A message from Bishop Iffert

Tornado Disaster Relief

Dear Clergy, Religious, and Lay Faithful of the Diocese of Covington,

Together, we grieve for our neighbors in Western Kentucky whose lives were shattered by tornadoes last Saturday morning. As I write to you, we know that at least 74 people died in the storms. More than 100 people are still missing. Thousands more have lost shelter, work, and stability. One of today’s national headlines reads, “In one Kentucky town, many tornado survivors are left with just the clothes on their backs.”

Many of the communities so deeply affected are in the Diocese of Owensboro. That local Catholic Church is already stepping up to provide shelter and food to many. They report that they are barely able to keep up with the calls for assistance rolling into their Catholic Center. This journey will be a long one as the people of that Catholic Church mourn and bury their dead, meet the immediate needs of those who have lost so much, assist families in repairing and rebuilding, and finally tend to their own heavily damaged churches and schools.

Our hearts are with our neighbors! On Saturday morning after the storms, many of our parishes and schools had already started to collect funds and items to help with the relief and restoration efforts. I ask each parish and mission in the Diocese of Covington to take up a collection this Saturday and Sunday, December 18 and 19, for those whose lives are affected by these tornadoes. The Diocese of Covington will collect these funds and forward them quickly to the Diocese of Owensboro to provide immediate assistance.

This holy season of Advent reminds us that the Holy Family once sought shelter in a time of crisis. They depended upon the goodwill of others as they fled King Herod’s destructive wrath. May we recognize Christ in our neighbors in need and respond prayerfully and generously, as if to Christ Himself. Thank you for all you do to give glory to His name.

Yours in prayer and hope,

Most Rev. John C. Iffert
Bishop of Covington

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Day of Prayer and Penance for Life

Day of Prayer and Penance for Life

Friday, 21 January 2022

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

In solidarity with the pilgrims who are traveling to the March for Life in Washington, D.C., Bishop John Iffert has declared Friday, Jan. 21, a Day of Prayer and Penance for Life through- out the Diocese of Covington. Each church is to be open for prayer and to schedule at least one hour of Eucharistic adoration.

Blessed Sacrament Parish, Ft. Mitchell, 7 – 8 p.m.

Church of the Transfiguration, Perry Park, 10 a.m.–10 p.m.

Holy Cross Parish, Covington, 9:30–11 a.m.

Holy Spirit Parish, Newport, 8:30–10 a.m.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Burlington, 10:30 a.m.–5.30 p.m.

Mary, Queen of Heaven Parish, Erlanger, 9:30 a.m.–noon

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Park Hills, 1–7:30 p.m.

Our Savior Parish, Covington, all day for prayer

St. Agnes Parish, Park Hills, noon–2 p.m.

St. Augustine Parish, Covington, 8:30–11:30 a.m.

St. Barbara Parish, Erlanger, 12 a.m.–11:59 p.m.

St. Benedict Parish, Covington, 9 a.m.–noon

Sts. Boniface and James Parish, Ludlow, 4:30–6:30 p.m.

St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Ft. Thomas, 9:15 a.m.–5:45 p.m.

St. Edward Mission, Owenton, 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

St. Henry Parish, Elsmere, 9 a.m.–noon

St. John the Evangelist Parish, Carrollton, 10 a.m.–10 p.m.

St. John the Evangelist Parish, Covington, 9:15–10:15 a.m.

St. Joseph Parish, Camp Springs, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

St. Joseph Parish, Cold Spring, 7–8 p.m.

St. Joseph Parish, Crescent Springs, All day

St. Joseph Parish, Warsaw, noon–5 p.m.

St. Patrick Parish, Taylor Mill, all day in adoration chapel

St. Philip Parish, Melbourne, 2–3 p.m.

St. Therese Parish, Southgate, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

St. Thomas Parish, Ft. Thomas, 9:45 a.m.–noon

St. Timothy Parish, Union, 11 a.m.–noon

St. William Parish, Williamstown, 9–11 a.m.

Holy Hour for Life

Bishop Iffert encourages the faithful of the diocese to join together in prayer for a Holy Hour for Life,
Jan. 21, 7 p.m., at one of the following 10 parishes:

Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington

Blessed Sacrament Parish, Ft. Mitchell

Divine Mercy Parish, Bellevue

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Burlington

St. Edward Parish, Cynthiana

St. John the Evangelist Parish, Carrollton

St. Mary Parish, Alexandria

St. Patrick Parish, Maysville

St. Patrick Parish, Taylor Mill

St. Paul Parish, Florence

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Discernment Dinner for Men

On the first Sunday of every month the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, 12th and Madison in Covington, hosts a Discernment Dinner at the Cathedral rectory for men (high school age and older) who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood, open to the possibility of a vocation or would simply like to have questions answered about the priesthood or seminary. These dinners begin at 6:30 p.m. and usually last about 60-90 minutes. The next dates are Aug. 6, Sept. 3 and Oct. 1.

Global Synod


Pope Francis is inviting the entire Church to participate in a process of “listening and discernment” on the important theme of synodality. Click here for information and resources on the synodal process in the Diocese of Covington.

How do I …

In the Diocese of Covington, before contracting the services of an extern (from outside the diocese) priest or deacon, man or woman religious, or lay person a request for verification in good standing must be submitted to the Chancery. Click here and you will be directed to the Chancery’s webpage where you can download and submit the proper form.

You’re engaged — congratulations! Visit the Office of Catechesis and Evangelization page and click on the quick link “Programs for Engaged Couples” for answers to your questions.

The Office of Catechesis and Evangelization offers a variety of adult faith formation classes throughout the school year and during the summer. These classes are also required as part of the catechist certification process and formation for aspirants to the permanent diaconate. For information and the schedule of classes Click Here.

The Tribunal Office is available to help with the annulment process.

Employment opportunities for diocesan administrative positions, principals, teachers, and other parish and school positions can be found by clicking here.

The Archives of the Diocese of Covington offers assistance in obtaining sacramental records and other genealogical information.

New Beginnings is the diocese’s Separated and Divorced ministry. Click here for more information.

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