Fourth Sunday of Easter
Sunday, April 25, 2021
Jesus says that he is the good shepherd who knows his sheep.
The fourth Sunday of Easter is also called Good Shepherd Sunday. In each of the three lectionary cycles, our Gospel is taken from the 10th chapter of the Gospel of John. In Cycle B, we hear the middle verses of this chapter. Unless we consider this chapter in the greater context of John’s Gospel, we will miss the radical nature of the statement Jesus makes when he declares himself to be the Good Shepherd.
Gospel Reflection for Kids
Jesus described himself in many ways. We don’t know many shepherds, but in Jesus’ time, they were everywhere, some very caring and others who didn’t care for their sheep very well. Jesus describes himself as the Good Shepherd who knows each one of us, who laid down his life for us. Who are the people in your life who are “good shepherds” for you, who lead you, who care for you?
Act of Spiritual Communion
Sunday Connection from Loyola Press
The Messenger: April 23, 2021
St. Henry Catholic School
This Week in our Parish
Sunday, April 25: Parish First Communion Mass, 2:00 PM. Due to social distancing guidelines set forth by the Diocese of Covington, the Mass is only for the communicants and their immediate family. The Mass will be livestreamed on our website an our parish Facebook page, St. Henry Church. The second First Communion Mass will take place next Sunday, May 2, at 2:00 PM.
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.
Tuesday: Drop off desserts for the Parish Kitchen, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM.
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.
Sunday, May 2: Parish First Communion Mass, 2:00 PM. Due to social distancing guidelines set forth by the Diocese of Covington, the Mass is only for the communicants and their immediate family. The Mass will be livestreamed on our website an our parish Facebook page, St. Henry Church.
To date, 158 households in our parish have given pledges totaling $67,988. Our parish goal is $89,000. May God bless you for your generosity.
If you haven’t made your gift, please do so today. Envelopes are available at the entrances to Church which you can drop in the collection basket or mail. Checks should be made payable to DPAA 2021. If you have questions, please contact the parish office, 859-727-2035.
To donate online, visit the Diocese of Covington's website, covdio.org.
Individually wrapped desserts or store bought cookies/brownies/cupcakes are needed for the Parish Kitchen this week. The Parish Kitchen offers a lunch-time meal 365 days a year to over 200 people daily. Items may be dropped off in the parish office Monday-Tuesday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM. To learn more about the Parish Kitchen, visit covingtoncharities.org/parish-kitchen.
Diocese of Covington Catholic Courses for Adults
Creating an environment for prayer (in the home, classroom, or even on the go), learning styles and prayer, cross-curricular prayer (it’s not just for religion class), sacramental imagination and the use of sacramentals, echoing the rhythm of liturgy in prayer services, praying the liturgical calendar, writing general intercessions with adults or children, psalms for all ages, lived prayer, guided meditation, Lectio Divina, and more. Explore the sacred in the ordinary, discover the things in their lives that help them draw closer to God, and develop a broader understanding of the use of sacramentals in prayer. Visit online to register.
Catholic Summer Camps for Boys, Girls & Families at Camp River Ridge: To awaken, form, and launch Catholic youth apostles who will change the world for Christ.
AWAKEN: We reveal the love of Christ to young people and their families so He might reign in their hearts.
FORM: We transform today's youth through the sacraments and prayer, friendship and team life, personal attention, and leadership training.
LAUNCH: We help youth discover their mission in their families, the Church, and in culture.