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Advent 2020

                                                  

To view the materials click the links below:

 

Parish Advent Project

Advent 1

Advent 2

 

United States Catholic Conference of Bishops Advent Resources

Diocese of Cleveland Advent Resources 1

     Diocese of Cleveland Advent Resources 2     

TIMELY NEWS

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

December 8, 2020

Holy Day Mass Schedule

 

Vigil Mass—Monday, December 7, 2020 

4:30 p.m. (at St. Joseph Parish, Avon Lake)

at Holy Spirit Parish

Holy Day Mass—Tuesday, December 8, 2020

8:30 a.m. (Live Streamed) (Church)  and 7:00 p.m. (Church)

 

Holy Spirit Parish invites you to attend Mass for the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Holy Day. 

     This day is normally a holy day of obligation but because of Covid-19, the obligation to attend Mass has been dispensed.  If you feel that you are unable to attend Mass in person, Holy Spirit Parish will broadcast the 8:30 a.m. Mass on Tuesday, December 8th. Click here to watch the live-stream.

 

 

Christmas Wish List and Sharing Tree 2020

Sponsored by the Holy Spirit Ladies Guild

Handling our Christmas project during a pandemic is going to be a challenge but we have worked out a way to do it.  The plan is to provide gifts for children and handicapped adults at our sister parish of St. Boniface, CRS Santa’s Workshop, 4 group homes from Our Lady of the Wayside, and 50 children whose parents are in prison.  We will do all of this and still keep our parishioners and volunteers safe!

Here’s the plan:

Thank you --- all of the gift tags have been taken!

Please shop for and wrap gifts as early as possible.  When the gifts are ready to return, please take them to Fr. Mosovsky Hall and our volunteers will sort them.  The Hall will have signs to direct you where to place the gifts.  Please return the CRS gifts by December 6 and all the other gifts no later than Monday, December 14—earlier is always a help!

Masks and social distancing are required.  Our volunteers will be fewer this year, so please be patient with us.

Thank you for your generosity!  This program is so important to so many children and adults.  We can do this in a manner that keeps everyone safe!

 

 

Pastor Updates

 
Dear Parishioners of Holy Spirit,
 
This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe. This feast reminds us that Jesus triumphs over all.  We need to hear that in these days when COVID-19 is once again spiking in Ohio.  This pandemic will end, but until then we need to take the precautions needed to keep all of us safe and healthy.
 
One way is that in accord with State of Ohio regulations and recent Diocese of Cleveland instructions, face masks must be worn when attending Mass or on parish property.   I remind you that masks are to be worn “from car to car”; please do not remove your mask until you have reached your car. The exceptions are if the individual is under ten years of age; has a medical condition, including those with respiratory conditions that restrict breathing, mental health conditions; disability contraindicates the wearing of a facial covering; the individual is communicating or seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing-impaired; or has another disability, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication. I would suggest that if you have a medical condition that precludes you from wearing a mask, you might want to consider if Mass attendance is the best idea for you.  If you live with, care for, or routinely come into contact with high risk/vulnerable parishioners, I encourage you to stay home as well for the protection of those in your care. 
 
Health and government authorities have made a point to commend the churches for the protocols that we have in place, recognizing that our efforts have been highly effective. We will continue our cleaning and social distancing protocols.
 
I recognize that many of you, like me, are glad that we are able to attend Mass in person. We currently have an attendance of about 50% of what we had pre-COVID. I expect that these numbers will probably drop in the next few weeks as the infection rate spikes.  If you are unable to attend Mass personally, we will continue to livestream our Masses from Holy Spirit on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HolySpiritAL/ (you do not need a Facebook account to watch it live or later).
 
Once again, in-person meetings of parish groups are suspended for the remainder of 2020. This is in accord with State of Ohio and Diocese of Cleveland directives. 
 
While the Bishop has not suspended public Masses, I fear that it could be a possibility if the COVID numbers continue to spike. With Christmas approaching, as a pastor, I see that the suspension of public Mass would gravely affect all of us spiritually and the parish financially. We must do all we can to bring down the infection numbers. For the good of all, I ask that you please follow the state and county regulations for good health practices. 
 
The Giving Tree and Christmas outreach will continue.  The planning for this year has taken concerns from the pandemic seriously and has adjusted accordingly.
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at 440.933.3777 or [email protected]
 
We are all asked to do our parts. I have not been disappointed in the past by the parishioners of Holy Spirit in their responses to any need of Holy Spirit and the wider community. I am sure I can continue to count on you as we go through this challenging time.
 
Rev. Charles F. Strebler

Pastor

 

Dear Parishioners,

Color me astounded.  (I think it is a shade in the periwinkle family—and thank you, Crayola 64-pack for expanding my color recognition.)  A few weeks ago in the bulletin I wrote about the need of the parish for IT work for the church and the PSR classrooms.  I am happy to report that several donors—who want to be anonymous—have come to me with significant contributions towards those expenses.

There are two things that stand out for me.  One is the generosity of the parishioners of Holy Spirit.  This has been something I heard about before coming to Holy Spirit and have seen in my almost three years here at the parish.  Significant gifts come to the parish at a frequency greater than I have a right to expect.  Since one of my joys in life is getting the mail (seriously, I checked my mailbox at the seminary at least 4 times a day; the mail always promises something new to me), I see the offerings being given to the parish by people who are unable to make it to Mass.  It says something that you are dedicated to making sure these donations come to the church, even if you are unable to accompany your offerings in person.

The other thing that strikes me is that many of our donors wish to remain unknown!  I would gladly share who it is that helped the parish, but many—even most—do not want to be made known.  Their giving is not about self-glorification, but the greater glory of God and the proclamation of Him in and through Holy Spirit Parish. 

My thanks to all the parishioners, those who offer significant amounts; those who give regularly; those “widows” offering their mite—not much in the eyes of the world, but exceptional in the eyes of God.  What I see is not $$$, but your dedication and support of Holy Spirit Parish, your parish.  You all astound me.  THANK YOU!

Sincerely,

Rev. Charles F. Strebler

Pastor

 

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Parish Information ________

Mass Times

Saturday Vigil Mass: 5:00 pm
Sunday Masses: 9:00 am | 10:30 am | 12:00 pm
Weekday Masses: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 8:30 am
Holy Day and Holiday Masses refer to bulletin

Office Hours
Monday - Friday  9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

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St. Joseph Parish Mass Times

Address: 32929 Lake Rd., Avon Lake

Mass Times

    Saturday 4:30 PM - Live Stream, Communion offered under the tent outside

    Sunday 8:30 AM - Live Stream, Communion offered under the tent outside 

    Sunday 11 AM - Parking Lot Mass, FM transmitter will be used to listen from your car, and speakers will be setup under the tent if you want to sit closer and bring a chair. Communion will be distributed following Mass

    Daily Mass:    Monday through Friday 8 AM - Communion will be offered following Mass for those who attend in person, and under the tent for those who watched from home. 
    Confessions: Monday, Wednesday 5 to 6 pm, and Saturday 2 to 4 pm

St. Raphael Parish Mass Times

Address:
525 Dover Center Rd., Bay Village

Saturday Vigil Masses: 4:30 p.m.
Sun. Masses: 8 a.m. 10 a.m. 12 noon
Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu, Fri Mass: 9:15 a.m

All Masses are being live streamed.

Sacrament of Reconciliation:  Saturday 3:00-4:00 p.m