Priesthood

Priesthood

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Years ago Bishop Fulton J. Sheen wrote a book entitled, The Priest Is Not His Own.  The priest is not ordained to make money, amass possessions, receive worldly honors, live in comfort and leisure.  He is called to live as alter Christus, ...

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Pentecost 2021

Pentecost 2021

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
How many legions does the Pope have? Such are the words of Josef Stalin, perhaps the most inhumane communist dictator of the Soviet Union.  The words are quite ironic as Stalin is in his grave and the Catholic Church continues.  There have ...

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Cordileone, Olmstead and Aquila on Holy Communion and Abortion

Cordileone, Olmstead and Aquila on Holy Communion and Abortion

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
If you find that you are unwilling or unable to abandon your advocacy for abortion, you should not come forward to receive Holy Communion. To publicly affirm the Catholic faith while at the same time publicly rejecting one of its most fundamental teachi ...

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Our Lady of Fatima

Our Lady of Fatima

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
In October of 1917 the beginnings of the Communist Revolution in Russia were taking place (As with most revolutions, it had been prepared for months – even years – through chaos and division.  Sound familiar?)  The Bolshevik revolution was ...

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Saint Pius V

Saint Pius V

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Imagine a world wherein the Church was being split from within and attacked from without in ways that the world had not seen.  This would be the 1500s in which Pope St. Pius V lived.  As we celebrate his feast day this week, April 30, this Dom ...

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Three Transcendentals

Three Transcendentals

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
There are three transcendentals that the Catholic Church seeks to bring to the world: Truth, Beauty and Goodness. Our Lord charged the Apostles, Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son a ...

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Divine Mercy 2021

Divine Mercy 2021

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Congratulations to all who were received into the Catholic Church and all who received sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation at the Easter Vigil.    May your fervor for Jesus, especially in the Holy Eucharist at Mas ...

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Holy Week 2021

Holy Week 2021

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Please mark your calendars for Holy Week’s liturgies.  To get the full impact of Easter, it is necessary to be a part of the Church’s liturgies from Holy Thursday to Easter.  The Mass of the Lord’s Supper will occur on Holy Thursday at 4 ...

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Fr. Joe Peek RIP

Fr. Joe Peek RIP

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
So, March of 2020 we were told we had to ‘flatten the curve’ by scientists, politicians, media and big tech.   We were told it would be fifteen days to limit everything we do; limit life; shut down?!  I am happy to put March 16th behi ...

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Solemnity of St. Joseph

Solemnity of St. Joseph

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
As we prepare to celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph this Friday, the following quote from St. Bernardine of Siena (1400s) is a good meditation. Whenever the divine favor chooses someone for a special grace or an exalted position, it endows the per ...

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