Our Mission Statement
The Holy Spirit Pastoral Council
Origins of the Parish
In the summer of 1990, Catholics of northwest Rochester were invited to participate in the formation of a new parish, to be called Holy Spirit. A group of 78 families registered for the new parish at its first Mass on September 9, 1990, held at a rented bingo hall. The atmosphere smelled of cigarettes and the setup was difficult. For four years we lived with that temporary setting.
During the weeks and months that followed, people stepped forward to take on many tasks, responsibilities, ministries, commissions, and councils. From the beginning it was apparent that Holy Spirit Parish would bring into reality the “priesthood of the laity.”
Begun in Sacrificial Giving
In the late fall of 1992, we did our first building campaign, and raised over a half million in pledges to start construction of a church and school.
In July 1996, we re-did our campaign, raising over $600,000 in pledges to keep us on track for our mortgage payments. Parishioners across the board are very generous. As new members come in, they add their pledges to those of the old members.
The one thing we know for sure is that sacrificial giving by Holy Spirit members will be necessary for the future of the parish. We continue to be awed by the total participation, and are filled with gratitude at the generosity.
The Church BuildingIn September of 1993, we began construction on a church building — a building that we hoped would be a light on a hilltop for northwest Rochester and Olmsted County. This building opened on August 14, 1994, with a Liturgy — the first half of which was at the bingo hall and the second at the new church. Bishop Vlazny blessed the building on August 21, 1994.