Long Term Substitute – Holy Family School

Holy Family School is seeking a long-term substitute teacher for a 3rd/4th grade classroom.  The position is part-time, Monday-Friday and will begin in mid-March and continue through the end of the school year.  Interested candidates should send a resume to Principal Elizabeth Vieth at evieth@holyfamilycovington.org or call 859-581-0290 for more information.

Technology Coordinator – Blessed Sacrament School

Blessed Sacrament School is seeking a technology coordinator.  The hours for this position are negotiable, but would be between 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  The ideal candidate is someone who has experience working with technology including; troubleshooting computer problems, working with Microsoft Office, setting up new tablets, computers, and printers, working with technology vendors and support personnel, and communicating effectively.  Experience with 3D printers and Lego robotics would also be beneficial.  If interested in this position, please submit a cover letter, résumé, and references to mhannon@bssky.org.

Intervention Specialist – St. Henry District High School

St. Henry District High School is seeking a full-time Intervention Specialist in our Academic Achievement through Intervention, Mentoring, and Support (AAIMS) department for the 2018-2019 school year. Interested candidates should send a resume to David M. Otte at dmotte@shdhs.org or call 859.525.0255 for more information.  Please see job description below:

Intervention Specialist: Mild -Moderate Certification 9-12 grade

IS teacher will work collaboratively to support the AAIMS students’ learning needs, academic programming, college counseling, and any social/emotional needs that may arise while they attend St. Henry District High School.

Duties include but not limited to:

  • Develop Alternative Learning Plans (ALPs) for each student;
  • Inform teachers of each student’s academic profile and of classroom accommodations described in his/her ALP;
  • Implement ALPs, assess students’ performance, and track their progress;
  • Update ALPs throughout the school year to reflect students’ progress;
  • Teach and mentor students as a class, in small groups, and one-on-one;
  • Monitor and consult with faculty regarding progress or lack thereof on all AAIMS students;
  • Better enable students to assume responsibility for their own education and promote self-advocacy;
  • Provide academic and post-secondary transition advising;
  • Review core content (English, math, and science); and
  • Implement strong study skills.

Diocese of Covington’s largest contingent ever joins tens of thousands for March for Life

By Laura Keener

Before the March for Life, Friday, Jan. 19, Washington, D.C., Bishop Roger Foys celebrated Mass at St. Dominic Church with nearly 1,200 pilgrims who traveled from the Diocese of Covington — the diocese’s largest contingent ever. Pilgrims included priests — Father Daniel Schomaker, Father Ryan Maher, Father Michael Black, Father Michael Comer, Father Matthew Cushing, Father Michael Hennigen, Father Ross Kelsch, Father Michael Norton, Father Ryan Stenger and Father Andrew Young — seminarians, women religious, families (two busloads) and 22 busloads of teens from all nine Catholic high schools and middle-school students from St. Joseph Academy, Walton.

Bishop Foys began his homily quoting Jesus, “See that you do not despise these little ones because angels are watching over them.”

“We are here, again, to march for life,” Bishop Foys said. “If Jesus cared so much for those little ones in his midst, can you imagine how much he cares for those who are absolutely defenseless, who have no voice, those inside the womb who are at the mercy of everyone and anyone? It’s a horrible thing that for 45 years we have been fighting this fight.”

Bishop Foys told the pilgrims that he feels a personal connection with the pro-life movement because 1973, the year the Supreme Court decided the Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion in the United States, was also the same year that he was ordained a priest. He has since used his priesthood to support the pro-life movement with the hope that one day, during his lifetime, the law would be overturned.

“One person’s efforts might not seem like a lot but if you put those efforts together with others it takes on new meaning,” he said. “So we are here again to speak for those who have no voice, to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves, to stand up for what is right and holy and true.”

Referring to an article on the Life News website, “15 of the Greatest Pro-Life Quotes of All Time,” Bishop Foys said that the pro-life movement is not a political problem and it is not a Catholic problem — there are many people who support the right to life of all people from conception to natural death. But for people of faith, the first place to seek a solution is prayer and in our own lives.

“This is not a Catholic problem, sometimes we are led to believe that it is. There’s even a quote in there from Beyoncé, I came across it last night,” he said.

“This isn’t a political problem, it’s not a political issue, it’s a moral issue — it’s an issue of right and wrong. So, we do what we can, but the first thing we need to do is to pray and then to change our own hearts and change our own lives.

“There are so many people in our world, in our country, people we all know who are selfish, who think only of how things affect them. What’s in it for them? Is it a distraction? Is it infringing on my time? One thing that truthfully aggravates me is people who are selfish about their time — anything that’s going to infringe on their time, their free time, is bad. It’s a disease in our world, in our country, in our Church.

“We can start by being generous with our time and with our talents, by being willing to work for and serve others, to be willing to look after their needs — a change of heart, change of attitude, change of mind, change in our way of living. That’s part of why we come together, to stand up for what’s right and to say that there has to be a change in the way we live our lives.”

Bishop Foys ended his homily with a word of encouragement and gratitude for those attending the march.

“Thank you. Thanks to each one of you for being here today,” Bishop Foys said. “Don’t give up the fight, especially you young people — continue the fight, don’t give up. You stand up for what is right and true and just. If you stand up for what is right and true, in the end, trust me, you will be at peace. You can change the world.”

