Chrism Mass: Bishop Iffert says Christ’s mission and vision are seen‘alive and well’ in the sacred oils

The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption was filled to capacity, March 26, for the annual celebration of the Chrism Mass. The Chrism Mass is the great diocesan assembly par excellence. All priests and deacons of the diocese gather as Bishop John Iffert blesses the holy oils and consecrates the sacred Chrism. Read more on page 10.

Women religious invite volunteers to a day of service, ‘live the Resurrection’

Sisters from the Diocese of Covington are inviting people to join them, April 20, for a “Service with Sisters” day. This event welcomes individuals to join Covington’s women religious in lending help to some local charities and organizations, including St. Vincent de Paul and the Brighton Center. Read more on page 2.

Catholic scouts integrate faith in all they do, says Bishop Iffert at Scouting awards

Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington, March 17, opened with a procession led by a pair of scouts — carry- ing with them the flags of the United States and the Vatican.

This Mass prefaced the Scouting Awards ceremony that would follow across the street at Bishop Howard Memorial Auditorium, where scouts across the Diocese — including Scouts of America, American Heritage Girls and Girl Scouts — would receive awards, medals and patches recognizing their contributions to Catholic scouting and carrying out their faith.

Eleven received certificates at the ceremony, and four were awarded medals. Three were recipients of the Pope Pius XII award, as part of a program that encourages scouts to explore vocations. A fourth award, the St. George medal, was awarded to Mark Barth, a parishioner of Mary, Queen of Heaven Parish — the only adult to receive a scouting award at the ceremony.

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Memorial Mass for the Loss of a Child returns in April, all invited to pray for the relief of the ‘burden of grief ’

The loss may be recent or long ago, but the loss of a child forever lingers in the heart. Jesus awaits all those suffering in grief, saying, “Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Matt 5:4)

Once again, the Diocese of Covington’s Pro-Life Office will host a Memorial Mass for the Loss of a Child. This year’s Mass will be held April 11, 7 p.m., at Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Burlington. Father Ryan Maher, rector, Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, will be the celebrant.

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Kissells to share Divine Mercy devotion and witness of faith in suffering

For as long as he can remember Carson Kissell has been bathed in Divine Mercy. Carson was born with a rare skin disease, Epidermolysis Bullosa. At the least amount of friction, the disease causes painful blisters and sores. There is no cure. Treatment consists of keeping the skin clean and bandaged — from neck to toe.

There is no charge to attend the Kissells’ presentation at St. Catherine Church, March 24. Admittance is first come first seated. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Kissell’s will begin their presentation at 7 p.m. Bring a rosary, Carson will lead the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

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YCET welcomes new members, encourages Catholic youth leadership

Members of the Youth Commission Evangelization Team (YCET) met on Thomas More University’s campus, March 8, for an orientation welcoming and introducing the new members to the team.

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Catholic Schools Week Mass celebrated united in ‘faith and love of Jesus’

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.

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‘Head up, feet moving,’ Bishop Iffert encourages consecrated religious

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.

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‘Love Them Both’ – 2024 March for Life Ky.

The clouds were gray, and the rain was pouring as hundreds gathered in Frankfort for the first Kentucky march for life. The day started with Mass celebrated by Father John Lijana, pastor, Good Shepard Church, Frankfort.

“Life is good because it comes from God … do with it what he wills.” This was the message that rang throughout Father Lijana’s homily on Jan. 23.

The words hung over the congregation of about 500 as they took in the message that what they will be marching for is the sanctity of life and the dignity of mother and child. The latter of which being the theme of this year’s march, “Love Them Both.”

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Upcoming Cursillo weekends offer tools to enrich the Catholic faith for a lifetime

A new year means a new year of Cursillo retreats, with the next scheduled as soon as this month.

Cursillo is named for a Spanish word meaning short course. A Cursillo (pronounced “kur-see-yo”),therefore, is a short course in Christianity. Originating in Spain in the 1940s, today Cursillos are given in more than 50 nations on 5 Continents. It is estimated that more than 2 million men and women of various races and languages have participated. Locally, all Cursillo weekends are held at the Jesuit Spiritual Retreat Center in Milford, Ohio.

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