Diocesan Events or Items of Interest

CSALT: ROAD TO EMMAUS
CSALT: Road to Emmaus meets every first Friday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in Meeting Room #1 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, in Burlington, Kentucky. The focus of these sessions is to help one deepen their relationship with the True Presence of Christ in their daily lives, by simply practicing their Catholic faith each day. Learn to “Ora Et Labora” or work and pray, so that your relationship with Christ will become more personal and intimate. He wants a relationship with each one of us. Anyone is welcome to come at any session, as your schedule allows or where you are at in your faith journey. There is no obligation to continue every week. Come join us, as our eyes are opened to the True Presence of the Lord in our daily lives. For more information, contact Coleen Hamilton email: [email protected]. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gridironfaith/

LIFE’S 5th QUARTER
The fifth Saturday Masses and Prayer Vigils for Life are sponsored by LIFE’S 5TH QUARTER. The goal is to tap into the enthusiasm that our youth demonstrate each January at the March for Life in Washington, D.C. ,and to teach our youth the power of the best spiritual weapon available to us, outside the Eucharist, – THE ROSARY.
LIFE’S 5TH QUARTER is challenging our YOUTH to take ownership of these 5th Saturdays along with adult support to give JUST TWO HOURS once each Quarter of the year to pray for the end to abortion and to return our nation to a Culture of Life!
Jesus Christ tells us to take up our cross and follow Him. It only requires JUST TWO HOURS of your time. Please join us and bring friends and family. Visit www.facebook.com/lifes5thquarter for information or write [email protected].

MARCH FOR LIFE NORTHERN KENTUCKY
JANUARY 24, 2020
March for Life Northern KY is an opportunity to march in unity with those at the National March for Life in Washington, D.C. We march to remember the 1973 ruling by the Supreme Court to legalize abortion. All are welcome to march, peacefully and prayerfully.
Opening prayer at 5:00 p.m. at IHM, Burlington, KY. March one mile to the 1889 historic Burlington courthouse for warmth, fellowship, refreshments and speakers. March returns to IHM by 7:00 p.m. for Holy Hour of Prayer for Life.
If you’re unable to march, gather from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the courthouse for the non-marching portion of the event (Handicap accessible).
IHM: 5876 Veteran’s Way, Burlington, KY Courthouse:
2988 Washington Street. Contact: [email protected].

SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATIONAL SPEAKER/EVENT
Presented by: St. Joseph Academy
Speaker: Stephen J. Smith
Monday, January 27th, 2020 6:30 p.m.
This is a free event and open to the public, held at St. Joseph Academy Reekers Hall.
Stephen J. Smith, President of A Wired Family, LLC, has presented this powerful presentation to nearly 500,000 students, parents, school administrators and mental health professionals over the last 10 years.
This program will cover the following topics: – The real apps that children are using in our area. – How and why apps are purposely developed to become addictive. – How pornography has become an issue with children as young as 11. – How your child's privacy is often compromised and used against them. – The future career and education impact of sexting and other online behavior. – How the overuse of social media, gaming and bullying might impact mental health. – How parents and children can work together to control these trends.
For more information about this event, please contact Robyn Ryan at: [email protected].

MEN’S and WOMEN’S RESTORATION RETREATS
Open to all Cursillo Alumni
Come join the Restoration Retreat as we seek a closer relationship with “Our Father” to continue our 4th Day journey and stand strong in faith with Jesus. Fr. Robert Rottgers and Decon Hundson Henry/Deacon Jim Fortner will lead this opportunity to reenergize your Fourth Day.
Men’s Retreat: January 31, 2020 5:30 p.m. – February 2, 2020, 12:00 noon
Women’s Retreat: February 2, 2020 5:30 p.m. – February 9, 2020, 12 noon.
St. Anne’s Retreat Center
Cost: $155.00 per person
Registration required and can be found on the Cursillo webisite: www.covingtoncursillo.org under news/events or contact Mary Morscher at 859-653-2093. Deadline for Men: January 17, 2020. Deadline for Women: January 24, 2020.

