On the Journey

Weekly messages from Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time

08-26-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

People of Holy Spirit Catholic Community,

I share the heartbreak and shame experienced by many after learning about the crimes of sexual abuse committed and covered up by clergy and bishops in Pennsylvania. I echo the feelings expressed by Pope Francis in his letter to the People of God -- “With shame and repentance, we acknowledge as an ecclesial community that we were not where we should have been, that we did not act in a timely manner, realizing the magnitude and the gravity of the damage done to so many lives. We showed no care for the children, we abandoned them”.


Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

08-19-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

A new school year begins, and so does the business of life for many families in our parish. Let us all pray for students, parents, and teachers as they start a new journey. Now, before we all get too busy, I would like you to read the following article written by Sister Catherine and originally published in Today’s Parish Magazine in 2004.


19th Sunday of Ordinary Time

08-12-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Welcome back, everyone! To those of you who have recently returned from your summer vacation and may not be aware that we have been sharing comments from the U. S. Bishops Pastoral Letter on Stewardship: A Disciple's Response — during the past several weeks I encourage you to take some time to read this letter. In it, they explain that "stewardship is an expression of discipleship". A copy of the U.S. Bishops Pastoral Letter on Stewardship is available here.

Today, I wish to share the following excerpt from the chapter on a disciple's vocation.

On the journey,
Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski


18th Sunday of Ordinary Time

08-05-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

The U.S. Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response is a call to reflection and action. This Sunday, I wish to share the following excerpt which focuses on being stewards of the Church.

Community and Stewardship

The New Covenant in and through Christ—the reconciliation he effects between humankind and God— forms a community: the new People of God, the Body of Christ, the Church. The unity of this people is itself a precious good, to be cherished, preserved, and built up by lives of love. The epistle to the Ephesians exhorts Christians to “live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all” (Eph 4:1-6).


17th Sunday of Ordinary Time

07-29-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Prayer should always be a gratifying experience that brings peace and joy to our hearts and gives us a sense of well-being. The U.S. Bishops Pastoral letter on stewardship highlights Prayer as the foundation that makes stewardship possible as a way of life. This statement should not be a surprise to us, for we know that prayer is essential to establishing and maintaining our unique relationship with God.


16th Sunday of Ordinary Time

07-22-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Jesus calls us to be good stewards, and this may mean different things for different people. So, let’s focus on three major areas: The Lord calls us to share our time in some form, to share our talents with others, and to share our treasure for the building of His Kingdom. God gives us these gifts, but He leaves the choice of how we use them entirely up to us. How people utilize their gifts determines the kind of stewards they are. And, understanding that prayer is the foundation that makes stewardship possible as a way of life is the first step.


Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

07-15-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

As followers of our Lord Jesus Christ and members of the Church we are called to be disciples. Today’s readings speak of the blessings our “God and Father of our Lord has blessed us with in Christ as He chose us in him to be holy and without blemish before him.” Just as Jesus’s disciples became stewards of the gifts they received and went off to preach repentance, drive out demons, and anoint and cure the sick, we too are called to be stewards of the gifts God has given us.


Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

07-08-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

A few weeks ago, I shared some thoughts about change with you. We certainly have seen many changes in our parish through the years. I think change is an opportunity to reassess our needs before deciding what to do next.

Today I have another change to share with you, Rachelle Kramer has left her position as Music Director at Holy Spirit Catholic Community to pursue studies out-of-state. We thank her for her contributions and wish her well on her journey. A farewell note from Rachelle is below.


Thirteeth Sunday in Ordinary Time

07-01-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

It pleases me to introduce Sister Catherine Stewart to Holy Spirit Catholic Community. She recently joined our parish as the Pastoral Associate and will collaborate with me to continue fostering a sense of community; direct pastoral services and will also assist with the overall management of the parish. Sister Catherine enjoys nature, she grew up on a farm in Nokomis, IL, with two brothers (twins) and a younger sister. She enjoys visiting with her mother Lois and enjoys visiting with her siblings at the farm, especially during harvest time.


11th Sunday of Ordinary Time

06-17-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

As we celebrate this Father's Day, let's all give thanks to God, our Father, for being a caring father. I have often heard men say that the best gift a Dad can get from his children is love, recognition and appreciation for being a good caring Dad. Let's be sure to show all Dads our love and appreciation, those who are here and those who have gone before us.

This Father's Day weekend, parishes in the diocese of Joliet are taking a second collection, at all Masses, for our infirmed and senior priests. I ask that you consider making your gift a way to express your gratitude for the priests who have dedicated their lives to the pastoral care of God's people.


Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

06-10-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

There is an old saying most people agree with: "Change is the only constant in life". That has surely been the case for many people I know and for me. In general, we experience change throughout our lives. Some changes are expected, like the changes we anticipate with every season of the year. Some changes are planned for, like when people choose to change jobs or move to a different city.

Sometimes unexpected changes occur and bring about confusion and fear, so we pause, and look to the Lord for guidance. Trust in the Lord with all your heart. And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).


The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

06-03-2018On the Journey

The Solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is also known as Corpus Christi, which means “Body of Christ” in Latin. Today’s feast commemorates the institution of the Eucharist. We are called to focus on the presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist at every Mass. “I am the living bread that came down from heaven, says the Lord: whoever eats this bread will live forever” - John 6:51

Holy Spirit Catholic Community joins Father Riva in celebrating his 50th Anniversary of Ordination. May God continue to sustain you by His grace, and may your life in God’s service always be filled with joy.