Annual Ministry Reports

as printed in the 2019 Christmas Bulletin

ALTAR SERVERS: Servers assist the priest in a special way during Holy Mass and other Liturgies held at Holy Spirit Church. Responsibilities are to come early for Mass, set up the altar, serve Mass and clean up the altar afterward. Servers are scheduled quarterly and can request Mass preferences. Open to both boys and girls, training is provided every fall (or by request throughout the year) and the only requirement is that the child must have received their first Holy Communion. The careful work and training that is necessary seems a small price to pay for the privilege of kneeling so close to the altar during the Consecration when Christ becomes truly present Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Holy Eucharist! We would like to introduce ourselves, Jeniffer Long and Jamie Bohl, as your new Server Ministry Leaders. We are both Holy Spirit Parishioners and School Parents and we feel blessed to be able to serve our church community. We would also like to acknowledge and thank Paula Hass and Annabelle Clinger for their MANY years of service and dedication to this ministry. We can only hope to give as skillfully and graciously as they have. Our Server Ministry is in great need of more servers at this time. If you or your child would like to become a member of the Altar Server Ministry, please contact us. -Jeniffer Long (School/Week Day, Holy Day & Funeral Scheduler) & ~Jamie Bohl (Weekend and Weeknight Scheduler)

BOOK SHOP: Holy Spirit Book & Gift Shop primarily exists to evangelize and serve all who visit. Some of the gifts you’ll find are rosaries, statues, religious art, crucifixes, medals, and gifts for all occasions. We carry a wide variety of Catholic Books, bibles, DVD’s and CD’s. Our staff welcomed a new member this year, Roseann Krul, who works on weekends along with Rick Krul. Maria Gonzalez serves during the week with me. The Book Shop is open Monday thru Friday from 9am-4:15pm and after weekend Masses. I am blessed to welcome you to the store and hope to see you soon! ~ Shawn Spagnuolo – Manager

CEMETERY: Holy Spirit’s Cemetery began in 2005 due to the foresight of parish visionaries. It is governed by the Cemetery Board, which oversees the By-Laws of the Cemetery, making decisions regarding issues that may arise. We strive to maintain a religious environment by creating a peaceful and meditative atmosphere for the memorialization of the beloved dead. ~Sue Hansen, Cemetery Office 810-231-9199 x204.

Cemetery: Plots available approx. 750. Plots with interred individuals 103 — 10 have two individuals in same plot; (older section) is nearly full with only 13 plots remaining, usually as a single plot. There are 13 plots reserved as individuals are making payments on them. The cemetery is home to 27 veterans.

Columbarium: There are 4 columbarium with a different saint on top. Each holds 12 niches. Of the 48 original niches, only 8 are still available. The older section of cemetery has NO niches left. 27 are buried in the niches, 5 of which hold two cremains in one niche.

Angelus Memorial: Located at the end of the driveway separating the two sections of the Cemetery proper, the Angelus Memorial holds the remains of babies lost to miscarriage. Grieving parents are able to memorialize their infant by placing the baby’s name on a plaque. Kim and Lou DeLellis have compassionately adopted administration of this ministry, as well as providing counsel to grieving parents. The Angelus Memorial was cleaned this summer along with a new walkway installed leading to the memorial. The granite pedestal housing the infants was also cleaned, bushes removed and all columbarium statues and pedestals were power-washed.

Dine with Jesus: A beautiful interactive sculpture which draws parishioners and visitors from miles around to come and have lunch on our beautiful campus. It is one of only 5 “Last Supper” replicas by internationally renowned artist, Timothy P. Schmalz, in the United States and is currently listed on Michigan’s Roadside Attractions List.

Coffee and donuts

CONQUEST: Conquest is a father/son Catholic virtue development club which meets offsite on Friday evenings in 6-week blocks/18 meetings per year. Fun for boys with their dads, prayer and study of virtue and how it can be applied to our daily lives is the meeting focus. ~Todd Borek,

COURAGE/ENCOURAGE: Courage is an international apostolate of the Catholic Church, which ministers to persons with same-sex attractions and their family and friends. EnCourage is a ministry within Courage dedicated to the spiritual needs of parents, siblings, children, and other relatives and friends of persons who have same-sex attractions. Standing by the true teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, EnCourage members support one another and their loved ones through discussion, prayer and fellowship. Please contact me for dates and time of meetings of the Brighton, Michigan chapter. ~Fr. John,

DEVOTION TO ST. PHILOMENA: Our parish has a devotion to this little-known saint and we have seen many an obstacle overcome in the building of our Parish and School community. Read our story at!

