FATHER JOHN IS RETIRING
Father John announced last weekend that he requested and received permission to retire in the summer of 2022. With this coming year being his 50th year as a priest and after serving 31 years as pastor of Holy Spirit, he thought it was time.
The diocese has reassured us that it has a plan for the future of Holy Spirit Parish that will enable us to remain the active vibrant parish that we are. As details of that plan become available, we will communicate them to you.
PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE OF THE PARISH
This past January, Bishop Bonner requested that all parishes count the number of persons attending each of the masses on the weekend. The counting is to continue, at least through June. These counts will be used in determining the number of masses that a parish is to have on a weekend. Since January, we have averaged approximately 80 persons per Mass. By comparison, during pre-COVID years when we counted, we averaged closer to 120 persons per mass. For the sake of perspective, it is estimated that the maximum seating capacity for our church is 300. We thought it is important for parishioners to be aware of this information as we plan for the future of our parish.
BUILDING AND GROUNDS WORKDAY
Many hands are needed for mulching and painting at our Building and Grounds volunteer work day on Saturday, May 21 starting at 9:00 am. The workday enables us to continue the care and maintenance of our buildings and property by completing some major projects. No skill is needed, only a willingness to give of your time. Please sign up at the wood table by the main doors.
FIRST STEP FOR CHANGE CAMPAIGN
The Knights of Columbus will be leading out parish in the annual Catholic Charities First Step for Change Campaign from Mother’s Day through Father’s Day. This campaign is one way to support the Catholic Church’s pro-life, pro-family position. Sponsored by Catholic Charities, the campaign assists low-income pregnant women and families with food, formula, clothing, diapers and other items essential to a child’s health, safety and well-being. Pick up a First Step Packet, learn about the program, complete the participation card and return it by June 30. Support the Gospel of Life by reaching out to women, children and families who need a helping hand. Online giving is also available at www.ccdoy.org.
CATHOLIC CONFERENCE OF OHIO RECENT STATEMENT ON THE SUPREME COURT'S "DOBBS" CASE
Following the leak of documents from the U.S. Supreme Court pertaining to the case of Dobbs vs. Jackson Women's Health Organization, the Catholic Conference of Ohio has issued the following statement:
The Catholic Conference of Ohio continues to pray that the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade and allows Ohio the opportunity to legally protect the lives of preborn children. While we await an official decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, our commitment to serving women and children through material resources and personal accompaniment remains the same. Let us all work to build a society where all persons can flourish no matter their circumstances or stage of development.
VBS REGISTRATION IS HERE!!!!
Vacation Bible School is on June 27 - 30 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Registration forms for children pre-K through grade 5 are on the wood table by the church doors. Deadline to register is June 1. If you have questions, please contact Cathy Kasza at the Parish Office.
VBS YOUTH AND ADULT VOLUNTEER SIGN UPS
The sign-up sheet for youth in grades 6 and up has been posted on the youth bulletin board near the main doors of the church and registration forms are available on the wood tables. Although VBS is geared towards children in grades pre K-5th grade, those in 6th grade through high school are highly encouraged to help put the program on. There are many ways to help and lots of leadership opportunities for everyone! See the sign-up sheet for more details or contact Cathy Kasza at the parish office.
MISSION TRIP PLANNING MEETING:
Living as Missionary Disciples
The last meeting before we leave on our trip will be Tuesday, June 7 at 7:00 pm at Holy Spirit. We have many details over which to discuss. The meeting is mandatory for all who are going so if you absolutely cannot attend, please contact Anne Weeks or Mark Violand to schedule an alternate time.
CEDAR POINT TRIP
Attention High School Students (incoming freshman through new graduates)! On July 13 from 7:30 am - 11:45 pm, there will be a trip to Cedar Point with other youth from Stark County Catholic churches. The cost is $45.00 and includes transportation. Food and drinks are not included. Seats are limited on the bus which is leaving from St. Paul (North Canton). If you have any questions or to RSVP, contact Claire Hobbs ASAP at 330 - 417 - 7873 (call or text).
