As we arrive to Palm Sunday also known as Passion Sunday, there are two Gospels proclaimed in today's Mass. The first Gospel, proclaimed before the procession with palms, tells of Jesus' triumphant entrance into Jerusalem riding on a borrowed colt and how Jesus was hailed by the crowds as they shouted blessings and praise to God.
This Sunday is the first day of Holy Week. Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday are called the Triduum. These three days are the highlight of the Church year. Luke's Gospel reports the exchange between Jesus and the Pharisees as Jesus enters Jerusalem. Here we note that Jesus' response shows that this event, and those yet to come, are part of a divine plan. We will hear this again in Luke's description of the Last Supper when Jesus speaks of Judas' betrayal, saying that the Son of Man "goes as has been determined."READ MORE
As we get closer to Holy Week, I hope you have deepened your understanding of Jesus' 40‐day journey and that your relationship with God is growing stronger. This year, we began preparing for Lent by providing different forms to pray and sharing several activities for families to practice together during their Lenten journey.
We invited Fr. Tom McCarthy to visit our parish for a talk about the reasons behind everything we do during the Liturgy. Following, we introduced our Lenten theme: "God is in the ordinary" and have shared messages to inspire you to meditate on the symbols of Lent every week. The intention of this year's theme is to encourage you to witness God's presence in ordinary things. During the Second week of Lent, Fr. Eugene Hensell shared his perspective on the Passion Narratives according to Mark and many of you attended and shared your thoughts.READ MORE
As we arrive to the Fourth Sunday of Lent, I wish to share a few of the thoughts and reﬂections we received following Fr. Eugene Hensell's visit and talk on the Passion Narratives earlier this month. Fr. Eugene's talk helps us understand the history of that time, his way of explaining the fears and anxieties lived by Jesus and his Apostles allows us to see their very human side. Father showed us that we are all the same, we are only separated by time. Following are some more thoughts shared by parishioners who attended the two-evening event with Fr. Eugene Hensell.READ MORE
Jesus’ teachings about the Kingdom of God throughout his Journey to Jerusalem call us to reflect on God’s patience and mercy. Though it is within God’s power to punish us when we fail to repent from sin, He does not abandon us. Just as God shows his patience in the parable of the fig tree, let us be hopeful for the Lord chooses to tend to us so that we too may bear the fruit he desires from us.
On the journey,
Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski
On this second Sunday of Lent, we are reminded of the importance of prayer. Yes, prayer is something people can do anytime during the day; while they walk, drive, or while they cook dinner. However, sometimes, we need to remove ourselves from the business of life to pray.
This Lenten season, I encourage you to make time to pray with nothing else going on around you. Just like Jesus did that day he went up to the mountain with Peter, John and James we too should retreat from the noise of everyday life and find a quiet place to pray and listen for God’s voice.READ MORE
This Sunday’s Gospel speaks of the temptations Jesus faced during his 40-day journey but never gave into. Temptation is always around the corner. Each of us and all of us deal with temptation but we too can resist it, as Jesus did, by faithful adherence to God who is always faithful. Let us pray that we remain always faithful to God. May we continue our Lenten journey growing closer to God with prayer, fasting and almsgiving.READ MORE
Are you prepared to begin your Lenten journey? Lent is just a couple of days away and preparing for Lent can make a difference. This year’s Lenten Family Event, on Ash Wednesday, is designed for families to think about what they can do together on their Lenten journey. I hope to see many of our Holy Spirit families participate this year.READ MORE