ABOUT US

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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.

 

FR. MATT'S

WEEKLY UPDATES

November 24, 2020

Thanksgiving Schedule

A. Mass on Wednesday evening at 7pm

B. Church and Office will be closed Thursday and Friday

C. Christian Formation is cancelled on Saturday and Sunday, but Middle School EDGE will be

happening on Monday

New Weekend Mass Schedule

A. With the beginning of Advent and a new liturgical year, a new weekend Mass schedule will

begin this coming weekend!

B. Public Masses will be Saturday at 5pm, Sunday at 8am, 10am, and 12 noon

C. All existing safety procedures remain in effect, and this will be the last change to the

weekend Mass schedule for the foreseeable future

D. For now, the livestream Mass will remain at 8am, until we begin livestreaming from the

church, at which point the 10 am Mass will be live-streamed

Calling All Volunteers!

A. We’ve received many inquiries about volunteering at Holy Spirit -- and we need all the help

we can get!

B. Most pressing need is for ushers and security volunteers, since we have an additional Mass

on Sundays. Contact Erin in the office and we’ll put you in touch with the right coordinators

C. Some ministries are operating on a limited basis, so contact your ministry head or

coordinator to see where things stand. Given our COVID guidelines, some ministries can be

more active than others, so it doesn’t hurt to ask

D. We’re always looking for help here at the parish, so if you have free time and are willing to

help out, give us a call and we can help you discern how best to serve

E. Thank you!

Christmas Schedule

A. We’ve gotten many questions about our schedule of Masses for Christmas, and we’ve just

confirmed them in light of diocesan guidance and permissions

B. Masses on Christmas Eve will be at 4:30, 6:30, 8:30, and 10:30pm -- there will not be a

musical program preceding the 10:30 pm Mass

C. Mass on Christmas Day will be at 10:00 am

D. As is our current practice, there will not be registration for Christmas Masses; we will seat as

many as we safely can in the church and activity center, in keeping with diocesan guidelines

E. Mass will also be live-streamed; will keep you posted as to which one that will be

Jesus is moving!

A. We know and give thanks for the ways the Lord is moving in our parish community, but this

week our Eucharistic Lord is also moving here at Holy Spirit!

B. This afternoon, the tabernacle was relocated from the chapel into the sanctuary of the

Church

1. This move follows diocesan COVID guidelines, allowing more space for people to

safely pray before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

2. Early on during the pandemic, this move did not happen because the consensus at

the time was that we did not have the ability to continually monitor church

occupancy when it was limited to 10 persons. Now that those restrictions have been

eased somewhat, and people have responded so positively and safely to Eucharistic

Adoration, we discerned that it is the right time to make this change

3. Having the tabernacle in the sanctuary will allow more people to safely pray before

the Blessed Sacrament (currently only two people could be in the chapel at the same

time). It also allows people to pray before and after confessions, since we’re using the

chapel currently for reconciliation.

Practically speaking…

1. Come and pray! Visit the church during office hours to spend some time with the

Lord, or on Tuesday and Thursday evenings when we have confessions and Mass

2. When you’re in the worship space, be sure to genuflect before taking your seat, and

when you leave. This is the proper posture when the Eucharist is present in the

church

3. We continue to discern the best use of our chapel space, given limitations with

COVID and opportunities for prayer. Please stay tuned for more as we know it

 

 

PARISH HISTORY

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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.

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