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This Week at Holy Spirit
For the week of November 28, 2021

Parish News

Weekly Parish Bulletin

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

Downloadable Hymns for Mass

You may download a song sheet of the hymns for Mass each week on the livestream page of the parish website:  www.hsccatl.com/live

Last Week for Christmas Poinsettia Fund - Deadline is December 3rd

This is the last week to 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 our poinsettia webpage. The deadline to make your purchase is Friday, December 3rd.

Appreciated Stock 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 2021. To qualify, the donation must be postmarked no later than Friday, December 31, 2021. If you are considering donating appreciated stock, please contact Jackie Bohling at 404-252-4513.

 

Early Bulletin Deadlines for Upcoming Holiday Season

Please make note of the following early bulletin deadlines. All submissions are due by 5:00 p.m. on the date listed. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Bulletin Date      Submission Deadline
Sunday, Dec. 12    Monday, Nov. 29
Sunday, Dec. 19    Friday, Dec. 3
Sunday, Dec. 26    Friday, Dec. 10
Sunday, Jan. 2      Friday, Dec. 17
Sunday, Jan. 9      Monday, Dec. 20

2022 Tithing Campaign - Update

Give and it will be given to you; a good measure, pressed down, Shaken together, and running over will be poured into your lap; For the measure with which you measure will be measured back to you.” - Luke 6:38

 

We are grateful for all of the pledges to our 2022 Tithing Campaign. Currently we have received pledges from 22% of our registered parishioners. It’s not too late to make your pledge; simply use this link or complete one of the pledge cards in the Narthex. Please prayerfully consider how you can support the parish as we fulfill our parish mission of “making God’s kingdom present in the world.”

Culture of Invitation

Knights Host Monthly Rosary Today at 8:30 - All Welcome

The Knights of Columbus will host their monthly rosary today, Sunday, November 28th, after the 8:30 a.m. Mass in St. Mary's Chapel. You are invited to join them in St. Mary's Chapel after Mass to pray the rosary before the Blessed Sacrament. They will alternate decades between English and Spanish; all are welcome.

Healing Prayer Service (ONLINE via Zoom)

There will be a Healing Prayer Service on Tuesday, November 30th, at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. The Meeting ID is: 249 355 4843, and the passcode is holyspirit.

 

Advent Penance Service

Our parish penance service is scheduled for Wednesday, December 1st, at 7:15 p.m. in the Church. We will have several priests on hand hearing confessions and celebrating God’s forgiveness with parishioners.

Wednesday Night Dinner
RSVP Today

All parishioners are invited to enjoy pizza and salad before our Advent parish penance service on Wednesday, December 1st. Dinner will be hosted by the parish and catered by Pero’s. RSVP so we know how much pizza to order. Join us in McDonough Hall from 6:30 p.m. - 7:25 p.m. Additionally, we are in need of volunteers to help set up, serve, and/or clean up - a perfect way to enter into the penitential season of Advent. Please sign up to volunteer here.

Faith in Action

Today is Last Day to Order Sweet Treats from the Monastery

Today, Sunday, November 28th is the LAST DAY to place your orders from the Monastery! Don't miss out on these sweet treats, including biscotti, fudge, fruit cake and honey. The Knights of Columbus are selling these items on behalf of the monks at the Monastery who need our support. Buying these tasty items is a great way to help them. Please visit the Knights' Square site to place your order. All of the purchased items may be picked up the weekend of December 11th and 12th in McDonough Hall.

LifeSouth Blood Drive
Next Sunday, December 5th - Sign Up Today!

Give the Gift of Life this Christmas! The Life South Blood Mobile will be in the parking lot from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 5th. Walk-ins are welcome, but to secure your time slot, please RSVP online! All donors will receive a t-shirt, a $5 e-card, and a free cholesterol screening. Blood donors should remember to eat iron-rich foods and drink plenty of non-caffeinated beverages prior to donating! Bring a photo ID; must be 17 or older. Visit Life South for more information. Contact Patty Randall with questions.

