Giving Tuesday

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

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

TOTAL RAISED: $390.00
THANK YOU!

 

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)

TOTAL RAISED: $4,060.00
THANK YOU!


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 As we have been working in this program we have discovered that they are so outdated that some of the new programs will not work on them. 3rd grade is in need of iPads that can support the programs they are using to learn both in person and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: $5,175.00 

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


TOTAL RAISED: $125.00

Updated Girls Basketball Uniforms.

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

Estimated Cost: $2,400.00

TOTAL RAISED: $1190.00

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

TOTAL RAISED: $70.00

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


TOTAL RAISED: $625.00

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

TOTAL RAISED: $1,145.00

 

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

TOTAL RAISED: $20.00

New Chasuble.

Estimated Cost: $1,200.00

TOTAL RAISED: $310.00

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!

TOTAL RAISED: $8,630.00

 

Holy Spirit Formed.org subscription.

Formed.org 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
parishioner.

Estimated Cost: $1,999.00

TOTAL RAISED: $0

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

TOTAL RAISED: $535.00
THANK YOU!

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

TOTAL RAISED: $679.00
THANK YOU!

 

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

TOTAL RAISED: $675.00
THANK YOU!


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

TOTAL RAISED: $785.00
THANK YOU!

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

TOTAL RAISED: $450.00
THANK YOU!

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


TOTAL RAISED: $300.00
THANK YOU!

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

TOTAL RAISED: $170.00
THANK YOU!

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

TOTAL RAISED: $4250.00
THANK YOU!

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

TOTAL RAISED: $1000.00
THANK YOU!

New Lectionary Books.

Estimated Cost: $140.00

TOTAL RAISED: $280.00
THANK YOU!

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 vbouwkamp@hsparish.org

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.

REGISTRATION:
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.

REGISTRATION:
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.

On the Mark, With Fr. Mark!

View all “On the Mark” videos on our Vimeo channel!

Please remember that there is a written transcript of all Fr. Mark’s homilies online at his blog. They are usually posted by the middle of the day Tuesday through Friday for daily Mass and in the afternoon on Sunday for the weekend.

Please use these ways to stay connected while you may be unable to gather with us.

Register for Mass

All are welcome! We just ask that you please continue to register to attend weekend Masses, as those are frequently close to our current capacity limit and we are doing all we can to keep everyone safe. Registration for Mass does close 3 hours prior to the start of Mass. If you are planning to attend, please register prior to that time. Likewise, if you have registered for Mass and do not plan to attend, please cancel your reservation to open up that spot for another family that might want to attend. To cancel your Mass reservation please follow the link in your confirmation email.

We ask that you please stay at home if you are considered vulnerable due to age (over 60) or underlying health conditions (e.g., immunocompromised; heart, kidney, or liver issues; diabetes; hypertension; Crohn’s disease; cancer; rheumatoid arthritis; asthma; COPD, etc.).

If you are sick, please stay home. Bishop Walkowiak has dispensed the obligation to attend a weekend Mass until January 4, 2021.

We WILL continue to stream Mass live from the parish Facebook page Tuesday – Friday at 8:30 am, Saturday at 5:00 pm and Sunday at 10:00 am. We will also continue to record each of those Masses and you can view them upon the conclusion of Mass. 

While we are looking forward to having you back at church, please carefully read through the following items to help ensure the health and safety of all our Holy Spirit families.

  • Due to public health restrictions on attendance, we can fill 25% of our total sanctuary seating. As mentioned above this will allow 175 people inside the church at one time.
  • Bishop Walkowiak has dispensed the obligation to attend a weekend Mass until January 4, 2021.
  • We are asking those who have more flexible schedules to please attend one of the weekday morning Masses.
  • If you are not attending Mass on Saturday evening or Sunday, we ask that you please continue to “keep the Lord’s Day holy” viewing the Mass online at our parish website.

October 6-Update

October 6 Update

Bishop Walkowiak has issued an extension of the dispensation to attend Sunday Mass, and also has released an announcement on seating capacity at parishes. You can read the full letter here.

In the letter Bishop discusses an increase in seating capacity. Thankfully, we have been able to utilize all available seating in the church since reopening. We are exploring additional options to increase seating for parishioners as you continue to return to Mass. We are so excited to see more and more of you as you return to Mass each week. Please keep in mind, as our numbers continue to increase each weekend, it is vitally important that you make reservations to attend so we can safely prepare for you each week. We appreciate your cooperation in this effort!

August 24 Update

Bishop Walkowiak has again extended the dispensation for all Catholics within the territory of the Diocese of Grand Rapids from their obligation of attending Sunday Mass through October 18. Please read the complete letter from the Bishop here.

July 23 Update

Bishop Walkowiak has extended the dispensation for all Catholics within the territory of the Diocese of Grand Rapids from their obligation of attending Sunday Mass through Labor Day, September 7.

June 23 Update

We have received a letter from the Bishop regarding dispensation that we would like to share with you. Please read the letter from the Bishop here!

