Dear friends it is that time of the year to start planning for the Rosary path. The path creates an opportunity to pray for situations in our life, our family, our country and the world as we pray the Holy Rosary. The Holy Rosary is part of our Catholic Faith. We will be walking paths representing local districts. The invitation to take part in the 2017 Rosary Path is extended to all in our parish and our community to come and walk with us and pray the Rosary. Rosaries will be provided to those persons who do not have one. This year's date is Saturday, October 7th at 5 am. We will be starting at certain designated locations which will be announced once permission has been received. Groups are especially encouraged to participate.
A preparatory meeting will be held on Wednesday August 16th, 2017 at 7pm in the Parish Hall in Backstreet.
Group representatives are especially invited to be part of the planning of this event.
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.
After Holy Mass we pray the prayer of St. Michael, the Archangel.
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host,
by the Divine Power of God,
cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
who wander throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.
The history of the St. Michael prayer goes back two centuries.
to know the reasons behind this beautiful prayer we kindly ask you to visit our Church teachings page.