We are celebrating masses on our normal mass schedule with guidelines and directives due to the on-going coronavirus situation. We miss those who for whatever reason are unable to worship with us at the present time. We continue to hold you in our prayers.
The PARISH OFFICE is open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. Click here for details about visiting the office once we are open. We encourage you to call or email us, if possible.
We continue to pray for you and look forward to worshiping together soon. We are very grateful for your continuing support during this unprecedented time.
SUNDAY MASS DISPENSATION UPDATE
The Catholic faithful in the Diocese of Youngstown, especially those who are sick or at high risk of becoming sick, continue to be dispensed from their Sunday obligation until further notice. The Easter Duty obligation is extended for a period of one year from the end of the Easter Season 2020.
According to Diocesan policy and due to the State mandate, parishioners are required to wear a mask when coming for mass. If you do not have a mask or forget your mask there are some available on the table in the narthex, on a stand near the glass doors and on a table near the entrance to the office.
If you are unable to wear a mask, e.g. for a medical condition, please sit in a chair by the window, another chair away from people or in the Eucharistic Chapel (leaving the door open for you to hear).
Thank you for your consideration and cooperation.
After many years of planning, we have only reached this moment because of you and your generosity. For this, we thank you. When you come to Holy Spirit, you will see activity as they work to make our vision a reality. Check the Building Update page to follow the progression of the project.
For the sake of privacy, we are asking individuals who wish to have a tax statement regarding their charitable contributions to please contact the parish office. They may be picked up or arrangements may be made to mail them. If you wish to come in to the office to pick up your statement, please be sure to give us at least one working day’s notice to print your statement. Thank you! Parish office hours are Monday - Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
BISHOP’S APPEAL ANNUAL STATEMENTS
The Office of the Bishop’s Appeal will send out statements to all those requesting them. Please send your request to email@example.com or call 330-744-8451 ext. 316.
MISSION TRIP REGISTRATION
With continuing hope that we can go on the mission trip this year, we will gather to plan as missionary disciples. Teens (8th grade & older) and adults interested in going are invited to join us on Sunday, January 31st at 11:30 am (right after the 10:30 mass) as we prepare ourselves for the journey. If you have questions about the trip, contact Anne Weeks.
9DAYS FOR LIFE - JANUARY 21-29
9DaysforLife is a novena for the protection of human life. Each day’s intention is accompanied by a short reflection and suggested actions to help build a culture of life. Join today at www.9daysforlife.com!
MASSES FOR LIFE
Each year in January we recall the infamous Supreme Court decision (Roe v. Wade) that effectively legalized abortion on demand throughout the United States. Our diocese hosts Masses for Life as a prayerful reminder that we “must protect and nurture human life at every stage of its existence.”
Saturday, January 23 at 10:00 am at St. Paul Parish (241 South Main Street, North Canton).
Sunday, January 30 at 10:00 am at St. Columba Cathedral (154 West Wood Street, Youngstown).
Each Mass for Life will include a Blessing of Children in the Womb. All are welcome; no reservations needed. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-744-8451 ext.272.
MARCH FOR LIFE
The March for Life in Washington D.C. is expected to proceed as scheduled on Friday, January 29, and this year’s theme is “Together Strong, Life Unites!” HOWEVER, the COVID-19 guidelines authored by the Department of Pastoral and Educational Services of the Diocese of Youngstown stipulate that “overnight and offsite trips (activities not on parish grounds) are prohibited until further notice.” To register to watch the March for Life via livestreaming, go to https://p2a.co/BIa5nXt. EWTN will be televising the March for Life including the Pre-Rally Concert, the Rally Program as well as the March itself. For more information go to https://marchforlife.org/national-march-for-life/.
EMERGENCY FOOD BAGS
Pre-packed food bags are available for pick-up or delivery (for those unable to leave their homes) through Lake Township FISH (www.laketownshipfish.org). If you are in need of food, please register for either pick-up or delivery so we can prepare the bags for you by filling out this form: https://forms.gle/pecWdsFC6oxGiEeA6. FOOD BAGS ARE AVAILABLE: TUESDAYS 10a-12p,THURSDAYS 5p-7p When coming to pick-up food, please use the gate entrance located at 1117 Sunnyside St in Hartville. Please remain in your vehicle and follow the instructions of the parking attendants. We will bring the food to your vehicle.
