Novena to St. Joseph

A Note from our Seminarian:

Being that I grew up at St. Joseph’s parish in Wright, I hope that I’m not too biased when I call St. Joseph the greatest saint to ever have lived, second only to our Blessed Mother. For many reasons, he has been a very close saint in my own life, and I believe that every Christian should come to know and call upon him. It seems that the global Church has also recently began to discover a renewed devotion to this remarkable person. For the first time in the history of the Church, Pope Francis made this year a year of St. Joseph! St. Joseph was also recently added into the Eucharistic prayers that we hear at Mass and recent popes have named him as Patron of the Church, Patron of Workers, and Guardian of the Redeemer.

It’s become clear recently that an attack is being waged against God’s vision for marriage and the family. Maintaining strong marriages and families has become increasingly more difficult. The Covid pandemic has wreaked havoc on the existing workforce and finding good jobs hasn’t been easy. Additionally, the number of Christian faithful around us has been steadily declining year after year. But fear not! God always provides the right help to his children in times of trouble. I believe an increased devotion to Joseph, the Father of the Holy Family, is one way in which God is helping today’s Church. His character exemplifies a strong husband, worker, and a tremendous faith.

For these reasons, I’ve decided to lead our parish in a novena to St. Joseph that will end on the Feast of St. Joseph the worker on May 1st. If you want to help build up the family, learn more about Jesus’ heroic and quiet earthly Father, or simply deepen your prayer life, join me on this nine-day series of prayers! This novena is only a short time commitment each day, and this daily dedication to prayer will help us to become better Christians and serve the Church’s mission.

Here’s how this is going to work. Beginning Tuesday, April 20, I will be in our Kindergarten classroom offering the students a short exhortation on Joseph and then leading them in prayer. Each morning I will visit a different grade and bring along the new St. Joseph statue for the church. Friday, April 23rd is the first day of our novena. To participate, just pray the prayers that are posted here or if you’d like, pray with us remotely through the livestream on our Facebook page each day. If you miss the live stream or miss a day, don’t worry! We will be posting all the videos to our Vimeo page for you to watch at your convenience. Just catch up when you can. We can do this! The final day is May 1st, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker.

Echoing the words Pharaoh said to the Egyotians in the Old Testament (from whom St. Joseph takes his name): “Go to Joseph and do whatever he tells you.” (Gen 41:55)

Litany of St. Joseph – Tuesday 4/20-Thursday 4/22

Lord, have mercy.                                              Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.                                            Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.                                              Lord, have mercy.
God our Father in heaven,                                have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,             have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,                                            have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,                                        have mercy on us.
Holy Mary,                                                            pray for us.
Saint Joseph,                                                        pray for us.
Noble son of the House of David,                     pray for us.
Light of patriarchs,                                              pray for us.
Husband of the Mother of God,                        pray for us.
Guardian of the Virgin,                                       pray for us.
Foster father of the Son of God,                        pray for us.
Faithful guardian of Christ,                                pray for us.
Head of the Holy Family,                                    pray for us.
Joseph, chaste and just,                                       pray for us.
Joseph, prudent and brave,                                pray for us.
Joseph, obedient and loyal,                                pray for us.
Pattern of patience,                                              pray for us.
Lover of poverty,                                                    pray for us.
Model of workers,                                                  pray for us.
Example to parents,                                               pray for us.
Guardian of virgins,                                               pray for us.
Pillar of family life,                                                 pray for us.
Comfort of the troubled,                                       pray for us.
Hope of the sick,                                                      pray for us.
Patron of the dying,                                                pray for us.
Terror of evil spirits,                                              pray for us.
Protector of the Church,                                       pray for us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,        have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,        have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,        have mercy on us.
God made him master of his household,                          And put him in charge of all that he owned.

Let us pray.

O God, who in your inexpressible providence were pleased to choose Saint Joseph as spouse of the most holy Mother of your Son, grant, we pray, that we, who revere him as our protector on earth, may be worthy of his heavenly intercession. Through Christ our Lord.