DIACONATE: My wife and I have been busy over the last year. We are now on the National Board for the Christian Family Movement (CFM). Preparing study guides, working with consultants to help CFM update the message for younger families working with a priest friend in the Diocese of Green Bay to introduce CFM have all been enjoyable but not local activities. Last Lent we hosted a Couples Prayer Series with Ken and Signe Castel. It helps couples to learn how to pray in an intentional way and to invite God into their most important family conversations. Couples who learn this technique and practice it regularly have almost a zero-divorce rate. It does remind us of the old adage of Fr. Patrick Peyton, the family that prays together stays together. Holy Spirit has another opportunity for families to pray the Family Adoration half-hour on the third Sunday of the month. We pray in front of the Lord Jesus, the session is short enough for little kids and the family meal and games afterwards seems to have a steady following. Join us if you are able at 4pm on January 19. ~Dcn. Jerry Brennan,

DIVINE MERCY CENACLE: Eucharistic Apostles of the Divine Mercy (EADM) meet in small groups to have fellowship, deepen their Catholic faith and the knowledge of the Divine Mercy message, share their struggles and joys in applying it to life in the family and work place and to live out this faith together by performing the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. Groups meet regularly on various days of the week. Contact the Parish Office at 810-231-9199 x200 for current schedule. ~Connie Walters,

DIVINE WILL PRAYER GROUP: Have you noticed the weekly inspiration at the top page 3? Our group was formed to assist the faithful in growing and learning about the Divine Will, through prayer and study of the writings of Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta, and those quotes are from her. We meet in a prayer group setting where reading and sharing in discussion is achieved in community on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 7:30-9pm. ~Todd Borek,

ENVIRONMENTAL GREEN TEAM: Our mission is to support Holy Spirit Parish in becoming a better steward of the earth by promoting and implementing energy efficiency, renewable energy, and related sustainable practices. Past projects include implementation of a campus-wide recycling program, updated energy efficient heating and cooling mechanical systems, and implementation of a campus-wide energy efficient LED Lighting project last year. In 2019, we implemented specific recycling initiatives to be conducted during major events such as the Parish Picnic held in June and the Community Picnic held in September. For 2020, we are targeting completion of a business case analysis of a potential solar energy project. We also perform support activities, such as returning recyclable empties for credit (proceeds to the St. Joseph Guild fund). Members meet once every three months with Fr. John and a Diocese-level consultant, Fr. Jim McLaughlin, and spend approxi­mately 2-5 hours per week on projects. Watch for periodic updates in the Church Bulletin. ~Dave Rais,

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: God’s blessings to you! As we begin the new Liturgical Year we have a great opportunity to spend some time with Jesus in the form of Eucharistic Adoration. It is available on the First Friday of each month. Please consider setting aside time to visit Him. The schedule is in 1 hour increments beginning at 9am and ending at 9pm although any amount of time is time well spent with our Lord. Stop in for 10 minutes or however long you wish. Consider setting up a rotation with family members and/or friends. If it has been awhile or you have never been, this is the perfect time to start anew. If you have any questions please contact me at 810-923-0478 or May you have a Merry Christmas and peace throughout the New Year. ~Pat O’Brien

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION: Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion serve God and Holy Spirit Parish by reverently distributing the Most Precious Body and Blood of Christ to the congregation during Mass. Extraordinary Ministers arrive 15 minutes before Mass to pray with Fr. John. Schedules are made quarterly. On average Eucharistic Ministers serve 1-2 months per quarter at a Mass time of their preference. Training is provided as needed. If you regularly attend one of the weekend Masses here at Holy Spirit Parish, please consider joining this awesome and very rewarding ministry. ~Bill & Char Curtis,

