The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord
Sunday, May 16, 2021
COVID19: May 14, 2021 Update:
By now, most of you have heard that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has updated its mask policy relative to Covid-19. The new policy simply put is this: If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic. (CDC) Please note that this applies only to fully vaccinated people.
What does this mean at Mass?
Fully vaccinated people may attend Mass and other liturgical services without wearing a mask.
Those who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear a mask in Church and must continue to social distance.
Anyone wishing to continue to wear a mask for their own safety/security is certainly allowed to do so.
Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord
Jesus is taken to heaven, and the disciples go forth to preach as Jesus commanded.
It can be very important whom we sit next to. Any family that has tried to sit down to a family dinner or packed the car for a trip has heard children argue at least once about who should sit where. To sit next to someone, especially if that person is important, is to have a place of honor. Jesus has this place of honor seated at God’s right hand, but there’s more to this metaphor than where Jesus sits in relation to God. To be in the place of honor is also to be in a place of power. Knowing people in powerful places can be helpful. Our children remind us of this each time we are called upon to referee a conflict. Jesus, honored at God’s right hand, is a powerful ally for us.
Gospel Reflection for Kids
Christ’s ascension is a source of great hope for Christians. In the Nicene Creed, we profess our belief in Jesus’ ascension when we say, “He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.” When Jesus rose from the dead, he conquered sin and death; when he ascended into heaven, he began a new life with God in the world of the divine. The Ascension is a mystery of our faith. It is a reminder of the power of God, and it fills us with the hope that, one day, all believers will be welcomed into eternal life with Christ.
Act of Spiritual Communion
Sunday Connection from Loyola Press
The Messenger: May 14, 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, 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.
Parish & School News
Bingo Returns May 20
With recent restrictions being lifted and guidelines changing, we are now allowed to operate our parish bingo. Bingo accounts for a significant portion of our school’s daily operating budget. Needless to say, we are thrilled to return to some sense of normalcy by holding an event our community loves. Social distancing and masks are required; capacity is limited. No food/drinks will be served.
Bingo also provides an opportunity for volunteers to share their time and talent with the parish and school. Parishioners and non-school families should email Ryan Bihl to volunteer, email@example.com or call the school office, 859-342-2551.
Priority Registration for Parishioners
We are hopeful that we will be able to safely host the 127 Yard Sale in August. Now through June 13, space rental is open for parishioners only. For space rental information or questions, please email our coordinators, Chris & Amy Osborne, firstname.lastname@example.org or call the parish office, 859-727-2035. You can also download the registration form.
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