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21FALL2012DIOCESEOFLITTLEROCKHOLYSPIRITCHURCHHamburgARWearebuildingthehumanchurch.Nowitx19stimetobuildthebuildingx1dx13SisterGiselaRiverax1cTOHEARFatherOkparaandSisterRiverasharethestoryofHolySpiritChurchscanthiswithyoursmartphonex14orvisitwww.catholicextension.orghamburgionerssimplydonx19thavethemoneytox0xalltheproblemsthatplaguetheirtinychurch.x1cAHAPPYCHALLENGEx1dBeforetheSistersoftheMissionaryCarmelitesofSaintTheresaarrivedtheparishwasquitesmallandjustafewtinyroomswereallthatHolySpiritChurchneededforreligiouseducationandotherministries.Butwiththesistersx19arrivalahandfulofparishionershasmultipliedintohundreds.Withsomuchgrowththechurchitselfhasbecomeamultipurposeroomfornewactivities.x1cLastyearwewereblessedwiththesewonderfulsis-tersx1dsaidFatherTheophilusOkparapastorofHolySpiritChurchx1candwiththisblessingcameahappychal-lenge.Sincetheyhavecomethechurchhasbeengrowing.Thechallengeisx13wex19reoutofspace.x1dThesisterswithsalariesfundedbyCatholicExtensionhavebecomefamilytothislargelyHispaniccommunity.SisterRiveraexplainedthatduringhomevisitspeoplesimplylightupwhentheyrealizethattheChurchisthereforthem.Theybegincomingtochurchandbringingtheirx1iendstoo.Religiouseducationclassesarepackedinthetinymeet-ingrooms.Parentsstayforfaithformationspillingintothesanctuaryitself.Asmallshednextdoorservesasapar-ishhall.OnSundaysthechurchsimplycannotcontainallthosewhohavecometoworship.WithgustoSisterRiverasaidx1cWearebuildingthehumanchurch.Nowitx19stimetobuildthebuildingx1dASERIESOFPLANSTheDioceseofLittleRockhasknownthechurchwouldnotlast.Thebuildinghasdemandedmajorattentionthroughtheyears.x1cTherehavebeensomerepairsontheroofx1dsaidDriedric.x1cTheheatingandairconditioningwentoutafewyearsago.Wewereabletox0xthat.Butyougettoapointwhereyoux19reputtingnewequipmentinabuildingthatneedssomuchmore.x1dFatherOkparaagreedaddingx1cForyearswex19vebeenthinkingabouthowtogetintoanewbuilding.Wex19renowlookingtobuyanexistingbuildingandremodelittosolveourneed.x1dAlthoughitseemsanunlikelyplaceHolySpiritChurchmaysooncallanoldtireshopitsnewhome.ThreetimesbiggerthanthecurrentchurchithasplentyofspacetocelebrateMassandhousetheministriesthesistersarebuilding.Atax1actionofthecosttobuildanewchurchthecommunitybelievesthetireshopcouldbeananswertotheirprayers.x1cWex19reverydependentonourownfundraisingwhichhappensataveryslowpacex1dsaidFatherOkpara.x1cWecandoitbythegraceofGodbutitx19sgoingtotakealongtime.Theparishionersdonx19thavemuchbutwhatevertheyhavetheyarewillingtocontributetothegrowthofthechurch.x1dTheDioceseofLittleRockandHolySpiritparishio-nersareeagerlyanticipatingthebuildingproject.TheywilldotheirpartbutanticipatetheymayneedtolooktoCatholicExtensionformodestsupport.Andforthattheyaregrateful.Brokenkneelersandaleakyroofcanx19tdampenthespiritofparishionersatthistinymissionchurch.