By Angie Poat.
Statistics reveal the trend that teenagers and young adults consider themselves spiritual, but not religious. Many recognize God as a creator, who set the world in motion, like a master clockmaker, distant and absent from daily life. Subsequently, a personal relationship with God and participation in a Church community is undesirable.
I am proud to give testimony that reveals a different picture. Since beginning the role of Diocesan Youth Minister in June, I have personally encountered hundreds of young people who are deeply religious, spiritual and seek relationships within the Catholic community.
They have raised thousands of dollars to attend the National Catholic Youth Conference, they arise early to attend Mass before school starts, they participate in works of mercy and service, lead music, retreats, attend Holy Hours, March for Life, use prayer APPS, mentor younger youth, pray rosaries and lead virtuous sporting events.
They attend youth ministry events sandwiched between school, homework, extra-curriculars, sports, jobs and family obligations. These young people, like the first Christians, are counter cultural.
Sometimes we do not “see” them because they do not want to bring attention to themselves. However, I assure you they exist. They are in parishes, schools and pockets around the diocese. They all need our help to THRIVE! It is hard to live a holy life in a secular culture.
THRIVE! is a diocesan Youth Ministry initiative to grow and support youth ministry that is unified, sustainable and rooted in the joy of the Gospel. A thriving ministry will be unique to each setting. There is no one model that works for every parish, school, retreat or ministry.
Comparing one ministry or location to another often leads to disunity and despair. Thus, THRIVE! provides support, networking and ministry tools, rooted in Christ and peer relationships, to keep both the minister and the ministry moving forward.
THRIVE! ministry events are held monthly, typically open to high school, college and adult leaders. The agenda includes prayer, praise and worship, networking, focus groups, and an applied ministry topic and experience.
A student from St. Henry District High School, said of the last THRIVE!, “It was exactly what I needed!”
An adult from St. Mary Parish noted, “Wow!! Another amazing THRIVE! night. I learn so much and I love getting to meet more of this faith-filled youth-loving community … so impactful.”
Join us and help diocesan teens THRIVE! through your prayer, financial sponsorship, and personal witness. “Planted in the house of the Lord we shall flourish and bear fruit!” cf. Ps 92:14-15.
Consult the youth ministry section of the diocesan (covdio.org/youth) for specific ideas and events.
“…although it is never easy to approach young people, two things have become increasingly evident: the realization that the entire community has to be involved in evangelizing them, and the urgent requirement that young people take on a greater role in pastoral outreach.” Pope Francis, “Christus Vivit,” (Christ Is Alive!”) 202.
Angie Poat is the diocesan Youth Minister for the Diocese of Covington, Ky.
The team at St. Therese School, in Southgate, KY, is excited to welcome a new Preschool Teacher to their Little Flowers Preschool program. We are seeking an energetic, dedicated educator for our three or four-year-old classroom for the 2024-2025 school year.
As our Preschool Teacher, you will have the opportunity to create a nurturing and stimulating environment for our three-year-old students. The preschool program runs from August to May, and you will work alongside a classroom assistant to oversee all classroom duties, including curriculum instruction and maintaining a positive learning culture. Please contact Katie Boruske at [email protected].
The Diocese of Covington invites qualified, actively-practicing Roman Catholics to apply for the position of Chancery Secretary. This position fulfills vital logistical and operational functions, and requires a motivated self-starter with a love for the Church, an interest in service, and a demonstrable history of maintaining confidentiality. Other requirements include experience and comfort with using Microsoft 365 software, helpful and pleasant communications skills regardless of the medium, and exceptional attention to detail. Interested candidates may send a letter of interest along with a comprehensive resume, including compensation history and at least five appropriate references with email contact information, by email or fax to Stephen Koplyay, SPHR, [email protected], fax 859/392-1589.
St. Cecilia Parish is seeking candidates for the position of part-time bookkeeper. Responsibilities would include accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, general ledger, and tracking all financial transactions in Quickbooks. Individual will report directly to the Operations Manager and will be responsible for some communication with both parishioners and outside vendors. Job requires knowledge of Quickbooks, good data analytical skills, and attention to detail. Compensation commensurate with experience. Interested candidates are asked to send a cover letter and resume to David Bene at [email protected].
Notre Dame Academy (NDA), in Park Hills, KY is seeking a financial professional with strong communication skills to fill the role of Senior Accountant. Reporting directly to the Director of Finance, HR and Operations, the Senior Accountant will support the Director of Finance, HR and Operations with the administration of the financial affairs of Notre Dame Academy.
Job responsibilities for the Senior Accountant position include processing daily cash receipts, bank reconciliations, accounts payable, accounts receivable and credit card processing. Additional responsibilities include preparing and recording monthly journal entries, account reconciliation and analysis, supporting the budgeting process and managing the FACTS Database used to bill all students. Accounting experience and strong Excel skills are required. Experience with QuickBooks is preferred.
Qualifications include a bachelor’s or master’s degree in accounting or related field. A minimum of 5 years of accounting experience in a not-for-profit business is preferred. This is a full-time position with excellent benefits.
Notre Dame Academy is a Catholic all-girls high school sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame. NDA has a rich tradition of success and excellence. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirement to Mrs. Marilyn Slaughter at [email protected]. Resumes will be reviewed until the position is filled.
St. Therese School, located in Southgate, Kentucky, is seeking a full-time fifth and sixth-grade Language Arts teacher for the 2024-2025 school year. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and references to [email protected].
The pews filled with diocesan students, teachers, administrators and supporters, Jan. 31, to celebrate a Mass commemorating Catholic Schools Week. The Mass was held in the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington, and celebrated by Bishop John Iffert. Students representing every diocesan grade school and high school were present among their educators, processing in with banners decorated in school colors.
Women and men religious gathered with laity for Mass, Feb. 3, at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington. This special Mass celebrated World Day of Consecrated Life. Bishop John Iffert celebrated the Mass, joined by Father Ryan Maher, the Cathedral’s rector, with Deacons Barry Henry and Gerald Franzen assisting.
The World Day of Consecrated Life was established as a day of prayer for religious men and women in 1997 by Pope St. John Paul II. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on Feb. 2.