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From the Desk of Fr. Mike

From the Desk of Fr. Mike

The Season to Grow Closer to the Father

Posted by Anne Serwe on 2/20/18

As we enter into this Lenten season some of us have already “blown it” by eating meat on Ash Wednesday or last Friday. Some started Lent with a new discipline like not eating candy only to find themselves with a hand full of M&Ms two days later. This is not a self-improvement ... Read More »

"Who am I to judge?"

Posted by Anne Serwe on 2/12/18

In one of Pope Francis’ first interviews one reporter asked him about a gay priest. His very famous answer was to say: “Who am I to judge?” It was very personal and an unexpected answer which caused great discomfort for many within the Church who use moral judgements to ... Read More »

Preparing for Lent

Posted by Anne Serwe on 2/06/18

It is Mardi Gras time. There is a group of German people called Speilmanzug, who follow a German way of preparing for Lent by beginning the celebration of Mardi Gras on November 11 at 11:00 pm. From that point until the beginning of Lent they hold several celebrations in which they ... Read More »

Thank You for the Warm Welcome Back

Posted by Anne Serwe on 1/29/18

I am pushing myself too hard; I can tell because twice now in the last week my right knee has “buckled” on me. The first time was at the grocery store and I was able to catch myself on the counter only to be asked by the clerk if ... Read More »

It's about the Commute

Posted by Anne Serwe on 1/22/18

Last week I caught myself being really whiney. It became apparent to me on Friday when I did not really have enough time to drive home, then come back again for a wedding rehearsal. I do not think I would have become so aware of being “whiney”, except that one of the wedding coordinators ... Read More »

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Posted by Anne Serwe on 12/27/17

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!


Value - It's a personal & relationship thing

Posted by Anne Serwe on 12/19/17

My parents were very careful to make sure that they evenly divided the value of the Christmas gifts they gave to me and my siblings. I think that they actually believed that we (as children) actually paid more attention to the value of the gift instead of just enjoying ... Read More »

Updates on Knees & Parish Rectory

Posted by Anne Serwe on 12/12/17

I am getting caught between feeling better and still being limited. I enjoyed joining the 8:30 Mass community last Sunday, but after standing for the opening prayers of the Mass I had to sit through the rest of the Mass. My right knee and muscles in my leg were aching pretty ... Read More »

Advent - Something better is Coming

Posted by Anne Serwe on 12/04/17

I now have three stations on my satellite radio that are playing constant Christmas music. I am not sure, but I think if I looked for it I would find on regular radio at least one station dedicated to Christmas music. As I am watching more daytime TV I ... Read More »

Time for a Health Update

Posted by Anne Serwe on 11/27/17

One of the great risks I face every time I have surgery or even dental procedures is that I am prone to developing an infection in my artificial joints. When I go to the dentist I take anti-biotics an hour before my teeth are cleaned. The recovery from my ... Read More »


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