In January, Holy Spirit Parish hosted a monthly rotation of Village House, the temporary housing cooperative for 15 medically fragile women in San Jose. For 30 days, the women were part of the Holy Spirit family and the opportunity to serve and be served was a gift to every member of Holy Spirit Church and School.
Students in the lower grades created placemats that were used at every meal and pillow notes that greeted each guest when they arrived in the evening. The school’s Cub Scouts prepared and served dinner once a week and brought along bingo cards and markers for spirited games after dinner. Teachers collaborated another evening for a taco spread that included the usual toppings and an opportunity for fellowship. Lunch bags were decorated with drawings and sweet notes from the children who volunteered with their parents. Families and classmates, old friends and new gathered for one month to envelope these women in loving care. Providing sustenance and friendship, our community endeavored to be the face of Jesus – all the while seeing Jesus’ face reflected back.