SHDHS Campus Faith Life
SHDHS 2021-22 School Theme
Stand Firm in Faith
The school theme for 2021 – 2022: “Stand Firm in Faith” is derived from Acts 26:16, “Get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness of what you have seen [of me] and what you will be shown.”
Chosen by Pope Francis for World Youth Day, this scripture builds upon last year’s “Arise!” theme. We did indeed arise from a historic year as a CRU community. We experienced the glory of God surrounding us in many ways during the trials of the pandemic. This year, we are invited to respond like the apostle Paul, who, when encountering Jesus on the Damascus road, was called out of his own darkness by “a light brighter than the sun” (26:13), to get up, stand on his feet and give witness. In short, Paul (formerly Saul, who persecuted Christians) was called to be an apostle to the Gentiles, to be a servant and witness for the gospel. It takes an act of faith to stand up for the gospel. Paul did it after being knocked to the ground in temporary blindness. Whether we have ever felt blindsided, in darkness, or just unqualified, we are, however, like Paul, being called to Stand Firm in Faith.
New Academic Year – Standing Firm in Faith, Kneeling in Prayer
As we embrace this stance and commission to be a servant of the gospel, it is fitting to take the baton of faith at this moment in time and history to recognize our role in the universal church, to entrust ourselves to God’s providence, and to rededicate ourselves to the mission of Catholic education at SHDHS. We are an extension of the mission of Christ, the apostles, and their successors. We are not alone. We have many role models, the communion of saints, and a CRU community united in purpose and prayer.
May the light of Your Holy Spirit guide us
stand firm in faith,
to be witnesses of the gospel,
and to serve others in love.
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
- Class and live-streamed Eucharistic Liturgies
- 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
- Opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Holy Family Chapel
The Holy Family Chapel is open during this time with limitations on occupation and with stringent cleaning protocols. 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 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: “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 team-building 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 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.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the ever-changing state guidelines, Grandparent Masses have not been scheduled for this year.
We will reevaluate the feasibility of the Masses as the situation continues to change.
(M.A. Religious Studies, B.A. Sociology & History)
Phone: 859.525.0255, ext 1824
Rev. Gregory Bach
Rev. Matt Cushing
Campus Ministry Staff & Service Project Coordinator