Annual Ministry Reports

as printed in the 2020 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 are so thankful for the families that give of their time to support this ministry that places our children so close to Jesus! Our Server Ministry is currently in great need of more servers and a Weekend Scheduler. The schedule is done once per quarter and is a great way to serve our Parish, especially if your child is a server or would like to become one. If you or your child would like to become a member of the Altar Server Ministry, please contact us.

~Amanda Forsyth, memeramis@gmail.com  (School/Week Day and Holy Day Scheduler)

~Jeniffer Long, jelymarti@hotmail.com  (Weekend/Weeknight Scheduler)

BONFIRE CATHOLIC MEN’S GROUP: Meets on one WEDNESDAY evening each month, usually the 4th Wednesday, from 6:00pm-9:00pm. This is an evening of prayer, scripture reflection, praise and worship, and fellowship. Adoration begins at 6:00pm, confession is available. During the spring and summer we include a Eucharist procession through the Trinity Trail. Dinner at 8:00pm. To be included on our email list, or if you have questions, please send an email to bonfirecatholicmensgroup@gmail.com.

~Rory Clark

BOOK & GIFT SHOP: Merry Christmas from the Holy Spirit Book & Gift Shop! We exist to evangelize and serve our parish and the community at large. Our staff is always ready to serve and help you find a gift for any occasion, especially Baptism, First Holy Communion, Confirmation and Weddings. Looking for the perfect Bible, rosary, statue or wall art? We can help! Though 2020 has been a different year, with the help of Roseann and Rick Krul we have adapted by offering Curbside service and appointments when necessary in addition to in-store shopping. We are very thankful to our loyal customers, and look forward to serving you in 2021!

~Shawn Spagnuolo-Manager, bookshop@holyspiritrcs.org

TO FIND CATHOLIC MATERIALS ONLINE, did you know that Holy Spirit Parish has a FORMED.org 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: hsrcc.formed.org to get to the Holy Spirit, Green Oak sign-in page. No special code needed!

(On FORMED.org site, use our Parish code 2JQ9YM)

CEMETERY: Holy Spirit Parish’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.

Cemetery: Plots available: approx. 750. Plots with interred individuals: 134 in the cemetery.  The older section is nearly full with only 8 plots remaining, usually as a single plot. The cemetery is home to 31 veterans. A flag on a standard is placed next to each veteran grave.

Columbarium: There are 4 columbaria, each with a different saint standing on top. Each holds 12 niches. Of the 48 original niches, only ONE niche is still available, under the watchful protection of Mary Magdalene. Twenty eight souls are buried in the niches, five of the niches hold two cremains in one niche. The other niches have been purchased by individuals and are not yet occupied.

The Cemetery Board is analyzing additions of columbaria to the cemetery as there is only one niche currently available within a columbarium. There are many factors that need to be considered when providing additional columbaria so potential solutions will be thoroughly analyzed as to design and costs. A Master plan will be followed so that the additional structures will aesthetically enhance the already-existing ones. Initial consideration has just begun so this project will be taking place at a future date.

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.

~Sue Hansen, Cemetery Office 810-231-9199 x204.

COFFEE & DONUTS: Usually served each week after both Sunday Masses, this year we have had to periodically postpone having coffee and donuts due to Covid restrictions. However, it is a great time for fellowship and to meet other Parishioners. Volunteers are normally 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 is scheduled to serve on the 5th Sunday of the month after the 9am Corporate Communion Mass and they periodically cook up Pancake Breakfasts in place of Coffee & Donuts.

~Chuck Dumiller & Jerry Warren

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, 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@holyspiritrcs.org

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 www.HSRCC.net!

