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This Week at Holy Spirit
For the week of November 18, 2019

Parish News

Poinsettia Remembrances for Christmas

Honor or remember your loved one (s) by purchasing a poinsettia for our Altar this Christmas. You may either use the form on the back page of the bulletin or on our poinsettia webpage:

Appreciated Stocks and Year End Contributions

The upcoming end of the year offers parishioners the opportunity to make donations to Holy Spirit which will be tax deductible for 2019. To qualify, the donation must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, December 31, 2019. If you are considering donating appreciated stock, please contact Jackie Bohling at 404-252-4513.

Culture of Invitation

Wednesday Night Dinner

It’s one of the top Wednesday Night Dinners of the year! Join us on Wednesday, November 20th, at 6:30 p.m. in McDonough Hall for our annual pre-Thanksgiving dinner. Chef Robin will prepare turkey, dressing and all of the fixings! And, best of all, you don’t have to do any of the cleaning! The cost for dinner is $10 for adults, $5 for children, with a family maximum of $30. Please RSVP online by midnight on November 18th.  Note:  The next Wednesday Night Dinner will be on December 4th.

Healing Prayer Service

The next Healing Prayer Service will be on Tuesday, November 19th, at 7:00 p.m. in St. Mary’s Chapel. Please come and experience the physical and spiritual healing power of the Holy Spirit through group prayer, scripture, praise and worship and the laying on of hands. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is not part of this service.

St. Patrick Ornament for Sale

The Auxiliary Members of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta will be selling 2019 limited edition Christmas ornaments after all Masses beginning on Saturday, November 23rd, and continuing through December while supplies last. This year’s ornament features the St. Patrick window from St. Mary’s Chapel. Proceeds will benefit the Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem. The ornaments are $30 each or two for $50.

Faith in Action

Annual Christmas Angel Program

The St. Vincent de Paul Society's Christmas Angel Program is underway! They need YOU to help make Christmas a little brighter for over 550 individuals in need. St. Vincent de Paul volunteers will be in the Narthex to hand out “wish lists” next weekend, November 23 & 24 and November 30 & December 1.


Please stop by the Narthex before or after Mass to pick up an envelope with a “wish list” for an individual or a family to “adopt” for Christmas. Our parish has been blessed in so many ways, please consider sharing some of those blessings with those who can’t afford to bring the joys of Christmas to their families.

Please note:  All wrapped and labeled gifts are due back  to the Church by Sunday, December 15th, no later than 6:30 p.m. SHARP! Gifts will be sorted and delivered after the 5:30 p.m. Mass on December 15, so your adherence to the deadline is imperative.

Pantry Drive to Benefit Parishioners at Centro Católico

This fall's food drive to benefit the parishioners at Centro Católico runs until Sunday, December 1st. Please place your donations in one of the barrels - in the Narthex, or at the entrance to McDonough Hall, or inside the first set of double doors at the entrance to HSCC Preschool. Some of Mexican staples and personal care items sought include:

Food Items: 
maseca (corn flour), megetable oil, cereal (oatmeal & boxed), peanut butter, mayonnaise, canned -- tuna, sardines, corn, tomatoes, tomato paste & coffee.


Personal items:
laundry detergent, shampoo, bath soap, dish soap, windex, dry skin lotion, toilet paper.

Volunteers Needed at Centro Católico

Would you like to help bring our Catholic faith to children and teens? Centro Católico has children and teens through 11th grade who are preparing to receive First Communion. English speaking or bilingual catechists are needed, as they would like to offer classes in English, especially to middle and high school students. Classes meet on Saturday afternoons from 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. (First Session) and from 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Second Session). The Vigil Mass is celebrated at 4:00 p.m. Contact Martha Manrique.

Holy Spirit Contemporary Choir Seeks New Members

We are looking for additional members to sing with us at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Sundays. We offer flexible participation. There are no rehearsals during the week – just prior to the Mass, 4:00 p.m. No auditions necessary for singers. We are also interested in musicians, especially bass guitar (audition required). Contact Phil Niverson.

Adult Faith Formation

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults Classes Forming Now

Would you or someone you know like to learn more about the Catholic faith and what Catholics profess to believe? Perhaps 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.

RCIA. 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 RCIA, which begins on January 5th and concludes on May 17th. The class will meet on Sunday evenings from 6:45 p.m. -8:30 p.m.  Due to our accelerated
curriculum, regular attendance is crucial, so participants need to commit to full participation in the course. Reception into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church occurs at the Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday evening, April 11th. A nominal fee of $35 is required to register for the course; this fee defrays the cost of books and other materials.

Prospective R.C.I.A. participants are strongly encouraged to begin gathering sacramental documents, including—if applicable—certificates of baptism and marriage.  Personal interviews with participants are now being held; please contact Dr. David King to arrange an appointment. Please also note that the DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS December 15th.

We look forward to seeing you in R.C.I.A. as you deepen your inquiry and journey into the Catholic faith. For more information, or to enroll, please contact our Director of RCIA, Dr. David King.

Children and Family Ministry News

Religious Education Calendar Reminders

Please remember that due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Family Builders will not meet on Sundays, November 24th and December 1st. We wish you and your families a happy Thanksgiving and a holy beginning to the Advent season.

Youth Ministry News

Religious Education Calendar Reminders

Please remember that due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Anchor, EDGE and Life Teen will not meet on Sundays, November 24th and December 1st. We wish you and your families a happy Thanksgiving and a holy beginning to the Advent season.

Deepening Your Prayer Life

Little Blue Books for Advent

Holy Spirit Knights of Columbus will distribute the popular “Little Blue Books” for Advent the weekend of November 23rd and 24th, as well as the weekend of November 30th and December 1st, if supplies last. Donations to offset the cost of the reflection books are encouraged.