R/. Amen.

Day 1 – Joseph, Provider for Families (Friday, April 23rd)

           Saint Joseph, please protect our families from the seductive attractions of the world and the subtle attacks from the evil one. Bless our fathers with the strength, courage, foresight, and self-sacrifice that you possessed in leading and protecting the Holy Family from the many evils of the day. Bless all the members of our family with a single-mindedness to respect each other; to be obedient to our Father’s headship; to always strive to do the will of God; to trust in Jesus; and to be worthy temples for the Holy Spirit.

We especially ask for these favors for our Holy Spirit Parish family. Saint Joseph, give our families not only material necessities, but more importantly, spiritual needs of faith, hope, and love.

Concluding Prayer (Repeated Daily)

Most pure Saint Joseph, you were entrusted to be the father of Jesus. We look to you as our model of the perfect worker, father, and spouse. Pray for us sinners that we may imitate your heroic virtue. We want to be pure in heart, comforted in death, loving fathers and mothers, courageous during suffering, eager defenders Christ, humble servants, and virtuous workers. You inspire us to be faithful to our commitments and joyfully receive all life. We want to receive a renewed spirit of friendship and devotion to your Son, Jesus.

You showed your Son Jesus honorable work. May our work inside and outside of our homes transform us to be more like Jesus so that one day we might see him in heaven. We ask this with the help of your prayers.

Amen.

Day 2 – Joseph, Patron Saint of the Dying (Saturday, April 24th)

Faithful Joseph, with the fulfillment of the Lord’s promise, you peacefully leave this world in Jesus and Mary’s hands. Your faith transforms death into the sowing of life; thus, God considers you to be a just man. Your heart overflows in the presence of the Lord. With your hands outstretched to God, your sleep is filled with prayers. Surrounded by the living, you embark upon the great march to the promise Land.

Open our eyes that we may glimpse the road to Life that lies beyond death. May nothing, not denial, anger, nor depression, separate us from the Love of God. Strengthen our faith in God who always finds ways of preserving us in his friendship. Be beside us to hold our hands when we take our first steps toward the Eternal Kingdom.

Day 3 – Joseph, our Solace in Suffering (Sunday, April 25th)

Compassionate Joseph, one with us in our human condition, together with Mary and Jesus you experience exile, hunger and violence. Refusing vengeance, you choose mercy. Your forgiveness breaks the circle of violence. Through your goodness, God’s hope for our humanity is preserved. Joy is yours, for the Kingdom of God is your inheritance.

Open our compassionate hands in times of war, famine and exile. Keep us from developing a victim’s mentality and make our pain a source of growth. Sustain us in fulfilling our responsibility of cultivating inner peace, joy and serenity. In your wisdom, counsel us to close all doors to bitterness, so that, watched over by God, we may dance for joy.

Day 4 – Joseph, Terror of Demons (Monday, April 26th)

Courageous Joseph, advised by an angel, you confronted your fears of the unknown. Just as you fervently protected your family on earth, protect us adopted brothers of Christ here on earth against all evil spirits. God chose you to be the shield for the Holy Family and now we ask for your prayers to shield us, His adopted children. By your example, we want to defend Jesus in our lives, wherever He appears in Word, Spirit, or Sacrament.

Help us to rediscover the united core of our identities, beyond all internal fears. Counsel us so we may build a better world to welcome the coming Kingdom. Show us the example of your courage so that, freed from the grip of our fears, our decisions may be founded in Love.

Day 5 – Joseph, Hope of the Sick (Tuesday, April 27th)

Benevolent Joseph, the Son of God placed his life in your hands. With Mary, you cared for Him who is the force of life. May your compassion enfold our fragility, bringing us the comfort of the divine presence. We join with you in prayer, saying: “Lord Jesus, Son of Living God, say a word for our healing!” Make us sensitive to the illnesses of those close to us. Support our efforts and grant us courage in the fight against all evil.

