On the Journey

Weekly messages from Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Welcome Deacon Tim and Linda Roberts!

07-28-2019On the Journey

We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves. We are Deacon Tim and Linda Roberts. We have been married for 38 years and have been blessed with three wonderful children. All of our children are married and we now have four grandchildren with another on the way.

I have always felt a need to serve others and through this prompting was called to the deaconate. I was ordained in the Rockford diocese in 2016 and served at SS Peter and Paul in Cary until we sold our house. While looking for a permanent residence the bishop of Rockford requested I assist at St. Joseph’s parish in Aurora.

Once we were settled in our new home I started the transition from the Rockford diocese into the Joliet diocese. During this time, we visited several churches in the area and found Holy Spirit very inviting. Both Linda and I are looking forward to becoming a part of the Holy Spirit faith filled community. I look forward to assisting Fr. Dennis and Deacon Carlos in serving our Lord and the Holy Spirit Community.

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

07-21-2019On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

A certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary. (Luke 10:38-39)

The story of Martha and Mary appears only in Luke’s Gospel (Lk 10: 38-42) and it is a great example of focusing our whole awareness to the presence of God in our lives. We know the story but who are these two sisters?

We know that Lazarus was their brother and all three were beloved friends of Jesus. John’s Gospel (11:20-27) gives us a glimpse of the deeper side of Martha’s character when he depicts her growing faith, a faith which was the occasion of these words: “I am the resurrection and the life.” And Martha’s affirmation, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

07-07-2019On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Today’s readings celebrate God’s wisdom. No matter how wonderful (or upsetting) our relationships are, God always provides for us. No one cares for us the way God our Father does.

Isaiah delights us with a deeply intimate image of God caring for us as a mother comforts her child. The prophet describes us as babies. We should rejoice in this image instead of resisting it. When we trust in God’s care, we let down our guard and rest like babies on our mother’s lap. (Isaiah 66:10-14c).

“Saint Paul’s trust in God allows him to be at peace like this. He boldly declares that no one can make troubles for him, because he has given himself completely to Jesus. And when Jesus sends his disciples out to preach and heal, he challenges them not to provide for themselves, but to let faith be their guide”.

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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

06-30-2019On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Welcome Our Newly Baptized!

Baptized in June 2019:

  • Easton Aleksander Bravi child of Ryan Michael Bravi and Jennifer Marie Triner
  • Leo James Bonucchi child of Nicholas Bonucchi and Emily Wike
  • Pierce Walter Meissner child of Jordan Walter Meissner and Kristina Lynn Bonucchi
  • Harper Jade Pinion child of Matthew John Pinion and Dannielle Ashley Volz
  • Axl Xavier Caras child of Arvin Caras and Kimberlee Anne Pulido
  • Xavier Angel Sandoval child of Jocelyn Sandoval
  • Ava Caroline Vercellotti child of Kenneth Vercellotti and Michelle Milazzo
  • Giada Gilda Spinelli child of Stephen Spinelli and Lauren Ferrara
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The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

06-23-2019On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Do this in remembrance of me.

We have read and listened to the instructions given by Jesus to his disciples at the Last Supper. But do we know exactly what it is we are to do in remembrance of Jesus? The institutional narrative found in the Eucharistic Prayers says that we are to consecrate the bread and wine, changing them, by the power of the Holy Spirit, into the Body and Blood of Christ. This is true; but let’s think about what it takes to actually do this, as the Church has done for almost two thousand years:

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The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

06-16-2019On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Though we may not completely comprehend it, there are three Persons in one God. So, what does this mean for us believers: It means that God wants to be known by us, just as a couple falling in love wants to know everything about each other, God wants to be known by those whom He loves.

We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him. -1 John 4:16

The Holy Trinity also shows us that "God is love" because the three Persons are united in one God. God calls us to be united in love with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and with each other.

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Pentecost Sunday

06-09-2019On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Today is a day of celebration! We celebrate the day the Holy Spirit descended upon Mary, and the disciples and the Word of the Lord began to spread across the world. Pentecost Sunday is recognized as the day the Christian Church was born.

This faith community was born June 22, 1998, and named Holy Spirit Catholic Community soon after its foundation. Last summer, we decided to celebrate this milestone with a year-long 20th Anniversary Celebration. Events and activities were created for parishioners to enjoy fellowship throughout the year.

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7th Sunday of Easter

06-02-2019On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

In today’s Gospel, Jesus prays to the Father commending himself and the apostles to the Father’s loving care:

“Holy Father, I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word,so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us,that the world may believe that you sent me.”

(John 17:20-21)

As Jesus prays that we are one with each other, with him, and with the Father, we are reminded that Jesus is the source of Christian unity. Through Him, we are united with one another and with God our Father.

Today we celebrate all students of Holy Spirit Catholic Community. We congratulate you on completing your current education level. May our Lord guide and protect you as you continue your education.

On the journey,
Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski