Humanae Vitae

Humanae Vitae

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
In a few weeks we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the landmark modern papal documents: Humanae Vitae – or Of Human Life.  It is worthwhile that we discuss the time period, the actual document’s teaching on marriage and the results – ...

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SOTB – Peter and Paul

SOTB – Peter and Paul

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Thank you to everyone who participated and coordinated our Vacation Bible School.  In particular, thank you to Mrs. Jennifer Carmichael and Mrs. Catherine Cobos.  We hope the week was enjoyable as well as instructive in the Faith for the children! I ...

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Fatherhood 2018

Fatherhood 2018

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
On behalf of the spiritual fathers of the parish, we would like to wish all the men in the parish a Happy Fathers’ Day! What is a father?  How important are fathers? A father is not just the man who cooperated with our mothers and God in bringin ...

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Revolution and Education

Revolution and Education

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
How does a revolution occur?  What is a revolution?!  Deus Vult was the rallying cry of Catholic crusaders in the 1200s.  It means God Wills It!  Re-volt then is a turning away from someone, some power, etc. Most of us have studied in our basic hi ...

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Zimbabwe Pastor Martyred

Zimbabwe Pastor Martyred

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Last week I read a note written by a Zimbabwe pastor who was martyred for the Faith.  A number of people asked for a copy.  Perhaps, it would be helpful to many of us!  It is a tremendous testament of faith.  Can I say the same?! I am part of the ...

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PCPS Family Life Education

PCPS Family Life Education

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
A belated congratulations to our confirmandi who received God, the Holy Spirit last Saturday, May 12th.  I believe both groups will remember their confirmation for years to come.  I would hope because of the spiritual focus of each.  I would think sec ...

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Alfie Evans

Alfie Evans

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
What happens when secular, socialist ideas are lived out?  When God-less judges, politicians and health officials, determine what is best for you and your children?  People suffer.  In the case of Alfie Evans, innocent people are killed. Alfie Evan ...

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Religious Ed 2018

Religious Ed 2018

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
As our formal religious education classes have ended for the year thank you to all of our parents who were dedicated to the religious instruction of your children.  Thank you also to our Director of Religious Education Mrs. Jennifer Carmichael, and her ...

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4th Sunday of Lent 2018

4th Sunday of Lent 2018

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
As we are continuing our Lenten fast, the following passages may be of help in our understanding of penance.  The quotes are from St. Josemaria Escriva, Friends of God. Penance is fulfilling exactly the timetable you have fixed for yourself, even tho ...

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Fr. Ciszek & Prayer of Surrender

Fr. Ciszek & Prayer of Surrender

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Have you ever come across the “Prayer of Surrender” by Fr. Walter Ciszek, SJ?  He was a missionary to Communist Russia in the mid-20th century.  He was arrested and was placed in a work camp for roughly twenty years.  He spent the years 1940-1955 ...

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