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This Week at Holy Spirit
For the week of March 20, 2017
2017-2018 Time and Talent Campaign
“Christ has no body now on earth but yours.”
- St. Teresa of Avila
The 2017 - 2018 Time and Talent Campaign kicks off this coming weekend,
March 25th and 26th
. We have the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus through our participation in Holy Spirit’s ministries. Parishioners will be able to go online next week and sign up to participate in our ministries. We will also have a limited number of Time and Talent cards for those without access to a computer. Please prayerfully consider how you will become involved in the coming year.
Easter Lily Remembrances - Deadline March 31st
Honor or remember your loved on this Easter season by contributing to Holy Spirit's Easter Lily Fun. The cost is $10 per remembrance. The lilies will be placed on the Altar Easter morning. All submissions must be received in the parish office by noon on
Friday, March 31st
to be included in the Easter bulletin. Return completed forms to the parish office.
to download an Easter Lily Form.
2017 Archbishop's Annual Appeal
The 2017 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal is underway. The Appeal helps finance essential ministries of the Church throughout the archdiocese.
We met our goal in 2016 and hope to do it again this year. Please remember that it’s only a goal in the sense that it’s the amount we are expected to raise. If we come up short, we have to make it up out of parish funds. If we go over, we receive the overage back. This year we would like to reach our goal—not just in pledges but also in contributions—by the end of our current fiscal year, June 30, 2017.
Gifts of our Time, Talent and Treasure to Holy Spirit and our archdiocese are an important part of our commitment to Stewardship of God’s gifts. Those who contribute to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal provide critical resources necessary to continue the ministries and services of the archdiocese.
for an important message from Archbishop Gregory about this year's Appeal.
You may fill out a pledge card found in the pews or
. Please be sure to designate Holy Spirit as your parish. Al pledges must be fulfilled by December 30, 2017. Thank you, in advance, for your generosity and support.
Keeping a Holy Lent
Fasting and Abstinence The following fasting / abstinence regulations are observed during Lent:
Abstinence from meat on all the Fridays of Lent and Good Friday (April 14) by all Catholics 15 years of age and older.
Fasting on Good Friday (April 14) by all Catholics who are 18 to 59 years of age. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal and two smaller meals which, together, would not to equal a full meal. Fasting is not an obligation for those with a medical condition which would be made worse by fasting.
Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross will be prayed each Friday during Lent right after Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 5:00 p.m. in St. Mary’s Chapel beginning on March 3.
Opportunities for Confession During Lent
Lent is a time to experience the power of God’s mercy and compassion. The Sacrament of Penance is offered every Saturday from 4:15 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., or anytime by appointment. Confessions will also be heard on Good Friday, April 14th, from 12:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m., during the Seven Last Words service.
During Lent, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be offered in St. Mary’s Chapel every Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and again from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. Come rest in the presence of the Lord, spending an hour or whatever time your schedule allows. Adoration is also held on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and on the third Monday of each month from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Culture of Invitation
No Wednesday Night Dinner on March 22nd or March 29th
There will not be a Wednesday Night Dinner on
March 22nd or 29th
due to Confirmation for teens at Holy Spirit and Centro Católico. The next dinner will be on April 5th.
Fish Fry - RSVP by March 21
“The Knights Are Here to Serve You!”
Holy Spirit’s popular Fish Frys are every Friday during Lent. Pick up your “to go” order beginning at 4:30 p.m. Just come to the table in McDonough Hall to place your order. Dinner will be served in McDonough Hall from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Place your order, grab your beverage, and allow Holy Spirit’s Knights to serve your dinner at your table.
Please RSVP by March 21st
so the Knights will know how many diners to expect. The cost: $10 (Ages 14+); $5 (Ages 3-14); No Charge (under 3). Dinner includes a Fish (baked/fried) or Shrimp Plate plus a vegetable and a starch. See the menu for other options. Proceeds will support the programs and ministries of Holy Spirit’s Knights of Columbus Council #6517.
