Social Concerns & Outreach


What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? James 2:14 

Holy Spirit Parish supports several charitable and missionary efforts of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, such as the Campaign for Human Development, Retired Religious, and Catholic World Missions. The parish also supports local charitable efforts such as the Crusade for Children, the Catholic Education Foundation, and United Crescent Hill Ministries. Within the parish, Holy Spirit provides tuition assistance to parish families for both high school and grade school students.

Holy Spirit Parish School students in grades Pre-K through eight participate in several outreach projects during the school year. These projects benefit several local organizations that work with many groups including the homeless, veterans, and refugee families.

Note: If there is a program you are interested in presenting to the parish to add, please contact Jim Ackerson at

 Holy Spirit Parish organizes the following outreach programs throughout the year.

Angel Tree– Collects and distributes Christmas gifts for needy children in Louisville. Contact: Paige Dennison, 296-8259,

Bereavement– Supports families who have experienced the death of a loved one by attending the funeral Mass or offering food or prayers. Contact: Mary Weckman, 897-2762,, or Juanita Goodman, 895-8537

Blood Drive– Conducts blood drives in the parish by working with the Red Cross. Contact: Kathy DePrest, 485-9838,

Habitat for Humanity – Provides assistance with the construction of a home for a Habitat for Humanity approved family. Contact: Jennifer Corum, 727-3180,

Healing Blanket – Provides blankets made by parish volunteers to newborns and individuals who are ill or recovering from an injury or surgery as a visible sign of the parish community’s spiritual support. Contact:Carol Tonini, 897-0596,

Lions Club Eyeglasses – Collects unused prescription eyeglasses that are sent to areas where they can be used. This collection occurs during December and coincides with the December 13th Feast of St. Lucy, the patroness of vision. Contact: Jane Hertzman, 893-3982,

Outreach to Mothers and Children– Partners with agencies such as Golden Arrow and Catholic Charities to collect needed items such as children’s clothing, toys, and diapers. Contact: Jim Ackerson at 744-6265 or

Respect Life – Provides information on pro-life issues such as abortion and euthanasia. Prays the Respect Life rosary at 4:00 p.m. every Monday in church. Also coordinates collecting donations for the annual Pro-Life newspaper ad. Contact: Donna Durning, 896-6656

School Supply Collection– Collects and distributes school supplies and gently used uniform clothing each summer to benefit students served by Community Catholic Center in the Portland neighborhood. Contact: Jeannie Donovan, 891-0046,

St. Vincent de Paul Society– Meets monthly to coordinate efforts to help those in the community at a time of need as they work toward self-reliance.Contact: Mary Weckman, 897-2762,, or Andy Denzinger, 429-0567,

Thanksgiving in a Bag – Collects non-perishable food items and Kroger gift cards to assemble Thanksgiving Food bags to benefit families served by United Crescent Hill Ministries. Is sponsored by the Evening Religious Education students. Contact: The Ministry Center at 893-3982