From the Pastor's Desk

Weekly thoughts and announcements from our Pastor, Fr. Tom Lewandowski.

Jesus Heal Us...We Heal Each Other

On this weekend as we celebrate the Sacrament of Healing of the Sick, we would like to update you on the status of these two young men with whom we have most recently been involved in their healing journeys.

MIKE’S FIGHT Update: Mike Walters
Mike had a recurrence of his leukemia in the beginning of 2014.  At that time it was determined the only option was a stem cell transplant.  After testing of family didn’t yield a viable donor, an anonymous donor was found.   Mike received his transplant on May 22, 2014   Mike did extremely well and the transplant has been deemed a success!

As with any transplant there can and usually are complications.  One such complication is Graft versus host disease.  Mike has been diagnosed with chronic host versus graft disease.  This is when the newly transplanted cells view the recipient’s body as foreign and begin to attack his body.  He suffers from weight loss, dry eyes, and some shortness of breath.  Because of the transplant, Mike had to receive all of his childhood immunizations all over again.  Since he was in the midst of these immunizations during flu season, he was not able to receive a flu vaccine.  As a result he had to practically hibernate due to risk of infections.  During the first 100 days after his transplant, Mike was not allowed to be around his children due to the risk of infections that come along with children who are in school and daycare.  We remain hopeful that Mike will continue to progress and remain strong in this on-going battle.  Mike is grateful for all of the prayers and well wishes he has received.

SETHSTRONG Update: Seth Buddai

What a journey it has been. The first day of July, 2014 will be a day that I will never forget. So much has occurred since I discovered that I had a tumor at the base of my spine, on that day. I have been through too many doctor appointments and medical exams to keep track of them. I have had five MRIs, six CT scans, two echocardiograms, one PET scan, and a biopsy. In addition, I have had 13 rounds of chemotherapy and 31 radiation treatments to attack the cancerous Ewing Sarcoma tumor. On March 16th, I will complete my chemo treatments and wait to receive word that there is no evidence of the disease.

This journey has taught me to trust in God. The power of prayer is remarkable and I truly believe that miracles do occur. It is because of the support and love of my family, friends, co-workers, and church family that I have been able to come so far in this journey. I cannot thank everyone enough for all of the love, prayers, and well-wishes.

I ask that you continue to keep me in your thoughts and prayers, as I complete my treatment, this week. The love of Christ the Light of the World and St. Joseph parishes truly does surround everyone. I look forward to my next trip home!