"Let us be renewed by God's mercy...and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation, and make justice and peace flourish."
- Pope Francis
A-M (1st & 3rd Sunday of the month)
N-Z (2nd & 4th Sunday of the month)
Sunday: 9:30 am
Sacrament of Reconciliation: by Appointment
Rosary: Sunday 9:00 am
Holy Days as Announced
Tuesday thru Friday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: by appointment
Other Times by Appointment
- Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, First Pastor
- Father Iuvenis Iheme, C.M., Sacramental Minister
- Sister Phyllis Schenk, OP, Pastoral Associate/DRE
- Mickey Edwards, Office Manager
- Steve Rhodes, R.N., Parish Nurse
- Cindy Courtney, R.N., Parish Nurse
- Jennifer Flath, Coordinator of Religious Education
- Barbara Kerley, Building and Grounds
- Joni Ward, Prayer Request Coordinator
Coronavirus and Holy Spirit
Due to the Coronavirus 19(COVID-19) all classes, celebrations, to include Mass, and Confirmation, have been cancelled or postponed until further notice.
**Updates to come as Shelter in Place guidelines are changed or lifted**
It’s not until June 28 that we will open our parish "Holy Spirit" for the broader parish.
One fourth of the seating of the capacity of the church can attend. For us that amounts to 64 parishioners. Our planning teams have determined that you are welcome to attend on the following:
- 1st and 3rd Sundays those whose last name begins with “A-L”
- 2nd and 4th Sundays those with a last name beginning with “M-Z”.
- please take your temperature. If it is elevated or you are ill, stay home.
- Anyone over two years of age are to wear a face covering at all times except when receiving communion.
- Observe social distancing. The floor will be marked to help you with distancing.
- Ushers will direct you where to sit.
- There will be no servers and no offertory procession. We will not pass a basket for the offering but one will be available in the front entrance so you can continue to support your parish.
- It would be helpful if everyone would try to arrive at least 10 minutes earlier than they usually come. It takes longer to seat people with our new regulation.
We are in the process of setting dates for First Communion and Confirmation.
Bishop Braxton has issued a dispensation for Sunday obligation to those who are fearful or concerned for the need of a vaccine before they return to church. Please make the decision that is best for you. Your decision will be honored.
Anyone under age of 65 is encouraged to help with reopening. If you did not get an email about how you can help and the tutorial required, please see Sister Phyllis.
Please read each on Bishop Braxton's plan for return to churches:
Bishop Braxton praying in the Cathedral of St. Peter in the face of the coronavirus pandemic in which he reconsecrates the Diocese of Belleville to Mary, the Mother of the Church
(Fast forward to the beginning of the reconsecration, if the video does not start immediately)
Pope Francis appointed, and Bishop Edwards K. Braxton welcomed our new
Bishop-Elect Reverend Michael G. McGovern.
Due to the pandemic we are now experiencing no date for his installation. Mass has been scheduled. You can see and hear more about Bishop McGovern by going to https://www.diobelle.org.
During this time, we ask that you still pray, (daily prayers found at the bottom of this page), pray the Rosary daily or as often as you can. Online Mass can be attended through several church websites listed below. Clink on the title to be directed to their website.
ST. JOSEPH (Marion, IL) AND ST. PAUL (Johnston City, IL) CATHOLIC CHURCH- copy and paste the following link:
EWTN- (app also available through Google Play store-Android or Apple store- iPhone
The following link has a complete list of online masses in our Diocese:
FROM HOLY SPIRIT PASTORAL COUNCIL
Ben Craft, President
We have heard concerns about the church’s finances during this challenging time due to the fact that we are not having church and, therefore, are not having our regular monetary collections. I would encourage everyone to explore alternative means of giving. These would include mailing a check to the church, or exploring electronic options through your bank, such as online bill pay. If you utilize online bill pay, you can set the church up as a payee and process a payment. I encourage you to contact your bank with bill pay questions, or I am happy to try to assist if you want to reach out to me.
Hope you all are well, and we look forward to seeing you again.
BISHOP BRAXTON'S 50th ANNIVERSARY
The events marking the Bishop’s 50th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood and the 25th Anniversary of his episcopal Consecration were planned for Friday, May 15, 16 and 17. The Diocese is forced to cancel these dates in the hopes of rescheduling this at a later date.
CURRENTLY at HOLY SPIRIT
Remembering Monsignor Kenneth Schaefer with words from Bishop Braxton
There are several ways to make contributions:
- Automatic withdrawal- setup through your bank
- Mail in contributions
- Mass contributions- unavailable at this time
- Online contributions- currently not available. If you are interested, please let Mickey or Sister Phyllis know so they can get with the webpage coordinator
Our website has recently been updated to a secure website noted with the https at the beginning of our URL. However, some of our links beginning with http are not secure. So for this reason you may have to copy and paste the link to a new tab in your web browser if you cannot click on the link and be redirected to that URL.
Remembering our deceased loved ones at mass is a wonderful gift for them. It reinforces our belief in the Communion of Saints. Contact Mickey Edwards or Sr. Phyllis to schedule masses.
HOMEBOUND AND BEREAVEMENT COMMITTEE PLEASE HELP US SERVE OUR PARISH……………… The Homebound and Bereavement Committee would like to make a difference for our parish. If you know of health or spiritual needs within our parish; such as, a friendly visit for Christian fellowship, the Eucharist or a card from our parish, please call the Parish Office at (618) 985-2900 or cell (618) 925-5099. Our parish nurses are available most Sundays for blood pressure checks and consultations. If you would like a wellness/home visit by a parish nurse, you may call the parish or you may call or email the parish nurse directly. (Parish nurse numbers are located on the front page of the bulletin). So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9
More events and details can be found in MENU/ ABOUT/ EVENTS or CALENDAR or the BULLETIN
Did You Know?
