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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

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Today’s Gospel talks about the apostles’ reaction when Jesus told them that he would be going away for a while. Though they had been following Jesus, listening to his teachings and seeing his works for three years, they did not understand why he was leaving or where he was going.

As we listen to the apostle’s dialog with Jesus, notice the fear and confusion in their questions. Through history people have been fearful of uncertainty, and confused by occurrences they do not understand. Fear and confusion are something most of us experience in life, especially when faced with unexpected situations. As Christians, we ask God for help and pray to him in Jesus’ name.

Today, we are reminded that “the way” to God is through Jesus. We are to follow Jesus’ teachings, to live our lives as He did: loving all our brothers and sisters with no exception and doing good works. “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”. John 14:6

On the journey,
Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski