Peace vs Fear

Peace vs Fear

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
How often in the history of our nation – indeed the world – has there been civil strife?  How often has there been threat of contagion and disease?  Who found peace in those times?  Where did they find true peace – in their own hear ...

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Religious Liberty

Religious Liberty

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
A religion that does not interfere in the secular order will soon discover that the secular order will not refrain from interfering with it. Such are the words of the Venerable Fulton J. Sheen who was the Catholic American orator of the 20th century. ...

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Pentecost 2020 and Riots

Pentecost 2020 and Riots

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Well, what a week it has been. I was looking forward to our first public Masses since March 16, 2020.  It was terrific to have people back in the church for Mass.  It was the high Church Feast of Pentecost, the Birthday of the Church:   ...

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Pentecost Sunday 2020

Pentecost Sunday 2020

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Pentecost Sunday 2020 saw a ‘re-birth’ of sorts in our parish.  This was the weekend that we could once again have public Masses! Pentecost often termed the ‘Birthday of the Church’. Yes, Jesus had founded the Catholic Church with Peter ...

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Pentecost 2020

Pentecost 2020

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
The following two paragraphs were part of Pope St. John Paul’s homily on the Eve of Pentecost, June 2, 1979.  Please be mindful that he was speaking to millions of Poles who had lived under atheistic communist dictatorship since World War II.&nbs ...

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Holy Communion

Holy Communion

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
There are poignant moments in every person’s life that one does not forget.  This past weekend I believe will be one of those moments for me. A priest is ordained and consecrated to God to preach His Truth, offer His Sacraments and love His pe ...

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Re-opening and COVID-19

Re-opening and COVID-19

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
As you probably are aware, our Bishop has determined to begin public Masses again in our diocese on May 15th (Bishop Burbidge has now asked us, along with all the parishes in Prince William, Loudoun, Fairfax, Arlington and Alexandria to wait two more w ...

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Northam’s Good Friday and Holy Saturday 2020

Northam’s Good Friday and Holy Saturday 2020

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
While Virginians cowered in fear from the coronavirus and followed the Governor’s ‘stay-at-home’ unconstitutional executive order, the Governor took the opportunity to offend every Christian in our state – and country.  In addition to class ...

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COVID 2020

COVID 2020

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Dear parish family, I hope all of you are not just managing, but thriving in the midst of this coronavirus. By thriving I mean spiritually growing in personal prayer and family prayer.  I heard a couple of weeks ago of one family that prays t ...

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St. Catherine of Siena

St. Catherine of Siena

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
There are those who would say that the Catholic Church has been dominated by men to the detriment of women.  April 29th is the feast day of a saint that gives us contrary historical evidence.  St. Catherine of Siena lived from 1347-1380 in ...

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