Outreach

 

“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.” 

-Holy 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 & justice, especially as known in the teachings of the Pope and our bishops

PUT YOUR FEET TO YOUR FAITH!

To contact ministry heads, please call the Parish Office at (757) 468-3600

Lunch Bags

BEACH BAGS PROGRAM

The Beach Bags program provides shelf-stable meals and healthy snacks to students who might otherwise go hungry during weekends and over school breaks

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CLOTHING CLOSET

Because of space limitations and to make sure clothing is suitable for sharing, drop-off is by appointment only. Contact the Parish Office to arrange a time to bring your clothing in.  

Volunteers delivering food

FOOD PANTRY

Through our St. Vincent de Paul ministry, the food pantry is open and we are able to serve clients in need.  We also have established a service for delivery of the food if the client is unable to come to the church for pick-up.

Fruit Market

FAIR TRADE

This ministry 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:   TBD

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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, (757) 468-3600, ext. 117

HAITI MINISTRY

Since 1997, Holy Spirit Catholic Church has been twinned with Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Saut D’Eau, Haiti

Boxed Food

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 Katrina Cruz or Fina Lania at (757) 468-3600

Serving Food

JUDEO-CHRISTIAN OUTREACH

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

Contact Mary Ellen Williams 757-468-3600

JustFaith is a small group program of spiritual growth and challenge.  In the words of Jack Jezreel, founder and director of JustFaith:

“JustFaith is a justice education/formation program that provides an opportunity for parishioners to study and be formed by the justice tradition articulated by the scriptures, the Church’s historical witness, and Catholic social teaching. It seeks to

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JUSTFAITH

integrate personal spirituality and social ministry, to empower participants to develop a passion and thirst for justice, and to express this passion in concrete acts….

JustFaith sessions employ books, videos, lecture, discussion, prayer, retreats, and hands-on experiences. The intent is to provide a tapestry of learning opportunities that emphasize and enliven the remarkable justice tradition of the Church. Participants are exposed not only to a substantive and demanding course of study but are also afforded the privilege of becoming a community with other participants and sharing a journey of faith and compassion that is both life-giving and challenging.”

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 - 757-468-3600

Praying Together

PARISH ECUMENICAL REPRESENTATIVE

Provides leadership and information for the parish on ecumenical activities, statements, events and concerns, and organizes participation in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and other annual ecumenical events.

Contact Dottie Latham (757) 468-3600

Bible

PRISON MINISTRY

Prison Ministry is one of the most challenging outreach ministries.  In fellowship at the Virginia Beach Correctional Center on Wednesday (men) & Tuesday /Sunday (women) evenings, the ministry provides weekly Bible studies for both men & women. The atmosphere is spiritually rewarding & individuals come to feed on the word. Sessions are structural from a variety of biblical lesson plans. Further, the study presents group discussions & offers one an opportunity to express their

commitment to Christ. Lay Leaders provide a variety of religious material to include large print Saint Joseph Bibles, Living Faith daily readings & other religious literature. Individuals who attend come from all Christian faiths, ethnic backgrounds & cultures. Prison Ministry, an opportunity to evangelize by walking with JESUS in bringing others to Christ. Matt 25, 36.

Affirming God’s love through weekly visits to the local correctional center to offer support and spiritual guidance to inmates through prayer and scripture sharing in collaboration with Correctional Department guidelines.  Bible study and reading materials are provided and distributed.

Contact:  Dave Laurence at dlaurence@yahoo.com

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ST VINCENT de PAUL

The St. Vincent de Paul Society at Holy Spirit provides assistance to the poor and suffering, is an advocate for social justice, and provides opportunities to empower the poor to help themselves. 

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SPIRIT HOUSE

The Spirit House is an outreach mission of the parish that provides transitional housing support services for women with mental health challenges.