DIACONATE: My wife and I purchased a townhome in Brighton just before COVID hit so we have decided to keep a permanent presence here. We continue as board members on the National Board for the Christian Family Movement (CFM). Ronnie is the editor of the new CFM book that will come out in a year or so. 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. The Marriage Office at the Diocese has decided to implement CFM in the Diocese of Lansing so maybe we could bring CFM back to the parish next year. Let us know if you would be interested in participating. Last year we referenced Fr. Patrick Peyton, who famously said, “The family that prays together stays together.” A documentary on Fr. Peyton was supposed to be released this past fall in theaters, but with COVID it was delayed. However, the digital version of this movie, “Pray: The Story of Patrick Peyton”, is available this month please go to www.praythefilm.com or search to see how you can watch the movie. It is estimated that close to half a million people attended his family rosary crusades. Perhaps one of the reasons that Fr. Peyton’s rosary crusades were so popular is that it provided a prayer refuge during the Cold War and times of uncertainty. We can use a similar prayer refuge in these uncertain times. At Holy Spirit we have 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 and the session is short enough for little kids. Hopefully, by January we can once again enjoy a family meal and games afterwards. Join if you are able at 4pm on January 17.

~Dcn. Jerry Brennan

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 five “Last Supper” replicas by internationally renowned artist, Timothy P. Schmalz, in the United States and is currently listed on Michigan’s Roadside Attractions List.

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.

DIVINE WILL PRAYER GROUP: Have you noticed the weekly inspiration at the top of page 3 of our bulletin? 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, borektodd@gmail.com

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 now available every Friday! Please consider setting aside time to visit Him. The schedule is in 1 hour increments beginning at Noon 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. May you have a Merry Christmas and peace throughout the New Year.

~Pat O’Brien, pfobrien52@gmail.com

810-923-0478

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, charbillc@live.com

FACILITIES: Greetings! As the newly appointed Facility Manager, I would first like to thank my predecessor, Tim Comperchio, as well as Fr. John for bringing me on as Tim’s assistant two years ago. It is humbling to step into this new position, and I am happy to be on board. I would also like to thank the St. Joseph Guild for all the talent and time they have volunteered to ensure our facility stays up and running during these challenging times. An example of their incredible efforts is shown from how they were able to clean up the leaves on our property by the school, cemetery and rectory in an impressive two weeks as opposed to the six weeks it took last year.

A special thank you is also due for all those who individually have come forward this year to volunteer their services to the parish. Due to the Pandemic, we have had to adapt and change the way we live life. One way we have done so here at the parish and school is through disinfecting on top of cleaning to ensure everyone’s safety. I would like to thank Ewa, Roma, and Leo for helping me keep up with this daunting task as I could not do it all on my own.

Speaking of changes, this year we managed to acquire a live Christmas tree (a Noble Fir) shipped to Michigan all the way from Oregon. Fr. John had the vision for a live traditional Christmas tree this year adorned with homemade decorations by the children, and might I say the tree looks quite fitting in our narthex area!

Remember to stay safe during this holiday season, and may God bless!

~Michael Tworek, Facility Manager, 810-231-9199 x210

FAITH FORMATION: Along with everything else in life, Faith Formation was and still is different this year. We managed to complete Religious Education so that our second and eighth graders were able to receive their Sacraments of Initiation. Instead of the usual large celebrations, our own Fr. John was given faculties to Confirm and students received Confirmation and Eucharist a few at a time throughout the spring and summer. Fr. John Vinton was also given faculties to enable him to Confirm some students at his very first Mass after ordination AND lead the Corpus Christi procession – a huge blessing for both Fr. Vinton and the students! While Confirmation lacked the usual fanfare without the Bishop, the smaller, more intimate gatherings for that and First Communion held their own beauty.

RCIA sacraments had to be moved from Easter to Pentecost, a most appropriate day for receiving the Holy Spirit in Confirmation. This change allowed grandfathers/grandchildren, mother/daughter, and brother/sister to receive sacraments together. This was very special and moving for those families and would not have happened under normal circumstances.

In March, we hosted author and T.V. host Tom Peterson of Catholics Come Home, who presented multiple ways we can help others return home to the Catholic Church.

We welcomed several babies into our Catholic family this year through the Sacrament of Baptism, and two couples are in the process of marriage preparation. With Dcn. Jerry away from the parish three weeks of the month, he is mentoring me to take over responsibility for marriage prep and I am honored to be helping couples prepare for this awesome sacrament.

