Voting 2019

Voting 2019

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Some things to consider . . . The Virginia Catholic Conference has again given us a helpful guide re: key issues in this year’s elections.  It is good to recall that voting is a choice.  Is it a good choice?  Is a candidate worthy of ...

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Amazon Synod 3

Amazon Synod 3

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Errant: An erroneous conception of sacramental ordination, postulating worship ministers of either sex to perform even shamanic rituals: Answer: “The will of the Church finds its ultimate motivation in the link between celibacy and sacred ordinatio ...

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Amazon Synod 2

Amazon Synod 2

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Last week’s Padre’s Corner began a discussion of certain truths of the Catholic Faith that are confused and even contradicted in the ‘working document’ of the Amazon Synod of Bishops that will occur in Rome next month.  Again, neither a wor ...

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Amazon Synod

Amazon Synod

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
There has been much discussion on the upcoming ‘Amazon Synod’.  A Synod is when a group of bishops gather to discuss certain doctrinal/moral issues.  They then give the Pope a summary of their discussions – perhaps, even advice.  The Amazon Syn ...

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J.R.R. Tolkien to His Son, Michael

J.R.R. Tolkien to His Son, Michael

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
“You speak of 'sagging faith', however. That is quite another matter. In the last resort faith is an act of will, inspired by love. Our love may be chilled and our will eroded by the spectacle of the shortcomings, folly, and even sins of the Church an ...

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Triumph of the Cross

Triumph of the Cross

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
September 14th is the feast of the Triumph of the Cross.  St. Helena, the mother of Constantine, the first Christian Roman Emperor, had a love for the Cross of Jesus.  In the early 320s Helena traveled to the Holy Land to find the True Cross.& ...

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Fr. Tewes Funeral

Fr. Tewes Funeral

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Thank you to everyone who attended and helped with the Funeral Mass for Fr. Tewes that was held here on Tuesday, August 27th.  In particular, thank you to all of our bakers who provided cookies for the Vigil reception as well as Funeral Mass recept ...

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Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Recent days mark the anniversaries of the deaths of two very different public women.  August 31, 1997 Princess Diana of England was killed in a car crash.  If you remember, the news media gave her death and funeral unparalleled coverage; a mod ...

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Fr Eddy Tewes

Fr Eddy Tewes

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Thank you again to our many volunteers who helped with the parish picnic this past weekend!  Whether with prep, set-up, organizing games, serving/cooking food and clean-up, Thank You!  Though the day was very warm, it was good to see a few hun ...

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Fr. Pierre-Jean De Smet

Fr. Pierre-Jean De Smet

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
As I write this column on the Memorial of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, perhaps it would be well to consider a tremendous Jesuit missionary in the United States.  His name was Fr. Pierre-Jean De Smet, S.J.  A Belgian by birth ...

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