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This Week at Holy Spirit
For the week of October 1, 2023

Parish News

Ministry Spotlight

Our Youth Ministry program serves teens who are in grades 7 - 12. We currently do not have a religious education program specifically for high school teens. I plan to hire a Youth Minister to help support our teens, grow our youth program, and invest in the future of our church.

Your 2024 Forward in Hope campaign pledge helps support endeavors such as this. I need your help. Visit the parish website to make a pledge online or pick up a pledge card in the Narthex. I appreciate your pledge. - Fr. Ballman 

Weekly Parish Bulletin

Please click here for an online version of the weekly parish bulletin.

Culture of Invitation

Pancake Breakfast hosted by the Knights of Columbus

Next Sunday, October 1st, Holy Spirit’s Knights of Columbus will host our first parish breakfast of the year. Enjoy pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, and their popular omelette station. Breakfast will be served after the 7:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m., and 10:00 a.m. Masses. The cost is $7.50 per or adult, $5 per child, or family of $5+ is $25.

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

All men of the parish are invited to a "Dutch Treat" happy hour at Thos. O'Reilly's Public House in Sandy Springs on Monday, October 2nd, at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy food, drinks and fellowship with other men in the parish. Bring a friend with you! All men of the parish are members of the Men's Club; if you have never been to one of their events, this is the perfect one to attend! O'Reilly's is located at 227 Sandy Springs Circle. RSVP online so we can get a headcount for the restaurant. Please direct any questions to Billy King at **NB:  This is different than what it listed in the parish bulletin.

First Friday Adoration

Our next First Friday Adoration is on Friday, October 6th, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 7th. All are invited to spend some quiet time in prayer with the Lord, but we are especially in need of an additional guardian at 3:00 p.m. Please consider committing to an hour in with the Lord on the First Friday of every month by visiting the parish website:

Friday Night Bridge

The Friday Night Bridge group meets twice a month. Join them for an evening of fun and finesse on Friday, October 6th, at 7:00 p.m. in the lower level meeting room of the parish office building. For reservations, please contact Cathy Skowronski at 770-509-7698 by Wednesday, October 4th.  Partners are not required, and new members are always welcome.


First Saturday Devotion to the Blessed Mother

Please join us in St. Mary’s Chapel on Saturday, October 7th, after the 8:30 a.m. Mass to pray the rosary and unite in prayer with our Blessed Mother. Please direct questions to:

Heritage Night Postponed

We have had so much going on recently that we've decided to postpone our Heritage Night Celebration to a later date. Watch the bulletin for more information.

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 8th, at 2:00 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.

Faith in Action

St. Vincent de Paul

Interested in learning more about how we assist our friends in need and how you can get involved? Attend our monthly meeting on the first Tuesday of each month on the lower level of the parish office building. Our next meeting is Tuesday, October 3rd. We gather at 6:30 p.m. for social time and begin our meetings at 7:00 p.m. All parishioners are welcome. Please contact Jenn Molner if you have questions. If you or someone you know needs assistance, please call our hotline at 404-255-2607.

WWMIN: Baby Shower
Assistance Needed for Baby Shower

Please support the ministries by helping with a baby shower for India Withers and her fiancé, who are having a girl in January. Use this link to view and shop the registry for the luncheon shower on Saturday, November 11th, in McDonough Hall. Items may be sent to the Church. Donate baby shower wrapping paper /bags / bows in the marked barrels in the Narthex. Our youth groups will wrap most of the presents! You may also donate gently used maternity and nursing items, including devotional books for moms. Should you choose to bring an item for the shower, please mark it “India Withers.”  Thank you for showing all the love! Contact Cathi to volunteer with the shower.

Annual Parish Christmas Ornament

In honor of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, Members from the Sovereign Military Order of Malta are pleased to announce the online sale of our 2023 Christmas ornament featuring the St. Francis window in St Mary’s Chapel. The ornaments are $30 each or $25 each for two or more ornaments. You may purchase your ornament using this link; pick up in the parish office during regular office hours. Please allow 24 hours for processing. All proceeds will benefit Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem. In person sales commence in Advent.

Adult Faith Formation

Sunday Morning Adult Faith Formation

Today, Sunday, October 1st, Fr. Paul Burke will present, "I Come for the Sick:  How to Make a Good Confession." Join him at 10:00 a.m. in McDonough Hall. Next week, Andrew McGovern will present, "The Philosophy of God 101:  Who is He? What is He?

Walking With Purpose
Opening Your Heart Scripture Study

Open to all women of the parish, Opening Your Heart is an incredibly effective guide to deep, lasting transformation of the heart, and we encourage all participants new to Walking with Purpose to begin here, regardless of previous experience with Bible study. Join us on Tuesday evenings, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., as we explore the core questions that we need to wrestle with if we want to experience all that God has for us. We resume our current bible study with a video on Lesson 14. You may attend any video session without purchasing the study materials or attending all sessions. Each study contains several independent lessons, focused on the theme of the bible study, don’t worry if you miss a week! Please sign up if you will participate.


All meetings are in McDonough Hall except for the first session on October 3rd, which will meet in the College lounge, across from Malta Hall. Sign up online. For questions, email

Children and Family Ministry News

Altar Server Training

All children who have received the Sacrament of First Communion are invited to become Altar Servers. Training for new severs will take place on Sunday, October 1st, from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Church. For more information, please contact Deacon Underwood.

RE Family Service Night

All families are invited to a social and service night on Tuesday, October 3rd, from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in McDonough Hall. We will have crafts and a service project. RSVP if you will attend.

Upcoming Events

The Women's Club Presents "It's Game Time"

Join the Women's Club on Monday, October 9th, at 11:30 a.m. AND 6:30 p.m. in McDonough Hall for "It's Game Time!" Get reacquainted with old Holy Spirit firends and make new ones while playing a variety of games and enjoying a yummy meal. The cost is $15. RSVP if you plan to attend:  Daytime Event OR Evening Event.

Taste of Mexico - Save the Date!

Save the date of Sunday, October 15th, for a Taste of Mexico. Enjoy homemade foods prepared by our Latino community. Details to follow.


Walking with Purpose Women's Retreat
Fear NOT

Fear Not Retreat - RSVP HERE
An exploration of God’s Promises through Sacred Scripture

Saturday October 21st
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


We are beautiful, thoughtful, nourishing women who care deeply for others and the world in which we live. Handling our daily lives has become more difficult each day, as we deal with a secular world that adds to our stress level. What happens when we become overwhelmed with fear? 

  • What does God say about my fears in His holy word?
  • Is there anything in the bible that can help me to overcome or handle fears more effectively?
  • How many other women have experienced my fears and how did they overcome them?
  • How can I control these emotions and feelings or handle them better?

You may be saying to yourself, I need to hear from God, but I don’t know where to find answers that I need NOW! But what can I do? Anxiety, Worry, Fear are all experiences that we are familiar with, now more than ever.


But God is still here and His answers to life’s challenges are in our Sacred Scriptures. Fear Not is a retreat for women, designed to focus on God’s word through his promises in scripture. The retreat begins with Mass and moves through Anxiety, Worry, Fear and answers from the Holy Spirit through a collection of brief witnesses, activities, and spiritual exercises. Join us for a life changing experience through and with women of faith from your own community. Lunch will be provided please sign up online. There is no charge for the retreat. Questions? E-mail


8:30 a.m. - Mass in St. Mary’s Chapel

9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. - Witness and Discussion

10:30 a.m. - Spiritual Walk

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Witness, Activity

12:30 p.m. - Lunch