MISSION STATEMENT

We are the faith-inspired community of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, celebrating the life of Jesus Christ in our diverse and growing environment. We profess Him as the center of who we are and all we do.

We are called to live a sacramental way of life in our active commitment to Christian fellowship, ministry, and outreach to those in need.

We draw our strength from the Word of God and the Holy Spirit, as we seek to promote peace and justice within ourselves, our parish, the communities where we live and work, our country, and the world.

PARISH HISTORY

On Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 1975, the Most Reverend Walter F. Sullivan established Holy Spirit Parish, appointing Father William H. Carr as founding Pastor.

The first liturgies were held at Holland Elementary School for 315 families.  A Saturday liturgy was added when the pastor of the Plaza Methodist Church offered his building for our use.

As Holy Spirit grew, Holland Elementary School became inadequate for the Sunday liturgies; Plaza Junior High (Plaza Middle School today) became our next home.

With no permanent building to call home, religious education classes for 600 children, baptisms, and first communions where held in parishioners’ homes.

From the beginning, it was the people who provided pastoral care for the sick, homebound, those in jail, and the needy within the parish and community.  The people planned the liturgies, experienced Family Learning Teams, established the Sunshine Club for older adults, the Men’s Club to handle dinners, picnics and various repair projects, and the Women’s Guilds that hosted a variety of activities and provided food and support for families experiencing loss through death.  There were parish picnics, dances, plays, bazaars and International Pot Luck suppers that fostered a sense of community among people from many diverse backgrounds.

Everyone was eager to start the construction of the new church building.  A group of parishioners envisioned a lasting commitment from people.  In November 1976, a Stewardship Committee was formed.  Stewards went to parishioners’ homes to pray and to spread the word about the need for stewardship.  This concept was new for Catholics and Holy Spirit was the first parish in Virginia Beach to endorse this principle.  The concept of Stewardship is still a vital part of our parish today.

On August 6, 1978, ground was broken for a building and on August 22, 1979, Holy Spirit Parish Center and Worship Space was dedicated.

The 1980’s was a time of rapid growth within the parish and the community.  Established programs grew and new ones emerged: Children’s Liturgy of the Word, Adult Education, Bread Ministry, Peace and Justice, Social Ministry, Food Pantry, Meals on Wheels, Right to Life, Soup Kitchen, and a Preschool.  In addition, Holy Spirit sponsored families through the Refugee Resettlement Program.  Parishioners assisted with the basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, and transportation.  They helped the newcomers get acquainted with the area and with the customs in a place so far from their own land.

In 1983, Father Fred Feusahrens succeeded Father Carr as our pastor.  It was during the three years Father Fred was with us that our Mission Statement was developed.

COMMUNITY LIFE

Sunshine Club

 

Conceived as a gathering place for senior citizens, or anyone interested in getting together for a day of fun and entertainment.  There is no special age limit, no senior citizen card required.  The Sunshine Group is for those who enjoy sharing pot luck lunches, games, speakers and field trips.  Except during the summer, the group meets on the Second Wednesday of each month from noon until 2:00 pm in Activity Center “A”. The club has approximately 200 members and invites you to join.

Contact: Mark Gillikin (757) 227-7668

 

Men's Club  With the guidance of the pastor, takes care of 3 main ministries; the Spiritual, Service and Social needs of the parish.

 

Contact:              George Bieber            416-1928

 

Young Adult Ministry  Young adulthood is a passage of life when men and women are making numerous decisions about their future while encountering various life transitions. Holy Spirit’s Fired Up! Young Adult Ministry creates a community for all individuals ages 18 and up filled with friendship, fellowship and faith with other Catholic Christians.

Fired Up! encourages people to interact with one another, with God, with the parish, the community and beyond. The ministry is organized by young adults with the support of mentors, and provides a forum for spiritual, service, education, and social activities.

 

Our latest bible study focuses on Obedience by CCO Faith Studies Series. Come learn and grow with us on Wednesday evenings beginning with 6:15 PM Mass followed by fellowship from 7 to 9 PM. We dive into Sacred Scripture, have open discussions and snacks to share! Let us know if there are any topics you’d like us to cover in future bible studies!

 

For more information about Holy Spirit's Fired Up! Young Adult Ministry, please contact YAFiredUp@gmail.com.

 

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HOLY SPIRIT

CATHOLIC CHURCH

1396 Lynnhaven Parkway

Virginia Beach, VA  23456

Office:  (757) 468-3600

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