Sunday, May 23, 2021
John 20:19-23: Jesus appears to his disciples and gives them the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The season of Easter concludes with today’s celebration, the feast of Pentecost. Pentecost is sometimes called the birthday of the Church. On Pentecost, we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles gathered in the upper room in Jerusalem; this event marks the beginning of the Church. The story of Pentecost is found in the Acts of the Apostles, today’s first reading. The account in today’s Gospel, John 20:19-23, also recounts how Jesus gave the gift of the Holy Spirit to his disciples. Yet the event in John’s Gospel takes place on Easter Sunday. There is no need to try to reconcile these two accounts. We know that after his death, Jesus fulfilled his promise to send to his disciples a helper, an Advocate, who would enable them to be his witnesses throughout the world.
Gospel Reflection for Kids
Today’s Gospel recalls the events of the evening of the first Easter. Jesus entered the room where the disciples were gathered. He greeted them with peace and breathed on them the Holy Spirit, giving them the power to forgive. We, too, have received the Holy Spirit. What great things do you think the Holy Spirit is expecting you to do today?
Act of Spiritual Communion
Sunday Connection from Loyola Press
The Messenger: May 21, 2021
St. Henry Catholic School
This Week in our Parish
Monday: This week is our final CCD class for the 2020-2021 year. Registration information for our CCD program can be obtained from our Coordinator of Religious Education, Laura Ryan, 859-727-2035, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. CCD will resume in the fall.
Monday-Tuesday: Drop off desserts for the Parish Kitchen. Individually wrapped desserts or store bought cookies, brownies, or cupcakes are need this week. Items may be dropped off Monday-Tuesday between 9:00 AM-3:00 PM. Thank you!
Tuesday, 7:00 PM: Prayer Vigil for Jackson McClure & Family
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.
Wednesday, 10:00 AM: Eighth Grade Promotion Mass & Awards; invitation only; live-streamed to the parish website and school Facebook page.
Friday, May 28 & Monday, May 31: The parish office will be closed on Friday, May 28, and Monday, May 31, in observance of Memorial Day.
All School Mass & Olympic Day
Due to the COVID19 protocols, our parish school has not been able to have an all school Mass. This Monday, May 24, the 8:00 AM Mass will take place (weather permitting) in the parking lot with all students in attendance. There will be seating for parishioners as well. Please park as close to Dixie Highway as possible. Once Mass is over, the parking lot will be closed after Mass for the end-of-the-school year Olympic Day. We appreciate your understanding! The Mass will not be livestreamed.
Remember in Prayer
Please pray for the family and friends of Evelyn Steffen whose funeral Mass will be on Friday, May 21. May God in His mercy comfort all who knew and loved her.
Following the lead of Pope Francis to pray during May for “the many people who have been affected by the virus and who continue to suffer the consequences of the pandemic,” will be entrusted to the Blessed Virgin Mary, ‘Mother of Mercy.’” Join us this week, Monday-Friday, at 7:00 PM as we pray the Rosary at the Marian grotto; in case of inclement weather, we will pray in Church. All are welcome; bring a lawn chair!
Bingo is back at St. Henry! Bingo provides an opportunity for volunteers to share their time and talent with the parish and school. Bingo is held every Thursday beginning at 5:00 PM. There are many opportunities to help with bingo, even if you only have a limited amount of time! Please email Ryan Bihl to volunteer, email@example.com or call the school office, 859-342-2551.
Our Tiny Saints fundraiser ends on May 31, with 25% of your purchase will support St. Henry’s religious education programs, such as Vacation Bible School, adult ministries, and CCD. Visit tinysaints.com and then select St. Henry Catholic Parish from the dropdown box. Thank you!