Together in Spirit

2018 archive of From the Desk of Fr. Mike

2018 archive of From the Desk of Fr. Mike

Welcome to Festival Weekend

Posted by Anne Serwe on 8/13/18

Welcome to everyone who is visiting us this weekend as we celebrate our Summer Festival. There are all sorts of volunteers who want to make your day with us a celebration not only of our parish community, but also of our place within the Lino Lakes community. Thank you ... Read More »

Feeding Five Thousand

Posted by Anne Serwe on 8/08/18

In today’s Gospel reading the crowd gathers around Jesus because he gave them a sign by feeding the five thousand gathered with five barley loaves and a few fish. They saw the disciples gather 12 baskets of leftovers from this meal. The sign was about how abundant God is, ... Read More »

Understanding the Eucharist

Posted by Anne Serwe on 7/31/18

For the next several weeks we shift from listening to St. Mark’s gospel to listening to St. John’s sixth chapter. It is the heart of our understanding of the Eucharist as a Catholic Church. If you get a chance please read this chapter of John’s gospel on your own ... Read More »

Message from Driving?

Posted by Anne Serwe on 7/22/18

Last week I started out on my vacation which was beginning at Pelican Lake. I got lost traveling north in Anoka trying to stay on highway 169. Instead, I got twisted up and ended up going north on highway 47. As I passed through St. Francis I became more ... Read More »

God's Grace

Posted by Anne Serwe on 7/18/18

In Jesus Christ we have redemption by his blood, the forgiveness of transgressions.”

We hear about the great early martyrs who when pressed to deny their relationship with Jesus Christ were willing to shed their blood, lose their property, and see their families destroyed by the Roman persecutors. What ... Read More »

Happy 4th of July

Posted by Anne Serwe on 7/09/18

Blessings to all as we celebrate our Country's birth.  Hope you have time to spend with your friends and family.  As a personal note I will be out of the office on my summer vacation starting July 9 and will be back in the office on July 18.

Knight of Columbus State Gathering

Posted by Anne Serwe on 7/02/18

This weekend the Minnesota State Knights of Columbus will be gathering here at St. Joe’s for the installation of one of our parishioners, Marc Peters, as the State Deputy. I want to welcome the Knights of Columbus State organization and to congratulate Marc on this singular honor. On Saturday night we ... Read More »

Evangelizing in the Best Way Possible!

Posted by Anne Serwe on 6/26/18

Last Monday night I went to the Como Park pavilion where the Saints of Swing performed for an hour and a half. There was no break in the music making and the music was very good. On the outer edges of the sitting area there were open spaces which ... Read More »

Celebrate Father's Day!

Posted by Anne Serwe on 6/18/18

Today we celebrate my 35 years of ministry. My real anniversary was on May 28th which was Memorial Day weekend. Today also is Father’s Day and the Knights of Columbus will be offering all of us ice cream sundaes. As I reflect on the gift of my ordination I ... Read More »

A Wonderful Week

Posted by Anne Serwe on 6/06/18

This past week has been one of the most wonderful weeks of my life. I received a phone call from a man I had helped when he came from Liberia, Africa as a refugee. I met him about fifteen years ago. He worked as an air traffic controller but ... Read More »

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