We understand that this is a high stress time for everyone, and we respect everyone’s right to shelter in place. However, if you feel well and wish to volunteer to help pack bags or distribute food, please go to: https://bit.ly/FISHVolunteer and sign up. We have added shift options in order to allow volunteers to limit their time in public, as well as keep volunteer groups to 10 or less people. We will be packing bags on Monday & Wednesday and distributing the bags on Tuesday & Thursday. Volunteers, please park through the second gate, up on the hill.
JANUARY IS POVERTY AWARENESS MONTH
January is poverty awareness month. Over 34 million Americans live in poverty. This means a heater in only one room of the house or thinking that $10.00 an hour is a really good deal or deciding between food and prescriptions. Poverty also means asking for assistance with clothing, food, shelter and other basic needs. However, poverty is more - much more - than not having enough money. It is coping with chronic hunger. It is being sick and not being able to see a doctor. It is not knowing how to read or not having a job. Poverty has many faces, and changes all the time. Each January during Poverty Awareness month, the Catholic community takes a more visible and united stand against poverty. Here are some ways you can help:
Pray for those who struggle with poverty; Visit our updated Dollar Days Wish List at https://dollardays.com/ccdoy/wishlist.html to purchase products that our clients need most; Contact a Catholic Charities Agency near you and volunteer your time to help; Donate taxable pantry items (cleaning products, paper towels, toilet paper, hygiene items, laundry soap, facial tissues) to a Catholic Charities agency nearest you.
HOSPICE OF THE WESTERN RESERVE: VIRTUAL VOLUNTEER TRAINING
Are you looking for a way to help individuals in your community? Are you willing to engage with homebound patients and families by phone or by mail? Consider becoming a Hospice of the Western Reserve Volunteer. We are excited to announce virtual volunteer training for new volunteers. For more information, contact us at 216-255-9090 or fill out an online application at hospicewr.org/volunteers.
OUTREACH SUNDAY FOR FISH
FISH, our Lake Township community food pantry, relies on the generosity of others to stock it with items they needed. Once a month is designated as “Outreach Sunday.” This month’s “Outreach Sunday” items for Holy Spirit are canned soups, oatmeal and canned fruits/applesauce. Please bring your donations next weekend and place under the wood tables.
RECYCLE AND HELP FISH
If you are looking for a way to reuse plastic or paper grocery bags, FISH our Lake Township food pantry can always use them. You can put them under the wood tables by the main entrance.
If you would like to provide flowers for our Saturday and Sunday Masses, the 2020 Flower Chart is now available on the bulletin board. Just place your name & phone number on the chart next to the date that has special meaning for you. A week before your floral arrangement is due, you will receive a reminder call and will be asked about your special intention. For many parishioners it is a wonderful way to commemorate Wedding Anniversaries, Birthdays, Loved Ones (living and deceased), etc. Your name and special intention will be noted in the bulletin to thank you for your thoughtfulness in adding beauty to the Holy Spirit environment.
HOT MEALS DATES FOR 2020
Please mark your calendars for the 2021 Hot Meals dates that we are scheduled to help serve. All times are from 3:30 - 6:00 pm on Sundays.
What is a Parish Leader? Why do we need them? A Parish Leader is a professional minister appointed by the bishop with the responsibility of leading a parish community that does not have a resident priest. A priest will be assigned as canonical pastor and for sacramental celebrations at the parish. In response to the Pastoral Plan for Evangelization, the Diocese of Youngstown is training 14 individuals (deacons, religious and laity) who will be available to serve as Parish Leaders. This is one way the diocese is addressing the reality of fewer priests. It is an opportunity for faith filled men and women to use their gifts of leadership and administration, allowing priests to focus on the sacramental and pastoral care of the faithful. For more information, visit www.doy.org or contact Pete Schafer, Director of the Office of Evangelization and Pastoral Planning at 330-744-8451 ext. 289
A tutorial is available on our YouTube Channel Holy Spirit Uniontown Ohio. A direct link to the tutorial is also available at
Holy Spirit Google Calendar Tutorial Part 1
Holy Spirit Google Calendar Tutorial Part 2
Are you using the Holy Spirit Google Calendar on the parish website? If not, you may want to! Liturgical ministers can view if they are scheduled for a particular day; you can learn details about events at the parish and beyond. Access the calendar by clicking the VIEW CALENDAR button on the home page or go to the Calendar Page. To read about an event, click on it (then you have the option to add it to your own calendar.)
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