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From the Desk of Fr. Mike

Ad Limina Visits Coming Soon

Posted by Anne Serwe on 11/11/19

The United States bishops have begun their ad limina visits. In the Roman Catholic Church, a quinquennial visit ad limina, more fully ad limina apostolorum or simply an ad limina visit, means the obligation of residential diocesan bishops and certain prelates with territorial jurisdiction (such as territorial abbots), of ... Read More »

The Church is a Very Big Place

Posted by Anne Serwe on 11/04/19

The synod of the Amazon bishops that took place in Rome has ended. According to several sources they covered many different issues, including the possibility of ordaining married men and ordaining women as deacons. These have been publicly discussed issues. How the Pope will respond to the recommendations that ... Read More »

God be Merciful to Me

Posted by Anne Serwe on 10/28/19

Often times in the confessional the nervous penitent will freeze up just before they pray the act of contrition. I cannot blame them. Even though we have two different versions of the act of contrition posted in several places within the confessional it can be rather daunting to actually ... Read More »

God Inspires Us to Pray & Act

Posted by Anne Serwe on 10/21/19

In today’s first reading the Israelites are battling Amalek and his army. Moses stands on a hill overlooking the battle. He has the staff of God in his hand. As long as he keeps the staff raised above his head the Israelites had the better of the fight. When ... Read More »

Faith in Action

Posted by Anne Serwe on 10/07/19

2 Then the LORD answered me and said: Write down the vision clearly upon the tablets, so that one can read it readily. 3 For the vision still has its time, presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint; if it delays, wait for it, it will surely come, it will ... Read More »

Care of the Poor

Posted by Anne Serwe on 9/30/19

Prov. 19:17. He who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, and He will repay him for his good deed.

There is a strong implication within our culture of misinterpreting the biblical message through the lens of the “gospel of prosperity”. We are tempted to make ... Read More »

We are all Stewards

Posted by Anne Serwe on 9/23/19

In the first reading the prophet Amos aims a sharp attack against the business people of his time: “Hear this, you who trample upon the needy and destroy the poor of the land!  "When will the new moon be over," you ask, "that we may sell our grain, and the ... Read More »

We are God's Sheep

Posted by Anne Serwe on 9/16/19

Over the course of years I have found the first reading this Sunday to be very curious. As God grows angry with the Israelites because they have begun worshipping a god of their own making, He threatens to wipe them out and to start over with Moses’ children. Moses becomes the ... Read More »

Each Person is a Brother/Sister

Posted by Anne Serwe on 9/09/19

In the second reading this weekend St. Paul is writing a letter to Philemon. This is one of the shortest books in the bible, comprising a single page, yet in some ways it is one of the more interesting. Philemon owns a slave named Onesimus who has run away and ... Read More »

Teaching the Lives of the Saints

Posted by Anne Serwe on 9/03/19

I like watching the afternoon westerns on ME TV, especially the old Gunsmoke reruns that are shown at lunch time. Growing up my mom would never let us watch the show, so much of the stories are pretty new to me. It occurred to me a while ago that ... Read More »

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