FACILITY MANAGEMENT: Happy Holidays to everyone! This past November 17th marked my 5 year anniversary working at Holy Spirit. I think we all ask at one time or another as I did, “Where has the time gone.” This past year was again very productive, the most noticeable accomplishment being the construction of the playground for our school. The project took pretty much all summer with a few pieces of equipment left to finish in the spring. I want to thank our awesome St. Joseph Guild members for all their work on not only the playground but the overall campus throughout the year. Also with some generous donations we were able to install a heater in the garage which in the cold winter months is really going to be invaluable when working on our equipment or projects. There are a couple of capital improvement projects slated for the springtime, which will bring some much needed changes. Again, I want to thank Mike Tworek (Facility Assistant) and everyone who has worked together to maintain the church facility and grounds. ~Tim Comperchio

FAITH FORMATION: This has been a busy year in Faith Formation. January began with Fr. Dave Pivonka’s fourteen-week series on the Holy Spirit called The Wild Goose, which was very well attended. A ten-week apologetics class also began in January and there may be a follow-up apologetics class offered within the next few months. Holy Spirit Parish is paired with Old St. Patrick for Confirmations. In April this year we hosted for both parishes and a total of 23 students were confirmed (13 from Holy Spirit). We also had 8 students who received their First Holy Communion this year in May. A six-week Unbound course was offered in May-June with many signing up for follow-up personal healing prayer sessions. July was our largest VBS in several years with 52 children and many volunteer teens and adults attending. Follow Me: The Gospel of John was offered September-October. Bishop Barron’s series The Pivotal Players, stories of those who had a great impact on the history the Catholic Church, is featured in a monthly movie night from September through April. With the assistance of the St. Monica Sodality, October was the first of what I hope to be a quarterly Good Shepherd Holy Hour which takes place at the conclusion of First Friday Eucharistic Adoration. These holy hours are structured to pray for our loved ones who have left the Church and offer comfort to those who are praying for them. The next Holy Hour is Friday, February 7, at 7pm. This year we have one catechumen and two candidates in our RCIA program which will continue until spring. Preparations are underway for our Parish Mission to be held March 1-3, 2020. We will be hosting nationally known author, speaker, producer and Catholic Evangelist, Tom Peterson, creator of the Catholics Come Home evangomercials. Many volunteers are needed to make this event a success, so please let me know if you can help! Finally, I would like to say a huge Thank You to all the facilitators and volunteers who made these events possible! – Mary Anne Bastian, Director of Faith Formation

FLOWER MINISTRY: Behind-the-scenes details enhance and beautify the Church and Mass setting. Responsible for watering plants once a week, buying and arranging seasonal flowers/plants or décor for the altar area. Avg time commitment is 1-2 hours per week. ~Lori Borek,

Fr. RICHARD LOBERT/ FLINT OUTREACH/HOPE IN A BOX: Fr. Lobert is a parishioner of Holy Spirit, often concelebrating Mass with Fr. John, and serves as Chaplain at Fr. Gabriel Richard High School (FGR) in Ann Arbor. In response to Bishop Boyea’s initiative to help the poor and needy in Flint, Michigan, Fr. Lobert and FGR embarked upon establishing an ongoing weekly outreach to befriend and serve the people there. They adopted two trailer parks and a Section 8 Housing development. At first going door-to-door with water, they started taking orders for clothes and other supplies. They also contracted with Panera Bread to obtain leftovers which they deliver weekly to these people. Besides making friends, they have also promoted discipleship of Jesus Christ. With the grace of God they are looking for ways to expand this outreach and collaborate with other Catholic people of Flint. The students who participate also earn Mercy Service Hours towards their service hours requirement, while uplifting others and being Christ to those in need. Also, in conjunction with Genesee County Catholic Charities to determine current needs, items (including sleeping mats made by the Prayer Shawl Ministry) are collected at Holy Spirit Parish in the “Hope In A Box” located in the Activity Center and delivered on Saturdays. Watch the bulletin for “Need of the Month” to help those less fortunate.

Pope Francis said that we should “go out to the margins” with the love of Christ.

Pope Francis told us to let the poor preach the Gospel to us.

Pope Francis reminds us that even more than they need food, the poor need to know that they matter.

Since Fr. Lobert and FGR began this service:

  • We gave away nearly a hundred bicycles.

