• MISSION STATEMENT

      Holy Spirit Parish is a Roman Catholic faith community, which seeks to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ by prayer, service, and mutual support.  We understand our responsibility to form our lives according to the teaching and with the help of our Lord Jesus, to celebrate His presence in our liturgy, to live it out in service to our parish and community, and to pass it on to our children faithfully and joyfully.

    • MISSION OF PRO-LIFE MINISTRY IN ARCHDIOCESE
                   “We proclaim that human life is a precious gift from God, that each person who receives this gift has responsibilities toward God, self and others; and that society, through its laws and social institutions, must protect and nurture human life at every stage of its existence”. U.S. Catholic Bishops, Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities, November 2001.
                   Following the guidelines of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Pro-Life Ministry of the Archdiocese of Hartford works to teach respect for all human life from conception to natural death by:
      · Education.  Raising consciousness of the sacredness of human life and the societal and personal effects of pro-life values.
      · Pastoral concerns.  Meeting the pastoral needs related to human life issues in the 216 parishes of the Archdiocese through a network of persons.
      · Advocacy.  Promoting laws that protect life.
      · Prayer.  Placing all pro-life concerns in relationship with God from Whom the gift of life comes.
      PRO-LIFE REPRESENTATIVES
      Pro-Life Representatives work in conjunction with Pro-Life Ministry of the Archdiocese of Hartford in education and advocating Catholic family values.  The pro-life representative is responsible for communicating to his/her pastor and the congregation, pertinent information regarding news affecting the values that form the core of our Catholic beliefs.  Staff of the Pro-Life Ministry are available to meet with individuals or groups to educate on this mission.

      EVENTS SPONSORED BY THE PRO-LIFE MINISTRY THAT OCCUR EACH YEAR INCLUDE:
       
      January  - March for Life, Washington, DC
      April—Mass of Remembrance for Children who have died
      Sept.-Nov.—40 Days of Life Campaign in Hartford
      October—Archdiocesan Respect Life Mass
      3 Retreats—Weekend Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats
                   In October each year, Respect Life Month, the Pro-Life Ministry sponsors a Respect Life Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford.  Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, presents each new pro-life representative with a commissioning certificate which affirms the representative’s commitment to Catholic family and life values.  He also recognizes individually, each pro-life representative in attendance and gives him/her a blessed candle.
      Archbishop Mansell also recognizes at this Mass, individuals who have been particularly outstanding in their pro-life efforts and bestows on them the Saint Fianna Bretta Molla Award which is a citation and a bronze medal signifying their commitment.

       
    • Weekly Gospel Message

       
      SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
      When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it." How many of us think of our faith as "a pearl of great price"? How many of us really recognize the precious treasure we already possess? As baptized Christians, we have been welcomed into God's family. We are royalty in his kingdom! No matter what our status may be on earth, no matter what treasures we may or may not own right now, we are heirs of God's heavenly kingdom.
      It is easy to take this for granted, however. On this side of eternity, it's even a temptation to forget that we have been adopted into God's family. Right now, for us, "the kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field." That is to say, the treasure isn't always so obvious. But that doesn't mean it isn't there. It just means that we have to dig a little bit to find it. We have to remove whatever layers of dirt or sand may be obscuring the priceless package and bring it back into the daylight.  So where is our treasure buried? What, if anything, is obscuring the full flourishing of our faith? Is it buried by the demands of work or school? Is our faith hidden beneath the weight of sickness or sorrow? Have we covered it over with false "treasures" that only give us fleeting joy? Or have we never even given our faith the chance to come into the sunlight at all?
      Whatever it is for each one of us, we should resolve to recover the treasure that lies beneath our feet. By giving ourselves to Christ, encountering him regularly through prayer, Scripture study, and the sacraments, we too can experience the joy of that blessed merchant who, by selling all he had, truly became rich.
    • Coffee & Donuts

      Coffee and donuts will be served in FOC after the 7:30, 9:00
      and 10:30 am Masses.

      We will resume the Coffee Hour the weekend following Labor Day.

       

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      PARISH GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY
      SAVE THE DATE
      Our parish was founded fifty years ago (September 10, 1964).  Our parish council has suggested and is planning an observance of the event with three special activities.  First was the installation of our new ambo (pulpit).  We have received many satisfying comments on how attractive it is and how beautifully is complements the altar and baptismal font.
       
      On Friday, October 24, Elizabeth Von Trapp, last of the heroic Von Trapp family of Sound of Music fame will present a beautiful musical program at our parish.
       
      On Saturday, November 22, Archbishop Leonard Blair, will celebrate the 4:00 pm Vigil Mass, a Mass of Thanksgiving, followed by a dinner at the Aqua Turf Banquet Center.