Welcome to our parish website, Holy Spirit’s “digital front door.” I’m glad you found our parish family and hope this visit to our website inspires you to visit in person!
Since our parish was established in 1975, Holy Spirit has been a place of worship and welcome deeply rooted in our Catholic faith. We are a community grounded and centered in Jesus Christ, especially in the celebration of Holy Eucharist. It is in the Mass that we find the nourishment and direction we need to go forth as disciples, proclaiming Jesus in word and deed throughout every dimension of our lives.
Our lives of faith are nurtured here through the sacred liturgy, faith formation for persons of all ages, service to our brothers and sisters in need, and opportunities for fellowship. I encourage you to look through our website and see all the great things happening here at Holy Spirit -- I am confident that you will find a welcoming home in our parish as we grow in faith together.
Thank you for visiting our website, and I hope to see you in person soon. If you
have any questions or if I can be of assistance to you, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Yours in Christ,
Father Matt Kiehl
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.
I am interested in becoming a Catholic:
I have never been baptized
I was raised in a non-Christian faith (Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, etc.) or I grew up in a Christian household but have never received baptism.
And now I want to become Catholic.
A Catholic / Roman Catholic is a baptized Christian
who professes faith in the Blessed Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) as revealed in sacred scripture,
recognizes Jesus Christ as Son of God, who by his passion, death, and resurrection brought about our reconciliation with God through the forgiveness of our sins,
is nourished and nurtured by the Holy Spirit through the grace of the sacraments,
under the care of legitimate pastors in Apostolic Succession in union with the Bishop of Rome
The path to baptism involves a process of discernment with the assistance of the Christian Initiation Team (RCIA--Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) made up of baptized Catholics who assist the pastor
I am a baptized Christian
I was baptized earlier in my life.
The person who baptized me may have been a minister or not, who either poured water on my head or immersed my entire body in a pool, and used the words "I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." I also practiced the Christian faith for a number of years as a member of another church community.
And now I want to be Catholic.
As a baptized Christian, you are already a member of the Body of Christ. Although you do not yet share full communion with the Catholic Church. your baptismal dignity gives you certain rights in the assembly of the baptized. If you join us for Mass, you have a place with us as we listen to the Word of God proclaimed and preached. You may also take a place among us during the Liturgy of the Eucharist, but should not approach the Table to receive Communion until you are formally received into full communion with us.
Full communion is a term that expresses our sharing in three significant aspects of life as Catholic Christians.
The first significant aspect is our profession of the same Christian faith, enshrined in the Apostle's Creed or the Nicene Creed, which we proclaim publicly at Sunday Mass.
Many Christian communities profess one or other of these creeds regularly.
I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.
How do I get involved?
1. If you have not yet registered, doing so will assist our Administrative Staff with your current contact information.
2. Each of our parish ministries function in the service of our Parish Mission. Read the bulletin and listen for announcements that invite parishioner involvement in activities you might be interested in. Contact the listed ministry leader and offer to become part of the ministry team; or contact the Parish Office. The ministry leader will welcome you and provide the instruction necessary to join the ministry.
3. It is entirely your prerogative to be as involved as you choose in as many Holy Spirit Ministries as you desire. We hope your involvement in the life of the parish will be spiritually enriching and help build our parish community.
4. Please inform your ministry leader if you are no longer able or willing to assist in the ministry's mission. It is preferable that you don't just step back without communicating your true intentions. This will prevent any awkwardness, and enable you to get involved in other ministries with greater ease. When there is a misunderstanding or conflict, the ministry leader has the responsibility to address it before it is brought to the attention of the Pastor. It is our hope to resolve challenges so they do not cause damage to our unity or Christian charity.
5. Occasionally, parishioners will bring ideas or suggestions that will result in the creation of a new ministry or the restructuring of an existing ministry. All parish ministries need the approval of the Pastor to function at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. The Pastor reserves the right to establish or suppress parish ministries as he sees fit.
If you have been attending the parish for a while but have not yet registered, please take a moment to register. This allows us to have your important information kept securely in our database so that we might be able to better serve you.
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