Scripture Alone

Scripture Alone

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Many of you probably found a letter to Catholics on your windshield after Masses last weekend.  It was written by a person of the evangelical/fundamentalist persuasion.  I do not know if the author delivered them himself – it’s a good bit of legwor ...

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Patriotism

Patriotism

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Have you ever lived/traveled outside of the United States for a length of time?  When you returned what was one of the first things you noticed upon your return?  Wasn’t it the United States Flag?  Didn’t the flag mean you were home? Have you e ...

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Cardinal Borromeo

Cardinal Borromeo

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
In light of the climate in the Church these days, it may be good for us to take a tour through history to highlight just a very few heroic priests, bishops, cardinals and others.  I take the following events from Magnificat’s August edition. Many o ...

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Abuse

Abuse

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Two weeks ago the priests planned to preach on the Holy Eucharist, particularly on proper reverence for Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.  Instead, we had to preach on the recently released priest scandals that occurred in Pennsylvania over the past 70 years ...

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Feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
August 22nd we celebrate the feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Why do we speak of Mary as a queen?  Is there any rationale for her queenship in the Scriptures? Our Lord Jesus spoke often of heaven as a kingdom where He is king.  B ...

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Education and Truth

Education and Truth

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
We would be remiss if we did not thank one of our devoted office staff for her (almost) eleven years of dedication to Our Lord and His people at Holy Trinity.  I was told by Cathy Morrison not to mention her name so I won’t – at least after this sen ...

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St. Maximilian Kolbe

St. Maximilian Kolbe

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
In late July, 1941 a prisoner escaped from the Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz.  He knew that ten prisoners would be starved to death as retribution for his escape – such was one means of the Nazis to prevent escape.  After the ten men had been ch ...

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John Vianney

John Vianney

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
How much influence could a poor, uneducated parish priest in a village of 230 people have in the world?  The priest’s name was John Vianney.  He was to have a huge impact in France in the mid-1800s. The Cure d’ Ars understood the battle for soul ...

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Humanae Vitae 4

Humanae Vitae 4

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
As we continue our consideration of the landmark encyclical of Blessed Pope Paul VI, the question may arise: “If a couple is facing serious/grave circumstances – physical, economic, psychological or social – there seems to be no option to avoid pre ...

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Humanae Vitae 3

Humanae Vitae 3

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Thank you to everyone who coordinated our parish picnic last Sunday!  Particularly, thank you to members of our parish council and the Knights of Columbus.  I hope the picnic was an opportunity to spend time with fellow parishioners in a relaxed atmosp ...

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