Help us to find meaning in God’s great project for humanity beyond the sicknesses and sufferings that blind our sight. The love of God be with us, as our hope lies with Him.

Day 6 – Joseph, Protector of the Church (Wednesday, April 28th)

Brave Joseph, collaborator in God’s project for humanity, your tenderness enfolds the newborn Church. Just as Mary and Jesus recognize in you the protection of the Father, so too does the community of faith place itself under your protection. Strengthen us with the Spirit that filled the Nazarene home and guide our footsteps on the road to the Kingdom. Accompany us in carrying out our mission.

Help us to be lights in the world so that the family of God may spring forth from humanity transfigured in Christ. Grant us the strength to imitate God’s preference for the poor and weak. Guide us in our pastoral activities that our actions may be modeled on the Good News.

Day 7 – Joseph, Patron of Families (Thursday, April 29th)

Attentive Joseph, in Mary and you, the Divine Word finds a favorable environment in which to carry out the will of the Father; thus, you become the family of the Child-God. In your gentle life together, you experience Jesus daily. The unity of your hearts transforms life’s lessons into growing wisdom and grace.

Open our hearts to the Word that lives within us, that our actions may bear witness to our connection to the family of God. Sustain us in our emotional commitments, where giving and forgiveness shape our identities. Grant us your tenderness in the things we do each day!

Day 8 – Joseph, Guardian of the Pure in Heart (Friday, April 30th)

Gentle Joseph, God is captivated by the quality of your heart. Your entire being is focused on doing his will. With Mary and Jesus, you answer the Holy Spirit’s call to build a better world. With trust in God, we join you in saying: “Here we are, Lord, your will be done! Your kingdom come nearer to us!” Keep the hope of a new world alive in our hearts. Inspire us to speak words of tenderness.

May we draw the energy for our actions from the source of all Love so our faces may shine with the freedom of the children of God. Just as you were the pure spouse of the virgin Mary, pray that our hearts remain pure and chaste amidst the temptations of the world.

Day 9 – Joseph, Model of Laborers (Saturday, May 1st)

Good Saint Joseph, when God wanted a family for his Son, He looked among the laborers, and chose you along with Mary, demonstrating His esteem for human work. You put your heart into your work and share your workshop with Jesus. Your work, like that of other humans, found new meaning in the presence of God.

Sustain us in the hope of finding work when we are confronted with the desolation of unemployment. Counsel business leaders to create an equitable division of labor that is respectful of individuals and promotes our growth and happiness. Help us to perform our work joyfully, conscientiously, fairly, and honestly. Prepare our hearts to recognize your Son in our colleagues at work.

Concluding Prayer (Repeated Daily)

Most pure Saint Joseph, you were entrusted to be the father of Jesus. We look to you as our model of the perfect worker, father, and spouse. Pray for us sinners that we may imitate your heroic virtue. We want to be pure in heart, comforted in death, loving fathers and mothers, courageous during suffering, eager defenders Christ, humble servants, and virtuous workers. You inspire us to be faithful to our commitments and joyfully receive all life. We want to receive a renewed spirit of friendship and devotion to your Son, Jesus.

You showed your Son Jesus honorable work. May our work inside and outside of our homes transform us to be more like Jesus so that one day we might see him in heaven. We ask this with the help of your prayers.

Amen.

Upcoming Blood Drive

The Frank Diehl Memorial Blood Drive! Save three lives!
Where: Holy Spirit Parish
When: Sunday, May 16, 2021 from 7:30am-1:15pm

Register now online at www.versiti.org/michigan, or by calling 1-866-642-5663.

Walk-in donations are welcome; however, Versiti staffing is determined by the number of registrants. Blood drive staff and volunteers will be using extra precautions to keep donors safe and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Please wear your face mask when in the Activity Center for the blood drive.

New Benefit for Donors: When you donate, your blood will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies.  This test will allow you to know if you have antibodies against COVID-19 in your system from a prior COVID infection.

For more information please contact Matt Langlois at: (616) 560-8088.

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