SHDHS Campus Faith Life

SHDHS 2023-24 School Theme

Driven by Love

“Driven by Love” is this year’s school theme. It is based upon the song “Driven by Love” which calls us to base our lives on loving others as Jesus has loved us (John 15:9-12). We are called to imitate the love of Jesus by using our gifts to serve others as He did. It can be so easy to be driven by our ever-changing emotions, but each day we have the choice and responsibility as Catholics to lead our lives fueled by love.

Almighty and Loving Father,
Thank you for your friendship,
and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
With Your help, empower us to be Driven by Love in all we do,
To show patience, kindness, and caring to all,
And to be a place of healing and forgiveness for others.
Lord, deliver us from all fear and anxiety,
Fill our hearts with joy and gladness,
As we go forth to love others as you have loved us.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Campus Ministry

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. 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
  • 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: “Crusader Connect”

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 music ministry, peer discussion, teambuilding icebreakers, multiple prayer opportunities, and leader-run talks meant to open up the theme.
Freshman Retreat – Tuesday, October 10, 2023

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 offer a series of team-building exercises, prayer experiences, and leader-run talks meant to open up the theme.
Sophomore Retreat – Tuesday, October 17, 2023

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 18-19, 2023, January 16-17, 2024, February 12-13, 2024

Senior: “Emmaus” or “Ardeo” Retreat

Ardeo: JSC Overnight Retreat – This retreat is a two-day overnight retreat held at the Jesuit Spiritual Center. It is an interactive experience led by the Jesuit Spiritual Center Youth Ministry team and SHDHS staff members. They will lead large group team building experiences, present witness talks, prayer experiences, and small group activities centered around the themes of knowing oneself and God more deeply, values and relationships, and living the faith. Students will have the opportunity to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.
Date: March 25-26, 2024

Emmaus Retreat – A two day, non-overnight retreat. Both days focus on one’s Journey with Christ in different environments and approaches. The first provides the opportunity to connect with Jesus through nature and experiential learning with classmates at Potter’s Ranch. Spiritual talks and life lessons will occur through the low ropes course, a hike, campfire, and Mass. The second day of the retreat takes place in Covington. Retreatants will experience an urban encounter with people experiencing poverty and homelessness. They will seek to understand the love that Christ has for each of us in our own “poverty”. Retreatants will provide service, do walking tours, and prayer at Mother of God Church and the Cathedral. Students will have the opportunity to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist while attending this retreat.
Dates: October 24-25, 2023 and April 9-10, 2024

Grandparent Mass

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. RSVP here.

  • Senior Grandparent Mass – March 7, 2024
  • Junior Grandparent Mass – March 21, 2024
  • Sophomore Grandparent Mass – April 11, 2024
  • Freshman Grandparent Mass – April 23, 2024

Permission Forms

Junior Retreat Permission Form (September 18-19,2023) – Download Here


Annie Poat
Campus Minister
[email protected]
859.525.0255, ext 2109

Father Jason Bertke
SHDHS Chaplain
[email protected]

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