Together in Spirit

2021 archive of From the Desk of Fr. Mike

2021 archive of From the Desk of Fr. Mike

Entering Advent

Posted by Anne Serwe on 11/29/21

Jesus said: “People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these signs begin to happen, stand ... Read More »

What We Believe

Posted by Anne Serwe on 11/22/21

Whether I am reciting the Nicene Creed at Mass or reciting the Apostle’s Creed while praying the rosary I find that while I spend a great amount of time thinking about the earliest parts of the creed: I believe in God…. And slide quickly through the last parts of ... Read More »

Be Kind

Posted by Anne Serwe on 11/09/21

I had lunch with a friend in a restaurant in St. Cloud this past week. Attached to a menu was a printed note asking customers to be patient and kind in these difficult times. The note explained that the restaurant was having difficulty in hiring people as well as ... Read More »

Called to the Priesthood

Posted by Anne Serwe on 10/18/21

“The priest of a church used to come to a hermit to consecrate the Eucharist for him so that he could receive it. But someone else visited the hermit and said evil things about that priest.  The next time the priest came to consecrate as usual the hermit was ... Read More »

Retired Priests Continue to Serve

Posted by Anne Serwe on 10/11/21

In the most recent issue of the Catholic Spirit there was a feature about 10 recently retired priests of the Archdiocese.  The greatest surprise to me as I read their stories was how many of these men had been educated in the seminary with me! In so many ways ... Read More »

Synod - A Time for Visioning

Posted by Anne Serwe on 10/04/21

In 1840 the bishop of Dubuque Iowa sent Father Lucien Galtier north, up the Mississippi, to the town of Pig’s Eye (later known as Saint Paul) in the territory of Minnesota. At that time the diocese of Dubuque included all of Minnesota, North and South Dakota and half of ... Read More »

Last Vacation Blog

Posted by Anne Serwe on 9/27/21

I spent a couple of days touring the area around LA. The first day I drove up to Malibu in search of the James Rockford mobile home on the beach…sadly I never located anything that looked slightly like it, though the ocean area was beautiful. On the next day I ... Read More »

Vacation Blog #2

Posted by Anne Serwe on 9/13/21

Part 2 of my recent vacation out West…..

We rested one night in Emeryville to get ready for the big adventure of the day: a drive down Hwy 1 on the Pacific Coast from to Los Angeles. While Karen (my sister) slept in her room, I went to the ... Read More »

Vacation Blog #1

Posted by Anne Serwe on 9/08/21

Unless one lives on the East or West coast where the Amtrak railroad functions as a commuter line no one would expect the passenger rail carrier to deliver on time performance. Instead a person would choose to ride Amtrak because of the slower pace and the scenery along the ... Read More »

Story from Homily and on Vacation

Posted by Anne Serwe on 8/16/21

In the mid 300’s there was a group of men and women who lived in the deserts of Israel and Egypt seeking to live a more perfect Christian life. They were known as the desert fathers and mothers. There are collections of stories told about them. The following is ... Read More »


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