What is the history of our parish community?

 

Church of the Holy Spirit first came into being in 1977. . .

 
 

It was then we became the Highland Mass Station . Father Robert Humitz of St. Patrick Parish and Father Frank Zielinski of St. Mary's Parish consented to celebrate with us on alternate Sundays. Our first Mass at Spring Mills School boasted of a full house of 525.

In October of 1977, Father Edward Farrell of (then) St. Agnes Parish in Detroit also began celebrating Mass with us, and was the catalyst in forming the Spirit-filled atmosphere of the yet-to-be-named parish. In May of 1978, our status went from a Mass Station to "Parish In Formation." Father John Howard was named as our first pastor. In December of 1978, we became the Territorial Parish of Holy Spirit .

January of 1979 ushered in our first pledge drive appealing to the approximately 300 original families. In March of that same year, a Building Committee was formed.

On January 27, 1980 , Father John Howard celebrated his last Mass for the Holy Spirit congregation. His death on April 9, 1980, was a cause of deep sorrow and loss for the entire parish. 

 

Fr. Leo Lulko

 
 
In May of 1980, Father Leo Lulko was assigned and received as our second pastor. He saw us through the ground-breaking and building of the new church structure (dedicated on March 15, 1981).
 
Fr. Leo Lulko died on May 26th, 2013.  

Since our founding, our needs have continually grown, and so has the physical plant. Thanks to the continued faith and financial support of our parish, an addition was constructed and dedicated on March 15, 1987. Attached to the Church building, the addition provides 12 classrooms, increased office space, work areas and storage, provisions for Christian Service to serve the needy, kitchen facilities and space to gather socially.
 
In May of 2005, we completed the new addition of 12,000 square feet of office space, gathering area, conference room, Christian Service, storage rooms and a Perpetual Adoration Chapel. We very proud and grateful to God for our Chapel that remains open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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