Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

09-24-2017On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

In today's first reading we are called to let go of trying to fit God into our own comfortable way of thinking. "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways", says the LORD. In the Gospel, Jesus' parable of the landowner and the labourers teaches us about mercy, for among God's people, there is no such thing as "first come, first served".

This parable tends to stir mixed feelings for many, especially for those listening to the story of for the first time. The topic of receiving a just pay for a day's work is something so many people have and continue to deal with even today. However, this story is not about labor justice as we think of it today. It is about God's merciful love and generosity.

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Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

09-17-2017On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Today’s readings speak to us about forgiveness. Peter’s question is one that many people wonder about often. Perhaps not in the same words but it is still the same question: How often must I forgive someone who has wronged me?

The Lord answers Peter’s question saying: “not just seven times but seventy-seven times”. This does not mean that we are to count a person’s wrongs and forgive him/her up to seventy-seven times. It simply means, that we are to forgive those who sin against us but they repent and ask for forgiveness. Just as the Lord forgives us when we repent and ask for his forgiveness.

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Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

09-10-2017On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Today's readings remind us that God wants all of us to look out for one another and He summons us to pray together: "Amen, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father.  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."

All Christians, men and women alike, are meant to be present for one another in prayerful support. Consequently, we always look for ways to foster fellowship opportunities at Holy Spirit Catholic Community. Our parish has offered annual bible studies and one-day women retreats, with great participation, for many years. However, it took a while for us to find the right program for the man of our parish until TMIY -That Man Is You!

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Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

09-03-2017On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

This weekend it pleases me to welcome Sean Curtis, our new Echo apprentice. Sean is an energetic and engaging individual who enjoys meeting people. So, stop and say hello when you see him around. Following is a note from Sean, please join us in giving him a warm welcome.

  • On the journey,
  • Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Hello, my name is Sean Curtis, and I will be serving as an Echo apprentice at Holy Spirit for the next two years. I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. While I grew up, I became immensely involved in the youth ministry program at my local parish. I was first inspired to live out my Catholic faith through the program, and I made some of the most important friendships of my life within it. Once I left to attend the University of Portland, I started to notice just how much of an impact my youth minster had made upon me. After reflecting on that impact, I was inspired to change my major to Theology and pursue a career in ministry. Along the way, I have encountered many Echo alumni who helped draw me to the program.

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Don’t Let Health Care Providers Use the Improvement Standard to Deny Medicare Coverage For Your Loved One or Relative

09-01-2017The Well

For decades Medicare, skilled nursing facilities, and visiting nurse associations applied the so-called “improvement” standard to determine whether residents were entitled to Medicare coverage of the care. The standard, which is not in Medicare law, only permitted coverage if the skilled treatment was deemed to contribute to improving the patient’s condition, which can be difficult to achieve for many ill seniors.

Three years ago in the case of Jimmo v. Sebelius the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) agreed to a settlement in which it acknowledged that there’s no legal basis to the “improvement” standard and that both inpatient skilled nursing care and outpatient home care and therapy may be covered under Medicare as long as the treatment helps the patient maintain her current status or simply delays or slows her decline. In other words, as long as the patient benefits from the skilled care, which can include nursing care or physical, occupational, or speech therapy, then the patient is entitled to Medicare coverage.

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