Sixth Sunday of Easter
Sunday, May 9, 2021
Jesus commands his disciples to love one another.
Today’s Gospel follows immediately after the Gospel proclaimed last week, in which Jesus taught that he was the vine and that his disciples were the branches. In the example of the vine and the branches, we learned that our union with Jesus will lead to fruitful service. Today’s reading extends this teaching to describe the kind of service that Christians are called upon to offer to others.
Gospel Reflection for Kids
Today’s Gospel from John is a challenge. Jesus tells us his basic commandment: “Love one another as I have loved you.” Jesus calls us friends, reminding us that friends want only what is best for the other person. How has Jesus been a good friend to you? What can you do this week to be a friend to Jesus?
Act of Spiritual Communion
Sunday Connection from Loyola Press
The Messenger: May 7, 2021
St. Henry Catholic School
This Week in our Parish
Monday: Parish May Crowning, 6:45 PM near the Grotto; indoors if inclement weather
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: Confirmation for our parish eighth graders, Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, 7:00 PM, invitation only
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.
Happy Mother's Day
Mother’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the beautiful vocation of motherhood and the gift of life. It calls us to cherish the gift of life that we receive from our mothers and to pray for all women to whom God has entrusted life in a very special way. As we pray in thanksgiving for the gift of all mothers, we also specifically pray for married couples struggling with infertility; parents who have lost a child; those who have lost their own mothers; couples longing to welcome a child through adoption; and women and men who are suffering because of their participation in abortion. Families for Life will be selling roses after all Masses this weekend with proceeds benefitting Old St. Mary's Pregnancy Center.
The parish celebration of May Crowning will take place on Monday, May 10, 6:45 PM at the grotto in front of Benedictine Hall. Please join us as we honor Mary, the mother of our Lord. On Tuesday, May 11, at 1:00 PM, the school May Crowning will be livestreamed to our website and Facebook page.
Confirmation for our parish eighth graders will be held at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption on Tuesday, May 11, at 7:00 PM. Due to COVID-19 protocols, the event is by invitation only. You can watch online by visiting covdio.org and selecting “Watch the Mass.” Please keep our candidates and their sponsors in your prayers.
Tiny Saints Fundraiser
St. Henry Parish is having a Tiny Saints fundraiser! Tiny Saints offers adorable saint charms, boardbooks, rosaries, and more that are perfect for kids of all ages. The best part, 25% of your purchase will help St. Henry's religious education programs such as Vacation Bible School, CCD, adult ministry, and more! Visit tinysaints.com and then select St. Henry Catholic Parish from the dropdown box.
127 Yard Sale
We are very hopeful that we will be able to safely host the 127 Yard Sale in August. If you have items that you would like to donate to the parish for their booth, they may be dropped off on Monday, May 10, from 4-6 PM by the community center. For space rental information or questions, please email our coordinators, Chris & Amy Osborne, email@example.com or call the parish office, 859-727-2035.
The Pentecost Novena begins May 14 until Pentecost on May 23. To celebrate Pentecost, the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Church, pray the Holy Spirit Novena! It is a powerful and moving novena that is meant to help us open ourselves up to the third person of the Holy Trinity.
What are novenas? Novenas are an ancient tradition that goes back to the days of the Apostles. Jesus told His disciples to pray together after His ascension into heaven, so they went to an upper room along with the Blessed Virgin Mary, (Acts 1:14) and joined constantly in prayer for nine days. These nine days of constant prayer by the Apostles at the direction of Jesus led up to Pentecost. This is when the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples as “tongues of fire” (Acts 2:1-4). This pattern of nine days of prayer is the basis of the novenas we pray today! Thus, the novena is an imitation of the Lord’s command to the Apostles when they prayed for nine days in anticipation of the coming of the Holy Spirit. And that's why we pray novenas for nine days, followed by one final prayer on the tenth (which is usually the feast day). To sign up for a daily email reminder, please visit www.praymorenovenas.com.
Dine to Donate
Thanks to our parishioners that take advantage of our Dine to Donate opportunities to support St. Henry Catholic School. The school year is winding down, but we have a few opportunities left in May! This week, stop by Chipotle on Dixie Highway, 4-8 PM on Wednesday, May 12, and 33% of the proceeds will go to St. Henry. Thanks for your support!