State of the Parish Articles

2017 STATE OF THE PARISH REPORTS, as printed in the 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 usually scheduled for 6 Masses per quarter. Open to boys and girls, training is provided every fall 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! If you or your child would like to become a member of the Altar Server Team (must have received First Holy Communion), please contact me. ~Annabelle Clinger, aclinger@gmail.com

BOOK & GIFT SHOP: Our Book Shop is run by Shawn Spagnuolo and Mary Anne Bastian, and is well-stocked with Religious art, statues, rosaries, jewelry, sacramentals, cards and & gifts for all occasions. We also carry a wide variety of Catholic books, bibles, & DVD’s. We have two new employees this year, Rick Krul and Maria Gonzalez, who help with weekend hours. Stop in for a visit! Special orders are always welcome, and so are you. ~Shawn Spagnuolo, 810-231-9199 ext. 206

CEMETERY: At the encouragement of Stella Campbell and a few others in our Parish, our beautiful cemetery was opened in 2005. It is governed by the Cemetery Board which is still intact today. There are about 700 graves in our Cemetery. Almost half of them are spoken for. The  Statues in the Cemetery depicting Jesus, Mary, Joseph & Mary Magdalen rest on top of columbariums in which niches hold cremains. Two of the columbariums are full. When you take the Cemetery Driveway all the way back to the circle drive, you find the Angelus Memorial. The Angelus Memorial is a columbarium which holds babies lost to miscarriage. Grieving parents are able to memorialize their loved one by placing the baby’s name on a plaque which covers the niche. Kim and Lou DeLellis spearhead this ministry. They counsel grieving parents and help them through the process with the medical community. Todd Borek at Borek-Jennings Funeral Home donates his time and talent in this area also. The Angelus Memorial provides healing to parents well beyond Livingston County and the Diocese of Lansing. Jacque Durco and Sue Hansen work together to coordinate any needs at our cemetery. We strive to maintain a religious environment by creating a peaceful and meditative atmosphere for the memorialization of the beloved dead. Dine with Jesus is a newer interactive sculpture on our parish campus, and parishioners and visitors come from miles around to have lunch at this beautiful setting. ~Jacque Durco, 810-231-9199 x204

COFFEE & DONUTS: Served each week after both Sunday Masses. Great time for fellowship and to meet other Parishioners. Volunteers are scheduled for one Mass per month and brew coffee, cut donuts, pour milk and clean-up the kitchen and Activity Center afterward. The K of C serves on the 5th Sunday of the month after the 9am Corporate Communion Mass. ~Chuck Dumiller & Jerry Warren

CONQUEST: Conquest is a father/son Catholic virtue development club which meets 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, borektodd@gmail.com

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, frjohnrocus@comcast.net

DIACONATE: Dcn. Jerry Brennan and his wife Ronnie have been members of the parish for over 12 years. They have 5 adult children and several wonderful grandchildren and often travel to Chicago or Toronto to visit them. Jerry recently retired as the Director of Permanent Diaconate for the diocese of Lansing. Before going to work full time in the Church, Jerry held a number of corporate executive positions and has a finance and legal background. Ronnie is a Secular Franciscan and serves as a Sacristan here at Holy Spirit. ~Jerry Brennan, gbrennan@holyspiritrcs.org

DIVINE MERCY CENACLE GROUPS: 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: 1) Monday mornings every two weeks from 9:30am-11:30am (at Connie Walters home 10 min away from Church), 2) Monday evenings on the 2nd & 4th Mondays from 7-8pm (Shawn Spagnuolo), 3) Wednesday mornings on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday from 10am-11:30am (Joan Otten) 4) Friday mornings on the 1st and 3rd Fridays from 9:15-10:30am (Ellen Skolnik), and 5) Friday mornings on the 2nd & 4th Friday from 8:30am-9:30am (except during winter months) (Caroline Gabel). This group volunteers by helping the Joan Hutchison Ministry. ~Connie Walters, conniewalters9250@gmail.com

DIVINE WILL PRAYER GROUP: Have you noticed the weekly inspiration a 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 a community setting on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 7:30-9pm. ~Todd Borek, borektodd@gmail.com

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. We have implemented a campus-wide recycling program and have completed a business case analysis for a new LED Lighting project. We are currently performing an 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, david.rais@att.net

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION: Arrive before Mass to pray with Fr. John and other ministers and then reverently distribute the Most Precious Body and Blood of Christ to the congregation during Mass. Schedules are made for a month, and preferred Mass times are taken into consideration when scheduling. Meet­ings and training provided as needed. If you regularly attend one of the weekend Masses here at Holy Spirit, your help is greatly needed. ~Bill & Char Curtis, billcharc@live.com

