Weekly eBulletin - September 5th, 2021
Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Labor Day is a holiday that invites us to honor and recognize the American labor movement and more importantly the works and contribution of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States. This is the time to acknowledge the value of all laborers and their contributions to the well-being of all. Read more...

Read on for updates on Altar Server Ministry, Sacramental preparation registrations, and what is happening in various ministries.

God Bless,
Fr. Ritche
Collection for Haiti
The recent 7.2 earthquake in Haiti caused substantial loss of life and damage in an island nation that has already been confronted with many challenges. The weekend of September 4th-5th there will be a special second collection to help Haiti with both urgent and long-term recovery donate here.
Layette Ministry
Our Holy Spirit Layette Ministry provides a large assortment of baby quilts, blankets, afghans, diapers and clothing to the Diocese of San Jose's Layette Program. The Public Health Nurses have access to these items and make up layette packages to give to their clients who are expecting babies.  We also provide these baby items to Sacred Heart Community Services for their Layette Program. For more information on this ministry or to help out, contact Roberta Zoller at raz990@att.net.
Confession: 4:00pm-4:45pm
Mass: 5:00pm

Mass: 9:30am (livestreamed), 11:30am, & 6:00pm

Eucharistic Adoration
First Friday of the month after 8:30 Mass, in-person and live-stream.

To download this weekend's worship aid, click here.
Birthday of Mary
It has been a tradition of the Catholic Church to celebrate the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, on September 8; nine months after December 8 when we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, a Patronal Feast Day of the United States of America.  Read more...
Altar Server Training
Altar Servers have a very important role during Mass and our parish is enriched through their dedication and service. Join us for our next training session:

Sunday, September 12th
1:00 - 4:00 pm 
Inside the church

Who can become an altar server?
- Boys and girls with a desire to serve the Church
- 5th grade and older
- Have received their First Holy Communion
- Attend Mass regularly   

You can register here.

For more information click here or contact Germán and Carolina Scipioni at german@scipioni.org and  carolina@scipioni.org
Women’s Faith Group Returns!
Our spiritual lives do not exist without us!  As busy women, we may miss moments to acknowledge God’s presence. Join the returning Women’s Faith Group to explore the wisdom of the Gospel using faith-sharing tools grounded in the liturgical seasons. The Women’s Faith Sharing Group is open to women of all ages and stages. Join us in the Parish Hall for prayer, learning, and faith-sharing our lives, 

Beginning September 14th:
Tuesday mornings 9:15am to 10:30am (after Daily Mass) or
Tuesday evenings, 7:00pm to 8:15pm 

For more information, please contact Merry Reardon at merry.reardon@dsj.org or 408-997-5112.
Catechist Wanted
Catechist: A person who teaches Christian doctrine in an organic way to children so that they may be initiated into the fullness of Christian life. Holy Spirit Church is in need of a Catechist to help teach Faith Formation class to Kinder and First Grade children on Monday afternoons from 4:00-4:50. If you are interested in being a Catechist, please contact Merry Reardon at merry.reardon@dsj.org.  
English as a Second Language - Volunteers needed
Our Lady of Refuge is looking for bilingual English/Spanish volunteers to teach once a week over zoom. Your Spanish does not have to be perfect. You would help small groups of students with their exercises which are mostly oral not written. The greatest strength of this program is the amount of individual attention that is given each student during these exercises. If this is something you would like to learn more about please contact Jim Gibbon at jim@gibbons.com. Fall classes will begin on September 13 from 7pm to 8:30pm.
Suicide Prevention
It can be frightening if someone you love talks about suicidal thoughts. It can be even more frightening if you find yourself thinking about dying or giving up on life. Not taking these kinds of thoughts seriously can have devastating outcomes, as suicide is a permanent solution to (often) temporary problems. Read more...
Season's of Hope: Grief Consolation
After the death of a loved one, our Holy Spirit community can be a place of comfort and support.
Join us for:

6-week series Sept. 23-Oct 28, 2021
Thursday evenings, 7:00pm-8:15pm.

Parish Hall “Be Still Room” Enter by exterior side door facing the Courtyard. We will move to Zoom if necessary. RSVP to: Leah Harris, Pastoral Care Director, 408-997-5110
Rosary group returns Wednesday Sept 8 @ 9am.
Saint Augustine described the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary as an event of cosmic and historic significance, and an appropriate prelude to the birth of Jesus Christ: “She is the flower of the field from whom bloomed the precious lily of the valley.” Pray the Rosary on Wednesdays, starting September 8th, after Daily Mass. For more information click here.
Youth Ministry Kick-offs
In just a week, 3sixty and Edge will kick off another year in ministry. After being virtual last year, we are back in person! 3sixty High School will kick off on Sunday, September 12th and Edge Middle School on Wednesday, September 15th.

Confirmation Year 1
Parent and youth orientation will be on Wednesday, September 8th at 6:30pm in the church. The orientation will cover the importance of the Sacrament, the session schedule, logistics, and expectations for the year. The session will be in person.
Retrouvaille Weekend
There are 4 Stages of Marriage – The 4 stages of marriage are: (1) Romance, (2) Disillusionment, (3) Misery, (4) Awakening. Many marriages experience the first 3 Stages. Marriages that end in divorce never make it to the 4th Stage. If your marriage suffers from Disillusionment or Misery please contact Retrouvaille. For information about or to register for the September Virtual Marriage Program beginning with a weekend on Sept.16-19, 2021 call 408-605-4998, email: SanJose@RetroCA.com or visit our website at: www.HelpOurMarriage.org
Holy Spirit Parish
1200 Redmond Avenue
San Jose, CA 95120
(408) 997-5101