While many programs and activities had to be postponed or canceled this past spring and summer, we were able to hold a women’s Bible study this fall. It was one of a series of studies from the Walking With Purpose ministry, and we hope to begin the second book in January. Please consider joining us on Thursday mornings! An attempt was made to begin a short-term Bible study for men, but with less success. I have also been tutoring two of our school children who are behind schedule to receive Holy Communion, and it has been a blessing to see their excitement and desire to receive our Lord. In Christian service, we collected 65 shoe boxes full of gifts for poor children in our Box of Joy Christmas campaign.

As we come to the end of this year, I pray for an end to the pandemic and a return to normalcy for us all. Most of all, I pray for the gift of hope and that we all open our hearts more fully to the Lord who loves us beyond our understanding. May God bless us, every one!

~Mary Anne Bastian, mabastian@holyspiritrcs.org

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. Average time commitment is 1-2 hours per week.

~Lori Borek, theborekfamily@gmail.com

  1. RICHARD LOBERT/FLINT OUTREACH: Fr. Lobert is a parishioner of Holy Spirit, often concelebrates 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, 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.

Since Fr. Lobert and FGR began this service: They have given away nearly a hundred bicycles, provided two uniform pants and shirts to 75 boys and girls as the school year started, provided dozens of winter coats and boots, distributed lots of diapers and cleaning supplies each week, one woman was baptized and is now a very active Catholic, other shut-ins were referred to local parishes – and they now receive ministry from their parish, and they have made many friends; their students have learned about the merciful Heart of Christ. MISERICORDES SICUT PATER. HOW TO GET INVOLVED: Visit https://bit.ly/2Z38MkX for all the details, including the permission slip and sign-up links. Questions about Faith in Flint? Contact Fr. Lobert at frrlobert@fgrhs.org

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 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 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 Parish. Listen to this year’s inspirational message on our website under “Fr. John’s Links”.

~Todd Borek, borektodd@gmail.com

The mission of HOLY SPIRIT CATHOLIC SCHOOL (HSCS) is to offer a distinctively Catholic formation of children and youth through excellence in education while maintaining loyalty and obedience to the Magisterium of the Church. HSCS has served the community of the parish of Holy Spirit Catholic Church and neighboring communities since 2002. The school is accredited by the Michigan Non-Public School Association and serves students in grades Pre-K – 8th grade. A strong commitment to Catholic identity, academic excellence and a safe learning environment has attracted families to HSCS over the past eighteen years.

The year 2020 began with a new principal, Gwenis Laura, at the helm. The challenges of reverting to remote learning began in March and were successfully met due to a resilient and diligent staff. A Re-entry Task Force, along with administration and staff, worked tirelessly throughout the summer months preparing the school to ensure a safe and clean learning environment. Thanks to generous donors, who contributed not only money but also their time and talents, HSCS was equipped with an air-scrubbing unit, a touchless water filling station and lockers. Additional custodial staff was hired to maintain cleanliness throughout the school.

We opened on August 24 with traditional face-to-face instruction for students following a traditional school calendar. Students remain with their class cohort throughout the school day as we entered in Phase 4 of the Return to School Roadmap. Students and staff have completed 80 continuous days of in person instruction at the conclusion of the calendar year.

Our first major event was a Virtual Curriculum Night held on September 9th. Although a different format this year, what remained the same was well prepared teachers excited to share with parents the curriculum, goals and expectations for their students. Parent teacher conferences were also held virtually in November.

The October live event, Holy Spirit Harvest, planned by our Parent Association in conjunction with the Holy Spirit Parish Council was a huge success and enjoyed by many. Regardless of live or virtual events, what has remained true this year, is that Holy Spirit Catholic School is a generous and caring community who put students first.

As 2020 comes to a close, we have the opportunity to pause and reflect on the past year.

We recognize that the good work continues to ensure that all students receive the quality educational experience they deserve. We remain committed to the vision of Holy Spirit Catholic School is truly a place where learning is joyful and children delight in coming to school.

