Ministries

ADMINISTRATIVE

Adopt-A-Plot  —  Ava Joly  256-883-0016

Adopt-A-Plot is a ministry designed to beautify our grounds by adopting a small plot of ground, planting flowers or shrubs and maintaing a bed by keeping it planted and weeded.

Pastoral Council  —  President:  Jon Hollihan  256-882-2666

The Pastoral Council assists the Pastor in the running of the parish.  Members run for election and serve on the Council for three years.

COMMUNITY

Catholic Family Services  — 1010 Church Street  256-536-0073

It is our mission to strengthen the quality of life of individuals, families, and communities through our services of: Counseling, Unplanned Pregnancy Counseling, Adoption, Adoption Reunification, Infant Care, and Project Rachel.

Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP)  – Christina Spradlin    256-698-8679

CRHP (pronounced “chirp”) is a spiritual renewal weekend designed to help individuals grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ and with others in the holy Spirit parish community.

Cursillo in Christianity  —  Bob McCoy   256-532-1991

Cursillo is the opportunity to grow in faith and in spirituality with a deeper understanding of the teachings of Jesus and how we can serve Him.  It is a short course designed to experience living and sharing with others in a loving and caring Christian community and realizing that this can be extended into our everyday lives.

Interfaith Mission Service   — Ken Knowles   256-533-5913

The Cooperative of the Interfaith Mission Service believes works to ensure Huntsville continues to be an accepting home to a diverse array of spiritual families and different cultures.

KAIROS Prison Ministry  —  Deacon Sam Dias   256-715-1190

KAIROS is an ecumenical worldwide ministry that takes the love of God and the light of Christ into prisons.  Similar to the Cursillo or Emmaus Walk, a team of Christian volunteers become the hands and feet of Christ for 42 residents who come to KAIROS seeking a new way of life.

Meals on Wheels  —  Jonathan Duerr   256-489-9469

Meals on Wheels delivers a hot, well balanced meal to homebound seniors, the disabled or other special need parishioners.

Our Lady’s Prayer Group  —  Debbie Cvitan   256-881-3874

Members of our Lady’s Prayer Group gather together the second Thursday of the month to recite the Rosary for the intentions of those attending, the Holy Father, and our world.

Pro-Life  –  Gisela Dyer   256-885-1786

Knights of Columbus #764  —  http:/www.kofc764.com

Holy Spirit Council was founded in 2010 through the efforts of our Pastor, Father Michael Mac Mahon and a group of committed Knights who formed the original steering committee. Our council is named after our parish: Holy Spirit. The Council works closely with the parish, providing funds and support for various projects within the larger parish community. Our 2012 Grand Knight is Michael Rafferty.

SOCIAL JUSTICE

Haiti Parish Twinning Program  — Bob McCoy 256-532-1991  http://holyspirithaitimission.org/

This mission supports the communities of Leogane and Palmiste au Vin through the Parish Twinning Program. Holy Spirit Church works to provide six main services in Christ to those inHaiti: Food, Water, Healthcare, Work, Service, and Education. We work together with the local Haitians to bring these basic needs into their lives and improve the current condition of living inHaiti. Everything that we do is focused on support of those in need, education, job development, and seeking self-reliance.

Habitat for Humanity  — Marianne Higgins 256-653-1843

A Habitat home is a simple, decent place to live. Habitat homes are three to five bedroom homes, depending on family size. Homes are built in partnership with the family, our community, and Habitat. New homes come with brick fronts and one car garages. Habitat homes are sold to qualifying families on a 20 to 30-year, no interest mortgage with payments of approximately $350-$400 a month. Generally, it takes from 9-18 months from the time family is approved to the time they can move into their home.

Ministry to the Sick and Homebound — Deacon Michael Sudnik 256-534-7173

Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion take Communion to the shut-ins of our parish on a weekly basis.

Society of St. Vincent DePaul —  Jason Poyer    256-881-1526

Mission Statement of the Society–Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering, in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.

