Outreach Ministries

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

 

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

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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

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 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

 

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

 

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