Second Sunday of Lent

02-25-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

As we continue our Lenten journey, an important way to bring the Lord into every aspect of our life is to fast from talking and feast on listening.

"From the shining cloud, the Father's voice is heard: This is my Son, listen to him."

This Sunday, I wish to echo the call made by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to stand with the vulnerable, including our immigrant brothers and sisters and participate in the National Call-In Day to Protect Dreamers.


First Sunday of Lent

02-18-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Most people wish to feel comfortable and have peace of mind in everything they do. It is also natural for people to want a comfortable life. Wanting to achieve this, may be one of the reasons children and young adults in our communities are encouraged to study hard and prepare for a great job with a comfortable salary. However, it is important to recognize that God makes us uncomfortable when he wants us to grow, just as Jesus must have been uncomfortable during the 40 days he was out in the desert.


Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

02-11-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season. Lent is a time to seek the Lord in prayer and scripture; it is a time for almsgiving, self-control and sacrifice. The tradition of abstaining from meat on Ash Wednesday and Fridays during Lent is a long-standing Catholic tradition.

Additionally, there are many ways to practice self-control and fast throughout the Lenten season. We will share some thoughts on this in the weeks to come. For now, I encourage all of you to read Pope Francis' message for Lent 2018: "Because of the increase of inequity, the love of many will grow cold" (Mt 24:12). Following is an excerpt from the Holy Father's message which he extends to all men and women of good will, who are open to hearing God's voice.


Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

02-04-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Throughout the past few months, I have shared some thoughts on three fundamental values: Respect, Inspiration and Compassion. These values are part of Holy Spirit Catholic Community’s guiding principles which were defined by our parish pastoral council, several years ago.

As we prepare to start the Lenten Season in a couple of weeks, I encourage all of you to think about these three values. How do you apply these values in your daily lives?


Preventing Falls in Older Adults

02-01-2018The Well

“Even to your old age, I am He, and to gray hairs I will carry you…” (Isaiah 46:4)

Facts about Falls

During the Winter season when there is sleek sidewalks and driveways, we would expect an increased risk for falls, but for seniors, it’s the inside of their homes that can be downright dangerous. Falls are very common and often preventable. Falls are the #1 cause of death due to injury for people age 65 and older.

Seniors are at greater risk for falls due to health problems and physical hazards, such as throw rugs.