As a reflection of the whole family of God, member, who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group and economic level.  Vincentians are untied in an International society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gathering and adherence to a basic rule.

Organized locally, Vincentians witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice.  The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those they serve, because in them Vincentians see the face of Christ.

If you would like to be a part of this special ministry, please come to one of our meetings that are held on Thursday nights at 7:00 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Parish Life Center.  If hands-on help is not for you, we would greatly appreciate your continued financial support.  We thank each and every one of you for enabling us to continue to do His work among the needy in our city and the surrounding area.

Stephen Ministry  — Kathy Heckman 256-489-7389

A Ministry of CARE and PRAYER–Stephen Ministry is a nationwide program that equips lay persons to provide distinctively Christian one-to-one care to those who are experiencing all kinds of emotional life needs and circumstances in our congregation.  Our Stephen Ministers are committed followers of Jesus Christ and members of our church.  If you feel that you or someone you love could benefit from a Stephen Minister, please speak to one of our priests or to the Stephen Leader: Contact Kathy Heckman (256-489-7389) or Carolyn Brunty (256-883-6496).  You will be paired with a Stephen Minister of the same gender who will meet with you weekly until your situation improves. “Bear one another’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Gal 6:2)

MUSIC

Adult Choirs —  Anne Vasile 256-881-4781 ext. 219

Holy Spirit Catholic Church has a very exciting and active office of Music Ministry, with a variety of choirs and styles of music; there is a place for you in one of our choirs!

Adult Choirs:

  • The Chancel Choir currently sings at the 9:00 AM Mass on Sunday mornings. Membership is open to all adults, and no audition is required! Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 PM in the Choir Room in the Parish Life Center.
  •  The Contemporary Choir sings at the 5:00 PM Vigil Mass on Saturday evenings. Membership is open to all adults, and no audition is required! Rehearsals are on Saturday afternoons from 4:00-4:45 PM in the Choir Room in the Parish Life Center.

Adult Choir Cantors

Cantors are auditioned from the ranks of our adult choirs. Individual preparation is required.

Children’s Choirs  – St. Nicholas Choir: Joni Boulet  256-519-2993; St. Cecilia Choir: Dr. Rebecca Whited   1-256-620-7925

  • The St. Nicholas Children’s Choir is open to all students in grades 1-2.  Rehearsals are on Thursday afternoons from 3:10-4:00 PM in the A/B Room.
  • The St. Cecilia Children’s Choir is open to all students in grades 3-6. They perform at the 11:45 AM Mass on Sunday mornings. Rehearsals are on Thursday afternoons from 3:10-4:00 PM in the Choir Room.

Children’s Choir Cantors

Cantors are drawn from our children’s choir. Children must be in grades 4-5 to cantor at Mass. Rehearses Thursday afternoons from 4:00-4:20 PM in the Choir Room.

Youth Choirs  – St. Gregory Choir: Dr. Rebecca Whited  1-256-620-7925; Youth Ensemble: Anne Vasile  256-881-4781 ext. 219

  • Our St. Gregory Youth Choir is open to all students in grades 7-12. Rehearsals are on Wednesday afternoons from 5:00-5:50 PM in the Choir Room at the Parish Life Center.
  • Our Youth Ensemble is open to all students in grades 9-12. They sing at the Saturday Vigil Life Teen Masses (approximately every other week).  Rehearsals are at 4:00 PM in the Choir Room just prior to the Mass.

 

 

LITURGY

Altar Guild  — Helen McBride  256-881-5910

Our Altar Guild Members volunteer on a rotational basis for approximately one hour in the Church.  They do light dusting, water of plants as needed and cleaning and filling of the Holy Water Fonts.

Altar Servers  — Tracy Finke  256-881-0345

Boys and Girls from fourth grade up serve as Altar Servers at the weekend Masses, Holy Day Masses, Funerals and Weddings.

Eucharistic Ministers  — Lynne Greco   256-882-0888

Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion are commissioned by the Pastor on Holy Thursday to serve as Ministers of Communion.  Schedules are printed once a month assigning times to each minister.

