I grew up attending St Joseph Anglican Church and was an alter boy there. Many scholars, well know families and business owners attended – Makanlall, Parahram, Goorbharry, Malay, Ramsamy, Ross, Solomon, Asargadoo, Jagroop, Benn, Trim, Beharry, Persaud, Durgana, Kallicharran, Churiman, Budhu, Goocol, Swamber, Frazier, and many more. I last attended Sunday morning service in 2016 when I visited.
I attended Sunday School as a little girl, Father Goodridge and Father Lowe were Priests there.
I remember that church quite well because my friend Ahalya was and is my best friend and she was living next door. Her dad was the Pastor for the church. We shared some beautiful memories when going to high school. I used to have lunch every day at her house.
I have lovely memories of this church as I attended the primary school there and we had services in that church weekly. Thanks Rishi this is a treat for me, do you have any of the school? I remember playing hide and seek in the church during our lunch time.
If the church were painted a darker hue, we would scarcely notice the tall bushes at the back not to mention the impassible growth on the other side. When I lived there this place was not a jungle. Running around the church in playful pursiut brought thrill and excitement in our games of gun shooting.
A churchyard paints a picture grim,
With trees and bushes in need of trim;
A church with graves all around,
And no true Christian soul to be found.
Excerpt from: A Country Churchyard
Looking at our “English Church”with nostalgia,my thoughts go out to Mr.Julius Nathoo .I am wondering about his health and well being since I haven’t read any of his postings for a while.
Sir,I certainly hope you are hale and hearty and wish you well.
Rodney Slam Gocool
I have been thinking of Mr. Nathoo myself. I was hoping that the picture of St. Joseph’s church would awaken his visceral feelings with words that only Mr. Nathoo can deliver. Taking this picture was not easy as I had to jump the fence to get a good shot. Presently, everything is locked and barred with security people around. After I told my story of how I used to live in the church yard I was given permission to scale the fence.
Hoping to hear from Mr. Natoo soon.
Hi Hermann,is the bell and tower still there?
I remember Fletcher from Rose Hall was responsible for its ringing.
A little while ago my “little sister” Eleanor Ross also enquired about my health because she had not seen any comments from me recently. Now Rodney and Herman also enquire. It is nice to be so remembered and so honoured by distinguished alumni. I am happy to report that I am well.
This photograph of the old church has the remarkable power of stirring dull roots within the brain energizing the electrical circuitry in all organs and cells: Herman’s choice of the word “visceral” is appropriate. But it is more than that. This was the church where I first made contact with the sublime, the divine which ever since those blessed days of my youth has enabled all my achievements and all my little acts of kindness and of love. I imbibed some of the wonderful spiritual energy which flowed from its aura so that even today in my eighty-first year I am still inspired and fed. I owe it a debt of gratitude too deep for tears..It is a crying shame that this priceless historical monument has been allowed to go int disrepair and that its environs, the early haunts of my boyhood years, be left unkempt and untrimmed. But t is still standing and still enabling memories of yesteryear captured in tranquillity and pouring out in the spontaneous overflow of powerful emotions often glistening in the eyes. And stored in the heart!
Yes Roy the bell and tower are still standing. Eddie Fletcher is long gone but he mastered a certain precision in ringing the bell, i.e. the funeral bell. My original pic had graves in the foreground which cannot be separated from the landscape of our dear St. Joseph’s.
Large Visitor Map
Widget records visits from date of its installation: 09-11-2011 @ 8.00pm