Holy Spirit Catholic Church
17270 Ward Street - Fountain Valley, CA 92708

"Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me."   (Matthew 16:24)

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    Sunday, December 24*
    English: 4pm (Church & Hall), 6pm (Church & Hall), 11pm
    Vietnamese: 8:00pm

    Monday, December 25
    English: 7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am, 12:00pm, and 5:00pm
    Vietnamese: 1:30pm, 3:15pm, & 6:30pm
    * Please note that Masses celebrated before 4:00pm are for the 4th Sunday of Advent, while after 4:00pm are for the Vigil of the Nativity of the Lord.
    Save this date! Tuesday, Dec. 12, please join us to Celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Feast Day at Holy Spirit Church with Las Mañanitas at 4:30am, Mass at 5:00am, live Mariachi music, reception & raffle following Mass. 1st Prize - $200.00--2nd Prize - $100.00--3rd and 4th Prizes - $50.00 and more. Tickets are available at the Parish Office and the Patio after Mass. Thank you for your support.
    You are invited to Socialize, Support and Pray with our Religious Brothers, Sisters, Seminarians, Deacons and Priests at our Annual Vocations Banquet with the 2018 theme: “I have Chosen You…(in.15:16)” at Holy Spirit Church, Saturday, January 27, 2018. 6:30pm—Cocktails; 7:00pm—Dinner. Featured Speaker: Bishop Timothy Freyer, Auxiliary Bishop of Orange. Cost: $30/person.
    All are invited to join us for the celebration of “Simbang Gabi” on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 6:00pm with Father Aaron Riomalos, as presider, followed by a reception. Join us for this wonderful experience. For more info., please contact Allen Williamson at (714) 968-0276.
    This is a Filipino Christmas tradition that is a series of nine (9) dawn Masses. The Mass starts as early as 4:00am. It begins on December 16 and ends on midnight of December 24, which is the Midnight Mass.
    There will be a second collection on the weekend of December 9-10 for the Retirement Fund For Religious. Please give to those who have given their life to the service of the Church. Thank you for your generosity.
    Dear Holy Spirit Parishioners,
    Our Diocese has requested a special second collection sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas for the “Northern California Fire Relief.” Since that time, our Diocese has learned of a number of needs, such as:
    · Many homes were completely destroyed. Those who lost their homes need long term shelter and assistance in rebuilding.
    · Some, whose homes that were saved, are now unemployed as their place of work was destroyed.
    · The parishes will need assistance to continue their basic ministries as the collections are down due to people not having homes and/or work.
    · Children in Catholic schools will need tuition assistance while their families rebuild their lives.
    Due to the numerous parish fundraising events to which YOU have given so generously and all the second collections that our Diocese has in place for the year, our Parish Finance Council and myself have decided not to burden our parishioners with this matter. We will continue to support our Diocese’s endeavors by providing $5,000 from our Parish savings. We hope that you agree with us in this decision. May Jesus, our longing, together with Mary, our Mother, bless you and your family during this season of grace.
    Fr. Joseph Tran
    Save this date! Tuesday, Dec. 12, please join us to Celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Feast Day at Holy Spirit Church with Las Mañanitas at 4:30am, Mass at 5:00am, live Mariachi music, reception & raffle following Mass.1st Prize - $200.00---2nd Prize - $100.00---3rd and 4th Prizes - $50.00 and more. Please support our fundraising by purchasing raffle tickets! Tickets are available at the Parish Office and the Patio after Mass.
    The Financial Contribution Statements for 2017 will be given only upon request. They will be available mid-January. You can make your request now at the Parish Office at (714) 963-1811 or email Catherine Vu at CatherineV@hsccfv.org. The 2017 year is coming to an end. If you are considering making a gift, please consider our building project, the Our Lady of Grace Pastoral Center. Online giving is available at HolySpiritFV.org.
    Dearest Holy Spirit Parishioners,
    I know many of you have questions and concerns as to the sudden departure of Father Dan Wilder. I would like to clarify that his reassignment came as a shock to me as well. The process of incardination into our Diocese requires any priest to serve at least two parishes within five years. With the transition of our former pastor, Msgr. Tuan Pham and myself in July 2017, Father Dan was asked to stay. However, with the sudden need at St. Hedwig, Father Dan accepted the request of the Bishop. His spirit of charity and obedience to our Bishop is very admirable given the circumstances of his mother’s passing in early November. We thank Father Dan for his commitment and service to our Parish. May Jesus bless him as he continues to spread God’s message of love.
    Finally, I know you all want to know if and when we will have a replacement for Father Dan. As of now, we do know that there will be a replacement but we are still waiting for the Diocese to confirm who it will be. With many moving parts, it will be a domino effect. Please be patient with us as we work through this transition together with the Diocese.
    If you have questions and comments, please do not hesitate to ask. I am available during office hours and after all Masses. Wishing you and your family a holy Advent season.
    In Christ Jesus, Fr. Joseph Tran
    A new class is starting in November 28, 2017, with Confirmation on Pentecost Sunday, May 20, 2018. If you are an adult, have been baptized and received your First Communion, but have NOT received your Confirmation, please join this class, be confirmed and become a fully initiated member of the Catholic faith. All Catholics are strongly encouraged to be Confirmed & to receive the strength to practice the Faith. For More details visit our website or contact our Faith Formation Office.
    Lôùp Giaùo Lyù Theâm Söùc cho Ngöôøi Lôùn taïi Giaùo Xöù Thaùnh Linh seõ baét ñaàu khai giaûng vaøo thaùng 11 naêm 2017, vôùi Thaùnh Leã Theâm Söùc vaøo Chuùa Nhaät Leã Hieän Xuoáng, ngaøy 20 thaùng 5, 2018. Quí anh chò em ñaõ ñöôïc laõnh nhaän Bí Tích Röûa Toäi vaø Bí Tích Mình Thaùnh Chuùa, xin ghi danh vôùi Vaên Phoøng Giaùo Lyù.
    Presented by the Knights of Columbus—Entertainment by our Choirs with music by David Dilorio. All proceeds will benefit Our Lady of Grace Pastoral Center. Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 6:00pm in Doyle Hall. Admission is $25.00 includes dinner and one drink. There will be door prizes, a fabulous opportunity drawing and silent auctions!!! Tickets will be available in the office and will not be sold at the door.
  • SAVE THE DATE!!!--Special fundraising events to benefit--Our Lady of Grace Pastoral Center
    December 3: Christmas Boutique
    · The Ladies of The Knights of Columbus and Friends present the 23rd Annual Christmas Boutique in Doyle Hall on Sunday, December 3 from 8am-3pm.
    · Bring the children to see Santa. Egg rolls, tamales, baked goods, jams and jellies, arts and crafts and
    · much more. Plus Raffle Prizes.

