2018 Advent and Christmas Liturgy Schedule

Advent Study
Mondays November 26-December 17 | 7:00-8:00 pm in the church lounge
Tuesdays November 27-December 18 | 9:00-10:00 am in the church lounge

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,” or, at least that’s the assumption based on that familiar holiday song. But what does that look like at your house? Most of us anticipate the great sales at the mall on the day after Thanksgiving, string lights on the outside of our house, and decorating the inside of our homes. But how exactly are we preparing our hearts for the greatest gift we’ve ever been given? Through an exploration of the mystery of the Incarnation, the Virgin Birth, and the events surrounding the arrival of Jesus, this Advent study offers an opportunity to experience the joy of the true meaning of Christmas.

Can’t make it? Try it online solo or with friends. Go to www.hsparish.org to create your own free account on Formed.org. Look for the picture labeled “Advent” under Current Topics on the Study tab.

Advent Family Gathering/Potluck
Wednesday, November 28 | 6:00 pm in the school gym
Please RSVP for this event by calling the Religious Education office at 616-453-1591.

Advent by Candlelight (Women’s event)
Tuesday, December 4 | 7:00 pm in the Chapel
Please RSVP for this event by calling the Religious Education office at 616-453-1591 or email to reledoffice@hsparish.org.

An open invitation to all ladies to join us at Holy Spirit as we come together to reflect on the meaning of the Advent Season! Kathryn Mulderink will be presenting.
Your choice of Mary or Martha Options available for registering.

Choose the Martha option if you are someone that enjoys decorating and being a hostess. Invite up to 7 of  the special women in your life and treat them to a great dessert. We have 60” round tables to “reserve” for $10 each while they last. Your hostess packet may be picked up from the Holy Spirit Religious  Education office 8:30-3:00 Mon.-Thurs. Hostess Packets will be available for pickup starting November 8, 2018.

Choose the Mary option if you are not the hostess type and just want to come. The cost will be $2 or a special dessert to pass. This is a great way to meet new friends and to share this wonderful night.

About the speaker: Kathryn Mulderink, MA, is married to Robert, mother of seven, and a Secular Discalced Carmelite. Over the last 25 years, she has worked as a teacher, headmistress, catechist, Pastoral Associate, and DRE, and as a writer and voice talent for Holy Family Radio. Currently, she serves the Church as a writer and presenter, and by collaborating with the diocesan Office of Catechesis, individual parishes, and Catholic ministries to lead others to encounter Christ and engage their faith.

Advent Penance Service
Tuesday, December 11 | 7:00 in the church

Advent by Bonfire (Men’s event)
Thursday, December 6 | 7:00 pm in the parking lot behind the church
Please RSVP for this event by calling Dan Karamol at 616-560-6815 or email reledoffice@hsparish.org.

Join the men of Holy Spirit parish for an evening of prayer & reflection, food, beverages, and bonding to share in the Advent season. Dress warm, bring a bag chair, a snack to pass and your own beverages! Brats and Burgers will be served.

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Saturday, December 9 | 9:00 am

Dinner and Evening of Worship – Lessons & Carols
Saturday, December 15 | 7:00 pm in the church
Dinner begins at 6:00 pm in the Multipurpose Room (free will offering)

Christmas Eve Mass
Monday, December 24 | 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 10:00 pm
(Christmas Carols begin a half hour before Mass.)

Christmas Day Mass
Tuesday, December 25 | 10:00 am

Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 | 10:00 am

Attention High School Youth!

Attention High School Youth!  Our Sunday drop-in youth gatherings have started up again on Sunday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Drop by the youth lounge for food, fellowship, faith sharing and fun.  Come by yourself, or bring a friend, or even bring your homework. Refresh yourself in faith to meet the challenges of the week ahead.
  • 3rd Sunday of every month is adoration and praise in the chapel from 6:30 to 7:30 (food & fellowship before and after)
  • 4th Sunday of every month is open to 8th grade; come join us for faith and fun

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Fall is upon us and we are preparing for our Thanksgiving Food Drive to help our friends at Steepletown. Here are suggestions as to what they could use:

Canned Fruits & Vegetables
Cereal & Breakfast Bars
Spaghetti/Macaroni & Cheese
Canned Meats/Peanut Butter & Jelly
Toilet Paper & Paper Towels
Laundry Detergent/Bar Soap/Toothpaste

Your help is needed to pack the Thanksgiving Food Baskets next Sunday, November 18th at 11:00am in the Multipurpose Room.

