A Weekly Update...Update

Dear friends,

For some time I've been posting "weekly update" videos on our website, as well as on our parish Facebook and YouTube pages. I've enjoyed these opportunities to share some of what's happening here at the parish, as well as some other reflections and prayers. In order to better keep everyone informed, my updates will now appear here on the "From Father Matt" page. For special events and different formation opportunities I’ll still post videos and share them in the usual places. I'm looking forward to trying this new method of sharing some of the many exciting things happening here at Holy Spirit.

And now, let's get to the update!

FAITH & FELLOWSHIP WEEKEND: Join us for donuts and fellowship after Mass this weekend, sponsored by the Haiti ministry. Learn more about their efforts and meet someone new!

INDEPENDENCE DAY: In observance of the holiday, the parish office will be closed on Monday, July 4. I hope everyone enjoys a safe and restful holiday weekend!

MISSION CO-OP APPEAL: At all Masses the weekend of July 9/10 we will welcome Mr. Daniel Villar, Director of the diocesan Office of Ethnic Ministries. He will be speaking to us about migrant ministry in the diocese and how we can help assist in this important effort through the Mission Co-Op program. You can learn more about the Mission Cooperative Appeal in this article from the Catholic Virginian.

LEARNING W/ SEMINARIAN SCOTT: Mark your calendars and plan to join our seminarian Scott Campolongo for a chance to learn about the Liturgy of the Hours, the daily prayer of the Church! He'll be offering a presentation at two times: Tuesday 7/12 at 7pm and Wednesday 7/13 at 1:30pm. We'll also by praying Vespers (Evening Prayer) Thursday 7/14 following the evening Mass.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Registration for VBS is open! This year we will hold two sessions for our youth: Pre-K - 2nd grade from July 18-22, and 3rd - 5th grade youth fro July 25-29. We're also looking for persons interested in volunteering for these sessions. Check our Faith Formation page for more information and links to register.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL BENEFIT GALA: Last weekend you heard about an exciting new event we'll be hosting at Holy Spirit on October 22 to raise funds for our community assistance through the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Check out the sign-up table in the narthex to see how you can help to make this a successful effort as we help our neighbors in need.

I am looking forward to praying with you at Mass this weekend. In the meantime, may the Lord bless you and keep you!