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.
In addition to forming groups within the parish to help those in need, 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 at [email protected] or Richard and Mary Chobot at 703-323-9402.
Need help? Or want to volunteer?
The parish Boy Scout Troop and parish teens provide snow removal to families with physical limitations. Note that due to the demand for this service, this is offered only for those who do not have family members or another way to shovel snow.
Contact the parish office (703-978-8074) to sign up, and the coordinators will contact you.
Are you grieving the loss of a loved one? Contact Dawn Beutner ([email protected]) to find out about the next Seasons of Hope Grief Support Group meeting. Our program is six weeks long, focuses on a passage of Scripture, and is offered four times a year.
Do you like to sew or do needlework? Our Sewing Group is making coverlets and sheets for preschoolers’ cots at the ACCA preschool. See some of our completed coverlets below. Contact Dawn Beutner to get on the email list for our upcoming events.
The Knitting and Crocheting Group work on many projects each year. Our donations help homeless men, women, and families, clients at a pregnancy center and a nursing home. Join us if you like to knit or crochet!
The Parish Bereavement Committee provides support during funerals at our parish, and Extraordinary Ministers from the parish bring Holy Communion to homebound parishioners on Sundays.
Contact the parish office about these services, 703 978 8074.
The newest program of the Good Samaritan Society is our Cookie Drive for the Kairos Prison Ministry through Catholic Charities. We provide a minimum of 100 dozen cookies for prisoners attending a Christian retreat, both in April and October. Note that due to the limitations imposed by prisons, all cookies must fit within specific guidelines. Watch the bulletin for details about our next cookie drive!
Helping Migrants and Refugees
In response to repeated calls from Pope Francis to support and aid those disrupted by war, famine, and poverty, Holy Spirit has initiated a series of initiatives to assist the Diocesan Office of Migrant and Refugee Services in this critical ministry. Neither Catholic Charities nor the Diocese have any role in determining who comes to the United States. Our only mission is to faithfully and generously welcome those admitted to our wonderful country. In Northern Virginia, the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington (CCDA), Office of Migrant and Refugee Services is one of only two organizations chartered to work with the State Department in Northerm Virginia in this humanitarian mission (there are seven nationally) and CCDA provides the bulk of the support.