    Dec. 9: Christmas Dinner Celebration
    · Presented by the Knights of Columbus with entertainment by the English and Children’s Choirs during dinner on Saturday, December 9 at 6:00pm in Doyle Hall.
    · Live entertainment, opportunity drawing, door prizes, Admission is $25 includes dinner and one drink.

    December 15: Christmas Concert
    · Presented by the Vietnamese Community and the Combined Choirs with special performance by Msgr. Tuan Pham, our former pastor, on Friday, December 15 at 8:00pm.
    · An evening of praise and worship with the theme of “Giêsu, Con Lòng Mẹ” can be translated as
    · “Fruit of my womb, Jesus.” Admission price is $30

    Christmas is coming and our Knights of Columbus will be selling Christmas Cards and Christmas Celebration tickets after all Masses. Let’s keep Christ in Christmas by sending religious cards to friends and relatives. Our Parish Christmas Celebration Dinner will be on Sat., Dec. 9 at 6:30pm. Social hour starts at 6:00pm. The proceeds from this dinner will go towards Our Lady of Grace Pastoral Center. The Parish that prays together and eats together will stay together.
    Senior Grocery Program distribution every 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month in Room 7 from 9:00am-11:00am. We need help with set-up which includes some heavy lifting, monitor the distribution line of food and clean-up. Contact Petra Wallace at (714) 262-8485 or auntiepeaches3@gmail.com.
    Assistance Needed: We are in need of an assistant for the church sound system when the Children’s Choir sings for special Masses. If you are available once or twice a month to help us set up microphones and control the settings, we would greatly appreciate it. No experience needed—just a willingness to help. We are also looking for a bass player to join us when the Children’s Choir sings. If you are interested in helping with either of the responsibilities, please contact Carla at (323) 707-4331.
    Third World Gifts and Handarts invites you to their Holiday Open House gatherings on Saturday, Dec. 16, 11am - 4pm. You will receive complimentary refreshments and a discount on all fair trade crafts and food products from developing nations, as well as Native American lands, Homeboy/Homegirl Industries in LA and the Women's Bean Project in Denver. Their nonprofit shop is at 1944 N. Tustin Street, Suite 102 in Orange between Meats and Taft Ave. For more info, call (714) 464-0556.
  • NOON MASS CONTEMPORARY GROUP - Tenor & Bass Voices Needed
    Our group is in need of both a tenor and bass to sing every week or every other week at the noon Mass. Please contact Carla Orozco to schedule an audition (323) 707-4331.
    Bass Players Needed: We are in need of a bass player for our Children’s Choir, as well as our Spanish Mass. If you are interested, please contact Carla at (323) 707-4331.
    *Monday, Dec. 11: Lunch for the poor at the Southwest Community Center in Santa Ana.
    Please have your donations at the Mission by 10:30am.
    * Monday, Dec. 11: Board Meeting.
    * Tuesday, Dec. 12: Visitation to Seaside Terrace to talk with the retirees and to distribute Christmas items from 1 - 3pm
    A great big thank you to our parishioners who generously donated to the Thanksgiving Baskets.
    We helped a total of 268 families. We are also grateful to the Faith Formation students who gave us canned goods and other non-perishable food.
    Finally, thank you to our Confirmation students for helping with the turkeys and assisting the families in getting the food to their vehicles.
  • Our Lady of Grace Capital Campaign Prayer
    Father of love and mercy, We praise you. We thank you for all the blessings you have bestowed upon us. We pray that all members of Holy Spirit Parish will love you wholeheartedly, serve you with humility, and seek the common good, especially the Our Lady of Grace Pastoral Center Capital Campaign. Send us your Holy Spirit, guide our steps, strengthen our hearts, and fill us with enthusiasm in building your kingdom of peace, justice, and love. Mary, Our Lady of Grace, intercede for us that we may become a community of faith materially, relationally, and spiritually. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
