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This Week at Holy Spirit
For the week of March 27, 2017

Parish News

2017-2018 Time and Talent Campaign Underway

The 2017-2018 Time and Talent Campaign is officially underway. We have the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus through our participation in Holy Spirit’s ministries. Please prayerfully consider how you will be involved in the coming year. Visit the parish website and click on the parishioner login button to access the secure portion of our website. From there you can:
  • Make your Time and Talent selections
  • Edit your family’s profile information
  • Review your offertory and second collection contributions
If you have never logged onto the website before:
  1. Click on the parishioner login button on the home page of the website.
  2. Click on the First Time Logging In? link on the parishioner login page.
  3. Enter the e-mail address we have on file.
  4. Follow the directions listed on the parishioner login page.
For questions, please contact Cheryl Veilleux in the parish office at 404-252-4513.

Deadline for Easter Lily Remembrances - THIS FRIDAY

Honor or remember your loved on this Easter season by contributing to Holy Spirit's Easter Lily Fun. The cost is $10 per remembrance. The lilies will be placed on the Altar Easter morning. All submissions must be received in the parish office by noon on Friday, March 31st to be included in the Easter bulletin. Return completed forms to the parish office. Click here to download an Easter Lily Form.

Keeping a Holy Lent

Fasting and Abstinence The following fasting / abstinence regulations are observed during Lent:
Abstinence from meat on  all the Fridays of Lent and Good Friday (April 14) by all Catholics 15 years of age and older. 
 
Fasting on Good Friday (April 14) by all Catholics who are 18 to 59 years of age. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal and two smaller meals which, together, would not to equal a full meal. Fasting is not an obligation for those with a medical condition which would be made worse by fasting. 

Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross will be prayed each Friday during Lent right after Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 5:00 p.m. in St. Mary’s Chapel beginning on March 3.

Opportunities for Confession During Lent
Lent is a time to experience the power of God’s mercy and compassion. The Sacrament of Penance is offered every Saturday from 4:15 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., or anytime by appointment. Confessions will also be heard on Good Friday, April 14th, from 12:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m., during the Seven Last Words service.
 
Eucharistic Adoration
During Lent, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be offered in St. Mary’s Chapel every Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and again from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. Come rest in the presence of the Lord, spending an hour or whatever time your schedule allows. Adoration is also held on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and on the third Monday of each month from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. 

2017 Archbishop's Annual Appeal

The 2017 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal is underway. The Appeal helps finance essential ministries of the Church throughout the archdiocese. We met our goal in 2016 and hope to do it again this year. Please remember that it’s only a goal in the sense that it’s the amount we are expected to raise. If we come up short, we have to make it up out of parish funds. If we go over, we receive the overage back. This year we would like to reach our goal—not just in pledges but also in contributions—by the end of our current fiscal year, June 30, 2017.

Click here to donate online. Please be sure to designate Holy Spirit as your parish. All pledges must be fulfilled by December 30, 2017. Thank you, in advance, for your generosity and support.

Culture of Invitation

Healing Service on Tuesday

All parishioners are invited to encounter the living Holy Spirit through a prayer service this Tuesday, March 28th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Church. The service will be facilitated by Dr. Donald Dennis. Fr. Tamiru Atraga and Deacon Bill McCarthy will assist. The service will include evening prayer (Vespers), listening to scripture, and singing songs of praise. Individual prayers will be offered for anyone who is need of prayer for any reason. This service does not include the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

No Wednesday Night Dinner THIS Week

There will not be a Wednesday Night Dinner on March 29th due to Confirmation for teens at Holy Spirit. The next dinner will be on April 5th.

RSVP for the March 31st Fish Fry - Only 2 Left

“The Knights Are Here to Serve You!”
 
Holy Spirit’s popular Fish Frys are every Friday during Lent. Pick up your “to go” order beginning at 4:30 p.m. Just come to the table in McDonough Hall to place your order. Dinner will be served in McDonough Hall from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Place your order, grab your beverage, and allow Holy Spirit’s Knights to serve your dinner at your table. Please RSVP so the Knights will know how many diners to expect. The cost:  $10 (Ages 14+); $5 (Ages 3-14); No Charge (under 3). Dinner includes a Fish (baked/fried) or Shrimp Plate plus a vegetable and a starch. See the menu for other options. Proceeds will support the programs and ministries of Holy Spirit’s Knights of Columbus Council #6517.

