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.
As we all well know, Haiti has been severely damaged due to the passing of Hurricane Matthew. Thousands of homes have been destroyed and many people are in need of basic food supplies, clothes and hygiene items.
In order to support our sisters and brothers, we encourage you to donate none-perishable goods, water and clothing. Please bring them to the Parish Office 9:00am - 1:00 pm (Monday-Friday). For special pickup arrangements and any question please call Mr. Osnel Mombia at 524-8398
On Sunday, October 30th, we will have a special second collection to support our brothers and sisters in Haiti. Please be generous.
We read in the book SOUALIGA CATHOLICA that the first and the second priest in our parish were Dutch diocesan priests, not members of a religious order or congregation. They served our community from 1841 till 1887, Father ten Brink 15 years and then Father Nieuwenhuis for no less than 34 years. After them there was a long list of Dutch Dominicans, members of the Order of Preachers. In 1978 Father Heillegger opened the row of Antillean and Filipino diocesan priests and since 2005 the Missionaries of the Divine Word (SVD) are in charge of the parish of St Martin of Tours. How did this worldwide congregation found their way to our island ?
To find the answer please click on Father Thomas.
OCTOBER : International Month of the Elderly Person
When elderly people are praying, what do they say to God ? What do they want to say ? How do they express their feelings ? Here are two examples of a prayer of an elderly person.
“My Lord and my God, quite a few of my family members, of my friends and my neighbours have already left this world for a better life. In your Divine Providence you have given me quite a long life, without me deserving this favour. During all these years I could experience your presence in my life in good times and in bad times. I thank you that not one moment you left me alone.
From all districts of the island participants of the 2016 Rosary Path started walking towards the parking place in front of the Old Government Building. There they met the rest of the group and they prayed. From there, led by our parish priest Father Adam, the path continued towards the Parish Church on Frontstreet. There Holy Mass was celebrated and afterwards a traditional St. Maarten breakfast was served with bush tea and Johnny Cakes.
(For a pictorial, click the picture)