  • We provided two uniform pants and shirts to 75 boys and girls as the school year started.

  • We provided dozens of winter coats and boots.

  • We distribute lots of diapers and cleaning supplies weekly.

  • One woman was baptized and is now a very active Catholic.

  • Other shut-ins were referred to local parishes – they now receive ministry from their parish.

  • We have made many friends; our students have learned about the merciful Heart of Christ.


HOW TO GET INVOLVED: Visit for all the details, including the permission slip and sign-up links. Questions about Faith in Flint? Contact Father Lobert at

HEALTH MINISTRY: The mission of the Health Ministry is to carry out the healing mission of Jesus by promoting the health and wellness of mind, body and spirit through prayer, counsel, education, referral and service to the Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church Community, by working collaboratively with each other, St Joseph Mercy Health System and the community we serve. All medical information will be held in confidence as a volunteer of this Health Ministry Team. Volunteer nurses offer free blood pressure checks in the Lending Library after all Masses on the third weekend of the month. Doctors have long called high blood pressure “the silent killer” because a person can have high blood pressure and never have any symptoms. If left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to life-threatening medical problems such as stroke, heart attack or kidney failure. Watch the bulletin for periodic good-health articles and announcements for CPR/AED Classes offered here at Holy Spirit Parish. ~Nancy Wheeler

HEAVENLY GRACE PRAYER GROUP: Also called the Saturday Morning Men’s Prayer Group, meets at 7:30am every Saturday in the Shroud of Turin Room. Our group was formed in response to a request from the Blessed Virgin Mary through the mystic Carolyn. The messages that have been received through her are all available at We encourage everyone to visit this website and read or listen to the audio recordings of these amazing messages, which have in many cases been “life changing” for those who have decided to live them. We typically have a period of fellowship, followed by prayer of the Rosary which includes the offering of personal intentions before we pray. This allows us to learn about each other and carry those intentions out of the prayer group and into our daily lives. And finally, we listen to a recording of one of the purported messages from the Blessed Mother. Following the prayer group, most of us also stay for the holy sacrifice of Mass at 9:00am. Carolyn also shares her annual message from the Blessed Mother, and sometimes it is Jesus Himself, each year on October 24th at Holy Spirit Parish. Listen to this year’s inspirational message on our website under “Fr. John’s Links”. ~Todd Borek,

HOMEBOUND MINISTRY: Members are Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and take Holy Communion to parishioners who are homebound due to illness, age, etc. at mutually convenient days/times and help them stay connected to Parish activities by bringing them the bulletin, Parish calendar and other information about Parish events. They also provide prayer cards/booklets and request their prayers for the intentions of the Parish, School, and our world. If confession or anointing is requested, Fr. John is informed. Each ministry member spends 2-3 hours per week depending on the number of visits. We have added 2 new homebound ministers this year and would welcome more to cover for snowbirds and increased requests. ~Marie Schlepers, 810-923-3179

HOME EDUCATORS: I’ve been a home educating mom for over 20 years and am happy to assist anyone who is interested in learning more about home educating or just needs to make some contacts in the area. ~Sheila Kumke,

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: The Holy Spirit Knights of Columbus Council 7891 supports clergy, seminarians, Holy Spirit Parish and School as well as other charities. Members attend monthly meetings and volunteer for fundraisers. General membership meetings are on the 1st Wednesday of every month and officers meet on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Activities include Parish Pancake Breakfasts (6 per year), Blood Drives, Christmas Wreath Sale, Intellectually Disabled Tootsie Roll Drive and other Parish events. If you are 18 years old and want to support Holy Spirit Parish and K of C Charitable works please join us. ~Ken Neal,

LECTORS: Lectors serve God and Holy Spirit Parish by reading the opening announcements and prayers, and by reverently sharing the readings of the day with the congregation during Mass. Lectors arrive 15 minutes before Mass to say a prayer with Fr. John. Schedules are made quarterly. On average a Lector will read 1-2 times per month at a Mass time of their preference. Training is provided and you will find the duty light and a wonderful blessing! ~Bill & Char Curtis,

LENDING LIBRARY/ONLINE FAITH FORMATION: We are blessed to have a wealth of Catholic knowledge at your fingertips and available for your use here, at Church, or to take home. We have a wide selection of books and DVD’s that can be borrowed to further inspire. PLEASE NOTE: we are currently in need of a servant of the church to oversee this Ministry. Please contact Fr. John or the Parish Office if you are able to help. 810-231-9199.