Friday Night Bridge

The Friday Night Bridge group will play an extra session this month. Join them for an evening of fun and finesse on Friday, March 31st, at 7:00 p.m. in Administrative Building. For reservations, please contact Cathy Skowronski at 770-509-7698 by Wednesday, March 29th. Partners are not required; new members are welcome.

Men's Club April Meeting - RSVP Today

The Men’s Club invites all men of the parish to the next event on Monday, April 3rd, at 6:30 p.m. in McDonough Hall. Our guest speaker will be Heather Dexter, Chief Executive Officer of Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital. She began her career at the hospital in 1998 and has been a key executive for the past decade, overseeing many of the growth initiatives and the merger with Emory. Ms. Dexter will talk about the past, present and the future plans for St. Joseph’s and its affiliation with the Atlanta Catholic community. The cost for dinner is $15. Please RSVP on the Parish website. For questions contact Tripp O’Connor.

Faith in Action

Last Week for Food/Household Item Drive for Centro Católico

We are in need of some specific food items, one household product and one personal item for our fellow parishioners at Centro Católico. Please place your donations in one of the barrels (Narthex, entrance to McDonough Hall or inside the first set of double doors, entrance to HSP Preschool) by Sunday, April 2nd. Needed supply lists are attached to the barrels. The best prices are available at Aldi and Dollar Tree:

Food: Canned corn, canned fruit, canned tuna, white rice, sugar, mayonnaise, vegetable oil, and Maseca (Latino corn flour available at Aldi).

Household: Laundry detergent

Personal: Feminine hygiene products 

Veils of Love Deadline is March 28th

We are collecting new and gently-used First Holy Communion attire for the children at Centro Católico. Please consider donating white dresses and veils for girls as well as suits, jackets, dress pants, dress shirts, and ties for boys. The children are in 2nd-11th grades. Donations may be dropped off through Tuesday, March 28th, in the Bride’s Room before or after weekend Masses, at the Parish Office during the week, and at the Holy Spirit Preparatory Lower School and Upper School offices during regular office hours. Contact Vanessa Sciacchetano at 404-889-5770 with questions. Thank you for your help. 

Blood Drive on Sunday - Sign Up to Donate Today

Give the gift of life this Lent! The Life South Blood Mobile will be in the HSP gym from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 2nd. While appointments are preferred (sign up online), walk-ins are welcome! Blood donors should remember to eat iron-rich foods and drink plenty of non-caffeinated beverages prior to donating! Bring a photo ID; must be 17 or older. Please visit www.lifesouth.org for more information or contact Patty Randall.

Seder Supper - RSVP Today! Volunteers Needed!

Deepen your Lenten experience by attending the Annual Seder Supper on Holy Thursday, April 13th. Steeped in tradition and rich in symbolism, the Seder supper will be held in McDonough Hall, just prior to our celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. The liturgical meal, based on the Passover meal, begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required

Seder Supper Saints Needed!
Holy Spirit’s Annual Seder Supper cannot happen without all of our amazing Saints! If you or your family would like to become part of this annual tradition in a tangible way and serve the parish during Holy Week, please consider volunteering. Help is needed with set up, serving the Seder Meal and clean up after the dinner. Volunteer on the Sign Up Genius link. Thank you, in advance, for your willingness to serve.

Children and Family Ministry News

VIRTUS Training for Adults

All NEW volunteers working with children and vulnerable individuals are required to complete an in-person course “Protecting God’s Children” prior to volunteering. Current volunteers who had training more than five years ago are also required to attend this training. The next training session will be held on Saturday, April 1st, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of Christ the King. To register for this or other classes, visit the Adult page of the parish website. Contact Tracey Pucci with questions.

Altar Server Training on Sunday

All children of the parish who have completed the sacrament of First Holy Communion are invited to become an Altar Server. The next training session will be held on Sunday, April 2nd, at 2:00 p.m. in the Church. Sign up on the website under Time and Talent or, for more information, contact Allison Adair.

Vacation Bible School Registration Opens April 1st!

Registration for this summer’s Vacation Bible School opens on Saturday, April 1st, on the parish website. All children from 3 years (potty trained) to rising 6th grade are invited to “track” Mary all over the world during the week of July 10-14. Please contact Julie Buckley for details.

