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This Week: May 19, 2024

A Message from Fr. Ballman

Dear Parishioners,

Today, we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. I am filled with immense gratitude for the countless blessings we have received over these six decades and the beautiful faith community we have become. It is a time for us to reflect on our journey, celebrate our achievements, and renew our commitment to living out the Gospel message in our community and beyond.

One significant aspect of this milestone year is the evolution of our mission statement. For many years, we have been guided by the profound words, "The purpose of Holy Spirit Catholic Church is to make God's kingdom present in the world." This mission has inspired and directed our efforts to spread God's love and build His kingdom here on earth. As we enter this new era of our church's history, we recognize the need for a fresh perspective, one that speaks to our Catholic identity as the body of Christ in today's world.

Hence, it is with great anticipation and faith that we embrace our updated mission statement: "Living the Gospel as the Body of Christ." 

  • We are the Body of Christ:  Diverse. Interconnected and Unified. Just as the various parts of the body work together for the good of the whole, so too do we.
  • We each play a role in bringing the Gospel to life, witnessing through our words and actions Jesus's teachings, and building up the Kingdom of God.
  • We live as vibrant participants in God’s work of redemption. Empowered by the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ, animated by the Holy Spirit, and support ed by the grace we receive in the sacraments, Jesus calls us to be an extension of God’s love in the world.

This statement encapsulates our collective calling to embody the teachings of Jesus Christ, to be His hands and feet in a world hungering for love, compassion, and justice. It signifies our commitment to actively engage with our faith, to be living witnesses of Christ's transformative power in our lives and in the lives of those around us.


In the spirit of this anniversary year, we have exciting celebrations and events planned to commemorate our rich history and the vibrant faith community we have become. I invite each and every one of you to join us in these festivities, as we come together in prayer, fellowship, and gratitude for the many blessings we have received.  Watch the 60th anniversary column in our new, refreshed bulletin to learn more about our history and hear about special events.  

 

As we embark on this journey into the future, let us remain steadfast in our faith, united in our mission, and ever open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. May the love of Christ continue to inspire and guide us as we strive to live out our calling as His disciples.

 

Blessings,
Father Luke Ballman

 

60th Anniversary Events - Save the Date!

Sunday, May 19

Parish Anniversary Mass and Picnic


Tuesday, July 16

Mass of the Americas at 8:00 PM (Church)

Wednesday, September 5

Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit with Archbishop Hartmayer at 6:00 PM (Church)

Saturday, September 14
Heritage Night at 6:00 PM (Church)

Parish Giving Deficit

Fiscal Year 2024:  July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024

 

As of Sunday May 5, 2024
Fiscal Year-to-Date Target           $ 3,240,769
Fiscal Year-to-Date Giving           $ 3,190,051
Fiscal Year-to-Date (Under)             $ 50,718

Weekly Parish Bulletin

Please click here for an online version of the weekly parish bulletin.

Upcoming Events

Memorial Day Schedule

In observance of Memorial Day, the parish office will close at noon on Friday, May 24th, and remain closed until Tuesday, May 28. We will have a special Mass at 10:00 a.m. in the Church in lieu of our regularly scheduled daily Masses. We wish everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day!

Healing Prayer Service

Our next Healing Prayer Service will be Wednesday, May 29, at 7:00 PM in St. Mary’s Chapel. All are invited to attend. This service does not include the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

Women's Club Happy Hour
at The Chastain

Join the Women’s Club for socializing and spirits on Thursday, May 30th, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.. Bring a friend and meet other women of the parish for Happy Hour at The Chastain, 4320 Powers Ferry Rd. Donations are appreciated for appetizers. RSVP online if you plan to attend.

Faith in Action

Urgent Need for Evening Daily Mass Lectors

We have an urgent need for lectors at our evening Masses at 6:00 PM in St. Mary's Chapel and are looking for volunteers. If you attend daily Mass - or even if it's not part of your regular routine - and you would like to help proclaim the readings to your fellow parishioners, please contact Reina Pantaleon for details and training information. Lectors serve every other week on an assisgend day. The following positions are needed:

  • Tuesday - dedicated lector to serve on rotation (twice a month)
  • Thursday - dedicated SUBSTITUTE to serve as needed
  • Friday - dedicated lector to serve on rotation (twice a month) AND a dedicated SUBSTITUTE to serve as needed.

