On the Journey

Weekly messages from Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

08-27-2017On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Holy Spirit Catholic Community is giving this weekend to The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a worldwide community. We will be talking about their good works in the United States and around the world; and about the St. Vincent de Paul Conference in our parish. We hope to inspire you to support our local Conference with a generous donation.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul was founded in Paris, France in 1988, and has since then spread throughout the world. It has conferences in some 140 countries and has more than 800,000 members. The members of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (or "Vincentians") are lay men and women who are energized by the awareness that "service to our brothers and sisters in need is in fact an encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ". More information can be found at the St. Vincent de Paul website: http://www.svdpusa.org.


Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

08-20-2017On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

The McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame partners with Catholic dioceses and parishes to address pastoral challenges with young adults.

The ECHO program exists as one of the leading initiatives within the institute. It is a two-year service-learning program which offers participants the opportunity to earn an MA in Theology from the University of Notre Dame and to serve the Church by working in a parish in a leadership role.


Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

08-13-2017On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

The second week of August is always an exciting time as families prepare their kids to start the new school year. For many children, the start of the school year is a time to reconnect with friends and classmates and a time for making new friends. This can also be an emotional time for many parents with younger kids who will be starting school for the very first time, and for those with older teens who will be leaving home for college.


The Transfiguration of the Lord

08-06-2017On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Proclaiming the joy of the Gospel is the mission of the Church. In keeping with her mission, the Church is introducing a new approach for the upcoming XV Ordinary General Assembly of The Synod of Bishops. The Church has decided to examine herself on how she can lead young people to recognize and accept the call to the fullness of life and love, and to ask young people to help identify the most effective ways to announce the Good News today. The topic for the Synod is: "Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment". By listening to their aspirations, the Church can glimpse the world which lies ahead and the paths the Church is called to follow.


Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

07-30-2017On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Have you ever wondered what you would say if God were to tell you to ask him for anything you want? Some people might ask God to improve their finances. Many others might ask for their health or for safety from the dangers of the world we live in.

However, I wonder how many people would ask God for wisdom?

A lot of people believe that who they are and what they have accomplished in their lives, is purely a result of their personal effort. So, I guess not many people would ask for wisdom.

However, today we are reminded that just as Solomon asked God for wisdom to lead His people, and God was pleased with this request. So too, should we, ask our Lord for wisdom to lead our lives, our families, our country. I think all of our lives would be much happier if we were wiser.

On the journey,
Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

07-23-2017On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

The start of July marked my eighth anniversary as the pastor of this parish community. I am grateful for the blessings received and for the support and dedication that Deacon Tim has provided me, our staff, and our parish. Tim is a good and honest man whose judgement I trust.

On the journey,
Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

The following letter was written by Deacon Tim.


Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

07-16-2017On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Today’s responsorial psalm celebrates the joy of Earth’s bounty and fruitfulness. I think summer is such a wonderful season, it allows people to spend time outside and enjoy God’s beautiful creation. I have often heard people say that they can feel the Lord’s presence in nature’s beauty and I agree.

After you leave Church today, I encourage you to spend some time outside and contemplate nature for a few minutes. Ponder what you heard in today’s Gospel and ask yourselves what kind of ground you are.

Are you a rocky ground with little soil? Or are you a ground with rich soil where God’s word blooms and bears fruit?

On the journey,

Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

07-09-2017On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

As you listen to today's Scriptures, I encourage you to open your hearts and embrace each word with hope. In the first reading, the prophet Zechariah announces how the world will be when God's Kingdom is fulfilled. A world where there will be peace in all nations, for the Lord will dominate "from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth."

Peace is something people all over the world long for. We see or read about violence, death and destruction every day, both in international media and local news. As Christians, we grieve for other peoples' suffering and pain. We do what we can to help provide comfort, and we pray for peace. We believe in God's promise of peace for all nations.


Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

07-02-2017On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

During the week of June 19 -23, our parish building was transformed into a place buzzing with color, creativity and excitement for the 2017 VBS - Maker Fun Factory. This year, 87 children, 41 teen volunteers and 9 adult volunteers came together for a week of faith building fun. Each day of the week was filled with new adventures bringing Scripture to life with interactive lessons and fun activities. Kids became hands-on inventors and discovered that every child is a wonderful and unique creation of God.

I wish to thank all of the Volunteers and members of our parish community and staff who provided their support. I also wish to acknowledge Mary Hulsman, leader of our VBS program, for her time and effort in the preparation for and execution of a great program. Well done Mary! The Maker Fun Factory is a great program for children to learn that they are all lovingly created by God.

On the journey,
Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time

06-25-2017On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Each year, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops reminds us the importance of defending our religious freedom. From June 21st to July 4th Catholics are called to take part in the Fortnight for Freedom. Resources on How to Talk About Religious Freedom are available online at www.usccb.org where you can also find ways to get involved.

The U.S. Bishops encourage all citizens to keep in mind that "if religious liberty is not respected, all people suffer and are deprived of the essential contribution to the common good, be it in education, health care, feeding the hungry, civil rights, and social services that the Church and other people of faith make every day, both here at home and overseas".


The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

06-18-2017On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Today, we celebrate The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. This is the second solemnity that marks our return to Ordinary Time in the liturgical calendar. As we listen to this Sunday's scriptures, we are reminded of the presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

"I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is the flesh for the life of the world"... "For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink" - John 6:51-55

The risen Christ is present to his Church in many ways, but most importantly through the Holy Eucharist.

On the journey,
Fr. Dennis Lewandowski

The Solemnity of the Holy Trinity

06-11-2017On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Today we celebrate the mystery of the Holy Trinity, one God in three persons. This week we have also returned to the liturgical season of Ordinary Time. However, this Sunday and the next, are solemnity Sundays --special days that call our attention central mysteries of our Catholic faith.

Today's Gospel calls our attention to the actions of God revealed in three persons: God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God the Father sent his Son, Jesus, into the world to save us through his death and resurrection. In turn, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to strengthen our faith in God and so that his love for us would also be strengthened.


Pentecost Sunday

06-04-2017On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Today we celebrate Pentecost Sunday, one of the Church’s greatest feast. This was the day when the Holy Spirit descended upon Mary and the disciples, as Jesus had promised them. The apostles were all still together in the same upstairs room they had retreated to after the Ascension of the Lord.

Pentecost marks the culmination of the difficult days gone before the triumph of life over death with Jesus’s resurrection, and of the transition of the disciples from people of uncertainty and fear to people of commitment and action. Listen carefully to the readings and the Gospel as these give an account of what took place on this day.