Local Relief and Crisis Aid: Through generous parishioner donations from the Yellow Envelope or Electronic Contributions, we collected over $24,000 in 2015. we are able to disperse needed assistance to 130 individuals and families; often for food, deposit on housing, rental assistance, auto issues, utilities, and more. Monthly we support these organizations: St. Martin de Porres, Family Promise, Echoz Pregnancy Center, and through the local food bank to the parishes in Rocky Boy and Browning. We work with case managers and local resources such as Opportunities Incorporated and St. Vincent de Paul.
This is all made possible through the generosity of parishioners who contribute to the Holy Spirit Catholic Church Relief Fund. Holy Spirit Parish helps families and individuals through agencies such as St. Jude, St. Vincent de Paul, Opportunities Incorporated, Family Promise, and others. We pray in gratitude for the donors and the recipients, that they know and experience the peace and grace of a loving God.
Through our annual Lenten Rice Bowl Collection, Holy Spirit Parish contributed nearly $4,500 to Catholic Relief Services of which $1,125 was given to our local Meals on Wheels program. Holy Spirit Catholic School also participates in this Lenten project with a percentage of their collection going to a local charity of their choice.
Annually, Holy Spirit Parish has an Advent Giving Tree, with all gifts going to St. Vincent de Paul for distribution. Our Advent tree for 2015 brought in 275 gifts for children from ages 0-18. Holy Spirit Catholic School also had an Advent Giving Tree in 2015. They were able to give over 30 gifts to St. Vincent. The Pre-K class, along with their prayer partner classes, made 51 scarves which were added to the packages.