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Oldest Catholic celebrates 100 years
In church you will come across individuals from all walks of life. Doctors, teachers, nurses, mechanics, you name it. Therefore it’s no surprise that amongst the congregation we have a renowned fashion guru. What is astonishing is that this special member in our congregation, Mrs. Carmen Carrington, who hails from Grand Case, is 100 years of age, making her the oldest living Catholic on Sint Maarten. Sitting comfortably in her rocking chair on a sunny Saturday afternoon, Mrs. Carmen reflected on her years giving back to the Catholic church. Mrs. Carmen began sewing on Sint Maarten at an early age before moving to Manhattan, where she continued sewing, making her name as a renowned seamstress. By the time she returned to Sint Maarten Mrs. Carmen was the most sought after designer and seamstress on the island. She was particularly popular for designing and sewing wedding dresses. Apart from designing and sewing the beautiful dresses that the brides walked down the church aisles in, Mrs. Carmen was also responsible for the interior church décor. You could always count on Mrs. Carmen to have the church beautifully decorated for the occasion. It could be a wedding or Christmas or Easter, whatever the occasion Mrs. Carmen ensured the church was as well dressed as the congregation. From those who can recall Mrs. Carmen’s contributions to the church noted that in earlier years during the construction of The Risen Christ Church she would organize fashion shows to raise funds. She even helped to collect stones used to construct the foundation for this church. Although 100 years Mrs. Carmen still remembers her childhood memory of walking to the Catholic church in Grand Case every Sunday morning to attend mass. The tradition of going to church every Sunday continued even as she got married, had children and grandchildren. On her 100th birthday, January 28th, a special celebration was held at her home, which she shared with her husband for many years before he passed. Among those in attendance were some of her 7 children and some of her grandchildren, as well Lieutenant Governor Eugene Holiday paid her a special visit. While Mrs. Carmen is not able to attend church every Sunday, Father Adam and the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion of the Parish visit her regularly and administer the Sacrament of Holy communion to her. She is extremely grateful for this.
HOLY THURSDAY: 7:30 p.m. at St. Martin of Tours Church, Philipsburg and 7:30 p.m. at Risen Christ Church in Reward.
GOOD FRIDAY: Simpson Bay at 10:00 a.m., Philipsburg at 3:00 pm, and South Reward at 3:00 p.m.
EASTER VIGIL: Risen Christ Church, Reward at 7:30 p.m. (ONLY ONE MASS)
EASTER SUNDAY: 8:30 a.m. and 12 Noon in Philipsburg (Spanish),
11:00 a.m. at Reward, 5:00 p.m. at Simpson Bay
EASTER MONDAY Mass at 8:30 a.m. in Philipsburg
-“The Little friends of Jesus” was installed as members of the Music Ministry in our Parish.
-The following groups participated in the Youth Mass on Sunday March 31, 2019
1. Little Friends of Jesus – Music ministry
2. The St. Joseph School Choir- They sang the Meditation song
3. The Youth Group – They” did the readings, announcements, prayers of the Faithful and were ushering.
4. The Confirmation candidates Year 2, Philipsburg Campus were in charge of the collection and participated in the offertory.
Please click the St. Joseph School Choir for more pictures
The 2019 Lenten Mission of the St. Martin of Tours Parish was held from March 27 through 29 in the Church of the Risen Christ. Every evening, there was be a praise & worship service and a scripture reading before Deacon Christopher began to preach.
Practice forgiveness in order to become a good disciple
The Roman Catholic Parish on Sint Maarten was left inspired this week with the visit of ordained Deacon Christopher Gooden out of Jamaica. Deacon Christ led the annual Lenten Mission from Monday, March 25th through Wednesday, March 27th.
Nightly interactive sessions were held at the Risen Christ Church under the theme “Becoming His disciples”. The congregations of the 3 communities came out in numbers to be renewed in mind and spirit. Addressing the parish on the final evening Wednesday, March 27th , Deacon Christ, encouraged the congregation to practice forgiveness. The theme of the evening was ‘Forgiveness as the Path to Peace’. Deacon Christ pointed out that, “Our main weakness is unforgiveness, which is deep rooted and affects communities, families, history and so on.” As a father and grandfather Deacon Christ shared how he has been able to practice and encourage forgiveness. He said we must practice forgiveness to prevent hatred and fear from lingering in our hearts. “One cannot remain a prisoner of the past. Break the chains, so past events will not haunt us,” he advised. Before closing off the evening, which begun with a joyful outpouring of song, Deacon Christ led the full congregation in a candle light reflection. In his address Father Adam reminded the congregation that the 2019 Lenten Mission, which was themed “Becoming His disciples”, doesn’t end now. “We are now equipped to continue the mission of the Lord.” The reflection themes of the week all focussed on how to become and be a good disciple. The other themes were “Called and Gifted for Ministry” and “People of Faith, People of Hope”, which were discussed on Monday, March 25th and Tuesday, March 26th respectively.
On the last day, Mrs. Bowers gave the “ Thank you “ word on behalf of Fr. Adam, Fr. Yohanes an all the parishioners. A copy of the book “ Soualiga” written by Mr. G. van Veen was presented to Deacon Gooden as a token of our appreciation. For pictures of the three days, please click on the either Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.