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.
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.
PRESCHOOL Holy Spirit Preschool has been in existence since 1988 and has become a successful outreach teaching ministry for our very young children. Our hands-on pre-kindergarten readiness programs are offered in the setting of a loving, supportive Christian environment. Our well-planned curriculum and educational experiences are designed to help promote emotional, social, physical, and intellectual growth in the 2, 3 and 4 year old child. Classes are available 2, 3 and 5 days a week, both mornings and afternoons, from September through May.
Contact: Stephanie Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Contact: Katrina Cruz at (757) 468-3600 ext 108 YAFiredUp@gmail.com
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 at (757) 416-1928
WIDOWS & WIDOWERS MINISTRY Contact: Erin Laurence at (757) 468-3600 ext 114
SUNSHINE CLUB The Sunshine Club is open to all those who want to have fun, fellowship and are at least 55 years young. Monthly meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month, September through June. After the meeting there is a potluck luncheon, a guest speaker or entertainment, and a 50/50 drawing. We have "special" luncheons for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. In addition to the monthly meetings, our Tours & Trips Director sets up several "Fantastic Bus Trips"to many interesting/fun places. Annual dues, for all this Fun and Fellowship, are only $10. If you join after February, your dues are $5 for January through June. We hope to see you soon!
Contact: Mark Gillikin, Sunshine Club President at (757) 227-7668
OUTREACH 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
Contact: Abby Causey at email@example.com