4th Sunday of Easter

05-12-2019On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

The Church dedicates the month of May to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church and our Most Holy Mother. From Jesus' conception until his death, Mary was with her Son throughout his work of salvation. From the Cross, Jesus entrusted his mother to his beloved disciple, telling him to see her as his own mother. (Jn 19:27).

There are many ways to honor Mary, perhaps the most powerful way is to pray the rosary. It is said that each time we pray the rosary, a rose is added to her crown. For those of you who may not know, I wish to point out that the Knights of Columbus lead our parish in the prayer of the rosary every fourth Sunday of the month, everyone is welcome. The next rosary is scheduled for Sunday, May 26 after the 11:00am Mass.

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Is Your Chair Killing You?

05-01-2019The Well

“Sitting is the new smoking” is a popular phrase. It follows research showing prolonged sitting can lead to an increased risk for obesity, heart disease and cancer.

But unlike smoking, sitting isn’t a lifestyle choice you can simply say “no” to. Many people drive to work and spend hours each day sitting at computers. At home, you sit down for hours watching TV, checking social media or shopping online.

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2nd Sunday of Easter

04-28-2019On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Throughout our lives we are given countless opportunities to encounter Jesus. Easter gives us a great opportunity to connect the Eucharist with the Resurrection of the Lord. It is a season of celebration. Jesus is indeed among us, He is risen! He is living in the members of his body, the Church.

This year, at Easter Vigil we welcomed James Strange and Judith Zarebski into the Catholic Church and we wanted to share a few images of that special evening with you today.

On the journey,
Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

The Resurrection of the Lord

04-21-2019On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Easter Sunday is the greatest of all Sundays. There are 50 days of Easter me, from now to Pentecost, to celebrate the Lord's victory over death. Jesus is risen!

Listen carefully to John's Gospel as he tells the story of Mary of Magdala going back to the garden where Jesus was entombed and not finding him there. She then runs to the apostles to report the news, and Simon Peter runs to the tomb with another disciple to see that the tomb was indeed empty. After walking inside, they saw that the burial clothes and the cloth that had covered Jesus' head were left there. Up until that moment the disciples had not yet understood the Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.

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Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion

04-14-2019On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

As we arrive to Palm Sunday also known as Passion Sunday, there are two Gospels proclaimed in today's Mass. The first Gospel, proclaimed before the procession with palms, tells of Jesus' triumphant entrance into Jerusalem riding on a borrowed colt and how Jesus was hailed by the crowds as they shouted blessings and praise to God.

This Sunday is the first day of Holy Week. Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday are called the Triduum. These three days are the highlight of the Church year. Luke's Gospel reports the exchange between Jesus and the Pharisees as Jesus enters Jerusalem. Here we note that Jesus' response shows that this event, and those yet to come, are part of a divine plan. We will hear this again in Luke's description of the Last Supper when Jesus speaks of Judas' betrayal, saying that the Son of Man "goes as has been determined."

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Fifth Sunday of Lent

04-07-2019On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

As we get closer to Holy Week, I hope you have deepened your understanding of Jesus' 40‐day journey and that your relationship with God is growing stronger. This year, we began preparing for Lent by providing different forms to pray and sharing several activities for families to practice together during their Lenten journey.

We invited Fr. Tom McCarthy to visit our parish for a talk about the reasons behind everything we do during the Liturgy. Following, we introduced our Lenten theme: "God is in the ordinary" and have shared messages to inspire you to meditate on the symbols of Lent every week. The intention of this year's theme is to encourage you to witness God's presence in ordinary things. During the Second week of Lent, Fr. Eugene Hensell shared his perspective on the Passion Narratives according to Mark and many of you attended and shared your thoughts.

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Tips for Long Distance Caregivers

04-01-2019The Well

Here is a great article written by Sharon Roth Maguire, MS, RN, GNP-BC Chief Clinical Quality Officer, BrightStar Care that is very helpful with suggestions for those who are long distance caregivers.

In a perfect world, we’d all live close to our aging parents and grandparents. But careers and the needs of our immediate families often cause us to become long-distance caregivers, spending less time face to face with aging loved ones than we might like.

Many families see each other in person only a few times a year, often around the holidays or special events. Health declines that have developed over time may seem to have appeared out of the blue. When you can’t get together in person regularly, you can keep an eye on your loved one’s health by learning what to watch for and listen for when you communicate.

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