BLOOD DRIVES: Rich Willeke, 816-537-4883
The first blood drive at Holy Spirit took place in early 2002. With only 14 donors, it was much smaller than it is today. Even so, the seed was planted and these Sunday morning blood drives have helped to collect an average of 40 pints per drive.
Some of the original blood drive donors have moved on, so we need “new blood.” The need is enormous but the requirements are quite minimal. A donor must be at least 16 years of age and weigh at least 110 lbs. For screening purposes and as benefits to you, your blood will be examined and you will be advised of any problems. You will also be advised on your cholesterol level.
Blood drives are announced in the Parish Bulletin several weeks before they take place.
CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE
Each year around Thanksgiving, Holy Spirit joins with Lee’s Summit Social Services to provide Christmas gifts for those in need. Parishioners choose a gift tag from the tree, purchase the item, and place it, unwrapped, under the tree the following week. A group from Holy Spirit transports the donations to Lee’s Summit Social Services in time for Christmas.
FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION
On the third Sunday of each month, Holy Spirit collects non-perishable items for Lee’s Summit Social Services. Particular needs include canned meat, stews, soups and pastas, cold cereal, peanut butter and paper products such as toilet paper. Place your donated items in the grocery cart in the back of church.
FUNERAL DINNERS: Joan Vehige, 816-522-5915
Parishioners provide a funeral luncheon, upon request, for funerals held at the Parish.
PEACE & JUSTICE COMMITTEE: Deacon Rich Akins, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Peace and Social Justice Committee focuses on advocacy issues. Holy Spirit specifically addresses issues related to the poor and vulnerable in our society. The committee typically meets the third Sunday of the month after the 10:30 Mass.
SICK & HOMEBOUND: Deacon Rich Akins, email@example.com
Please be sure to contact the parish when someone in the family is hospitalized; hospitals are not permitted to notify the parish without prior consent of an admitted patient. If surgery is anticipated, you are encouraged to receive the sacrament of Anointing the Sick, preferably before entering the hospital. While most hospitals do provide communion for their patients, Ministers to The Homebound will be more than happy to bring the Eucharist to you if the hospital does not offer this service. We are also willing to bring communion to anyone who is at home and unable to come to Mass. Communal anointing at weekend Masses occurs once or twice a year.
SOUP KITCHEN: Jodie James, 816-623-3379
Our parish serves a meal at St. James Place at 39th and Troost in Kansas City on the 2nd Friday of each month. Ten volunteers are needed to serve the meal and clean up afterwards. The volunteers typically leave Holy Spirit at 3:30 PM and return at 7:00 PM. This ministry is for age 13 and up. Daytime help sacking groceries in the pantry is also needed, as well as help with special projects. If you would like to volunteer, please call Jodie James at 623-3379 or 820-1992.
SPIRIT OF GIVING: Anna Vahrenberg, firstname.lastname@example.org
Spirit of Giving is a program designed to provide assistance to less fortunate families in our community. Spirit of Giving has partnered with the Great Beginnings Early Childhood Education Center, which is part of the Lee’s Summit R-VII School District, to identify families in our area in need of assistance. The primary project for this group consists of identifying volunteers to adopt a family during the Christmas season. The volunteers provide donations for their adopted family including toys for the children, clothing, and basic household items such as cleaning supplies.
Spirit of Giving has expanded to help families throughout the year with programs including collecting backpacks for Back to School and collecting coats for the winter season. The Spirit of Giving committee is also building an email network to address occasional needs for families as they arise throughout the year. If you would like to become a part of the email network or would like additional information about the Spirit of Giving program, please send an email to Anna Vahrenberg at email@example.com