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

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2023 Stewardship Form

Please print and forward a completed copy to the church office.

Download Stewardship Form

Holy Spirit Church Events

"The Resurrection Gospels"

Bible Study with Fr. James

11:00 am on Wednesdays
April 26 - June 28, 2023

Join in person at church or via zoom!
(Contact the church office for the zoom link and/or meeting ID to join.)

St. Timothy Camp 2023

June 26 - July 1, 2023
Ages 8 through High School graduates

For more information and to register:

Project Mexico

August 11 – 17, 2023 our own Stavros Viron will be volunteering in Mexico to help with building down there. He is asking for donations to help pay for his trip. You may write a check out to the church with “Project Mexico” in the memo line or give online at: https://pm.managedmissions.com/Donations/Donate/67151

On Sunday, May 14, and on Sunday, May 21, Philoptochos is collecting monetary donations to support the Orthodox Christians for Life (oclife.org)

We will have a second tray in the narthex. Checks should be made out to “Holy Spirit Philoptochos” with “Orthodox Christians for Life” in the memo line.

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Holy Spirit Philoptochos Book Club (HSPBC)

Open to All Parishioners

Our new book is “Time and Despondency” by Nicole Roccas

Wednesday, June 14 at 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Read Chapters 3 & 4 in preparation

Currently offered in-person at church and via Zoom. Contact Anna Pink for the zoom link.

Download Flyer

Metropolis Webinar Series

First Wednesdays 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The next webinar will be on "Baptism" with Fr. Anthony Cook on Wednesday, June 7 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.

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Philoptochos Refugee Project

Household Goods Collection until June 4 for Saint’s Place to help refugees (from Ukraine, African, and South American countries in turmoil) resettle here in Rochester. Most come with nothing or very little as they have run for their lives. See flyer for list of what Saint's Place needs and what they are not taking.

View Our Updated List

Food Pantry Collection

Our parish collects food and other necessities for those in need in Rochester. We are currently donating to the Monroe Library branch, who have a food pantry to distribute to those in need. A table with bins for collecting items is along the fellowship hall wall. To donate financially, write a check out to “Holy Spirit Greek Orthodox Church” with “Food Pantry Donation” in the memo line.

Blessing Bags

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


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 8, 2023
February 12, 2023
March 19, 2023
May 7, 2023

View Dates and Additional Information

There will be no GreekFest this year (2023), but we will be offering other events on our website.

You can also visit us on our Social Media sites:

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/HolySpiritGreekOrthodoxChurch

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9BghWQGfJrGbtbH3JBg2NA


National Directory of Orthodox Mental Health Providers:


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

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...