Adopt-A-Plot — Cathy White 256-5605
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.
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.
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.
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 256-527-4345
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.
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 — Lorraine Burge 256-881-9663
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 — Lee or Kathy Heckman 256-881-4781
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)
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!
- 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.
Adult Choir Cantors
Cantors are auditioned from the ranks of our adult choirs. Individual preparation is required.
Children’s Choirs — St. Nicholas Choir: Anna Nicely; St. Cecilia Choir: Dr. Rebecca Whited 256-881-4781
- 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 Saturday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 PM in the Choir Room at the Parish Life Center.
- Our Youth Ensemble is open to all students in grades 7-12. They sing at the Sunday 11:45 am Youth Masses (approximately once a month). Rehearsals are at Wednesdays at 6:00 PM in the Church and at 11:00 am prior to Youth Mass in the Choir Room.
Altar Guild — Michelle Vandergrift 256-828-2548
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 — (256)881-4781
Sacristans set up the sacred vessels before Mass.
Wedding Coordinator — Mary Walker 256-881-4781 ext. 0
All weddings conducted at Holy Spirit Church, must hire our wedding cooridnator to orchestrate the wedding ceremony.
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 — Sharon Brown 256-881-4781
Our nursery is available for children ages 6 months to 4 years 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 — Maritza Holland (256)881-4781 ext. 251
Rosary Guild meets once a month on the Second Monday at 1:00 PM in our Library to make rosaries for the missions.
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 4 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 Ministry Coordinator — Maria Jose Bonilla 256-881-4781 ext. 225
The Hispanic Ministry Coordinator administers to the sacramental of the Hispanic Community.
Hispanic Secretary — Maritza Holland 256-881-4781 ext. 251
American Heritage Girls — Ava Joly email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Boy Scouts — RJ Sollohub 256-529-5200
Cub Scouts— Eric Davis 727-239-5759
Youth Ministry — Lori Lai 256-881-4781 ext. 218 or 256-642-9508
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.
Lower Middle School (all 6th through 7th graders): Sundays 4-5:30 pm
Upper Middle School (all 8th graders): Wednesdays afterschool 3:30 to 5:45 prior to confirmation class.
High School (all 9th-12th graders): Sundays 6-8:00 pm