Holy Spirit Parish of Gardner

Holy Spirit Parish of Gardner

Who We Are

A Catholic Community Serving Gardner, Hubbardston and Westminster

Holy Spirit is a Roman Catholic church in the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts. We aim to provide a foundation of worship, faith, and community to the Parish family.





Our Services

Service Times

  • 09:00am - Mass
  • 07:00am - Mass
  • 07:00am - Service
  • 03:15pm - Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • 04:00pm - Mass

What to Expect

What are services like?
The Liturgy of the of Novus Ordo is used, with Mass said in English using the third edition of the Roman Missal. Masses are usually musically accompanied by an organist and cantor. The usual Mass will consist of 3-4 hymns, prayers, one reading from the Old Testament or Acts; one reading from the Epistles or Revelation; and one reading from the Gospels. The liturgy focuses around the celebration of the Eucharist: the source and summit of Christian life. -- For Catholics As Catholics, we fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist when we receive Holy Communion. We are encouraged to receive Communion devoutly and frequently. In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, participants should not be conscious of grave sin and normally should have fasted for one hour. A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to receive the Body and Blood of the Lord without prior sacramental confession except for a grave reason where there is no opportunity for confession. In this case, the person is to be mindful of the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition, including the intention of confessing as soon as possible (canon 916). A frequent reception of the Sacrament of Penance is encouraged for all. -- For Other Christians We welcome our fellow Christians to this celebration of the Eucharist as our brothers and sisters. We pray that our common baptism and the action of the Holy Spirit in this Eucharist will draw us closer to one another and begin to dispel the sad divisions which separate us. We pray that these will lessen and finally disappear, in keeping with Christ’s prayer for us “that they may all be one” (Jn 17:21). Because Catholics believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of the reality of the oneness of faith, life, and worship, members of those churches with whom we are not yet fully united are ordinarily not admitted to Holy Communion. Eucharistic sharing in exceptional circumstances by other Christians requires permission according to the directives of the diocesan bishop and the provisions of canon law. Members of the Orthodox Churches, the Assyrian Church of the East, and the Polish National Catholic Church are urged to respect the discipline of their own Churches.

What is the community like?
The church offers many opportunities for lay ministry. Every Friday during Lent, the church hosts a fish fry in the church hall. Food drives and fairs happen throughout the year. The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine is offered to children during the school year, free of charge. If you would like to register your child for CCD, please contact the church.

What if I'm not a Christian?
We also welcome to this celebration those who do not share our faith in Jesus Christ. While we cannot admit them to Holy Communion, we ask them to offer their prayers for the peace and the unity of the human family.


The Rev. Fr. Thomas Tokarz

The Rev. Fr. Thomas Tokarz

A native of Webster, Massachusetts, Fr. Tom was ordained to the priesthood by His Excellency Bernard Flanagan, Bishop of Worcester by the Laying On of Hands and the Prayer of Ordination in 1977 after completing his studies at St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton, Florida. Father Tom went on to pastor several assignments before being appointed to St. Joseph's Parish of Gardner in 1994. After the retirement of Pastor-Emeritus Rev. Fr. André M. Gariepy, Fr. Tom was appointed by His Excellency Robert J. McManus to serve as Pastor of Holy Spirit during 2006.

What Members Say

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  • Brian Keith Manca
    I can tell you what I am not happy about this church. I was a practicing catholic for many years. Spent 11 years as a alter boy at Sacred Heart Church in Gardner and my heart still aches that the Diocese decided to close her down. My parents are still faithful church goers and they are there every Sunday sitting in the same pew that they do every Sunday. This past Sunday 05/30/21 my parents witnessed the segregation of the congregation. This one person who is supposed to be some aid to the church, which now in my eyes he is a risk to the church, took it upon himself to move parishioners from one side of the church to the other determining if they had a mask or not. The phony useless mask mandate that did nothing but divide the people and scare the elderly was lifted on the 29th. This guy took people from their weekly seat and made them sit on whatever side was deemed masked or not masked, vaccinated or not vaccinated which is total crap. The Catholic church preaches having faith in God and then you have this clown being a complete germaphobe. My mom is so pissed that she refuses to go to church and that is unheard of . With your numbers down you should probably be trying to bring people in and not push them out. I don't understand what is going on with the Catholic religion but for what I have seen lately I don't believe you believe in what you are preaching. I watched a catholic priest administer the last rights to my wife's Aunt and he wouldn't even enter the hospital room because of his fear of Covid19. Being a man of the cloth you would think that God Almighty would be protecting him! Where is the faith. I am so disgusted I don't even know what to think anymore. How a over exaggerated political virus just infiltrated a place of worship so bothers me.
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