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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Lent 2018

Lent 2018

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Thank you to everyone who were able to participate in our 10th anniversary of our church on February 2, 2018!  It is a great gift to have a parish church.  In the last twenty years many parishes have been closed around the country.  In some countries ...

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Consecrated Life

Consecrated Life

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Recently, I was speaking with a young woman who entered a cloistered monastery to be a nun.  You may be thinking that cloistered means silence and seclusion from the world.  Yes and Yes.  That said, at times, priests may speak with those who are clois ...

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St. Francis de Sales

St. Francis de Sales

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Thank you again to everyone who got out to march for the unborn – and those who spent time in prayer.  Thank you as well to everyone who helped behind the scenes.  We hope and pray that this year is the last year we have to march for protection of th ...

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Abby Johnson and Pro-Choice vs Pro-Abortion

Abby Johnson and Pro-Choice vs Pro-Abortion

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
On behalf of all of us priests, thank you for all of your prayers – many novenas of Masses, cards and gifts this past Christmas.  May Our Lord grant you many graces for your generosity! A week from today - Sunday, 1/21/18 - we will have a great opp ...

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