A message from Bishop Foys
10 August 2020
My dear Friends,
Praised be Jesus Christ!
I received a request from one of our parishioners recently asking that I encourage three days of fasting, praying and sacrificing “for an end to COVID-19 and for all the effects of COVID-19, including an end of fear and division among God’s people.” I find this to be a truly inspiring and inspired request and am pleased to respond to it affirmatively.
Therefore, I am designating Thursday, 20 August to Saturday 22 August as a triduum of prayer, fasting and sacrificing for an end to COVID-19 and for all the effects of COVID-19, including an end of fear and division among God’s people. I ask that parish priests offer the Mass for Any Need on Thursday, 20 August and Friday, 21 August. I also ask that every church in the diocese be open throughout these two days and that the Blessed Sacrament be exposed for at least an hour of adoration on each of those days. On Saturday, 22 August I ask that each parish offer Mass at 10 a.m. to conclude our triduum. Saturday is the feast of the Queenship of Mary. What better way to end our triduum of prayer than to invoke the name of our Mother Mary and ask her to intercede for us with her Son, Jesus.
After the 10 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral on Saturday, 22 August I will drive through the city of Covington blessing it with the relic of St. Rocco, protector against epidemics.
These months have been difficult for everyone for the pandemic has touched all our lives. Let us together pray for an end to the pandemic, for all those directly affected by it, for those who have died as well as for those who have lost loved ones, and for all health care personnel. Let us also pray for an end to civil discord, remembering that we are one nation under God.
Be assured always of my prayers. Please, pray for me.
Yours devotedly in the Lord,
Most Rev. Roger J. Foys, D.D.
Bishop of Covington