St. Henry is home to a wide variety of ministries serving both our parishioners and the wider community. If you see a ministry you want to get involved in, or learn more about simply contact the ministry leader.
“It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you-
-and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain.”
Advent Giving Tree – Jennifer Andary – 937-554-2002
The Advent Giving Tree is a project within Social Outreach that allows the St. Henry parishioners to provide gifts to those less fortunate during Advent. Each year we provide between 950 to 1000 gifts to various groups, families, or individuals. The recipients include St Vincent Homeless shelter, Good Shepard Ministries, Mercy Manor, Church Families, Shut Ins, Miamisburg Helping Hands, and Nursing Home Residents.
Click here for our Reaching Out pages.
Blessings in a Bag – Cindy Hausmann – 937-434-7870
Blessings in a Bag is a community effort to ensure Miamisburg area elementary students who receive a free lunch during the school year have a lunch for the weekend. These students need a weekend lunch due to financial difficulties at home and for many this will be the only food they will have until they return to school on Monday morning. St. Henry working in conjunction with Our Lady of Good Hope, St. Jacob’s Lutheran and Riverview Baptist provide lunches for approximately 200 students at Bear, Kinder and Bishop Liebold Elementary Schools. For a list of foods St. Henry collects, and other ways to get involved, click here. Blessings in a Bag is a project of Social Outreach.
Meals for the Homeless – Jo Hinker – 937-474-6314
For over 20 years we have provided over 400 MONTHLY meals to St. Vincent Hotel in Dayton! Parishioners are asked to sign up for specific items to donate including fresh fruit, bread, lunch meats, cheese, lettuce, salad dressings, cookies, coffee, or make a “Sausage & Potatoes Au Gratin” casserole (recipe). For more information, click here.
Ushers – Pat & Jim Folck – 937-434-0289
This group of parishioners, men, women and teens ensure that parishioners’ needs are met to worship fully at weekend and holy day liturgies, funerals and other special liturgies. Volunteers are always welcome.
Servers – Scheduling—Nicole Kahmann – 937-433-6823
Servers – Training – Dave Dillon – email@example.com
Serving at Holy Mass and other liturgies is a great honor and privilege. Servers at St Henry are open to all students in 4th grade and above regardless of school affiliation. You are invited to assist in parish worship by serving Mass after an initial orientation class. Please contact us to get involved.
Mass Coordinators – Rich Magness – 937-434-6586
The Liturgy is the “source and summit” of the work of the Church. Mass Coordinators prepare for our liturgical celebrations by setting up items needed for Mass, and ensure that Servers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are present. They also clean the cups and bowls after Mass.
Lectors – Dominick Rinaldi – 937-859-5087
One of the ways Christ is present to the faithful is through the proclamation of Holy Scripture. The Lector ministry offers a unique opportunity for parishioners to breathe life into the Word. After completion of an orientation session, lectors are assigned monthly to proclaim Old and New Testament scriptures at weekend, holy day and special liturgies.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion – Lori Frankart firstname.lastname@example.org
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion have the important responsibility of distributing Christ’s Body and Blood to the faithful at weekend and holy day liturgies. All new ministers are asked to attend an orientation class.
Greeters – Bill and Nancy Hammond 937-291-3803
Christ welcomed friends and strangers alike. Following Jesus’ example of hospitality, the goal of this ministry is to welcome all who enter the church with a friendly greeting. Greeters are stationed at each entrance. This ministry is open to all individuals, couples, families and teens.
Wedding Coordinators – Mary Ehret – 937-434-9231
The wedding coordinators act as the official host of the parish for weddings. We facilitate the rehearsal, assist the couples with their wedding details, and act as official hosts of the parish on the wedding day. Interested volunteers should contact Mary Ehret in the parish office. For parish wedding information, click here.
Linens and Church Cleaners – Mary Ehret 937-434-9231
We are very thankful for those who wash and iron our linens and clean the Church. Click Here for the schedule for August 2017
Megan Deaton 937-434-9231 email@example.com
Adult Faith Formation
Confirmation Preparation provides the opportunity for those wishing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation to study and reflect on the meaning of Christian discipleship and the effects of Confirmation in light of their own personal faith journeys. At St Henry our program is designed especially for students in the 8th grade, though current high school students needing Confirmation are also invited to participate. The program involves a series of sessions, an overnight retreat, and service projects. The program is designed by a team of University of Dayton students in collaboration with the Director of Youth Ministry. Registration begins in late summer, and Confirmation occurs in late spring. Adults wishing to receive Confirmation should contact the RCIA team for more information.
Children’s Faith Formation
The Faith Formation Ministry’s primary responsibility is to assist the parents and families in the growth and development of their children’s faith. The Faith Formation program serves children from pre school through grade 8. Special emphasis is on the sacraments. Second grade is the usual age for the reception of the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. Confirmation is usually received in the eighth grade. Accommodations are made for any older child who desires these sacraments. Parents who wish to have their child of seven or older Baptized will participate in RCIA program for Children. All children are welcomed to Faith Formation. Click here for the Faith Formation Page.