~Ms. Gwenis Laura, Principal

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, dozenhuskers@gmail.com

HOMEBOUND MINISTRY: 2020 was a challenging year for our ministry in many ways but especially in the spiritual and sacramental realm. Weekly homebound visits were carried on as usual for the months of January, February and the first few weeks of March. Our clients were provided with the Holy Eucharist, the weekly bulletin and other parish information, and had access to confession and anointing as needed. Due to the lockdown put in place because of the Covid pandemic, visits were suspended for the rest of March and all during the months of April, May, June and July. Contact was maintained via regular phone calls and spiritual communion prayer cards which were sent to all clients. Visits were resumed for those in their homes in August. Visits with some restrictions were also resumed at elder care facilities. No cases of coronavirus were reported with any of our clients. Since this was an election year, we made the effort to see that our clients were registered and had the opportunity to vote. The ministry had the opportunity to support Holy Spirit School’s fundraiser at the parish picnic in October by providing a basket for raffle. As we look forward to the end of 2020 and the coming of 2021, we pray we will be able to continue to provide our service to those who depend on us to bring them Jesus, the Bread of Life! Oh, Sacrament, Most Holy, Oh, Sacrament Divine, all praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine!

~Marie Schlepers, 810-923-3179

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: The Holy Spirit K 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, 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 KofC Charitable works please join us.

~Ken Neal, gk7891@mikofc.org

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, charbillc@live.com

LENDING LIBRARY: It’s hard to believe that it has been a year since I read about the need for someone to oversee the Lending Library Ministry and accepted the challenge! We are so very blessed to have such a wide selection of books, CDs and DVDs available to use in the library, at Church or to take home. There truly is something for everyone, wherever you may be on your faith journey! During the coming year, I will provide updates on some of the titles that are available in each of the browsing categories in our collection.

This month, as we celebrate the Joyous Christmas Season, you might want to check out some of the items in the Advent & Christmas section. Some of our books include, “Celebrating a Merry Catholic Christmas”, “Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce” and Pope Emeritus Benedict’s, “The Blessing of Christmas”.

New additions to the DVD collection include, “The Star of Bethlehem”, “The Nativity Story” and Veggie Tales, “Best Christmas Gift”. The Lending Library even has music CD’s which include the “Best of Bing Crosby” and “Three Tenors Christmas”. Stop in and check out all the Lending Library has to offer!

May God Bless you all in the New Year

~Karen Lynch

MONTHLY CATHOLIC MEN’S NIGHTS: Men-on-Fire, a regional group of Catholic Men from the Diocese of Lansing, gather on the THIRD THURSDAY of every month for spiritual and practical strengthening in the battle to be faithful disciples of Christ. We begin with prayer at 5:45pm (confession is usually available), followed by Mass at 6:15pm, and then a dynamic and inspirational Speaker Presentation at 7:00pm on a timely subject relevant to Catholic manhood, given by some of the most exciting and influential speakers in the Church today. Just some of the 2021 speakers include Al Kresta, Dr. Mary Healy, Dr. Ray Guarendi, Fr. Athanasius Fornwalt Peter Herbeck, and Bishop Earl Boyea. We conclude with refreshments from the Wooden Spoon Restaurant and fellowship at 8:00pm. Two events each year are open to women. Free-will offering. All Men aged 13+ invited. For further information or to be included on our email list, contact me.

~Rory Clark

 RkcLaw@msn.com.

MUSIC: The Music Ministry has changed somewhat, just as everything else has during this pandemic. I have to say some of it has brought out some shining stars among Holy Spirit Parishioners!

Since we have been live streaming, part of the Music Ministry has changed in order to provide words on the wall (since we have put hymn books away out of precaution). Andrea in the office helped me learn to do Google Slides—so I have acquired a new skill! In order for the slides to be presented, several people have very wonderfully stepped in to “man” or “woman” the clicker for the projector. Thanks–we could not do this without you!  And thanks, also, to Sheila K. who has graciously volunteered to create a worship aid each week for all those who follow the Live Streamed Masses! Our cantors, Connie, Jason, Karoline, Sheila (+ the Kumke “crew”), Jim, Dave, Kathy—have all been keeping busy cantoring as much as possible. We do miss our BIG choir and our CHILDREN’S choirs, as well as the CONTEMPORARY choir. Right now, the MEN’S CHORUS–three strong—has been having masked rehearsals for a couple of months. We have had two state-of-the-art microphones donated to us–thanks to anonymous donors–which have greatly improved the sound quality of the altar microphones—the wireless ones used by Father and Jerry.

