Aftercare Director-St. Joseph School, Cold Spring

St. Joseph School in Cold Spring is looking for a director for our aftercare program Monday-Friday from 3:00-6:00 p.m. During the aftercare program students have a snack, complete their homework, play games (indoor and/or outdoor) and participate in any other activities planned by aftercare staff. The director is also responsible for keeping records of attendance, payment and communicating with parents and aftercare workers. If interested please reach out to Emily Urlage: [email protected]

The origins of the Bambinelli blessing

Maura Baker, Staff Writer

A recent, but beloved, annual tradition, the blessing of the Bambinelli, also called Bambinelli Sunday, was instituted by Pope John Paul II in 1969. In Rome, the tradition falls on the Third Sunday of Advent, and children and their families are invited to bring with them their baby Jesus (Bambinelli) from their home nativity scene. The pope then blesses the Bambinellis following his Sunday Angelus address.

Pope Francis continues this tradition to this day, and parishes worldwide have also adapted the Bambinelli blessing into their Advent season, reinforcing the birth of Christ as the true meaning of the Christmas season.

This year, the Diocese of Covington will host a Bambinelli blessing of its own, Dec. 10, 6 p.m. at St. Mary’s Park, Cathedral Square, Covington. Children of the Diocese of Covington and their families are invited to bring the baby Jesus from their family nativity scene for Bishop John Iffert to bless.

The diocesan Christmas Tree will also be blessed and lit celebrating the joy of the third week of Advent as the Church approaches Christmas. Adding to the festivities, school choirs will sing traditional Christmas hymns and homemade cookies by the Curia staff will be served along with hot chocolate. Everyone is welcome. An RSVP is not necessary but is appreciated.

Image: St. Mary’s Park and the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington, are reflected on a gold Christmas tree ornament in this “Messenger” file photo.


Serving at the altar grows youths’ relationship to the Eucharist

Maura Baker, Staff Writer

St. Tarcisius, a Roman martyr celebrated as the patron saint of altar servers and as one of the first recorded instance of a youth fulfilling that role in the Church, held the special responsibility of carrying the Eucharist to the people.

As the story goes, St. Tarcisius was a young acolyte charged to deliver the Blessed Sacrament to imprisoned Christians during the reign of Emperor Valerian — a period in the Roman Empire during which Christians were heavily persecuted. While delivering the sacrament, St. Tarcisius was attacked by a mob and allowed himself to be beaten to death, rather than hand the Blessed Sacrament over to his assailants. 

Today, altar servers, usually lay youth, fulfill a similar role in the Mass— assisting the priest celebrant with various tasks, including carrying the cross and processional candles, holding the book for the priest and presenting the gifts during the preparation of the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

Lindsay Powers is a student at Covington Latin School, Covington, and a pontifical server, a server for Masses at which the Bishop presides, for the Diocese of Covington. She has been serving for seven years, the past four as a pontifical server. Miss Powers, who enjoys and honors the “responsibility and duty” of serving at the Mass, believes that her experience as a server helped to strengthen her relationship with the Mass and with the Eucharist.

“Serving grows your relationship with the Mass because it puts you right in the middle of it. You are able to understand each part of the Mass a little better as you go. You get to see how each of your actions throughout the Mass affects the liturgy and how each action is important. Your relationship with the Eucharist grows as a result of your focus and attentiveness to what is happening,” she said, concluding that serving has “absolutely” grown her relationship to both.

For young people who may find their mind wandering at Mass, or find themselves growing distant from the Eucharist, consider being an altar server. The experience may help strengthen that bond and reignite love for the Mass.


Middle school reading teacher – St. Henry Elementary

St. Henry Elementary School is looking for a full-time middle school reading teacher for the 2022-23 school year. We are looking for a teacher excited to bring the joy of learning to students and work collaboratively with staff for the betterment of all students. The successful candidate will demonstrate creative problem solving, flexibility, self-motivation and a love of children.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and at least three references to Mrs. Kelly Spradling: [email protected].


Campus Minister – Northern Kentucky University

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington seeks faith-filled individuals who are interested in working with young adults to serve in the capacity of Campus Minister at Northern Kentucky University. The work week will be full time, nominally thirty seven and one-half hours. The Campus Minister and NKU’s Catholic Newman Center ( offer an evangelizing presence along with spiritual support and opportunities for a full living and development of the Catholic faith among Catholic students, especially the support of spiritual life and formation opportunities. Responsibilities include providing support, leadership, and spiritual guidance to participating students; proactively engaging prospective participants, especially freshman; presenting an ongoing, visible presence on campus; facilitating timely and effective communications with students and parents, including regularly updating the website, Facebook page, and database; regularly interfacing with Diocesan, local Parish, and University staff; and overseeing maintenance and upkeep of the Newman House. Requirements include a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Theology or Pastoral Ministry, and previous experience in young adult ministry and management.

Interested individuals may send a cover letter and resume, including compensation history and references with contact email addresses, to Stephen Koplyay, SPHR, by email to [email protected] or by fax to 859/392-1589.


Parish Kitchen, Weekend Manager – Catholic Charities

Parish Kitchen is a special ministry that serves a free lunch every day in Covington to anyone who is hungry.  We are looking for individuals who feel a call to serve within the context of this ministry, and who are capable of working with the population we serve.  We are currently in need of additional Weekend Managers on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., to help prepare a meal, supervise volunteers who assist serving between 11:30 – 1:30, and clean up after closing.  Ideally, two Weekend Managers work together to oversee all aspects of this operation.  Prior experience in one or more of the following would be a strong plus: food service, ministry and social work.  You may be scheduled as few as once a month, or up to 4 or 5 times per month, depending on your availability and others.

Catholic Charities offers excellent benefits including generous paid time off.

To learn more details about this job opportunity, please visit our website at

Submit your resume, including at least three references, along with a cover letter and salary history, by email to Shannon Braun [email protected]

Food Pantry Outreach Assistant Coordinator – Catholic Charities

We are seeking a dedicated and compassionate individual to help run the mobile food pantry program in the rural counties of the Diocese of Covington.  This is a unique opportunity for someone to put their faith in action tangibly by helping to address hunger and be the hands and feet of Christ in the outlying area of our diocese where there are limited resources and is considered a food desert.

This is a part time hourly position, averaging up to 20 hours per week.

Catholic Charities offers excellent benefits including generous paid time off.

To learn more details about this job opportunity, please visit our website at

Submit your resume, including at least three references, along with a cover letter and salary history, by email to Shannon Braun [email protected]


Client Care Services Specialist – Catholic Charities

The primary purpose of this full-time position is to assist, serve and support clients and inquirers seeking services and assistance, and provide administrative support to the process.  We are looking for a person who is client service focused; a compassionate listener and problem solver with a calm and pleasant demeanor; able to use their background in human services to make initial human service needs assessments and assign or refer inquirers based on knowledge of our resources and those in our community.  A bachelor’s degree in a human services related field and strong attention to detail are also required.

Catholic Charities offers excellent benefits including generous paid time off.

To learn more details about this job opportunity, please visit our website at

Submit your resume, including at least three references, along with a cover letter and salary history, by email to Shannon Braun [email protected]



School Lunch Manager (part-time) – St. Philip School

St. Philip School, Melbourne, is looking for a Part-Time Cafeteria Manager.

4 hours per day Monday thru Friday assisting manager with food prep, serving and cleanup.

Contact diocesan School Food Service Director, Laura Hatfield at [email protected] or call 859-392-1551.