Youth Ministry News

Sacrament of Confirmation

Our 10th graders will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Wednesday, March 29th at 7:00 p.m. in the Church. Students and sponsors should meet at 5:30 p.m. in McDonough Hall. A rehearsal will be held on March 28th at 7:00 p.m. Please keep our Confirmandi in your prayers.

Young Adult News

Young Adult Lenten Series

All Young Adults  are invited to participate in a three week long Lenten series titled, “From Jerusalem to the Cross,” examining Christ’s journey from Jerusalem to his crucifixion. The series will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings in the lower level of the parish office building beginning on March 29th.

Holy Spirit Prep News

Bake Sale to Support HSP Football Team

Satisfy your sweet tooth and help support Holy Spirit Prep's Varsity Football Team by purchasing homemade baked goods at the Fish Fry on Friday, March 31st! Most items will sell for $1; "Breakfast Breads" are $15. Donations are welcome. The bake sale hours are 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in McDonough Hall.

Deepening Your Prayer Life

Weekly Meditation: Fill Your Horn with Oil and Be On Your Way (1 Samuel 16:1) by Jennifer Edwards

“To keep a lamp burning,
we have to keep putting oil in it.” - St. Mother Teresa
 
In ancient Israel, olive oil was an important commodity. It was used in medicine, cosmetics, and lamp fuel. Most importantly, when infused with perfume, it was used to anoint kings. Ancient people often used the horn of an animal to carry oil, and in the Scriptures, the horn was a symbol of strength, in particular God’s power, that could be easily carried into battle.
 
In today’s First Reading we encounter Samuel, one of the three figures associated with the founding of the Israelite monarchy. Samuel anointed Israel’s first king, Saul. In today’s reading, we enter that historical moment when an unsuspecting shepherd boy’s life is about to change forever. Samuel follows God’s lead and makes his way through Jesse’s sons—and is surprised to learn that God has chosen the youngest and least “kinglike” of the band of brothers. Using the oil from his horn, Samuel anoints David as priest, prophet, and king. 
 
When you were baptized, the priest would have prayed a version of the following prayer just before anointing you with sacred chrism, an olive oil mixed with fragrant perfume:
 
God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has freed you from sin, given you a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and welcomed you into his holy people. He now anoints you with the chrism of salvation. As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, and King, so may you live always as a member of his body, sharing everlasting life. (From the Rite for Baptism)
 
At Confirmation, you were anointed again with sacred chrism and commissioned to go forth in service of Christ and His Church. While King David and the Levite priests held a special office, you and I share in what the Church calls “the priesthood of the faithful.” As St. Peter wrote, “You are ‘a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises’ of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9)
 
Have you contemplated the great Mission for which you were created? Have you ever taken a few moments in prayer to consider the anointing of your Baptism? Has your vision been clouded, even blinded, by the priorities of this world to the point that you have lost your sense of purpose in God’s Kingdom? 
 
As we prepare for Easter, a season of Baptism, take a few moments to prayerfully reflect upon the following questions:
  1. When you were baptized and confirmed, you were anointed. The reason oil is often used in medications and cosmetics is because it seeps into the skin quite easily. Ponder this metaphor:  have you allowed the Gifts of the Holy Spirit to “seep into” the deepest parts of your life so that they bear fruit in your family, friendships, workplace, and community?
     
  2. Do you have a sense of Holy Mission? Has the Lord nudged you to participate in a particular ministry of the Church? How can you take the first step to become more involved in parish life, or help nurture ministries in which you’re already involved?
 
Mission Prayer
Lord Jesus, you offered Yourself on the cross for my salvation, and I want to respond generously. I want to give more of myself to You and Your Body, the Church. Please give me the grace to listen to the whisper of the Holy Spirit guiding me; task me with a mission according to your will; and “fill my horn” with the oil of your strength, so that I may accomplish it well.  Amen. 

Sunday Morning Adult Ed Presents "Staying Catholic in Cyberspace"

On Sunday, April 2nd, Heather Triggs, Holy Spirit Prep’s Upper School Director of Student Success, will conclude our special series by discussing “Staying Catholic in Cyberspace (Or, How to Avoid Being a Jerk on Social Media).” Adult Education meets on select Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. in McDonough Hall.