We are a Catholic Christian Community with apostolic denomination that is Catholic in ritual with orthodox Biblical beliefs. Holy Spirit of Hope is independent from the Roman Catholic or any other church, but part of the body of Christ.
Our Sunday service is charismatic in nature, i.e. lively contemporary praise and worship. Weekly Bible readings are those assigned by a Liturgical Calendar – similar to the Episcopal, Methodist or Roman Catholic liturgy. At times we use special teachings that preempt use of the Liturgical Calendars. The service is catholic in ritual, with strict adherence to the Word of God.
Like Jesus, we welcome people from any walk of life. Our parishioners come from a multitude of denomination and religious upbringings.
Holy Spirit of Hope church celebrates the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Confirmation, Marriage, Holy Orders, and Healing with the same form and matter as the Roman Catholic Church. We have no rules that exclude people from receiving the sacraments. Candidates are prepared for the sacrament with appropriate Biblical teachings. Because each church pastor determines the validity of sacraments received from another church, it is difficult to determine who will accept sacraments celebrated at Holy Spirit of Hope.
Clergy, male and female, are called by God. Non-clergy and Clergy ordained in other Christian denominations are welcome, with appropriate screening and training. Applicants are interviewed to determine the validity of the call by God to serve. Criminal and mental screening is necessitated to protect the parishioners.
Yes! Our Kentucky seminary is Agape University of Louisville and our Florida seminary is Saint Thomas Old Catholic Theological Seminary, through which candidates for the priesthood are prepared for ordination. The courses include among others as needed, Instructions in the Faith and The life in the Spirit Program, which must be taken before a man or woman is considered for Ordination. These courses are through distance learning and where possible personal mentoring.
Clergy of Holy Spirit of Hope hold valid faculties of apostolic succession.
Jesus accepted Judas to communion, so we accept that the communion table is open to anyone who believes in the sanctity of the Eucharist. All are welcome, including divorced people.
Divorces are hated by God, yet divorces occur due to many circumstances. Couples having experienced a divorce are still loved by God. Through appropriate Christian Marriage training, divorced people can enter into a new and eternal union through our church without exhausting annulment procedures.
Jesus said that unless we come as little children we cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Children of any age are always welcome and you will be in good company with many other mothers and fathers bringing their little ones to our Sunday service.