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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

Pentecost Sunday

Today we celebrate Pentecost Sunday, one of the Church’s greatest feast. This was the day when the Holy Spirit descended upon Mary and the disciples, as Jesus had promised them. The apostles were all still together in the same upstairs room they had retreated to after the Ascension of the Lord.

Pentecost marks the culmination of the difficult days gone before the triumph of life over death with Jesus’s resurrection, and of the transition of the disciples from people of uncertainty and fear to people of commitment and action. Listen carefully to the readings and the Gospel as these give an account of what took place on this day.

Let us pray that the Spirit blow through our Church, our communities, and our lives as it did then for the disciples, and let us open our hearts, minds and souls to receive the gifts of the Spirit. May we too are empowered to move forth to spread the good news and bring others to celebrate the Eucharist.

On the journey,
Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski