On the Journey

Weekly messages from Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

11-25-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

On the last Sunday of each liturgical year, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, or Christ the King. Pope Pius XI instituted this feast in 1925 with his encyclical Quas Primas (“In the first”) in response to growing nationalism and secularism. He recognized that these related societal ills would breed increasing hostility against the Church.

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

11-18-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

This Sunday’s Gospel is our final selection from Mark for this liturgical year. The Gospel according to Mark is the shortest of all New Testament gospels. It is said to have been written shortly before A.D. 70 in Rome, at a time of impending persecution when destruction loomed over Jerusalem. Its audience seems to have been Gentile, unfamiliar with Jewish customs. The book was aimed to equip Christians to stand faithful in the face of persecution with hope in the promise of Jesus’ return. Today’s scripture is just as meaningful for us as we too need hope, strength and courage to endure the troubles of our time as we wait for Jesus to return in Glory.

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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

11-11-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Today is a day to honor and show our respect for all U.S. Veterans and their families. Let’s pay tribute to our veterans by making sure our children know the history behind this day. Perhaps we can also take a few minutes to read at least one of the many veteran stories that can be found online.

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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

11-04-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

The month of November is a special month, we started the month celebrating Masses for All Saints Day on Nov. 1st and a remembrance Mass on All Souls Day - Nov. 2nd. This month also brings anticipation and hope for many different reasons including the participation and outcome of the midterm elections. Additionally, many families are already making plans for Thanksgiving dinners and other pre-Christmas events.

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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

10-28-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

There has been a lot of news these past several days about the large caravan of people: men, women and children from Honduras, and other Central American countries who hope to reach the United States’ border to seek asylum. Many of the news reports focus on the human story behind those fleeing from poverty and violence, while other reports are more about politics and the need for immigration reform.

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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

10-21-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

This Sunday is Mission Sunday, instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1926, it is a feast day to celebrate catholicity and universal solidarity so that Christians all over the world recognize their common responsibility with regards to evangelization. Today, we join thousands of Catholics worldwide and at home as we gather around the Eucharist to pray for all mission priests, religious Sisters and Brothers, and Lay catechists who are witnesses to a world so much in need of God’s healing love and peace.

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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

10-14-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Each season of the year brings something different that people look forward to. For many, fall is their favorite season to enjoy the outdoors, watch the leaves change colors and take long walks in the crisp, cool weather. I enjoy turning off the AC and opening the windows to let the fresh cool air in at night. Change is something every person, family and parish experiences. We have certainly experienced several changes at Holy Spirit in the past couple of years. People move on and we adapt.

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27th Sunday of Ordinary Time

10-07-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

It pleases me to introduce Larry Harris, our new Director of Music. Larry is a very talented and experienced professional pianist and composer with a BA of Music from the University of Kentucky and a MM in Jazz, Piano Performance from DePaul University. Prior to coming to Holy Spirit, Larry served in pastoral ministry for the past 25 years at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Aurora.

Larry enjoys playing and teaching piano. He previously taught classroom music K-8; Middle School and High School Band and at Community College. As pianist, he performed with renown pop music artists including Gladys Knights and Aretha Franklin; and jazz artists Kevin Mahogany, Dakota Staton and Richie Cole, to name just a few. I asked Larry to share his thoughts and vision for the music ministry at Holy Spirit and also tell us a little bit about himself. His note is below.

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Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

09-30-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Life is certainly full of greetings and goodbyes, however, this does not mean that goodbyes get any easier with practice. I say this because our dear friend Fr. Ray Diesboug is celebrating his last Mass at Holy Spirit Catholic Community this weekend. I wish to acknowledge him and share the deep gratitude I have for Father Ray’s kindness and support throughout these past six years.

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Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

09-23-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Reverend R. Daniel Conlon, Bishop of Joliet, planned to visit all the parishes in the diocese when he arrived. It is our turn to host him the weekend of Oct 6 and 7. Bishop Conlon will meet with our parish pastoral council and staff, attend some of our parish programs and visit with some of our ministry leaders. He will be present for all of the weekend Masses. Parishioners may stop by and greet him after each mass.

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Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

09-16-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

I am grateful for the many blessings we receive each day as a parish. We have a diverse and vibrant faith community where people of different backgrounds come together to worship and strengthen their faith. We have hard-working people in our parish staff, a strong leadership team and pastoral council, and parishioners who take part in the different parish ministries and programs we offer.

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Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

“Say to those whose hearts are frightened; Be strong, fear not! Here is your God, He comes with vindication; with divine recompense He comes to save you.” Today we are reminded that just as nature thrives in God’s mercy and love, so shall we. God promises the healing of our lands and natural resources as a reassurance of our own healing from sin and death.

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Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

09-02-2018On the Journey

Faith is ever more important when our hearts are troubled. Remain focused on God and direct your attention to Jesus. He is the truth and the example to follow.

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