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From the Desk of Fr. Mike

From the Desk of Fr. Mike

2017 Summer Festival Results Are In!

Posted by Anne Serwe on 10/02/17

The Festival Committee is pleased to share with you the financial results for the 2017 Summer Festival. Net profits for this year's Festival exceeded $102,000. Congratulations to all!! This is a new record and a major milestone! Proceeds from the Festival go directly into St. Joe's operating budget - ... Read More »

Vision Building for St. Joe's

Posted by Anne Serwe on 9/25/17

Last Spring the Pastoral Council worked on producing a vision statement that would give guidance over the next several years. They consulted staff members and volunteers as they formulated a statement that starts by saying: “In fifteen years Saint Joseph of the Lakes will….”  This was work that I ... Read More »

Fr. Mike's Knee Surgery Set

Posted by Anne Serwe on 9/19/17

On September 11, we received the permission necessary to sell our parish house so that we can proceed to build the new one. Do not be surprised when you see a "for sale" sign posted in the front yard. As I am preparing for my September 26 surgery I am realizing that ... Read More »

The Kneecap Needs Replacement

Posted by Anne Serwe on 9/11/17

Several weeks ago while walking up the stairs of my house I felt something move in my right knee. It did not hurt; it just reminded me of the first time I damaged my knee replacement. That time was the Good Friday after I had my right knee replaced and I felt ... Read More »

Hurricane Harvey Relief

Posted by Anne Serwe on 9/05/17

Archbishop Bernard Hebda is asking all parishes of the Archdiocese to join with Catholics around the county to take up a second collection on the weekend of September 9 & 10 for Hurricane Harvey Emergency Relief.

The funds given to this collection will support the humanitarian and recovery efforts ... Read More »

The Eclipse & Belonging to one Nation

Posted by Anne Serwe on 8/28/17

The ECLIPSE, the ECLIPSE! Man, that story got old by the minute on Monday morning. I was so glad that our sky turned too cloudy to see the sun so that I was exonerated from having to go outside to see IT. I think it was a great distraction from our national ... Read More »

Our Parish Festival - A Wonderful Moment in Time

Posted by Anne Serwe on 8/21/17

Ya done good kid! ...Ya done good! Our parish festival was a wonderful moment in time. The Blessed Mother did her part and the rains were held to a bare minimum. The cool air did not seem to affect the beer sales and I loved seeing all the smiling ... Read More »

Festival Celebration

Posted by Anne Serwe on 8/14/17

Welcome to everyone who is visiting us this weekend as we celebrate our festival. There are all sorts of volunteers who want to make your day with us a celebration not only of our parish community, but also of our place within the Lino Lakes community. As I visit ... Read More »

A Welcoming Community

Posted by Anne Serwe on 8/07/17

I returned from my vacation late Saturday night so I decided to visit a neighboring parish for Sunday Mass. Unlike you, this is a rare occasion for me, since I belong here to pastor you.  It was an enlightening experience that allowed me to treasure our parish even more. ... Read More »

Saying Goodbye

Posted by Anne Serwe on 7/24/17

I have been distracted the past couple of weeks which has gotten in the way of my column. You see Mr. Peabody (my cat) had come in from some nocturnal activity two weeks ago and he was missing his right front canine tooth. He had a kind of tangle toothed ... Read More »


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