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From the Desk of Fr. Mike

From the Desk of Fr. Mike

How to Welcome the Newly Initiated

Posted by Anne Serwe on 5/01/17

This past week our confirmation candidates made their way to the Basilica of St. Mary and received the completion of their initiation into the life of the Catholic Church. I struggle with what Confirmation is becoming for too many of our young people. Instead of seeing this moment as ... Read More »

Thank You

Posted by Anne Serwe on 4/24/17

We certainly had a beautiful entry into the Easter season!  I want to thank all who helped our community step into this season of the resurrection. Andrea Grasse with the choir, the accompanists and the cantors created wonderful music to celebrate the movement from Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday.  ... Read More »

Easter Blessings

Posted by Anne Serwe on 4/18/17

Halleluiah – He is risen!

It was on the ‘first day of the week’ that Mary of Magdala and the disciples discovered the empty tomb where Jesus had been laid, a perfect time for something ‘new’ to unfold among the human family. The resurrection of Jesus assures us of ... Read More »

From the First Eucharist Retreat

Posted by Anne Serwe on 4/03/17

Over 70 of our 2nd grade children preparing for their First Eucharist joined together this past Saturday for our First Eucharist Retreat. Thank you to the parents/guardians for volunteering by serving as group leaders and leading the five activity stations; Bread Making, Centering Prayer/Letter to Jesus, Church Tour, Rosary, and Host and Wine ... Read More »

Thank You from Diocese of Mandeville, Jamaica

Posted by Anne Serwe on 3/28/17

Dear Fr. Mike,

On behalf of missionaries throughout the world, I want to sincerely thank you and your parish family for the most generous response made to my appeal for assistance. As you know, your parish collected $17,000.00!

You can’t imagine how much we appreciate your support and care. ... Read More »

Pastoral Conversion

Posted by Anne Serwe on 3/20/17

This past Monday Pope Francis celebrated his 4th anniversary as Pope. Many are calling his reforms a “pastoral conversion”. The idea is that when the Church, not just its clergy, but all of its “missionary disciples” learn how to be pastors to humanity as Jesus was, then the churches will ... Read More »

Who sits in Judgement?

Posted by Anne Serwe on 3/13/17

Last week I went to the movie “The Shack”.  It was pretty true to the book that had been published in 2007.  For me it captures perfectly the crucial issue concerning our salvation.  In a central scene, the main character is asked to sit upon a throne of judgement ... Read More »

This Season of Reflection

Posted by Anne Serwe on 3/06/17

Last Wednesday, on Ash Wednesday, we entered the season of preparation for Easter, which we call Lent. As Advent is meant to be a preparation time for Christmas so Lent is meant to help us focus more clearly on the most magnificent Church season of her calendar year.  On ... Read More »

Acting out of the Goodness of God

Posted by Anne Serwe on 2/21/17

While I was growing up, my family lived four blocks away from our parish church. We often would walk to church since it seemed more convenient than getting into the car and driving over to the full parking lot and struggling to find a place to put the car. ... Read More »

The Difficulty in Renewing the Church

Posted by Anne Serwe on 2/13/17

Over the past several weeks there has been a major controversy stirring between the Knights of Malta and Pope Francis. It began with the grand master firing the third-in-charge (the chancellor) of the Order because there had been a moment when the Knights were distributing condoms to people in ... Read More »


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