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This Week: May 26, 2024

A Message from Fr. Ballman

Deacon Kirk Broom has made the decision to move to North Carolina at the end of May to be closer to family there. We are grateful to Deacon Broom for his service to Holy Spirit this past year and will keep him near in our hearts and prayers.


I am pleased to announce that we have a new parochial vicar joining us this summer. Deacon Joseph Nguyen, who will be ordained to the priesthood on June 1, will join the parish as our second parochial vicar beginning July 1.

Additionally, Fr. Daniel Ketter, Judicial Vicar for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, will move into the rectory this summer, and will assist occasionally with mass and confessions. His presence in the parish will depend on his other commitments.

Please join me in welcoming these two clerics to our parish family and keep them in prayer during this time of transition. May God continue to bless our parish as we celebrate our 60th anniversary.

In Christ,
Fr. Ballman

Father's Day Novena of Masses

Father’s Day is on Sunday, June 18. Remember the special men in your life during the Father’s Day Novena of Masses. Use the spiritual bouquet packets available in the Narthex. Complete the outer envelope and place it in the offertory basket or bring it to the parish office. Then send the enclosed card to your special loved one.

Memorial Day Schedule

In observance of Memorial Day, we will have a special Mass at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 27, in the Church in lieu of our regularly scheduled daily Masses. The parish office will reopen on Tuesday, May 28. We wish everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day!

Parish Giving Deficit

Fiscal Year 2024:  July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024


As of Sunday May 12, 2024
Fiscal Year-to-Date Target          $ 3,314,423
Fiscal Year-to-Date Giving          $ 3,232,875
Fiscal Year-to-Date (Under)            $ 81,548

Weekly Parish Bulletin

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

Faith in Action

Urgent Need for Evening Daily Mass Lectors

We have an urgent need for lectors at our evening Masses at 6:00 PM in St. Mary's Chapel and are looking for volunteers. If you attend daily Mass - or even if it's not part of your regular routine - and you would like to help proclaim the readings to your fellow parishioners, please contact Reina Pantaleon for details and training information. Lectors serve every other week on an assisgend day. The following positions are needed:

  • Tuesday - dedicated lector to serve on rotation (twice a month)
  • Thursday - dedicated SUBSTITUTE to serve as needed
  • Friday - dedicated lector to serve on rotation (twice a month) AND a dedicated SUBSTITUTE to serve as needed.

St. Vincent de Paul Urged His Followers to Worship and Imitate the Trinity

St. Vincent de Paul, a 17th-century French Catholic priest known for his compassionate service to the poor, saw the Trinity as the ultimate model of unity, love, and self-giving, inspiring him to emulate these virtues in his ministry of charity and service to others.

He wanted his followers to have in themselves the image of the Trinity, to share a sacred relation to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. St. Vincent wanted us to act together as having but one heart and soul so that through this union of spirit, we would be a true image of the unity of God.

To learn more about the St. Vincent de Paul Society, contact Jenn Molner.

June Food Drive to Benefit Community Assistance Center

The Sandy Springs and Dunwoody Community Assistance Center (CAC) provides food to help families in need and to prevent homelessness while they resolve the crisis putting them at risk. Holy Spirit’s commitment to support CAC with our Food Drive begins on June 1 and runs throughout the month. Donation locations are in the Narthex, the entrance area to St. Mary’s Chapel, and the entrance to the HSP Preschool. A list of desired items is included below; items in greatest need are italicized. 


Food List

· Beans (dry)

· Canned Fruit

· Canned Meats (chicken, tuna, ham, etc.)

· Canned Vegetables (green beans, peas, mixed)

· Canned Tomatoes (diced, whole, sauce)

· Canned Pastas

· Cereal / Oatmeal

· Dry or Evaporated Milk

· Jelly

· Jell-O or Pudding Mix

· Macaroni & Cheese

· Meal Helpers

· Meat Entrees (canned chili, beef stew, chicken & dumplings, Hormel Completes)

· Pasta

· Peanut Butter

· Potatoes (dry/can)

· Rice

· Soup

· Snacks (crackers, cookies)

· Spaghetti Sauce



· Diapers (medium, large, xl) 

· Deodorant

· Disposable Razors

· Feminine Products

· Shampoo

· Soap

· Toothbrushes

· Toothpaste

· Toilet Paper


Children and Family Ministry News

Religious Education Registration Underway

Online registration for 2024-2025 religious education school year is underway. For questions, please contact Aimee McDonald.

