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
Holy Spirit Philoptochos Book Club (HSPBC)
Open to All Parishioners
Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 pm in-person at church.Click Here for More Information
Community Christmas Card
Deadline: Sunday, December 5th
Although it may seem as if Christmas is a long ways off, it is time to begin planning for our Community Christmas Card. Community members and friends may have their names listed in a special Christmas Card which will have a copy of a beautiful Byzantine icon on it.Download Christmas Card Form
Philoptochos "No Bake" Sale
Since the pandemic has limited our ability to have our usual November fundraisers, the treasury has rapidly decreased. In lieu of our usual traditions, we passed a tray on Nov. 21, but we will accept donations anytime. Please plan on donating to Philoptochos what you would have spent on ingredients or what you would have bought at these two sales to keep Holy Spirit Philoptochos alive and able to continue our many philanthropic obligations and works. Make checks payable to "Holy Spirit Philoptochos" and put "Bakeless Bake Sale" in the memo line."Click Here for More Information
Philoptochos Wreath and Poinsettia Sale
Pick up your wreath on Sunday, Nov. 28
Poinsettia Price: $12
Orders due on Sunday, Dec. 5
Pick up poinsettias on Sunday, Dec. 12
Available in pink, red, or white
Philoptochos Angel Tree Wishlist
Last Dropoff: Sunday, December 5th
It is that time of year where we bless those less fortunate than us during the holiday season. This year, we will be donating NEW – UNWRAPPED – TOYS – BOOKS- CHILDREN’S CLOTHING to the OPEN DOOR MISSION storefront in Rochester, NY.Angel Tree Information
Traditional Orthodox Christian Burial Presentation
The Traditional Orthodox Christian Burial Presentation we had on Sunday, Oct. 31, can be viewed on our facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/HolySpiritGreekOrthodoxChurch
Note: The audio is low - so you may need to turn the volume up and use headphones.
You can also visit us on our Social Media sites:
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.
National Directory of Orthodox Mental Health Providers:
Services at Holy Spirit
Sundays: Orthros: 8:45 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
As we prepare for the beginning of the Ecclesiastical Year and with the rise in COVID infections due to the Delta variant increasing throughout the Metropolis, we STRONGLY RECOMMEND:
1) All Church School/Greek School students wear masks during church and church related events when indoors.
2) Parishioners wear masks indoors.
Office of the Metropolitan
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...