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This Week at Holy Spirit
For the week of April 24, 2017

Parish News

Vidalia Onion Sale to Support Knights of Columbus Outreach

Holy Spirit’s Knights of Columbus will be selling Vidalia onions after all Masses next weekend, April 29th and 30th, while supplies last. Everyone loves Georgia’s famous sweet onions, and now you can buy a ten pound bag for $10, with all proceeds going to support the activities and ministries of our Knights’ Council. Thank you for your support.

Culture of Invitation

Men's Club Annual Clergy Appreciation Dinner

All men of the parish are invited to honor our Holy Spirit clergy during Clergy Appreciation Night on Monday, May 1st, at 6:45 p.m. in McDonough Hall. The event is open to all current and prospective parishioners. We will socialize with the clergy over cocktails and dinner, and recognize the clergy’s leadership of our Church. Cocktails will be outside the breezeway of McDonough Hall, and we will have a catered dinner. The cost for dinner is $15. Please RSVP online. For questions contact Tripp O’Connor.

Healing Prayer Service on Tuesday

All parishioners are invited to encounter the living Holy Spirit through a prayer service on Tuesday, April 25th, at 7:00 p.m. in St. Mary’s Chapel. Dr. Donald Dennis, Fr. Tamiru Atraga and Deacon Bill McCarthy will facilitate the service which will include evening prayer (Vespers), listening to scripture, and singing songs of praise. Individual prayers will be offered for anyone who is need of prayer for any reason. This service does not include the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

"Parenting the Internet Generation" - RSVP Today!

All parents are invited to come and hear internationally recognized Catholic apologist and speaker, Matt Fradd, give a presentation entitled “Parenting the Internet Generation” on Tuesday, May 2nd, at 7:00 p.m. in McDonough Hall. With Matt’s charisma and deep knowledge of the Catholic Faith, this evening promises to be engaging, eye-opening, and educational. In the words of one of his many endorsers, “put Matt in front of the microphone, sit back, learn, and enjoy.” You can view Matt’s website to learn more about him and view several of his talks. Please RSVP by Wednesday, April 26th, to ensure that you receive a free gift including a DVD, booklet, and one-month subscription to Covenant Eyes, an internet accountability filter. This is an adult only event. 

Faith in Action

Final Lector Training Next Weekend

The final traning for the 2017-18 Lector schedule will be held on Sunday, April 30th, at 1:30 p.m. The session lasts two hours and meets in the Church. If you would like to serve as part of this unique liturgical ministry, please e-mail the Lector Co-Chairs to sign up and for additional information. 

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion - Training on Tuesday (Rescheduled)

Are you looking for a meaningful way to serve the parishioners at Holy Spirit? Consider becoming an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (EM). Each week, over 50 volunteers are needed to assist the clergy in distributing the Body and Blood of Christ during Communion. While the EM function is an important role during the Mass, the process of becoming an EM is easy. Any Catholic who is at least 16 years of age, confirmed in the Church and attends a two-hour training may become an EM. Once trained, EMs may serve at any weekday or weekend Mass they attend - there is no set schedule; simply check in with the Deacon or Mass Coordinator when arriving for Mass. Serving as an EM is a beautiful way for a parent and teen or married couples to volunteer together at Holy Spirit.

The next EM training is on Tuesday, April 25th, at 7:00 p.m. Please meet in the Narthex. Please contact Maureen Shanahan or Carla Corley if you plan on attending. 

Children and Family Ministry News

Scout Mass and Reception - RSVP Today

On Sunday, May 7th, Holy Spirit will observe Scout Sunday at the 11:30 a.m. Mass. All girls and boys at Holy Spirit involved in Scouting are encouraged to wear their uniforms, join in the entrance procession, and sit together in a reserved section. The Girl Scout and Boy Scout Troops will host a reception immediately following the Mass at 12:30 p.m. in McDonough Hall. All Scouts and their families are invited to attend.

If your child received an Eagle Scout or Gold Award in the last year, please contact Kelly Angelo so that we can ensure they are recognized. Please contact Kelly at 770-363-0589 with questions about this event.

Young Adult News

Theology on Tap is THIS Friday!

The speaker for the Young Adult Ministry’s Theology on Tap this month is Fr. Branson Hipp. Fr. Hipp will examine Dante’s Divine Comedy and how this epic poem can help us live better and grow in the spiritual life. Theology on Tap will be held in McDonough Hall on Friday, April 28th, from 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. There is no admission charge; however, there will be a free will offering to help
cover the cost of the appetizers and alcohol. For additional information about Theology on Tap, please contact our Young Adult Ministry Coordinator Mike Foose
 

Deepening Your Prayer Life

Weekly Meditation: I'm Spiritual Not Religious

We often hear people say, “I’m spiritual, but not religious.” If we’re not careful, each of us can slip into the trap of thinking it’s possible to walk as a disciple independently from the living community of the Church. In truth, no one can be a Christian alone.  We need one another for accountability, support, and to manifest Christ’s presence to one another (as imperfect as we are.) After all, Jesus did not found a corporation of individuals with like-minded vision.  He established the Church - “the flock of which God himself foretold that he would be the shepherd.”*

Sometimes, when we have been offended by a member of the Church or feel as though we’re not being fed, we’re tempted to make our own way.  Some people may not fully comprehend Catholic practice, and assume that our tradition is comprised of man-made rules. In reality, everything we do as Catholics possesses meaning that is tethered to our rich and ancient history - a history centered on our Savior Jesus Christ, the “way, the truth, and the life.”
 
The Church is not holy because WE are holy; the Church is holy because CHRIST is holy. The Church does not bear authority to instruct because WE have all the answers; the Church bears authority to instruct because CHRIST is the answer.  Does that mean we won’t get bored or frustrated? Of course not. Does that mean the Church is devoid of sin? No. We are, after all, tended by human shepherds and like sheep, sometimes we long for greener pastures. And yet, in the liturgical and sacramental life of the Church (in particular in the “breaking of the bread”) we are “unfailingly nourished and led by Christ himself, the Good Shepherd and Prince of Shepherds, who gave his life for his sheep.”*
 
Today’s first reading reveals how seriously the first-century Christians took worship, apostolic instruction, and communal life:
 
“They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of bread and to the prayers. Awe came upon everyone, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their property and possessions and divide them among all according to each one's need. Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple area and to breaking bread in their homes. They ate their meals with exultation and sincerity of heart, praising God and enjoying favor with all the people. And every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:42-47)
 
The first-century Christians were no more or less sinful than you and I are today, but if you were to say to one of them, “I’m spiritual, but not religious,” he might look at you askance. There was no disconnect between loving Christ and loving His body, the Church. If, in your frustration or boredom you are ever tempted to wander off to make our own way, remember that it is the Good Shepherd who leads this ragtag herd of wandering sheep. He has called us to “be one.” Let’s pray for the grace to live according to this call.
 
*Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 754

Real Men Pray the Rosary

The men of FIDELES invite all men in the parish to pray a Scriptural Rosary with them each week and share reflections on spiritual readings with other men. The men invite other men. Please join us at one of our weekly sessions in St. Mary’s Chapel: Mondays at 7:00 a.m., Wednesdays at 7:00 a.m., or Thursdays at 6:35 p.m. (after the 6:00 p.m. Mass). Prayer requests and intentions can be sent to FIDELES@hsccatl.com.