Together in Spirit

2017 archive of From the Desk of Fr. Mike

2017 archive of From the Desk of Fr. Mike

From the First Eucharist Retreat

Posted by Anne Serwe on 4/03/17

Over 70 of our 2nd grade children preparing for their First Eucharist joined together this past Saturday for our First Eucharist Retreat. Thank you to the parents/guardians for volunteering by serving as group leaders and leading the five activity stations; Bread Making, Centering Prayer/Letter to Jesus, Church Tour, Rosary, and Host and Wine ... Read More »

Thank You from Diocese of Mandeville, Jamaica

Posted by Anne Serwe on 3/28/17

Dear Fr. Mike,

On behalf of missionaries throughout the world, I want to sincerely thank you and your parish family for the most generous response made to my appeal for assistance. As you know, your parish collected $17,000.00!

You can’t imagine how much we appreciate your support and care. ... Read More »

Pastoral Conversion

Posted by Anne Serwe on 3/20/17

This past Monday Pope Francis celebrated his 4th anniversary as Pope. Many are calling his reforms a “pastoral conversion”. The idea is that when the Church, not just its clergy, but all of its “missionary disciples” learn how to be pastors to humanity as Jesus was, then the churches will ... Read More »

Who sits in Judgement?

Posted by Anne Serwe on 3/13/17

Last week I went to the movie “The Shack”.  It was pretty true to the book that had been published in 2007.  For me it captures perfectly the crucial issue concerning our salvation.  In a central scene, the main character is asked to sit upon a throne of judgement ... Read More »

This Season of Reflection

Posted by Anne Serwe on 3/06/17

Last Wednesday, on Ash Wednesday, we entered the season of preparation for Easter, which we call Lent. As Advent is meant to be a preparation time for Christmas so Lent is meant to help us focus more clearly on the most magnificent Church season of her calendar year.  On ... Read More »

Acting out of the Goodness of God

Posted by Anne Serwe on 2/21/17

While I was growing up, my family lived four blocks away from our parish church. We often would walk to church since it seemed more convenient than getting into the car and driving over to the full parking lot and struggling to find a place to put the car. ... Read More »

The Difficulty in Renewing the Church

Posted by Anne Serwe on 2/13/17

Over the past several weeks there has been a major controversy stirring between the Knights of Malta and Pope Francis. It began with the grand master firing the third-in-charge (the chancellor) of the Order because there had been a moment when the Knights were distributing condoms to people in ... Read More »

Looking to our Future

Posted by Anne Serwe on 2/06/17

The worst of begging for money is coming in the next few weeks. I promise that once we get past the middle of March you will not hear much about giving from me for a while. Hopefully by that time we will also be caught up with our "Invest ... Read More »

A Few News Items

Posted by Anne Serwe on 2/02/17

On Tuesday evening, January 17, the Finance Commission met and with great discussion recommended to me that we move ahead with the ordering of the new sound and AV systems. We have collected over $122,000 as I write this so we are over 80% to our goal. They did ... Read More »

God is Here!

Posted by Anne Serwe on 1/23/17

From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." From Sunday's Gospel.

For the longest time I would read this Gospel message and think that it meant I had to change from my "sinful" ways to become more perfect ... Read More »


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