May 20 Update

We received updated information regarding public Masses from the Diocese this morning and are excited to share this letter from the Bishop!

While we are excited to share this information, please know that we are still working to finalize a plan for what this looks like at Holy Spirit. In the coming days we will be sending out additional details and guidelines for returning to Mass. Please be patient and stay tuned!

May 8 Update

Mindful of the current circumstances and to continue our efforts to protect the common good, the Diocese of Grand Rapids has extended its suspension of ALL public Masses and other liturgical and devotional services through May 28, 2020. The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains through June 30.

While we are not in the clear yet, we want to begin to consider what reopening our churches for public Masses may look like. The date on which public worship is restored will depend upon developments in public health guidance and our confidence that resuming public Masses will not pose an undue risk. Reopening will proceed carefully and in phases. This letter from Bishop Walkowiak provides some of that initial guidance.

April 24 Update

Following consultation with doctors in West Michigan, the Diocese of Grand Rapids has extended its cancellation of ALL public Masses and all other liturgical and devotional services through May 17, 2020. This order is in harmony with Governor Whitmer’s updated stay-at-home order.

All Catholics within the territory of the Diocese of Grand Rapids are granted a dispensation from their obligation of attending Sunday Mass through June 30. Priests are to continue to celebrate Mass each day without a congregation.

Please read the full letter from the Bishop.

 

April 9 Update

The Diocese of Grand Rapids has extended its cancellation of ALL public Masses and all other liturgical and devotional services, effective immediately, through April 30, 2020. Please read the letter from Bishop Walkowiak.

 

March 23 Update

Today, Governor Whitmer issued an executive order requiring Michiganders to stay home, outside of critical functions, for the next three weeks. The diocesan leadership team has met via conference call to discuss how this order affects our parishes, schools, and work at Cathedral Square Center.

Bishop Walkowiak issues the following directives for parishes and schools in the diocese, effective at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, in harmony with these government guidelines:

  • All public Masses and all other liturgical and devotional services through Easter Monday, April 13, in the Diocese of Grand Rapids have been canceled.
    • All Catholics within the territory of the Diocese of Grand Rapids are granted a dispensation from their obligation of attending Sunday Mass through April 13.
    • Mass will continue to be live streamed from the cathedral for those who wish to view it. It can be viewed on FOX 17, on the diocesan website and Facebook page.
    • Catholics are encouraged to make a spiritual Communion, pray the rosary, or meditate on Sacred Scripture to keep holy the Lord’s Day.
  • Funerals are to be celebrated without Mass with only immediate family members present, limiting those gathered to 10.
    • Alternately, a committal service at the cemetery may be celebrated outdoors, with the appropriate social distancing guidelines in place, with a memorial Mass to be celebrated at a later date.
  • Individual confessions at the parish will remain available during regularly scheduled times.
  • Individual confessions will remain available on the evening of Thursday, March 26th from 5-8 p.m. as previously scheduled with due precautions being taken.
  • Parish baptisms and weddings are postponed until a later date. Please contact your pastor in a situation where the death of a loved one appears imminent.
  • Holy Communion is only available as Viaticum.
  • Confirmation Masses through Monday, April 13, have been canceled and will be rescheduled.
  • All Catholic Schools in the diocese remain closed in accordance with the Governor’s order. All school buildings will be closed to the public as of 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24. Essential staff may access the school building to provide food and remote learning programs and distribution with administrator approval.
  • Faith Formation classes are suspended until Tuesday, April 14 in accordance with the Governor’s order. Plans should be made to deliver religious instruction curriculum to families if possible.
  • Parish offices are closed to the public.
  • The diocesan offices are closed until Tuesday, April 14. Diocesan staff members are working from home to the extent possible and can be reached via email.

These guidelines are in addition to those issued by Bishop Walkowiak earlier in March. These measures are intended to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The Diocese of Grand Rapids will continue to be in consultation with the Kent County Health Department and other state and federal health officials. Further guidelines will be issued upon their recommendations.

As people of faith, let us pray for all affected by this virus, especially those who are sick or who have died as well as for all health care workers who are working diligently to protect us in this time.

Additional factual information regarding COVID-19 may be found on the following websites:
Kent County Health Department (or your local health department website)
State of Michigan
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Thank you for your cooperation. We will continue to keep you updated as circumstances change.

March 17 Update

From Bishop Walkowiak:
Governor Whitmer’s most recent executive order became effective today, March 17; it prohibits all gatherings of more than 50 people in a shared indoor space. Therefore, the Diocese of Grand Rapids has decided to temporarily suspend ALL public Masses and all other liturgical and devotional services, effective immediately, through Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020. With this suspension, all Catholics within the territory of the Diocese of Grand Rapids are granted a dispensation from their obligation of attending Sunday Mass through April 5. Baptisms, weddings, and funerals may continue to be celebrated outside of Mass with no more than 50 people in attendance. Our March 26th evening of penance, “The Light is ON for You” as well as individual confession times may continue as scheduled.