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: Many members of our parish and community give Jesus a guard of honor and love by committing to spend one hour of their time each week, both during the day and throughout the night, to sit with the Most Blessed Sacrament in our Adoration Chapel behind the altar. We do not yet have 24/7 perpetual Adoration, but would like to attain this; it is written that many graces can be attributed to the establishment of a parish Perpetual Adoration program: an increase in Mass attendance and reception of the sacraments; return of fallen-away Catholics and increase in the number of conversions; increase in religions and priestly vocations; renewal of Catholic family life; spiritual level of the people is raised with a resulting desire and courage to spread the “good news” to others; a greater community spirit, centered as it is on the heart of the parish, Jesus’ Real Presence in the Eucharist. If you would like to deepen your prayer life and make our Parish a strong body of love to our Creator, please sign-up for one of the many open hours, or to share an hour or become a substitute or division leader. The Leadership Team meets once a month from September to June, and there is a special meeting for Adorers two or three times a year or as needed. ~Gary Radomski, gradom60@gmail.com

FACILITIES: It’s been a very busy year. I’ve been working three years as manager of the campus facilities as well as supervisor of the St. Joseph Guild.  Along with my co-worker, Dave Paffel, and thanks to the generosity of numerous parishioners, we installed the new sign along Winans Lake Road, the Trinity Prayer Trail,  and our new John Deere tractor with snowblower works great. In the coming year we look forward to the restroom renovations. St. Joseph Guild members have been working on special projects weekly and helping take care of our grounds. Thank you everyone who helps with this. We have also added members to our St. Joseph Guild, both men and women, and we look forward to a very enlightened new year. The Guild meets on Wednesday mornings and anyone is welcome to come and help out. I’d also like to thank the cemetery committee for approving our leaf blower/multipurpose machine which made the fall clean up a snap. ~Tim Comperchio, tcomperchio@holyspiritrcs.org

FAITH FORMATION: Halfway through my second year, I’m wondering where the time went and I am pleased to see God’s grace poured out through our parish formation work in 2017. Joan Otten, our new Hospitality and Engagement Coordinator and Cathy Pequeño my Religious Education Coordinator, both volunteers, have been a huge help in managing our parish formation work. Our non-school Religious Education continues on track with loyal catechists guiding our students and youth Sacramental formation continues as a guiding endeavor in our parish. Run by many wonderful youth and adult volunteers, Vacation Bible School has been a hit for the second year and we look forward to next summer’s “Shipwrecked” themed fun. RCIA had two wonderful candidacies last year, to which I still marvel, and at minimum four are entering in 2018 following a spirit-filled Alpha encounter. Building on last year’s adult formation work we have added Called and Gifted charism discernment program and an Unbound Deliverance study group, which are fostering much grace for parishioners who are intentionally journeying. We look forward to new men’s and women’s bible study groups, as well as a 4 session program on Spiritual Foundation, beginning in January. We rolled out the Diocesan Grow + Go campaign in November and in February expect to host Diocesan-wide Hospitality and Street Evangelization workshops. The formation opportunities are plenty here and we hope to see more current and new parishioners join the journeying ranks! ~Tony DiMaria, adimaria@holyspiritrcs.org

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

FR. LOBERT: is a parishioner of Holy Spirit and serves as Chaplain at Fr. Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor. Fr. Lobert often concelebrates Mass with Fr. John.

HEALTH MINISTRY: Volunteer nurses offer free blood pressure checks in the Lending Library after all Masses on the last 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. ~Nancy Wheeler

HEAVENLY CRUZ CAR SHOW: Annual event held in the summer at our Parish Pavilion and fields to display classic cars and provide awards for “best” entertainment and raffles. Funds raised for charity, especially education. Lots of fun for those involved. Meets as needed in the months before the event, and workers volunteer 6-8 hours on the day of the event to help with registration and check-in, food, entertainment, raffles, awards and clean up. Raised over $2000 in 2017, a portion going to the school and other charities. ~Mike Rzeppa, mrzeppa@charter.net

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 Carolyn Kwiecinski. The messages that have been received through her are all available at www.HeavenlyGrace.org. 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 Church. ~Todd Borek, borektodd@gmail.com

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. Inform Fr. John if they need confession or anointing. Each ministry member spends 2-3 hours per week depending on the number of visits. ~Marie Schlepers, 810-923-3179

