Revolution and Our Lady of Fatima

Revolution and Our Lady of Fatima

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
1917 saw one of the bloodiest revolutions in history: the Communist Revolution in Russia.  That said, communism has never limited itself to Russia. When Pope Pius XI condemned communism in the 1930s, he wrote the encyclical in Latin – for the who ...

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Revolution & Education 2020

Revolution & Education 2020

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
How does a revolution occur?  What is a revolution?!  Deus Vult was the rallying cry of Catholic crusaders in the 1200s.  It means God Wills It!  Re-volt then is a turning away from someone, some power, etc. Most of us have studie ...

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Fraternal Correction Points

Fraternal Correction Points

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
(Herbert F. Smith, S.J.) Unless you are a model correction taker, be slow to give it.Correct like a friend and fellow sinner, not like an enemy.Knowing how you resent unjust correction, never inflict it.Harping on past faults is not correction but co ...

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St. Gregory the Great and Our Lady

St. Gregory the Great and Our Lady

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Again, our prayers and well-wishes for all those beginning school in these weeks – whether at home or abroad! September 3rd is the feast of St. Gregory the Great who was pope from 590-604.  During his reign as pope, he endured a plague in Rome ...

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Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
We hope everyone is having a ‘peaceful’ return to school!  It is encouraging to see many parents involved in the education of their children this fall, especially religious instruction. Over the course of the last many months I have been try ...

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Fr. Walter Ciszek on Seeking the Kingdom of God

Fr. Walter Ciszek on Seeking the Kingdom of God

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
This past week one of the meditations in the Magnificat struck me.  The following quote is from Fr. Walter Ciszek who was a Jesuit priest imprisoned by the communists in the Soviet Union for 23 years – some of them in solitary confinement. The ...

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Back to School 2020

Back to School 2020

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
I hope everyone is doing well as we wind down the summer of 2020.  It has probably been a bit different for most of us!  Often summer allows for more family time than the rest of the year.  Hopefully, this summer there has been plenty of ...

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Father Shelton RIP

Father Shelton RIP

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, Our Lord called Fr. Jim Shelton to Himself.  Where do you start to write about this man who lived a truly human life many times over?  He was always a faithful Catholic.  It seemed as if he had adventure in hi ...

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Religious Education 2020

Religious Education 2020

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
You may have noticed a few ‘new’ things around the campus this past weekend – four picnic tables by the pond and fresh-painted curbs.  Due to the cancellation of our diocesan WorkCamp, our teens did their own local WorkCamp entirely outdoors. ...

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Fr. Peter Fegan

Fr. Peter Fegan

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
You may have noticed a tall priest at Holy Trinity the last week.  Fr. Peter Fegan is a Dominican Friar who will be one of our full-time parochial vicars.  It is a bit of a homecoming for him as he grew up just off Vint Hill Road in Fauquier C ...

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