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From the Pastor: Welcome to Our New Bishop

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This is an exciting week for the Diocese of Covington, as we welcome a new bishop for our diocese. His name is Father John Iffert, and he is a priest of the Diocese of Belleville, Illinois. Bishop-elect Iffert is 53 years old. He has been a pastor, a university chaplain, leader of Teens Encounter Christ, and […]

From the Pastor: Preparing for Our New Bishop

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In just a week and a half, on Sept. 30, Father John Iffert (pronounced “if-ert” with a short i sound) will be consecrated as the 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Covington. This is an exciting moment in our diocesan history, which is filled with hope and expectation. It is a bit like the birth […]

From the Pastor: Happy Anniversary!

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Today we celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Mother of God Church. We have talked about this day and planned for this day for a long time. I am very excited about this great moment in the history of our parish. To me it is astounding that an immigrant community, just a few years after the […]

From the Pastor: 9/11—Twenty Years Later

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On Saturday, Sept. 11, our nation remembers the attacks on our country 20 years ago. It was an event that changed everyone’s perception of the reality of our world. Just about 10 years before, we had witnessed the end of the Soviet Union, which had been the great enemy of America throughout most of the […]

From the Pastor: The Gospel of St. Matthew

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I will begin my new series of talks, on the Gospel of Saint Matthew, this Thursday, Sept. 2, at 11 am and at 6:30 pm, in the church. At this point, we will be able to gather in church for the talks, and they will be live-streamed and archived on our parish website. If, at […]

From the Pastor: Do You Also Want to Leave?

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In the Gospel for this Sunday, concluding our readings from the sixth chapter of John, the Bread of Life discourse, we are told that many of Jesus’ disciples abandoned him and “returned to their former way of life.” The idea that they must eat his flesh and drink his blood was repulsive and blasphemous to […]

From the Pastor: What Does the Church Say About Mary’s Assumption?

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This Sunday is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The feast celebrates the doctrine that Mary was taken both body and soul into heaven, at her death. Her body was preserved from the decay of death, because it had been the Ark of the New Covenant, bearing the Son of God, […]

From the Pastor: The Real Presence of Christ

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This Sunday we continue our reading from the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John, which is the Bread of Life Discourse. Two weeks ago I spoke about how the Mass as we know it began to evolve very early, with the joining of the Jewish synagogue service with the Lord’s Supper—the Liturgy of the […]

From the Pastor: I Am the Bread of Life

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This Sunday we continue our reading of the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John, which is known as the Bread of Life Discourse. The crowd, which was fed by the multiplication of loaves in last week’s Gospel, is following Jesus, asking Him to do that miracle over and over so they never have to […]

From the Pastor: We Honor Our Grandparents and the Elderly

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Pope Francis has designated the fourth Sunday of July to be the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. This is not only this year, which is the Year of the Family, but will be a memorial of the Church from now on. We welcome all grandparents, great-grandparents, and those seniors who do not have grandchildren […]

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