SHDHS Campus Faith Life
SHDHS 2022-23 School Theme
Arise & Go Forth
The school theme for 2022 – 2023: “Arise & Go Forth” is derived from Luke 1:39, when the angel Gabriel announced to the virgin Mary that she was to become the Mother of God. Mary’s response was, “Let it be done to me according to thy word.” Shortly after her proclamation and acceptance of God’s will for her, she “arose and went with haste” to share the news with her cousin Elizabeth. Just like Mary, we are called to listen to the Father’s voice, respond by arising and going forth to do the will of our God, and then share Christ with others. In being connected to Mary, we are to carry Jesus with us to spread the Good News and provide others with a personal encounter with Christ. Without our prompt response and obedience to God’s call, we too can share the face of Jesus with others.
Almighty and everlasting Father,
thank you for your friendship,
the gift of faith, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit
With Mary as our model and intercessor,
help us to ARISE and say “yes” to you.
Let Your will be done in us as it was in her.
Deliver us from all fear and anxiety and
fill our hearts with joy and gladness,
as we GO FORTH to live and share the good news.
As a Catholic school, part of St. Henry’s 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. While the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we do many things, SHDHS is very committed to the spiritual growth and well-being of our community.
The campus minister will work in tandem with the Diocese of Covington, chaplains, service coordinators, religion teachers, choir director, administration, staff, students, parents, and parishes to provide a safe and reasonable environment, atmosphere, and programs that will help build the faith life of individuals and our entire school community during the ongoing pandemic.
Opportunities may include:
- Modified and Safe Class Retreats
- Eucharistic Liturgies
- Weekly Opportunities for Confession and Adoration
- Monthly Opportunities for Group Service
- Small Faith Groups
- Daily prayer and faith reflection
- Opportunities for individual prayer, guidance, and healing
- Recognition of seasonal Church celebrations and events
- Modified Chapel time and use for personal and communal reflective prayer
- Faith resources for students, staff, and parents
Holy Family Chapel
The Holy Family Chapel is newly renovated and open for students to pray. 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”. Weekly confession and adoration are offered in the chapel and prayer resources are available for anyone to use and take with them.
St. Henry District High School Retreats Information
The retreat program is an important part of SHDHS. Each class retreat is unique and an essential part of the student’s religious formation while at SHDHS.
Freshman Retreat: “Cru Community in 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.
Freshman Retreat – Thursday, Oct 6, 2022
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 team-building exercises, prayer experiences, and leader-run talks meant to open up the theme.
Sophomore Retreat – Thursday, Nov 10, 2022
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.
Junior Retreat – September 20-21, January 23-24, 2023, February 27-28, 2023
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 led by a priest from the Diocese of Covington and will include leader-run talks, peer discussion, silent and communal reflection, and participation in the Mass and Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Senior Retreat – January 10-11, February 21-22
Grandparent masses offer a time to recognize the wonderful grandparents in our life. The mass is followed by a nice reception for students and grandparents.
Senior Grandparent Mass – March 8, 2023
Junior Grandparent Mass – March 28, 2023
Sophomore Grandparent Mass – April 4, 2023
Freshman Grandparent Mass – April 25, 2023
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Father Jason Bertke