    Holy Spirit Church Family, We are truly blessed to have our Bishops and the Construction Office of our Diocese approve our project of renovation and expansion of Doyle Hall and classrooms to become Our Lady Of Grace Pastoral Center. After considering numerous needs and ideas, we would like to present to you our preliminary floor plan (diagram on the right page). The numbers represent the New Room Listing and include the square footage for each room.
    Our Capital Campaign Committee has been working hard on two aspects: the fundraising and the construction. Once we reach our goal in cash received, we will begin construction, God willing, by the summer of 2019. I see the needs! I believe in our Parish Family, and I trust that God will grant us our hearts desires. My parents and I will donate $10,000. Please join me and the 838
    participants who have generously pledged $1.5 million. TOGETHER WE CAN DO IT!
    Our Parish will have some upcoming fundraising activities hosted by various ministries: Our Knight’s Ladies with their Christmas Boutique, the Knights of Columbus with the English Choirs teaming up for the Christmas dinner and show, and the Vietnamese Choirs with their Christmas Pageant Concert. Proceeds from all these events will help with our Parish Capital Campaign. More details will be forthcoming. We hope that you will continue to pray and support our historic endeavor. Again, thank you for your sacrificial offering. May Our Lady of Grace bless us and keep us all in her loving arms.
    -Fr. Joseph Thuong Tran
  • Children’s Choir
    For all children ages 5 – 13--Rehearsal on Wednesdays at 6:30pm. Children will sing throughout the school year (Masses throughout the year include Faith Formation at the beginning of the year, All Saint’s Day, Immaculate Conception, Christmas Eve, and more...). Mandatory Parent’s Meeting on Wednesday, September 13 at 6:30pm in the Music Room. For more information regarding our Children’s Choir, please contact Carla at (323) 707-4331 or by email at carla.hsmusic@gmail.com.
  • 10:30am EUCHARISTIC CHOIR--Members Needed
    “Sing to the Lord a new song, sing to the Lord, all the earth.” (Psalm 96)
    Come join the 10:30am Eucharistic Choir as we worship and enhance the liturgy! We are seeking dedicated new members, from beginners to advanced, that are committed to serving as a part of our music ministry. Practices are held Thursday from 7:00pm - 8:30pm in the music room across from Doyle Hall. The choir practices before and sings during the Sunday 10:30am Mass from September to June, other seasonal Masses, and special events throughout the year.
    Our Annual Meet and Greet is on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 6:00pm followed by rehearsal at 7:00pm. Join us for this festive event.
    For more info., please contact Felicia at (714) 901-1772
    Our choir is open to all children from ages 5 to 13 who demonstrate the love of singing and can be committed to our rehearsal and Mass schedule. Rehearsals will be on Wednesdays at 6:30pm and will resume in September. There will be a mandatory parent's meeting prior to our first rehearsal. More details to follow. For more info., please contact Carla at (323) 707-4331.
    Grupo de oracioùn carismaùtico--Nhoùm canh taân ñaëc suûng--Catholic Charismatic Renewal is a spiritual movement within the Catholic Church that incorporates aspects of both Catholic and charismatic practice. It places an emphasis on having a personal relationship with Jesus and expressing the gifts of the Spirit. Activities include praise and worship, Bible reading, discussion, and praying. Join us to give praise to God in the comfort of your own language. English: Meets every Wednesday @ 7:00 - 8:30pm call Ruth Vinson at (714) 585-6814. Spanish: Meets once a month call Hortencia Newhouse, at (714) 541-0507. Vietnamese: Meets every Thursday @ 7:00 - 9:00pm, call Nga Nguyen at (714) 609-0353
    Line Dancing Class is in Doyle Hall on the first & third Thursday of the month at 6:30pm. Classes are free. For beginners, come at 6:15pm for some private instructions. Questions? Please call Larry Doan at (714) 963-9424 or email at ldoanadoan@aol.com
    If your family would like to be an offertory family during our Masses, the sign-up folder is in the back of the Church. Please call the Parish Office if you have questions.
