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On the Journey

Weekly messages from Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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."