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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3rd Sunday of Advent 2017

3rd Sunday of Advent 2017

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Perhaps, a word or two of explanation re: the schedule for Christmas Eve.  As you may have noticed, there is no 4pm Mass on Christmas Eve.  There were a few considerations in making the decision to leave off the 4pm Vigil. How many families are go ...

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First Sunday of Advent 2017

First Sunday of Advent 2017

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
A belated thank you to everyone who took advantage of Fr. Riley’s time with us for our parish mission! Today, we begin our yearly preparation for the Birth of Jesus Christ, Our Savior!  Last year we had a whole four weeks.  This year we have only ...

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Luther Third of 10 Teachings

Luther Third of 10 Teachings

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
We hope everyone had a safe, joyful and holy Thanksgiving!  Let’s not forget that the word ‘Eucharist’ means ‘Thanksgiving’!  The Mass is the greatest Act of Thanksgiving that we can give to Our Lord.  The Spanish understood this truth when ...

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Luther Second of 10 Teachings

Luther Second of 10 Teachings

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Thank you to everyone who helped plan, coordinate and attend our Confirmation Retreat in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  Particularly, thank you to Mrs. Carmichael and Mrs. Cobos for their dedication. Thank you as well to our staff who helped the diocese spon ...

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Luther First of 10 Teachings

Luther First of 10 Teachings

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
500 years ago on October 31st a disgruntled Augustinian monk began his break with the Catholic Church.  Martin Luther was to begin a revolt that has had huge consequences in the last 500 years.  One in particular is that prior to 1517 there were only T ...

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St. John Paul II Hope & Joy

St. John Paul II Hope & Joy

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Thank you again to everyone who helped and came out for our Rosary Procession on the 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun in Fatima, Portugal.  It was beautiful to hear 500+ people praying and singing hymns in honor of Our Lady! You may have n ...

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