Thanks to all of you Holy Spirit Parishioners who let us know you appreciate what we are trying to do musically to continue the parish as well as can be expected during a pandemic. I look forward to next Fall/Winter when hopefully, the worst of COVID-19 will be gone, and we can pick up where we left off last year with all choirs going strong. I believe it will be a time of great celebration and renewal—

God Bless you all and have a Safe and Blessed Christmas and New Year!

~Leo Lemery, lemery@holyspiritrcs.org

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, karoline.heldt@gmail.com, 810-923-9811

PADRE PIO ‘CASA USA’ PROJECT: Our church, along with other parishes of the Livingston County Vicariate, have been involved in the early stages of planning for a proposed hospital modeled after one founded by St. Padre Pio in Italy, in 1956. It is called The House for the Relief of Suffering. Our bishop has donated land to Catholic Healthcare International from St. Louis and this past summer we began the fundraising process for the first phase. Our hope is to break ground for a replica of Padre Pio‘s chapel in the spring. You can find more information at CHI-USA.com.

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. This year presented many new challenges in order to keep in touch with parishioners! We have been sending weekly email updates, learned how to Livestream our Masses on Facebook along with keeping up our weekly bulletin (which is available in print and online). A special thanks to Mike, Cathy & Rory for helping out with the videography.

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 are being very careful in the office and will do curbside services if you don’t feel comfortable coming in. Please feel free to 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, parishoffice@holyspiritrcs.org

~Andrea McGrath, amcgrath@holyspiritrcs.org

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 (usually held in March), the Holy Spirit Community Picnic (usually held in September) 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. ~Jason Negri, Chair ppc@holyspiritrcs.org

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 girls 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.

~Theresa (Tee) West

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 at 810-231-9199 x200.

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, svdp@holyspiritbrighton.org

  1. MONICA SODALITY: Offers a place and shared prayer for those whose loved ones have left the Faith. We meet monthly to pray as a group -” where two or more are gathered in My Name, there I am in the midst.” The togetherness of the group encourages us in our mission. St Monica with patience and persistence of intercessory prayers saw her son, St. Augustine, Doctor of the church, return to the Faith. We meet on the third Monday of each month at 1:00 pm in the Shroud Room for just one hour. Join us and grow closer to God. God works in His own way and we have seen some fruit from our supplications. Amen.

~Joan Hutchison, 810-923-3660

STS. SIMON & JUDE HEALING MINISTRY: The Saints Simon and Jude Healing Ministry is called upon to pray for  those who suffer in body, mind, and spirit. We gather for a Mass healing on the first Tuesday of every month to administer the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick as well as to pray over those with particular individual needs. For more information, contact Fr. John Rocus, 810-231-9199 x202.

TRINITY TRAIL: Take a stroll down our Trinity Trail, which is situated on the south side of our main parking lot. There you will find many statues and shrines of various Saints on display for your viewing pleasure along a meandering walking path with prayer stations for meditation in our serene, wooded surroundings.

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. We are taking this opportunity to ask for more persons to sign up for our ministry. Please contact, Andy Patrick (who is helping in Yvonne’s absence) at andypatrick8266@gmail.com or 734-330-3821. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all! ~Andy Patrick

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 a $10 annual dues 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 7-8 that meets the second and fourth Mondays each 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 relationship 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 through the Youth Group 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. We have had to scale back at Youth Group this year, just as in all aspects of life during this pandemic. We hope to get back to our “regularly scheduled programs” in the new year, and we would love to see some new faces. Please send me an email if you would like more details.

~Mrs. Mary Dewan, mcdewan@holyspiritrcs.org