The Catholic diaspora: Independent communities as the church’s ‘research lab’

According to a 2008 Pew Research study, one of 10 U.S. adults is a former Catholic. Some have moved on to other denominations, others have no church affiliation at all, still others have formed their own communities of former Catholics. In this five-part series, former NCR editor Tom Roberts examines the choices many former Catholics have made as they decided to move away from the institutional church.

Reverend Brown’s story, as much as any individual’s might, sheds light on characteristics common among independent eucharistic communities, outside the institutional Roman Catholic Church, that have emerged in the Catholic diaspora:

    • An almost unqualified openness to everyone, including LGBTQ+ individuals;
    • An acceptance of women leaders;
    • An unconditional welcome to the Eucharist, including many who would be excluded in traditional Catholic parishes;
    • An easy association with other Christian denominations and other faiths;
    • A more democratic approach to decision-making than would be found in most Catholic parishes;
    • A deep commitment to social justice expressed in robust ministries in the wider community.

    What's Happening at CoHS


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    Every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at 5pm.


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    We go on mediative retreats as a community.  For more information, please send us an email.

    Taize Mediative Service

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    For a mediative prayer service in collabration with the Spokane Taize Community.

    Next Taize Service:

  • March 20 at 4:00
  • Contemplative Prayer Service

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    Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at 5pm.

    Next Prayer Service:

    • February 24 at 5:00
    • March 9 at 5:00pm

    Lenten Service

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    Reconciliation Mass: 
    • February 17 at 5:00 
    Communion service: 
    • March 2nd at 5:00
    Lenten Mass: 
    • March 16 at 5:00 
    Palm Sunday Mass: 
    • March 23 at 5:00 
    Holy Thursday 
    Seder Meal: 
    (with Lutheran Church of the Master): 
    • March 28 at 5:00 
    Good Friday Service:
    (with Lutheran Church of the Master):
    • March 29 at 5:00 
    Easter Vigil Mass: 
    • March 30 at 5:00

    Lenten Study

    Community of the Holy Spirit is also studying  a book together during Lent:

    Cup of Our Life by Joyce Rupp.

    Please contact one of the Greeters at Mass if you would like to participate.

    Outreach Opportunity

    Community of the Holy Spirit has partnered with Family Promise of North Idaho to help facilitate meals and overnight hosting to family in need of temporary housing.

    What is Family Promise?
    Family Promise provides dedicated guidance and support to families with children who need temporary food and shelter while seeking permanent employment and affordable housing.

    Community of the Holy Spirit serves meals and hosts overnights stays on a rotating basis and would love your participation. If you are interested in helping or would like more information, please email us or talk to one of the organizers after any mass.