JESUS SAID HE CAME TO GIVE US LIFE TO THE FULL: Do you know what that means? Do you want to learn exactly how to live it? Then don’t miss REBOOT! A ONE EVENING regional event with national Catholic speaker, CHRIS STEFANIK. When: TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 7:00-9:30 p.m.
Where: NKU STUDENT UNION.
For more information and to register: Call 859-620-1813 or www.RealLifeCatholic.com/reboot. HURRY! Get your tickets while you can!

MOTHER-DAUGHTER BRUNCH – BEAUTIFULLY YOU!
Mothers and daughters, 13 and older, are cordially invited to discover what Pope St. John Paul referred to as the "Feminine Genius." Please join us on February 1, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at St. Thomas Church, Ft. Thomas, KY, for brunch, conversation and fascinating presentations. Joining us will be Caitlin Dwyer, Professor of Theology at TMU, to discuss our bodies as gifts; and Rita Johnson, NaPro Instructor, to illuminate God's marvelous workmanship in the female design. Suggested donation is $10.00 for a morning you won't forget! Please email Pam Bucher at: [email protected] for more information and to register.

DENIM & DIAMONDS for HOLY CROSS
Holy Cross High School presents Denim and Diamonds Saturday, February 8th from 7:00 p.m.-11:30 p.m. at Receptions Banquet Hall in Erlanger, KY. The evening will include hors d’oeuvres, beer, soda, wine and dinner. It will also feature a silent auction, rapid raffle, split the pot, reverse raffle and much more. Tickets are just $40.00 per person or $75.00 per couple. Go to hchscov.com for more information or call 859-431-1335 for reservations.

WOMEN’S MONTHLY RETREAT
The theme for February’s monthly women’s retreat is ART REVEALING GOD. The morning retreat will be held on Wednesday morning, February 12, 2020, from 9:00-11:30 a.m. at St. Pius Catholic Church in Edgewood, KY.
An evening session is also offered 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center in Cincinnati.
Retreat includes Mass, Meditation, Reflective Talk, and Confession. Enjoy light refreshments, fellowship and group discussion. For more information, go to: https://rcohiovalley.org/monthly-retreat

HELP PARISH KITCHEN PROVIDE WARMTH THIS WINTER
Please help Parish Kitchen, a ministry of Catholic Charities, by providing warmth for the homeless this winter. NEW sleeping bags or NEW twin blankets may be dropped off at either: Parish Kitchen, 141 W. Pike Street, Covington, KY 41011, from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., Monday thru Friday or Catholic Charities, 3629 Church Street, Latonia, KY 41015, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Contact Maria Meyer at 859-581- 7745 or [email protected] with any questions.

YOUNG ADULTS
Are you a young adult (18 to 39) discerning a vocation to marriage, religious life, or the priesthood? We’re launching a new monthly young adult group for people like you. Meet others discerning, build community, and get the support you need to answer God’s call. For more info, contact Brad Torline, [email protected].

CHRIS RICE MEMORIAL FUND SCHOLARSHIP
Many high school students each year are unable to attend the March for Life due to the cost of the trip. The Chris Rice Memorial Fund, named in memory of a young man who was dedicated to pro-life causes, enables those students who cannot afford the pilgrimage to Washington the opportunity to go. Donations in any amount are greatly appreciated. Please send donations to: Diocese of Covington, Pro-Life Office, 1125 Madison Avenue, Covington, KY 41011-3115.

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PROJECT RACHEL
Come back to God, who is LOVE and MERCY
Life is a gift from God, and so is His mercy. Tens of millions of Americans have been directly touched by abortion and have feelings of regret, guilt and grief. God’s healing love and mercy are always possible. Many Catholics want to help women and men who have experienced abortion, but some don’t know how to begin. The Diocese of Covington, in accordance with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, offer the Project Rachel Ministry, a confidential, compassionate journey to healing. Project Rachel help line (859) 392-1547 or [email protected].

PASSION PLAY IN GERMANY
Fr. Niby is leading a trip to Germany, Switzerland and France for 12 days in July 2020. The focus of the trip will be the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany which is performed only once every ten years. When registering for the trip with Fr. Niby, reference “Niby.” For more information, contact the Mary Queen of Heaven parish office at 525-6909.

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.