• The Messenger

    Official newspaper of the Diocese of Covington, serving over 27,000 Catholic families.

    Published 44 times a year.

  • The Most Rev. Roger J. Foys, D.D., Bishop of Covington

    Publisher of the Messenger

  • The Messenger strives to meet these goals:

    To share the Gospel message of salvation as an instrument of evangelization;

    To present and explain Church teaching in a positive and empathetic way;

    To promote mutual understanding and unity in the diocese;

  • The Messenger strives to meet these goals:

    To foster and support all forms of Christian family life;

    To share the personal faith experiences of the Catholic community;

  • The Messenger strives to meet these goals:

    To report on the development and growth of Catholic faith formation and;

    To be a source of Catholic information and inspiration.

The Catholic newspaper for the Diocese of Covington, Ky.


The Messenger is published weekly August through May and every other week in the months of June and July.

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Upcoming Events

Holy Hour for victims of abuse – Sept. 19

There will be a Holy Hour on the third Thursday of every month, at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington, 3–4 p.m., to pray for victims of sexual abuse by clergy and to pray for the Church. All priests of the diocese will be in attendance; the lay faithful are invited to join. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed, concluding with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and benediction. The sacrament of penance will be available during the Holy Hour. Next Holy Hour: Thursday, Sept. 19.

BELIEVE – Sept. 15

Bishop Brossart High School’s night of worship, praise and adoration, BELIEVE, Sept. 15, 7 p.m., Munninghoff Family Performing Arts Center.

First Place 4 Health – Sept. 9

First Place 4 Health, a Christ-centered, Bible-based weight loss program, Monday evenings, 5:30–6:45 p.m., or Tuesday mornings, 7:30–8:45 a.m. A no obligation information session will be held at St. Agnes Parish, Ft. Wright, Sept. 9, 6 p.m.. Information, 803-2002 or nancybradley47@hotmail.com.

Pro-Life Evening of Reflection – Sept. 9

Parish pro-life coordinators/team evening of reflection and information, Sept. 12. Mass 6:15 p.m. in the Cathedral Basilica, followed by dinner and program at Bishop Howard Memorial Auditorium. RSVP to 392-1500, ext. 1546 or e-mail ppiccola@covdio.org. RSVP by Sept. 9. This event is also for those interested in starting a Pro-Life group at his or her parish.

Marriage Enrichment Conference – Sept. 21

“The Marriage Journey”, Sept. 21, 8 a.m.–3p.m., St. Barbara Parish, Erlanger. All couples are invited to this Marriage Enrichment experience. $25 per couple, light breakfast, lunch and refreshments included. Click here or call (859) 392-1500, ext. 1529 to register.

Golf Outing – Sept. 26

Serra Club Golf Outing, Sept. 26, Twin Oaks Golf and Plantation Club, Latonia. Shotgun start at 11 a.m. Contact 392-1500 or mmurray@covdio.org.

Diocesan Pro-Life Mass – Oct. 3

Bishop Roger Foys will preside at the annual diocesan Pro-Life Mass, Thursday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m., at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington. Homilist will be Father Ryan Stenger, pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Camp Springs.

First Friday healing service – Oct. 4

Mustard Seed First Friday Mass and healing service, Oct. 4, 7:15 p.m., Thomas More University, Mary Seat of Wisdom Chapel, Crestview Hills.

Rosary at Our Lady’s Farm – Oct. 5

Youth Rosary Day, Oct. 5, 10:45 a.m., Our Lady’s Farm, Falmouth. Bring the children and listen to them pray the rosary. Mass will follow.

Dynamic Deacon at NKU – Oct. 10

Presentation by Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, the “Dynamic Deacon,” at Northern Kentucky University, Oct. 10, 7 p.m. Praise and worship with Lee Roessler begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission — a donation at the door to benefit Catholic Newman Center, TMU Campus Ministry and diocesan young adults attending FOCUS’ Student Leadership Summit.

YOUTH 2000 – Oct. 11

Save the date — YOUTH 2000 will be at Covington Catholic High School, Oct. 11–13. This event is open to eighth-grade and high school students. Visit www.nkyouth.com or call 466-1283.

HMA Meeting and Conference – Oct. 11

Health Ministries Association (HMA), 30th annual Meeting and Conference, Oct. 11–14, at St. Elizabeth Training and Educational Center, Erlanger. Daily registration options available for attendees unable to participate in entire conference. Visit http://hmassoc.org/upcoming-conference/. Event will provide unique learning opportunities for members and colleagues with keynote presentations, substantive breakout sessions, poster presentations and innovative pre-conference sessions.

Taste of Mission – Oct. 12

Comboni Missionaries, Taste of Mission, Oct. 12, 5–9 p.m., Comboni Mission Center, Cincinnati. This family-friendly event includes authentic food from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Entertainment all night — including an African fashion show, Mission Market, tour and games for children. Parking and admission are free. Information, www.combonimissionaries.org/event or (513) 474-4997.

Life in the Spirit Seminar – Oct. 12

Annual Life in the Spirit Seminar, Oct. 12 (initial session), 8 a.m.–3 p.m., Curia Building, Covington, and Oct 15 (concluding session), 7–9 p.m., Blessed Sacrament Parish Center, Ft. Mitchell. Call or text 391-5794 or register at www.CharismaticNKY.com.

On the Path to Sainthood – Oct. 13

Presentation by Deacon Terry Sauders, the president of the cause for the sainthood of Irving C. “Francis” Houle, St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Ft. Thomas, Oct. 13, 7 p.m. Free and everyone welcome.

Rosary for the World at IHM – Oct. 13

Catholics across the United States and nations across the world will gather, Oct. 13, to pray the rosary for the world. Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Burlington, is one of the prayer sites registered for the event. All are welcome to join together at the Grotto of the Two Hearts at 4 p.m.

Evening for Life – Oct. 17

Cincinnati Right to Life’s annual Evening for Life, Oct. 17, 5:30–9 p.m., Sharonville Convention Center. Visit cincinnatirighttolife.org or call (513) 728-7870.

Entombment of Bishop Maes – Oct. 26

Requiem Mass and entombment for Camillus Paul Maes, third bishop of Covington, Oct. 26, 10 a.m., Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington. All are welcome.

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