Deacon Mike Mahoney – May he rest in peace.

Deacon Mike Mahoney, beloved member of our community, passed away last night.

Services will be held at St. Henry Parish next week on Monday and Tuesday.

Reception of the Body – Monday, June 20 at 4:00pm

Vigil / Visitation concludes at 8:00pm

Funeral Mass – Tuesday, June 21 at 10:00am

Deacon Mike and his wife Anne moved to Dayton from New York and joined the parish in 2005. Together they served as our Directors of Faith Formation from 2006 until 2012 when they retired. Though retired, Mike continued to serve the parish as a permanent deacon and assisted with the RCIA program. He had extensive experience in the education field as a teacher and school administrator, and in parish ministry as a DRE and Youth Minister. He was ordained to the diaconate in 1996 for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY. His professional education included the fields of biology, teacher education, educational administration, Biblical studies, and was continuing to do graduate work in theology. Mike and Anne have three children and six grandchildren. In addition to enjoying being a grandparent, Mike enjoyed traveling, reading, gardening, and model railroading.

UNBOUND: FREEDOM IN CHRIST SEMINAR

Find the freedom God intends for you!

Saturday, June 25th from 8:00am – 4:30pm at Our Lady of Good Hope Church, 6 S. Third St., Miamisburg, OH

Do you find yourself struggling with the same sin time after time, stuck in your spiritual growth, struggling with forgiveness or bound by negative patterns of thinking?  The Unbound: Freedom in Christ Seminar will present 5 keys to greater freedom in your life – Repentance & Faith, Forgiveness, Renunciation, Authority and The Father’s Blessing.

The seminar is presented by the Dayton Unbound Team with some live talks and some talks on DVD by Neal Lozano, the creator of the Unbound Model.  Prayer opportunities will also be provided throughout the day.  Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.  The cost is a donation.

To register visit unbound-dayton-2022.eventbrite.com (use password ‘freedom’ if asked).

For more information contact unbounddayton@gmail.com or (937) 530-3151.

Download the full flyer with the seminar schedule.

A Pastoral Approach to Transition

Change is in the air. We already know that Fr. Jim will be leaving us soon, and we know that Fr. Fox will be our new pastor. When big changes are happening, it is helpful to know why. These changes are about more than just creating families of parishes.

What is Beacons of Light?

Beacons of Light is a multi-year process of pastoral planning for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati which seeks to help our parishes carry out the mission of evangelization.

Archbishop Schnurr tells us that, through Beacons of Light, we will be able to “more effectively accomplish our sacred mission to proclaim the Good News of salvation and make disciples.”

Responding to Change with Change

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has experience changes including demographic shifts and fewer priests. For us to continue to carry out our mission as a Church, we must acknowledge and respond to our changed environment. Beacons of Light seeks to harness all of our resources – human, material, and spiritual – to serve the mission of evangelization in the best way possible.

“I am convinced that Beacons of Light, born of great hope, will enable us to form stronger parishes, centered on the Eucharist, that radiate the love of Christ and joy of the Gospel.” – Archbishop Schnurr

Pasta and Parables – Tickets Available Now!

Our new family of parishes is coming together for an evening of fun and laughter!

Join us for a delicious Italian dinner prepared by Fr. Jim Romanello and friends, and test your knowledge of the Parables of Jesus. Look forward to prizes and fellowship as we support the charitable work of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

How to Get Tickets:

1. Download the flyer by clicking here, and mail in your order form

2. Order tickets online by clicking here.

Questions? Please call Andrea Dapkus, 937-477-5703

Children’s Liturgy of the Word is BACK!

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

St. Henry’s Church

11:00  Sunday Mass

***Beginning April 24th***

Come hear God’s word as we listen, sing and experience the Gospel! We will hear all about Jesus and His for us!  Parents of younger children are welcome!

Questions?  E-mail Jill at jmckids@yahoo.com.

REGISTER FOR MOUNT ST. MARY’S SEMINARY & SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY’S 10 WEEK TRIBUNAL TRAINING COURSE IN SPRINGBORO

Learn how to help others navigate the Declaration of Nullity process as an advocate.

Course dates: May 21-July 23 on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. -12:10 p.m.

For more information and to register, go to www.athenaeum.edu/apply

Course Description:

LPC 222 Tribunal Training Course (2 credit hours, certificate level), taught by Deacon Richard Hobbs, JCL, will be held Saturday mornings, 9:30am to 12:10pm, May 21 through July 23 at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Springboro, Ohio.  This course will guide participants through the Church’s law and practice relative to marriage cases so that after satisfactorily completing the course and successfully completing an internship, the student might be certified as a procurator/advocate for the Tribunal and be able to effectively assist those seeking help with marriage cases at the parish level.

Learn more.

The Prodigal Son, the Merciful Father, and the Envious Brother

The story of the Prodigal Son is a familiar one. The younger of a man’s two sons asks for his inheritance early, squanders it on fleeting pleasures, and then finds himself to be broke and hungry.

During this season of Lent, we can look to the Prodigal Son as an example of repentance. When he “comes to his senses,” as the story tells us, and realizes life with his father was better than the situation into which he had gotten himself, he chooses to return to his father with a contrite heart and ask for forgiveness.

When the son returns to his father, he is greeted with joy. The father does not ask where he has been, what he has been doing, or how he wasted all his money. He does not ask for repayment. He does not casts judgment. The father only cares that his son has returned home alive.

The beauty of God’s is that it doesn’t matter how far we have wandered from the Father’s house, we are always welcomed back into God’s embrace when we return.

If we compare the how the Prodigal Son spoke to his father with how the father spoke to his son, we notice a contrast of transaction and gift. That is to say, the son wants what he believed to be owed to him. Even though an inheritance is not given to any child while the parent is still alive, the father gives freely to his son. When the son returns, he thinks he will need to earn back a place in his father’s house as a hired hand. The father, once again, responds to his son by giving even more and celebrating his son’s return.

We may be tempted to stop here and reflect only on the younger son. But, his older brother also misunderstands the generosity of the father’s love. The older brother’s anger reveals his transactional relationship with the father too. He is envious of the celebration of his brother’s return because if anyone has earned a celebration it is him. He has done all the right things.

If you were the older brother, how would you respond to the father’s explanation?

“My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours. But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.” Luke 15:31-32

How easy it is to feel envious of the good that comes to another because we feel that all of our hard work and good choices should have earned us something more than what we have.

God is not transactional. We are not owed anything from God; yet, God gives to us anyway. This Lent, may we take some extra time to reflect on the gifts we have been given by God and respond by becoming gift-givers ourselves too, giving grace and love to others.

LAURA TRINGALI SOBIESKI