Giving Tuesday

Thanks so much for joining us for GivingTuesday! We are so grateful for your support!

Inspiration Station for Young 5’s.

The Inspiration Station easel makes teaching easier and more effective while helping keep the classroom neat and tidy! Ideal for independent and group activities, the pull-out whiteboard allows for even more space to collaborate!

Estimated Cost: $535.00



Manipulatives for Young 5’s.

Magnatab letters, numbers and shapes, Block Play STEM early learning kit, Design and Build Engineering Centers. Estimated Cost: $300.00


Easels for Kindergarten Classroom.

The art easel & learning easel are essentials in the Kindergarten classroom.  The learning easel is used daily for teaching. It has served its purpose, but it is well loved and falling apart. The art easel is over 20 years old and is fragile. A new, smaller art easel would also help to make more room in the classroom!

Estimated Cost: $629.00



Kindergarten Learning Tools.

Kindergarten standards and expectations have  increased over the years, but one thing stays the same, kids love to have fun! We love to have lots of fun in the classroom while playing and learning with our friends. Please help to replace some educational materials, manipulatives, puzzles and toys that will be used to help develop our students socially, emotionally, physically,
intellectually, and of course spiritually!

Estimated Cost: $675.00


Hands-on Religious Instruction Items for 1st grade

In first grade we are working toward adding new and engaging activities into our religion curriculum.Through songs, felt boards, and more, we feel students will have an opportunity to make their understanding of our Catholic faith more meaningful to them, and help them to grow closer to God

Estimated Cost: $495.00


New desks for 2nd Grade

The desks that the 2nd grade classroom is using are more than 20 years old. The tops are very heavy for the students, and they have a hard time opening them and holding them up to get their supplies out.

Estimated Cost: $4,060.00
($145.00 each x 28 desks)


Teaching tools 2nd grade .

Second grade needs some updated
games and puzzles for the classroom, supplemental interactive social
studies activities, STEM toys to encourage logical thinking and engineering and math teaching aides.

Estimated Cost: $450.00


iPads for 3rd Grade

In third grade we have been working on using Google Classroom and a new program called Go Formative. This
program is helpful in the classroom but also in the event that we go virtual again. As we have been working in this program we have discovered that they are so outdated that some of the new programs will not work on them. 3rd grade is in need of iPads that can support the programs they are using to learn both in person and virtually.

Estimated Coat: $10,000.00
($400.00 x 25 iPads)

TOTAL RAISED: $4000.00

Classroom Library Books for Middle School.

Having a wide selection of middle
school-appropriate texts is necessary to
promote engaged readers who understand and enjoy the text they are reading. Mrs. Swider is in need of more books in the classroom library in order to match high interest books to readers.

Estimated Cost: $300.00


Books and Classroom Supplies for Quest Program.

The Quest program at Holy Spirit has a goal to foster social and emotional growth in the classroom.Quest focuses on ways to help understand and grow self-awareness and encourages and reinforces students to listen and support each other, helping them to make the right choices. They will journey together seeking, learning, and helping themselves and classmates become strong, independent leaders at Holy Spirit and for Christ. Quest uses books to help explain concepts to students, reinforcing the main message and other messages the book gives. There is a need for new books that help with social-emotional skills for the Elementary and Jr. High students. These books will focus on self-esteem, friendship, conflict resolution and feelings among other things.

Estimated Cost: $150.00


Subscription to Gizmos
Gizmos is a virtual lab program with interactive science simulations.When hands-on science learning isn’t possible, this program allows the middle school students to complete virtual labs that mirror what is done in person. Given the current challenges with not sharing equipment this program is ideal in that it works well with iPads and laptops so students can work safely.While this program was free during the last school year there is now a significant cost associated with this subscription.
Estimated Cost: $875.00


AC/Heat system for the CDC.

This new system would have the ability of both heat and air conditioning, running independently of the whole school heating system. This unit would allow for heat in the CDC on chilly fall mornings when starting the entire school system is not necessary. This is also a great system to have if there are problems with the main boiler. Additionally, there are times when the CDC is open while the school is not and the opportunity to run independently from the school is necessary.

Estimated Cost: $4,000.00


Updated Girls Basketball Uniforms.

The current uniforms have been in use for several years and need to be replaced.

Estimated Cost: $2,400.00



New basketballs (20 new for each grade level 5/6 & 7/8).

The basketballs have not been replaced in several years and are showing signs of significant wear.

