Save the Date
PRAY A ROSARY FOR VOCATIONS WITH THE KNIGHTS
On Tuesday, April 9 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.
COMMUNITY EGG HUNT - WE NEED YOUR HELP!
The 2019 Love Our Community Egg Hunt is on Saturday, April 13th from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm at the Hartville Marketplace (outside, rain or shine). They need your help once again gathering the thousands of eggs needed to make this a successful event. Please donate filled and taped plastic eggs by Sunday, April 7. Eggs can contain a small piece of wrapped candy (please, no jelly beans), stickers, trinkets, etc. Please make sure they are securely taped closed and leave the bags of eggs under the wood tables. For more info on volunteer opportunities, see http://signup.com/go/xsTVnjN. Thank you!
25TH, 40TH, 50TH, OR 50+ WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION MASS
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 29.
THE CATHOLIC’S DIVORCE SURVIVAL GUIDE
The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide will be offered on Wednesday Evenings, April 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, May 1st, 8th, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-744-8451 ext.272.
BUILDING FAITH, FAMILY, FUTURE
“BUILDING FAITH, FAMILY, FUTURE” CAPITAL CAMPAIGN PLEDGES
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.
CONTRIBUTION PAYMENT SCHEDULES
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.
OUTREACH SUNDAY FOR FISH
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 shampoo, cereal and peanut butter. Please bring your donations next weekend and place under the wood table by the main entrance.
Holy Spirit PSR & Youth Group Activities
To find out if PSR or other activities have been cancelled due to weather or other reasons, please check
the Holy Spirit Facebook page
(Holy Spirit Catholic Church) or follow us on Twitter (@HolySpiritUNOH).
Links to Facebook and Twitter can be found on the parish website www.holyspiritunoh.org
INVESTING IN OUR YOUTH
The mission teams are still selling shares of stock to support our mission trips to Kentucky and New York City. To purchase shares of $5 or more, stop by the Parish Office or see Anne Weeks.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD RESUMES
Children’s Liturgy of the Word will resume the weekend of April 27/28. Children’s liturgy will also be offered on the following dates throughout the year:
On these dates, children will be called forward by Father John after the opening blessing, blessed and led by an adult catechist to a prayer space in the meeting room to celebrate a separate Liturgy of the Word that is more appropriate to their level of understanding.
PREPARING FOR THE MISSION TRIPS!
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.
CREATING ON THE MARGINS CONTEST FOR TEENS
Consider putting your talents to use to address the issue of poverty in our country. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development sponsors an annual contest for teens, Creating on the Margins, to engage students in grades 7-12 by encouraging them to learn about poverty in the U.S., its root causes, and seek faith-inspired efforts to address poverty. See the youth bulletin board for more information or visit www.usccb.org/youthcontest.
40 DAYS FOR LIFE - MARCH 6th THROUGH APRIL 14th
40 Days for Life is a time for fasting, and a peaceful, prayer vigil to end abortion. Pray at church. Pray in your homes. Pray at your work. Pray in your car. For more info on events during 40 Days for Life, contact Linda at 330-826-1885, email@example.com or www.40daysforlife.com/canton.
LENTEN DEVOTION: CHILDREN’S STATIONS OF THE CROSS
The 3rd grade PSR class will be leading the Stations of the Cross for all children and parishioners on Friday, April 12th at 7:00 pm as the parish Lenten devotion for the week.
MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER
The Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be April 18th at 7:30 pm. It is a tradition of the Church to wash feet on Holy Thursday. People who have done this have said that it is a moving experience. If you would like to participate in the washing of the feet during Mass, please contact Fr. John.
The Parish Office will be closed on Good Friday, April 19th. The church will be open for silent prayer from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Good Friday is a day of fast and abstinence to help us enter fully into the saving death of the Lord.
The Passion of the Lord will be at 7:30 pm.
HOLY LAND COLLECTION
Pope Francis has asked our parish to support the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, which helps Christians in the Holy Land.
Your support helps the Church minister in parishes, provide Catholic schools and offer religious education. The Pontifical Good Friday Collection also helps to preserve the sacred shrines.
The wars, unrest and instability have been especially hard on Christians. In these times of crisis, the Pontifical Good Friday Collection provides humanitarian aid to refugees.
When you contribute to the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, you become an instrument of peace and join with Catholics around the world in solidarity with the Church in the Holy Land.
PLEASE BE GENEROUS!
EASTER FOOD BLESSING
Come join us on Holy Saturday, April 20th at 12:00 pm for the Easter food blessing. This tradition has its roots in the Polish, Slovenian, and Russian cultures. The Easter food blessing is a special way to bring the meaning of the season to young and old alike. Bring your basket of food to the church to be blessed. The Easter Vigil Mass will be at 8:30 pm.