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From the Desk of Fr. Mike

From the Desk of Fr. Mike

Thoughts and Challenges from Pope Francis' "Gaudete et Exsultate"

Posted by Anne Serwe on 5/07/18

In his Apostolic Exhortation: “Gaudete et exsultate” Pope Francis writes about the call to holiness in today’s world.  In his second chapter he writes about the two subtle enemies of holiness; contemporary gnosticism and contemporary pelagianism. These are profound thoughts and challenges so for the next two weeks I ... Read More »

How are the Rectory Plans coming along?

Posted by Anne Serwe on 4/30/18

The plans for the new rectory were approved by the facilities committee and the bids for contractors have been gathered. With the thawing of the ground the road restrictions will soon be lifted and the work of building the rectory can begin. We asked the Archdiocese for permission to ... Read More »

Snow in April?!?

Posted by Anne Serwe on 4/27/18

It has been many years since last we faced such an epic snowstorm. I had a funeral on Saturday morning and decided to stay for the afternoon Mass. I watched the snow fall but I had no idea of how bad the driving had become. By four fifteen in the afternoon ... Read More »

It was a Wonderful Easter Celebration!

Posted by Anne Serwe on 4/09/18

We had such a wonderful Easter! At each of the triduum liturgies I was overwhelmed with the talent that was being shared by our choir. Our readers did their best as they read the seven major readings for Easter Saturday. This year with a master of ceremonies assisting at our ... Read More »

Hallelujah - He is Risen!

Posted by Anne Serwe on 4/03/18

So many Catholics focus on the death of Jesus and not the resurrection. When we look at the cross we think, Jesus died for my sins. While this is true and good, it is only part of the message! The fact that he rose from the dead and conquered ... Read More »

Celebrate Easter with Us!

Posted by Anne Serwe on 3/26/18

As we enter into this most holy time of the Church’s calendar my hope is that you will be able to take time to join the community in its celebration of the Triduum. These celebrations highlight the most important events of our faith life. We celebrate the gift of ... Read More »

The Confessional is a Beautiful Place

Posted by Anne Serwe on 3/19/18

For many years I had the impression that Christianity was a self-improvement program. I thought we were given the sacrament of Reconciliation with hope that we can make promises that we would change our behavior but as I have gotten older I have discovered this is a very misleading ... Read More »

God's Works Visible Through Man

Posted by Anne Serwe on 3/14/18

Jesus answered, “Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him”. This is Jesus’ response to the apostles question of who sinned to make the man be born blind: himself or his parents. What an odd and interesting ... Read More »

Jesus Bringing us to Wholeness

Posted by Anne Serwe on 3/05/18

We have several catechumens who will be baptized at the Easter Vigil and because of that we shift from the ordinary readings of the Sundays of Lent to what we experts would call the “Year A” readings. There are three Gospel readings that the Church deems extremely important for ... Read More »

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 »

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