At Holy Spirit, there are many opportunities to share your gifts and talents during our liturgies. A short description of each Worship Ministry can be found here. During a weekend in November our parish Pastoral Council holds a Ministry Fair after all the weekend liturgies. This is a great opportunity to sign up, or you may use the contact information found below each ministry.
All children in grades 4-12 are invited to serve at the Lord’s Table by assisting the priest at the weekend Masses. This is an excellent opportunity to serve God by being an active participant in our worship community. Training is provided.
Contact: The Religious Education office at 616-453-1591
Women of the parish come together for spiritual development and social activities. Proceeds from events assist in supplying the church with vestments and the bread, wine and candles used for liturgy.
Contact: Parish Office at 616-453-6369
ART AND ENVIRONMENT
The Art and Environment Committee is a group of parishioners who volunteer their time to adorn and prepare the sacred space of Holy Spirit for the changing of the church’s calendar. Throughout the Liturgical year, they come together to enhance our surroundings for the seasons such as Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, or any other special feast of the church. This does not require any special talents other than a willingness to serve.
Contact: Diane Valliere at 616-901-5399 or Michelle Brady at 616-791-4905
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
This program, offered during the 10:00 Mass from October through April, provides children in grades K-5 an opportunity to hear the readings proclaimed in language they can easily understand. After the opening rites, the children and catechists gather together in the center aisle, receive a blessing from the priest, and then proceed to another room to hear and share the Sunday readings. Each team of adult volunteers facilitates 5-6 times a year.
Contact: Religious Education Office at 616-453-1591. All volunteers must follow the Diocesan and Parish guidelines for child safety.
Teams of parishioners count the offering on Sunday mornings after the 10:00 AM Mass. Anyone interested in joining this service to the parish is asked to contact the parish office.
Contact: Parish Office at 616-453-6369
Eucharistic Ministers assist in the distribution of Holy Communion at weekend liturgies. Given the size of our parish, new ministers are always in demand. Ministers volunteer for one of the weekend Mass times. Training sessions are held as needed.
Contact: Diane Schoof at 616-453-1591
Contact: Maggie Wind at 616-453-3958
Contact: Joe Houdek at 616-735-6027
During the 10:00 AM Mass, there is a co-op nursery with participating parents taking their turns in supervision.
Contact: Religious Education Office at 616-453-1591
READER’S OF GOD’S WORD
Readers of God’s Word proclaim the Scriptures and read the Prayers of Intercession and other announcements at weekend liturgies. Readers are scheduled for various Masses on a rotating basis. Those who have been gifted with good voices and presence are invited to share their gift with the parish.
Contact: James Mead at 616-453-7953
SUNDAY PRESCHOOL PROGRAM
This program provides an opportunity for all preschool children ages 3-5 to learn about God while their parents are attending the 10:00 AM Mass. There is no fee for this program but registration is required. Program runs from mid-September through April.
Contact: Religious Education Office at 616-453-1951
Teams of ushers offer hospitality, assistance, and taking the collection of the offering at weekend liturgies. In addition, the Ushers Club serves as a men’s club, with meetings on the second Wednesday of each month. All men of the parish are welcome to join the Ushers Club. Women are welcome to join in the ministry of ushering at Mass.
Contact: Patrick Kozlowski at 616-340-4408