Together in Spirit

From the Desk of Fr. Mike

From the Desk of Fr. Mike

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 »

Enjoying the Patio

Posted by Anne Serwe on 7/10/17

I am finally sitting out on my deck almost every day as the afternoon warms and I am surrounded by beautiful shade trees that keep my deck cooler than the rest of the yard. I do not know who planted those trees so many years ago, but I have ... Read More »

Fr. Mike's 2nd Anniversary as St. Joe's Pastor

Posted by Anne Serwe on 7/03/17

This weekend is my second anniversary of being your pastor. I remember celebrating Mass on that first Saturday evening (the July 4th weekend) and wondering if there were really two thousand families registered, because the church was so empty. Then over the course of the next several weeks I ... Read More »

Thank You Steve Robach & Fathers !!!

Posted by Anne Serwe on 6/19/17

Today we are celebrating Steve Robach’s retirement. He has spent 13 years of dedicated service to our parish. In that time he has helped bring people into the church through the RCIA program. He has helped generate adult faith formation possibilities as well as given direction to the faith ... Read More »

The Father and I are One

Posted by Anne Serwe on 6/12/17

So God created mankind in his own image,in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Gen 1:27

As the author of Genesis reflects on the creation of humanity, it is interesting that God makes us in his image in the midst of a community ... Read More »

Embracing a Greater Identity

Posted by Anne Serwe on 6/07/17

One of the terrible discoveries an infant has to come to is that it is a separate individual distinct from its mother.  We all have to go through this; but before this is discovered there is a long moment in which the infant sees its mother as an extension ... Read More »

Of Richness and Tradition

Posted by Anne Serwe on 5/30/17

Last year Pope Francis published Amoris Laetitia which is his post-synodal reflection of human love and family life. It is a great document giving good pastoral advice for both families and pastors on how we need to really nurture and care for the families within our communities. In a ... Read More »

Reason for Hope

Posted by Anne Serwe on 5/22/17

Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who defame your good conduct in Christ may themselves be put to shame. ... Read More »

We are making something Greater than Ourselves

Posted by Anne Serwe on 5/15/17

Beloved: Come to him, a living stone, rejected by human beings but chosen and precious in the sight of God, and, like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  1Peter 2:4-5

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Who are You?

Posted by Anne Serwe on 5/08/17

When first asked by journalists:” who are you?” Pope Francis replied: “I am a sinner”; just like all of us.  This was at the very beginning of his pontificate and it etched into my consciousness.  Here was a man who knew he was redeemed by Jesus Christ  It was ... Read More »


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