Estimated Cost: $1,000.00



New Volleyballs (20 new for each grade level 5/6 & 7/8).

The current volleyballs have not been replaced in several years. They are not holding air and show significant wear.

Estimated Cost: $1,000.00



Fence for Back Playground.

A fence was scheduled to be put in. Unfortunately COVID hit, and we no longer had the funds to do so. Without a fence on the back playground, children can run into the parking lot and a car/truck could drive into that play area. A fence would help to keep all students who use that playground safe and keeping our kiddos safe is of the utmost importance!

Estimated Cost: $10,000.00


Garden Angels Gator Tune Up.

The gator was purchased by the Boosters, but the Garden Angels use it every week for 6 months out of the year and it is a critical tool for them as they beautify our grounds. Almost no maintenance has been done on the gator since it was purchased 15+ years ago and it is in need of some love. The gator needs a tune up, new tires and new seats. Estimated Cost: $1,500.00



Upright piano.

This new, versatile piano would be used for a variety of functions around Holy Spirit church and school. It would
permanently replace the old upright that sits in the parish Multi-Purpose Room. This piano would be rolled into the church to be used for various church and school such as the school Christmas program, where we currently use a portable. Finally, this piano could easily be moved into the school gymnasium and used for Christmas and Holy Week liturgies, as needed – until our capacity in the church is able to be back to during this uncertain time. The gymnasium also holds other activities throughout the year where a piano could be used.

Estimated Cost: $4,000.00



New Chasuble.

Estimated Cost: $1,200.00


New Lectionary Books.

Estimated Cost: $140.00


Holy Spirit subscription. is the Catholic Faith on demand. We use it at the parish for youth classes,
sacramental prep, RCIA, seasonal programs, and evangelization. Through our parish subscription, all parishioners have free access to
hundreds of movies, e-books, study programs, bible studies, and audio programs for individual or small group formation. With your help, we would like to continue to use these wonderful resources in our programming as well as providing them without charge to every

Estimated Cost: $1,999.00


General Gift/Greatest Need

If you are not interested in giving to one of the specific items listed, please feel free to make a gift to Holy Spirit and designate it in any way you choose or give toward our greatest need!

GivingTuesday FAQ’s:

How can you make your gift on Tuesday? We want to make it easy for you! You can make your gift online, or give me a call at 616-340-2307! I would be happy to help you make your gift over the phone. You are also welcome to bring a check in to the parish office!

What if I would like to give toward more than one item on GivingTuesday? While our online giving system will not allow you to pick more than one designation when you make your gift there are options! You can do separate transactions for the different items that you would like to give toward or give me a call at 616-340-2307! I can take all your information and make sure your gift is split amongst the items you would like to support.

What if I’m not interested in contributing to any of these specific items but I want to be a part of GivingTuesday at Holy Spirit? That’s okay! When you go online to make your gift on GivingTuesday there will be an option to select “Other” in the list of items. In the comments box just specify what you are interested in giving toward (i.e., Capital Fund, General Fund, etc.)  and we will make sure that happens.

What if I am unable to make a gift on Tuesday, December 1, but I want to still be a part of GivingTuesday? No problem! If you would like to make your gift a different day and have it count toward one of our wish list items, or something else, just let me know! You can give me a call at 616-453-6369, or stop in the parish office and we will make sure your gift counts on December 1!

Who do I call with questions or if I need help? You can call/email Vicki Bouwkamp at 616-340-2307 or

2020 Advent and Christmas Liturgy Schedule

Advent Penance
Wednesday, December 2 | 6:30-7:30 pm

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Tuesday, December 8 | 8:30 am & 6:30 pm

Advent Penance
Wednesday, December 9 | 6:30-7:30 pm

An Evening of Advent Reflections with Fr. Phil Shangraw
Tuesday, December 15 | 6:30 pm
The “O” Antiphons, popularized by the hymn, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” accompany Mary’s canticle of Evening Prayer from December 12-17. They use ancient biblical imagery drawn from the messianic hopes of the Old Testament to proclaim the coming Christ as the fulfillment not only of ancient people’s hopes, but of modern ones as well. Fr. Phil Shangraw will explore these Advent images with his usual drollness and  questionable insights.

In order to help keep everyone safe, this event will be live on the parish Facebook page and a recording will be available upon completion of the event.