Satisfy your sweet tooth and help support Holy Spirit Prep's Varsity Football Team by purchasing homemade baked goods at the Fish Fry on March 24th!
Parish Ministry Fair This Weekend
Our Parish Ministry Fair will take place this weekend,
March 25th and 26th
, in McDonough Hall. Stop by after Mass to meet our ministry leaders and learn more about the programs and ministries available at Holy Spirit. New this year, we will be serving wine and cheese after the 5:30 p.m. Masses, have sweet treats and a specialty coffee bar after the morning Masses and mimosas following the 11:30 a.m. Mass. - all courtesy of the Young Adult Ministry. Don’t miss out on this year’s Ministry Fair!
Faith in Action
Food/Household Items Drive to Benefit Centro Católico
We acknowledge with grateful hearts Holy Spirit parishioners who generously supported our last pantry drive before Christmas. We are in need of some specific food items, one household product and one personal item for our fellow parishioners at Centro Católico. Please place your donations in one of the barrels (Narthex, entrance to McDonough Hall or inside the first set of double doors, entrance to HSP Preschool). Needed supply lists are attached to the barrels. The best prices are available at Aldi and Dollar Tree:
Canned corn, canned fruit, canned tuna, white rice, sugar, mayonnaise, vegetable oil, and Maseca (Latino corn flour available at Aldi).
Feminine hygiene products
Baby Bottle Boomerang
Thank you to everyone who took a baby bottle to benefit the Pregnancy Aid Clinic. The Clinic needs our support for their lifesaving ministries in Hapeville, Roswell, and on the mobile clinic. As you fill your baby bottle with coins, cash and checks, please pray for all of those facing an unplanned pregnancy - that they may choose life. The Pregnancy Aid Clinic is grateful for Holy Spirit’s support. All bottles should be returned the weekend of April 8th and 9th. Checks may be made to: Pregnancy Aid Clinic.
is available. If you are interested in volunteering, please call 404-763-4432.
Veils of Love 2017 - Deadline March 28
We are collecting new and gently-used First Holy Communion attire for the children at Centro Católico. Please consider donating white dresses and veils for girls as well as suits, jackets, dress pants, dress shirts, and ties for boys. The children are in 2nd-11th grades. Donations may be dropped off through
Tuesday, March 28th
, in the Bride’s Room before or after weekend Masses, at the Parish Office during the week, and at the Holy Spirit Preparatory Lower School and Upper School offices during regular office hours. Contact
at 404-889-5770 with questions. Thank you for your help.
Children and Family Ministry News
Children's Liturgy Volunteers Needed
All families of the parish are invited to attend this special Mass in which children in grades Kindergarten through 8th are invited to participate in the liturgical ministries as lectors, ushers, and gift bearers. Held on the 4th Sunday of every month at the 8:30 a.m. Mass, the next Children’s Liturgy will be held on
Sunday, March 26th
Youth Ministry News
EDGE Movie Night - The Prince of Egypt
Join us on
Sunday, March 26th
at 6:30 p.m. for an EDGE “Night at the Movies” and popcorn for a screening in Malta Hall of the DreamWork classic movie about Moses and the Book of Exodus. Bring your favorite movie theater candy!
Young Adult News
Young Adults Host Theology on Tap
All parishioners in their 20s and 30s are invited to attend Theology on Tap on
Friday, March 24th
, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the lower level of the parish office building. This month, military veteran Miriam Berry will present “No Greater Love Than This…,” exploring the depth of love behind self-sacrifice. Ms. Berry will help us come to a deeper appreciation and understanding of the ultimate sacrifice: Christ’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection. For additional information, please contact
, Young Adult Ministry Coordinator.
