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Mass Schedule

Saturday 5:00PM

Fall - Sunday: 8:30 AM & 11:00AM

Daily Mass Schedule
Monday: No Mass
Tuesday: 9:00AM
Thursday: 9:00AM
Friday: 9:00AM
Holy Days 9:30AM & 7:00PM

Daily Readings

Daily Readings
from U.S. Conference of Bishops

Mission Statement

Holy Spirit Parish
is called to be family
finding its center
in Christ and His Body
the parish - and in turn,
reflecting that
Love of Christ
to the community
and beyond.


We invite you to journey with us as we follow the promptings of God's Spirit to discover, celebrate and share the Mystery of God's love revealed to us through Christ. Explore this site to discover some of the opportunities available for you to grow in faith and the love of Christ. On behalf of the Holy Spirit faith community, I welcome you and hope that you will come and join us in one of our weekend liturgies.

Fr. John

News, Events & Meetings

Save the Date

Please join us for our meeting, Wednesday, February 19th at St Raphael's (4365 Fulton Dr. NE, Canton). We begin with Mass at 11:30 am followed by lunch and our business meeting. There will be election of new officers. If you have any questions contact Verla Lorenz at 330-833-1125 or Beth Casenhiser at 330-983-8621.

The Poor Clare Nuns of Sancta Clara Monastery’s next Bread and Soup Sale is on February 20 - 22. Hours are from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Pre-orders can be made via phone at 330-492-1171 or their website at www.poorclares.org. Available breads for sale are Parmesan, Raisin Walnut, Strawberry, Banana Nut, Breadsticks and New York Cheesecake. Soups for sale are Wedding Soup, Lentil, Tomato, Chicken Noodle and Chili.

We continue preparing for our upcoming mission trip this Summer by gathering next on Sunday, February 23rd at 12:15 pm in the Meeting Room. Please make every effort to be there to journey with others and get important details.

The annual Mardi Gras Dinner is being sponsored by the Holy Spirit Parish Knights of Columbus. The dinner will held in the social hall on Sunday, February 23rd at 4:00 pm. This is a family event. There will be special activities for both children and adults. For planning purposes, please sign up on the sign up sheets in church hallway.

We continue preparing for our upcoming mission trip this Summer by gathering next on Sunday, February 23rd at 12:15 pm in the Meeting Room. Please make every effort to be there to journey with others and get important details.

The Loyola Retreat House (700 Killinger Road, Clinton) is sponsoring a Fat Tuesday Dinner & Lenten Reflection on February 25th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Come join us as we feast before we fast! Enjoy a delicious Mardi Gras dinner followed by a Lenten reflection in our Chapel. Cost is $25.00. For more information or to register for this event, please visit our website at www.loyolaretreathouse.com or call 330-896-2315.

Our Christian Service and Outreach (CSO) Committee is sponsoring some volunteer time at the Akron Regional Food Bank (ARFB) for Saturday, February 29th from 8:30 - 11:30 am. We will probably be sorting canned goods or packing gift bags. More information will be coming. All are welcome; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. See the sign-up sheet by the doors of the church. Attendance also requires an electronic sign-up at the ARFB website prior to the event (www.volgistics.com). The ARFB also helps our local FISH pantry and it is one more way we can support our community. Please call Tom Triola at 330-877-1663 if you have any questions.

Time to dust off those chili recipes and plan to join us for the 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, March 14th at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $10 each and will be on sale after all masses beginning February 29. A chili sign-up sheet will be available on the chili poster in the Narthex. For questions, or to sign up to help, please contact Brenda Hamas at 330-877-1802.

Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth Chapter of Magnificat, a women’s ministry modeled after the Visitation, invites you to a breakfast on Saturday, March 14th at Walsh University’s Barrette Center (2020 East Maple Street, North Canton). Erin Clark will be the guest speaker. Doors open at 8:30 am with Breakfast at 9:00 am. There will be an optional Mass at 8:00 am in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel at Walsh University. Cost is $22.00 if you mail your registration in or $23.00 if you register online. Go to magnificatstark.weebly.com to print out a reservation form or to pay online. RESERVATIONS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER MARCH 7. For further information call Joan Spieth at 330-933-8778.

St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Middle School is rooted in a Tradition of Truth, Scholarship and Excellence that has carried on throughout the decades. Alumni and their families, as well as any family interested in learning more about STA are invited to stop by for a Spring Open House on March 15th from 12:00 - 2:00 pm! Guests can walk the halls; meet with faculty and students; learn about tuition assistance and scholarships; and see the Aquinas Advantage up close and personal.

