Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

08-19-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

A new school year begins, and so does the business of life for many families in our parish. Let us all pray for students, parents, and teachers as they start a new journey. Now, before we all get too busy, I would like you to read the following article written by Sister Catherine and originally published in Today’s Parish Magazine in 2004.

READ MORE

19th Sunday of Ordinary Time

08-12-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Welcome back, everyone! To those of you who have recently returned from your summer vacation and may not be aware that we have been sharing comments from the U. S. Bishops Pastoral Letter on Stewardship: A Disciple's Response — during the past several weeks I encourage you to take some time to read this letter. In it, they explain that "stewardship is an expression of discipleship". A copy of the U.S. Bishops Pastoral Letter on Stewardship is available here.

Today, I wish to share the following excerpt from the chapter on a disciple's vocation.

On the journey,
Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

READ MORE

18th Sunday of Ordinary Time

08-05-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

The U.S. Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response is a call to reflection and action. This Sunday, I wish to share the following excerpt which focuses on being stewards of the Church.

Community and Stewardship

The New Covenant in and through Christ—the reconciliation he effects between humankind and God— forms a community: the new People of God, the Body of Christ, the Church. The unity of this people is itself a precious good, to be cherished, preserved, and built up by lives of love. The epistle to the Ephesians exhorts Christians to “live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all” (Eph 4:1-6).

READ MORE

How Much Diet and Exercise Can Lower Your Blood Pressure

08-01-2018The Well

Got high blood pressure? You’re in good company.

Nearly half of U.S. adults now have hypertension, according to recent guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.

That means that many people who had “prehypertension” according to the old guidelines now have “stage 1 hypertension.” Most of them don’t need to start taking drugs to lower their pressure (that depends on other risk factors). Instead, the guidelines recommend a healthy lifestyle.

Why? Because it works. Below are ways to lower your systolic pressure (the higher of your two blood pressure readings), according to the new guidelines:

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

What Keeps You Up at Night?

07-01-2018The Well

Whether you lie in bed staring at the ceiling at night or wake up at 3 am and can’t seem to get back to bed, sleep problems are nothing to laugh about. We’ve all heard the saying “try counting sheep”, but when you are five hours away from your work day or a screaming child, there’s little comfort in knowing you could count to 100 and still be up. I know that in my final trimester of pregnancy, sleep was an allusive beast for me.

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE