Messenger Staff Report
Rain and sleet couldn’t stop the dedication of the Christmas tree Dec. 16 at St. Mary’s Park, Covington. A small crowd gathered to hear remarks from Joe Meyer, mayor of Covington; Kendra McGuire, superintendent of Catholic Schools; and Bishop Roger Foys, who blessed the tree and dedicated it to the students of the diocesan schools. “When the government and the Church work hand in hand, we can do great things,” said Bishop Foys, before blessing the 20-foot tree. “With this tree, decorated and adorned, may we welcome Christ among us, and may it guide us to that perfect light, who is Emmanuel, God with us,” he prayed.
The tree was decorated by members of the Diocese of Covington Curia staff, using ornaments contributed by the diocesan schools — hundreds of those crafted by individual students. “We dedicate the tree to all the students enrolled in the school system of the Diocese of Covington,” said Bishop Foys. “They’ve had to make an awful lot of sacrifices… and we wanted some way to bring them all together. We thank God for them and for their parents. … We were really pleased with the number of students who sent ornaments.” Mr. Mark Guilfoyle was master of ceremonies.
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