Gaudete Sunday

Gaudete Sunday

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Today, the Third Sunday of Advent, is often titled, “Gaudete Sunday,” or “Rejoice Sunday.”  Why so?  Aren’t we still in Advent, a penitential season? Gaudete Sunday reminds us of Christmas at the end of this season of penance.  It is simi ...

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Dominican Spirituality 2018

Dominican Spirituality 2018

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
In the course of the reform of the Church and the blossoming of the Middle Ages in the 13th century, Our Lord used two men vowed to poverty, chastity and obedience: St. Francis and St. Dominic.  We discussed meditation in the manner of St. Francis last ...

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Purgatory

Purgatory

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
The month of November is dedicated to the ‘Poor Souls’.  Sometimes people see Purgatory as something negative, but it is far from it.  It is a place of God’s mercy and justice that is alluded to in the Scriptures.  November is the month when, in ...

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Mindfulness and Voting

Mindfulness and Voting

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Two weeks ago I wrote on ‘Mindfulness, Mindup, etc’ a Buddhist meditation practice/prayer method.  It is an essential part to Buddhist meditation.  We will have on Holy Trinity’s webpage more important info on this practice which is non-Christian ...

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New Saints

New Saints

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
In the midst of times in society and the Church when hope can seem a bit difficult, it is good to be reminded of the joyful and hopeful example of saints.  Seven new saints were canonized by Pope Francis last Sunday.  Here are a few pieces of informati ...

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The Rosary

The Rosary

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Saint John Paul II said his favorite prayer was the Rosary.  St. (Padre) Pio said the Rosary is the weapon!  October is dedicated as the month of Our Lady of the Rosary.  It is so named for the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, October 7th.  It takes ...

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Faith Alone

Faith Alone

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Thank you to those who took time to come out to hear our two speakers last weekend: -- Peter Howard on parenting -- Darrell Miller on living the Faith in the world – he converted to Catholicism while playing professional baseball in the Califor ...

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Feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Feast of the 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.  B ...

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Education and Truth

Education and Truth

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
We would be remiss if we did not thank one of our devoted office staff for her (almost) eleven years of dedication to Our Lord and His people at Holy Trinity.  I was told by Cathy Morrison not to mention her name so I won’t – at least after this sen ...

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Humanae Vitae 4

Humanae Vitae 4

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
As we continue our consideration of the landmark encyclical of Blessed Pope Paul VI, the question may arise: “If a couple is facing serious/grave circumstances – physical, economic, psychological or social – there seems to be no option to avoid pre ...

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