HOPE IN A BOX/Flint Outreach: Started after Bishop Boyea’s initiative to help the poor and needy in Flint, Michigan and coordinated 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 and delivered on Saturdays. ~Caroline Gabel, carolinegabel@yahoo.com

HOSPITALITY/ENGAGEMENT: The purpose of this ministry is to welcome new parishioners and engage them within our Parish. New Parishioner packets were a good start along with encouraging new and old Parishioners to sign-up for Alpha where wonderful relationships were made with both Jesus and each other. People engage and connect in various ways such as small groups, bible studies, asking people their opinions, encouraging people to sign-up to carry the gifts, promoting our school, bringing back the “Trunk-or-Treat”, helping to keep our grounds up and adding new spiritual opportunities such as the Trinity Trail, our dining with Jesus Table and our Shroud room. Holy Spirit has a lot of “quiet” enthusiasm and I’d like to help bring it out in more deliberate ways, by asking you to consider my new motto:  “Ask not what your Parish can do for you, but what YOU can do for your Parish”. I work closely with our Faith Formation Director, Tony DiMaria, and we are striving to fulfill the Bishop’s initiatives to bring back lapsed Catholics and invite non-Catholics to join this fabulous church. We have so much planned for the coming year to make this happen. We need YOU to help make the difference. Soon, you will see an invitation in the bulletin to jump on board. We will be offering classes to help you not only “know about” Jesus but to have an encounter with Him. Do you think you are already there? I challenge you to find out and go deeper! If you don’t already know who I am, I encourage you to stop by my office/Lending Library and say hello! I look forward to getting to know more of you this coming year and hear your stories about how Jesus has touched your lives….and how many parishioners you have engaged. God Bless all of you! ~Joan Otten, jotten@holyspiritrcs.org

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: The Holy Spirit Council 7891 supports clergy, Holy Spirit parish and other charities. Members attend monthly meetings and volunteer for fundraisers, American Red Cross blood drives and parish events. 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, Mentally Handicapped Tootsie Roll Drive and host the Heavenly Cruz Car Show, Scrap Metal Drive and work at other Parish events. ~Wayne Clinger, Grand Knight wayneclinger@gmail.com

K of C BLOOD DRIVE: Since 2012 the Knights have hosted and organized an American Red Cross blood drive 4 times per year on a Saturday. Volunteers set-up, check donors in, serve refreshments after they donate, and register anyone wishing to donate at the next drive. The goal is to collect 60 pints of blood and they almost always make that goal. The next drive is scheduled for January 27, 2018. Donors can register online at www.redcrossblood.org. ~Mike Radelt, 810-231-9361

LECTORS: Serve God and Holy Spirit Parish by arriving early for Mass to say a prayer with Fr. John and the other Lectors and then clearly and reverently recite the assigned readings to the congregation during Mass. Schedules are made quarterly. On average, a Lector will read 1-2 times per month at a Mass of their preference. Training is provided and meetings are held as needed. ~Bill & Char Curtis, charbillc@live.com

LENDING LIBRARY: Our Library is going to be renovated during the month of December. We have been blessed to have many great donations for all to enjoy throughout the years. Because our space is limited, further donations will be considered after contacting me at Ex. 215 to make an appointment to go through any books to see if we might already have them. “What do I do with old or broken blessed items (i.e. rosary, holy cards, books or bibles) I might have?” is an often asked question. According to the code of Canon Law, #1171 “…blessed religious objects break or wear from use. The basic rule for the disposition of these items is to burn or to bury them.” Imagine the possibilities of having your yard filled with holy, blessed items for protection! I look forward to seeing many of you in our library in the coming year eagerly gaining greater knowledge to share our faith with the world! God’s Christmas Blessings to all of Holy Spirit Parishioners, ~Joan Otten, jotten@holyspiritrcs.org

MOVIE NIGHT: A monthly opportunity for fellowship and fun, and to evangelize through a movie with a solid Christian message. Popcorn, pizza and pop available for a free-will donation. ~Cathy Pequeño, cpeq33@gmail.com

