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Mass Schedule

Saturday 5:00PM

Summer - Sunday: 8:30 AM & 10:30AM

Daily Mass Schedule
Monday: No Mass
Tuesday: 9:00 AM
Wednesday: 7:00PM
Thursday: 9:00AM
Friday: 9:00AM
Holy Days 9:30AM & 7:00PM

Daily Readings

Daily Readings
from U.S. Conference of Bishops

Mission Statement

Holy Spirit Parish
is called to be family
finding its center
in Christ and His Body
the parish - and in turn,
reflecting that
Love of Christ
to the community
and beyond.


We invite you to journey with us as we follow the promptings of God's Spirit to discover, celebrate and share the Mystery of God's love revealed to us through Christ. Explore this site to discover some of the opportunities available for you to grow in faith and the love of Christ. On behalf of the Holy Spirit faith community, I welcome you and hope that you will come and join us in one of our weekend liturgies.

Fr. John

News, Events & Meetings

Save the Date

On Tuesday, May 14th at 6:30 pm, the Holy Spirit Council of the Knights of Columbus invites the parish in praying the Rosary with them prior to their monthly meeting at 7:00 pm. If you are unable to attend, please pray in solidarity with us to foster a culture of vocations at Holy Spirit, the Diocese of Youngstown, and beyond.

A Chorus for a Cause presents “Isn’t Life Amazing” on May 14th at 7:30 pm at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church (226 3rd St. SE, Massillon, OH). Concert benefits NAMI Stark Co., that National Alliance on Mental Illness. Tickets are $15. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Please see Mike Capitena, Dianne Capitena or Michele Valentine for tickets.

If you know someone who has suffered the loss of a child through miscarriage or stillbirth, please invite them to one of the following Memorial Services on Sunday, May 19th at 2:00 pm in the Chapels at Massillon Calvary Cemetery (3469 Lincoln Way East) or Youngstown Calvary Cemetery (248 Belle Vista Avenue). Parents, family, grandparents and others are encouraged to attend. Sponsored by the Diocese of Youngstown Office of Worship and Office of Pro-Life, Marriage & Family Life.

The Diocese of Youngstown will sponsor a Wedding Anniversary Celebration to honor couples observing their 25th, 40th, 50th, and 50+ wedding anniversary in 2019 on June 2nd at 2:00 pm at the Cathedral of St. Columba. The Wedding Anniversary Celebration includes Mass with Bishop George V. Murry, renewal of marriage vows and personalized certificate for each couple. Following the Mass, there will be a reception for the couples and their families in their parish hall. Only the first 132 couples will be accepted; return forms to the Parish Office asap. In order to have your names included in the Anniversary Mass Booklet, the Diocese must receive it by April 29th.

Mark your calendars! VBS will take place at the parish from June 24th - 28th. Registration forms for both children and youth/adult volunteers will be mailed to all those with children in grades K-9. Extra forms will be available in the office or on the youth bulletin board. We hope you join us as we discover Who Is My Neighbor and learn to love like Jesus!

The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide will be offered on Wednesday Evenings, May 15th & 29th from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at St. Paul Parish (241 S. Main St., North Canton) in the North Room (lower level of the Church).
The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide is a DVD-based series with accompanying materials created to bring hope and healing to divorced and separated Catholics. In addition to top Catholic experts on Church teachings, relationships, love, sex, marriage, divorce and annulment, the presentations also feature the personal testimonies of twelve divorced Catholic men and women who share their real-life stories of hope and healing.
No cost. To ensure your space or to learn about additional ministry to the divorced contact the Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Life at dschmidt@youngstowndiocese.org or 330-744-8451 ext.272.


We thank all those who have returned a commitment card and made a financial commitment to our Capital Campaign. If you have not yet responded, we ask you to do so by placing your commitment card in the collection basket, drop it off at or mail it to the parish office. We will be sending a mailing to all those who have not yet responded because it is important for us to hear from everyone in order to achieve our dream.

Parishioners have asked about making stock donations toward the capital campaign. This is a way of saving on capital gains taxes. If you choose this option, the stocks need to be made directly to the parish. Your broker will need information on the procedure to do that. Contact Father John for the information. Another way to contribute to the capital campaign for those who have to take mandatory IRA disbursements is to directly have those disbursements sent to the parish, which saves paying taxes on those disbursements. Contact Father John for that information.

Beginning this week, the Diocese of Youngstown will be mailing information to those parishioners who have made pledges so that the payment process can begin. The notices will show the contribution schedule that you indicated on your commitment card. NOTE: When paying your capital campaign contribution, please make sure it is in a separate envelope or clearly marked “Capital Campaign” in the memo field of your checks.

