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This Week at Holy Spirit
For the week of November 11, 2019

Parish News

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 / Family Date Night / Pro-Life Movie Night

Join us on Wednesday, November 13th, as we treasure the beauty of every life with all your family on a Family Pro-Life Movie Night!! We will have Mass at 6:00 p.m. in St. Mary's Chapel and then have dinner available as the movies begin! The event will end at 8:30 p.m.! Don’t cook home, join us and enjoy an evening full of grace! Please be sure to RSVP online for dinner and indicate if you will participate in the Family Date Night / Pro-Life Movie Night.


We will be featuring movies of the real pro-life testimonies of:

When Christy (Jennifer Garner) discovers her 10-year-old daughter Anna (Kylie Rogers) has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter's healing as she searches for a solution. After Anna has a freak accident, an extraordinary miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored and their community inspired.

  • The transforming conversion of Abby Johnson from Director of a Planned Parenthood Clinic to the most ferocious Pro-Life Advocate:  “Unplanned” for mature audience in Side B of McDonough Hall.

As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, Abby Johnson was involved in upwards of 22,000 abortions and counseled countless women on their reproductive choices. Her passion surrounding a woman's right to choose led her to become a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, fighting to enact legislation for the cause she so deeply believed in. Until the day she saw something that changed everything.

Friday Night Bridge

The Friday Night Bridge group meets twice a month. Join them for an evening of fun and finesse on Friday, November 15th, at 7:00 p.m. in the lower level of the parish office building. For reservations, please contact Cathy Skowronski at 770-509-7698 by Wednesday, November 13th. Partners are not required, and new members are always welcome.

Faith in Action

Usher Training THIS Tuesday

You are already at Holy Spirit attending Mass, so why not open a door and greet fellow parishioners and visitors and assist with spiritual celebration during the Mass? The next usher training is on Tuesday, November 12th, at 6:45 p.m. We will meet in the Narthex of the Church, and the training session will last about 75 to 90 minutes. 

This is a great opportunity to share your time and talent with Holy Spirit Church. Ushers ensure that persons attending the Mass are welcomed and assisted, and that the Offertory and Communion proceed in an orderly fashion. Holy Spirit needs additional ushers to serve at each of the five weekend Masses. Usher teams serve at one scheduled weekend Mass per month. For more information about this liturgical ministry, please contact Forrest Hibbard at (404) 483-9021.

Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion Training THIS Wednesday

Looking for a new way to serve Holy Spirit and deepen your relationship with Christ? Join the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion ministry! Our next training is on Wednesday, November 13th, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Meet in the Narthex. RSVP for training so we have the correct amount of training materials available. Contact Carla Corley to RSVP or if you have any questions. 

Being a EM has deepened my relationship with Christ and broadened my experience of the Eucharist.  If faith is like the cross ... “vertical” as we reach up to connect with the Lord ... and “horizontal” as we share that faith with our brothers and sisters ... being an EM has helped increase my sense of community. It helps me connect with those with whom we share His body and blood.  - Parker Ransom, Parishioner

Annual Christmas Angel Program Kicks Off Next Weekend

The St. Vincent de Paul Society is gearing up for this year’s Christmas Angel program. 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” on the following weekends:  November 16 & 17, 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 15, no later than 6:30 p.m. SHARP!

Gifts will be sorted and delivered after the 5:30 p.m. Mass on December 15th, so your adherence to the deadline is imperative.

Pantry Drive to Benefit 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 of Adults (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 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.

Sunday Morning Adult Faith Formation Series

All are welcome to attend our Sunday morning Adult Faith Formation series "Twenty Poems to Pray", even if you have not yet joined us. Please contact Dr. David King if you have any questions. Register at:

Great Books Discussion Group

The Great Books Discussion Group meets on Thursday, November 14th, and features Seneca’s (4BCE-65) On Tranquility of Mind. Seneca, although a pagan, was considered by St. Jerome to be a Christian writer. Seneca remained popular with Christian writers well into the Renaissance. Subsequent meetings will be held monthly with selections from the Great Books Foundation series. Contact Patrick Carey at 770-241-2511 for further information.

Venture with Virtue Podcast: Interview with James Hetzel - How to Persevere Through Life's Hurdles

Parishioner Jay Tramote interviews James Hetzel, founder and CEO of Trinity Road LLC and The Catholic Company, the leading Catholic catalog and online book and gift store, for his Podcast Ventrue with Virtue. James is also a Knight of Malta, and he and his wife Whitney have 9 children, who are all home schooled. Charlotte, NC is their home. You may listen to the episode here.

Children and Family Ministry News

Family Date Night This Wednesday

For this week's Family Date Night, we are co-hosting a Pro-Life Movie Night with HSP's Connections Mom's group this Wednesday, November 13th, at 6:30 p.m. in McDonough Hall. Join us for pizza and salad and then stay for one of two age-appropriate movies. RSVP and learn more here.