"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


The month of November has five Sundays. On this Fifth Sunday we will open the Church to all members of the parish. When the Church is filled to it’s capacity (during this time of COVID) we will invite the rest of the attendants to social distance in the hall where the mass will be live-streamed on our large TV. As Father Mark distributes Communion in Church, I will dis-tribute Communion in the hall. This is an experiment. We’ll see how this goes and then make decisions for the future.

Mass Times

Mass schedule by last name initial:
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




There are no upcoming scheduled events.

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Office Hours

!!Due to the Coronavirus, please call for availability!!
Tuesday thru Friday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: by appointment
Other Times by Appointment


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Catholic Campaign for Human Development

This year on Nov. 21/22, the Catholic Church in the U.S. will hold its 50th annual collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.  The U.S. Catholic Bishops created CCHD to fund economic and community development initiatives led locally by low income people. These initiatives create permanent solutions to poverty.  CCHD also funds formation and evangelization efforts like the CCHD Intern Program.  

You can view a 90 second video by Louis Jones, a former CCHD intern from our diocese.  Louis was recently named a finalist for the Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award of the U.S. Catholic Bishops. 

CCHD bulletin announcement

CCHD video

Parishioners may give securely at this link established by St. Clare Parish, O'Fallon.


All funds donated through this link will be sent to the diocesan collection.

Community Thanksgiving

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November 30, 2020 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Bishop McGovern's Message to ParishionersBishop McGovern's message to the parishoners


Our Mass is being live streamed on Facebook:

Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit

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.

 Mass intentions

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

Coronavirus and Holy Spirit

Due to the Coronavirus 19(COVID-19) 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**


Please follow the guidelines set inplace at"Holy Spirit"  

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”. 

    Before coming 

  • 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.

May 2020

Reopening Church

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's Cover Letter

Guidelines for Sacraments

Executive Summary of The Plan

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

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)


During this time, we ask that you continue to 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.

Our Mass is being live streamed on our

Facebook page Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit

Follow the link On Social Media found on our webpage

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Herrin, IL

St Joseph's Catholic Church, Benton, IL

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:



Ben Craft, President 

Dear Parishioners, 
 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.



Assistance needed at the at the Lighthouse Shelter


Did You Know?


Our Bulletin printers, LPI, are offering us the possibility of having bulletins sent to email addresses without any charge. They are asking us to send first name, last name and Email. They are committed to keeping contact infor-mation confidential and will not provide it to third parties. We will still get the number of paper bulletins we request. You can unsubscribe at any time with the click of a button if you find receiving the bulletin by email a burden. Their concern is that the advertisers who pay for the bulletin are not getting the recognition they deserve. We have prepared a list of names and addresses to send to Liturgical Press, but if you don’t want your name included, please just let us know. If your email address is not in the pictorial directory, we have not included it in the list for LPI. Please let us know if you want it included

Spiritual Gift for Bishop Braxton

In gratitude to Bishop Braxton for his pasto-ral service to the Diocese of Belleville for the past 25 years, Pastoral Council en-visions our spiritual gift being pre-sented in the form of a rosary with each bead representing a rosary prayed for Bishop Braxton’s inten-tion. Please color in a bead after each rosary you have prayed for him. Brochures are available in the front entrance explaining how to use the rosary. We have completed four decades of rosaries and are in our fifth dec-ade. We will send it to Bishop Braxton as soon as all beads are colored.

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.

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A Word from Sr. Phyllis

Oct 25, 2020 The Women’s Group in involving our parish in the “Box of Joy” Drive to make sure “the poorest of the poor” children receive gifts for Christmas. The Cross Catholic Outreach (CCO) created the Box of Joy project to show the love of Jesus. Children in 7 countries (Haiti, Guatemala, Dominican Re-public, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Jamaica and Gre-nada) receive these gift boxes packed with pre-sents like small toys, bar soap, pencils, notebooks, toothbrush, toothpaste, hard candy, t-shirt, etc. We are hoping with the help of parishioners to fill 20 boxes. Each box is designated for either a boy or girl of differing ages. Fill the box with items from a list found on the table with the boxes. Add a personal Christmas card from your family or a picture of your family in the box. Each box costs $9.00 in postage for shipping. After you fill your box, secure with a rubber band (no tape) and include a $9.00 check (no cash) in the pro-vided envelope and place on top of the gifts. The boxes need to be dropped off the week of No-vember 7. You can drop them off at the New-man Center (SIU) or off at the parish and Betty Schnake will deliver. Boxes can be found on the South West table in the hall. If you find extra room in your box, feel free to add some of the items already donated for this project located on the same table as the boxes

Sept 20, 2020: Pastoral Council is in the midst of setting goals for the following year. Included in to-day’s bulletin {Sept 20th} is a copy of what is posted on the wall in the front entrance, in case you forget who they are. If you have insights or suggestions for them as they consider goals for the next year, please be in touch with them. Their phone numbers are in the re-cently published pictorial Directory.

Sept 6, 2020: As I hear your stories and those of family members you love, I am very aware of the pressure many are under due to this pan-demic. It’s a time when our frustration can break out in unexpected ways and toward unexpecting people. Today in Paul’s letter to the Romans we are advised to “Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one an-other.” It seems especially hard during this time in this climate. I am heartened by the many ways I have witnessed each of you placing a call, making a contact, delivering food, being thoughtful of one another. In a poem written by Fr. Michael Quoist we hear God saying, “Don’t worry, you have gained all. While men came in to you, I, your Father, I, your God, slipped in among them.” Let us know if we can help

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.


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 


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