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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2024 Stewardship Form

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

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Holy Spirit Church Events

Greek Easter Bread Sale

Fresh Tsoureki Easter Bread / Frozen Moussaka & Pastitsio

Sat., April 27 & Sunday, April 28

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Available for purchase while supplies last.

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Philoptochos Lenten Collection

We are collecting money for Miss Julie's School of Beauty, which as a non-profit will provide free vocational training to help survivors of human trafficking obtain a new, self-sustaining life. During Lent, an extra tray is in the narthex and on the counter where we serve coffee. Please make checks payable to “Holy Spirit Philoptochos” with “Miss Julie” in the memo line. For more information about cosmetology and human-trafficking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9Wrm2elMFE

Update: Julie Chapus is looking for sponsors for her Diamond in the Rough Gala fundraiser on Saturday, July 27. We would like to obtain more donations so we can get to $500 to purchase a sponsorship.

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Prosforo Workshop

Saturday, May 18
10:00 am until approximately 1:00 pm

Led by Elpis Ginis; free for beginner and intermediate bakers to learn how to make prosforo for Sundays.

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Holy Week Schedule

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  • Parking Garage: from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

  • Orthros 9:00 AM

  • Divine Liturgy10:00 AM

  • Pancake Breakfast after Divine Liturgy11:00 AM

  • Making Palm Crosses11:30 AM


  • Parking Garage: from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

  • Orthros 9:00 AM

  • Divine Liturgy10:00 AM

  • Palm Sunday Fish Luncheon (preorder)11:00 AM

  • Service of the Bridegroom 7:00 PM


  • Presanctified Liturgy 9:00 AM

  • Service of the Bridegroom 7:00 PM


  • Presanctified Liturgy 9:00 AM

  • Service of the Bridegroom 7:00 PM


  • Parking Garage: from 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

  • Presanctified Liturgy 9:00 AM

  • Sacrament of Holy Unction5:00 PM


  • Parking Garage: from 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

  • Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil 9:00 AM

  • Red Egg Dyeing after Vesperal Liturgy

  • Service of the Twelve Gospels (Passion Service) 6:00 PM


  • Parking Garage: from 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

  • The Royal Hours 9:00 AM

  • Decorating the Tomb of Christ after the Royal Hours

  • Vespers of the Un-Nailing (Apokathelosis) 3:00 PM

  • Service of the Lamentations 7:00 PM


  • Parking Garage: from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

  • Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil 9:00 AM


  • Parking Garage: from 10:30 pm Saturday night – 4:00 am Sunday morning

  • Pascha Vigil 11:15 PM

  • The Resurrection Service 12:00 Midnight

  • Divine Liturgy 12:30 AM

  • Parking Garage: from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

  • Agape Vespers 12:00 Noon

Download Calendar for March 17, 2024 - June 1, 2024

Lenten Schedule:

Wednesdays 5:00 pm
Presanctified Liturgy & Lenten Potluck Dinner
At Holy Spirit Greek Orthodox Church:

March 20, April 3, April 17, April 24
At Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church:
March 27, April 10

Fridays at 9:00 am
Presanctified Liturgy

Fridays at 6:00 pm
Salutations to the Theotokos:
March 22, 29, April 5, 12
Akathist Hymn: April 19

Lenten Psalter Group

We begin on Monday, March 18 and go through Friday, April 26, reading through the Psalms individually twice through.

Never too late to join us!

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Holy Spirit Philoptochos Book Club (HSPBC)

Open to All Parishioners

Book: “Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives: The Life and Teachings of Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica"

Wednesdays, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

We will begin with Chapters 1 & 2 of Part Two (we are skipping discussion on Part 1) after Pascha:

May 15, 2024
June 12, 2024
July 10, 2024
August 21, 2024
Sept. 11, 2024
Oct. 9, 2024
Nov. 13, 2024
Dec. 11, 2024

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

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Mission Sunday

Sunday, March 17, 2024 Give to support the Orthodox Christian Mission Center
Make checks out to church with “OCMC” in memo line

Download and make your own coin box to collect money for Missions during Lent:

Download Coin Box Template

For more information visit their website: https://www.ocmc.org/

Click here for overview of what OCMC did in 2023.

Church School

on Sundays after Communion

Church School January - April 2024 Schedule

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Please register your child(ren) by completing a registration form. Late registrations will be accepted. Return completed forms to the church office.

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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.

Philoptochos Refugee Project

We are continuing with Household Goods Collection 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

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 2023 - 2024

General Meetings take place in the Philoptochos Room during coffee hour after the Sunday Divine Liturgy.

September 17, 2023
October 15, 2023
November 5, 2023
January 14, 2024
February 18, 2024
March 10, 2024
April 7, 2024
May 19, 2024

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Metropolis Webinar Series

View Webinars on The Passions and other topics online at: https://discoverorthodoxy.org/webinarseries

Friends of the Metropolis

2023 End-of-year Review and Appeal

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You can also visit us on our Social Media sites:

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

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

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.

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:

National Directory of Orthodox Mental Health Providers:




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...