Second Sunday of Easter/Divine Mercy Sunday
Sunday, April 11, 2021
Gospel Reading: John 20:19-31
Thomas believes because he sees Jesus.
Today’s reading from the Gospel of John is proclaimed on the Second Sunday of Easter in each of the lectionary cycles. This fact alone should alert us to the significance of the encounters with the resurrected Jesus that are described in this reading. In today’s Gospel, Jesus greets his disciples with the gift of peace. Jesus then commissions his disciples to continue the work that he has begun; as Jesus was sent by God, so Jesus sends his disciples. He gives his disciples the gift of the Holy Spirit so that they will be able to accomplish this task. Jesus’ words to his disciples also highlight the integral connection between the forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit. With the grace of the Holy Spirit, we can share forgiveness and reconciliation with others
Act of Spiritual Communion
Sunday Connection from Loyola Press
The Messenger: April 16, 2021
St. Henry Catholic School
This Week in our Parish
Monday: CCD classes are held on Monday evenings beginning at 6:45 PM. If you have questions regarding our program, please contact Laura Ryan, 859-727-2035, or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Wednesday: VIRTUAL That Man Is You. All men are invited to join the group at any time. For information, contact Deacon Mike Lyman, email@example.com.
Wednesday, 7:30 AM: 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. Live-streamed on our St. Henry Church Facebook page.
Divine Mercy Sunday
In the Jubilee Year 2000, Pope John Paul II proclaimed that from that year forward the Second Sunday of Easter would be celebrated as Divine Mercy Sunday. When celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday, the faithful are called to reflect more personally on the graces won through the life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. In this way their hearts may be more fully aware of the mercy of God for them personally and for the sake of the world.
Please pray for the family and friends of Doris Eisenmenger whose funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday. We pray that God in His mercy will comfort all who knew and loved her.
No one shall appear before the Lord empty-handed, but each of you with as much as he can give, in proportion to the blessings which the Lord, your God, has bestowed on you. Deuteronomy 16: 16-17
Offertory collections fund the operating expenses of the entire parish, including all utilities, maintenance, payroll, insurance, religious education programs, and the subsidy to the parish school. The offertory receipts reported below reflect offertory collections received at weekend Masses and Holy Days of Obligation, as well as collections dropped off/mailed to the parish office, or processed electronically through EFT or credit card:
July 1, 2020-March 31, 2021: $545,722 March 2021: $56,804 (midst of pandemic)
July 1, 2019-March 31, 2020: $567,504 March 2020: $53,728 (start of pandemic)
July 1, 2018-March 31, 2019: $574,003 March 2019: $63,626 (pre-pandemic)
It was during the month of March 2020 that our offertory first began to trend downward significantly, as public Masses were not permitted because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of March 2021, the offertory remains significantly below pre-pandemic levels.
Thank you to the many parishioners who have continued their generous support of the parish throughout the pandemic. For parishioners who have been unable to worship with us in person, we encourage you to continue your financial support by mailing your envelopes to the parish office or contacting us to set up payments through EFT or credit card. Everyone’s continuous support is appreciated and is now more important than ever.
VIRTUS: April is an open month for all VIRTUS users which provides the opportunity to catch up on any missed bulletins. If you have questions, please contact our VIRTUS Coordinator, Laura Ryan, 859-727-2035, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Henry School News
School for our students resumes on Monday, April 12; welcome back, Crusaders!
Dine to Donate: We have another opportunity to support our school by dining local! This week, MacKenzie River Pizza Company in Crestview Hills. Show the image below or mention St. Henry Catholic School when ordering. Thank you for your support!