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This Week at Holy Spirit
For the week of May 22, 2017

Parish News

Parish Office Closed on Memorial Day

In observance of Memorial Day, the parish office will be closed on Monday, May 29th. A special Mass will be celebrated at
10:00 a.m. in lieu fo the 8:30 a.m. and
6:00 p.m. Masses. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, May 30th. On behalf of the clergy and staff, we wish you a safe and relaxing Memorial Day weekend.

Culture of Invitation

Annual Celebration of Clergy Dinner - RSVP Today!

All Holy Spirit Parishioners are invited to attend the Annual Celebration of the Clergy dinner hosted by the Knights of Columbus on Saturday, June 3rd. This year’s celebration will begin at 6:30 p.m. in McDonough Hall. All parishioners and friends of Holy Spirit are welcome and encouraged to attend. Enjoy music, spending time with the clergy, passed hors d’oeuvres, assorted beverages and dinner prepared by the Knights. Cocktail attire is suggested. Tickets are $95 for couples, $50 for individuals. A pre-paid reservation is preferred. Please RSVP online where you may also pay via credit card or bring a check made payable to the Knights of Columbus to the parish office. Contact Gino Nardone at ganardone@aol.com or 770-317-8236 with questions.

Faith in Action

Buckhead Christian Ministry Food Drive Begins June 1st

Help us Rght hunger in our community! During the holidays it is easy to remember to reach out to those who are less fortunate, but struggling families need our help all year. Holy Spirit will be collecting donations for the Buckhead Christian Ministry food pantry for the whole month of June. Collection bins will be in the Narthex throughout the month. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

BCM Grocery List:
1 box instant oatmeal or grits
2 boxes cornbread mix
1 jar peanut butter
1 jar jelly
4 boxes macaroni and cheese
1 box spaghetti (large)
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 bag dried beans
5 cans vegetables or beans
4 cans tuna
8 pkgs Ramen noodles
4 cans soup
1 can broth

Veils of Love - Thank You!

Our sincere gratitude to everyone who participated in the 2nd Annual Veils of Love First Communion Clothing Drive. As a result of your generosity, we collected 15 dresses, 10 veils, 2 pairs of girls socks, 2 pearl necklace/bracelet sets, 3 suits and 2 pair of dress shoes. All of these items were used by First Communicants from Centro Católico on May 20th. What a beautiful way to put our faith into action.

Volunteers Needed for LaAmistad

Ever been paid in JOY?

Join LaAmistad.

We have a benefits package you won’t believe! How do you put a value on a smile? Or a new word learned? Or mastering improper fractions? You can’t.

LaAmistad at Centro Católico meets Monday Thursday from 3:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. during the school year. During that time you will mentor and tutor students.

You will find us here:
Solidarity Mission Village
120 Northwood Drive, Suite 265
Sandy Springs, GA 30342

This is not an “English as a second language” tutorial. The program is designed to promote academic excellence. As such, you will help these eager minds engage in language, reading, math, writing, manners and more. You don’t even need to know Spanish the kids all speak English.

To find out more …
Email laamistad@hsccatl.com or
Visit www.laamistadinc.org to volunteer ... and bring a smile of your own!

Deepening Your Prayer Life

Weekly Meditation: On Having Intelligent Faith

“Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who
asks you for a reason for your hope…” (1 Peter 3:15)

 
Is it reasonable to be a person of faith? Copernicus, George Lemaitre, Gregor Mendel, Nicolas Steno, George Coyne, and Stanley Jaki are but a few men of reason who greatly impacted the field of Science and yet were also men of faith.

As Catholics, we welcome the stirring of curiosity that inspires a quest for truth! We embrace the exploration of the natural world in wonder! Yet, with humility, we also accept the fact that we are limited in our power to observe the fullness of all reality.

The Catholic Church also understands that the sacred Scriptures, although true, should be interpreted in light of God’s love story, not as a technical tract. For example, the Church is not opposed to the Big Bang theory (first proposed by Catholic priest, George Lemaitre) or Evolution. We can hold that evolutionary theory is true because we do not read Genesis as a science text. The first two chapters of Genesis were never intended to convey scientific truth, as much as they were intended to teach theological truths. Science may tell us about the What and the How, but our faith informs us about the WHY.

In a world in which we are bombarded with information, we can easily lose a sense of purpose. We must be on guard and always be ready to give a reason for our HOPE. In Fides et Ratio, John Paul II wrote, “One of the most significant aspects of our current situation, it should be noted, is the ‘crisis of meaning.’ Perspectives on life and the world, often of a scientific temper, have so proliferated that we face an increasing fragmentation of knowledge. This makes the search for meaning difficult and often fruitless. Indeed, still more dramatically, in this maelstrom of data and facts in which we live and which seem to comprise the very fabric of life, many people wonder whether it still makes sense to ask about meaning. The array of theories which vie to give an answer, and the different ways of viewing and of interpreting the world of human life, serve only to aggravate this radical doubt, which can easily lead to skepticism, indifference or to various forms of nihilism.”

What can you and I do today, right now, to become people who nurture a spirit of wonder and humility, men and women who form their intellect and their faith?
  1. Pray.
    Th Holy Spirit will form the soul that opens itself to His guidance. The Spirit gives us knowledge, understanding, and wisdom not available from any other source.
     
  2. Learn.
    Take it upon yourself to study the Catholic faith and be ready to offer an explanation for why we believe what we believe.
Resources:
Science Was Born of Christianity: The Teaching of Fr. Stanley L. Jaki by Stacey Transacos
The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence by Brant Pitre
Particles of Faith: A Catholic Guide to Navigating Science by Stacey Transacos
New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy by Robert J. Spitzer
The Reality of God: The Layman's Guide to Scientific Evidence for the Creator by Steven R. Hemler
Something other than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It by Jennifer Fulwiler
Not God's Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms by Holly Ordway

Documentaries available on FORMED:
Cosmic Evidence: The Scientifc Evidence for Creation
Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?