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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Blessed Solanus Casey

Blessed Solanus Casey

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Have you ever heard of Barney Casey?  No, he is not ‘Mighty Casey’ from the poem!  Actually, many would not have classified him as able to do much when he was ordained a priest. Barney came from a large family in Oak Grove, Wisconsin. At the age ...

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Thanksgiving Proclamation George Washington

Thanksgiving Proclamation George Washington

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
There are those in our society who would argue against public officials advocating/practicing public prayer to Almighty God.  George Washington would disagree.  As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, it is worthwhile to include our first president’ ...

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Halloween

Halloween

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
I hope all of our youngsters will have an enjoyable and holy All Saints’ Eve!  One may ask, “What is All Saints’ Eve?”  “Father, don’t you mean ‘Halloween?’”  Yes, the two are one and the same.  Halloween takes its name from the fea ...

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Retreat 2017

Retreat 2017

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Thank you to everyone who have been a part of helping us celebrate the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions in Fatima this year.  Particularly, thank you to those who helped with our consecrations to Jesus through Mary, our Rosary processions a ...

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Fr. Stanley Rother

Fr. Stanley Rother

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Thank you to all of our ministries who offered their time at Ministry Weekend last weekend. For those recent graduates of high school who have remained in the area, we have a college-age Bible Study every Sunday evening from 7:30-8:30pm in the office ...

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Padre Pio

Padre Pio

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
On September 23rd we celebrate a recent saint: St. Pio of Pietrelcina, a.k.a. Padre Pio.  He was canonized by Saint John Paul II in 2000.  To summarize his life: the extraordinary became the ordinary. Padre Pio was a Capuchin Franciscan priest who l ...

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Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Where were you on September 5, 1997? Or, the week after? September 5, 1997 was the day Mother Teresa of Calcutta died.  The week following saw the world celebrate her life in a way few of us have seen of any individual.  Her funeral was attended by ...

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The Pope and Infallibility

The Pope and Infallibility

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
St. Ambrose, the great bishop of Milan, wrote in the late three hundreds (fourth century): Where there is Peter, there is the Church.  Where there is the Church, there is Christ. Our Lord spoke to Peter alone in Matthew 16: 18-20, ‘Thou art rock an ...

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Education and College

Education and College

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
One of the beautiful experiences in a parish is interacting with tremendous people.  At times, such an experience can last many years.  At other times, it may only last a few years.  In the case of our Youth Minister, Tim Judge, we have had four treme ...

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