31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday, October 31, 2021

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mark 12:28b-34Jesus is questioned by a scribe about the greatest commandment.

From Deacon Mike Lyman’s Desk:  Prayer and Inspirational Thoughts

Jesus provides us with clarity this week as the scribes try to trip him up.  Which commandment is the greatest, they want to know?  Realize that we are not just talking the first out of ten. No, there were 613 laws which Moses gave in the Torah. But Jesus did not focus on the 613 or the details of them. Rather, he went right to the source of all law, God himself. God, the source of all freedom and salvation, the source of redemption, and the perfection of love itself. There is but one true love – and that is God himself! We are to love God with all our being. Our focus is to be on God alone, for His love for us commands nothing less.  And our love of Him – when true and complete – cannot help but bring us to love of our neighbor as ourselves. For when we are truly focused on God alone, we cannot help but recognize God in our neighbor.

od’s love is a love of self-sacrifice, mercy and compassion. This is evidenced by the very gift of his son Jesus given to us out of pure love.  Our second reading reminds us of his perfect sacrifice on the cross and his ever present mercy that is “given to all who approach God through him as he lives forever to make intercession for us.”

As Catholics, we are called to extend this same love to the poor, the vulnerable and the marginalized that we encounter in our every day life.
  It is through our relationships with others that we come to know that it is in the Lord that we find our strength. Only through Him are we able to set aside our judgements and our pride to step forward in complete humility seeking to love others sacrificially. It is here that we find the immensity of His compassion and mercy. We give to others as God has given to us! How do I seek God’s mercy for those I encounter daily as well as for myself?  How have my eyes opened to His unending love for all of us? Is my focus completely on His love for us and my love for Him?

Lord Jesus, open my eyes to your love for me. Give me the humility to seek only your love and your will. Help me to reflect that love in all that I do.  Let me love you with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind, and all my strength. And let me love my neighbor as myself.  We pray all of this in your name. Amen.          

Masses This Week

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 31
  7:30 AM AT Esther Lageman
  9:30 AM GB William Brake
11:30 AM GB Jess Daniels
  7:00 PM GB Mass for the People
Monday, November 1All Saints Day
8:00 AM AT John & Vera Oberschlake
7:00 PM GB Don Fister
Tuesday, November 2All Souls Day
8:00 AM AT Dennis Schofield
7:00 PM GB Faithful Departed of our Parish
Wednesday, November 3St. Martin de Porres
  7:30 AM Rosary  for All Families
  8:00 AM AT Miriam Ware
Thursday, November 4St. Charles Borromeo
  8:00 AM GB Thomas Nienaber
Friday, November 5
  8:00 AM AT Mary Ann Ryan
Saturday, November 6
  8:00 AM GB MR Fister
  4:00 PM AT Jerry Harmeling
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 7
  7:30 AM AT Howard & Evelyn Nienaber
9:30 AM GB Ruehl, Flynn & Vasseur Families
1:30AM GB Paul H. Kramer | Eleanor Buring
7:00 PM GB Mass for the People

Daily Readings
Lectio Divina
Sunday Connection from Loyola Press
Children's Bulletin
Parish Bulletin
The Messenger, October 8, 2021: The Installation of Bishop John C. Iffert Edition
The Messenger: October 29, 2021
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This Week in Our Parish

Monday, November 1

All Day               Parish Office/School Closed

6:45-8:00 PM     CCD Classes lryan@sthenrynky.com

Tuesday, November 2

All Day Dine to Donate: Erlanger Skyline
7:00 PM Commemoration of the Faithful Departed Mass

Wednesday, November 3

6:00 AM That Man Is You! deaconmikelyman1@gmail.com
2:00 PM Altar Society Social

Thursday, November 4

5:00-10:00 PM Bingo To volunteer, text/call Ryan Bihl, 859-760-3325

Friday, November 5-November 21

Boys Crusader Classic Basketball Tournament

Saturday/Sunday, November 6/7

All Masses Stewardship Fair

Parish News

Commemoration of the Faithful Departed
The members of St. Henry Parish and the Bereavement Committee extend our sympathy and prayers to all of the families who have lost a loved one this past year. We pray that our Father will comfort you and give you strength. And though the loss is great, how blessed we are to have God’s comfort and to realize that this truly is a time of triumph and victory because “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.”


The Commemoration of the Faithful Departed Mass will be held on Tuesday, November 2, at 7:00 PM. All are welcome.

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