To find Catholic materials online, did you know that Holy Spirit Parish has a account, and IT’S FREE FOR YOU TO USE! View Catholic faith formation for all ages! Watch inspiring movies and video series, read bestselling Catholic eBooks, and listen to audio presentations from the Church’s most compelling speakers, all of which you can stream for free! Register or log-in at: to get to the Holy Spirit, Green Oak sign-in page. No special code needed! (On site, use our Parish code 2JQ9YM)

LIVINGSTON VICARIATE MEN’S NIGHT: The Livingston Vicariate Catholic Men’s movement, Men-on-Fire, gathers monthly to bring men together for spiritual and practical strengthening and nourishment in their spiritual journey to be faithful disciples of Christ. We meet monthly on the 3rd Thursday with a different, dynamic speaker each month. Women are invited to attend 3 or 4 times per year. The evening usually begins with prayer and confessions at 5:45pm followed by Mass at 6:15, Speaker at 7:00pm, and fellowship & refreshments provided by the Wooden Spoon at 8:00pm. Free-will offering. Contact me with questions or for further info. ~Rory Clark,

MUSIC: For the last three years the Music Ministry has set up tables with sign-up sheets inviting people to get involved in our various ensembles. I usually include a sign-up sheet for K-3rd graders. However, this past Fall, I invited 4th-8th graders to join the Children’s Choir- because no one had ever signed up for the younger choir! In September and October, several parents told me that their K-3rd grade children wanted to be in the choir. We had such an overwhelming response that we were able to begin the “K-2” choir—and we now have 15 children involved and we practice each Wednesday after school from 3:15-4:15pm! We have sung at 9am, 11am and 4pm Masses–and for the First Friday Mass (St Nicholas’ Feast Day). I am very grateful to the parents who are helping each week with providing snacks and extra help voluntarily! I believe that God has everything to do with the establishment of this ensemble! This choir is wonderful for Holy Spirit’s Music Ministry, and I expect it will be a “feeder” program for the Grade 3-8 choir (which currently has a 9th grader!), and which eventually will provide Holy Spirit with future cantors, Full Choir, Contemporary Choir and instrumentalists. So, I am looking forward to an exciting 2020! With more children involved and growing in music and learning more about Jesus, too.

Saturday, November 7, 2020 is the tentative date for the 3rd Annual Benefit Concert for St. Vincent DePaul Society Holy Spirit Conference. The date was chosen in order to space out the fundraising activities of other groups! The November 2019 Concert was successful with Marisa Bruzewski joining me, Leo, in concert with a beautiful reception with lots of help from Kathy (Lemery), Michelle Santoni and many others!

And lastly, thanks to Sheila Kumke for her direction of the Full and Contemporary Choirs, Karen Nizol for all of her music office organizational miracle-working, and Marie Schlepers, for her music library maintenance and guitar pickin’. Thanks for all that you do–and thank you to all of the musicians of the Music Ministry–the cantors, choir members, and instrumentalists at Holy Spirit. Thanks for your leadership, Fr. John, allowing us to follow the Spirit and encouraging us to spread the Gospel through music. God bless you all, thank you for a wonderful year, and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, 2020! ~Leo Lemery

NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING (NFP): is a way of achieving, avoiding or spacing pregnancies in a way that respects the unitive (love-giving) and procreative (life-giving) aspects of the conjugal act. It embraces God’s design for marriage and the dignity of each human person as a great good. There are several methods available to couples. The effectiveness of modern NFP methods have come a long way from the calendar (rhythm) method of just 2 generations ago. Pope Paul VI in his encyclical, Humane Vitae, urged the scientific community to find moral and ethical methods of family planning for married couples and from this was born the methods we have today. I am trained to teach Creighton Model FertilityCare as a FertilityCare Practitioner. Creighton Model has a 97% effectiveness rate to help couples avoid pregnancy and up to an 80% effectiveness rate to help couples experiencing infertility to achieve pregnancy in a way that is totally in line with Church teaching and respects the dignity of human life. This method of NFP is particularly helpful to women experiencing health issues or in coming off of a form of hormonal contraception (like the pill). Please contact me with any questions – I’m happy to help or connect women and couples with resources within our Diocese. ~Karoline Heldt, RN, BSN, FCP,, 810-923-9811

