Together in Spirit

From the Desk of Fr. Mike

From the Desk of Fr. Mike

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 »

An Important Visit

Posted by Anne Serwe on 1/18/17

Last week several former inmates of Lino Lakes came to the 10:00 am Mass to catch up with some of the members of the prison ministry. It was good to see them in a fraternal group with Deacon Clarence Shallbetter accompanying them. I did not get as much of ... Read More »

Lets Meet People Where They Are

Posted by Anne Serwe on 1/09/17

Holy Mother Church is going through a very interesting time within the core leadership. Pope Francis has been calling for the church's pastors to be more connected to the people of the Church and less intent on the letter of the law. When you start connecting with people you ... Read More »

Thank You and God's blessings for your New Year!

Posted by Anne Serwe on 12/30/16

My goodness! You have been so kind and generous to me over this holiday season, as I keep telling my brother priests that I am still on my honeymoon with you. Every season keeps getting better and richer as I continue to grow into the family of Saint Joe's ... Read More »

Merry Christmas!

Posted by Anne Serwe on 12/27/16

From Fr. Mike and all of the staff here at St. Joseph of the Lakes we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

We Welcome our Brothers & Sisters

Posted by Anne Serwe on 12/20/16

Next week we will gather with many of our beloved brothers and sisters whom we haven't seen for a while. This is a day to rejoice in, not to complain about. It means certain inconveniences such as losing your butt worn pew space and perhaps even having to sit ... Read More »

In the past -Tribes - Now individuals

Posted by Anne Serwe on 12/14/16

We come from a very tribal background. The tribes arise from significant individuals who establish a bloodline and customs in which eventually a culture arises that is unique to itself. Scripturally we see this in the rise of Abraham, a man who was old and childless who trusted in ... Read More »

Advent Longings

Posted by Anne Serwe on 12/05/16

Throughout the past weekend (Thanksgiving holiday) I was amused by the many cars driving up and down Lake Drive with a Christmas tree tied onto the roof of the car. It reminded me of days long ago when the deer hunters would wrap their trophy buck either on the ... Read More »

Have a Blessed Holiday

Posted by Anne Serwe on 11/30/16

I hope you are having a Blessed holiday with your family and friends this weekend. I am so very thankful for the past year and 5 months in which I have had the privilege to be your pastor. You are a great bunch of people to be with!

This ... Read More »

Mystery of the Divine

Posted by Anne Serwe on 11/22/16

 I used to take great comfort in the predictability of my mother and father. I pretty much know how they would react to any given situation. But there were times when they said or did the unpredictable and this always disturbed me even as an adult. It was an ... Read More »


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