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If you or someone you know believes he or she has been abused by any Church-related lay people, priests or bishops, we urge the person to contact the civil authorities and/or Retired Sergeant Delphine Baldwin-Casey, who is responsible for victim assistance in the Youngstown Diocese Safe Environment Office. Her phone number is 330-718-1388.

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.

Help wrap needy neighbors in warmth this winter by donating your gently used coats. Coats will be collected during November. A local business will launder them and send them on their way to the Salvation Army for distribution throughout Northeast Ohio. All sizes needed. Donations can be brought to PSR or dropped into the collection box outside the social hall. Thank you!

The junior high youth are ready to help you prepare for the upcoming Advent season. They will be selling Advent replacement candle sets after all the masses November 17/18 and November 24/25. Replacement candle sets will be $6.00. Please support the efforts of our youth. Thank you.

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is Saturday, December 8 and it is a holy day of obligation. Masses will be on Friday, December 7th at 7:00 pm (vigil) and on Saturday, December 8th at 9:30 am and 5:00 pm.

Our Advent Communal Penance Service is Tuesday, December 11th at 7:00 pm. This is an excellent opportunity for quiet prayer and reflection during the busy holiday season. Reserve this time to draw closer to God through this healing sacrament. Visiting priests will hear Confessions.

Back by popular demand! The Holy Spirit Youth Ministry program is looking forward to making and selling chocolate peanut clusters. Order forms will be available in next weekend’s bulletin and on the wood tables. The cost is $8.00 per pound. Please have the forms turned in by December 10th; a box will be on the wood tables. These make great gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

We are accepting donations for Christmas flowers in celebration of a special event or as a memorial for your loved ones. Please put your donation in the “Christmas Flowers” envelope in your packet. Include your name, event being celebrated and/or your loved one’s name to be remembered and drop in the collection. The list of donors and loved ones will be published in the December 23rd bulletin. To be listed, please make your donations by December 9th.

As Christmas approaches, we think of those in need. This year we will again be providing gifts to Hartville Meadows residents, St. Bernard’s, the Migrant Center, FISH and Holy Spirit families.
Please consider taking a tag from the Giving Tree in the narthex. Wrap the gift and be sure to place the tag on the outside of the gift. If you purchase a gift card, place the card and tag in the envelope and put it in the bag under the Giving Tree marked “Gift Cards.” RETURN THE GIFT TO THE CHURCH BY SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16th. If you have any questions, please call Andrea Dorsey at 330-310-9779. Your generosity is appreciated!

Holy Spirit PSR & Youth Group Activities

There will be a special Reconciliation service for children (3rd through 7th grade) and their families on Saturday, November 17th at 3:00 pm. More details will be in next week’s bulletin.

Children at the 8:30 am Mass on November 18th are invited to make a “joyful noise” with their voices and instruments at the closing hymn. Please quietly bring the children to the instruments after Communion in order to be ready to sing the closing hymn.

When: Friday, December 7 at 5:00 pm
Where: Holy Spirit Social Hall and Kitchen
Who: Holy Spirit students and friends (Grade 8 - 12)
Why: To have fun and help with the fundraiser, which will benefit youth activities and the mission trip.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word will resume the weekend of December 15/16th. 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.

Adults are needed to join the team of children’s liturgy leaders. There’s no need to change your regular mass time and preparation and time commitments are minimal yet it provides a valuable ministry to the children and families of our parish. Contact Cathy Kasza at the parish office to help.

The food insecurity rate in Stark County is 14.4 percent of the total population, and the child food insecurity rate is 20.8 percent according to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. In an effort of Christian love and support for our brothers and sisters lacking sufficient nutrition, the PSR students will be collecting non-perishable food items throughout the month of November to help those experiencing such food insecurities. Students of each grade are asked to bring in the following items: Canned Fruit or Applesauce (Kindergarten - Grade 1), Canned Corn, Green Beans or Peas (Grades 2 - 3), Canned Ready To Eat Soup (Grades 4 - 5) and Coffee or Tea (Grades 6 - 7).
Parishioners wishing to support our children’s efforts can drop off bags of donated food items at the front doors of PSR Center Sunday mornings.

