Diocesan Events or Items of Interest

CATHEDRAL CONCERT SERIES 43RD SEASON
The Cathedral Concert Series continues its 43rd Season with the Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols. Scripture and Sacred Song foretell of the coming Nativity. Evergreen and candlelight enhance the Gothic interior of the Basilica for this annual tradition. All are welcome with no admission charge. Choral pieces, spanning centuries of tradition, echo seven prophetic and Gospel readings and are offered in one of the area’s most visually stunning and acoustically resonant spaces. The Very Reverend Ryan Maher, Cathedral Rector, will preside. All Cathedral Concerts are open to the public with no admission charge. A freewill offering is gladly accepted. Please visit the remodeled website www.cathedralconcertseries.org for more information on the entire season and a printable schedule.

SILENT DIRECTED RETREAT 
The Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery will offer a Silent Directed Retreat on the weekend of March 1-3, 2019. Registrants will stay in the monastery Guest House and join the community for Liturgy of the Hours and Sunday Eucharist. The retreat is open to both men and women. For more details and registration, contact Sr. Dorothy Schuette  dorothysosb@gmail.com.

ASH WEDNESDAY – DAY OF RECOLLECTION
March 6, 2019, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., 1601 Dixie Highway, Park Hills, KY. Presentations by Sister Jacquelyn Gusdane, SND, as well as personal reflection time, lunch, the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Mass, and distribution of ashes. http://www.sndky.org/newsfeed/entry/ash-wednesday-day-of-recollection-306/

FENIANS’ ANNUAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY MASS
7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 7, 2019
Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington. Choir selections by the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick. Music by the Emerald Society Police and Fire Pipe and Drum Corps. Flourishes by the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Our Lady of Knock Division, and the St. Patrick’s Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. After the Mass, all are invited to gather at Molly Malone’s, Fourth and Court in Covington. Come kick off a wonderful St. Patrick’s weekend!

WOMEN'S WEEKEND RETREATS
March 8-10 and April 12-14, 2019, 1601 Dixie Highway, Park Hills, KY. There will be multiple speakers throughout the weekend, who will lead retreatants in a reflection on the life and times of St. Paul. Speakers will relate how themes of mission, community, and hope have relevance and impact on our lives today. http://www.sndky.org/newsfeed/entry/women%27s-week end-retreat-298/

Project Rachel is a confidential ministry for those who have experienced an abortion and are seeking healing from the wounds of that decision. The healing begins as you come to know the love, mercy and forgiveness Jesus has for all of us, that includes you! You can start the healing journey by calling our confidential phone number at 859-392-1547 or email us at projectrachel@covdio.org. Please give Project Rachel a call. You are not alone. 

SAFE ENVIRONMENT
Look for “Play Like a Champion” Coach, Parent and Athlete Notes on www.covdio.org website under Safe Environment; then “Play Like a Champion.” A newsletter and videos provide encouragement and reinforcement of the “Play Like a Champion” message.  Click here.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR LIFE NEEDS YOU
A girl facing a difficult decision regarding the life of her unborn baby needs YOU. A baby whose mom is thinking about abortion needs YOU. You can help her and her baby. Opportunities for Life is a ministry of the Kentucky Catholic Bishops serving abortion vulnerable women and men. Volunteers offer hope, compassion, options counseling and resources to callers who find the courage to seek help. Volunteers are needed to staff the 24-hour helpline from their homes. If you have a heart for life affirming ministry, please call (888)496-3638 to learn more about this ministry and a training workshop in your diocese.

JULIE LEARNING CENTER ENROLLMENT
Julie Learning Center in Park Hills, a preschool ministry of the Sisters of Notre Dame, is now enrolling four- and five-year-olds for the 2019-2020 school year. We offer full and half-day programs and provide a discount for teachers in the Diocese of Covington. For information about the center, visit our website at www.julielearningcenter.com or call the director at 859-392-8231 to schedule a tour.