The Parish Council approved putting up a memorial plaque honoring all those who pledged towards our Capital Campaign. The plaque will be placed in the newly constructed area of the building. The final details concerning the plaque will be announced at a later date.

This is an exciting time at Holy Spirit. We are looking forward to the future as a vibrant parish that provides for our needs. Parish Council discussed these updates at their last meeting. Here is the latest on our building project:

  • We have signed the contract with the architect for the detail design of the new facility and they are beginning their work.
  • We, with the assistance of our architect, are in the midst of hiring a Construction Manager at Risk (CMr) for the project.
  • Groundbreaking target date is late June, which still gives sufficient time to complete the project by the fall of 2020 for the start of PSR.
  • A survey to map the locations and elevation of buildings and other features was completed.
  • According to the soils testing, we can build in the planned locations with no issues.
  • Work on the PSR Center to convert it the parish offices will begin after PSR is finished for the year on April 14.
  • The computer committee is working to secure a new phone system for the parish.


FISH, our community food pantry, relies on the generosity of churches to stock it with essential items needed. Once a month, is designated as “Outreach Sunday.” This month’s items are mac-n-cheese, rice and deodorant. Please bring your donations next weekend and place under the wood table by the main entrance.

It's time to lace up those shoes for the Lake Township FISH 5K Run/Walk! This year's race will be held Saturday, June 1st at 8:30 am (race start time) at the Lake High School Stadium. The race is a road course with prizes for various age groups in both the timed run and timed walk. There will also be a "fun" walk that will not be timed. A half-mile Kids' Fun Run starts the day off at 8:00 am and is free for kids of all ages and their parents. Pre-register for $20 ($25 after April 30) at bit.ly/LakeFISH19 or pick up a registration form on the bulletin board. Any timed race participants who register by May 25th will be guaranteed a T-Shirt.
Churches will be participating the 3rd Annual “Church Challenge.” Holy Spirit will earn a point for every person who participates in our name. A special trophy will be awarded to the church with the greatest number of points.

Volunteers are needed for race day on June 1st for the registration table, parking lot assistants, shirt distribution, food table, water table, awards and Kids’ Run. Please sign up on the wood table and include your phone number and email address for the volunteer coordinator to contact you with further details.

Applications are being accepted immediately for the position of Director of FISH Ministries by the Lake Township Clergy Association. We are seeking an individual committed to serving God by caring for those in need in our community. The Director must be motivated by Christian faith; have strong administrative and people skills; and be willing to supervise, delegate and communicate at many levels. For a more detailed job description and application, contact your pastor or go to laketownshipfish.org. This position is 15-20 hours per week; stipend provided.

Holy Spirit PSR & Youth Group Activities

There are 3 different First Communion practices the morning of Saturday, May 18. Be sure to note which one applies to you. A parent is asked to attend with their child. Practice times are as follows:

  • 9:30 am for those celebrating at the Saturday, 5:00 pm Mass
  • 10:15 am for those celebrating at the Sunday, 8:30 am Mass
  • 11:00 am for those celebrating at the Sunday, 11:00 am Mass

Those who elect to participate on a mission must prepare for the journey on which they will embark. Spiritual, emotional, and physical readiness is very important for the trip to be impactful. Those who have gone before have identified activities in certain areas that prepare the participants for this immersion experience. The third area is FUNDRAISING. Each year, the chocolate peanut cluster sale, the stock sale and flower sale, along with other various efforts, help them raise the necessary funds needed to finance the trips. Participants must help in some way with each one. The participants appreciate all the support the parish gives them throughout the year for their fundraising efforts.

High school students (in the fall of 2019): Do you want to participate in an energetic, faith-filled gathering with 20,000 others Catholic teens? Do you want to hear some of the best Catholic speakers, singers and performers? Do you want to spend time in prayer with your peers? If so, NCYC is for you. NCYC is a multi-day pilgrimage, from November 21 - 24, of prayer, community and empowerment. To learn more or to register, contact Anne Weeks or go to http://youngstownoyyam.weebly.com/2019-ncyc-pilgrimage.html.

New To Our Parish

We welcome you to Holy Spirit. To register, you may stop at our parish office, see Fr. John after Mass, or call the office at 330-699-4500. View our Holy Spirit Welcome Form

How Can We Serve You

Please let us know what your needs are and how we can assist you on your faith journey. We are here to grow in faith beside you. May Christ’s blessings be with you. Contact us at 330-699-4500 or parishoffice@holyspiritunoh.org or go to our Holy Spirit Welcome Form