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This Week at Holy Spirit
For the week of September 27, 2020

Parish News

Christmas Ornaments Sold THIS Weekend - September 26th and 27th

In honor of the Feast of the Guardian Angels on October 2nd, the Auxiliary Members of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta will sell 2020 limited edition Christmas ornaments featuring the St. Michael window in McDonough Hall after all Masses THIS weekend, September 26th and 27th. The ornaments will also be sold during Advent, but next weekend is your chance beat the rush! The ornaments are $30 each or two (or more) for $50. All proceeds benefit Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem.

Blessing of the Animals

“God our Heavenly Father, you created the world to serve humanity's needs
and to lead them to you... Give us the grace to see all animals as a gift from you.”
- St. Francis of Assisi


Join the clergy on Sunday, October 4th, at 3:30 p.m. on the Holy Spirit Prep Quad for a special Holy Spirit tradition:  the annual Blessing of the Animals. Bring your pet (appropriately restrained) to the outdoor chapel so that both you and your pet may receive a blessing from one of our clergy. The Blessing of the Animals will be held rain or shine. Masks are required, and social distancing will be observed. Please also come prepared to clean up after your pet. Please contact Deacon Bill McCarthy with questions at 404-252-4513.

Tithing Campaign 2021

We are grateful to the 158 parishioners who have pledged to our 2021 Tithing Campaign. All things considered, we are off to a pretty good start with 8 % having made a commitment. We do have a long way to go to get to our goal of 100% participation. I do realize, of course, that we’ll never get to 100%. But this year in particular, we need as many as possible. With everyone pitching in, we will be on a solid financial footing. If you have not yet made your pledge, please pick up a pledge card in the Narthex or follow the link on the parish website.


Tithing means we give back to God proportionately in thanksgiving for what He has bestowed upon us. Thank you for your support as we all work together to make God’s kingdom present in our world, especially in this challenging time.

Donate to Holy Spirit's Offertory via Venmo!

Holy Spirit can now accept offertory donations through Venmo, a peer-to-peer mobile payment platform that allows users to send money on-demand from their phone with just a few clicks.

You may scan the QR code in the pew or bulletin or find us on Venmo by looking for our username @HSCC-Donation. *If using the Venmo App, you can bypass the request for the last four digits of our telephone number. Look for the HSCC logo to make sure you have the correct Venmo account. 

Weekly Parish Bulletin

Please click here to download the weekly parish bulletin.

Downloadable Hymns for Mass

You may download a song sheet of the hymns for Mass each week on the livestream page of the parish website: The hymns for the upcoming weekend are posted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday.

Culture of Invitation

Healing Prayer Service (ONLINE via Zoom)

The next Healing Prayer Service will be on Tuesday, September 29th, at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. You may access the Zoom link here. The meeting ID is: 847 2217 7645, and the passcode is: 290746. Please come and experience the physical and spiritual healing power of the Holy Spirit.

Faith in Action

Tom Wessels to Speak at All Masses THIS Weekend

At the September 26th and 27th Masses, MG (Ret) Tom Wessels, a member of the Order of Malta, will speak at the Masses about the Order’s International relief program. The program in which Malteser International is involved works in 25 countries in the Americas and Caribbean to provide assistance for recovery efforts after disasters. Please visit for more information and to donate online.

Quest Atlanta Radio Pledge Drive

AM 1160 The Quest Atlanta Catholic Radio’s fall pledge drive, happening October 6-8, will feature local guests, including members of Holy Spirit Catholic Church!

Parishioners and staff representing HSCC’s Hospitality Ministry, Young Adults and Youth Ministry programs will be hosting the “Church on Fire” hour from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7th. Please listen and call in to support Catie Johnson, Neil Johnson, Lisa Herman, Sara Gillingham, Kaitlyn Callahan, Michelle Hines and Deacon Mark Mitchell as they take to the local airwaves! Please visit for a complete schedule of speakers.

Adult Faith Formation

Adult Faith Formation Presents "The Catholic Faith: A Pearl of Great Price"

Holy Spirit’s Adult Faith Formation program, “The Catholic Faith:  The Pearl of Great Price” meets on Sunday mornings from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. The same program is repeated on Wednesday evenings from 6:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. Both sessions will meet in McDonough Hall. You may also participate in the classes via Zoom (see links below). For more information, please contact Adult Faith Formation coordinator Grant Aasen

The semester-long program coversr a wide variety of Catholic teachings, focusing on the foundation of the Faith, as well as reviewing what would have been covered in the spring. For more information, please contact Adult Faith Formation coordinator Grant Aasen.

Young Adult News

Living Rosary

Come join us for an in-person Living Rosary after the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, October 4th. We will be praying specifically for your intentions which you can submit anonymously here. Come hungry! Individually boxed meals will be provided for dinner. Please sign up for the free dinner by September 30th here.

The event will take place outdoors on the quad to ensure appropriate social-distancing measures. Meet us directly after Mass at approximately 6:30 p.m. We will eat, hang out, then begin praying at 7:15 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. If you’re not familiar with the Living Rosary concept, it is a version of the Rosary where we will all stand six feet apart in a circle. Each person will be holding a candle, and the candle represents a bead of the rosary. (Candles will be provided). No single person will lead a decade, since the “Hail Mary” will cycle through every person one at a time. We will be praying the Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries.

Children and Family Ministry News

Altar Server Training

All children of the parish who have received the sacrament of First Communion are invited to become Altar Servers. The next training is on Sunday, October 4th, from 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. If your son or daughter is interested in being trained, please contact Deacon Underwood.


Youth Ministry News

Digital Youth Ministry Has Officially Started

Are you looking for your child to grow in faith this year but don’t feel comfortable sending them in person? We have come up with an option for you! We will be sending weekly videos to your preferred email of choice and have teens send in a reflection on the video. We will have a monthly zoom call to discuss the topics. To signup please email Sara for 9th-12th grader and Kaitlyn for 6th-8th grade. 

Upcoming Events

Knights of Columbus Fall Fish Fry Takeout

Holy Spirit's Knights of Columbus are hosting a Fall Fish Fry Takeout on Saturday, October 10th, from 6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. in McDonough Hall. The takeout box will include fried fish, french fries, hush puppies, beans and slaw. The cost is $8 per plate; pre-order by October 7th. Sorry, no onsite purchases. Click here to place your order. Contact with questions.

Deepening Your Prayer Life

First Saturday Prayers - Church of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Church of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be open for a day of prayer on Saturday, October 3rd. The historic church in Crawfordville, GA, has recently been restored by Purification Heritage Center, a 501c3 that encompasses the Church of the Purification; Locust Grove Cemetery, the oldest Catholic Cemetery in Georgia; and Heritage Preserve, the land where the first Catholics in Georgia settled over 200 years ago.

The church will be open for private prayer at 11:00 a.m. At noon, the bells will ring, signaling the Angelus prayer followed by the Rosary. The church will remain open until 1:30 p.m. Locust Grove Cemetery and Heritage Preserve, which includes a picnic pavilion and a rosary prayer garden, will also be available to visitors on Saturday.

To find out more about the First Saturday Prayer schedule and Purification Heritage Center, visit their website or contact Ginger DiMascio, at 706-817-2503.

Church of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary
240 Washington Road
Crawfordville, GA 30631

* Crawfordville is approximately 90 miles east of Atlanta via I-20.