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Robert (Bobby) Gulla
Campus Minister
BA in Theology
Phone: 859.525.0255, ext 1824
Email: rgulla@shdhs.org

Fr. Gregory Bach
Parochial Administrator

Fr. David Ludwig
Chaplain

Faith Life

As a Catholic school, part of SHDHS’ mission is to educate students in the Christian tradition and the Catholic faith, to foster individual prayer and spirituality, and to put faith into action. This is accomplished by a collaborative approach. Knowledge is gained in religion class, personal prayer and faith is enhanced by active participation in campus sponsored spiritual events and students have many opportunities to put their faith into action. In addition to the school’s formal service requirement, students are encouraged to support community needs through various collections and community outreach.

The campus minister works in tandem with the chaplain, service coordinator, religion teachers, choir director, administration, parents, and parishes to provide an atmosphere and programs that builds the faith life of individuals and the community.

Opportunities include:

  • Class Retreats
  • Eucharistic Liturgies and the Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Daily prayer reflections
  • Opportunities for individual prayer, guidance and healing
  • School assemblies, speakers, devotional prayer, seasonal events
  • Service and support for community needs
  • Chapel for reflective prayer
  • Resources for students, faculty, and parents

Holy Family Chapel

Weekly class liturgies, prayer services, religion class devotions, and choir practice is held in the chapel. The Blessed Sacrament is present in the tabernacle and makes the chapel a perfect “go to” place when individuals need to pray “Be still and know I am God.” (Psalm 46:10). Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to stop by the chapel for prayer and/or to leave a written prayer request in the “Prayer Jar”.

St. Henry District High School

2017-2018 Retreat Information

The retreat program is an important part of SHDHS. Each class retreat is unique and is a required part of the student’s religion curriculum while at SHDHS. All retreats are off campus and paid for by student fees. Sign ups for the Junior and Senior retreat will take place at the start of the school year while the Sophomore and Freshman retreat will take place during the school day and do not require the student to sign up. Please keep in mind, that while we offer multiple Junior and Senior retreats, space on each retreat is limited so students should be prepared to make a choice prior to the sign-up day at school. Campus Ministry will do everything possible to allow the student to go on the retreat of their choice. However, in the event a student’s first choice is not available, they may be assigned to attend his/her second choice.

A medical and permission form is required for all retreats and will be given to the students prior to their retreat and should be signed by the student’s parents. Please direct any questions regarding the retreats at St. Henry to Bobby Gulla at rgulla@shdhs.org or 859-525-0255 ext. 1824.

Freshman Retreat: “Crusading for Christ”

The focus of this retreat is to help the Freshmen not only learn more about who they are as a child of God; but, what the core tenants of being a Crusader at St. Henry really means. They will take part in a spiritual gifts inventory, peer discussion, teambuilding icebreakers, multiple prayer opportunities, and leader run talks meant to open up the theme.

Sophomore: “One Body in Christ”

The Sophomore retreat will build on what the students have already taken from the Freshman retreat and will focus on showing them how to work as “One Body in Christ.” This retreat focuses on the theme of servant leadership and will help the students discover how to work together as Christian Leaders. The retreat will also remind the students that each one of them has been given gifts from God that are meant to help further His kingdom here on earth. This retreat will take place at Potter’s Ranch and offer a series of teambuilding exercises, prayer experiences, and leader run talks meant to open up the theme.

