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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

The Solemnity of the Holy Trinity

Today we celebrate the mystery of the Holy Trinity, one God in three persons. This week we have also returned to the liturgical season of Ordinary Time. However, this Sunday and the next, are solemnity Sundays --special days that call our attention central mysteries of our Catholic faith.

Today’s Gospel calls our attention to the actions of God revealed in three persons: God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God the Father sent his Son, Jesus, into the world to save us through his death and resurrection. In turn, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to strengthen our faith in God and so that his love for us would also be strengthened.

Earlier this week, Pope Francis asked people of all faiths to come together in prayer for world peace. I ask all of you to include the Holy Father’s request for prayer in your personal intentions for today and for every day. May the Holy Trinity grant peace to the whole world. May God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit heal the wounds of war and terrorism. Let us pray for the victims of violent acts and their families.

On the journey,
Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski