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This Week at Holy Spirit
For the week of October 2, 2022

Parish News

Take Up Your Cross Campaign - Tithing

Tithing is one way that you can take up your cross, and we hope that you will prayerfully consider how you will participate this year. To date, we have received pledges totally $1,040,770 from 173 families, or 9% of our parish households. If you have not done so already, you may make your pledge on the parish website or by filling out one of the pledge cards found in either the pews or the Narthex.

Culture of Invitation

Pancake Breakfast hosted by the Knights of Columbus

Holy Spirit's Knight of Columbus are hosting their monthly parish breakfast on Sunday, October 2nd, after the 7:00 a.m. (Centro), 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Masses. Enjoy pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, and the popular omelette station. Donations are welcome.

Blessing of the Animals

"God our Heavenly Father, you created the world to serve humanity's needs and to lead them to you... Give us the grace to see all animals as a gift from you." - St. Francis of Assisi


Join the clergy on Sunday, October 2nd, at 3:30 p.m. in the Saints Anthony and Francis Outdoor Chapel for a special Holy Spirit tradition:  the annual Blessing of the Animals. Bring your pet (appropriately restrained) to the Outdoor Chapel so that both you and your pet may receive a blessing from one of our clergy. The Blessing of Animals will be held rain or shine. The Outdoor Chapel is located to the left of the Church, adjacent to Northside Drive. Please contact Deacon Bill McCarthy with questions at 404-252-4513.

Men's Club (Thos. O'Reilly's Pub)

Please join the Holy Spirit Men’s Club for an evening of fellowship on Monday, October 3rd, at 6:30 p.m. at Thos. O'Reilly's Public House in Sandy Springs.

  • YOU ARE INVITED!  We hope to see ALL men of the parish. You do not need to belong to any organization!
  • BRING A FRIEND!  Call a friend you haven’t seen in a while and encourage him to attend.
  • ENJOY APPETIZERS & FELLOWSHIP with the men of the parish. The cost for appetizers and drinks is $15.
  • RSVP on the parish website
  • Please direct any questions to Billy King

First Friday Adoration THIS Week

Our First Friday Adoration will take place on October 7th from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and again from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 a.m. Come spend some quiet time in prayer with the Lord in St. Mary’s Chapel. Consider serving as a guardian or substitute. Visit if you are willing to help out.

Faith in Action

Respect Life Month News

The Respect Life and Walking With Moms in Need ministries strive to follow the USSCB’s theme of “Building a Culture of Life.” Take Up Your Cross and get involved in our many parish ministries that support Respect Life issues. This month we will support moms in need but also want to “renew efforts to build a culture of life and civilization of love” (USCCB) in our families and parish.


“Catholics have a strong foundation in the Church’s encouragement of parental and societal duties and the Church is the largest charitable provider of social services to women, children, and families in the US.” Share these ideas in your families and talk about the connection. We believe in the family structure as God’s plan, and we act and pray to affect society with our holy family values. As we support moms in the community, also do something more to support your mother. Thanks to the nearly 100 people on our committee lists, and the support for these to important ministries. 


Please consider supporting the Walking With Moms In Need (WWMIN) ministry with an Amazon Wish List for expectant mothers as organized by Holy Spirit's Young Adult Ministry. You may also donate gently used maternity and nursing items also, including devotional books for moms. 

Next Sunday:  Bring your grandparent(s) to church with you! We will have something special for them.

Funeral Mass Hospitality Volunteers Needed

We are in need of volunteers to help set up the Church or Chapel for funeral Masses and greet and answer questions from families and attendees, funeral home reps, and florists, etc. Typically set up is one hour before the Mass and cleanup is 15 minutes afterwards. This important ministry means so much to grieving families in their time of need. If you are willing to help, please contact Kate Harris.


Annual Malta Christmas Ornament For Sale
New! Offering shipping AND gift wrap!

‘Tis the season! Members from the Sovereign Military Order of Malta are pleased to announce our 2022 Christmas ornament:  the Holy Spirit. The ornaments are $30 each or $25 each for two or more ornaments. All proceeds will benefit Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem, located just 1,500 steps away from where Jesus was born. Holy Family Hospital is the premier maternity hospital and newborn critical care center for the Bethlehem region and is the only hospital in the region that can deliver and save babies born before 32 weeks, some weighing as little as one pound. Ornament orders maybe placed online and picked up in the parish office during regular office hours. Or, we will ship within the US for $8. Free giftwrap is also available. Please allow 24 hours for processing. In-person sales will resume in Advent.

Adult Faith Formation

Fall Adult Faith Formation

Our Fall Adult Faith Formation program meets each week at 10:00 a.m. in McDonough Hall for an inspiring presentation.


October 2 - Politics and Faith - Balancing Political Beliefs and Church Teaching - Ron Chandonia


October 9 - The Mass - Called out of the World: Before Mass and Introductory Rites - Steven Shlapak


October 16 - Living Your Catholic Faith in a Post Christian World - Fr. Paul Burke

October 23 - The Role of Liturgy in the Home - Michael Verlander

Young Adult News

Annual Cornhole Tournament

ELITE ATHLETES ASSEMBLE! The time has come for the face-off of the year. Compete on Sunday, October 2nd, after the 5:30 p.m. Mass in the ultimate cornhole gauntlet. If you don't have a partner, not to worry, there are always other folks looking for a teammate. We'll meet on the HSP quad, the little grass spot next to the parking lot, you won't miss us.

Mother Teresa Movie Night

Join us to watch “Mother Teresa: No Greater Love” at the AMC Theaters Phipps Plz 14 at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4th. It is only in theaters for three days! You may purchase your tickets ahead of time here.

Children and Family Ministry News

Altar Server Training

All children who have received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion are invited to serve as Altar Servers. A training for prospective servers will be held TODAY, Sunday, October 2nd, at 3:00 p.m. in the Church. Please let Deacon Allen Underwood know if your child will attend. 

RCIC Program Begins Soon

If your child is in 3rd-9th grade and has not received the Sacraments of Baptism, First Reconciliation or First Communion, please consider signing up for our Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) program which begins on Wednesday, October 26th. Contact Sarah Cullen for more information. 

Youth Ministry News

Confirmation Retreat Update

We have had to cancel our October Confirmation retreat. All Confirmation candidates MUST attend one retreat. The upcoming retreat dates are:

  • January 27-29 at HSCC
  • February 11-13 (location TBD)

For details on how to register for a retreat, please contact Sarah Cullen.

Upcoming Events

Heritage Night

Get your passport ready for a trip around the world! We invite you to get to know the culture of your fellow parishioners as they serve food representative of their heritage. Join us on Saturday, October 22nd, at 6:00 p.m. in McDonough Hall. Kids will be able to collect passport stamps as they travel to each country, and the Knights of Columbus will host a German Biergarten. Beer tickets will be available that evening for $5 each. RSVP online if you and your family plant to attend.


Volunteers Needed

Have a favorite dish to share from your heritage (or adopted heritage of choice)? We are looking for volunteers to showcase food/beverages from their heritage (or from their preferred adopted heritage)! Please sign up using this Sign Up Genius Link.

Social Security Presentation by American Financial Education Alliance

All adults are invited to a special presentation by the American Financial Education Alliance at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26th, in McDonough Hall, Side B. AEFA will present on "Understanding Social Security Benefit Options". Learn important rules about the amount of retirement benefits you can collect. Topics covered include:  how to determine which claiming strategy is best for you, the future of Social Security and what it means for you, and positioning your assets to minimize or avoid taxes on Social Security. There is no charge for the presentation, but RSVP if you will attend so that we may have enough materials available.


Prior to the presentation, an optional BBQ dinner (pulled pork, baked beans, mac 'n cheese and cole slaw) will be served in McDonough Hall. Please be sure to let us know if you will be eating by noon on October 25th. The cost for dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for children. RSVP for dinner here.

All Hallow's Eve
Night of Lights - Night of Saints

All families are invited to our 4rd Annual All Hallow's Eve Night of Lights, Night of Saints event on Monday, October 31st, following the 6:00 p.m. Mass. Dinner will take place in McDonough Hall after Mass. Then, enjoy a guided tour of Holy Spirit's "catacombs" with your family to learn about the Saints. Treats will be provided. RSVP for dinner, and if you will participate in our All Hallow's Eve festivities, please make sure to indicate that when you RSVP. There is no charge for dinner, but donations to offset the costs of dinner will be gratefully accepted

Halloween is a Catholic celebration and literally means “All Holy’s Eve” or “Hallow’s Eve”. It is the vigil of All Saints (All Hallows) Day, a Holy Day of Obligation and the celebration of all of the Saints - the holy men and women recognized in the Catholic Church as residing in Heaven.



Volunteer to be a do your own Saint table! All Holy Spirit families and ministries are invited to host a table.  Hosts decorate tables and dress-up in costume based on the saint they select. We would also appreciate some volunteers to help with set up/clean up. If you are able to assist, please reach out to Sarah Cullen.