Junior: “A Journey with Christ”

The Junior retreat is an overnight retreat that will take each student on a journey to help them discover how Christ is speaking to them in their life. The retreat will have a series of leader-led talks that are meant to help open the student up to the various ways Christ speaks to us in our lives. There are multiple opportunities for peer-lead discussion, personal and communal prayer, as well as an opportunity for the students to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Senior: “Praying with Christ”

The Senior retreat this year was developed by the Diocese of Covington and is focused on helping the students to hear and communicate with Christ. This retreat will introduce, deepen, and aid the students in incorporating different prayer forms into their lives. The retreat will be lead by Fr. Andrew Young and will include leader-run talks, peer discussion, silent and communal reflection, and participation in the Mass and Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Freshman Retreat

Date: October 11, 2017
Time: During the School Day
Location: St. Barbara Sterling Event Center
Lead By: Jesuit Spiritual Center and Campus Ministry

Sophomore Retreat

Date: April 11, 2018
Time: During the School Day
Location: Potter’s Ranch
Lead By: Potter’s Ranch Staff and Campus Ministry

Junior Retreat**

All Junior Retreats are Lead By: Jesuit Spiritual Center Team and Campus Ministry

Retreat 1
Dates: September 18-19, 2017
Location: Jesuit Spiritual Center Milford

Retreat 2:
Dates: February 5-6, 2018
Location: Jesuit Spiritual Center Milford

Retreat 3:
Dates: March 12-13, 2018
Location: Jesuit Spiritual Center Milford

 

Senior Retreat**

All Senior Retreats are Lead By: Fr. Andrew Young and Campus Ministry

Retreat 1:
Dates: September 18-21, 2017
Location: St. Anne’s Retreat Center

Retreat 2:
Dates: November 13-16, 2017
Location: St. Anne’s Retreat Center

**The students will be registering for Junior and Senior retreats the first week of school through their chromebooks. Please make sure you have discussed which retreat your student will want to attend before making a commitment.

Please direct any questions regarding the retreats at St. Henry District High School to Bobby Gulla at rgulla@shdhs.org or 859-525-0255 ext. 1824.

**For the safety of our students a roster for the Junior and Senior Retreat will be emailed to each student’s SHDHS account and posted in front of campus ministry.

**Students will receive a retreat permission slip during a meeting at school and in their email. Please verify with your student regarding the needed permission slips.

PURPOSE: The purpose of the Service Pillar and its requirements is to encourage and assist students to live out the Catholic faith by serving others. This purpose flows from Christ’s urging to love our neighbor as ourselves while using the gifts God has given. “As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” (1 Peter 4:10). Thus, the service requirement addresses and explores the Gospel challenge that loving God is tied to loving and serving one’s neighbor.

x2vol Instructions

SERVICE GUIDELINES

    • SHDHS Community Service has two categories: RED hours and WHITE hours.
      • RED hours (COMMUNITY OUTREACH/NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS) Examples include: Helping handicapped children in Special Olympic events, volunteering at Mary Rose Mission, volunteering at soup kitchens, Breast Cancer Awareness walks, Pro-Life events, or going on mission trips.
      • WHITE hours (SHDHS & PARISH EVENTS) When hours are completed for SHDHS they must be completed outside of regular school hours. Examples include: volunteering at the SHAC or Craft show, being part of the Student Ambassadors events, working Open House, serving Mass, working vacation Bible schools or parish festivals.
      • Working to serve friends, family or neighbors does not meet the service requirements.
        • Examples of unacceptable service include filing at a doctor’s office, babysitting, baking, or cutting grass for a neighbor. Also, any activity that a student may receive some form of payment for is not considered service.
      • Service hours are counted for the amount of time performing the service. If going on a mission trip or the Pro-Life March, travel time or rest periods are NOT counted as service hours.
      • All service has to be approved by the Service Coordinator. If there is any doubt that a certain project will be counted as appropriate service, please obtain pre-approval (in writing) from the Service Coordinator. All special circumstances surrounding service activities should be discussed with the Service Coordinator PRIOR to performing the service.
  • Summer Service Hours
    • Students may apply 5 hours of their summer service work to the first semester.
    • All summer service must be recorded in x2vol within the first month of school to be counted toward the semester total. Summer hours recorded within first 30 days of the calendar school year.*
  • All hours the students serve should be recorded on x2vol – not just those hours to be counted toward the semester requirement as this information will be very valuable for college applications and future vocation choices.
  • Announcements about upcoming Service opportunities will be posted on x2vol and announced within the school.
  • For more information about x2vol please see the Service page on the SHDHS website or contact the Service Coordinator., Ms. Claire Bach, cbach@shdhs.org.
  • INDIVIDUAL STUDENT REQUIREMENTS
    • Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores
      • 10 hours of service are due at the conclusion of EACH semester.
          • 10 Red hours per school year
            • A minimum of 10 “red” hours per year is required but all 20 hours (or more) can be “red” hours.
          • 10 White hours per school year
            • Up to 10 “white” hours can be counted toward the yearly 20 hour requirement

