Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time

08-26-2018On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

People of Holy Spirit Catholic Community,

I share the heartbreak and shame experienced by many after learning about the crimes of sexual abuse committed and covered up by clergy and bishops in Pennsylvania. I echo the feelings expressed by Pope Francis in his letter to the People of God -- “With shame and repentance, we acknowledge as an ecclesial community that we were not where we should have been, that we did not act in a timely manner, realizing the magnitude and the gravity of the damage done to so many lives. We showed no care for the children, we abandoned them”.

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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.

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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

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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).

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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:

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