Southern Illinois has two Catholic radio stations: 88.1 Harrisburg and 88.3 Murphysboro
You can follow Pope Francis on Twitter? Go to the Vatican page and follow the link
Classes will resume after the Covid-19 shelter in place has been lifted
Scripture Study We have a wonderful service that’s being offered to our parish. Each Wednesday evening Tary Harms schedules a scripture study at 7:00 p.m. held in the Bleyer Building. The real benefit of this offering is how it prepares us for the following Sunday’s readings. Those readings originated in another culture. Sometimes the significance meant for the people of that time remain unknown to us today. But Tary breaks that open for us. This can make an outstanding difference as we hear those words read in our Sunday Celebrations. The Liturgy Committee urges us not to miss the possibility to attend. They even encourage us not to go alone. Take a friend with you.
Kroger Community Rewards Sign up today! There is no cost to sign up and the 18 households that are using this produced $110 in 3 months HOLY SPIRIT #DA123 Call 800-576-4377 or Krogercommunityrewards.com and have your Kroger Plus Card handy.
Information of the Saint that is being celebrated can be found at this website. Copy and paste in your web browser. http://feeds.feedburner.com/catholicnewsagency/saintoftheday.
A Word from Sr. Phyllis
God be with you till we meet again;
By his counsels guide uphold you;
With his love securely fold you;
God be with you til we meet again.
Holy Spirit Parish has been greatly enriched by the priestly service of Father Richard Mohr during his lifetime. He continues to bless us with his generosity. We are in the process of completing paperwork for a beneficiary request he left in Holy Spirit’s name.
The new roof, soffits, fascia and gutters have been installed on the church and the hall!!
Stay tuned and keep praying!
Pray everyday to end abortion, euthanasia and the death penalty
I know there is but one Mind, which is the mind of God, in which all people live and move and have their being.
I know there is a divine pattern for humanity and within this pattern there is infinite harmony and peace, cooperation, unity and mutual helpfulness.
I know that the mind of humankind being one with the mind of God, shall discover the method, the way and means best fitted to permit the flow of Divine Love between individuals and nations.
Thus harmony, peace, cooperation, unity, and mutual helpfulness are experienced by all.
I know there will be a free interchange of ideas, of cultures, of spittle concepts, of ethics, of educational systems and scientific discoveries - for all good belongs to all alike. I know that, because Divine Mind has created us all, we are bound together in one infinite and perfect unity.
I know that all people and all nations will remain individual but unified for the common purpose of promoting peace, happiness, harmony, and prosperity.
I know that deep within each person the Divine Pattern of perfect peace is already implanted.
I now declare that in each person and in leaders of though everywhere this Divine Pattern moves into action and form, to the end that all nations and all people will live together in peace, harmony, and prosperity forever.
And so it is! -Ernest Holmes
Blessing for Our Nation
God of all things, we come before you in thanksgiving for all that you have created.
For the world and its beauty, but especially for the people around us. We ask you today to give us wisdom
and courage to look at the world and all its problems and inspire us to dream great ways to improve upon
what you have so graciously given to us.
Make us worthy to call you Father.
And together bestow insight upon us to honor your created things. Bless, protect, and gift us ever
anew with your love.
We ask all this as members of this country,
in Christ's name. Amen.
LET US PRAY….God our Father, graciously accept from your humble people a thankful heart and spirit. Everything we have and are able to share with others ultimately comes from your love of your creations. Often we think that everything we have is our own creation; we ask you this day to create in us a spirit of gratitude, that we may always know that all good gifts come from you. Amen
PRAYER FOR SAFETY OF ALL IN AGRICULTURE... Blessed Mary, Mother of God, and great Saint Joseph, you protected and kept safe the Divine Child, Jesus. We ask your special intercession and protection of all who work in Agriculture, especially on the farm. Man, having been cast out of the Garden of Eden, must now work by the sweat of his brow to get food to eat as you foretold in Genesis. And he must also battle fatigue, danger and accidents. Protect all in agriculture against these and all danger and evil, so that when they complete their work each day and each season, they return to your altar and their families whole and entire to love and honor You and the ones you have given them all the days of their lives. We ask through the holy name of Jesus. Amen
Daily Scripture readings
Daily Scripture Readings (AUDIO)- copy and paste the following link
or click one of the verses below to view
Readings for the week of August 2, 2020
- Sunday: Is 55:1-3 / Ps 145:8-9, 15-16, 17-18 [cf. 16] / Rom 8:35, 37-39 / Mt 14:13-21
- Monday: Jer 28:1-17 / Ps 119:29, 43, 79, 80, 95, 102 [68b] / Mt 14:22-36
- Tuesday: Jer 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22 / Ps 102:16-18, 19-21, 29 and 22-23  / Mt 14:22-36 or Mt 15:1-2, 10-14
- Wednesday: Jer 31:1-7 / Jer 31:10, 11-12ab, 13 [cf. 10d] / Mt 15:21-28
- Thursday: Dn 7:9-10, 13-14 / Ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 9 [1a, 9a] / 2 Pt 1:16-19 / Mt 17:1-9
- Friday: Na 2:1, 3; 3:1-3, 6-7 / Dt 32:35cd-36ab, 39abcd, 41 [39c] / Mt 16:24-28
- Saturday: Hb 1:12—2:4 / Ps 9:8-9, 10-11, 12-13 [11b] / Mt 17:14-20
- Next Sunday: 1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-13a / Ps 85:9, 10, 11-12, 13-14  / Rom 9:1-5 / Mt 14:22-33