        These hours may be accrued in varying increments per semester. For example, a student may complete 3 “red” hours and 7 “white” hours for first semester and then 7 “red” hours and 3 “white” hours for second semester.

          • Freshmen
            • A Service Research Project will be assigned during first semester in their Religion class.
            • 5 hours of service are due at the conclusion of first semester, 10 hours of service are due at the conclusion of second semester.
                • 5 Red hours per school year
                  • A minimum of 5 “red” hours during Freshman year is required but all 15 hours (or more) can be “red” hours
                • 10 White hours per school year
                  • Up to 10 “white” hours can be counted toward the Freshman year 15 hour requirement.

              These hours may be accrued in varying increments per semester. For example, a student may complete 2 “red” hours and 3 “white” hours for first semester and then 3 “red” hours and 7 “white” hours for second semester.

                  • Record Hours via x2Vol
                    • All hours must be submitted through the x2vol website within 30 days of completing the service* or it will not be accepted. (Timely reporting is necessary out of respect for the agency’s verification volunteer.)
                    • The only exception for this is the 2017 summer hours.
                    • A couple sentence description of the service completed will be required with the submission of hours.

              ** Overall, the semester service hour requirements MUST BE COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED BY THE DUE DATE set forth by the Service Coordinator. PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE DEADLINE.**

              ***If you have any questions as to whether or not something qualifies for red or white service hours, or whether something is considered service, please see the Service Coordinator.

              The above guidelines are a guide for students but all final decisions are made by the Service Coordinator and the school administration as they see fit to meet the needs of the service program.***

              All questions or concerns about the Service program can be directed to the Service Coordinator, Ms. Claire Bach, cbach@shdhs.org.

 

Twice a year, SHDHS invites all grandparents to celebrate a special Mass with their grandchildren. These Masses are typically held:

  • Tuesday before Thanksgiving
  • Ash Wednesday
The Grandparents Mass for the 2017-2018 School Year Are:
  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017
  • Wednesday, February 14, 2017

“Lord, we thank you for the blessing of belonging to the SHDHS family. Whether as students or alumni, faculty or staff, parents or friends, we are one in Christ. Help us to live the calling that comes with this gift; the call to excellence in faith, leadership, academics, arts, and athletics. Help us to be like St. Henry and make a difference in this world by faithfully living the gospel. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.”
“Heavenly Father, we thank you for the example you have given us in St. Henry. Help us to follow his example of deep faith, firm hope and ardent love. May we be like St. Henry, motivated by a great love for you and the Church and faithfully extend your kingdom in the world. Grant us, through his intercession, the grace we ask, for your greater honor and glory. Amen.”
“Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father, we ask You to take our children under Your special care and enclose them in the love of Your sacred heart. Guide and protect them that they may live according to our holy faith, that they may not waver in their confidence in You and may ever remain faithful in Your love. Amen.”
“Heavenly Father, I place my grandchildren in your care. Inspire them to seek your guidance. Help them reject temptation and protect them from all harm. Strengthen and multiply in them the gifts of the Holy Spirit, that they may grow daily in grace and knowledge, and that they may discern their vocation in life. May they remain ever faithful to living the Gospel message. Grant that, by word and example, our homes and schools be solid support for their growth in truth and love. Equip our family and the faculty and staff with every spiritual gift they need. Thank you Lord. I ask this prayer in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.”

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