Holy Spirit Prep News
Clothing Drive THIS Friday
St. Catherine’s Closet, an apostolate at Holy Spirit Prep, will be hosting a clothing drive to benefit the families of Centro Católico on
Friday, March 24th
, from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot in front of the Church. St. Catherine’s Closet provides gently-used clothing to families in the community and is currently in need of clothing for all family members, from infants to adults, both men and women. Lent is a great time to clean out your closets and provide for those in need. Thank you, in advance, for your generosity.
Deepening Your Prayer Life
Weekly Meditation: One Woman's Soul: A Message for the Ladies by Jennifer Edwards
“The woman’s soul is fashioned as a shelter in which other souls may unfold.”
~ St. Edith Stein
The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water." (John 4:15)
Today’s Gospel chronicles a remarkable encounter between Jesus and a Samaritan woman. Jesus had stopped in the region of Samaria on his way from Judea to Galilee. This venture would have been significantly out of his way, and yet Jesus didn’t do anything arbitrarily. It was an intentional detour.
It was around noon. It was hot. He was tired and his feet hurt, so he stopped at a well and waited. Then, along came a woman.
Women went to the well in the cool of the day, either in the morning or at night. It was not without good reason this woman wanted to avoid “the hive mind.” She felt alienated because she had been in a series of dead-end relationships. As we read this passage, we are left with many questions: what were these relationships like? Did she feel used, alone, or abused? What led her to keep going from relationship to relationship? Was it the hope that somehow “this time would be different?”
This Gospel speaks to many women on a deep level, because so many of us have attempted to fill our deep craving for fulfillment in relationships. This natural disposition for “relationship” is a holy and beautiful inclination, but in our longing, how often might we drink from wells that won’t satisfy only to be left with a sense of brokenness? Our sorrow may manifest itself in numerous ways—addiction to exercise, eating disorders, serial dating, an affair, building anger and resentment that steals our joy, you name it.
As St. Edith Stein once suggested, women are hardwired to love and to be loved. She also warned, however, that if this desire is somehow thwarted - or worse, killed-in a woman, it comes back on humanity fourfold.
When a woman carries an emotional wound, it affects her on many levels, including her ability to trust and her sense of self worth. Jesus understood this. Consider how He went out of his way to tend to the Samaritan woman’s loneliness. He grasped her intelligence, and as He gently dialogued with her, He spoke truth into the source of her wound, offered healing, and restored her sense of dignity.
In his work, Mulieris Dignitatem, St. John Paul the Great cited the closing documents of Vatican II when he wrote, “Women imbued with a spirit of the Gospel can do so much to aid humanity in not falling.” He wrote that women have a particular “genius” for comprehending the things of God and to respond to them with a beautiful openness. We see this phenomenon in today’s Gospel. As she is healed, Jesus is fashioning her soul as a shelter in which other souls may unfold.
If any of us are carrying a wound, it’s important to know that Jesus has already taken a detour for you and me. Each and every day, he waits for you and me “at the well” in the Tabernacle, in the Reconciliation Room, in the Scriptures. All you need to do is meet him there, converse with Him, and allow Him to love you into the woman of grace you’re meant to be.
Questions for Lenten Meditation on John 4:
The Woman at the Well
As I take a few precious moments in the quiet, I ask for the grace to sit with some difficult questions. As I look back over the course of my life, what wounds have been left untended? Have these unhealed wounds caused any sense of alienation from others?
1. As I read the account with Jesus and the Samaritan woman, have I taken the time to contemplate Christ’s gentleness? Jesus is ever the gentleman who proceeds into the deep recesses of the human heart patiently and with deliberate
tenderness. To what extent am I willing to allow Jesus to enter places in need of healing? Am I open to dialoguing with Him about these issues?
How receptive am I right now to the “living waters” Christ has available to me in the sacraments, in prayer, and in service to the Church and others? Am I willing to try something new to take in these waters, such as attend daily Mass more regularly, visit the Lord in Eucharistic Adoration, join a Bible Study, or volunteer in service?