On the Journey

Weekly messages from Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

4th Sunday of Ordinary Time

01-29-2017On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

National Catholic Schools Week starts today! Catholic Schools all over the country are hosting open houses and other activities for their students and families throughout this week. All Saints Catholic Academy (ASCA) started early.

Last Sunday, ASCA students from our parish hosted the 9:30 AM Mass followed by a light brunch in the parish Gathering Place. I enjoyed joining the young students and their families for some fellowship after Mass. I wish to acknowledge the great work of the ASCA faculty, staff, and parents. Thank you for providing our children with faith-filled guidance and an excellent education in an academically rich environment.


Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

01-22-2017On the JourneyFr. Dennis Lewandowski

Since 1974, National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. This year's theme is "Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service". The celebration starts on Sunday January 29th and runs to February 4th. Catholic Schools all over the country will be hosting open houses and other activities for students and families at their schools.

In preparation for this year's Catholic Schools Week, Holy Spirit Catholic Community is pleased to welcome our All Saints Catholic Academy students who will be serving as greeters, and lectors at the 9:30 AM Mass on Sunday, January 22. We encourage all families with school aged children to visit www.ascacademy.org for more information about their open house on January 29 and other celebratory activities during the week.

On the journey,
Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

01-15-2017On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

January is Poverty Awareness Month! The U.S. Catholic Bishops invite all of us to join them in taking up Pope Francis' challenge to live in solidarity with the poor by participating in the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). This campaign is a domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, working to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ "... to bring good news to the poor ... release to captives ... sight to the blind, and let the oppressed go free." (Luke 4:18)


The Epiphany of the Lord

01-08-2017On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski
"Arise, shine; for your light, has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples; but the LORD will rise upon you. And His glory will appear upon you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising".

Isaiah 60:1-3

Starting this Sunday, January 8 to 14th, the Catholic Church celebrates National Migration Week in the United States. This is an opportunity for the Church to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and victims and survivors of human trafficking. The theme for the 2017 celebration draws attention to Pope Francis' call to create a culture of encounter, and in doing so to look beyond our own needs and wants to those of others around us.


Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

01-01-2017On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

I hope that you have enjoyed sharing stories and time with your family during this Christmas season. Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, and as we listen to the story of how the shepherds were the first to be told by God's angels of Christ's birth, and they were also the first to visit baby Jesus. The shepherds were the poorest and most marginalized of all people in those days, yet they were chosen to bear the good news of what God's angels had announced: The Savior, the Messiah, the Lord, has been born.