Now Hiring for New Position Serving Teens and Young Adults

Effective June 1, Sarah Cullen will be assuming a new position at HSCC, Project Lead for Success Services. The HSCC finance team is implementing an enhanced database for parishioner giving that will ultimately provide more information and many tools to increase our parishioner’s user experience. Given that Sarah his familiar with our systems and has a certification in Data Analytics from Georgia Tech, she was the perfect fit for the new position.

Holy Spirit Catholic Church is looking for a faith-filled disciple of Jesus Christ to serve as the youth and young adult ministry leader, helping to facilitate the evangelization, formation and discipleship of high school students and young adults in our parish. Candidates should be passionately Catholic; well-formed in theology, church teaching and ready to share the joy of being in love with Christ and his church to young people. The individual will join a team dedicated to the pastor’s priorities of community, catechesis and evangelization and service to the poor. This community needs an effective youth ministry program built from the ground up and a young adult ministry initiative which fosters discipleship and a relationship with Jesus Christ. The ideal candidate is an excellent and effective communicator to all age groups and ready to recruit, motivate and lead young people and volunteers by example. This is a full-time position, with a minimum of 40 hours a week on site, including regular evenings and weekends. Send cover letter and resume to Aimee McDonald.

Vacation Bible School Registration Underway

Calling all campers! Take a "Radical Ride on the Wings of Prayer" the week of July 8 - 12, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. during our 2024 Vacation Bible School program. Campers who are rising 3 year-olds (as of July 1) through rishing 6th graders are invited to attend. Online registration goes through May 31: Have questions or want to volunteer? Email

Upcoming Events

Healing Prayer Service

Our next Healing Prayer Service will be Wednesday, May 29, at 7:00 PM in St. Mary’s Chapel. All are invited to attend. This service does not include the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

Women's Club Happy Hour
at The Chastain

Join the Women’s Club for socializing and spirits on Thursday, May 30th, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Bring a friend and meet other women of the parish for Happy Hour at The Chastain, 4320 Powers Ferry Rd. Donations are appreciated for appetizers. RSVP online if you plan to attend.

Walking With Purpose
Reclaiming Friendship

The women of Walking With Purpose Welcome Summer with a new book study, Reclaiming Friendship.

Do you desire lasting and abiding friendships? Do you want to move beyond the past hurts of relationships gone wrong? Reclaiming Friendship was written for any woman who wants a true and deep connection that lasts. Explore what it takes to stay close for the long haul, what to look for in a friend, and how to navigate toxic relationships. There is a way to protect your heart without closing yourself off from future intimacy. The key is found in discovering God’s plan for friendship, which was meant to be a foretaste of Heaven.

In a world plagued by loneliness, you are invited to encounter God personally through Scripture. Let God reshape how you see and experience intentional relationships, deal with your past friendship wounds, and become a woman who is capable of the lifelong bond of true friendship.

Reclaiming Friendship is ideal if you…

  • Are lonely and desire lasting friendship.
  • Need to know and understand what it means that God created each of us in His image.
  • Crave an authentic community, the kind in which we experience His joy and goodness.

Join the parish women of Walking With Purpose Tuesday evenings June 4 through July 2 at 6:30 PM. Each lesson is independent, don’t worry if you miss one! This 6-week journey of fellowship through scripture and discussion will change your life! Sign up on the parish website. For more information or questions please email

BLoSMM Prayer Group

St. Monica’s intercessory prayers led her son St. Augustine into the Catholic faith. The Blessed Ladies of St. Monica’s Mantle (otherwise known as BLoSMM) will meet with Fr. Ballman in the parish office’s 1st floor conference room on Thursday, June 6, at 9:30 AM for reflection and discussion. Members of BLOSMM have been praying for loved ones to discover or deepen their connection to the Catholic faith. New members (including gentlemen) are welcome. For more information, contact Catherine Fuss.

Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (also known as 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 you—or your spouse or fiancé—would like to become Catholic? Maybe your parents were Catholic, but you never received the Sacraments? Or maybe you’ve drifted away from the Church and want to renew your connection to Catholicism by entering full communion with the Church.

O.C.I.A. 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 O.C.I.A. which will begin on Sunday August 4th, and conclude on Sunday November 24th, with reception into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church at the 5:00 PM Vigil Mass on Saturday November 23rd. The class will meet on Sunday mornings at 10:00, with Mass offered either before or after at 8:30 AM or 11:30 AM. Class will not meet on Labor Day, Columbus Day, or Thanksgiving weekends.

A nominal fee of $35 is required to register for the course; this fee helps cover the cost of books and other materials. Because acceptance into the program requires pastoral approval, prospective O.C.I.A. participants should begin gathering now sacramental documents, including—if applicable—certificates of baptism and marriage. Remote and in-person interviews with participants are now being held; please email Dr. David King to arrange registration. The deadline for registration is July 28th.