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.
On Sunday December 4 during the 8:30 AM Holy Mass in the St. Martin of Tours church in Philipsburg 5 new altar servers were introduced to the community of believers. Mr. Gino Barnes, coordinator of the altar servers in our parish led the congregation during the installation. We wish the newly installed servers God's Speed in their weekly service to the Lord.
On the last day of November the Parish of St. Martin of Tours remembers the parishioners whom Jesus called in the past year. In all three churches additional names of loved ones could be written in the books of Remembrance whereas during the ceremony a candle could be lit as the name of the deceased was called. A solemn tradition within the parish that bring comfort to all who experience the empty chair syndrome; the chair once occupied by the deceased. An appreciative gathering led in song by the South Reward choir under the direction of Mrs. Bernadine van Veen found closure in this service.
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Please find attached the 2016 Advent Message of Mgr. Luis Secco, Bishop of the Diocese of Willemstad.
During all Masses for the first Sunday in Advent 2016, special ceremonies took place to acknowledge the lectors in our three churches. Weekly they proclaim the word of God in the two readings, pray the Prayers of the Faithful and honor those who celebrate their birthday, a wedding anniversary or a visitor in our services. Coordinator Mrs. Joan Berkel together with either Father Adam or Father Yohanes presented the lectors with their certificates.
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