On Tuesday, November 28, the world embarks on it’s 11th year of #GivingTuesday. Created in 2012 as a simple idea to encourage people to do good, it has grown into a global generosity “movement that unleashes the power of radical generosity around the world.” Giving back is something that each of you does on a daily basis as Catholic Christians, and for that we are always grateful. Last year, your generosity helped raise over $52,000 for the building of a new playground!
While not as shiny of a project this year, this year’s ask has an even greater impact on our Holy Spirit Community: a new sound system for the sanctuary of the church. The current system is about to turn 30 years old, and the usual life span of a system like this is 25 years. Needless to say, we are on borrowed time and we would like to be proactive in having the funds ready when the time comes to replace it.
Our goal this #GivingTuesday is to raise $67,630 for the purchase of a new sound system, and have 100% participation to make it happen. Will you help us ensure that we can fully hear the holy moments that impact our lives within the church? Please prayerfully consider making a gift during the 24-hour period on Tuesday, November 28, 2023. The Diocese is kindly covering all processing fees, which means 100% of your gift goes directly to the purchase of a new sound system.
Choose either “Holy Spirit Parish” or “Holy Spirit School” from the dropdown menu, as all donations will be directed to the sound system.
Make your donation. (Your confirmation receipt will come from the Diocese of Grand Rapids.)
St. Peter’s Power Hours If you are wondering when the best time to give is, please consider making a donation during the hours of 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. If we raise the highest total in the diocese during these hours, we will earn a $1,000 grant!
Look in your mailbox for our new Guide Book & Directory. It should be arriving in the coming week.
The many advertisers included helped provide this service to our parish at no cost. We encourage you to think of them in the future as your needs arise. If you are interested in advertising next year, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Please familiarize yourself with the ministries and organizations at our church located in the front of the book. An electronic PDF version of the Guide Section of the book is available for downloading to our computer, smart phone, or tablet at your convenience.
Progressive AE has finished compiling all information and feedback they gathered from their time on campus and the various staff, ministries, and parish-wide town hall. They have presented a campus-wide master plan to the Building Steering Committee, which identifies potential spaces, not design or layout.
This weekend’s bulletin includes an insert with a drawing of the long range vision plan, as well as an explanation of what a long range vision plan is, what the guiding principles are, and what the next steps are.
The Steering Committee will be in the Narthex after all Masses on the weekend of September 16 and 17 to answer questions with much larger displays that more clearly label the vision for our campus. Consider stopping by next weekend and taking a look!
The next step will be for the feasibility study to begin. This process will take some time, as well as many sacrifices from our community as we look at how we can generously support this vision over the coming years to make it a reality. We look forward to this journey with you!
July 26, 2023
Progressive AE is collecting questionnaires from all departments, staff, and ministries and are now interviewing them. At the end of July/beginning of August, they will study our existing facilities and document our current campus. Over several weeks they will process the collected data and implement that knowledge into design concepts. This process should take until the end of August; at that time we will present the study’s conclusions and the official master plan.
Letter from Fr. Mark Peacock
Dear Holy Spirit Community,
It is with great encouragement from many parishioners as well as approval from the Pastoral Council, Finance Council and Board of Education that I formed a Building Steering Committee to assess the needs of our campus and develop a master plan. Because of Holy Spirit’s great growth and ministry development, it is time we take a look at how we can better support the needs of every member of our community. I am excited to see what the future holds!
Our Parish has grown by over 200 parishioners in the past year. Expansion of assess like the Multipurpose Room will allow for a more vibrant and connected community.
Our Child Development Center is an excellent self-sustaining asset that can be expanded to provide infant care to further support our young families.
As the Parish flourishes, our staff continues to grow to serve you and lacks adequate space for meetings, small groups, conferences, etc.
Our enrollment in the school is the highest it has been in 10 years and is expected to continue to increase. (We already have 320 students enrolled for next school year and anticipate another 10-15 students to enroll by fall. Currently, our school building can only house 390 students.)
Our growing ministries continue to exaggerate the lack of space, especially with the potential of adding a Youth Minister in the future.
No major construction or renovation project has been conducted in 30 years.
Current ministries such as funeral services, Knights of Columbus breakfasts, special events, coffee & donuts, etc. are underserved by the current facilities.
Wayfinding has always been a struggle for Holy Spirit. This coupled with an ever-growing concern for community safety calls for a review of the circulation and access control of the entire campus.
Through the interviewing process with multiple architectural firms, it became clear to the committee that now is the time to define a Master Plan for the future of our community and its campus.
Progressive AE has been selected to lead a holistic investigation of the Parish to clearly outline our needs and from there will design a phased Master Plan that will prioritize and sequence our needs.