Advent Penance
Wednesday, December 16 | 6:30-7:30 pm

Christmas Eve Mass
Thursday, December 24 | 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 8:00 pm, 10:00 pm
Registration required. Mass will be held in the gym and the church simultaneously at 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm & 8:00 pm. The 4:00 pm Mass will be streamed live on the parish Facebook page and a recording will be available upon completion of Mass.

4:00 PM Mass Registration (please select your preferred location to register)  GYM | CHURCH
6:00 PM Mass Registration (please select your preferred location to register)  GYM | CHURCH
8:00 PM Mass Registration (please select your preferred location to register)  GYM | CHURCH
10:00 PM Mass Registration

Christmas Day Mass
Friday, December 25 | 8:00 am & 10:00 am
Registration required. These Masses will be held in the church only. The 10:00 am Mass will be streamed live on the parish Facebook page and a recording will be available upon the completion of Mass.

8:00 AM Mass Registration
10:00 AM Mass Registration

Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God
Thursday, December 31, 2020 | 5:00 pm
Friday, January 1, 2021 | 10:00 am

Both Masses will be streamed live on the parish Facebook page and a recording will be available upon the completion of Mass.

Knights of Columbus Breakfast

Join us in the Multipurpose Room on Sunday, February 23 from 8:30 am-11:30 am for a full breakfast provided by the Holy Spirit Knights! There is no set cost, but a free will offering will be collected.

Winter Carnival!

Our 6th Annual Winter Carnival Will Be Held On Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 6:00-8:00 PM. Please consider making a donation to this family friendly Holy Spirit community event. We are in need of cash or gift cards for our raffle (don’t forget all the options for SCRIP). Some of the gift cards needed include: AMC Theater, B.C. Pizza, Celebration Cinema, Dick’s, iTunes, Mr. Burger, Panera Bread, Peppino’s, Schuler Books, Tanger Outlet, Target, TGI Friday’s, Ulta, Tropical Smoothie, and Wendy’s. Please contact Melissa Radlinski at or 217-6333 if you have questions. Donations may be dropped off at the school office in an envelope marked Winter Carnival Donation. Thank you!


Fr. Mark’s Christmas Greeting

Dear Families and Friends of Holy Spirit Parish,

On this feast of Christmas, we gather with Christians all over the world to celebrate the birth of Christ, Savior of the World.  As this familiar story of our Lord’s birth is proclaimed once again, our astonishment of this life-changing event should not be diminished. God has rightly, fully chosen to manifest the depth of His love for us in the Christ child.

Whether you are coming to Holy Spirit for the first time, or visit us regularly, you are most welcome. If you are visiting our parish for the first time, we are happy that you are here, and hope that you will come back to celebrate with us again in the coming year.  If you have been away from the Church for some time, we would love to have you come back and join us; everyone is welcome.

As I celebrate my second Christmas as your pastor, I would like to express my joy and happiness about being assigned at Holy Spirit Parish.

On behalf of the entire parish staff, I would like to extend to you and your loved ones our prayers and best wishes for a blessed and joyous Christmas season and a Happy New Year!


Fr. Mark

Knights of Columbus Meeting

The Holy Spirit Knights General Council Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month. These meetings will now be held in the Multipurpose Room at 7:00pm. The next meeting will be hosted on November 11th. If  you would like more information on joining the Knights of Columbus, feel free to visit their table at the ministry fair or please reach out to David Buczkowski at:

November Blood Drive

The Frank Diehl Memorial Blood Drive! Save three lives!
Where: Holy Spirit Parish
When: Sunday, November 17th 2019 from 7:30am-1:15pm

Register now online at or by
calling 1-866-642-5663. Walk-ins are welcome.

For more  information, please contact Matt Kilroy at


Holy Day of Obligation

As many of you know, the Catholic Church has two beautiful and important holy days approaching very quickly! One of them is a Holy Day of Obligation. We welcome all visitors from out of town or surrounding areas to join us in worship on these days! Mass times are as follows:

Friday, November 1st – All Saints Day (Holy Day of Obligation)
8:45am, 7:00pm

Saturday, November 2nd – All Souls Day

Ministry Fair

The Holy Spirit Parish staff is delighted to announce that we will be hosting a ministry fair after each Mass during the weekend of October 26/27 this year! This is a GREAT opportunity to begin conversations among your fellow parishioners about the ministries we offer here year-round. We hope to see many of you there. If you have any questions regarding the format of this fair, please contact the parish office at 453-6369.


Evening of Worship

Here is our official 2019-2020 Evening of Worship schedule! Come join us – all are welcome! If you have any questions, please reach out to Joe Houdek, our music director, at