Together in Spirit

From the Desk of Fr. Mike

From the Desk of Fr. Mike

What do our Actions Represent?

Posted by Anne Serwe on 4/08/19

About a week ago I received a phone call from a woman who works in “a local restaurant” near Blaine. She had a concern that I think is worthy of passing on. She spoke of how parishioners from St. Joe’s frequent the restaurant after Sunday “services” (Mass) and do not ... Read More »

Mortgage Payoff - Let's Celebrate!

Posted by Anne Serwe on 4/04/19

After 22 years of ups and downs we are coming to the end of the mortgage for the church project. As of April we will owe the bank $16,288.00. We will make our regular payment of $10,000 so that in May we will owe $6,288 and then we will ... Read More »

The Divine Presence

Posted by Anne Serwe on 3/18/19

Today the scriptures speak to us of remarkable encounters with the Divine. In both the first reading and the Gospel highly unusual events take place where God physically interacts with human beings in mystical ways. This is the way we expect God to show Himself when He talks with ... Read More »

The Reflective Time of Lent

Posted by Anne Serwe on 3/11/19

And so it begins.....we enter into one of the more reflective times of the Church’s year: the season of Lent. Hopefully Ash Wednesday provided a good entry into the season. I know that a few of you will have forgotten to abstain from meat, while others will argue that ... Read More »

Week of Contrasts

Posted by Anne Serwe on 3/04/19

This is our last weekend before we begin the great season of Lent. As we gather to enjoy the Variety Show I am reminded of the tradition of Carnival throughout Christian lands. In Brazil, New Orleans, Germany and elsewhere people take this last weekend to celebrate just before they ... Read More »

Actions Speak Louder than Words

Posted by Anne Serwe on 3/04/19

In the Roman times a child was considered the possession of the father. It was only when the child came into its adulthood that it gained any “rights” over its life. Before that time came, the father could decide to destroy it at anytime and there would be no ... Read More »

Something New and Wonderful is in Store for Us

Posted by Anne Serwe on 2/18/19

If Christ is preached as raised from the dead, how can some among you say there is no resurrection of the dead? If the dead are not raised, neither has Christ been raised, and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is in vain; you are still in ... Read More »

We are God's Instruments

Posted by Anne Serwe on 2/12/19

In both the first reading and the Gospel this week as people encountered the holiness of God they are brought to a stunning humility. Isaiah cries out: “Woe is me, I am doomed! For I am a man of unclean lips.” In the Gospel Peter falls to Jesus’ knees ... Read More »

The forecast is for Cold

Posted by Anne Serwe on 2/04/19

As I write this the weather forecasters are announcing that record cold is coming. The last time it was this cold was in 1994 they say. I suspect by tomorrow morning we will be witnesses to boiling water being thrown into the cold air and immediately becoming snow. It ... Read More »

The Father's Love for Us

Posted by Anne Serwe on 1/20/19

No more shall people call you “Forsaken,” or your land “Desolate,” but you shall be called “My Delight,” and your land “Espoused.” For the LORD delights in you and makes your land his spouse. As a young man marries a virgin, your Builder shall marry you; and as a ... Read More »


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