Bereavement Ministry – Mary Ehret | 937-434-9231
When a death occurs, this ministry serves in a variety of ways, especially in funeral planning. The pastoral staff will assist in choosing the readings and music. Family members may wish to participate in the planning and in the funeral liturgy. Many times, the parish can provide and host a luncheon. We will work with the funeral director and funeral home in order to ensure a prayerful and meaningful funeral liturgy. We will attend the funeral in support of family and friends.
In addition, there is an annual All Souls Day liturgy. Invitations are sent out during the month of October. There is also an annual holiday mailing of materials to help through the holiday season.
For more information on Funeral Planning, click here.
Bereavement Luncheon Group
Volunteers always need to help set up, serve and cleanup. We try to schedule volunteers for 2-3 hour shifts. We are also in need of kitchen coordinators who schedule the volunteers. Those willing to donate a part of the meal are always in need. We try not to call more than once a week, but sometimes it is necessary to call more often. For more info or to volunteer, please call Cheryl Ross at 937-609-2474, Jennifer Zwiers by email here or Mary Ehret at 937-434-9231 or by email here.
Bishop Leibold Athletic Association (BLAA)
A great aspect of Bishop Leibold School (BLS) is the athletic offerings open to all students of Bishop Leibold School and members of St. Henry and Our Lady of Good Hope parishes. We offer a variety of sports throughout the school year and participation fees are kept reasonable through support from CommUnity fundraising. BLS fields ~ 600 roster spots throughout the year and 80% of BLS students participate in at least one sport. If you have any questions about the Bishop Leibold Athletic Association or would like further information on the sports we offer, visit our website: blaa.bishopleiboldeagles.com
Bishop Leibold School – Dr. T.J. Wallace | 937-434-9343 | Email here
Bishop Leibold School, a shared ministry of St. Henry and Our Lady of Good Hope Parishes since 1974, serves students from Preschool through Eighth grade. Recognized for high academic quality as a U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, our welcoming Catholic community places most value in its role in developing the baptismal call to serve God’s people through prayer, study, and action. For more information on Bishop Leibold School, You can also visit their website at http://www.bishopleibold.org or you can call the office at either 937-434-9343 (East Campus) or 937-866-3021 (West Campus).
Catholic Scripture Study for Women – Mel Kerr | 937-620-8642
Bible Study for women 18 and over from our parish as well as others. Weekly meetings where we meet, discuss, fellowship, and grow spiritually together through Bible study as we learn more about our Catholic faith and mentor one another as a community of Christian believers. For more detailed information, click here.
Charismatic Prayer Group – Joe Stuart | 937-434-9864
We meet every Thursday night in the church at 7:30 (unless preempted by seasonal services). We discuss Bible passages and aspects of our faith and the strengths needed to deal with life’s challenges. We have quiet time and lift our voices to the Lord in song and praise. The evening ends with prayer for numerous intentions.
“Welcome” is a spiritual renewal process that calls together the members of the parish priests and laity in order to experience personal conversion and to build a Christian community in the environment of our own parish. Renewal retreat weekends for women will be held twice a year.
Community – Rachel Prindle | 937-434-9343 | Email here
CommUnity is the fundraising arm for all youth activities of Our Lady of Good Hope, St. Henry’s and Bishop Leibold School. Fundraising dollars from this organization are funneled back to the Athletic Program, PTO, both parishes’ youth religious education programs, and to BLS. Visit the CommUnity website here.
Cookie Connection – Sherri Zimmerman | 937-438-3604
Cookie Connection provides cookies for various parish events throughout the year. As a Cookie Connection volunteer, you may be asked to provide up to 2 or 3 dozen cookies for church events. It’s a fun and easy way to contribute from your own kitchen! Store-bought is always yummy too!
Eucharist for Shut-Ins – Emily Bruns
Volunteers take the Eucharist to shut-ins and/or nursing facilities for those who desire on Friday mornings. Participants are both parish members and nonmembers. Contact the parish office to get involved!
Family Support Network – Richard Meyer | 937-435-0335
Family Support Network There are many people in our parish who are homebound and need groceries or who are elderly or disabled and need help with chores. There are also those who would like to attend Mass on Sunday but do not have transportation. Since we are a Parish Family we need to connect people in need with people in the parish who are willing to occasionally volunteer their time to help. Our goal is to provide a list of volunteers that a parishioner could use when they need assistance. We try to match volunteers so that they are in the same neighborhood or vicinity as the person in need. We are always looking for volunteers who are at least 18 years old who are willing to be on our contact list. If you are interested in volunteering or have a need for assistance or know someone in the parish who does please contact Richard Meyer at 435-0335 email@example.com.
Finance Council – J.R. Hochwalt | 937-748-9280
Our ministry overlooks all of the finances of the parish. We are responsible for approving the budget and all capital expenditures of the parish. We have the responsibility of reporting the finances to the Archdiocese.
Knights of Columbus – Council 14882 – Paul Coudron
Brother Knights are Catholic men, 18 years of age and older. Being a Knight is more than camaraderie; it is being involved with your community; it is supporting your local Catholic Church while enhancing your own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing your family life. Charity is our number one priority. Knights at St. Henry assists the parish with events such as St. Henry Pig Roast, fundraising events, and supporting other parish ministries.
Leisure Club – Sunny Hickey | 937-433-1437
Parishioners age 50 and over are invited to enjoy a semi-monthly dinner, where they only have to provide a dish to share and $1.00 for the meat that is served. Birthdays and anniversaries are honored Sometimes there are speakers on subjects important to seniors. Bingo always follows the dinner.
Marriage Annulment Ministry – Mary Ehret | 937-434-9231
This ministry provides individuals trained by the Tribunal to assist in the process of Annulments and acts as a liaison between the petitioner and the Tribunal. A Declaration of Nullity is obtained after a divorce is final. It is granted by the Church Court or Tribunal. A Declaration of Nullity states that something was missing from the very beginning of a marriage that it was not a valid, Christian sacramental marriage. We assist you through the process, including advice on written testimony.
Men’s Fellowship Group – Paul Coudron | 937-439-2093 & Denny Vanderhorst
Men of all ages are invited to participate in group discussions designed to reinforce their personal and spiritual vision of men’s roles within marriage, families, church, and careers. They meet twice a month to pray for loved ones and friends in need, to share experiences in dealing with life’s challenges and to support each other in their attempts to deepen the relationship with the Lord.
Prayer Blanket and Shawl Ministry – Mary Ehret | 937-434-9231
Prayer blankets and shawls are made with loving hands and prayerful hearts. While we are making the items, we are praying for those who will receive them. When completed, the blankets and shawls are then blessed. Once they are given to someone, we continue to pray for the individual who has received it. These blankets and shawls are for anyone in the parish, parishioner’s friends and families and those in the community suffering physically and/or emotionally in any way. All are welcome to join this ministry – a willingness to help and being able to pray is all that is required.
Prayer Chain – Mary Ehret | 937-434-9231 | Email here
Stephanie Kassman | Email here
We pray for those we are asked to pray for. Open to anyone in the parish who is willing to pray. Prayers are received by email and all we ask you to do is pray for each request.
Respect Life Committee – Barb Driehaus | 937-748-9355
The RLC recognizes that human life is a gift from God and is committed to celebrating and protecting human life from the moment of conception through natural death. It supports pregnancy centers, participates in area-wide pro-life activities, and heartily welcomes new members!
Rosary Prayer Group – Elvie Richmond | 937-589-5018
Parishioners meet every Monday night in the church at 6:30 for a community Rosary/Holy Hour. We pray for the Parish, personal intentions, have quiet time and end with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
School Supply Drive – Jill Coudron | 937-439-2093
During July and August, we collect school supplies during Sign-Ups and Delivery for Meals for the Homeless. These are distributed to the needy in our community. This is a seasonal project of Social Outreach. Click here for our Reaching Out pages.
St. Vincent de Paul Society – St. Henry Conference – Steve Brandell | 937-434-9231
The St. Henry Chapter of the St. Vincent DePaul Society provides financial assistance to those living in the area surrounding the parish. Assistance includes grocery gift cards, bus passes, help with utility bills, and rent payments. A monthly envelope collection and individual donations allow us to provide over $45 Thousand in assistance each year, helping over 375 individuals and families, and over five local social service agencies! Those requesting assistance must leave their request and contact information on the St. Vincent Voicemail by calling the parish office at 937-434-9231.
Support After Miscarriage (SAM) Ministry – Deanna Murphy | 937-866-7813
This ministry provides support and encouragement during a time that can leave you feeling confused and isolated, regardless of how recently or long ago you suffered a loss. Support After Miscarriage provides a safe place to experience all of the feelings that come with the loss of a precious child and to journey with others who have walked a similar path. Contact Deanna Murphy at 866-7813 | Email here for more information.
Worship Commission – Dominick Rinaldi | 937-859-5087
As the source and summit of our lives of faith, offering quality liturgy is a high priority of the parish. The Worship Commission is tasked with organizing and scheduling lay ministers for the weekend, Advent, Christmas, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Holy Day and special liturgies. The commission is comprised of the Pastor, leaders of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Lectors, Mass Coordinators, Music, Servers and Ushers, and contributing lay ministers.