These have been difficult, but necessary decisions to make. The diocesan leadership team has been thoughtful and prudent in providing assistance to me. Science and recent experience have proven that participation in public gatherings significantly increases the risk of spreading this virus. As Catholics we must stand in solidarity with others and work together for the common good. We must recognize the value of every life and work together to protect all life.

Please view the full letter from Bishop Walkowiak to parishioners.

Additional information on the liturgical guidelines for the celebrations of Holy Week and Easter will be forthcoming from the Office for Worship and the Office of Communications, please watch your emails.

Let us turn to the calm and reassuring presence of our Blessed Mother during this time of uncertainty: http://usccb.org/news/2020/20-44.cfm

Here at Holy Spirit we are grateful to the Bishop and his leadership team for their guidance during this time. With these additional directives from the Diocese we have made the following changes at Holy Spirit:

  • Daily Mass, in addition to all weekend Masses, is cancelled through April 5, 2020. The church will be open for you to pray individually if you would like.
  • The parish office is now closed until further notice. We are still answering the phone, so please feel free to call with any questions or concerns. (616) 453-6369
  • Fr. Mark will still be holding Lenten Penance scheduled for Wednesday, March 18 at 6:00 pm.
  • As stated above, The Light is ON for you will also be held as scheduled.
  • Individual confession times will continue as scheduled.

In the event it is helpful, the information regarding prior updates is listed below.

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March 13, 2020 Update

Late this afternoon we received updated information from the Diocese regarding COVID-19 and steps that will be taken to ensure that all parish families remain safe and healthy.

The celebration of the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. We enshrine the divine law to give praise and worship to God on the Lord’s Day by the obligation to participate at Mass. We are, however, now in the midst of a pandemic which calls for extraordinary measures. Promotion of the common good is one of the pillars of Catholic social teaching and Catholic life.

New state guidelines and executive orders issued within the past 24 hours have prompted our new guidelines:

Bishop Walkowiak issues the following directives for parishes and schools in the diocese, effective immediately, in harmony with these government guidelines:

  • Weekend Masses through Sunday, March 29 in the Diocese of Grand Rapids have been canceled. However, the Church’s life of prayer must continue:
    • Churches should remain open for private prayer during normal weekend Mass times.
    • Mass will continue to be livestreamed from the cathedral for those who wish to view it. It can be viewed on FOX 17, on the diocesan website and Facebook page.
    • Catholics are encouraged to make a spiritual Communion, pray the rosary, or meditate on Sacred Scripture to keep holy the Lord’s Day.
  • Funeral Masses may be celebrated.
  • All Catholic Schools in the diocese are closed in accordance with the Governor’s order.
  • Faith Formation classes are suspended until Monday, April 6 in accordance with the Governor’s order. Plans should be made to deliver religious instruction curriculum to families if possible.
  • The March 26th evening of penance, “The Light is ON for You” will take place as scheduled.

These guidelines are in addition to those issued by Bishop Walkowiak on March 11 and March 12, 2020. These measures are intended to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The Diocese of Grand Rapids will continue to be in consultation with the Kent County Health Department and other state and federal health officials. Further guidelines will be issued upon their recommendations. As people of faith, let us pray for all affected by this virus, especially those who have died and for all health care workers who are working diligently to protect us in this time.

Additional factual information regarding COVID-19 may be found on the following websites:
Kent County Health Department (or your local health department website)
State of Michigan
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

At Holy Spirit, with your health and well-being at the forefront of our decisions, we are cancelling or postponing the following events:

  • All soup supper and stations of the cross events are cancelled.
  • Living Stations of the Cross, presented by the Holy Spirit 7th and 8th grade students, is cancelled and may be rescheduled at a later date.
  • Any regularly scheduled meeting for the parish or school is to be cancelled and rescheduled for a later date.
  • The Knights of Columbus breakfast scheduled for March 22 is cancelled.
  • The donuts and coffee event scheduled for March 29 is cancelled.

Here are a couple items that will not change:

  • We will continue to offer Daily Mass at 8:00 am, Tuesday-Friday of each week.
  • Lenten Penance on Wednesday, March 18 at 6:00 pm will go on as scheduled.
  • As stated above; The Light is ON for you: An Evening of Penance on Thursday, March 26 from 5:00-8:00 pm will continue as scheduled.
  • The Blood Drive scheduled for March 22 will go on as planned in the Activity Center. If you are interested in giving blood please register online.

Additionally, Give Us This Day has made available at no charge a digital file of their periodical, which includes daily Mass texts. You can visit GUTD.net and select “Digital” in the upper right corner of the screen.

As you are well aware this situation continues to evolve and we will be sure to keep you informed on any updates as we receive them.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

 

 

 

 

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 melissaradlinski@hotmail.com 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!

 

2018-2019 Annual Report

We are excited to share our 2018-2019 fiscal year annual report with you!

You can view the entire document here!

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!

Love,

Fr. Mark