Kathy Cumber

Kathy Cumber

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Holy Trinity Parish was established by Bishop Loverde in the summer of 2001.  Fr. Fran Peffley was the founding pastor with a few hundred families.  The staff of Holy Trinity was quite small at that time.  One person on the staff was our ...

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Purgatory

Purgatory

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Thank you to everyone who participated in our ‘Trunk or Treat’ as well as our ‘Voices from the Grave’ to usher in All Saints’ Day and the month of the souls in Purgatory. The month of November is dedicated to the ‘Poor Souls’.  Som ...

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Voting 2019

Voting 2019

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’ (A prayer everyone can pray!) Such are the words of the sinful tax collector in Our Lord’s parable from last week’s Gospel.  He is shown mercy by God because he recognizes his sinfulness; his need for ...

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Priesthood Sunday

Priesthood Sunday

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
The following quote is taken from St. John Vianney.  It is appropriate on Priesthood Sunday. If we had not the Sacrament of Orders, we should not have Our Lord. Who placed him there, in that tabernacle? It was the priest. Who was it that r ...

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Voting 2019

Voting 2019

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Some things to consider . . . The Virginia Catholic Conference has again given us a helpful guide re: key issues in this year’s elections.  It is good to recall that voting is a choice.  Is it a good choice?  Is a candidate worthy of ...

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Amazon Synod 3

Amazon Synod 3

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Errant: An erroneous conception of sacramental ordination, postulating worship ministers of either sex to perform even shamanic rituals: Answer: “The will of the Church finds its ultimate motivation in the link between celibacy and sacred ordinatio ...

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Amazon Synod 2

Amazon Synod 2

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Last week’s Padre’s Corner began a discussion of certain truths of the Catholic Faith that are confused and even contradicted in the ‘working document’ of the Amazon Synod of Bishops that will occur in Rome next month.  Again, neither a wor ...

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Amazon Synod

Amazon Synod

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
There has been much discussion on the upcoming ‘Amazon Synod’.  A Synod is when a group of bishops gather to discuss certain doctrinal/moral issues.  They then give the Pope a summary of their discussions – perhaps, even advice.  The Amazon Syn ...

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J.R.R. Tolkien to His Son, Michael

J.R.R. Tolkien to His Son, Michael

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
“You speak of 'sagging faith', however. That is quite another matter. In the last resort faith is an act of will, inspired by love. Our love may be chilled and our will eroded by the spectacle of the shortcomings, folly, and even sins of the Church an ...

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Triumph of the Cross

Triumph of the Cross

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
September 14th is the feast of the Triumph of the Cross.  St. Helena, the mother of Constantine, the first Christian Roman Emperor, had a love for the Cross of Jesus.  In the early 320s Helena traveled to the Holy Land to find the True Cross.& ...

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