On the Journey

Weekly messages from Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

02-24-2019On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

The Catholic Church teaches that going to Mass every Sunday is an obligation. Mass is the celebration of the Eucharist, which as we believe, is the transformation of the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ. Still, there are many people that may not fully understand the structure of the Mass, or the meaning of its parts, or why we do everything we do during Mass.

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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

02-17-2019On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

This Sunday’s scriptures remind us that we are blessed and beloved, especially when we are facing hard times or are not feeling blessed. God loves and blesses us in every moment of our lives.

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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

02-10-2019On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Last Friday and Saturday (Feb. 1 - 2), Holy Spirit Catholic Community welcomed parishioners of all ages to Pause for Prayer and learn different ways to pray. These events were organized by our parish staff and a few parishioners as part of our ongoing 20th Anniversary celebration.

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

02-03-2019On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Though February is the shortest month of the year, it’s a busy month on the Liturgical calendar. This month is traditionally dedicated to the Holy Family starting with Candlemas on February 2. This feast marks the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. It is followed by the Feast of St. Blaise on February 3, when we offer the blessing of the throats as we do every year.

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

01-27-2019On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which this year starts on January 27 and ends on February 2. The theme for the 2019 National Catholic Schools Week is: “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

01-20-2019On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

The “Taste of The World” 20th Anniversary event was a wonderful fellowship opportunity for our parish community. Thank You! to all who accepted the invitation to share their cultural traditions, colors, and delicious foods. Many parishioners have told me that they enjoyed the event.

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The Baptism of The Lord

01-13-2019On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Today we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. This mystery is fully linked to Christmas ̶ the birth of the Word incarnate, and to the Epiphany which we just celebrated last week.

The Baptism of our Lord is His definitive manifestation as the Messiah, the Christ to Israel, and as the Son of the Father to the entire world. As we renew our own baptismal promise this Sunday, let us celebrate the wonderful gift God has given us.

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The Epiphany of the Lord

01-06-2019On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Today’s Gospel speaks to the Magi’s arrival to Bethlehem in search for the new born king of the Jews. “We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.” They had traveled from the East guided by a star to find baby Jesus and honor him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

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Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

12-30-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

I hope the past few days have been joyful for you and your family. Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, as we do every year the Sunday after Christmas. Celebrating this feast during this season is significant because Christmas is a family story and families are at the heart of God’s plan of salvation.

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

12-23-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

On this last Sunday before Christmas, Luke's Gospel turns our attention from the ministry of John the Baptist to Mary and her actions after the Angel Gabrial visited her and announced that she had found favor with God. “You will become pregnant, give birth to a son, and name him Jesus...”

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Third Sunday of Advent

12-16-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

The third Sunday of Advent is also called Gaudete Sunday. The word Gaudete (Latin) means “rejoice”. Paul’s letter to the Philippians calls us to rejoice in the Lord and not to be anxious for any reason but to pray, with thanksgiving, our requests to God. (Phil 4:4-7)

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Second Sunday of Advent

12-09-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Today's gospel speaks of John's journey throughout the region of the Jordan announcing the coming of the Lord and proclaiming repentance and forgiveness of sins through baptism. Listen carefully to the words: "prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low…"

Though these words were spoken thousands of years ago, they should be just as meaningful today for you and for me. Think about it. We have all lived many different experiences this past year, some experiences may have come as a surprise, but others were anticipated and planned. Think about the ones you prepared for because they were important to you.

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First Sunday of Advent

12-02-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

This Sunday marks the beginning of the Advent Season, a time of joyful anticipation and hope as we ready ourselves for Christ to be born again into our lives at Christmas. This year’s Advent theme at Holy Spirit is Hope. Together we will prepare for hope to be born again into our lives, and we will pray for those who are longing for hope in their lives.

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