What to expect:
Over the next few weeks, Progressive AE will orchestrate a series of workshops, a parish wide town hall meeting, and surveys to hear your (the community’s) opinions.
They will then assess the data that they collect while investigating our current facilities to provide a complete picture of the Parish’s current state.
After the 10-week process, Progressive AE will present a Master Plan Package to the Steering Committee and Parish demonstrating their proposed solutions to our needs.
Although this plan may change over time, it is intended to guide the Parish as we continue to grow in our mission.
The Garden Angels began their work on the parish grounds on Wednesday, May 17th. The group will continue to meet weekly at 9:00 am. It’s never too late to join!
Luncheons will continue weekly through October after the work is done. (Everyone is asked to bring a dish to pass if you wish. They usually have a lot of food, so no worries if you don’t or cannot bring a dish.)
What to Bring
Please bring your own tools, gloves, rakes, shovels and cutters (if you have them) and put your name on your tools!
Men and women are welcome; many dirty hands make for light work! If you have any questions, please call Rosemary Cheslock at (616) 485-1184.
We reached our 2023 CSA Goal! On behalf of Fr. Mark and the Parish Staff, thank you for giving generously to help support the many programs and supportive diocesan ministries that have a ripple effect in our community!
The Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) is an annual effort to reach out to people in our 11 counties in a variety of ways, including through seminarian and deacon formation; youth programming; support for the homebound and incarcerated; families who are struggling; the hungry, and the homeless. Through the CSA, we are strengthened in Christ and we can respond with joy. We all work together to care for the Church by sharing the gifts God has granted us.
Our parish goal for 2023 is $246,480 and 100% participation, which means every parishioner should return their pledge card, even if that pledge is $0 for you this year. Every gift, regardless of the amount, is important in this effort. Please join us!
The Multipurpose Room was filled with onesies and socks and diapers and glimpses of pinks and pastels all over! The energy was high as people generously donated in support of a family expecting triplets this April!
We were overwhelmed by how fully our parish community stood behind the baby shower, providing a pack n’ play full of gifts and outfits, wrote notes of encouragement for the mom-to-be and her family, and gave from the heart to someone they’ve never even met. God is at work in the hearts of our parish family as we make our efforts intentional as we support life and helping moms, dads, and families choose life and be able to support the life they are bringing into the world.
We look forward to sharing the final total for donations made at this weekend’s baby shower, and sharing all of the ways in which the funds will be used. Stay tuned for an update later this week!
Thank you, Faithful Families planning committee!
The women pictured above were responsible for the initial idea to host a baby shower, the planning and organizational efforts involved in pulling the entire event together, organizing volunteers, and creatively turning the Multipurpose Room into a beautiful celebration of life for triplets on the way. Thank you Faithful Families ladies for your passion and energy for HELP Pregnancy and finding new ways to celebrate and support life in our parish!
You most likely will not receive envelopes for January and February, so we encourage you to continue using the methods suggested below in the meantime. As a result of this envelop mishap with the third-party company that we use, we will be switching to a new company shortly that has been very quick to answer our questions, provide timely customer service, and make the process smooth and easy for us. You will receive a letter when the time comes explaining the switch. However, we assure you that the transition will be seamless, and in the long-run, Holy Spirit will be better served by this new company.
What can you do in the meantime? 1.) If you usually tithe with a check; your check has your name and address in the corner, and therefore we are able to process and post the donation to your account.
2.) If you usually tithe with cash; place your cash in an envelope with your name and address written on the outside
3.) If you would like to avoid both of these options, you are very welcome to call MacKenzie in the parish office at (616) 453-6369 to make donations directly online, or set up a recurring gift schedule until April when envelopes hopefully return.
4.) We have now received a large box of blank envelopes to be put on the ends of the pews. You are welcome to put your donation in an envelope and write your name and address on the outside.
**If you have tithing envelopes left over from previous months (or years!), you are very welcome to use those envelopes up! Regardless of the date written on the outside of the envelope, the donation will be posted for the week you put it in the collection.
What if I don’t remember my tithing envelope number? No need to worry; as long as your name is on your donation (check) or the envelope it is in (cash), we are able to post that donation directly to your account. The envelope number is actually more related to the company who prints the envelopes, but it is no longer connected specifically to your Holy Spirit records.
Again, we apologize for the inconvenience this causes for you in the coming weeks, and hope it will not deter you from finding a way to tithe that makes you feel most comfortable. If you have any other questions in regards to this situation, do not hesitate to email email@example.com, or call the parish office during weekdays between 8:00 am-4:00 pm.
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.
On behalf of the entire parish staff, we extend to you and your loved ones our prayers and best wishes for a blessed and joyous Christmas season and a Happy New Year!