Pro-Life Sunday 2020

Pro-Life Sunday 2020

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Perhaps there are some in our parish who remember President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s words to the nation on December 8, 1941.  Following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 in which roughly 2,400 Americans died, FDR stated it ...

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Feast of the Holy Family

Feast of the Holy Family

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
The Feast of the Holy Family is always celebrated on the Sunday between Christmas and Epiphany.  It is an opportunity to ponder Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem, then in Nazareth.  Pope Paul VI referred to the holy house of Nazareth as the ...

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News of Great Joy

News of Great Joy

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
“And the angel said to them, ‘Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be a sign for you: ...

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Peace in Preparation for the Birth of Jesus

Peace in Preparation for the Birth of Jesus

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
In considering the holiness and virtue of Blessed Mother and St. Joseph in preparation for the Birth of Jesus, the following quotes are helpful for us to consider. Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit.  Do not lose you ...

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Our Lady’s Words of Hope to Juan Diego

Our Lady’s Words of Hope to Juan Diego

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
As we celebrate two feasts of Our Lady this week – December 9th, the Immaculate Conception (normally December 8th, but Sunday of Advent takes precedence) and December 12th, Our Lady of Guadalupe – it would be good for us to consider the words Our La ...

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First Sunday of Advent 2019

First Sunday of Advent 2019

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
As the Incarnation of the Son of God as man in the womb of Mary AND His Birth is the central point of history – A.D.: Anno Domini, or ‘Year of the Lord’ – we begin a new Church year every Advent – culminating in Christmas.  In the midst o ...

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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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