This year’s Diocesan Men’s Conference will be held on Saturday, March 21st from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at St. Thomas Aquinas High School. Go to www.cmfdoy.org for more information, to download a registration form or to register online.

The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide will be offered on Wednesday Evenings, February 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6 from 6:45 - 9:00 pm at St. Paul Parish (241 S. Main St., North Canton) in North Room A (lower level of the Church). This program is a DVD-based series with accompanying materials created to bring hope and healing to divorced and separated Catholics. In addition to top Catholic experts on Church teachings, relationships, love, sex, marriage, divorce and annulment, the presentations also feature the personal testimonies of twelve divorced Catholic men and women who share their real-life stories of hope and healing. There is no cost to attend. To ensure your space or to learn about additional ministry to the divorced contact the Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Life at 330-744-8451 ext.272 or e-mail dschmidt@youngstowndiocese.org.


Even though it may not seem that much is happening on the building project, much is happening behind the scenes. To review, the pre-engineering (surveying and soil testing), construction documents and permits have all been completed. The initial construction process proved ineffective in moving the project along. During the process, it became clear that the general contractor/competitive bid process would be more appropriate to meet the needs of the project, so we adopted that model, beginning with four bid requests in December; only three were submitted, the last of which just two weeks ago. All bids are over budget, so the Core Committee is evaluating options for cost reduction. A benefit of this delay from the original schedule is that much of the capital campaign total will be in hand at startup, minimizing the need to borrow money and pay interest. Project estimated start and completion dates are still to be determined. Below is the status of Capital Campaign:

  • Goal: $600,000
  • Commitments: Almost $741,000
  • Received: 77%
  • Halfway through campaign

As stewards of our resources, we are planning not only for us now, but also for future generations. Given that adding onto our building is quite complex and intricate, we want to get this right. If you would like to discuss any questions or concerns, please contact one of the Core Team members:  Anne Weeks, Mary Ann Crawford, Al Horning, or Bob Speight.


FISH, our Lake Township community food pantry, relies on the generosity of others to stock it with items they needed. Once a month is designated as “Outreach Sunday.” This month’s “Outreach Sunday” items for Holy Spirit are meals in a can, baking mixes and deodorant. Please bring your donations next weekend and place under the wood tables.

Holy Spirit PSR & Youth Group Activities

To find out if PSR or other activities have been cancelled due to weather or other reasons, please check the Holy Spirit Facebook page (Holy Spirit Catholic Church) or follow us on Twitter (@HolySpiritUNOH). Links to Facebook and Twitter can be found on the parish website www.holyspiritunoh.org

Children’s Liturgy of the Word will be offered at all three weekend Masses on the weekends listed below. On these dates, children will be called forward at the opening of Mass by the celebrating priest, blessed and sent with an adult catechist to the meeting room to hear and discuss the day’s Mass readings on a more age appropriate level that relates to their understanding. The catechist will then lead the children back to church to rejoin their families after the Creed.
Additional adults are needed to join the team of adult catechists leading children’s liturgy. There is no need to change your regularly attended Mass times and preparation/time commitments are minimal, yet it provides a valuable ministry to the children and families of our parish. Contact Cathy Kasza to learn more.

  • March 7/8
  • April 25/26

On these dates, children will be called forward by Father John after the opening blessing, blessed and led by an adult catechist to a prayer space in the meeting room to celebrate a separate Liturgy of the Word that is more appropriate to their level of understanding.

Do you remember participating in the Living Stations when you were in junior high? Are you looking for a way to jumpstart your prayer life during Lent? Here it is… Participate and mentor the 8th graders in our annual tradition. Practice will be on Sunday, March 1st at the church from 9:35 - 10:50 am and Living Stations will be on Friday, March 6th at 7:30 pm. This is an excellent way to journey the Passion of our Lord. To participate, contact Claire Hobbs through the parish office.

There is still time to register for next Summer’s Mission Trip. If you are interested in participating in the program, please contact Anne Weeks as soon as possible.

New To Our Parish

We welcome you to Holy Spirit. To register, you may stop at our parish office, see Fr. John after Mass, or call the office at 330-699-4500. View our Holy Spirit Welcome Form

How Can We Serve You

Please let us know what your needs are and how we can assist you on your faith journey. We are here to grow in faith beside you. May Christ’s blessings be with you. Contact us at 330-699-4500 or parishoffice@holyspiritunoh.org or go to our Holy Spirit Welcome Form