Second Sunday of Advent

12-09-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Today's gospel speaks of John's journey throughout the region of the Jordan announcing the coming of the Lord and proclaiming repentance and forgiveness of sins through baptism. Listen carefully to the words: "prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low…"

Though these words were spoken thousands of years ago, they should be just as meaningful today for you and for me. Think about it. We have all lived many different experiences this past year, some experiences may have come as a surprise, but others were anticipated and planned. Think about the ones you prepared for because they were important to you.

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First Sunday of Advent

12-02-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

This Sunday marks the beginning of the Advent Season, a time of joyful anticipation and hope as we ready ourselves for Christ to be born again into our lives at Christmas. This year’s Advent theme at Holy Spirit is Hope. Together we will prepare for hope to be born again into our lives, and we will pray for those who are longing for hope in their lives.

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Fighting Holiday Fatigue

12-01-2018The Well

Small changes make a BIG impact. From Goblins to Gobblers, to Gifts and Goodies…this time of the year can be draining! Some days you can be so low on energy that you are drowsy by lunchtime and in need of a nap by mid-afternoon. Think about all the extras you have been adding to your already hectic lifestyle—office parties, gatherings with the relatives, costume shopping, trick-or-treating, holiday shopping, extra cooking, entertaining guests and visitors from out of town, school parties, religious celebrations.

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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

11-25-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

On the last Sunday of each liturgical year, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, or Christ the King. Pope Pius XI instituted this feast in 1925 with his encyclical Quas Primas (“In the first”) in response to growing nationalism and secularism. He recognized that these related societal ills would breed increasing hostility against the Church.

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

11-18-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

This Sunday’s Gospel is our final selection from Mark for this liturgical year. The Gospel according to Mark is the shortest of all New Testament gospels. It is said to have been written shortly before A.D. 70 in Rome, at a time of impending persecution when destruction loomed over Jerusalem. Its audience seems to have been Gentile, unfamiliar with Jewish customs. The book was aimed to equip Christians to stand faithful in the face of persecution with hope in the promise of Jesus’ return. Today’s scripture is just as meaningful for us as we too need hope, strength and courage to endure the troubles of our time as we wait for Jesus to return in Glory.

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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

11-11-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Today is a day to honor and show our respect for all U.S. Veterans and their families. Let’s pay tribute to our veterans by making sure our children know the history behind this day. Perhaps we can also take a few minutes to read at least one of the many veteran stories that can be found online.

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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

11-04-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

The month of November is a special month, we started the month celebrating Masses for All Saints Day on Nov. 1st and a remembrance Mass on All Souls Day - Nov. 2nd. This month also brings anticipation and hope for many different reasons including the participation and outcome of the midterm elections. Additionally, many families are already making plans for Thanksgiving dinners and other pre-Christmas events.

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What Exercise Can Do for The Love of Your Heart

11-01-2018The Well

One of the longest Nurses’ Health Study, which tracked more than 72,000 women aged 40 to 65 for eight years. Those who walked briskly for three or more hours a week were 35 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack or die from coronary heart disease than those who walked infrequently. But no sweat doesn’t mean no benefit. Walking around the block or hitting a shopping mall is better for your heart than sitting around the house. Don’t worry if you can’t do too much at one time. It’s the total amount that matters. If you have time for only a half-hour brisk walk during lunch and then another half-hour walks at the end of the day, you’ll essentially get the same benefit as taking an hour-long walk.

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