All food drive items will be picked up on Monday, November 19th at 9:00 am by Steepletown members. Please have all donations in before then.

Evening of Worship

Join us at 7:30 PM for an hour of praise and worship led by our Holy Spirit Contemporary Group.

As we prepare for the birth of Christ during the Advent season, we will have a Lessons & Carols event on December 15. Multiple priests will be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation on March 9, then we’ll end our season with an upbeat celebration of the Christ’s Resurrection (with a full choir, too!) on May 4!

Evening of Worship is appropriate for all ages and denominations, and is focused around a theme that helps guide our worship and draw us closer to God. Wherever you are on your faith journey, come and be uplifted with contemporary Christian music. We hope to see you on December 15 and look forward to worshiping together!

Holy Day Mass Times

The first week of November holds some important days within the Church, including All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Holy Spirit will be offering a few different Mass times on each day for all parishioners to attend.

All Saints Day, on November 1st, is considered a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass times for that day are as follows:
8:45 am
12:00 pm
7:00 pm

All Souls Day, or the Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed, is on November 2nd. Mass times for that day are as follows:
8:00 am (Anointing of the Sick)
6:30 pm


Grandparents’ Day

On Friday, October 26th, we will be having a Grandparents’ Day at Holy Spirit School from 8:15 A.M.-12:15 P.M. to recognize the importance of our heritage and the sacrifices our grandparents have made for this generation.

Our students’ grandparents have made it possible for our school to be what it is today, so we would like to invite them to campus to experience the power of Holy Spirit’s community with us! We will be sending invitations to grandparents, but we need your help in obtaining mailing addresses for the grandparents of your children.

If you are interested in inviting the grandparents of your child to this special event, please contact our principal, Pat Kalahar at: principal@hsparish.org

Welcome Weekend

The weekend of September 22-23, 2018 is welcome weekend here at Holy Spirit.  At each Mass we will be recognizing all those who have become new members to our parish in the last year.  Also, on Sunday, September 23, you and your family are invited to a breakfast hosted by the Knights of Columbus, which will be held in the church Multipurpose Room after the 10:00 am Mass, to celebrate all our new families. We hope you can join us!

Family Movie Night

Bring your chairs and blankets and please join us on Saturday, September 15 for Family Movie Night on the football field, featuring an 18 foot movie screen! “Doors” open at 7:00 PM to reserve your spot and the movie begins at 7:30 PM. The winning class from Walking With the Spirit has the privilege of selecting the featured film.

This is a FREE event for our parish community! Concessions will be available courtesy of the Holy Spirit Boosters.

This event is brought to you by the festival committee and graciously sponsored by Arsulowicz Eye Care, Dr. Jennifer Simon, O.D.

We hope you will join us for this night of family fun!

Parish Festival 2018!

The Holy Spirit Community Festival is an annual event that have been going on for more than 30 years. This year, we will be celebrating Festival on Sunday, September 16, 2018. The largest portion of proceeds from the Festival come from the sale of Major Cash Raffle Tickets. Two early bird drawings will be held, with each early bird winner earning a $1,000 prize. The first early bird drawing was Sunday, June 3. Congratulations to Kathy Failing! Our next early bird drawing is on Sunday, August 19! Don’t forget to sell your tickets!

The Festival Committee has received a lot of great input on how to make improvements to this year’s Festival. In order to make these exciting changes we need your help! We have the following positions open on the Festival Committee:

  • Corporate Sponsor Coordinator
  • Raffle Coordinator
  • Cash Office Manager

Please contact Bill Kral to join our team at 616-890-8318 or wrkral@comcast.net

Save the Date!

Please plan to join us this Sunday, August 26 for the installation Mass of Fr. Mark as our pastor. Bishop Walkowiak will be here for this wonderful celebration!

Breakfast provided by the Knights of Columbus will follow Mass.