Lectors  —  Vicki Pape   256-883-0835

Lectors are scheduled for the weekend Masses, Holy Days and other Mass times as requested by the Pastor.

Altar Linens  —  Connie Beveridge   256-882-3414

The purficators are laundered once a week by an assigned volunteer.  Each volunteer may serve two to three times in the course of a year.   A purfication process is followed and the purificators are returned, washed and ironed, within a few days of picking them up from the sacristy.

Sacristans  —  Pat Osborn 256-880-9765

Sacristans purify the sacred vessels after Mass.

Wedding Cooridnator  —  Mary Walker  256-881-4781 ext. 0

All weddings conducted at Holy Spirit Church, must hire our wedding cooridnator to orchestrate the wedding ceremony.

PARISH LIFE

Bookstore  —  Jeanne King 256-881-1385

Holy Spirit Travel Club — Sandy Wells  256-880-9140 ext. 3661

Our travel club plans and goes on trips as agreed upon by the group.  All are welcome to participate.

Hosptiality Committee  —  Debra Kibler   256-714-3468

The Hospitality Committee conducts a Newcomers Brunch twice a year to welcome all new members of our parish.  They also help with other events of our parish such as our annual Parish Thanksgiving Dinner!

Nursery  —  Beth Jerman   256-270-4645

Our nursery is available during our weekend Masses and for other special events in our parish.

Parish Life Center Library  —  Dexter Nilsson   256-881-6366

There is an extensive Library located in the Parish Life Center.  Parishioners are invited to visit the library to read or check out books.

Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist — Bob Dineen 256-880-0221;  Pete Robert  256-882-0033;  Jason Poyer  256-881-1526 (English)       

                                                                                   Malen Coleberg 256-650-5194; Maritza Holland  808-551-2901 (Spanish)

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is a Catholic devotion and is the adoration of Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Catholics join together to provide around-the-clock adoration and prayer before the Blessed Sacrament which is continually exposed. Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration strengthens parish spiritual life.   Great consolation is to be derived from so much as a single hour spent with Christ when away from home and family.

Widows & Widower Group  —  Hugo Jenrath   256-682-1694

The Widows & Widower Group meet once a month for a social lunch at a area restaurant.

Our Lady’s Rosary Makers  —  Ann DiGesu 256-881-0863 & Pat Scroggins 256-881-9228

Rosary Guild meets once a month on the Second Monday at 1:00 PM in our Library to make rosaries for the missions.

RELIGOUS EDUCATION

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults-RCIA  —  Tracy Finke   256-881-4781 ext. 223

Holy Spirit Parish invites you to attend sessions to learn more about the Catholic Faith. RCIA is for anyone who would like to explore the possibility of becoming Catholic as well as anyone who would like to foster their growth in the Catholic Faith.  Invite friends and relatives to join us.

Faith Formation-Ages 3 through Grade 12 & Adult Education  —  Tracy Finke 256-881-4781 ext. 223

Please see the tab for Religious Education for a complete listing of all that is offered for your students.

Vacation Bible School  —  Tracy Finke 256-881-4781 ext. 223

Vacation Bible School takes place for one week in early summer and is open for all children from 3 1/2 years of age to fifth grade.

HISPANIC OFFICE

Hispanic Ministry Coordinator  — Maria Jose Bonilla 256-881-4781 ext. 225

The Hispanic Ministry Coordinator administers to the sacramental of the Hispanic Community.

Hispanic Secretary —  Martha Barragan  256-881-2211

YOUTH

Boy Scouts  —  Pat Tobbe   256-883-9045

Cub Scouts & Girl Scouts  —  Desiree Walker   256-797-4088

Youth Ministry  —  Lori Lai   256-881-4781 ext. 218

Our Youth Groups have fun, social events in addition to the regularly scheduled meetings. They meet in the Youth Room of the Activity Center located at the East end of the school building.

Middle School (all 6th through 8th graders): Sundays   4-5:30 pm

High School (all 9th-12th graders): Sundays 6-8:00 pm