PARISH OFFICE: Marie continues working two days a week while Andrea is full-time with her main responsibility being bulletin editor, website and media coordinator. Together, we share the secretarial duties which include greeting visitors, maintaining parishioner records and registering new parishioners, assisting parishioners and public with Mass intention requests, recording and updating sacramental records, ordering office, liturgical and fellowship supplies, taking monthly staff meeting minutes, contacting various ministries for funeral services, preparing weekly intercessions and announcements for Masses, managing the Parish calendar of events and printing the monthly calendar, posting weekly contributions, collecting, counting and depositing miscellaneous cash at the end of the month, assist the bookstore and business manager as needed along with other miscellaneous tasks that come up. We also have two wonderful parishioner volunteers who help us each week. Brenda Johnson and Ewa Kucharski do filing, stuff bulletins, update the sign in the driveway and special projects as needed. Both bring their own unique personalities to the office on Thursdays and Fridays, and we are blessed to have them! We also have Kathi Master who occasionally helps cover the office as needed. Please feel free to stop by or call 810-231-9199 x200 if you have any questions or concerns. If you happen to get our voicemail, please be assured that messages will be responded to in a timely manner. We are both very happy to serve the parishioners of Holy Spirit Parish in any way that we can. ~Marie Lelko,, ~Andrea McGrath,

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL: While providing counsel and advice to the Pastor, the council assists in the stewardship of parish resources, promotes and facilitates the spiritual and material well-being of the parish community, and assists in creating the overall vision for Holy Spirit Parish and its members. Sponsored activities include the annual St. Joseph’s Table Pasta Dinner to celebrate new parishioners (upcoming on March 21, 2020), the Holy Spirit Community Picnic (to be held on September 13, 2020) and the Advent by Candlelight Tea (typically held the first weekend of Advent). To serve, a member must be at least 18 years of age and a practicing Catholic; be registered in the parish for at least 2 years and have received the Sacrament of Confirmation. Meetings are held monthly on the second Thursday at 7pm. All are welcome to attend or submit suggestions. ~Patti Mackmiller, President,

PRAYER SHAWL: Gathering on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month from 1-3pm, this group comes armed with needles and crochet hooks ready to work on a project: Prayer Shawls and Lap Robes for those who are sick and have asked the parish to pray for them and for those who are in need of a hug due to a rough time they are having, baby blankets to be given out to newly baptized babies in our parish, and making mats for the homeless to sleep on out of plastic grocery bags, along with knit & crochet sweaters, which are then donated to the Flint Outreach. The ministry has expanded its talents to reach out to women who have undergone a Mastectomy and are in need of a breast prosthesis. Our knitters have obtained patterns to make soft, comfortable, beautiful light-weight fillers. If you or someone you know would like to receive our prosthesis replacements, please call me with the specific size requirement. There is no cost and they come with our love & prayers. Perhaps you haven’t knitted or crocheted in years but would like to renew your interest in the craft…Join us! ~Tena Frear, 248-437-6827

PRAYERLINE: The Prayerline is a team of over 50 faithful who are contacted when someone is in need of prayer. Only one phone call is needed to the coordinator (248-437-3676) who in turn contacts all members via an email and a call to the top tier of the ‘phone tree’. Members then include the intentions in their daily prayers. When someone calls the Parish Office, the person is placed on the Sick List in the bulletin, the Prayerline is called and Fr. John is notified. Names remain on the Sick List for 4 weeks unless continuing prayers are requested. Optionally, information can be given so that a get well or encouragement card can be sent from the Divine Mercy Cenacle group. The power of prayer can work miracles! ~Charlette Curtis, 248-437-3676

