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.
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
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.