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.
Registration for the Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation continues at the office of the Catechetical Center from Monday to Friday from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm and from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Requirements for First Communion are: Baptismal Certificate and a copy of Passport from parents and child. Requirements for Confirmation are: Baptismal Certificate and copy of Passport from the parents, Baptismal Certificate, First Communion Certificate and copy of Passport from the child. We also require Baptismal Certificate, Confirmation Certificate and copy of Passport from godparents. Registration fee: Fls. 36,00 or $ 20.00. All classes are beginning during the week of September 5th.
During this month of August to September 5, 2016 it is possible to register for the Sacrament of Baptism for children between the ages 6 to 17 years.
Parents/guardians must be catholic. The classes will be given on Saturday mornings, beginning on Saturday September 10, 2016 at the Catechetical Center on Back-street.
* Young adults (18 - 21 years) and Adults who are desirous to join the Catholic Church can visit the Catechetical Center on Back-street for more information and to sign up for instructions.
* Registration is ongoing for First Communion and Confirmation; Classes are beginning during the week of September 5, 2016.
Our Pilgrimage to WYD has taken us so far through airports in Grand Case, St. Martin, Pointe a Pitre Guadaloupe, Paris, France and Vienna Austria, to reach our final destination Cracow, Poland.
We arrived on a late night flight at 10:30pm and were met by Fr. Thomas and a group of young people from Wola in whose Parish we were going to stay.
We were happy to see them carrying a big banner: "Welcome To Poland".
After waiting for a group of 27 pilgrims from Bonaire whose flight arrived from Amsterdam, shortly after ours, we boarded a bus and wended our way through the quiet night streets of Poland.
In Wola families were there to welcome us with winning smiles and warm hearts.
St. Maarten pilgrims are staying with families for the first part of our Pilgrimage referred to as "Days in the Diocese".
So far the experience is one of warm hospitality, good food, celebration of daily Mass.
Evenings were spent in different homes sharing different aspects of our cultures for example: games, singing and dancing.
Days were spent in outings to a Castle, Botanical Gardens and the Cathedralin nearby Katowice.
The pace is hectic with many activities one of them an interesting tour of 4 wooden churches in the area.
We also visited the local St.Martin of Tours Church where they are celebrating their 500th anniversary. There we shared with them our celebration this year of our 175th Anniversary in St. Martin of Tours Philipsburg. This they were happy to hear about.
It is wonderful to see our young pilgrims from St. Maarten making friends with young people from different nations.
This weekend we will be saying farewell to our families in Wola and will be moving on to World Youth Days with Pope Francis in Cracow.
Please click the picture for more about our pilgrims.
The recently constructed Columbarium at Simpson Bay Cemetery is now available as the final resting place for the cremated remains of the deceased members of our parish. For more information please check the parish office.