In the month of May the candidates from the Catholic Schools and those in the Parish program in St. Maarten received Jesus for the first time in a solemn Holy Mass in Philipsburg and Reward. The ceremonies were officiated by our parish priest Father Adam. Please click the picture for more impressions of the Mass.
During the month of June, we will have registrations for the Sacraments of First Eucharist and First Reconciliation, Confirmation, and Baptism for children 4 years and older. Information forms will be available at the Parish Office during the Parish Office hours from 9:00am to 1:00pm.
Sunday we celebrate the FEAST OF PENTECOST. Pentecost is often called "the birthday of the Church." We celebrate the presence of God, the Holy Spirit, giving us the courage and strength to live our faith. Let us call on the Holy Spirit to empower us through the fire of the Holy Spirit’s love.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.
More than just visitors…
Like a number of you, I have been a long term (over 30 years) annual visitor to St. Maarten. Over that time I have regularly attended St. Martin of Tours Parish services and have grown very attached to the warmth and deep faith of the congregation especially at the beautiful little Mary Star of the Sea chapel. My wife and I have developed such an affection for St. Maarten we recently made a decision to move here (from North Carolina) after our retirements and are now transitioning to living here most of the time.
I am writing this note at the encouragement of Fr. Adam to invite those of you who also have a strong affinity and loyalty to the island’s Catholic community to step up to a greater level of involvement in the parish life.
The Ascension invites us to reflect on who Jesus is - and who we are empowered to become in Him, beginning now and opening up into the life to come. The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord Jesus helps to explain the Christian vocation and unveils the horizon which opens before us as we continue to live our lives now in this Way called Christianity. The Ascension gives us a glimpse of the loving plan of God for the whole of creation. This Feast also points us toward a deeper understanding of the Feast of Pentecost which we will soon celebrate. The very Breath of God, His Holy Spirit, has been breathed into the Body of Christ, the Church - and into each one of us as members of that Body.