On the Journey

Weekly messages from Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

The Most Holy Trinity

05-27-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of The Most Holy Trinity, the mystery of the three Persons in God: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Today’s Gospel reminds us that this mystery is central to our faith. For this reason, every Sunday is sanctified and consecrated to the Triune God. As we share in the mystery of the blessed Trinity, may we also seek to welcome others to share in God’s love.

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Pentecost Sunday

05-20-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

The word Pentecost is Greek and means "50th day". Fifty days after Easter Sunday, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, "and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in tongues, and the Spirit enabled them to proclaim" (Acts 2:1-11).

There were thousands of Jews in Jerusalem to celebrate the end of Passover, and when they heard the strong noise coming from the sky, they all gathered in a large crowd. These people had no common language yet when the Apostles began to speak in tongues the people in the crowd were amazed because they heard the Apostles speaking in their native languages. This day marked the beginning of the Apostles ministry to make disciples and spread the Word to all nations of the Earth.

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The Ascension of the Lord

05-13-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

May is a special month for the Catholic Church. It is the month we pay homage to our Blessed Mother Mary for her unique role in the history of salvation as the Mother of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, conceived without Sin. Young Virgin Mary, by her own free will, agreed to bring the “Word made flesh”, into the world. (John 1:14)  

Motherhood is a precious gift to be appreciated, honored and celebrated. This Sunday, we honor and Celebrate all Moms, those who are here with us and those who have gone to be with our Lord. May God bless you always as you have blessed us with life, lessons and love. Fr Dennis and the parish staff wish you all a very Happy Mother’s Day!

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

04-29-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Today’s Gospel presents Jesus as the vine and his followers as the branches. When we listen to Jesus say, “remain in me and bear fruit”, he is calling us to stay connected with him to fulfill our purpose. Only if we are connected to Christ can we bear fruit and become his disciples.

On the journey,
Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Third Sunday of Easter

04-15-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

This Sunday we continue to read about Jesus' appearances to his disciples after his Resurrection. Today's Gospel speaks of his appearance to the disciples on the road to Emmaus. It is not hard to relate to how fearful the disciples must have been after witnessing the death of their beloved teacher.

Even though Jesus' words "Peace be with you" were surely comforting words to hear, the disciples had plenty of reasons to be scared. Their hearts were troubled, and they had no idea who was in front of them. Then, Jesus, who is still bearing the marks of crucifixion, invites the disciples to look and touch his resurrected body as he shows them his hands and feet.

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Second Sunday of Easter

04-08-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Each year on Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil, the Catholic Church welcomes thousands of new Catholics into the Catholic faith. Parishes in the United States welcome these new Catholics through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

Holy Spirit Catholic Community welcomes (first names of this year's catechumens) to the Catholic Church and to our parish: Bryan, Frances, Wendy, Alejandra, and Joshua.

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Easter Sunday

04-01-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

"This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad."

Today is the greatest of all Sundays! It is the day we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord. The Season of Easter begins today and culminates on Pentecost Sunday. We celebrate the next 50 days as one feast day, as one "great Sunday."

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Palm Sunday

03-25-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent, it also marks the beginning of Holy Week. Today we commemorate the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, days before he was crucified.

On Palm Sunday the faithful often receive palm fronds to participate in the reenactment of Christ's arrival in Jerusalem. In the Gospels, Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey, and to the lavish praise of the townspeople who threw clothes, palms or other small branches, in front of him as a sign of homage. This was a customary practice for people of great respect.

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Fifth Sunday of Lent

03-18-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

As we arrive at the Fifth Sunday of Lent, I hope you have deepened your relationship with God through prayer. This year’s Lenten theme for our parish, “God makes you uncomfortable when he wants you to grow” and the messages we shared with you every week were all meant to inspire you to experience Lent more fully, and to encourage you to practice different ways of fasting and almsgiving throughout the season. Today, we pray for those of you who feel lonely. May the Lord open your hearts to welcome and accept others into your lives.

  • On the journey,
  • Fr Dennis G. Lewandowski

Fourth Sunday of Lent

03-11-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

As we reach the half-point of Lent, let us take a few minutes to reassess our Lenten commitment to prayer, almsgiving, and fasting. It is important to keep in mind that these three practices are intended to help us prepare our hearts for the joy of Easter.

Praying helps us nourish our relationship with God and grow our faith. Almsgiving reminds us that we are the body of Christ and that we are to take care of not only ourselves but of others. The third practice is fasting, which brings us back to Jesus and helps us put Him in the front and center of our life.

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Third Sunday of Lent

03-04-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Fast from complaining and anger - Feast on appreciation and patience, is our Lenten message for this week. Most people complain about something now and then. Some people seem to complain all the time. Perhaps you too have noticed that those who complain the most do not always realize that they are doing it.

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