Padre Pio

Padre Pio

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
On September 23rd we celebrate a recent saint: St. Pio of Pietrelcina, a.k.a. Padre Pio.  He was canonized by Saint John Paul II in 2000.  To summarize his life: the extraordinary became the ordinary. Padre Pio was a Capuchin Franciscan priest who l ...

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Fatima and Martha Drennan

Fatima and Martha Drennan

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
This week we say ‘Thank you’ to Ms. Martha Drennan who has been our Adult Faith Formation and Liturgy Coordinator.  Martha has been dedicated in her duties over the course of the last six years at Holy Trinity.  We thank her for her many hours behi ...

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Back to School

Back to School

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
This week we welcome Mr. Paul Bevins as our new Youth Minister.  He comes with over fifteen years of experience in working with teens.  His experience includes having coordinated and run our diocesan Work Camp.  Paul is happily married.  He and his w ...

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Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Where were you on September 5, 1997? Or, the week after? September 5, 1997 was the day Mother Teresa of Calcutta died.  The week following saw the world celebrate her life in a way few of us have seen of any individual.  Her funeral was attended by ...

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The Pope and Infallibility

The Pope and Infallibility

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
St. Ambrose, the great bishop of Milan, wrote in the late three hundreds (fourth century): Where there is Peter, there is the Church.  Where there is the Church, there is Christ. Our Lord spoke to Peter alone in Matthew 16: 18-20, ‘Thou art rock an ...

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Fatima – Aug 14-15

Fatima – Aug 14-15

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
The Administrator of Ourem, Santos, locked Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta in a room in his own house no August 13th.  As the clock struck Noon – the hour Our Lady was to have visited them – the children began to worry.  Francisco spoke, “Our Lady m ...

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Education and College

Education and College

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
One of the beautiful experiences in a parish is interacting with tremendous people.  At times, such an experience can last many years.  At other times, it may only last a few years.  In the case of our Youth Minister, Tim Judge, we have had four treme ...

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Fatima

Fatima

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Thank you again to everyone who came out to the picnic.  Again, thank you to everyone who helped in any way to make it such an enjoyable afternoon! I mentioned last week the apparition of Mary on July 13, 1917 to the three children in Fatima, Portuga ...

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Fatima

Fatima

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Hope everyone is having a holy, enjoyable and safe summer! As we are within the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions to the three children at Fatima, Portugal, I thought it would be well to mention the Blessed Virgin Mary’s third apparition ...

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Fr. Augustine Tran

Fr. Augustine Tran

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
This weekend we welcome Fr. Augustine Tran who comes to us from St. James in Falls Church.  Fr. Tran has been ordained thirteen years.  He brings with him the rich tradition of Vietnam – particularly, having lived under a dictatorial regime.  We loo ...

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