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This Week at Holy Spirit
For the week of June 26, 2022

Parish News

Archbishop Statement Regarding Supreme Court Decision

Archbishop Hartmayer has issued a statement regarding today’s Supreme Court ruling. You may read the statement here. Please continue to keep this matter and our country in your prayers. 

 

First Eucharistic Congress Held at HSCC

The 25th Eucharistic Congress was held last weekend on the Feast of Corpus Christi with thousands of the faithful gathering at the Georgia International Convention Center. But, did you know that the first and fourth Eucharistic Congresses were held at Holy Spirit? Read more about the history of the Eucharistic Congress using this link. You may view a video about the history here.

Holiday Weekend - Eucharistic Adoration Guardians Needed

Please consider helping out during adoration on Friday, July 2nd (daytime and overnight) or Sunday, July 3rd (morning). Some of our regular guardians may be traveling. Visit adoration.pro/hscc to become a substitute.

July 4th Holiday Office Closing / Schedule

In observance of Independence Day, the parish office will close at noon on Friday, July 1st, and remain closed through Monday, July 4th. There will be one Mass on July 4th at 10:00 a.m. in the Church. We wish you a safe and happy holiday!

 

Weekly Parish Bulletin

Please click here for online versions of the weekly parish bulletin.

Faith in Action

Catholic Foundation Parish Awareness Survey - PLEASE READ

The Mission of the Catholic Foundation is to help Catholics make a lasting difference in the community. They attract, professionally manage, and invest gifts to support the current and long-term financial needs of parishes, schools, charities and other ministries. 

 

Five years ago, the Catholic Foundation surveyed Catholics in the archdiocese to see if they were aware of the work of the Foundation. They found that 72% of parishioners were not aware if their parish had an endowment fund, but 51% said they would like to contribute to it if their parish had one.

 

Please take 5 minutes to complete this survey so that the Catholic Foundation of North Georgia can tailor ther efforts to serve parishes, schools, charities, and other ministries in the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

Peter's Pence Collection

During the weekend of June 25th - 26th, we will take up the Peter’s Pence collection, which provides Pope Francis with the funds he needs to carry out his charitable works around the world. The proceeds benefit our brothers and sisters on the margins of society, including victims of war, oppression, and natural disasters. Please be generous. For more information, visit www.usccb.org/peters-pence. Please note that this contribution does not qualify as an IRS-defined charitable deduction and, as such, would not be tax deductible.

Back to School Clothing Drive

Elizabeth Richter is a 12th grade parishioner working on her Girl Scout Gold Award. For her project, Elizabeth is addressing the issue of improper clothing limiting students’ success in school. Not having appropriate school clothing can result in physical problems like a decrease in physical activity, as well as social and educational problems like skipping school, decrease in learning, and possibly dropping out of school entirely. She received a lot of support for her winter clothing drive in December 2021, which was a great success and provided over 500 clothing items for local families. In preparation for the upcoming school year, Elizabeth’s Gold Award project will support families with back to school clothes. From June 20th - July 20th, Elizabeth will be collecting back to school clothing in the Narthex. School uniforms such as solid navy or white polo shirts as well as khaki shorts, pants, and skirts are especially needed. Your support of new and gently worn items in sizes 5 through adult is greatly appreciated! 

June Food Drive - Final Days

These are the final days of our June Food Drive to benefit CAC. Donation barrels are in the Narthex, near McDonough Hall, and in the stairwell until June 30th. Please note the revised food list as updates have been made to reflect the current needs of the families served by CAC. Thank you for your support.

 

Food List - Items in high demand are italicized
Baby Food & Formula 

Beans (dry) 
Canned Meats (chicken, tuna, Vienna Sausages, ham) 
Cereal (all varieties) /Oatmeal 
Pasta 
Rice
Canned Tomatoes (diced, whole, sauce)Dry or Evaporated Milk
Jelly
Jell-O or Pudding Mix
Macaroni & Cheese
Meal Helpers

Meat Entrees (canned chili, beef stew, chicken & dumplings, Hormel, ets.)
Peanut Butter
Potatoes (fresh/dry)
Snacks (crackers, cookies)
Spaghetti Sauce

Toiletries
Diapers (medium, large, xl) 
Deodorant
Disposable Razors
Feminine Products
Shampoo
Soap
Toothbrushes
Toothpaste
Toilet Paper

Annual Malta Christmas Ornament For Sale

‘Tis the season! Members from the Sovereign Military Order of Malta are pleased to announce our 2022 Christmas ornament:  the Holy Spirit. The ornaments are $30 each or $25 each for two or more ornaments. All proceeds will benefit Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem, located just 1,500 steps away from where Jesus was born. Holy Family Hospital is the premier maternity hospital and newborn critical care center for the Bethlehem region and is the only hospital in the region that can deliver and save babies born before 32 weeks, some weighing as little as one pound. Ornament orders maybe placed online and picked up in the parish office during regular office hours. Please allow 24 hours for processing. In-person sales will resume in Advent.

Adult Faith Formation

RCIA Class Forming

Would you or someone you know like to learn more about the Catholic faith and what Catholics profess to believe? Perhaps you—or your spouse or fiancé—would like to become Catholic? Maybe you were raised Catholic, but never received the sacrament of Confirmation? Or maybe you’ve drifted away from the Church and want to renew your connection to Catholicism by entering into full communion with the Church.

 

R.C.I.A. aims to address all the above situations.  The class can be taken for information only and there is never any pressure to be confirmed, although participants are fully prepared for Baptism, Penance, Eucharist, and/or Confirmation if desired. We are now enrolling for the next session of R.C.I.A. which will begin on Sunday, August 7th, and conclude on Sunday, December 4th. Reception into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church will take place at the 5:00 p.m. Vigil Mass on Saturday, November 19th. 

Class will meet on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. with Mass to follow at 11:30 a.m.. As we have successfully done throughout the pandemic, the class will adhere to current CDC and Archdiocese of Atlanta guidelines regarding COVID-19. If a resurgence of Coronavirus necessitates implementation of stricter safety measures or facility closures, the class will continue to be held remotely without interruption to the curriculum. A nominal fee of $35 is required to register for the course; this fee helps cover the cost of books and other materials. Because acceptance into the program requires pastoral approval, prospective R.C.I.A. participants should begin gathering now sacramental documents, including—if applicable—certificates of baptism and marriage. Remote interviews with participants are now being held; please contact Dr. David King to arrange registration. The deadline for registration is July 24th.

 

Children and Family Ministry News

Catechists Needed for Upcoming Religious Education Year

We are in need of at least 12 new Catechists and more volunteers for next year. This past year was such a fruitful one for our religious education team. In 2021, we tripled our volunteer efforts and increased student engagement in the classroom for the first time since COVID began. We could not have done it without the generous help of our volunteers.

 

Next year will look similar to this year, but hopefully with plans for more family engagement and fellowship events. Each classroom has two volunteer Catechists so that they can help each other share the load. A lot of “knowledge” is not required in order to teach, but simply a love for the Lord and a zeal to help the young people in our parish to love Him, too. Our other volunteer opportunity is in Hospitality and Events. I hope you will say “Yes!” to serving with us! We would love to have you. Contact Kaitlyn to volunteer.

Youth Ministry News

Java and Jesus

All teens are invited to attend "Java and Jesus", a coffee bar, breakfast and juices Bible study every Friday at 11:00 a.m. in the Youth Center. The program will meet throughout June and July. Contact Sara for additional information.