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This Week at Holy Spirit
For the week of November 19, 2018

Parish News

Thanksgiving Holiday - Parish Office Closing

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, the parish office will be closed on Thursday, November 22nd and Friday, November 23rd. The office will resume regular hours on Monday, November 26th. A special Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day in the Church. The priests, deacons and staff at Holy Spirit wish you a Thanksgiving filled with many blessings.

Poinsettia Remembrances: Now Available Online

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, new this year, our poinsettia webpage. The deadline to make your purchase is Tuesday, December 4th.

Annual Christmas Ornament

The Auxiliary Members of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta will be selling 2019 limited edition Christmas ornaments after all Masses beginning on Saturday, November 24th, and continuing through December while supplies last. This year’s ornament features the St. Nicholas window in McDonough Hall. Proceeds will benefit the Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem. The ornaments are $30 each or two for $50. 

2018 Archbishop's Annual Appeal

It’s not too late to make or fulfill your pledge for the 2018 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal. All pledges must be paid in full by December 31st. Any overages to our parish goal will be returned to Holy Spirit. If we fail to meet our parish goal, the shortfall must be made up from parish funds. Visit: and be sure to designate Holy Spirit as your parish. 

2019 Tithing

It’s not too late to make your pledge for the 2019 Tithing Campaign either online at or by filling out a pledge card in the Narthex. Tithing is our grateful response to God for the blessings He has bestowed on us. God will not be outdone in His generosity. 

GOAL Scholarship Program - Support Catholic Education Today

Make your 2019 Tax Credit Pledge TODAY and support Catholic education. If you pay Georgia Income tax – you qualify to direct a portion of your state tax to support your private school of choice. Visit to learn more. All pledges accepted thru December 23, 2018. Payments are due March 2019.


Faith in Action

Annual Christmas Angel Program

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 24 & 25 and December 1 & 2.


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 16th, no later than 6:30 p.m. SHARP!

Gifts will be sorted and delivered after the 5:30 p.m. Mass on December 16th, so your adherence to the deadline is imperative.

Last Week for Pantry Drive

In anticipation, we thought it might be a good time for Holy Spirit Parish to help Centro Católico replenish its Food Pantry. A number of specific Mexican staple food items, along with a few personal care items are listed below.


Please place your bags in one of the Centro 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. Lists are attached to the barrels. Best prices are available at Aldi and Dollar Tree:


Food Items:

  • Dried beans
  • White rice
  • Canned fruit
  • Sugar
  • Spaghetti
  • Vegetable oil (less than 1 qt.)
  • Salt

Personal Items:

  • Disposable diapers (Pampers or Huggies)
  • Feminine hygiene products (napkins or pads only)

 Our shopping list collection will run until Monday, November 26th.  

Children and Family Ministry News

Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge on November 24th

All boys and girls ages 9-14 are invited to participate in the 2018 Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge. The competition will be held Saturday, November 24th, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Holy Spirit Prep’s soccer field. This Soccer Challenge is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district, and state competitions. All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation in the event. Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. For entry forms or additional information contact: David Labbe, Knights of Columbus Council 6517. 

Holy Spirit Prep News

HSP Wreath Sale: Deadline for Advent Wreaths is November 19th

Holy Spirit Prep’s Parent Volunteer Association is offering live, fresh cedar Advent table and Christmas wreaths. The order deadlines are November 19 (Advent wreaths) and December 10 (Christmas wreaths). Visit and use the code word “spirit”.


Upcoming Events

Holy Spirit to Host Relic of St. Jean Marie Vianney December 7th and 8th - Volunteers Needed

Holy Spirit is pleased to host the major relic of St. Jean Marie Vianney - his incorrupt heart - at Holy Spirit on December 7th and 8th. This special relic tour is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Learn more about the visit here. Volunteers are needed to help in a variety of roles. If you are able to assist, please click here.

Deepening Your Prayer Life

Little Blue Books for Advent

Holy Spirit Knights of Columbus will distribute the popular “Little Blue Books” for Advent the weekend of November 24th and 25th as well as the weekend of December 1st and 2nd, if supplies last. Donations to offset the cost of the reflection books are encouraged.