Socialism in Papal Documents

Socialism in Papal Documents

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Continuing our discussion of Socialism per recent popes.  Both St. John Paul II and Benedect XVI lived under socialist/communist regimes – John Paul in Poland with Nazis then Communists; Benedict in Germany with Nazis then in Bavaria with Communi ...

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Socialism Part 1

Socialism Part 1

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
In recent weeks we have heard a bit more conversation on socialism.  In simple terms, socialism is a social doctrine where there is centralized ownership and control of goods.  Private property is limited as often are related rights – educat ...

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Saint Valentine

Saint Valentine

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Thank you to all of our couples who came out for Renewal of Marriage Vows Mass on St. Valentine’s Day!  It was a terrific turnout.  Holy Trinity is blessed with so many families.  At the Mass our couples ranged from less than two years ...

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What is a consecrated vocation?

What is a consecrated vocation?

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
What is a consecrated vocation?  Is it for the societal inept?  Why aren’t there more priests and sisters?  How are vocations to the consecrated life fostered? The essence of a consecrated vocation is similar to that of a married voc ...

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March for Life 2019

March for Life 2019

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
If my memory serves me correctly – which is a dangerous statement – I failed to thank all who remembered us priests at Christmastime.  Thank you for your many prayers and gifts – especially the sweets that have produced the need for more exer ...

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Snow, Winona, Saints & Technology

Snow, Winona, Saints & Technology

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
We hope everyone made it safe and sound through our first snow of 2019! I was trying to return from the Midwest in the midst of the snowstorm –O joy! In the midst of spending a good many hours in airports large and small, I noticed an incredible ...

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March for Life

March for Life

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Again, we clergy hope that your new year has begun in a holy and joyful manner!  How are those New Year’s resolutions going?! Over the last week I have been reminded that we have hit the flu and cold season.  As we have done in the past, ...

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Epiphany 2019

Epiphany 2019

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 ...

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Holy Family 2018

Holy Family 2018

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.&nb ...

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4th Sunday of Advent 2018

4th Sunday of Advent 2018

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Hear and let it penetrate into your heart, my dear little son: let nothing discourage you, nothing depress you.  Let nothing alter your heart or your countenance.  Also do not fear any illness or vexation, anxiety or pain.  Am I not here w ...

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