Most Rev. Roger J. Foys, D.D.

The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption

A Message from Bishop Foys

St Patrick’s Day — 2017

This year the celebration of the feast of St. Patrick falls on a Friday (17 March 2017).  As is our long-standing custom in the Diocese of Covington when this celebration occurs on a Friday of Lent, the observance of the law of abstinence from meat on Fridays of Lent is dispensed on this day.  This dispensation applies to all the faithful of the Diocese of Covington as well as to anyone present in the Diocese of Covington on that day.  Those who avail themselves of this dispensation are encouraged to undertake some other form of penance, especially the works of charity and exercises of piety. (cf. Canon 1253, Code of Canon Law)

Most Rev. Roger J. Foys, D.D.
Bishop of Covington

Ash Wednesday — 2017

My dear Friends,

“Remember that you are dust. And to dust you will return.” Chilling words, to say the least, forewarning us that our time here on earth is brief — or at least temporary. Words we hear every year as ashes are imposed on our foreheads. Words that might bring us pause. Depending on how we are living our lives, words that might frighten us. And still, we hear them every year.

What do these words mean to us? Do they inspire us? Do they threaten us? Do they encourage us to examine our lives in light of eternity? Whatever they mean to us, the fact of the matter is that they are true. We are dust. And one day, sooner or later, we will return to dust. Not much we can do about that reality, is there? But there is no need to be afraid of that. No need, that is, if we live in this world with an eye to the next.

The Church provides us each year with 40 days of Lent. Forty days of which to take stock of our lives. Forty days to look back and to look ahead. Forty days of grace. How many Lents have we already experienced? How many more lie ahead? Why not make the most of the present 40 days of Lent — the present 40 days of grace.

Prayer, fasting and almsgiving is a sure fire program for Lent. It is what we are called to during every Lent. To pray: to communicate with our God. To fast: from those things that keep us from having a good relationship with God. To give alms: to share with others the good things that God has bestowed freely on us, including our time. A simple program. A tried and true program. A program that works.

During this Lent may we all remember that we are indeed dust and that one day — sooner or later — all of us, without exception, will return to dust. What really matters is what we do between the beginning and the end! May you have a blessed Lent!

Yours devotedly in the Lord,
Most Rev. Roger J. Foys, D.D.
Bishop of Covington

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