The Diocese of Willemstad will celebrate the 60th anniversary of its foundation next year (1958-2018). The opening of the Jubilee year will take place on the Feast of Christ the King on November 25, 2017 in Curacao. The celebration will be guided by the theme: ENCOUNTER WITH CHRIST, ENCOUNTER WITH OTHERS
PRAYER FOR THE JUBILEE
OF 60 YEARS
OF THE DIOCESE OF WILLEMSTAD
Lord God, our loving Father,
with great joy we thank you for the 60th Anniversary of our Diocese. During all these years, You have guided us with your goodness and grace, uplifting our lives and enriching our different cultures. You have blessed our islands at all times even in trying times.
Hear our prayer and renew the presence and power of your Spirit in us so that we might become a forgiving and reconciling church, obedient to your will and seeking justice, reaching out in a mission of mercy to all the people specially the poor and the needy in an encounter of love and brotherhood.
Transform our hearts, and make us grow united in a community of disciples and missionaries of your Son Jesus Christ to enable us to proclaim the Good News so that all peoples may come to know Him as their Lord and Saviour.
May we your Church with the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our mother, remain your true and living witness to the world. This we ask You through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Father Adam welcomed Father Marcin Karwot as the new parish priest for the Catholic Churches on St. Martin. Father Marcin is a SVD priest who originates from Poland. Father Karwot will be serving the three Catholic Churches on the French side of our island. We wish Father Marcin lots of success in his new parish.
The natives of the island of Dominica in our parish welcomed a very special guest as they celebrated Dominica Day 2017. Father Elvio flew over from the heavily damaged island to be with the Dominicans living on St. Maarten. Father Elvio explained that his parish church lost part of its zinc during the hurricane. The presbytery of his church is completely destroyed. Father Elvio ensured us that although Dominica was very much damaged, the island would rise to new heights in the years to come.
The Parish Council invites you to a “Christmas Thanksgiving Dinner” on December 8th, 2017, at St. Martin of Tours Parish Hall in Philipsburg. Donation U$100 per couple. Tickets on sale at the weekend Masses. Let us come together in fellowship and gratitude to thank God for sparing our lives.
All parishioners are invited to participate in a "Musical Thanksgiving & Remembrance" on Friday, November 24th 2017 from 7 to 9 pm at the Parish Hall. Let us come out and share our Gods giving talents in song, worship, dance and poetry making a joyful noise unto the Lord in thanksgiving and remembrance. If you are interested in performing please contact one of the following persons by November 14th. Ms. Amalia Richards at 5200286 or Ms. Ann Joseph at 5273895 or Ms. Maria Henry at 5238998