Together in Spirit

From the Desk of Fr. Mike

From the Desk of Fr. Mike

Who Will Serve the People?

Posted by Anne Serwe on 11/01/16

I remember the days of the political machine which could produce great good for our society. There were problems with it, yes, it was an "old boy's club" that encouraged us to vote for the incumbent Representative or Senator because the longer they stayed in office the more Federal ... Read More »

What Makes a 'Good Person'

Posted by Anne Serwe on 10/25/16

I am always put off by the person who describes himself or herself as a 'good person'.  This description reeks of self-justification and a general lack of reality.  God didn't send his Son into the world to rescue good people.  He sent his Son into a world filled with ... Read More »

The Personal Encounter

Posted by Anne Serwe on 10/17/16

From Last Sunday's Gospel: "Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?"  

This is a classic case of misdirection which catches most who read it. It seems that Jesus is concerned about the gratitude ... Read More »

Looking to the future

Posted by Anne Serwe on 10/11/16

On the very first day that I celebrated Mass in the "new' church I had several parishioners complain to me that they just couldn't hear all that I had said during my homily.  I think they were frustrated because they didn't know why everyone else was laughing as I ... Read More »

The Gift of Marriage

Posted by Anne Serwe on 10/03/16

This weekend I will be in McGregor, Minnesota witnessing and blessing the marriage of an old friend's son. it will take place at Holy Family Church in McGregor. From that experience I will be traveling up towards Alexandria to have a little Fall vacation. I return on Friday to ... Read More »

Catholics for Choice

Posted by Anne Serwe on 9/19/16

I hate duplicity in any form, and in the full page ad in the Star Tribune this misleading advertisement can cause one to speculate that one can pick and choose from the Church's social teachings.  I applaud the Minnesota Catholic Conference for challenging this duplicity with a very clearly ... Read More »

Making Jesus Real in our Local Community

Posted by Anne Serwe on 9/12/16

The Catholic parish exists to make Jesus Christ a reality for the particular area in which it is established. For us that means we exist to make Jesus Christ real for the residents of Lino Lakes, Blaine, Circle Pines, and Lexington. We are empowered to do this by encountering ... Read More »

Camping Adventures

Posted by Anne Serwe on 9/06/16

In my earlier years I would go camping with my father and brother.  These would be epic journeys in which we would face major mechanical, natural and personal challenges.  We usually went for a week or two right around Labor Day.  I was on the edge of the Boundary ... Read More »

Set the Earth on Fire!

Posted by Anne Serwe on 8/15/16

Jesus said to his disciples: "I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!" (Mt 12:49) We have a fire pit on the west end of the campus. There is usually a pile of brush sitting a few steps away and ... Read More »

How quickly the harvest time comes!

Posted by Anne Serwe on 8/11/16

How quickly the harvest time comes! It seemed not too long ago that the ground was just thawing and now we are enjoying the fruit of our gardens. Sadly I have already noticed some leaves beginning to color as we are in the early stages of the impending Fall. ... Read More »

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