Annual Malta Christmas Ornament For Sale

Members from the Sovereign Military Order of Malta are pleased to announce the online sale of our 2021 Christmas ornament featuring the St. Joseph window in McDonough Hall. The ornaments are $30 each or $25 each for two or more ornaments. All proceeds will benefit Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem. Volunteers will be in the Narthex after all Masses selling ornaments, or you may purchase your ornament online to pick up in the parish office during regular office hours. Please allow 24 hours for processing.

2021 Christmas Angel Program is Underway

The St. Vincent de Paul Society is gearing up for this year’s Christmas Angel program. Parishioners are once again invited to make a financial contribution toward the 2021 Christmas Angel gift fund; volunteers will take care of the details! No lists, no standing in line, no gift wrap!

 

In past years, the suggested gift amount has been $100 per person. We are hoping to collect a minimum of $35,000. The number of families we can help this year depends on the generosity of our parishioners. 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.

  • One more weekend to donate in person: December 5th (cash / check)
  • Donate online at www.hsccatl.com/christmasangel through December 10th
  • Drop off your contribution at the parish office through December 10th

It is our prayer that next year we will be able to return to our traditional program with parishioners shopping for families, but we appreciate your understanding and support as we bring the Christmas spirit to families in need.

 

All checks should be made payable to Holy Spirit with “Christmas Angel” in the memo.

Adult Faith Formation

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Class Forming

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.

 

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, January 9th, and conclude on Sunday May 15th, with reception into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil on Saturday evening, April 16th. The class will meet on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m., with Mass to follow at 11:30 a.m. The class will adhere to CDC and Archdiocese of Atlanta guidelines regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic. 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 covers 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 December 19th.

Young Adult News

Destination Unknown 2022

Our first year took us to Universal Studios Orlando, where will this year take us? Destination Unknown is an exciting event open to all 7th-12th graders at Holy Spirit on January 7th and 8th. Our destination will be revealed to parents as teens load the bus; until then we promise it is going to be a super-fun event. Here is a timeline of events to help clarify:

 


11:30 p.m. - All teens meet on the front steps at Holy Spirit Church

11:40 p.m. - Teens load bus and parents meet with Sara and Kaitlyn

12:00 a.m. - Bus departs

  8:00 a.m. - Bus arrives at destination

  3:00 p.m.- Bus leaves destination for Vigil Mass

  5:00 p.m. - Bus departs Mass

Midnight - Teens return to Holy Spirit


The cost is $250 per person, and spots are limited to the first 20 who register. Talk it up with your friends and register ASAP. For questions, please contact Sara Gillingham or Kaitlyn Callahan.

Children and Family Ministry News

Altar Server Training

All children who have received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion are invited to become an Altar Server. The next training is on Sunday, December 5th, at 3:00 p.m. in the Church. If your child would like to become an Altar Server, please contact Deacon Underwood.

St. Nicholas Party

Our Saint Nicholas Party is on Monday, December 6th, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in McDonough Hall. All families in the parish are invited to attend this event to learn more about an amazing saint, how to celebrate his feast day, and see one of our favorite Deacons dressed as Saint Nicholas. RSVP to save a spot for your family!

 

Holy Spirit Prep News

Georgia GOAL

Did you know…. You qualify to participate in the Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program. Whether you pay your Georgia income tax through your weekly paycheck, monthly, quarterly or annual tax filings, you can redirect a portion of your tax dollars to support Holy Spirit Preparatory School. 2022 tax credit pledges are now being accepted with no payment due until March 2022. Make your online pledge today at www.goalscholarship.org. For questions please email Brittney Bailey

Upcoming Events

Holy Spirit Men's Club
RSVP Today

All men of the parish are invited to an evening of fellowship on Monday, December 6th, at 6:30 p.m. in Malta Hall. Take the opportunity to catch up with clergy or friends you haven’t seen in a while. Call a friend you haven’t seen in a while and invite them to attend. Please direct any questions to Billy King. RSVP if you will attend.

 

Deepening Your Prayer Life

Knights Distribute Little Blue Books for Advent

Holy Spirit's Knights of Columbus will distribute "Little Blue Books" for Advent in the Narthex after all Masses this weekend. Donations are welcome.