MUSIC: This has been a blessed year for the Music Ministry at Holy Spirit Parish. The “Two Tenors” concert was a big hit this year. This is the second year for the Children’s Choir, and we have experienced almost perfect attendance at our rehearsals! In addition to one student violinist and a piano player, we’ve gained another violin, cello and flute! Men’s Chorus has gained a tenor bringing our membership up by 25%! The Contemporary Choir has enjoyed a lot of positive feedback from parishioners. The Holy Spirit Praise Band, which consists of young people playing guitar, drums and singing vocals, rehearse each Thursday evening. Not to be overlooked, are our tireless and ever-faithful cantors! The Music Committee collaborated with other committees to make the Lenten season Masses a little more “coordinated” between all of the participants. Last year, members of the Music Ministry went into the community for a night of caroling! Something that has enhanced weekday Masses is the inclusion of musical accompaniment on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings. A couple of special projects in the works are to create a worship supplement to replace the “worship aids” that includes songs not available in the Adoremus and Gather hymnbooks—and to replace our very well used hymnals. We will attempt to retain the “best” hymns from both hymnbooks. Holy Spirit ministries share a common goal—to reach out to the community in the spirit of the “New Evangelism,” working together so that all people of all ages and backgrounds are being served by our efforts. The Music Ministry is here first and foremost to assist in the Eucharistic celebration at each Mass. Our aim is active participation of all worshippers  – in song, as well as in spirit. And of course, to reach out to those who are “unchurched” or who have been away from the Catholic Church for a while. We want no worshipper to be “left behind!” God Bless you all as we embark on another year of ministry in song! ~Leo Lemery, lemery@holyspiritrcs.org

PARISH OFFICE: A few changes have taken place this year. Andrea has come on staff full-time with her main responsibility being bulletin editor, media coordinator and secretary, and Marie continues working part time. Together, we share the secretarial duties which includes 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, 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 in the bookstore and business manager as needed along with other miscellaneous tasks that come up. We have a new office arrangement thanks to Facility Director, Tim, which allows for a better flow in the office for both staff and visitors. Also, thanks to the generosity of a parishioner, Andrea has a new computer with dual monitors to make editing the bulletin, websites, calendars much easier! Brenda Johnson volunteers in the office each week doing filing and special projects as needed. It is a joy to have her bubbly personality lighten up Tuesday mornings. J 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 Church in any way that we can. ~Marie Lelko and ~Andrea McGrath, parishoffice@holyspiritbrighton.com or amcgrath@holyspiritrcs.org

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL: Fosters full participation of all members of the Parish community in the life and mission of the Parish, helps steward the Parish community’s time, talents, and treasure, facilitates the spiritual and material well-being of the Parish community, and provides counsel and advice to the Pastor in support of the Parish mission. Activities include the St. Joseph Table Pasta Dinner (annual event in March welcoming new parishioners), Parish Picnic (held the second Sunday in September), and the Advent by Candlelight Tea (held the first weekend of Advent). Members must be registered member of the Parish for at least 2 years, 18 years old, received the Sacrament of Confirmation, and be a practicing Catholic. Meetings are held monthly on the third Thursday at 7pm. Visitors are welcome to attend. ~Ann Bollin, President, ppc@holyspiritrcs.org

PRAYERLINE: A team of two dozen faithful who are contacted when someone is in need of prayer. Only one phone call is needed to the coordinator (248-397-8881) who in turn calls the top tier of the ‘phone tree’, after which all members are called. Members then include the intentions in their daily prayers. When the Parish Office is called, the person is placed on the Sick List in the bulletin and Adoration Chapel, 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! ~Joanne Bettis, 248-397-8881

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY: Gathering on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at each month, 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. They also make baby blankets to be given out to newly baptized babies in our parish, and knit & crochet sweaters which are sent to “Knit for Kids” (World Vision). The ministry has grown to include making mats for the homeless to sleep on out of plastic grocery bags, which are then donated to the in Flint Outreach. They also make rosaries which go to various missions in Africa. Donations of yarn and plastic grocery bags are also appreciated and can be put in the “Hope in a Box” in the front vestibule. Perhaps you haven’t knitted or crocheted in years but would like to renew your interest in the craft…Join us! ~Ginny LeRoy

RESPECT LIFE MINISTRY: Raises awareness of local Pro-Life events by attending monthly meetings at St. Patrick’s and coordinates parish participation such as 40 Days for Life in Spring and Fall, Life Chain, Mother’s Day Flower Sale, Pregnancy Helpline 5C “Walk for Life”. Currently looking for a new coordinator. Contact Joan if interested! ~Joan Hutchison, 810-923-3660

SACRISTANS: Our volunteer sacristans do much work that is often unnoticed. They can easily be referred to as ‘God’s Housekeepers’. The responsibilities of our sacristans include preparing the sanctuary for specific seasons and liturgies, taking inventory and ordering supplies, maintaining the church complex, and assisting at every liturgy. Some of the sacristans also clean the rectory every other week on Thursday morning. If you would like to get involved in this ministry please contact Cathy Wylie or the Parish office. ~Cathy Wylie, Parish Office 810-231-9199 x200