SACRISTANS: We are a dedicated group of volunteers called to serve Our Lord and Fr. John in this most important role of preparing for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It is a grace filled role and humbling to be permitted to do so. Besides the weekly Masses, there are Holy Days of Obligation, Feast Days, Funerals and other Special Events and Religious Services. We are responsible for setting up and cleaning after each Mass, care of the altar linens, candles, inventory, ordering supplies and Liturgical Seasonal changes to name a few. On Mondays, a few women clean the Sanctuary, Baptismal area, Shroud Room, confessional area, back of the church and Sacristy. Part of our group also cleans and irons the linens weekly and cares for the altar server boys cassocks, surpluses and the girl’s albs. It is a team effort and an ongoing commitment to keep things up and beautify our church. If you would like to get involved in this ministry, please contact Cathy Wylie through the Parish office at 810-231-9199×200. – Cathy Wylie

ST. MONICA SODALITY: St. Monica’s Sodality meets the third Monday of the month at 1:00pm in the Shroud Room and at 7:00pm quarterly on First Fridays. We pray to St. Monica to intercede to God that He will lead our lost ones to HIM and return them to our lives. Just one hour. Come pray with us! ~Joan Hutchison

SCHOOL: Though our school year had a somewhat complicated beginning, the commitment of our school secretary, teachers, and parents has enabled us to be both successful and productive. Positive attitudes, patience and hard work have been our motto.  So many parents have been supportive and willing to help. Thank you!   Many activities have brightened our days and we hope brought happiness to others.

In October, we received special hand knitted blue hats for every child in the school.  We wore them to promote peace and kindness to all in our homes, in our school and our communities.  Blue was the perfect color to stand for peace and good will. We used this to teach our students the importance of respect and compassion for others, especially in our everyday interactions, no matter how small they are. Actions of kindness and respect speak loudly to hearts.

November brought a special event for our St. Joseph Guild.  We all admire the work of our Guild.  They are truly following St. Joseph, the Worker. Our preschool teacher and families decided to honor them with a special breakfast on November 20. The warm and cheerful atmosphere reflected a time of good fellowship and delicious food. We thank the St. Joseph Guild for the great support they have given to our school.

December’s focus was having meaningful activities for Advent.  With the help of one of our parents, we joined the efforts of an organization dedicated to remembering our military who are away from home at Christmas. Our students wrote cards and drew pictures for our soldiers.  It was a great activity to celebrate the giving of the season, and it also provided a real-life situation for our students to use their writing skills.  Our students also made beautiful Christmas cards for the elderly in hopes of bringing them the peace and joy of the season. Actually, our preschool students have been coloring pictures for the sick and the elderly of the parish throughout the school year. Christmas is all year through!

Our charitable work has been collaborating with Livingston County Catholic Charities in providing cereal and peanut butter to the elderly.  We thank our parents for their ongoing generosity!

Our Kindergarten class has had a wonderful program called Motor Moms, and parents have been working with students on developmental motor activities once per week.  These activities are beneficial to overall development of the child.  We are grateful!

Our preschool had a week of making gingerbread men, reading stories, doing science experiments and counting activities all with gingerbread men.  And the week ended with a special activity as parents came in and built gingerbread houses with their children in the activity center.  The children were adorable as they designed their houses, and actually did pretty well putting the candy on the houses rather than eating it.  The finished products were both creative and unique, a job well done!

Academically, our students are growing.  Our teachers are using the new science program, Mystery Science.  We are excited about this program as it provides hands on activities and is inquiry based, promoting independent thinking skills.  The new reading program has many components and is being implemented in Grades K through 4 adding listening and speaking skills at an early age.

Teachers continue to use the skills learned in the Responsive Classroom Training and are employing morning meetings, physical activity, advisory meetings (for problem solving), and brain breaks (games that teach a skill and may have physical activity).  All of these activities contribute to social/emotional development.

This year we continued to see academic growth in our overall MAP test scores. We are forging ahead to utilize these scores to enhance our students’ learning by providing lessons appropriate for their academic level.

We have some very important upcoming events for Catholic Schools Week, which is the last week in January.  As in the past we will have an all School Mass with the parish on Sunday, January 26 at 11:00am.  We hope to have a special event after the Mass for building our community and showcasing our school.  An Open House will be planned in the future.  We will be having the popular TRIVIA Night on Saturday, February 1st.  This is a fun gathering for all who attend.  Put it on your calendar and spruce up on your Trivia knowledge! This will be our day to celebrate our families.

