Collegians and Alessandro Serenelli’s Letter

Collegians and Alessandro Serenelli’s Letter

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
As our collegians head back to school, and our high schoolers, middle schoolers and elementary children prepare to get back to the books, we wish all of you a very safe, educational and holy year.  Remember the truths of your Catholic Faith that Je ...

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Steubenville Visit

Steubenville Visit

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
I was reminded recently why the Church does not allow couples to write their own vows.  On one occasion – many years ago - the groom said to his wife, With this wing I thee red! If you were not able to catch our Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. musica ...

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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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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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Franciscan Spirituality

Franciscan Spirituality

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
All the clergy hope that everyone had a holy, peaceful and joyful Thanksgiving! As we work our way through some of the various types of meditation in the Church, the system I hope to follow is chronological.  Last week, we discussed Benedictine medit ...

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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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