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This Week at Holy Spirit
For the week of January 20, 2020

Parish News

Room Reservation Requests for the Remainder of the Year

Attention all Ministry Leaders! Please make sure you confirm all room reservations for ministry meetings with Samantha Zavala as soon as possible, particularly if you only reserved meeting space through the end of December. We want to make sure that we have meeting space available for you.

Culture of Invitation

Wednesday Night Dinner - January 22nd

Join us on Wednesday, January 22nd, at 6:30 p.m. in McDonough Hall for our next Wednesday Night Dinner. Chef Robin will prepare roast beef, mashed potatoes, vegetables, salad and dessert. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children, and the family maximum is $30. Please RSVP on the parish website by midnight on Monday, January 20th.

Faith in Action

Monthly Collection for the Poor is Next Weekend

Our monthly collection for the Poor in our community is next weekend, January 25th and 26th. Please pray for and contribute to the collection for the Poor. Volunteers will be at the doors of the church before and after Mass.  Please pray especially for the sick, the suffering, and those in our community who are alone:  that, by virtue of our baptism, we may attend to their needs with charitable works. Thank you, in advance, for your generosity. 

Life South Blood Drive NEXT Weekend

The next Life South Blood Drive is on Sunday, January 26th, from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the HSP Gym. Please contact Patty Randall or sign up on the parish website to reserve your spot - although walk-ins are welcome. 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 for more information.

January Food Drive to Benefit Community Assistance Center of Sandy Springs

Holy Spirit Catholic Church has partnered with the Community Assistance Center (CAC) of Sandy Springs for our January Food Drive. The CAC Pantry receives an average of 1,200 visits per month, providing food to about 500 families a month. Collection barrels will be in the Narthex throughout the month of January. Please contact Michelle Stine  with questions. Thank you for your generosity.

Food List
Beef Stew
Beans, dry
Canned fruit
Canned meats (chicken, tuna, ham, etc.)
Canned vegetables
Canned tomatoes (diced, whole, sauce)
Canned pastas
Chicken and Dumplings
Dry or evaporated milk

Jell-O or pudding mix
Macaroni & cheese
Pasta meal makers
Peanut butter
Potatoes (dry/can)
Snacks (crackers, cookies)
Spaghetti sauce


Diapers (medium, large, XL)
Disposable razors
Feminine products

Toilet paper

Adult Faith Formation

Neophyte Program

The Catholic Faith is so rich and deep, yet also so simple, that it can take either a lifetime or just a few evenings to understand. We are beginning a new program at Holy Spirit this year, dedicated primarily to Neophytes—those who have just completed RCIA and joined in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church—but open to ALL people, including those who are thinking about entering RCIA, as well as practicing Catholics who want to learn more about the fundamentals of their faith and who wish to share their experience and insight with others.  The program meets Wednesdays and includes Mass, socializing, and education. We will begin with Mass at 6:00 p.m., join together for the parish supper at 6:30 p.m., and then have a class from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Even if you can only join us for part of the program, know that you are welcome. 

This program is underway, but it's not too late to join. There is no need to register, but if you have questions, please contact our Director of RCIA, Dr. David King. The ultimate aim is to welcome with full support our new Catholics, while also building a sense of community and fostering inquiry and engagement with all current and prospective members of the Catholic Church.

Children and Family Ministry News

Welcome Erin Messer

We would like to welcome Erin Messer as our new Children’s Faith Formation Coordinator. Hailing from Boston, Erin also teaches 4th grade at Holy Spirit Prep. She graduated from FSU with a degree in English and earned her MBA at Mercer. Prior to her “12 year maternity leave”, Erin worked in corporate America for IBM, American Express and Sprint. She has taught in our religious education program for over 10 years. Erin and her family have been parishioners for 20 years. We are excited to have Erin on board! 

Holy Spirit College News

Holy Icons in Christian Worship Through the Centuries

Fr. Panayiotis Papageorgiou, Ph.D.
Mondays, January 27 - March 2
7:00 p.m. - 9:00  p.m. | Malta Hall

This course is a historical overview of the development and use of holy icons as an aid to Christian worship. The course will cover:

  • The beginnings of Christian symbols which gradually develop into teaching tools of the Biblical events and proclamations of the Christian Faith;
  • The continuous use of holy icons in the Christian East as enhancements to worship and also reminders of the major feasts;
  • An overview of the historical developments in the Christian West which led to changes from Christian iconography to Christian art;
  • Answers to the question: What can holy icons do for us today?

Audit fee:  $99. To register or for additional information, please contact Kim Schulman.

Basic Catechist Course

Holy Spirit College is an offering an overview of the catechism on Saturdays from January 25th - March 28th from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in Malta Hall. The Basic Catechist Course is intended to equip beginning catechists with sufficient background knowledge and skills to begin teaching. However, the course is perfect for anyone wishing to secure an overview of our Faith. Topics of discussion include the spirituality of the catechist, overviews of scripture, of Catholic morality, of Church history, and of liturgy and the sacraments, among others. For details, please see the college website. The course fee is $150. To register, please contact Kim Schulman.

Upcoming Events

Men's Club February Meeting

The Men's Club invites all men of the parish and guests to attend their next event on Monday, February 3rd, at 6:30 p.m. The guest speaker will be Scott Meyerhoff, Chief Operating Officer of InComm, one of the leading financial transactions companies in the country. Mr. Meyerhoff will talk about trends in the payments industry (credit cards, pre-paid cards), financial technologies, and more. 


The Men’s Club meets in McDonough Hall at 6:30 p.m. for socializing and cocktails, followed by a catered buffet dinner and Mr. Meyerhoff's presentation. The cost for dinner is $10, and for men under 30 years old is only $5, and men coming the first time it is free of charge. Please RSVP online.