Welcome to the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit Website
The Holy Spirit parish was established in 1995 when approximately 50 families desiring to foster pastoral care and an intimate spiritual experience were granted permission to operate as a mission and subsequently as an official parish of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Metropolis of Detroit.
In 1998, we entered our present location, the former South Avenue Baptist Church. Construction of an iconostasis and the placement of icons in the altar area have transformed this sanctuary into our home of Orthodox prayer and worship.
Our parish, comprised of 170 families from diverse backgrounds, is a vibrant community with many opportunities for religious education, active youth and young adult programs, warm fellowship, and a wonderful spirit of volunteerism. We are a family-centered community helping each other to live our Orthodox Faith to the fullest.
"Our mission is to promote the spiritual well-being of those committed to the Greek Orthodox Faith and Traditions, and to reach out to all Orthodox Christians, converts, partners in inter-faith marriages and the un-churched Orthodox in the greater Rochester, New York area. The abiding purpose of the parish is to provide for full participation in the liturgical and sacramental life of the church through worship, service, witnessing, and community fellowship."
Holy Spirit GOC Mission Statement
Holiday Preorder Food Sale
Order & checks made out to Holy Spirit Church accepted by mail until 12/10/22
We have delicious Homemade Spanakopita, Baklava, Seeded and Unseeded Koulourakia, Kourabiedes & an assorted tray to help you with your Holiday table!
PICK UP: DECEMBER 15th and DECEMBER 16th, 2022
in the Fellowship Hall at GOC of the Holy Spirit,
835 South Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620
10 am – Noon and 4 pm – 5:30 pm
Support Our MinistriesClick here to make a contribution to support Holy Spirit
In order to assure that the church receives the full value of your donation, please consider increasing your donation to cover the 4% fee charged by PayPal for their service.
2023 Stewardship Form
Please print and forward a completed copy to the church office.
Holy Spirit Church Events
Metropolis Webinar Series on "The Passions"
First Wednesdays 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The next webinar will be on Wednesday, December 7 on the Passion of Pride with Fr. Michael Marcantoni at 7:00 pm at Holy Spirit GOC in the church office.
In case you miss any of the talks, you can view them online at: https://discoverorthodoxy.org/webinarseries.
Sign up for a personalized virtual call from Santa for your children. December 6th – December 24th, 2022.
Visit website: www.stnicholas-tele-santa.com to sign up.Download Flyer
Available in red, white, or pink.
Orders due on Sunday, Dec. 4 and pick up poinsettias on Sunday, Dec. 11.
Pay cash or make check out to “Holy Spirit Philoptochos” when you place your order. Drop off to church or Mail to: Holy Spirit Philoptochos, Holy Spirit Greek Orthodox Church, 835 South Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620Poinsettia Order Form
Angel Tree Project
Philoptochos is collecting Winter Gear Items for School # 12 Students.
We will collect during the Nativity Fast (Advent) and the Christmas season until Feb. 2 so you can buy available items on Black Friday, pre-Christmas, and post-Christmas.
for School # 12 Students
All sizes of:
gloves / mittens
snow pants (gently used ok)
(children sizes 6-10)
Community Christmas Card
Orders due December 4
$25 donation with cash or check made out to the church for inclusion of your name(s).Download Form
Philoptochos is collecting items to assemble blessing bags, which are great to keep on hand in your car so you can have the bag to hand to someone in need. Donate a little or a lot – we have a suggested list of blessing bag items.View Blessing Bag List
SAVE THE DATE
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22nd, 2023
12 Noon to 3p.m.
Dine in or Take out
A TASTE OF GREECE in JANUARY
Menu includes: GREEK CHICKEN, GYRO, LEMON POTATOES, BAKLAVA, ASSORTED GREEK COOKIES
ORDERING INFORMATION COMING SOON
Holy Spirit Philoptochos Book Club (HSPBC)
Open to All Parishioners
Wednesday, October 12 at 6:30 pm
Wednesday, November 9 at 6:30 pm
Wednesday, December 14 at 6:30 pm
Currently offered in-person at church and via Zoom. Contact Anna Pink for the zoom link.Click Here for More Information
General Meeting Dates 2022 - 2023
General Meetings take place in the Philoptochos Room during coffee hour after the Sunday Divine Liturgy.
September 18, 2022
October 9, 2022
October 30, 2022
January 14, 2023
February 12, 2023
March 19, 2023
May 7, 2023
June 10, 2023
Nativity Fast Psalter Group
Would you like to do something beyond Christmas shopping?
Then join our GOCHS NATIVITY FAST PSALTER Group!
GOAL: To daily read the Psalter during the 40 days of the Nativity Fast as a group beginning November 15. By Christmas you will have read the entire Book of Psalms twice! If you are interested, contact Anna Pink.Click for More Information
There will be no GreekFest this year (2022), but we will be offering other events on our website.
South Wedge Food Program
We continue to collect food and other necessities for the South Wedge Food Program. A table with bins for collecting items is along the fellowship hall wall (left of the bookstore entrance.) If you would like to donate financially, write a check to “Holy Spirit Greek Orthodox Church” with “For South Wedge Food Program” in the memo line.
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Services at Holy Spirit
Sundays: Orthros: 9:00 AM | Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM
We can view live services on Facebook or see the recordings for later viewing.
Click here to View Father Jim's Homilies
AGES Initiatives is an online resource that provides a calendar of church services. It has the entire service including special hymns of the day, the epistle, and the gospel. This comes in handy if you prefer to follow the service with something written in front of you.
Click here to visit AGES Initiatives
Other sites to see:
Encyclicals from Patriarchate and Archdiocese are not available to insert.
Check our Calendar for other events...
For information on our services please contact the Church office at (585) 244-1976 between 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Thank you...