This is My Beloved Son

This is My Beloved Son

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
“This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” These are the words of God the Father at the Baptism of Jesus. They can and should be applied to each of us. It is a tremendous daily meditation. “This is My Beloved son/daughter, in whom I ...

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New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
We hope everyone’s New Year has begun well! Often times at the beginning of year people make New Year’s resolutions.  It is a helpful process to make resolutions.  Successful people normally make resolutions and set goals.  They may not reach t ...

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Epiphany of Our Lord

Epiphany of Our Lord

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Thank you to everyone who helped make Christmas beautiful and joyful at the parish!  From those involved in the music, especially Mrs. Kathy Cumber and the various choirs, to those who decorated the church, to those who served at Masses in various roles ...

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The Holy Family

The Holy Family

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
The happiest home was a single room house of a family of three who lived in modest poverty.  They were the happiest family because their focus was on Jesus Christ.  THE Happy Family is The Holy Family of Nazareth – Jesus, Mary and Joseph.  They give ...

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Christmas and the Christ Child

Christmas and the Christ Child

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Please take note of our many opportunities for the sacrament of Penance/Confession this week, especially this evening at our parish penance service – 12 priests and counting! The following excerpt is from Pope Emeritus Benedict’s Christmas address ...

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Rejoice Sunday

Rejoice Sunday

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice! So are the words of St. Paul in his letter to the Philippians.  It is because the Lord is close at hand. This Third Sunday of Advent is often called Gaudete Sunday or Rejoice Sunday.  The reason is bec ...

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Finding True Peace

Finding True Peace

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; the calf and the lion shall browse together, with a little child to guide them. . . The baby shall play by the cobra’s den, and the child lay his hand on the add ...

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Thanksgiving in St. Augustine

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November.  It is a holiday instituted by George Washington and confirmed by Abraham Lincoln for the fourth Thursday of November.  Both presidents explain that Thanksgiving is for the express pu ...

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Blessed Alvaro del Portillo

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
The week before last I was on retreat with a number of other priests from around the northeast.  During meals we listened to a book on tape about a recently Beatified Bishop.  His name was Bishop Alvaro del Portillo.  Have you ever heard of him? I ...

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Popes of Our Times

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Recently, I glanced at a secular newspaper and saw an interesting statistic.  Of the last nine popes – going back to Blessed Pius XI (1846-1878) – three have been canonized: Pius X, John XXIII and John Paul II; two have been beatified: Pius XI and P ...

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