Ohio Bishops extend suspension of publicly celebrated Masses through May 3rd
All masses at Holy Spirit are suspended through Holy Week and Easter Sunday May 3rd due to risks associated with the COVID-19 virus. Click here for the Diocesan news release regarding the suspension.
To ensure the health and safety of our staff, parishioners, Holy Spirit Parish has cancelled ALL events and meetings. Please take care of you and your family!
The church will be open for PRIVATE prayer on Sundays 9 am to 11 am. Please enter through the wood doors.
The PARISH OFFICE IS CLOSED. If you would like to speak to the parish staff, please call.
We encourage you to mail your offertory envelopes during this time.
We pray for all those who are sick and caring for others, especially our health care workers and for those whose jobs are at risk.
We look forward to gathering again in praise and gratitude.
As you make your Lenten plans of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, the Digital Ministry Committee, along with our youth ministry, hopes to help you live Lent this year. We have created a daily (or almost daily) lent calendar of devotions, fasting ideas, etc., that will appear on our various social media platforms. We invite you to spend Lent with us.
40 DAYS FOR LIFE SPRING CAMPAIGN
40 Days For Life’s Spring Campaign continues through Palm Sunday, April 5th. Spend one hour in prayer each week for the women in unplanned pregnancies, the vulnerable unborn children and the fathers to end abortion. You may also participate with those praying on sidewalks worldwide. For more info, please call Linda at 330-705-8814 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 ANNUAL STATEMENTS
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. When they are available, you will be able to pick it up from the wood tables or we can e-mail it to you. 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!
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.
Over the past few weeks, some have asked about the building project and how to maintain their financial support to the parish during this time.When we started our building project, none of us would have predicted the unique situation that we face at this time. We forge ahead as church, though somewhat differently for the time being.
Behind the scenes, the Core Committee continues to meet via conference calls, and work with our architect and a contractor to redesign the project to meet our budget. Given this unprecedented situation we would appreciate you remaining faithful, as you are able, to your Capital Campaign pledge commitment and regular offertory contributions. Months ago, our finance committee began researching an online giving option and now we are working on implementation.
If you wonder how to turn your commitment/contribution into the church, below are four ways:
You and your family are in our prayers. We thank you for your generosity.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
Children’s Liturgy of the Word will be offered at all three weekend Masses on the weekends listed below. On these dates, children will be called forward at the opening of Mass by the celebrating priest, blessed and sent with an adult catechist to the meeting room to hear and discuss the day’s Mass readings on a more age appropriate level that relates to their understanding. The catechist will then lead the children back to church to rejoin their families after the Creed.
Additional adults are needed to join the team of adult catechists leading children’s liturgy. There is no need to change your regularly attended Mass times and preparation/time commitments are minimal, yet it provides a valuable ministry to the children and families of our parish. Contact Cathy Kasza to learn more.
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.
Join our faith community and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States in a life-changing Lenten journey of encounter with CRS Rice Bowl. Be sure to get a CRS Rice Bowl for your family. A CRS Rice Bowl app is also available! May these 40 days better prepare us to encounter ourselves, our neighbors and our God. The Ushers will be handing out Operation Rice Bowls after Mass. The Rice Bowls will also be given out at PSR.
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.
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 soups, noodles and toothpaste. Please bring your donations next weekend and place under the wood tables.
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
Mark your calendar! A sign up sheet is on the wood tables. Our 2020 dates to serve at the Hot Meals program at St. Bernard’s are listed below. All dates are from 4:00 - 7:00 pm:
Most help is needed from 5:15 pm until the end of the meal, so you are still welcome to come even after it has started. A carpool will be leaving from our parking lot at 3:30 pm.
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? 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.)
For a link to our Liturgical Calendar go to:
For a direct link to our Liturgical Calendar go to:
Liturgical Calendar Direct Link