In a interview about the March for Life after returning home, Faye Roch, director, Pro-Life Office, and organizer of the March for Life trip, said, “For the last nine years we have started the day at St. Dominic Church with Mass with Bishop Foys and over 1,200 pilgrims from the Diocese of Covington. I can’t tell you how powerful and emotional this Mass is. To be in the presence of so many young people who have made a long trip to witness to the sanctity of life. At the march later in the afternoon, these same young people also get to be in the presence of hundreds of thousands of others who are witness to the same. The adults who make the trip, who have never gone before, are truly amazed at the presence and the witness of so many. Most are surprised at the joyful, peaceful and prayerful witness of such a large group.

“Each year my hope is that Roe v. Wade will be overturned and this may be the last,” she said.

DPAA — Raising money to raise ministries

By Laura Keener

The Diocesan Parish Annual Appeal (DPAA) began in earnest this week with the parish team orientation workshop and leadership gifts solicitors’ luncheon. Mike Murray, director, Office of Stewardship and Mission Services, held, Thursday, Jan. 18, at Bishop Howard Memorial Auditorium, Covington, the annual DPAA orientation meeting with parish staff. At the meeting parish goals were revealed and the DPAA calendar of important dates was shared (see box). Then on Monday, Jan. 22, Bishop Roger Foys and DPAA chairs, Casey Guilfoyle, general chair, and Matthew Zeck, leadership gifts chair, welcomed a dozen leadership gifts solicitors to a luncheon to share the goals and objectives of this year’s campaign and to distribute for solicitation the names of the top 200 donors to the DPAA.

“Many things in our lives are all about momentum and the DPAA is no different,” said Mr. Zeck. “We would like great momentum going into the kick-off dinners to start building that energy, building that excitement about the task before us this year.”

Mrs. Guilfoyle introduced the DPAA’s theme “Zeal for Your House will Consume Me” (John 2:17) and the goal, $2.5 million.

“I think the theme captures the missionary spirit of what we are about to embark on,” said Mrs. Guilfoyle. “The funds raised from the DPAA truly do support the very mission of this diocese in providing priests and strengthening schools and in all the service ministries it provides. So, I think the DPAA is something we can all embrace with enthusiasm and heartfelt zeal.”

Mrs. Guilfoyle said that the goal of $2.5 million is a lot of money but that “it is a needed goal because it does support the ministries of the diocese.” Last year’s DPAA, she said, raised $3.65 million, well above the diocesan goal of $2.5 million. She reminded the solicitors that all monies collected over goal are returned to parishes in the form of a rebate for parish projects and ministries.

“We have a theme and we have a doable, manageable goal, that’s an important and worthy goal. With that I think we can begin this year’s appeal with zeal and enthusiasm,” she said.

Mr. Zeck shared a comment made by Bishop Foys at the celebration event closing last year’s DPAA: “The DPAA is not about raising money, it is about raising ministry.”

“I remembered that comment, I wrote it down, because I knew I would be using it this year,” he said lightheartedly. Mr. Zeck then affirmed the comment saying, “The DPAA gives us a great opportunity to match those who are willing and able to invest in our ministries to pair with those who are able to serve those in need.”

In his closing remarks Bishop Foys said, “I want to thank each of you very much. This will be a successful year because of your efforts and because we have very generous people in our diocese. The faith is alive and well in the Diocese of Covington.”

DPAA 2018 important dates:

Feb. 20, Kick-off dinner, Prizing House, Cynthiana

Feb. 22, Kick-off dinner, Receptions, Erlanger

March 3–4, Announcement weekend

March 17–18, Commitment weekend

April 14–15, Follow-up weekend

Long Term Substitute – Bishop Brossart High School

Bishop Brossart High School is seeking a long-term substitute in Spanish.  The substitute is needed to cover a maternity leave that will begin in early May and continue through the end of the school year on May 24th.  Interested candidates should send a resume to Dan Ridder at dridder@bishopbrossart.org or call 859-635-2135 for more information.

Preschool Substitute Teacher – St. Joseph, Camp Springs

St. Joseph Camp Springs Pre-Kindergarten is looking for a fun person that would like to be a part of our Pre-K sub list. Interested individuals please contact us at MRoetting@saint-joseph-school.org.

Bookkeeper

The Finance Office of the Diocese of Covington seeks candidates for the full-time position of Bookkeeper. Responsibilities include accounts receivable, accounts payable, cash receipts, and general ledger, as well as maintenance of various spreadsheets, databases, and reconciliations. A practical knowledge of basic bookkeeping principles and practices is essential, and other necessary requirements include experience with Microsoft Word and Excel. Qualified candidates should send a cover letter, resume with compensation history, and at least five references with contact email addresses by email (skoplyay@covdio.org), fax (859/392-1589), or mail to Stephen Koplyay, SPHR; Diocese of Covington; 1125 Madison Avenue; Covington, KY 41011-3115. EOE

Groundskeepers

St. Stephen Catholic Cemetery in Ft. Thomas, Ky. has an immediate need for full-time Groundskeepers. Primary responsibilities include the many labor-intensive tasks associated with interments, maintenance, repair, construction, cleaning, and operation of the Cemetery’s facilities and grounds. Previous experience operating power equipment is preferred. Interested individuals should contact Stephen Koplyay, SPHR by email or by fax at skoplyay@covdio.org or 859-392-1589. EOE.

Cafeteria Manager – Holy Family School

Holy Family School has an immediate opening for a cafeteria manager. Candidates should be able to prep breakfast and lunch, order food, keep track of inventory, run the register, help with other tasks associated with food service. The hours are perfect for parents with children in school; this schedule follows closely with most school schedules, off in the summer and holidays. This is a 5-1/2 to 6 hours work day. Please contact Jackie Kaiser at jkaiser@covdio.org if interested.