This week we celebrate Ash Wednesday which is one of the most popular and important holy days in the liturgical calendar. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption.
Please be reminded there are many opportunities to attend the Mass on Ash Wednesday: 7.00 am at the Community Centre in Simpson Bay, 12:00 Noon at Philipsburg, 7:30 pm at Philipsburg (Spanish) and at 7.30 pm at Reward. Please note there will be no Holy Hour on this day.
The St Martin of Tours Parish Youth Group is organizing a weekend of activities to celebrate the Feast of St John Bosco, the Patron Saint of Youth, from Friday, February 2nd to Sunday, February 4th, 2018 with following schedule:
Friday, February 2nd : 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm;
Saturday, February 3rd : 9:00 am - 7:00 pm;
Sunday, February 4th : 9:00 am – 1:30pm
Venue: Father Heyliger Hall, South Reward;
Theme: "Youth on Mission"
You are invited to grow in faith and love of our Lord by coming to Eucharistic Adoration at our churches. Jesus wants you to spend time with Him. Bring your own prayer books, pray the rosary, read the Bible or just enjoy the peace that comes from being in the Presence of God. Taking an hour out of your busy life to spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is a prayer of great faith.
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.