Service Ministries

ACCA/FISH/ECHO

Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA), Fairfax FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help) and Ecumenical Community Helping Others (ECHO) are Service Ministries providing assistance to the poor and the needy in our community. These ministries are non-profit organizations formed by coalitions of churches in the Fairfax county, VA, operated with volunteers. There are no paid staff members in their ministries.

Contact: 

Holy Spirit ACCA: Chuck Woods; jcwoods2@verizon.net ; 703-644-4548

Holy Spirit FISH: Mandy McCarthy; mandy8940@gmail.com ; 703-978-4889

ECHO: Mike Colahan; mcolahan@verizon.net; 703-569-9160

Hot Meals for the Homeless

For more information about Hot Meals for the Homeless, please contact Mandy McCarthy at mandy8940@gmail.com.

Food Ministry

The need is great and the demand for food is growing.  Over 70,000 people in Fairfax County are in need of food assistance and over 200,000 are in need throughout our Diocese.

Holy Spirit parishioners are making a difference and have the opportunity to support two types of food ministries: a local pantry run just 7 miles away from Holy Spirit and Christ House on Wheels (CHOW) pantry which serves the poorest of the poor operating out of the Christ House in Old Town Alexandria.

Good Samaritan Society

The Holy Spirit Parish Good Samaritan Society, named after the well-known Gospel story of service and charity, was initiated in 2011 by volunteer parishioners, with the blessing and guidance of parish clergy. A Christian outreach program for the community, it began with the goal of serving seniors in need, but expanded to include all those in need. Specifically, the programs started by the Good Samaritan Society help those who are homebound, those who are in need of transportation to medical appointments, those who are grieving the loss of loved ones, and those in need of specific home services. To volunteer to serve as a driver, please sign up here! In addition to forming groups within the parish, we also coordinate our efforts with other service and spiritual groups in the parish, community, and diocese with similar goals. We are currently exploring additional ways to serve seniors and others in need in our community.

If you want to join our group or volunteer to help, please contact:

Dawn Beutner, thebeutners@cox.net, 703 978 1096

Richard and Mary Chobot, 703 323 9402

Money Counting

The Holy Spirit Parish Money Counting Ministry assists in counting all money collected by the parish. For more information or to join, please contact Neil Miller at 703-323-6409.

Respect Life

The Parish Respect Group promotes the sanctity of human life in our parish and community.  We offer opportunities for parishioners to pray, become better educated, volunteer, and support organizations and events that encourage respect for all human life. For more information, please contact Dawn Beutner at dawnbeutner@cox.net.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.

As a reflection of the whole family of God, members, who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic Rule.

Organized locally, Vincentians witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ.

SPRED

SPRED (Special Religious Development) is a program in which persons who are developmentally disabled come together with a spiritual friend/catechist (21 years and older) to share a one-on-one relationship and form with others a small faith community. SPRED fosters and nourishes spiritual and personal growth by helping those with developmental disabilities discover God’s action and presence in their lives.  SPRED gives parishioners with developmental disabilities an opportunity for celebration and worship and prepares them for the sacraments of initiation and reconciliation.  Special liturgies during the course of the year are also celebrated as a community. For more information about SPRED, please contact Dick Cecka at racecka@aol.com.

 

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