On the Journey

Weekly messages from Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

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

6th Sunday of Easter

05-26-2019On the Journey

Memorial Day Prayer

God of power and mercy, you destroy war and put down earthly pride.
Banish violence from our midst and wipe away our tears, that we may all deserve to be called your sons and daughters.
Keep in your mercy those men and women who have died in the cause of freedom and bring them safely into your kingdom of justice and peace.

We ask this though Jesus Christ our Lord.

R/. Amen

—From Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers

4th Sunday of Easter

05-12-2019On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

The Church dedicates the month of May to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church and our Most Holy Mother. From Jesus' conception until his death, Mary was with her Son throughout his work of salvation. From the Cross, Jesus entrusted his mother to his beloved disciple, telling him to see her as his own mother. (Jn 19:27).

There are many ways to honor Mary, perhaps the most powerful way is to pray the rosary. It is said that each time we pray the rosary, a rose is added to her crown. For those of you who may not know, I wish to point out that the Knights of Columbus lead our parish in the prayer of the rosary every fourth Sunday of the month, everyone is welcome. The next rosary is scheduled for Sunday, May 26 after the 11:00am Mass.

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2nd Sunday of Easter

04-28-2019On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Throughout our lives we are given countless opportunities to encounter Jesus. Easter gives us a great opportunity to connect the Eucharist with the Resurrection of the Lord. It is a season of celebration. Jesus is indeed among us, He is risen! He is living in the members of his body, the Church.

This year, at Easter Vigil we welcomed James Strange and Judith Zarebski into the Catholic Church and we wanted to share a few images of that special evening with you today.

On the journey,
Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

The Resurrection of the Lord

04-21-2019On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Easter Sunday is the greatest of all Sundays. There are 50 days of Easter me, from now to Pentecost, to celebrate the Lord's victory over death. Jesus is risen!

Listen carefully to John's Gospel as he tells the story of Mary of Magdala going back to the garden where Jesus was entombed and not finding him there. She then runs to the apostles to report the news, and Simon Peter runs to the tomb with another disciple to see that the tomb was indeed empty. After walking inside, they saw that the burial clothes and the cloth that had covered Jesus' head were left there. Up until that moment the disciples had not yet understood the Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.

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Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion

04-14-2019On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

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."

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Fifth Sunday of Lent

04-07-2019On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

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.

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