sign of the Cross)
v. My soul glorifies the Lord.*
R. My spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour.
v. He looks on His servant in her lowliness;* Our Lady of Grace
henceforth all ages will call me blessed.

R. The Almighty works marvels for me.*
Holy His name!
v. His mercy is from age to age,*
on those who fear Him.

R. He puts forth His arm in strength*
and scatters the proud-hearted.
v. He casts the mighty from their thrones*
and raises the lowly.

R. He fills the starving with good things,*
sends the rich away empty.

v. He protects Israel His servant,*
remembering His mercy,
R. The mercy promised to our fathers,*
to Abraham and his sons forever.

v. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit..
R. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Antiphon. Who is she that comes forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in battle array?

v. O Mary, conceived without sin.
R. Pray for us who have recourse to you.

Let us pray.

O Lord Jesus Christ, our mediator with the Father, Who has been Pleased to appoint the Most Blessed Virgin, Your mother, to be our mother also, and our mediatrix with You, mercifully grant that whoever comes to You seeking Your favours may rejoice to receive all of them through her. Amen.

Concluding Prayers

(Make the Sign of the Cross)
In the name of the Father, etc.
We fly to your patronage, O holy Mother of God; despise not our prayers in our necessities, but ever deliver us from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

v. Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of all Graces
(or Invocation appropriate to Praesidium)
R. Pray for us.
v. St. Michael and St. Gabriel
R. Pray for us.
v. All you heavenly Powers, Mary''s Legion of Angels
R. Pray for us.
v. St. John the Baptist
R. Pray for us.
v. Saints Peter and Paul
R. Pray for us.

Confer, O Lord, on us, who serve beneath the standard of Mary, that fullness of faith in You and trust in her, to which it is given to conquer the world. Grant us a lively faith, animated by charity, which will enable us to perform all our actions from the motive of pure love of You, and ever to see You and serve You in our neighbor; a faith, firm and immovable as a rock, through which we shall rest tranquil and steadfast amid the crosses, toils and disappointments of life; a courageous faith which will inspire us to undertake and carry out without hesitation great things for your glory and for the salvation of souls; a faith which will be our Legion''s Pillar of Fire - to lead us forth united - to kindle everywhere the fires of divine love - to enlighten those who are in darkness and in the shadow of death - to inflame those who are lukewarm - to bring back life to those who are dead in sin; and which will guide our own feet in the way of peace; so that - the battle of life over - our Legion may reassemble, without the loss of any one, in the kingdom of Your love and glory. Amen.

May the souls of our departed legionaries and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

Make the Sign of the Cross)
In the name of the Father, etc.

The Vexillum


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