Catholic Churches in Aruba


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About Aruba:
Part of the Lesser Antilles, the island of Aruba lies a few miles north of Venezuela. Aruba is an independent country within the Netherlands and, as you might expect, the major language spoken here is Dutch.  It is a popular vacation destination and also a major cruise ship port as well.  The island has a large Catholic population.

The Lourdes Grotto:
The grotto is built into therocks in Seroe Preto (black hill) near San Nicolas.  It was created under the guidance of a priest named "Erkamp". A statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary was hoisted into place in the grotto. On February 11, feast of Lady of Lourdes), a procession leaves from the St. Theresita church in San Nicolas to the grotto, where Mass is held.  

Catholic Churches:
There are three main Catholic churches on the island.  

Saint Franciscus Church (Saint Francis Cathedral) is the main Catholic church in Oranjestad, which is the capital of Aruba.  Tel +297 (582-1434)  They have a Monday morning Mass at 7:00 a.m., and then Masses on Sundays at 6:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.  Masses are not in English.

Saint Anna Church in Noord is also a favorite of visitors, and is close to many of the resorts on the island.  They have Mass on Saturdays at 7:00 pm and Sundays at 7:30 am and 6:00 pm.  Tel:  +297 (587) 1409

Virgin of Fatima Church in Oranjestad, Milonstraat 9, Oranjestad, Aruba
Tel: +297 (582) 2525

Getting there:
Many international flights arrive in Queen Beatrix Airport on Aruba every day. 

It is also a popular cruise ship port, with many arrivals each year.
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