Vision and Mission
Holy Spirit Church is a Catholic faith Community. As a people of God, under the pastoral leadership of our bishop and pastor, we support each other in our desire:
- to lead everyone to Jesus Christ and His kingdom;
- to better understand and embrace our Catholic faith;
- to foster spiritual growth through prayer, devotions and the sacraments;
- to strengthen our relationship with God through stewardship as a way of life.
All attributes, characteristics and service of a parish are drawn from the Sacramental Life of the Church, both local and universal. These extend outward from the “hub” of liturgy and prayer, like spokes within the hub of a wheel. Therefore, great care must be taken as we plan for the future that this most important work of the Church’s ministry is at the center of parish life and mission. With an expanding parish population and growing demands put upon priests, it is imperative that those entrusted with the liturgical life of the parish discern the essential prayer, liturgies and devotions of the people, so that these may be fostered and nurtured in a manner which builds up the spiritual life of the people individually, and collectively, as the Body of Christ.
There may be a need to add a weekend Mass in the future, as directed by the bishop, and agreed upon by the Sioux Falls pastors. This will hinge on the size and rate of parish growth in the future. Generally at this time, only two Masses per weekend, sometimes three, reach near capacity. Of great importance, however, is the health and well-being of our priests. Currently, there are two priests assigned to Holy Spirit.
To foster the spiritual life of the parish, Perpetual Adoration was instituted in 2002. At a time when the Diocesan Pastoral Plan calls for an increased awareness of the need for priestly vocations, its importance becomes even more relevant in the prayer life of the parish. It has been highly successful, with over 400 individuals involved on a regular or part-time basis. Prayer is where the seed of vocations is planted, and prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament is that much more efficacious. Every effort should be made to provide and promote it, as well as various other Catholic devotions which draw us together as the Body of Christ.
The Holy Spirit community is blessed with a variety of diverse and talented groups, choirs, ensembles and cantors who volunteer their time and talent to ensure the sacredness and beauty of liturgy at Holy Spirit Parish, according to the norms of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) and the other liturgical documents which have guided the post-Vatican II liturgies. Every effort is being made currently, and should continue into the future, to promote good liturgy according to the wisdom of Mother Church. Every effort should be made to harness the diverse amount of liturgical talent that abounds for the purpose of creating greater uniformity with full participation of the laity within the Eucharistic celebration. This calls for involvement at an early age. Holy Spirit youth are exposed to the spiritual benefits of lectoring, singing in the choir and serving Mass at a young age. In the choices of liturgical music at all levels, there is a need to bridge the gap between the traditional and the contemporary. Liturgies must speak to the people, yet they must be reverent in practice, and certainly faithful to the forms handed down over time through Tradition. They must also appeal to young men who have a desire to serve at the altar, and thus the liturgy nourishes their vocational call to the priesthood. This will only be accomplished through proper education and catechesis. In a real sense, the challenge lies in building continuity between the young and the old, the various liturgical groups in the parish, and our families in the pews.
Holy Spirit Parish has constructed an overall strategic plan encompasing all areas of the parish for 2011-2020. It may be downloaded here.