Together in Spirit

2019 archive of From the Desk of Fr. Mike

2019 archive of From the Desk of Fr. Mike

Visiting Mission Priest the weekend of July 20 & 21

Posted by Anne Serwe on 7/15/19

Fr. Leon Martin from the Society of the Catholic Apostolate or as they are known, Pallottines, is presiding here at St. Joe’s next weekend—July 20 & 21.

Pallottines is a religious community of over 2300 members spread over several countries in the five continents. It was founded in Rome ... Read More »

Holiness is not a Contest

Posted by Anne Serwe on 7/08/19

This is an excerpt of Pope Francis’ homily on the feast of St. Peter/St.Paul  June 29th:

The Apostles Peter and Paul stand before us as witnesses. They never tired of preaching and journeying as missionaries from the land of Jesus to Rome itself. Here they gave their ultimate witness, ... Read More »

God's Love for Us

Posted by Anne Serwe on 7/01/19

Harley and Carlotta Flor told me that last Sunday was their 68th wedding anniversary. In making an announcement to the community about this wonderful event I transposed the numbers and told everyone that it was their 86 wedding anniversary. Deacon Tom leaned into me and said that he did ... Read More »

Eucharist is a Gift

Posted by Anne Serwe on 6/26/19

The Eucharist is such an amazing gift to us. It is Jesus’ way of being with us always. It is such a simple gift; bread transformed into his body; wine become his blood. At the same time it is beyond human comprehension to understand how the God who created ... Read More »

Being Prepared

Posted by Anne Serwe on 6/17/19

It seems that the majority of mass shootings occur either in schools or churches. Most schools have adjusted their security styles to limit access into the school and to protect their students throughout the day. They have fire as well as shooter drills to practice what happens in those ... Read More »

The Holy Spirit is Active in our Lives

Posted by Anne Serwe on 6/13/19

I was confirmed in fourth grade. The teaching of the time was with the onset of the Holy Spirit I would become a soldier for Christ. To punctuate this idea first the bishop would anoint me with Chrism Oil and then he would tap me on my cheek as ... Read More »

Take Time to Slow Down

Posted by Anne Serwe on 6/03/19

A few years ago I began to confront the manic interiority that I was raised in. Growing up I was always be busy doing something. If I had a break in the action, my mother or father would find something for me to do. This led to a certain ... Read More »

Appreciating Wisdom

Posted by Anne Serwe on 5/28/19

Tuesday is the 36 year anniversary of my ordination to priesthood. When I was a younger priest I never really appreciated the collected wisdom that comes with the years of experience. Now I find myself enjoying the fruits of these many years of living as a priest. I used ... Read More »

Accepting Others as They Are

Posted by Anne Serwe on 5/20/19

My mother was a back seat driver of the highest proportion. At almost every intersection she would gasp as she waited for the impact of the on-coming car, even if there were no cars at the intersection. Driving faster than 30 miles an hour was incredibly risky calling for short ... Read More »

Celebration of Life

Posted by Anne Serwe on 5/13/19

I have noticed when the cremation society advertises its services on TV they have survivors talking about the “celebration of life” of the deceased person. One woman says that when she dies she doesn’t want anyone standing over her coffin crying; instead she wants a celebration of her life. ... Read More »


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