Welcome to the St. Martin of Tours Catholic Parish

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.

Message from the Holy Father Francis for Lent 2018

… By devoting more time to prayer, we enable our hearts to root out our secret lies and forms of self-deception, and then to find the consolation God offers. He is our Father and he wants us to live life well.

Almsgiving sets us free from greed and helps us to regard our neighbour as a brother or sister. What I possess is never mine alone. How I would like almsgiving to become a genuine style of life for each of us! When we give alms, we share in God’s providential care for each of His children. If through me God helps someone today, will He not tomorrow provide for my own needs? For no one is more generous than God.

Fasting weakens our tendency to violence; it disarms us and becomes an important opportunity for growth. On the one hand, it allows us to experience what the destitute and the starving have to endure. On the other hand, it expresses our own spiritual hunger and thirst for life in God. Fasting wakes us up. It makes us more attentive to God and our neighbour. It revives our desire to obey God, who alone is capable of satisfying our hunger.

Lenten Mission Program Schedule

The Lenten Mission program 2018 of the St. Martin of Tours Parish is available.

The Lenten Mission will be on 19, 20 and 21 of March 2018 at the Risen Christ Church in Reward.

Starting time each day, 7:30 PM.

On March 22, 2018 there will be a Youth Night at the same venue. This will start at 7:00 PM.

 

Pope Francis' suggestions to observe Lent.

Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
Fast from worries and trust in God.
Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy.
Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.
Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.

EVENING OF PRAYER FOR ST. MAARTEN

Every 3rd Monday of each month there will be an Evening of Prayer for our island. The next evening of Prayer be on Monday February 19th, 2018 from 7pm to 9pm in the St. Martin of Tours church in Philipsburg. This prayer evening is also for our Haitian and Spanish Communities. Let us as Catholic Christians come out and pray for our island.