CHRISTIAN FORMATION AND EDUCATION (CFE) MEETING
The next CFE meeting will take place Monday, May 23 at 6:30 pm in the parish meeting room. The CFE committee is a standing committee of parish council which oversees and plans all faith formation and religious education programs for adults, youth and children at the parish. We would love to have you join us! Anyone interested in learning more is invited to join us tomorrow or contact Cathy at the parish office.
BLESSING OF GRADUATES
On May 28 at 12:00 pm, we invite graduates (high school or college) and their families to Holy Spirit for a blessing from Father John in celebration of your graduation. You can wear your cap and gown, if you desire.
FATHER JOHN’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!
Join us Sunday, June 5 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at Holy Spirit as we celebrate the anniversary of the parish and Father John’s 50th year anniversary of his ordination into the priesthood. The afternoon will begin at 2:00 pm with a short presentation in the church immediately followed by a catered meal served in the Social Hall and live outdoor music. Parishioners are asked to bring a dessert to share (and maybe a lawn chair if desired). A sign-up sheet for desserts will be posted closer to the event. Please RSVP by contacting the parish office or Cathy Kasza.
LAKE TOWNSHIP FISH 5K RUN/WALK
It's time to lace up those shoes for the annual Lake Township FISH 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, June 11 at the Lake High School Stadium. The race is a road course with prizes for various age groups in both the timed run and timed walk. There will also be an untimed "fun" walk. A half-mile Kids' Fun Run starts the day off at 8:00 am and is free for kids of all ages and their parents. Pre-register by May 31 for only $20 at www.bit.ly/FISH5K2022 or pick up a registration form on wood table at the church doors. Please consider participating to help Holy Spirit win the Church Challenge trophy this year!
COMMEMORATING FATHER JOHN’S RETIREMENT
Join us for mass on the weekend of June 25/26, the last weekend Father John will be celebrating weekend Masses as the pastor of Holy Spirit. The Knights of Columbus will be offering refreshments after each Mass when Father John will be available for you to say goodbye and offer him best wishes. At each mass, we will be blessing him as he embarks on this next phase of his life.
ELEVENTH ANNUAL FAITH & FAMILY FESTIVAL
A day of fun and fulfillment for families, students and friends will be held on Sunday, September 25 on the West Quad of the campus of Walsh University (2020 E. Maple St., North Canton). The day will begin at 11:00 am with Mass with Bishop Bonnar. Our featured presenter is Fr. Leo Patalinghug “the cooking priest” from Plating Grace. The day will also include musical acts, activities for kids and young people, vendors and exhibitors, and food. For more information call 330-744-8451 ext. 272 or e-mail email@example.com.
OUTREACH SUNDAY FOR FISH
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 canned chicken or tuna and pasta sauce. Please bring your donations next weekend and place under the wood tables.
If you would like to provide flowers for our Saturday and Sunday Masses, the 2021 Flower Chart is now available on the bulletin board. Just place your name & phone number on the chart next to the date that has special meaning for you. A week before your floral arrangement is due, you will receive a reminder call and will be asked about your special intention. For many parishioners it is a wonderful way to commemorate Wedding Anniversaries, Birthdays, Loved Ones (living and deceased), etc. Your name and special intention will be noted in the bulletin to thank you for your thoughtfulness in adding beauty to the Holy Spirit environment.
HOT MEALS DATES FOR 2022
Please mark your calendars for the 2022 Hot Meals dates that we are scheduled to help serve. All times are from 3:00 - 5:30 pm. They are:
A tutorial is available on our YouTube Channel Holy Spirit Uniontown Ohio. A direct link to the tutorial is also available at
Holy Spirit Google Calendar Tutorial Part 1
Holy Spirit Google Calendar Tutorial Part 2
Are you using the Holy Spirit Google Calendar on the parish website? If not, you may want to! Liturgical ministers can view if they are scheduled for a particular day; you can learn details about events at the parish and beyond. Access the calendar by clicking the VIEW CALENDAR button on the home page or go to the Calendar Page. To read about an event, click on it (then you have the option to add it to your own calendar.)
For a link to our Liturgical Calendar go to:
For a direct link to our Liturgical Calendar go to:
Liturgical Calendar Direct Link