Second Collection to Benefit Holy Family Hospital

Today, Sunday, May 19th, we will take up a second collection for Holy Family Hospital, a state-of-the-art maternity and neonatal critical care center serving poor and at-risk women, infants, and children just 1,500 steps from the birthplace of Christ. The Hospital is a beacon of hope for families in the Bethlehem region.


Holy Family Hospital is the only hospital in the region that can care for and deliver babies under 32 weeks, where some preemies can weigh as little as a pound. Holy Family Hospital delivers almost 5,000 babies every year. The Hospital is an oasis of peace and serves 40,000 women each year through the main hospital and the clinics in refugee camps in the Judean Desert. The ongoing economic fallout from the COVID lockdown is compounded by the current war in the Holy Land, bringing Bethlehem’s economy to a near halt when stability is needed most. Please consider giving generously to the second collection next weekend. 

Vincentian Reflection on Pentecost Sunday

While at times one can hear the Spirit speak even in our busy lives, it is often only in silence that one hears the deepest voice. It is only through reflection that its full meaning is revealed. The quest for truth involves quiet prayer and conversation with God. Prayer is one of the ways of listening to the Holy Spirit. But prayer must always be validated by life. One who listens to “what the Spirit is telling me” in prayer, but then pay little heed to what others are saying in daily life are lost. Our prayers depend on people and events in our lives, since God speaks not only in the silence of our hearts, but also in the people around us. 

 

Today as we celebrate Pentecost, the Holy Spirit wants to make us advocates of God’s presence to bring new life to others, especially those who do not know the love of God in their lives. Through meeting those in need in their homes, the case workers of Saint Vincent de Paul listen to the voices of our neighbors in need.  In prayer with these families, the Holy Spirit helps us find a way to help those in need. If you are interested in the learning more about the St. Vincent de Paul society, please contact Jenn Molner

Faith Formation

Now Hiring for New Position Serving Teens and Young Adults

Effective June 1, Sarah Cullen will be assuming a new position at HSCC, Project Lead for Success Services. The HSCC finance team is implementing an enhanced database for parishioner giving that will ultimately provide more information and many tools to increase our parishioner’s user experience. Given that Sarah his familiar with our systems and has a certification in Data Analytics from Georgia Tech, she was the perfect fit for the new position.

Holy Spirit Catholic Church is looking for a faith-filled disciple of Jesus Christ to serve as the youth and young adult ministry leader, helping to facilitate the evangelization, formation and discipleship of high school students and young adults in our parish. Candidates should be passionately Catholic; well-formed in theology, church teaching and ready to share the joy of being in love with Christ and his church to young people. The individual will join a team dedicated to the pastor’s priorities of community, catechesis and evangelization and service to the poor. This community needs an effective youth ministry program built from the ground up and a young adult ministry initiative which fosters discipleship and a relationship with Jesus Christ. The ideal candidate is an excellent and effective communicator to all age groups and ready to recruit, motivate and lead young people and volunteers by example. This is a full-time position, with a minimum of 40 hours a week on site, including regular evenings and weekends. Send cover letter and resume to Aimee McDonald.

Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (also known as R.C.I.A.) 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 your parents were Catholic, but you never received the Sacraments? Or maybe you’ve drifted away from the Church and want to renew your connection to Catholicism by entering full communion with the Church.

O.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 O.C.I.A. which will begin on Sunday August 4th, and conclude on Sunday November 24th, with reception into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church at the 5:00 PM Vigil Mass on Saturday November 23rd. The class will meet on Sunday mornings at 10:00, with Mass offered either before or after at 8:30 AM or 11:30 AM. Class will not meet on Labor Day, Columbus Day, or Thanksgiving weekends.

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 O.C.I.A. participants should begin gathering now sacramental documents, including—if applicable—certificates of baptism and marriage. Remote and in-person interviews with participants are now being held; please email Dr. David King to arrange registration. The deadline for registration is July 28th.

Vacation Bible School Registration Underway

Calling all campers! Take a "Radical Ride on the Wings of Prayer" the week of July 8 - 12, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. during our 2024 Vacation Bible School program. Campers who are rising 3 year-olds (as of July 1) through rishing 6th graders are invited to attend. Online registration goes through May 31:  hsccatl.com/vbs. Have questions or want to volunteer? Email religioused@hsccatl.com.

Religious Education Registration Underway

Online registration for 2024-2025 religious education school year is underway. For questions, please contact Aimee McDonald.