Outreach

 Robin Meyers, Coordinator of Social Ministries

As Christians here at Holy Spirit Parish, “we choose with Jesus Christ to reach out to the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lonely, those in jail and whose lives are broken.  Through this ministry the vision of Christ may strengthen them and raise them in God’s spirit”.  (Parish Mission Statement)

To implement that mission we offer committees …

–to serve the poor, helpless and powerless

–to change any unjust aspects of our society which causes people to suffer

–to provide opportunities for all parishioners to participate in the total Social Ministry of the church

–to educate our parishioners in concerns of peace and justice, especially as known in the   teachings of the Pope and our bishops

PUT YOUR FEET TO YOUR FAITH

FOOD PANTRY & EMERGENCY AID … A ministry, in collaboration with city agencies and other faith communities, providing emergency food, assistance with rent, utility bills, and similar needs.  Note: In order to protect the privacy of our outreach staff/volunteers, their names and home phone numbers are not to be given to those seeking assistance.  Messages will be left at the parish office.

Contact:                      Robin Meyers                 468-3600, ext. 111

HAITI MINISTRY … To stand in solidarity with the people of Haiti through establishing and maintaining a twinning relationship with Our Lady of Mt. Carmel of Saut D’Eau Parish, Haiti; whereby, we share our diversity, exchange visits and produce meaningful fruit and growth in both parish communities.

Contact:                     Ann Mckee     mckee6@cox.net or Mike Quinn     mlt_quinn@verizon.net

Celine Daulton                  celined98@hotmail.com

HOLIDAY PROJECT … During the Easter and Christmas holidays, various parish groups coordinate the receiving and distribution of donated food items and Christmas gifts from parishioners for the needy of our parish and the local area in collaboration with VBDHS (Virginia Beach Department of Human Services).

Contact:             Robin Meyers                       468-3600, ext. 106

LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY  Faith based legislative advocacy is a non-partisan, issue-oriented effort to promote human dignity and to protect creation by shaping public policy.  Members educate the parish, the public and legislators on a wide range of issues based on a consistent ethic of life following Catholic Social Teachings; avoiding partisan politics.  Under the direction of the Diocesan Office of Social Ministries and Virginia Catholic Conference, this ministry seeks to effect policy changes at critical times in the legislative process through letter writing, phone calls and personal contact with public officials.  

Contact:             Robin Meyers                       468-3600, ext. 106

Virginia Catholic Conference              www.vacatholic.org

RESPECT LIFE … Committed to protecting all life through legislative advocacy, education and informal efforts to foster understanding and concern.

Contact:             Robin Meyers                       468-3600, ext. 106

Deacon Bob Durel                   468-3600, ext. 108

SOUP KITCHEN … Holy Spirit parishioners purchase ingredients for, prepare, deliver and serve dinner on scheduled Mondays between January and October at the Judeo Christian Outreach Center.  Those served are homeless and working poor persons of Virginia Beach.

Contact:             Robin Meyers                       468-3600, ext. 106

Mary Ellen Williams              specialists11@cox.net

WINTER SHELTER … In cooperation with VOA’s The Lighthouse Center’s Winter Shelter Program (October – April), our church becomes a warm shelter, caring for the homeless of the area for one week in November.  Volunteers cook and serve dinner and breakfast, provide entertainment, fellowship and extend Holy Spirit’s hospitality in many other ways.   

Contact:             Robin Meyers                       468-3600, ext. 106

JUSTFAITH … The JustFaith programs: Good News People, JustFaith, Engaging Spirituality, Justice Walking and Just Matters are offered here at Holy Spirit and throughout the community.  People who participate in these formation programs hear the Gospel, become connected to their parish and form community in a new way.  They are inspired to work for change, becoming people who are committed to justice, the needs of the poor and vulnerable and they act to make the world better.

Contact:             Kathy Early              497-2511

Abby Causey           468-3600 ext. 105

FAIR TRADE… This gives small farmers and crafters the opportunity to earn a fair price for their labor, get access to credit and training, and develop mutually beneficial, long term relationships with organizations and people who are dedicated to the principles of human dignity and economic justice.  Holy Spirit participates in Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade Coffee Program and serves coffee at mass and at parish functions.  To raise awareness about fair trade, periodically, the parish will sell coffee and chocolate at cost.

Contact:             Robin Meyers                       468-3600, ext. 106

SPIRIT HOUSE, INC.

SPIRIT HOUSE … Spirit House provides transitional housing for homeless women with mental disabilities.  Referrals are made from Mental Health/Substance Abuse Division of Supportive Residential Services of the Virginia Beach Department of Human Services.  The house accommodates three persons and one resident director.  Volunteers assist the director in a variety of ways.

Contact:                                  Sharlotte Cocson        468-2090

1435 Pecan Court (adjacent to the church property) 

PASTORAL CARE MINISTRY

            This is an outreach to parish members who are ill, hospitalized, grieving the loss of a loved one, lonely, aging, homebound or in nursing homes.  Pastoral care is a sharing of one’s time, self and faith with those who are suffering some kind of “brokeness”.  God desires us to be whole and to be healed, and Jesus frees, heals and makes people whole through us.  This ministry is a direct response to the

Gospel message: “For I was ill, grieving, lonely, dying.. afraid.. and you visited me”. (Matthew 25:36)

Men and women who are interested in Pastoral Care Ministry participate in formation sessions to prepare them for this very important work of the church.  They learn how to minister to those suffering and to their families, to listen to others and to share the Eucharist with all who are unable to participate in our community celebration of Eucharist.  The Helping Hands Ministry prepares food and hosts receptions after funeral liturgies.

If you would like to request this ministry for yourself or someone else, please contact the office manager, Christina Kantirakis, at 468-3600, ext. 102.  A pastoral care minister can visit and bring Communion either on a temporary or long term basis.  If you are entering the hospital, please call the office and inform them.  A pastoral care minister can be assigned prior to your admission.  If the admission is an emergency, please have someone contact the parish office as soon as possible.

            Contact:             Celeste Bilicki (Pastoral Care)        495-7999

Betty Schroeder (Funeral Reception Ministry)      427-2423

FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP … We have received so much from Our Lord – life, faith, freedom and family.  Along with these gifts, we’ve also been given the responsibility to be faithful and faith-filled stewards of our finances.  Explore the connection between faith and finances in your own life with “7 Steps to Becoming Financially Free”, a 7 week scripture-based practical study program which aims to help achieve balance between faith and finances and help us become better stewards of our God-given resources.  In this program, we will learn how to develop a healthy, wholesome and holy attitude when it comes to managing our money.  The program will be held intermittently during the year and will be announced in the bulletin and during Mass.  Each session lasts approximately 90 minutes and will take place on a weeknight for 7 consecutive weeks.  Sign ups will be held in the commons.

Contact:              Fina Lania                  685-8715

PARISH ECUMENICAL REPRESENTATIVE … To provide leadership and information for the parish on ecumenical activities, statements, events and concerns, and to organize participation in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and other annual ecumenical events.

Contact:                     Dottie Latham                       486-7455