SCHOOL: Holy Spirit Roman Catholic School is currently 69 students strong. This year we have experienced many successes including raising an unprecedented $19,420 at our Wine Tasting Auction Event! These funds will be used to purchase and install new interactive whiteboards, instructor training, and an upgrade in our WIFI system. Beginning in October our students have enjoyed a new sports program at our school. This program has been a collaborative effort with Southeastern Livingston County Sports Authority (SELCRA.) We have just concluded a six week sports sampler program utilizing our beautiful parish grounds. In January students will have an opportunity to take a six week archery class here at school through SELCRA. This class will be open to our students and other school age children in our area bringing new, young families to our school facility. This is a great opportunity for families to learn we are here and see our faith-filled, dynamic school and all we have to offer. Two additional SELCRA sport sampler sessions will be offered beginning in March and May 2018. In March we will be visited by a team of educators and administrators from the Diocese to evaluate our school in order to continue our accreditation through the Michigan Association of NonPublic Schools (MANS.) The school staff have been diligently working over the past year and, we are very excited to attain this lofty goal. Finally, many Holy Spirit School parents have voiced requests for the school to evaluate and replace the current playground equipment. To that end, our School Advisory Board has been fact-finding age and developmentally appropriate playground equipment for our students. We are dividing our efforts into a three-phase playground project proposal that can be implemented as time and funding allow. This fact-finding effort will be ongoing over the winter months. Please continue to keep Holy Spirit School and our efforts to build the Kingdom of God in your prayers. ~Mrs. Christine Blandino, cblandino@holyspiritrcs.org

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 2nd Wednesday of the month and after the 9:00am Mass on the 4th Sunday of the month. Prayer and spiritual reflection are always included. Every week 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, svdp@holyspiritbrighton.org

STS SIMON AND JUDE HEALING MINISTRY: This ministry was named because the first meeting fell on October 21st, their feastday. So we invoke their assistance in this work we try to do on behalf of people who hurt in a special way. I sought educational opportunities on the subject of deliverance and learned about the Institute at Mundelien, the seminary for the Archdiocese of Chicago. I was invited to participate in their extensive course which would train me in all the dimensions of deliverance ministry. Many have suffered some kind of traumatic abuse in our childhood, a mother/father wound, bullying, painful memories which continue to plague us in our adulthood in addition to spiritual temptations, and even genuine oppressions from the Evil One which can include addictions to things like drugs, or pornography. We hold healing services on the first weekend of the month where we administer the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick and include those who suffer in mind or spirit. We meet on the third Wednesday of the month and study, discuss, pray, host guest speakers and actually have practiced using the methods of the deliverance ministry on some individuals who have a great spiritual need. Jesus wants to heal us. He wants us to have an abundant life, lived in freedom. Needless to say, participation in this kind of ministry would be a special calling. For myself, I have called it “a call within a call” but for others, maybe it is simply a movement of the spirit, or a true compassion for others who hurt. Obviously this ministry is not for everyone. We do see some disturbing things. It can be a cross. But please do keep us in your prayers. ~Fr. John, frjohnrocus@comcast.net

USHERS: Greet and aid all visitors and parishioners who come to Mass and help them feel welcomed and comfortable at our Church and proud of our Parish by giving a smile and a kind word to all. Ushers are scheduled to serve all of the weekends of one month (either Saturday evening or Sunday morning) for 3 or 4 months of the year. Additional opportunities available for Easter, Christmas and Holy Days. ~Yvonne Hospidor,  ymh@chartermi.net

WOMEN’S GUILD: “… to spur one another to greater virtue, deeper prayer, and generous service to the parish and wider community” (By-laws). Activities include preparing funeral lunches, craft projects for the poor, bake & craft sales, annual rummage sale the week after Easter, pasty making, deceased member’s Mass and December and June member parties. All women of the Parish are automatically members and are welcome to come to activities! ~Rose Heinrichs, tandringp@aol.com

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 every Friday evening. Our meetings are opportunities for having fun and getting to know each other while working on our relationships with Jesus. There is 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, discussions, field trips, speakers, retreats, praise and worship Holy Hours, game nights, Cedar Pointe trip, and the March for Life pilgrimage. It is great to be with other teens with similar interests, challenges, and struggles 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, mcdewan@holyspiritrcs.org