    The Faith Formation Program at our parish is in need of Catechists. We invite you (parents, teachers, college students….) to consider being God's messenger to spread the Good News and open the children's hearts to the Lord. As a person of faith, you can share your own faith experiences. This can be your love of God, your gratitude for God's many gifts, and your personal friendship with Jesus. You could volunteer as main teacher, assistant, office helper, or special events. Classes are open on weekends and weekdays, from kindergarten through high school for Confirmation.
    As we take time each week to celebrate the Paschal Mystery in the Eucharist and to rest from the burdens of our daily lives, we remind ourselves that we are made in the image and likeness of God who “rested on the seventh day from all the work he had undertaken” (Gn 2:2).
    To celebrate the Lord’s Day more fully, consider trying the following:
    ·Don’t use Sunday as your catch-all day for errands and household chores.
    ·Share a family meal after Mass. Have the whole family join in the preparation and cleanup.
    ·Go for a walk or bike ride and give thanks to God for the beauty of nature.
    ·Spend time reading the Bible or a spiritual book.
    ·Pray the Rosary or the Liturgy of the Hours, alone or with others.
    ·Visit parishioners and others who are homebound.
    ·Read Bible stories to your children.
    ·Turn off your gadgets and enjoy the silence.
    (Info. taken from USCCB from Celebrating the Lord’s Day)
    We are urgently looking for adults to be lectors for our Liturgy especially the Sunday 12:00pm Mass. Please seriously consider this ministry; we need you!
    * A practicing Catholic at Holy Spirit Parish
    * Receives Holy Communion regularly
    * If married, must be married in the Catholic Church
    * Prior public speaking experience a plus, but not a necessity.
    * Allowing Christ to use you as an instrument in your proclamation of His Words
    * Ability to "set fire" in people's hearts with God's message of love
    * As you give, you will receive numerous blessings that are "out of this world."
    Please contact Rich Skoczylas at rdskoczy@aol.com.
    Inviting all Young Adults to join YAM. Our mission is to connect and support all young adults to uncover identity, to discern vocation, to develop leadership, but most of all, to encounter Jesus and participate in His life and mission through Catholic Faith Community. FMI, contact Anthony Tran at AnthonyT@hsccfv.org.
    * A friendly reminder to keep all your valuable items at home. We DO NOT have a security patrol, so please be careful about placing your valuable items in the car.
    * Starting September, the Church will be open daily at 5:00am except Sunday when we open at 6:00am. Your safety is our priority so we ask for your understanding and cooperation.
  • Church Clean-up
    Priests and Staff wish to thank many men and women from various ministry who comes together to clean-up the house of God every Thursday after the 9:00am Mass. If you have time on Thursday and would like to help in this special ministry, please contact Roz Esh at (714) 963-1811.
  • Extraordinary Ministers to the Sick
    Do you have a couple of hours twice a month on Sunday to bring our Lord to those who are homebound?
    During the Jubilee Year of Mercy, “Visit the Sick,” is a corporal work the Church called us to do.
    If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Carol Souza at (714) 964-5417 or email csouza6910@veriszon.net.
  • Online giving:
    If you manage your bills online, we’re sure you’ll like giving to Holy Spirit Catholic Church online. It’s safe and secure, and you decide exactly when your gift is made and where it goes. Online giving let’s you set up a recurring pledge or a one-time gift to our offertory and special collections, so you’ll be able to give the way you want-even if you’ve forgotten your envelope. Read more.


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17270 Ward Street
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Phone: (714) 963-1811
Fax: (714) 968-1775

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