Holy Spirit School is set apart by our dedication to prayer.  We are grateful for the prayerful support of our families and the parish.  In this New Year, may we all grow closer to God and be strengthened by His Grace! 

In His Love, ~Mrs. M. Beth Flack, Interim Principal

SHROUD OF TURIN EXHIBIT: Located in our ‘Family’ room, you will find a life size photographic negative of the purported burial cloth of Christ. This replica stands encased within a frame and will clearly show the viewer the many details that have caused wonderment for hundreds of years. We invite you to stop by and sit, study and meditate on this most mysterious and important religious artifact. Group demonstrations and lectures can be arranged by calling the Pastor or the Parish Office.

SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DEPAUL: A Catholic lay organization inspired by Gospel values which leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Frederic Ozanam, and patron, Vincent DePaul. Members of the Holy Spirit Conference respond to requests for assistance from those in need in southern Livingston County by meeting with them and discussing their problems. We often provide monetary assistance to help with needs such as shelter, utilities, food or transportation and help the callers with referrals to other agencies to obtain additional needed assistance. Members typically respond to more than 500 phone calls annually, visiting about 350 households, and helping more than 1,200 individuals. During home visits we always offer to pray with them before we leave and are rarely denied. The conference coordinates the Giving Tree at Christmas and Lenten Food Drive as well as collecting household items that can be sold at the SVdP Thrift Store in Lansing. Members meet twice per month: on the evening of the second Wednesday of the month and after the 9:00am Mass on the fourth Sunday of the month. Prayer and spiritual reflection are always included. Each week, a rotating team of two members monitor calls for assistance, visit the callers and coordinate the assistance they receive. The time required depends on the number of calls. No special training is needed to join the Society; initial and continuing formation is conducted while assisting all members to grow spiritually. No fingerprinting or background check is required, however, the Michigan Department of Corrections Offender Tracking Information System (OTIS) is checked for each new member. New members are always needed and welcome! ~Dave Rais, President,

TRINITY TRAIL: Take a stroll down our Trinity Trail where you will find many statues and shrines of various Saints on display for your viewing pleasure. This serene path is situated on the south side of our main parking lot.

USHERS: The Usher ministry is one of the first ministries you see when you attend Mass. Ushers are the welcoming ministry, and are the first persons to greet you and be of service to all. All visitors and parishioners should feel welcomed and comfortable at our Parish. Ushers should have a kind word and smile to give all. Ushers should be of service whether it be taking up the collection, guiding all to communion, showing visitors where the bathrooms are, or aiding the handicap or sick. The schedule consists of 2-4 teams depending on which  Mass you attend. One team per Mass is scheduled per month and then they are rotated to a different month. We have some who usher every month because we are lacking persons to join our ministry. Holy Days are on a volunteer basis. I am taking this opportunity to ask for more persons to sign up for our ministry. Please contact, Yvonne Hospodor 734- 878-3797 or Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all! ~Yvonne Hospodor

WOMEN’S GUILD: This ministry of Catholic women provides spiritual support and fellowship for the women of Holy Spirit who in turn give their time, talents, and financial support to the various needs of the parish. All women who belong to the Parish are eligible to be active members. The only requirement is your time and participation in our meetings and service projects which include funeral luncheons, pasty making, bake sales, prayer shawls, etc. Our meetings are the first Tuesday each month (mornings @ 9:30am) with the exception of January & July. Respectfully submitted by current President, ~Caroline Gabel

YOUTH GROUP: There are two groups for teens at Holy Spirit – a Middle School group for Grades 6-8 that meets two Fridays per month, and a High School group for Grades 9-12 that meets Sunday evenings. Our meetings are opportunities for fun and getting to know each other while working on our relationships with Jesus. Gatherings include time for prayer, discussion of current topics, sharing ways to make Jesus part of our daily lives, some type of fun activity, and snacks…you gotta have food! There are also a variety of additional activities to experience such as: movie nights, service projects, field trips, speakers, retreats, praise and worship Holy Hours, game nights,and outings. It is great to be with other teens with similar interests, questions, and challenges, as we can be a great support and inspiration to one another. All teens are encouraged to join us for a meeting or an activity as your schedule allows. ~Mrs. Mary Dewan,