The Catholic Community of St.Martin of Tours, Diocese of Willemstad, Curacao, welcomes you to our parish website. It is our hope that you will find the information you are searching for and more! We realize that our website is used not only by the local Catholics but also by others from around the world who visited our island and perhaps joined us at the Sunday Eucharist at one of the three churches located on the Dutch side of our island Sint Maarten, Philipsburg, Simpsonbay or South Reward.
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May this website be a tool for the proclamation of the Gospel and a modest source for our continued growth and faith we share.
Mrs. Carmen Bowers, first from right in the picture, is often seen with her camera during celebrations and activities organised by our St. Martin of Tours Parish. In the past month she collected pictures from
- the Advent Retreat for ministries in the Parish;
- the visit of Bishop Secco to the St. Joseph school;
- the commissioning of Catechists;
- the First Sunday of Advent;
- the installation of new Proclaimers of the Word;
- the memorial service 2018;
- Presentation of the candidates for Confirmation Year 2;
- the Advent Mass of the Sr. Borgia school in St. Martin's home;
- the celebration of the Feast of St. Cecilia with the Catholic Schools orchestar as special guests and
- the workshops with Father Latus S.V.D.
Some of these pictures are in the gallery (please click the leading picture). Please approach Mrs. Bowers if you would like to see more pictures of an event you took part in.
The first candle of our Advent wreath has been lit. The preparation for the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ for this year has begun. Parishioners in all three churches of our parish came out to witness the beginning of Advent 2018. A click on the picture will reveal some more pictures.
For your convenience, the 2018 Christmas and New Years' Mass schedule has been attached.
The month of November is the month of Remembrance. The St. Martin of Tours parish celebrates this by placing a banner in each of the three churches with the names of the parishioners who passed on in the previous year. At the end of November, a special Holy Mass is celebrated to close off. On Thursday November 29 this was celebrated with a special Holy Mass of Remembrance for all who are not with us anymore. All names were read out loud, a candle was lit and placed in a special container. After this years deceased the parishioners were encouraged to come forward and remember the loved ones they lost longer ago. By clicking the banner you will see some pictures taken that night.
Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I invite you to begin the Advent season with the words of angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary: "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God" (Lk 1,30).
This is the motto of the World Youth Day (WYD) that will take place next January in Panama, where a group of young people and animators of our Diocese, will participate.
At the same time, I would like to remind you of the other event dedicated to the young people in last October, which was the Synod of Bishops with the theme of “Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment". May this message guide us during the Advent season and throughout the liturgical year so that we may pay special attention to our youth.