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.
The intent of this website is quite simple. We want to keep in contact with all you parishioners and international friends of the parish. We welcome your questions and suggestions. You are also invited to sign up to automatically receive our weekly parish bulletin. Just sign up by filling out your email address below, and submit.
May this website be a tool for the proclamation of the Gospel and a modest source for our continued growth and faith we share.
During the month of June, we will have registrations for the Sacraments of First Eucharist and First Reconciliation, Confirmation, and Baptism for children 4 years and older. Information forms will be available at the Parish Office during the Parish Office hours from 9:00am to 1:00pm.
Sunday we celebrate the FEAST OF PENTECOST. Pentecost is often called "the birthday of the Church." We celebrate the presence of God, the Holy Spirit, giving us the courage and strength to live our faith. Let us call on the Holy Spirit to empower us through the fire of the Holy Spirit’s love.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.
More than just visitors…
Like a number of you, I have been a long term (over 30 years) annual visitor to St. Maarten. Over that time I have regularly attended St. Martin of Tours Parish services and have grown very attached to the warmth and deep faith of the congregation especially at the beautiful little Mary Star of the Sea chapel. My wife and I have developed such an affection for St. Maarten we recently made a decision to move here (from North Carolina) after our retirements and are now transitioning to living here most of the time.
I am writing this note at the encouragement of Fr. Adam to invite those of you who also have a strong affinity and loyalty to the island’s Catholic community to step up to a greater level of involvement in the parish life.
The Ascension invites us to reflect on who Jesus is - and who we are empowered to become in Him, beginning now and opening up into the life to come. The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord Jesus helps to explain the Christian vocation and unveils the horizon which opens before us as we continue to live our lives now in this Way called Christianity. The Ascension gives us a glimpse of the loving plan of God for the whole of creation. This Feast also points us toward a deeper understanding of the Feast of Pentecost which we will soon celebrate. The very Breath of God, His Holy Spirit, has been breathed into the Body of Christ, the Church - and into each one of us as members of that Body.