Youth Group

Grateful and Proud

by Jerry A. Racioppi

Early on in my time as rector at Holy Spirit Verona I was told about a Mission Trip that Holy Spirit Verona sponsored to Grace House on the Mountain in St. Paul, VA.  Although an Episcopal Church sponsored site, I was not familiar with it.  Several of the Holy Spirit parishioners raved about their experience at Grace House.  My second summer (2016) at Holy Spirit, we considered doing a Mission Trip, but we felt we did not have the momentum to have a decent attendance.  

Rescheduled Cub Scout Leaf Raking at the Church

Saturday, November 24

We will once again join the Cub Scouts in Pack 5 in raking the leaves on our lawn starting at 9am on November 24.  Many hands make light work!  This was rescheduled from last week.

Donate Your Old Formal Dresses

Dress to Impress

Two youth who attended our 2018 Mission Trip are collecting your old formal and prom dresses and accessories (shoes and purses) to be donated to girls in towns in and around St. Paul, Virginia.  The deadline for donations is November 20, 2018.  Dresses should be placed in dry cleaning bags and clearly marked with the size.  For more info, email

Cub Scout Leaf Raking at the Church

Saturday, November 17

***UPDATE*** This event is postponed due to the recent snow storm.  We hope to find an alternate date that might work for the Cub Scouts.


We will once again join the Cub Scouts in Pack 5 in raking the leaves on our lawn starting at 8:30am on November 17.  Many hands make light work!

Christmas Pageant

Sunday, December 16
Christmas Pageant 2017

On Sunday, December 16 at our 10am Worship the children of our Sunday School will tell the story of Jesus' birth in our annual Christmas Pageant.

As this is the third Sunday of the month, we will also have our usual Children's Eucharist following the Pageant.

VHS Graduates & Students on Mission

Mission Trip 2018

Seven Verona High School graduates and current students participated in our recent Mission Trip.  Read about it on or on Father Jerry's blog posts.

Living As Active Citizens

The Active Citizen Continuum

Each day at the close of our work, after preparing dinner for each other, our team-lead, Joanna Eliasof, leads us in a reflection.  For Day 4, she spoke to us about the continuum of our contribution to society.  She explained that there are four possible categories, and we are probably each at multiple stages at various times in our lives.  There is not a “better” stage; however, our passion and commitment to a social justice issue will determine where we see ourselves within the following:

Being A Beloved Community of Active Citizens

Holy Spirit Verona Mission Trip 2018

In July 2017, I joined eleven Verona residents on a Mission Trip to Grace House on the Mountain in St. Paul, VA.  This Episcopal Church sponsored organization hosts groups of caring individuals weeks at a time to complete construction projects in the surrounding towns and neighborhoods.  Grace House is owned and operated by the Diocese of SW Virginia, but is open to any group of active citizens wanting to make a difference.

Outing to Jackals Game

Saturday, July 28
Jackals Outing 2015

Join us on Saturday, July 28 at Yogi Berra Stadium on the campus of Montclair State University for the 6:05pm baseball game of the NJ Jackals vs. the Rockland Boulders.  If interested, sign up in the Fellowship Hall, speak with Patti Walsh or meet us at the stadium.

Blessing of Backpacks

Sunday, September 9
Blessing of the Backpacks 2017

During our 10am Worship on Gathering Sunday (September 9, 2018), students of all ages are encouraged to bring their backpacks to Church.

A special blessing will be offered as a new academic year commences.


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