The Catholic newspaper for the Diocese of Covington, Ky.


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Upcoming Events

There will be a Holy Hour on the third Thursday of every month, at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington, 3–4 p.m., to pray for victims of sexual abuse by clergy and to pray for the Church. All priests of the diocese will be in attendance; the lay faithful are invited to join. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed, concluding with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and benediction. The sacrament of penance will be available during the Holy Hour. Next Holy Hour: Thursday, March 21.

Sisters of Notre Dame, spiritual direction information session, Feb. 23, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., SND provincial center, Park Hills.

Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, Ft. Mitchell, informative meeting on foster care and adoption, Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m., at Boone County Public Library: Scheben Branch.

Attention youth (grades 9–12) and chaperones! Register now for the diocesan pilgrimage to the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) in Indianapolis, Indiana, Nov. 21–23, 2019. The event will consist of a wide variety of opportunities for young people to experience God and his Church. A down payment of $100 per person must be returned to the Office of Catechesis and Faith Formation by Feb. 28 to reserve a place. Visit, call 392-1500, ext. 1526 or e-mail [email protected]

Young Adults First Friday Candlelight Mass, Friday, March 1, 7 p.m., Divine Mercy Parish, Bellevue. Bishop Roger Foys will be the celebrant. Mass will include sacred worship music provided by the Young Adult Ministry Choir.

Sisters of Notre Dame, Ash Wednesday day of recollection, March 6, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., SND provincial center, Park Hills, includes Mass and distribution of ashes.

St. Joseph Parish, Cold Spring, “Living in Reality: Discipleship Retreat,” March 8 and 9, the first weekend of Lent. Free and open to the public. Details and registration, (937) 587-5464 or (513) 373-2397 or e-mail [email protected]

“Lent: Count it all Joy!” presented by Divine Providence Sister Mary Kay Kramer, March 9, 9–11:30 a.m., St. Anne Province Center, Melbourne. E-mail: [email protected]

The Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery, Villa Hills, Lenten morning of reflection, “Lent: a Justice and Peace Journey to New Life,” March 23, 9 a.m.–noon reflection 9:30 a.m.–noon. Pre-register at [email protected]

Sisters of Notre Dame Charis Young Adult Seekers’ Retreat, March 22–24, SND provincial center, Park Hills. For young adults, 20s and 30s, seeking a down-to-earth approach to spirituality.

Memorial Mass for the Loss of a Child, March 28, 6:30 p.m., at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Burlington, for all those suffering the loss of a child (from conception to adulthood). All are welcome.

Cross the Bridge for Life, June 2, Festival Grounds, Newport (behind Newport on the Levee). Join hundreds of participants for this peaceful, prayerful presence to advocate for the sanctity of human life. This is a c family-friendly event. Information, 392-1500.

Featured News

Students prepare hearts for Lent at Rice Bowl luncheon

By David Cooley. Around 65 student representatives from five high schools and 12 elementary schools participated, Feb. 15, in the annual Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Operation Rice Bowl kickoff luncheon at Bishop Howard Memorial Auditorium, Covington. The local (CRS) Rice Bowl event is co-sponsored by Catholic Charities – Diocese of Covington and the diocesan Office […]

Care Net implements same day ultrasound services, hopes to save more lives

By David Cooley. Care Net, a Christ-centered organization whose mission is to educate, support and empower men and women before, during and after an unplanned pregnancy while uplifting the sanctity of human life, has expanded its medical services to include same-day ultrasound appointments. According to Lyndi Zembrodt, executive director, this new initiative may result in […]

Bishop Foys addresses Covington Catholic community — ‘I stand with you … together we will work it out’

By Laura Keener. You could literally hear a pin drop as the faculty, staff and student body of Covington Catholic High School waited in the gym, Jan. 23, for the arrival of Bishop Roger Foys. As Bishop Foys entered the gymnasium the entire assembly stood up, waited for Bishop Foys to take his seat and […]

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