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Holy Spirit Parish Weekly Newsletter

We kick off the week with Labor Day. It's Mother Mary's Birthday on Thursday, and on Friday we celebrate a man who gave up comfort and ease to become the "slave of the slaves".

This coming weekend, we also honor and pray for those we lost in 9/11, and also will be having the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick during all our weekend masses.  

Here is your weekly update for what's going on in the parish. 

Happy Labor Day!

Make time today to reflect on the dignity and gift of work. (Great article on this below.)

PLEASE NOTE - There is NO Mass at Holy Spirit on Labor Day, Monday September 5th.

Morning Mass will be at St. Joseph Parish (Avon Lake) at 8:00 AM.

PLEASE NOTE - The Parish Office is Closed in observance of Labor Day.

Thursday, September 8th

Birth of Mary

When Was Mary Born?

Most saints we celebrate when they died, because that is their birthday into heaven. 

The Church pulls out all the stops though for God's Mother, in part because understanding how God worked through her helps us understand the miracle and magnitude of the Incarnation of Jesus. 

When was Mary Born?

Eucharistic Adoration

Every Thursday

6 PM - 8 PM

Holy Family Chapel

Want to become a regularly scheduled adorer? Email Mike Here

Friday, September 9th

St. Peter Claver

Who was St. Peter Claver?

September 9 marks the Feast of St. Peter Claver, a Jesuit priest who ministered to African slaves in Colombia in the 17th century. The U.S. bishops have invited Catholics to observe the day with fasting and prayer for an end to racism in the United States.

Who was this "Slave of the Slaves?"

Saturday, September 10th

Parents of children anticipating reception of First Communion in May 2023 should attend this meeting!


Meeting will last about 30 minutes

Program Registration Forms will be distributed at the meeting.


Please Note:


Children planning to receive First Communion need to be enrolled in the Preparation Program in addition to PSR or a Catholic elementary school.


Admission to the Preparation Program requires at least one year of formal faith formation prior to the current year (generally understood to be Grade 1 PSR or Catholic school). A child lacking this prior faith formation may be delayed in receiving First Communion until adequate preliminary preparation has been completed.


Contact Chris Hoag, PCL

Click to Call Chris
Click to Email Chris

Sunday, September 11th

Patriot Day - Anniversary of 9/11

 "Eternal rest grant to all the poor souls, Oh Lord,

 And may the perpetual light shine upon them. 

 And may the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God  rest in peace."

Anointing of the Sick Masses

Anointing of the Sick will be offered at ALL masses on Saturday Sept. 10th & Sunday Sept. 11th.

Read Details in Father Strebler's Bulletin Column Here

Donut Sunday

Come to the Katherine Drexel Room between 9:30 AM and 12:00 PM on Sunday for Coffee, Donuts, and Fun!

Mother Mary wants you to know and understand Jesus's love and care for you. 

Read the Mass Readings!

Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Some Thoughts for Reflection

The Limits of Forgiveness

September 11th, the Clerical Sex Scandals, and other such events can bring up two extremes in Catholics - the un-Christlike refusal to forgive, and the equally un-Christlike hippy attitude that anger is never justified.

How do we navigate between these two extremes?

What Forgiveness Is - and Isn't

How to Handle a Bad Sexual Past

"She came to a similar conclusion as mine above: she had been lied to. Being promiscuous didn’t bring her happiness, and what hurt most in the process of living out her own sexual revolution was that she had lied to herself. She did not feel good about the entire thing, and she was not okay."

Every Saint Has Past. 

Upcoming Events

Holy Spirit Men's Fellowship

Join us  Saturday Sept. 17th  for prayer and manly discussion at 8:00 AM  in the Katherine Drexel Room . All men (18+) are invited. 

Knights of Columbus Reverse Raffle

Take a chance to win some dough and support a heroic organization by buying tickets for the Knights of Columbus Reverse Raffle.

The Knights will be selling tickets in the Narthex on Saturday Sept. 17th and Sunday Sept. 18th.

Ladies Guild Kickoff Presentation

Explore the Golden Age of Cleveland's Department Stores with the Ladies Guild on Thursday, September 15th at 7 PM in the Hall.

Adult Faith Formation

Check out the Adult Faith Formation Page on our website for resources and events to help you deepen your understanding of Church teaching and your relationship with Jesus.  

See Our Resources

All of our recent bulletins are available on our website! If you need a copy or know someone who does, head over to

"But faith comes to our aid at these times when words seem to fail. Christ's word is the only one that can give a response to the questions which trouble our spirit. Even if the forces of darkness appear to prevail, those who believe in God know that evil and death do not have the final say. Christian hope is based on this truth; at this time our prayerful trust draws strength from it."

Pope St. John Paul II