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From the Desk of Fr. Mike

From the Desk of Fr. Mike

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 »

"Who am I to judge?"

Posted by Anne Serwe on 2/12/18

In one of Pope Francis’ first interviews one reporter asked him about a gay priest. His very famous answer was to say: “Who am I to judge?” It was very personal and an unexpected answer which caused great discomfort for many within the Church who use moral judgements to ... Read More »

Preparing for Lent

Posted by Anne Serwe on 2/06/18

It is Mardi Gras time. There is a group of German people called Speilmanzug, who follow a German way of preparing for Lent by beginning the celebration of Mardi Gras on November 11 at 11:00 pm. From that point until the beginning of Lent they hold several celebrations in which they ... Read More »

Thank You for the Warm Welcome Back

Posted by Anne Serwe on 1/29/18

I am pushing myself too hard; I can tell because twice now in the last week my right knee has “buckled” on me. The first time was at the grocery store and I was able to catch myself on the counter only to be asked by the clerk if ... Read More »

It's about the Commute

Posted by Anne Serwe on 1/22/18

Last week I caught myself being really whiney. It became apparent to me on Friday when I did not really have enough time to drive home, then come back again for a wedding rehearsal. I do not think I would have become so aware of being “whiney”, except that one of the wedding coordinators ... Read More »

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Posted by Anne Serwe on 12/27/17

From Fr. Mike and all of the staff here at St. Joseph of the Lakes we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!


Value - It's a personal & relationship thing

Posted by Anne Serwe on 12/19/17

My parents were very careful to make sure that they evenly divided the value of the Christmas gifts they gave to me and my siblings. I think that they actually believed that we (as children) actually paid more attention to the value of the gift instead of just enjoying ... Read More »

Updates on Knees & Parish Rectory

Posted by Anne Serwe on 12/12/17

I am getting caught between feeling better and still being limited. I enjoyed joining the 8:30 Mass community last Sunday, but after standing for the opening prayers of the Mass I had to sit through the rest of the Mass. My right knee and muscles in my leg were aching pretty ... Read More »


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