First Communion Preparation
Students in the second grade or higher wishing to receive their First Communion participate in a program for both students and parents to prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Participation in a faith formation program is required. Click here for the First Communion page.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) – Jill Coudron 937-439-2093
Experience God’s Word geared towards kids in kindergarten through fourth grade, through simplified Bible stories, psalms, and music! Kids are dismissed directly from Mass after the opening prayer and return after the Prayer of the Faithful. Parents are welcome to join their child if the would be more comfortable for them! Second and Fourth Sundays during 9:30am and 11:00am masses from September through Palm Sunday. We are always welcoming new volunteers to help lead this exciting ministry (child protection training required)!
Baptismal Preparation for infants – Deacon Carl Gertsung 937-434-9231
Parents seeking the sacrament of Baptism for their child are asked to attend a one hour preparation class. Children over the age of seven are asked to participate in our RCIA for children. Baptisms can be scheduled by contacting the office. Click here for more information.
Mary Ruth Shearer & Steve Homan 937-434-9231
St. Francis taught that singing is praying twice! Volunteer opportunities abound for parishioners interested in serving as cantors, choir members and instrumentalists. Rehearsals are scheduled weekly, and groups provide music for weekend liturgies and special events.
Click here for the Music Ministry page.
Cantors are a very important part of music ministry. The cantor enables the congregation to participate in song by leading tem in singing and by teaching them new music. Cantors rehearse 30 minutes before Mass.
The Resurrection Choir was developed out of a desire and a need to honor those who have died with a celebration that genuinely expresses the beauty and joy of our faith. The choir meets 30 minutes before the funeral Mass. New members are welcome any time.
Do you play an instrument and would like to enhance our Sunday Liturgies? String, brass, percussion, and woodwind instrumentalist are welcome at all Sunday Liturgies. We rehearse 30 minutes before Mass.
The Adult Choir sings at our 9:30 am Sunday Liturgies as well as all special Liturgies such as Christmas and Easter. We meet on Wednesday at 7:00 pm in the church to rehearse. This ensemble focuses on any array of liturgical music. Ability to read music is a plus but not necessary. High school students are invited to sing as well.
Youth Choir – Amy Brady 937434-9231
calling all young people who love to sing! The Children’s Choir will sing once a month during the school year. Rehearsals are held at one hour prior to the Mass. Choir is open to all students in the parish from grades 4 and up.
Becoming Catholic/RCIA – Mary Ehret – 937-434-9231
BECOMING CATHOLIC is an opportunity to learn more about the Catholic faith, yourself, and the St. Henry community. Sessions begin in September and run through May on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00pm. There are a number of other activities in the course of the year. All events detailed at the first session. Click here for the Becoming Catholic page.
Jennifer Sens 937-866-1432 firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior High Youth Ministry
Junior High Youth Ministry is our community for current 7th and 8th grade students. We aim to build friendships and explore our faith in a fun and exciting atmosphere! Junior High students are welcome to attend any and all events as they are able, as there is no attendance or “membership” required. Contact the Director of Youth Ministry to be on the email list. We are always looking for new team members to help make all of our events possible. Volunteers must be at least 21 and complete child protection training. Click here for the Youth Ministry page.
SHYM is our community for High School teens to build friendships and explore their faith in a fun and exciting atmosphere! Teens are welcome to attend any and all events as they are able, as there is no attendance or “membership” required. Schedules packed with gatherings, social events, service opportunities, and special events are released each season. Each summer there is a mission trip opportunity, and every odd year we participate in the National Catholic Youth Conference. We are always welcoming new adult volunteers 21 and older, child protection training required. Connect with SHYM by visiting www.sthenryparish.com, “like” us on Facebook, or contact the Director of Youth Ministry to be on the email list.
Click here for the Youth Ministry pages.
SHYM Inc. Stockholders
SHYM, Inc Stockholders provide a unique opportunity to connect the Youth Ministry programs with the rest of the parish. The general public is invited to purchase “shares of stock” for a small donation, and in exchange receive regular updates from our teens on the exciting activities they participate in. Each Winter/Spring we host our annual Stockholders Meeting & Dinner, where stockholders gather to interact with our teens and hear about all that is happening in youth ministry. All funds raised will go towards youth ministry programs, particularly providing scholarships for youth ministry events and quality adult team members. While formal stock sales occur each April/May, anyone is invited to purchase their stocks at any time by contacting the Director of Youth Ministry. Click here for the Stockholder page.
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 at email@example.com or Mary Ehret at 937-434-9231 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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@example.com
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).
Boy Scout Troop 248 – Paula Wathen – 937-435-2278
Business Connection – Tom & Andrea Hubler – 937-847-9676
St. Henry Business Connection is a networking group of parishioners who gather to make business connection. The group provides ideas, support and assistance to one another as we strive to live our Christianity in our professional lives. We share business leads in order to help grow our businesses, assist fellow parishioners searching for employment, and learn about each others’ companies
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 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.
Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP)
“Christ Renews His Parish” is a spiritual renewal process which calls together the members of the parish priests and laity in order to experience personal conversion and to build 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 non members. 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 home bound 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 – Ernie Grant
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 assist 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie Kassman email@example.com
We prayer 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 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 dePaul 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 simlar path. Contact Deanna Murphy at 866-7813 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.