Epiphany 2019

Epiphany 2019

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Thank you to everyone who helped make Christmas beautiful and joyful at the parish!  From those involved in the music, especially Mrs. Kathy Cumber and the various choirs, to those who decorated the church, to those who served at Masses in various ...

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Holy Family 2018

Holy Family 2018

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
The happiest home was a single room house of a family of three who lived in modest poverty.  They were the happiest family because their focus was on Jesus Christ.  THE Happy Family is The Holy Family of Nazareth – Jesus, Mary and Joseph.&nb ...

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4th Sunday of Advent 2018

4th Sunday of Advent 2018

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Hear and let it penetrate into your heart, my dear little son: let nothing discourage you, nothing depress you.  Let nothing alter your heart or your countenance.  Also do not fear any illness or vexation, anxiety or pain.  Am I not here w ...

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Franciscan Spirituality

Franciscan Spirituality

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
All the clergy hope that everyone had a holy, peaceful and joyful Thanksgiving! As we work our way through some of the various types of meditation in the Church, the system I hope to follow is chronological.  Last week, we discussed Benedictine medit ...

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Gaudete Sunday

Gaudete Sunday

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Today, the Third Sunday of Advent, is often titled, “Gaudete Sunday,” or “Rejoice Sunday.”  Why so?  Aren’t we still in Advent, a penitential season? Gaudete Sunday reminds us of Christmas at the end of this season of penance.  It is simi ...

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Meditation on Mary and Joseph

Meditation on Mary and Joseph

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
I hope everyone has had a good beginning to Advent! As we prepare to celebrate the Birth of our Saviour, it may be good to apply some of our discussions on meditation. St. Francis often used physical images to help him ponder Our Lord’s Life.  I ...

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Dominican Spirituality 2018

Dominican Spirituality 2018

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
In the course of the reform of the Church and the blossoming of the Middle Ages in the 13th century, Our Lord used two men vowed to poverty, chastity and obedience: St. Francis and St. Dominic.  We discussed meditation in the manner of St. Francis last ...

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Benedictine Meditation & Spirituality

Benedictine Meditation & Spirituality

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
As we have been discussing meditation, we begin to look at the different types of meditation in the Catholic Church.  Often, religious orders will have similar, yet distinct types of meditation based upon each one’s spirituality.  It is very benefici ...

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Meditation

Meditation

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
I had promised to write about Christian Meditation in lieu of the various confused meditative practices out there – I still haven’t written on yoga – Hindu devotional to Hindu gods which are nothing more than demons - and the various new age energy ...

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Purgatory

Purgatory

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
The month of November is dedicated to the ‘Poor Souls’.  Sometimes people see Purgatory as something negative, but it is far from it.  It is a place of God’s mercy and justice that is alluded to in the Scriptures.  November is the month when, in ...

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