Divine Mercy 2018

Divine Mercy 2018

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Congratulations to all who received sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation at the Easter Vigil.  A special congratulation should be given to those who became Catholic at the Easter Vigil.  May your fervor for Jesus, especially in ...

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Easter 2018

Easter 2018

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
HE IS RISEN!  ALLELUIA!  ALLELUIA! Easter is the crowning of Jesus’ victory over sin and death.  Jesus’ victory began on Holy Thursday evening at the Last Supper as He gave us Himself in the Holy Eucharist.  It is the same Jesus – albeit in ...

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Palm Sunday 2018

Palm Sunday 2018

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Thank you for the prayers for Fr. Tewes, please continue to pray for him while he is still in serious condition, he is stable at VCU hospital. Thank you to all of those who helped with or took advantage of the various Lenten prayer opportunities for p ...

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5th Sunday of Lent 2018

5th Sunday of Lent 2018

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
As we head into the homestretch of Lent – just one week from Holy Week – I hope everyone has been able ‘dust off the wings’ - as one of my former pastors used to say.  Lent is a season of Penance wherein we should receive the Sacrament of Penanc ...

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4th Sunday of Lent 2018

4th Sunday of Lent 2018

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
As we are continuing our Lenten fast, the following passages may be of help in our understanding of penance.  The quotes are from St. Josemaria Escriva, Friends of God. Penance is fulfilling exactly the timetable you have fixed for yourself, even tho ...

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Fr. Ciszek & Prayer of Surrender

Fr. Ciszek & Prayer of Surrender

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Have you ever come across the “Prayer of Surrender” by Fr. Walter Ciszek, SJ?  He was a missionary to Communist Russia in the mid-20th century.  He was arrested and was placed in a work camp for roughly twenty years.  He spent the years 1940-1955 ...

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Transfiguration 2018

Transfiguration 2018

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Thank you to everyone who helped with and attended our Saturday Lenten Retreat for families.  It was a very good way to begin Lent. Also, thank you to everyone who took advantage of our parish mission by the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. ...

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Parish Mission 2018

Parish Mission 2018

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
This weekend we begin our parish mission.  You may be scratching your head wondering why we are having a parish mission so close to our last one – last November with Fr. Riley.  Well, often parish missions/retreats are done during Lent as a way of pr ...

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Lent 2018

Lent 2018

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Thank you to everyone who were able to participate in our 10th anniversary of our church on February 2, 2018!  It is a great gift to have a parish church.  In the last twenty years many parishes have been closed around the country.  In some countries ...

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Consecrated Life

Consecrated Life

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Recently, I was speaking with a young woman who entered a cloistered monastery to be a nun.  You may be thinking that cloistered means silence and seclusion from the world.  Yes and Yes.  That said, at times, priests may speak with those who are clois ...

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