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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

Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Since 1974, National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. This year's theme is "Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service". The celebration starts on Sunday January 29th and runs to February 4th. Catholic Schools all over the country will be hosting open houses and other activities for students and families at their schools.

In preparation for this year's Catholic Schools Week, Holy Spirit Catholic Community is pleased to welcome our All Saints Catholic Academy students who will be serving as greeters, and lectors at the 9:30 AM Mass on Sunday, January 22. We encourage all families with school aged children to visit www.ascacademy.org for more information about their open house on January 29 and other celebratory activities during the week.

On the journey,
Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski