Walking With The Spirit 2019

The Holy Spirit School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is excited to announce the 12th annual Walking With The Spirit fundraising campaign.

When: Friday, September 20th.

Where: Prayer service at 1:00pm in the Church, followed by the walk in the back parking lot.

Who: The entire Holy Spirit Community including students, families, parishioners, and our Holy Spirit neighborhood are invited to pray and walk.

Money raised will support PTA initiatives including classroom technology enhancements, funding for classroom supplies and equipment, operation of the school library, and field trips.

Your donations are greatly appreciated, and can be dropped off at the parish office or can be made easily online at: bit.ly/holyspiritwalk

Virtus Session

All employees and volunteers that work with children are required to take the Protecting God’s Children Awareness training. Volunteers may now take a shortened version of this class online. It takes approximately 1-1 ½ hours to complete since it does not have as many videos and discussions. Please be aware that anyone later becoming an employee (lunch room, recess supervisor, substitute teacher, coach at the high school, etc.) will have to attend a live session at that point. If that might be an option in the future, you might want to attend a live session now. Our next live session is scheduled for this Wednesday, August 28 in the Multipurpose Room from 6-9 pm. Please preregister at www.virtus.org.


Begin registering online by going to:   www.virtusonline.org

  • On the left side of the page, click on FIRST-TIME REGISTRANT
  • Click on “Begin the registration process”
  • Click in the box stating “Select your organization”
  • Scroll down to “Grand Rapids, MI (Diocese) and click on it
  • Set your Virtus account by creating your user name and password
  • Fill in your personal information. Those fields marked with a Red * must be filled in. If you do not have an email address, click on the No Email button. 
  • Click the Continue button
  • Scroll down the drop-down menu to choose the parish or school/s you are associated with.  
  • Click the continue button
  • Check the box or boxes of role/s, and type in your title or position/s, and continue
  • Check yes or no on the three questions, and continue
  • Answer if you have already attended a Virtus Session? 
  1. Click no, if you have not attended.
  2. Click yes, if you have attend. 
  • If you clicked yes, click on the session you attended from the drop-down menu, and click on Complete registration. (You should contact the diocese at 616 475-1246 or email ccastano@grdiocese.org to request approval for the session you’ve already attended)
  • If you clicked no, click on the Virtus training you would like to attend. Volunteers may choose Online training in English or Spanish, or choose from any upcoming live training. Educators and Employees will need to pick from the available live Protecting God’s Children for Adults sessions.
  • Confirm the session you chose is correct
  • Those who chose the online training will then log into their Virtus account with the user name and password they just set up. Click on the training tab and begin the online training process. 
  • Those who chose the live training, you will receive an email confirming the session you’ve signed up for.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Diane Schoof at dschoof@hsparish.org or (616)453-1591.

All-School Mass

Join us in prayer during the first all-school Mass of the year at 8:45am in the Sanctuary! All-school Masses are open to the whole community!

Holy Day of Obligation

There is a Holy Day of Obligation this week!

Holy Spirit Parish will be offering Masses on Thursday, August 15th at 8:00am, 12:00pm, and 7:00pm. Please join us in honoring The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary!

Knights of Columbus BBQ

Join the Holy Spirit Knights of Columbus on Saturday, August 17th after 5:00pm Mass for a Church BBQ!! Enjoy food, fellowship, games and fun! This event will accept free will offerings and all proceeds will benefit the NEW Agile Classroom Project at Holy Spirit School!

Becoming Catholic

Are you or someone you know interested in becoming Catholic? We have two informational meetings scheduled for new inquiries on Sunday, August 11th and Sunday, September 8th at 9:15am between the Masses. If you have not already contacted Diane Schoof, please call her at 616-453-1591 and leave a message, or email her at dschoof@hsparish.org to let her know which meeting you would like to attend.


Monthly Parish Newsletter

Holy Spirit has begun sending out monthly e-newsletters to our parishioners via email. These newsletters will consist of upcoming events, recaps of previous events, and important announcements for each parishioner to receive. If you have not received an e-newsletter yet and would like to begin doing so, please contact our Communications Coordinator, Sara Birney, at sbirney@hsparish.org and she will add your email address to our list!

Holy Spirit Goes to Italy!

This weekend, Fr. Mark lead the church in a blessing over the travelers who are headed to Italy this week! Around 75 of our choir members and parishioners are departing this Friday, June 21st with the leadership of Joe Houdek. Please pray for the group’s travels and beautiful encounters! We will provide an overview of their trip once they return.

Annual Pentecost Celebration!

Holy Spirit Parish will be hosting our Annual Pentecost Celebration on Sunday, June 9th from 1:00pm-4:00pm and we hope to see ALL of you there! This event will be held outside of the church with games and Holy Spirit giveaways for the whole family! Don’t miss Three Men and a Grill’s delicious catering!

Please RSVP the # of people attending in your family to:
Sara Birney at sbirney@hsparish.org.



Family Movie Night

Bring your chairs and blankets and please join us on Saturday, June 8th for our Family Movie Night 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 movie will be announced soon. This is a FREE event for our parish community! This event is brought to you by a generous family at Holy Spirit. We hope you will join us for this night of family fun!