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From the Desk of Fr. Mike

From the Desk of Fr. Mike

How quickly the harvest time comes!

Posted by Anne Serwe on 8/11/16

How quickly the harvest time comes! It seemed not too long ago that the ground was just thawing and now we are enjoying the fruit of our gardens. Sadly I have already noticed some leaves beginning to color as we are in the early stages of the impending Fall. ... Read More »

Turning a corner in the Archdiocese

Posted by Anne Serwe on 8/02/16

Last week was very momentous as Ramsey County dropped the criminal charges against the Archdiocese in exchange for the admission that the Archdiocese had failed to protect children from sexual abuse by clergy. I was grateful that Archbishop Hebda had the capacity to admit that we failed. He took ... Read More »

Bringing about Unity

Posted by Anne Serwe on 7/25/16

Toward the end of the 1400's it was decided that St. Peter's Basilica which had been built by Emperor Constantine in the 4th century should be replaced because it was so old and falling apart. Pope Julius II began the process of replacing the Basilica in 1506 and it ... Read More »

Opportunities for a Divine Encounter

Posted by Anne Serwe on 7/22/16

In the first reading of today's Mass Abraham looks up to see three men standing nearby and he runs to them to beg them to stay that he might give them water to wash their feet and some food to nourish them. It is a remarkable moment in that ... Read More »

The Devil, You Say? By Fr. Paul Scalia

Posted by Mary Nguyen on 7/09/16

Three times in his speech at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, Cardinal Sarah described gender ideology as “demonic”. More recently, Oklahoma City’s Archbishop Coakley used the same word addressing the issue. So did Bishop Paprocki of Springfield regarding gay marriage. A strong word, to be sure. But most people ... Read More »

Forgiveness - a Word we Forget so Often

Posted by Mary Nguyen on 7/09/16

“We Christians have to apologize for so many things, not just for this (treatment of gays), but we must ask for forgiveness, not just apologize. Forgiveness — Lord, it is a word we forget so often.” - Pope Francis on his way back from a trip to Armenia

What ... Read More »

Summer Adventures

Posted by Mary Nguyen on 7/09/16

It is the first day of summer and I am already beginning to feel as if the season has slipped by me.  I am writing on the longest day of the year, now begins the slow and steady descent into the darkness.  These are the days that I have been waiting for, ... Read More »

Active Members Equal a Healthy Church

Posted by Mary Nguyen on 5/20/16

Pope Francis expresses a great concern over clericalism. His experience of it in Latin America convinced him that is was the reason that the Church has been in a death spin in that part of the world. Although almost 90% of South American countries populations would call themselves Catholics, very ... Read More »

Remembering our Mothers

Posted by Mary Nguyen on 5/20/16

A young mother with three children under six tells me that she doesn't pray as much as she should. I ask her how much she thought she should be praying. She wasn't sure, but she just knew she wasn't praying enough. I asked her if she was in some ... Read More »

Prayers & Support (with tape too!)

Posted by Mary Nguyen on 5/20/16

It is amazing at what a piece of tape can do! I saw a therapist for my left knee a couple of weeks ago and she confirmed that I actually had a problem (which I already knew). Once we both knew the problem she began to apply a piece ... Read More »


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