Pope Francis in Philadelphia

Pope Francis in Philadelphia

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
I hope that all of you were able to take in a bit of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States last week! The parish was able to send 27 teens to Philly for the Papal Festival on Saturday and Papal Mass on Sunday. It was tremendous to have the direct Su ...

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Respect Life Sunday

Respect Life Sunday

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
As we begin Respect Life Month, October, we begin with Respect Life Sunday. Today, please join many Christians throughout the country to silently witness to the dignity of unborn babies, that ‘Abortion Kills Children’. Our parish will convene on Lint ...

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Who is the Greatest?

Who is the Greatest?

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Who is the greatest? Such is the discussion amongst the Apostles wherein we see their pride and selfishness; their lack of understanding of true greatness. However, each one – except Judas - will come to understand Jesus’ words, If anyone wishes t ...

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Historicity and Authenticity of the New Testament III

Historicity and Authenticity of the New Testament III

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
This coming week Pope Francis will be in town – sounds as if this happens regularly! I hope many of you are able to get into DC to catch a glimpse of the Vicar of Christ and Successor of St. Peter! On Wednesday, 9/23 the Holy Father will canonize Bless ...

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Historicity and Authenticity of the New Testament II

Historicity and Authenticity of the New Testament II

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
We hope all of our students (and teachers) have had a peaceful transition to a new school year! Last week we began our discussion on showing the historicity and authenticity of the New Testament, particularly the Gospels. The integrity of the four Gos ...

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Historicity and Authenticity of the New Testament

Historicity and Authenticity of the New Testament

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
In less than a month Pope Francis will visit our country. He will canonize Blessed Junipera Serra, the great missionary of California. This canonization will be the first to occur on U.S. soil. During his visit, the Holy Father may present to the U.S. a ...

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Teaching Our Lord’s Truths

Teaching Our Lord’s Truths

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
We hope everyone has had an enjoyable, restful and holy summer! Ah, the joy of going back to school!!! (I’m not quite sure I remembered it quite that way, at least in the younger years!) We hope the school year goes well for everyone. Growing up in ...

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Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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. Before ...

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Assumption

Assumption

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Those of you who are older than 70 can probably remember 1950 when Pope Pius XII declared the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary as a dogma of the Catholic Faith. It is this feast that we celebrate August 15th. Did Pius XII create a new doctrine of th ...

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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 chosen ...

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