Are you looking for a week that can change you? Do you want to serve others in a purposeful way? Are you eager to grow in relationship to those around you and with Christ? Then going a mission trip is for you. Interested students (8th grade and above) and adults can get a registration packet by contacting Anne Weeks (anneweeks@holyspiritunoh.org)
All those interested in participating in the trips next summer are invited to the first formation meeting on Sunday, November 18th from 12:15 pm (after 11:00 am Mass) to 2:00 pm. Lunch will be provided. The formation meetings are a vital part of your preparation for the trip as they cultivate a sense of community and give you an awareness of those with whom we will serve. Please submit any registration paperwork asap or contact Anne Weeks for any questions.

Praying Through Movement

The weather has changed. Come inside and join us for this community centered, value-positive experience designed to engage the heart as a muscle and a soul. ReFit includes cardio dancing, toning, stretching and strength training. It meets on Mondays from 7:00 – 8:00 pm in the Social Hall.

Save the Date!

The Priests, a classical musical group from the Diocese of Down and Conner (Northern Ireland), will perform to benefit Stark County Catholic Elementary Schools on November 17th at 7:30 pm at the Canton Palace Theatre (605 Market Ave. N, Canton). Tickets are $30 $75 and can be purchased at 3304548172 or at www.cantonpalacetheatre.org. Sponsorships and group rates are available. Call Suzanne at 3305268366 for more info.

The Catholic Men’s Fellowship (CMF) of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in conjunction with CMF Diocese of Youngstown will sponsor a “Catholic Man Night” on Friday, November 30th from 6:30 - 8:45 pm in our parish’s Social Hall. All men of the parish and diocese are welcome. Catholic Man Night helps 21st century men develop and use their Catholic faith in their daily lives, presented in a way that makes sense to men. Dr. Peter Schafer, Director of Evangelization, Pastoral Planning and Lay Ministry Formation Programs for the Diocese of Youngstown, will be our featured speaker. Please RSVP to Ed Herman at 330-354-4911, Mark Violand at 330-807-2255 or by e-mailing mvioland2@neo.rr.com no later than Monday, November 26. See the bulletin board for more information!

Loyola Retreat House is hosting an Advent retreat “Mary in Advent: A Preparation for the Feast of Feasts.” This retreat will be offered on December 8 at 5:00 pm to December 9 at 1:00 pm and directed by Father Paschal Petcavage, OSB. For more information or to register for this retreat, call 330-896-2315 or visit our website at LoyolaRetreatHouse.com. Hope you can join us.

Reservations are being taken for the bus trip to the 46th Annual March For Life in Washington, DC on Friday, January 18. The bus will be leaving in the evening on Thursday, January 17 from St. Michael’s (Canton) and will start back home after the March. The cost will remain at $45.00 per person. Call the Right to Life Office at 330-837-4227 or Mary at 330-833-9851 if you have any questions or to make your reservations.


Please save your Acme receipts dated August 9th to December 18th for FISH. Please circle the cash-back amount on the receipts. If the cash-back amount is $0, please do not turn them in. Place your receipts in the FISH Bowl on the usher’s table.

FISH, our community food pantry, relies on area churches to stock the food pantry with essential items. Once a month is designated as “Outreach Sunday.” This month’s items are canned soup, small jars of peanut butter and pasta sauce. Please bring your donations next weekend and place under the wood table by the main entrance.

Altar Flowers

If you would like to provide flowers for our Saturday and Sunday Masses, the 2018 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.

2018 Hot Meals

It is our turn to serve again at the Hot Meals Program at St. Bernard’s in Akron on Sunday, December 16th from 4:00 - 7:00 pm. Sign up to help on the wood tables. There will be a carpool leaving from our parking lot at 3:30 pm.

Love To Sing? Join Our Choir!

Our choir is a fun and caring group of singers who share their faith as they sing their praise to the Lord and we would love to have you join us! You do not need to know how to read music. We are not asking you to be a soloist; just come, sing and enjoy! We especially need tenors and basses. We rehearse on Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm in the church and sing at the 11:00 Mass. Rehearsals are on Thursday. If you have any questions, call our choir director, John Buckenberger at 330-618-6382.

What is a Parish Leader?

Parish Leader - PDF
Parish Leader Letter From Bishop - PDF

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

Holy Spirit Google Calendar

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.)

For a link to our Liturgical Calendar go to:
Liturgical Calendar
For a direct link to our Liturgical Calendar go to:
Liturgical Calendar Direct Link