Outreach

Christine's Kitchen

We're a caring community that supports its members and friends near and far through good times and bad.

Whether arranging to cook and deliver food to someone recovering from surgery, holding a prayer vigil for an ill member, or providing cake for a baby's baptism, the bonds among the congregation are sure signs of God's love working through us.

We are also a community who truly looks outside our walls for opportunities to serve. Through support of local programs like the Rescue Squad and Fire Departments, St. Peter's Haven (2018 and before), Christine's Kitchen, St. Agnes Food Pantry, Diocese of Newark Prison Minstries (2018), Mark's Closet Bloomfield (2019), youth mission trips and our Annual Pet Celebration on the town green, we welcome opportunities to be the heart and hands of Christ.

Our most significant ministry includes the Holy Spirit Verona Food Pantry which is serving over 100 shoppers per month as of late 2019 and involves a minimum of 30 volunteers monthly.

Upcoming Events

The Finished Product
Saturday, September 19:
A small group of socially distanced, mask wearing Food Pantry volunteers will be in the lower level for two shifts (9-10:30am and 10:30am-12pm) prepackings bags for our shoppers -- they will then carry them up to the sanctuary.  It's hard physical work! Read more
Tuesday, September 22:
Our book group on “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo, starts Tuesday, September 22, at 7pm.  The discussions, which will be held every two weeks through November 24 (skipping Election Day) are open to all and will take place via Zoom.  If you are interested in participating, please email Father Jerry.  There is no fee for participating.  The book can be purchased through bookshop.org, amazon.com, Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, and other online retailers. Read more
Holy Spirit Verona Food Pantry
Saturday, September 26:
The Holy Spirit Pantry will continue local home deliveries for September, and accept shoppers on Saturday, September 26 from 9-11am, our usual 4th Saturday distribution day.  Shoppers must maintain physical distancing and remain within their cars.  Volunteers will be required to wear masks/gloves and will bring pre-packaged bags to shoppers' cars.   Read more
Animal Blessing 2016
Sunday, October 4:
Join us for the annual Blessing of the Animals during our 10am worship on Sunday, October 4.  Although we'll be worshiping online, we hope you'll consider showing your pet or photo of your pet on screen and you'll receive a personalized blessing from Father Jerry.  [To see photos from last year's service, click here.] Read more
Sunday, October 4:
UPDATE: Due to the health concerns of the Corona Virus, this event has been cancelled for 2020.  A mini Celebration of Pets (with blessings and a rescue organization) is planned for Sunday, October 11, 2020; masks will be required. Read more
Celebration of Pets 2018
Sunday, October 4:
Due to the health concerns of the Corona Virus we are unable to host our annual Celebration of Pets in the Verona Town Hall Square on the first Sunday of October.  For 2020, as a replacement event, we will host Animal Blessings & Adoptions To Go on our grounds at 36 Gould Street on Sunday, October 4 from 1pm to 3pm.  We will offer pet blessings plus Joyrides Rescue will have dogs and Purrfect Pals will have cats available for adoption.  Masks will be required. Read more
Tuesday, October 6:
Our book group on “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo, meets next on Tuesday, October 6, at 7pm.  The discussions, which will be held every two weeks through November 24 (skipping Election Day) are open to all and will take place via Zoom.  If you are interested in participating, please email Father Jerry.  There is no fee for participating.  The book can be purchased through bookshop.org, amazon.com, Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, and other online retailers. Read more
Sunday, October 11 to Saturday, October 17:
The Verona Juniors Women's group is sponsoring their sixth annual Verona Fights Hunger Week from October 11 - 17, 2020.  Various locations around town are set up as donation drops.  The Holy Spirit Verona Food Pantry will be one of the two recipients of this years donations.  Thank you Verona Juniors! Read more
Out of the Darkness - Suicide Prevention Walk Verona Park 2018
Sunday, October 18:
UPDATE: Due to the ongoing health concerns with the Corona Virus, this event has been cancelled.  You are encouraged to walk Virtually on Sunday, November 1 instead. Read more
Tuesday, October 20:
Our book group on “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo, meets next on Tuesday, October 20, at 7pm.  The discussions, which will be held every two weeks through November 24 (skipping Election Day) are open to all and will take place via Zoom.  If you are interested in participating, please email Father Jerry.  There is no fee for participating.  The book can be purchased through bookshop.org, amazon.com, Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, and other online retailers. Read more