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On the Journey - Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

The McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame partners with Catholic dioceses and parishes to address pastoral challenges with young adults.

The ECHO program exists as one of the leading initiatives within the institute. It is a two-year service-learning program which offers participants the opportunity to earn an MA in Theology from the University of Notre Dame and to serve the Church by working in a parish in a leadership role.

The ECHO apprentices engage in leadership in a variety of parish ministries. Each apprentice is formally matched with a parish mentor to help guide their ministry experiences and assess their professional development.

Three years ago, our parish was part of bringing this program to the Joliet Diocese along with three other parishes in the diocese. Tricia McCarthy, served in our parish community for two years. She graduated from Notre Dame on July 29th and will begin her professional life at Elon University as a Campus Minister, this fall.

Holy Spirit Catholic Community has again been matched with an ECHO apprentice who will begin the two-year service program at our parish later this month. We look forward to welcoming our next young, catechetical leader. More information will be provided in next week's bulletin.

On the journey,
Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

4th Sunday of Ordinary Time

National Catholic Schools Week starts today! Catholic Schools all over the country are hosting open houses and other activities for their students and families throughout this week. All Saints Catholic Academy (ASCA) started early.

Last Sunday, ASCA students from our parish hosted the 9:30 AM Mass followed by a light brunch in the parish Gathering Place. I enjoyed joining the young students and their families for some fellowship after Mass. I wish to acknowledge the great work of the ASCA faculty, staff, and parents. Thank you for providing our children with faith-filled guidance and an excellent education in an academically rich environment.

Though not all families choose Catholic education for their children, more so, when they have some of best ranking public schools in the state, as we do in the Naperville area. The U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops asks all Catholics to support Catholic education through prayer and action at the school, parish and national levels.

Catholic education addresses the development of the whole person through spiritual and academic formation based on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  The mission of Catholic education is to provide an environment that deepens faith, belief in the Gospel message and inspires students to go forth to spread the faith by word and example.

Catholic schools serve both the faith community and society by educating children, young people and adults to contribute to the common good by becoming active and caring members of the communities, cities, and nation in which they live, and our world sure needs more caring communities.

On the journey,
Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski