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From the Desk of Fr. Mike

From the Desk of Fr. Mike

Parish Synod Evangelization Teams

Posted by Anne Serwe on 1/30/23

Last week the Archbishop kicked off the first year of the implementation of the Parish Synod Evangelization teams.  It began with the gathering of the many “apostles” from each parish of the Archdiocese.  Each pastor throughout the Archdiocese has been called on to name up to 12 people who ... Read More »

Faithful Encourage to Participate Fully in Liturgy

Posted by Anne Serwe on 1/23/23

The Second Vatican Council’s constitution on the Divine Liturgy: Sacrosanctum Concilium; was approved by the assembled bishops in a vote of 2,147 to 4 and promulgated by Pope Paul VI on December 4, 1963. The document calls for the full and active participation of all the faithful. It called ... Read More »

Life is an Adventure

Posted by Anne Serwe on 1/16/23

Life is such an adventure, even when it becomes limited and mysterious. The adventure rests in trying to figure out how to get on with a somewhat “normal” routine when each day new limits and frustrations arise. I have nothing new to report at this time, though by the ... Read More »

Fr. Mike Health Update

Posted by Anne Serwe on 1/09/23

I wish I could tell you clearly what is happening to me, health-wise. I saw a neurosurgeon who after listening to my concerns and studying the MRI of my spine told me that my symptoms didn’t match my MRI findings. He first told me that my spine looks like ... Read More »

The Funeral Mass - It Is Worship

Posted by Anne Serwe on 12/13/22

In a December 4th article in Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse,  Father Jeffery Kirby, STD, who is a Papal Missionary of Mercy and the Pastor of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Indian Land, South Carolina writes:

The season of Advent is the season of hope, which is a ... Read More »

The Promise of God

Posted by Anne Serwe on 12/05/22

A headline from the Associated Press on Tuesday, November 29, 2022: “Census: Christians a minority in England; non-religious grow”.  The lead sentence of the article reads: “Fewer than half the people in England and Wales consider themselves Christian, according to the most recent census — the first time the ... Read More »

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays - An Enlightenment

Posted by Anne Serwe on 11/28/22

I received a note from someone who had an “enlightenment” and wished to pass this realization on to the rest of the parish. In many ways this is a very good suggestion, but in a singular way it is also a clarion call that the world as we know ... Read More »

End of the Liturgical Year

Posted by Anne Serwe on 11/21/22

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe is the last Sunday of the liturgical year, bringing us full circle toward Advent hope. Christ reigns, enthroned in heaven, King of heaven and earth for all time. After listening to stories of his life and ministry through ... Read More »

Love, Commitment and Remembrance

Posted by Anne Serwe on 11/07/22

Jesus said to them,"The children of this age marry and remarry; but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. They can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they ... Read More »

A Story about Expectation & Gratitude

Posted by Anne Serwe on 10/10/22

The first reading of today’s Mass needs a bit of introduction. We are getting the end of the story, but the ending does not give the fullness of the encounter. Naaman is the army commander of the king of Aram. He had leprosy, which is an affliction that could ... Read More »


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