Parish Mission 2018

Parish Mission 2018

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
This weekend we begin our parish mission.  You may be scratching your head wondering why we are having a parish mission so close to our last one – last November with Fr. Riley.  Well, often parish missions/retreats are done during Lent as a way of pr ...

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Lent 2018

Lent 2018

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Thank you to everyone who were able to participate in our 10th anniversary of our church on February 2, 2018!  It is a great gift to have a parish church.  In the last twenty years many parishes have been closed around the country.  In some countries ...

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Consecrated Life

Consecrated Life

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Recently, I was speaking with a young woman who entered a cloistered monastery to be a nun.  You may be thinking that cloistered means silence and seclusion from the world.  Yes and Yes.  That said, at times, priests may speak with those who are clois ...

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10th Anniversary of Our Church Dedication

10th Anniversary of Our Church Dedication

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
40 days after Christmas we celebrate in the Church year the Presentation of Jesus (and Mary) in the Temple.  The ritual of purification was part of Jewish practice 40 days after childbirth.  It is also the day in the Church year when there is a particu ...

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St. Francis de Sales

St. Francis de Sales

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Thank you again to everyone who got out to march for the unborn – and those who spent time in prayer.  Thank you as well to everyone who helped behind the scenes.  We hope and pray that this year is the last year we have to march for protection of th ...

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Abby Johnson and Pro-Choice vs Pro-Abortion

Abby Johnson and Pro-Choice vs Pro-Abortion

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
On behalf of all of us priests, thank you for all of your prayers – many novenas of Masses, cards and gifts this past Christmas.  May Our Lord grant you many graces for your generosity! A week from today - Sunday, 1/21/18 - we will have a great opp ...

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Christmas Thanks for 2017

Christmas Thanks for 2017

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
As we begin the new year of 2018 it is good to thank all those who had a part in a beautiful and memorable Christmas 2017 at Holy Trinity. Thank you to all involved in our music, particularly Mrs. Kathy Cumber, Mr. Jim Westerhouse, Mr. John Downes, ou ...

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Ode to Fr. Shelton

Ode to Fr. Shelton

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
As we enter upon another year in the year of Our Lord – Anno Domini, or A.D. – there is one individual who we should consider: Fr. Jim Shelton, our retired, resident priest.  He has lived at Holy Trinity since early 2011 after a number of years as a ...

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4th Sunday of Advent 2017

4th Sunday of Advent 2017

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. (Lk 2:16) The shepherds journeyed in haste to find the Baby Jesus.  These lowly ones of society received the words of the angels with faith.  After Mary and Joseph, ...

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3rd Sunday of Advent 2017

3rd Sunday of Advent 2017

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Perhaps, a word or two of explanation re: the schedule for Christmas Eve.  As you may have noticed, there is no 4pm Mass on Christmas Eve.  There were a few considerations in making the decision to leave off the 4pm Vigil. How many families are go ...

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