Mindfulness

Mindfulness

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
You may recall last week’s announcement re: ‘mindfulness’ that is being taught and practiced at some of our local elementary schools and one middle school.  ‘Mindfulness’ is taught as a method to relieve and deal with stress; a way of controll ...

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Scripture Alone

Scripture Alone

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Many of you probably found a letter to Catholics on your windshield after Masses last weekend.  It was written by a person of the evangelical/fundamentalist persuasion.  I do not know if the author delivered them himself – it’s a good bit of legwor ...

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Patriotism

Patriotism

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Have you ever lived/traveled outside of the United States for a length of time?  When you returned what was one of the first things you noticed upon your return?  Wasn’t it the United States Flag?  Didn’t the flag mean you were home? Have you e ...

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Cardinal Borromeo

Cardinal Borromeo

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
In light of the climate in the Church these days, it may be good for us to take a tour through history to highlight just a very few heroic priests, bishops, cardinals and others.  I take the following events from Magnificat’s August edition. Many o ...

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Abuse

Abuse

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Two weeks ago the priests planned to preach on the Holy Eucharist, particularly on proper reverence for Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.  Instead, we had to preach on the recently released priest scandals that occurred in Pennsylvania over the past 70 years ...

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St. Maximilian Kolbe

St. Maximilian Kolbe

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
In late July, 1941 a prisoner escaped from the Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz.  He knew that ten prisoners would be starved to death as retribution for his escape – such was one means of the Nazis to prevent escape.  After the ten men had been ch ...

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John Vianney

John Vianney

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
How much influence could a poor, uneducated parish priest in a village of 230 people have in the world?  The priest’s name was John Vianney.  He was to have a huge impact in France in the mid-1800s. The Cure d’ Ars understood the battle for soul ...

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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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Peter and Paul

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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