Why We Do What We Do, Part 5

Why We Do What We Do, Part 5

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Creed and Offertory Gestures continued . . . How often do we see someone stand when he/she wants to say something important?  The same can be said as we profess our Faith in the Nicene Creed.  This succinct summary of our Catholic Faith dates bac ...

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Why We Do What We Do, Part 4

Why We Do What We Do, Part 4

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Many, many thanks to all who made our Vacation Bible School such a joyful success!  There were so many adults and teen volunteers (who gave hours each day) that the list would be too long to attempt.  In a special way we thank Mrs. Jennifer Carmichael ...

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Why We Do What We Do, Part 3

Why We Do What We Do, Part 3

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
On behalf of our priests at Holy Trinity we wish everyone a holy, joyful and safe 4th of July. Jesus Christ tells the parable of the penitence and impenitence in the persons of the Tax Collector and the Pharisee. The Tax Collector and the Pharisee bot ...

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Why We Do What We Do at Mass, Part 2

Why We Do What We Do at Mass, Part 2

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Last week I mentioned in the column that the Catholic Church teaches that no one may arbitrarily add or subtract from the Mass or other sacraments.  This teaching includes prayers as well as gestures.  Why?  What we say and do at Mass has a meaning.  ...

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Why We Do What We Do at Mass, Part 1

Why We Do What We Do at Mass, Part 1

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Have you ever noticed how many different gestures and postures we use at Mass?  Sometimes they are called Catholic calisthenics!  There is a reason and meaning to everything that is done at Mass. As we begin summer I would like to begin a series in thi ...

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Modesty II

Modesty II

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Thank you to everyone who helped with our Corpus Christi processions back on Memorial Day weekend!  In particular, thank you to our sacristans who set up, the many servers and our choirs.  Eucharistic processions have been done throughout the world for ...

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Modesty

Modesty

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Once again summer is here - great opportunities to be out in the heat having a ton of fun whether at the park, lake or beach.  Of course, summer comes with various styles of dress.  Every year I try to address the topic of Modesty in a positive way.  ...

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Memorial Day 2016

Memorial Day 2016

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Thank you to all of our men and women in uniform who sacrifice – along with their families – for the safety and defense of our nation.  We pray this weekend for those who have died in uniform. We also pray for those who have served our nation in the ...

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Confirmation 2016

Confirmation 2016

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Congratulations to our 180 young people who received Confirmation this past Saturday, May 21st!  Thank you to all of your parents who have chosen to impart and raise you in the Faith that Jesus established upon Peter and the Apostles!  Thank you to all ...

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Graduation 2016

Graduation 2016

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
This time of year is always a joyful time as graduations from grade school, high school, college, etc. abound.  As decisions are made as to the next step, especially as regards high school and college, perhaps it is good to ask a few questions. As pa ...

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