24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday, September 13, 2020

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sirach 27:30—28:9
Those who seek God's mercy must be merciful toward others.

Today's Gospel reading directly follows last week's Gospel in which Jesus taught the disciples how to handle disputes and conflict within the Christian community. In today's reading, Peter asks Jesus how many times one ought to extend forgiveness to another. Peter proposes a reasonable number of times, perhaps seven. Jesus replies by extending Peter's proposal by an enormous amount; not just seven times should one forgive, but 77 times. The parable of the unforgiving servant is Jesus' elaboration of his initial reply to Peter. Through the parable we come to understand the depths of God's mercy toward us and the results of our acceptance of God's forgiveness.

Sunday Readings
Sunday Connection from Loyola Press
Children's Bulletin
Parish Bulletin
September 11 Messenger
St. Henry Catholic School Newsletter

Events this Week

CCD for students in first through eighth grade begins at 6:45 PM. For registration information, please contact Laura Ryan, 859-727-2035, or email lryan@sthenrynky.com.
Wednesday: VIRTUAL That Man Is You, 6:30 AM, contact Deacon Mike Lyman for details, deaconmikelyman1@gmail.com. 
Wednesday: Rosary in Church for the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff throughout this school year and for an end to the pandemic, 7:30 AM. Live-streamed on our parish Facebook page.

Parish News

In Memoriam

Please pray for the family and friends of James Arthur “Art” Berling and Barbara Tally whose funeral Masses were held this week. We pray that God in His mercy will comfort all who knew and loved them.  

In Full Communion with the Catholic Church 

Each year, thousands celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation into the Catholic Church.  They do this through the process of RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Many of our St. Henry parishioners have come into full communion with the Church through the RCIA process. We have invited a few of them to share with us their experiences of coming into the Catholic Church and what it has meant to them. This week, we thank Curtis Newcomb for sharing his journey in faith with us.  

My name is Curtis Newcomb. Thank you for asking me to share my journey of becoming Catholic. My journey may be similar to others in that my wife and I grew up in different faiths.  My wife is Catholic, was raised by her parents as Catholic, and attended twelve years of Catholic school. Very early in our relationship, she told me that if we had children she wanted them raised Catholic and to attend Catholic school. I was ok with it because it meant so much to her, but I told her I would not be pushed into Catholicism. We celebrated the birth of our first son in 2010 and he later attended kindergarten at St. Henry Catholic School. Everyone I have met through St Henry has always been very welcoming and kind to me (despite me having numerous tattoos that may be intimidating to some people). Growing up, I believed a negative stereotype about Catholicism, that Catholics are judgmental and not open to outsiders.  These stereotypes are wrong! I have yet to encounter any of this at any of our diocesan  Catholic schools.  The St. Henry school community welcomed me with open arms.  Because of that, I have coached basketball at St. Henry since our son was in the first grade and I am now a member of the St. Henry Athletic Boosters.  

As my family continued our journey at St. Henry Catholic School, I found myself helping my son with religion homework.  As I helped him with assignments and study for tests, I was drawn in by God and the Holy Spirit. I realized that not only was our son learning the Catholic religion, but I was as well. We were learning together. I spoke with my wife about becoming Catholic and she was rather caught of guard by it, but was immediately on the phone with Mrs. Pat Pope to set up an appointment to meet about attending RCIA. Once I met with Pat and started attending RCIA meetings, I was hooked. The more we learned, the more I wanted to learn, and still do. I think this is one of the most important parts of Catholicism. I really like the fact that you must attend classes and understand the religion before being baptized, unlike some other religions where you can walk in the door and be baptized.

Through the RCIA program, I feel that I was, and still am, building my own personal relationship with God. I have a better understanding of the expectations to be a Christian and to be close to God. This assists me in raising my children in the Catholic faith as a family. Becoming Catholic and a Christian has brought my family closer together. We pray together, we attend church together, and it allows me to be a better father figure to my boys. When they see dad getting up early on Sunday for Church and getting on his knees to pray to God, it encourages them to do the same because we all need God in our lives. When we do religion homework now, I am still learning, but I can also explain my personal relationship with God, which helps them understand the faith and the importance of their own personal relationships with God. So, all I can say for parents with children in Catholic school is through the teachings of the Catholic faith, the Holy Spirit will come into your home with your children and bless your home with a joyous spirit that will hopefully bring you closer to God. Curtis Newcomb   If you or someone you know is interested in coming into the Church or would just like to ask questions about the Catholic faith, please contact Pat Pope, 859-342-8080 or Margaret Hamblin, 859-512-8629. They are available on Saturday and Sunday mornings by appointment.   

Vote 2020

Considering this is a Presidential Election along with the amount of races on the ballot, the length of the two constitutional amendments, and the projected turnout, there will be long lines at every facility.  As of September 1, 2020, there are over 138,000 voters in Kenton County and the projected turnout is 80% so that means approximately 110,000 votes will be cast.  Since the portal to request ballots was opened on August 24, there are already 7,288 requests for absentee ballots.   The community center at St. Henry is no longer a polling place for Elsmere. Voting is moved to the Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell Avenue.  

How to vote in for the general election on November 3, 2020.  

All counties: Vote by mail, Visit govoteky.com to request a ballot. You need your SSN and driver’s license. Deadline to request a ballot is October 9, 2020. Ballot is mailed.
Kenton County: Call 859-392-1620 to request a ballot.  You need your SSN and driver’s license. Deadline to request a ballot is October 9, 2020. Ballot is mailed.   Postage is prepaid on the return envelope. Don’t forget to sign both envelopes. Must be postmarked by Election Day, November 3, 2020. There is also a drop box at 1840 Simon Kenton Way, Covington, or at the Independence Courthouse, 5272 Madison Pike, Independence.
Kenton County: Vote early in person, October 13-November 2, Monday-Friday, 7:30 AM-4:00 PM; Saturdays, October 17, 24 & 31 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the County Government Center, 1840 Simon Kenton Way, Covington or the Independence Senior Center, 2001 Jackwoods Parkway, Independence.
Boone County: Early voting will start on October 13 through November 2, 2020. You are able to vote Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00 AM-4:30 PM and on Tuesday and Wednesday 9:00 AM-6:00 PM.  Voting will also be available on Saturdays (last three Saturdays before the election), October 17, 24 and 31 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. Voting will take place at the Boone County Extension Enrichment Center located at 1824 Patrick Drive Burlington, KY 41005 (you will need to park in the parking lot next to Burger King, 1st Floor)
All counties on Election Day: 6:00 AM-6:00 PM, Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

Kenton County: Visit online for more details. 
Boone County: Visit online for more details.

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