St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church

A Parish and School of National Distinction

 A Welcome From Our Pastor, Fr. Mario Tizziani

Greetings,

         Thank you so much for visiting the website of St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church. St. Cecilia's, a Parish of the Diocese of Covington, KY, is located in Independence, KY. Independence, the county seat of Kenton County, although appearing rural, is actually the largest city in the Commonwealth and is also the fastest growing city as well! Our Parish has a rich history in this community, with many parishioners whose families have been members for generations; as well as a significant number of families who are recently transplants from other communities.
         Ours is a Parish where growth in faith and service for Jesus Christ is encouraged and fostered through worship, catechesis, devotion to the Sacraments, and volunteerism in a variety of facets. In accord with our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and the teachings of the Magesterium, we seek to prepare parishioners as witnesses for the Lord wherever they may be. As an outreach of our Parish, St. Cecilia Elementary School provides a quality Catholic education for our children from pre-school through the 8th grade.
         Information for participating in our Parish life is provided herein. If you are currently a parishioner of St. Cecilia's, you may enjoy visiting your home site; if by chance you have been away from the Church or are searching for a Parish home, please come and visit! I believe you will find St. Cecilia's to be exactly the church you have been looking for.
         On behalf of the wonderful Parishioners of St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church, I welcome you!

                                                                                                                 The Lord bless you and keep you,
                                             
                                                                                                                  Father Mario Tizziani

 

CATHOLIC QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Forgive me my debts, just as I too forgive my debtors” (Mt 6:12).

 

      FOR YOUR LENTEN MEDITATION – From the Confessions of St Augustine, Bishop (354-432)
Whoever I may be Lord, I lie exposed to your scrutiny.

Lord, you know me.  Let me know you.  Let me come to know you even as I am known.  You are the strength of my soul; enter it and make it a place suitable for your dwelling, a possession without spot or blemish.  This is my hope and the reason I speak.  In this hope I rejoice, which I rejoice rightly.  As for the other things of this life, the less they deserve tears, the more likely they will be lamented, and the more they deserve tears, the less likely will men sorrow for them.  For behold, you have loved the truth, because the one who does what is true enters into the light.  I wish to do the truth before you alone by praising you, and before a multitude of witnesses by writing of you.
 
O Lord, the depths of a man’s conscience lie exposed before your eyes.  Could anything remain hidden in me even thought I did not want to confess it to you?  In that case I would only be hiding you from myself, not myself from you.  But now my sighs are sufficient evidence that I am displeased with myself; that you are my light and the source of my joy; that you are loved and desired.  I am thoroughly ashamed of myself; I have renounced myself and chosen you, recognizing that I can please neither you nor myself unless you enable me to do so.
 
Whoever I may be, Lord, I like exposed to your scrutiny.  I have already told of the profit I gain when I confess to you.  And I do not make my confession with bodily words, bodily speech, but with words of my soul and the cry of my soul and the cry of my mind which you hear and understand.  When I am wicked, my confession to you is an expression of displeasure with myself.  But when I do good,.....Read More.....

 

LENTEN FASTING AND ABSTINENCE

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. The norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding from age 14 onwards.  If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the "paschal fast" to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection.

From the USCCB Pastoral Statement on Penance and Abstinence we read:

“Wherefore, we ask, urgently and prayerfully, that we, as people of God, make of the entire Lenten Season a period of special penitential observance.  Following the instructions of the Holy See, we declare that the obligation both to fast and to abstain from meat, an obligation observed under a more strict formality by our fathers in the faith, still binds on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. No Catholic Christian will lightly excuse himself from so hallowed an obligation on the Wednesday which solemnly opens the Lenten season and on that Friday called "Good" because on that day Christ suffered in the flesh and died for our sins.

“In keeping with the letter and spirit of Pope Paul's Constitution Poenitemini, we preserved for our dioceses the tradition of abstinence from meat on each of the Fridays of Lent, confident that no Catholic Christian will lightly hold himself excused from this penitential practice.”

Mass Schedule

Saturday Mass Schedule
5 PM (Vigil)

Sunday Mass Schedule
8:30 AM and 11 AM

Weekday Mass Schedule
Mon-Sat: 8 AM

Holy Days of Obligation
8 AM and 7 PM

Adoration/Confession

Adoration:
Thursday: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM Concludes with Benediction

Confessions:
Saturday 4-4:450 PM and Sunday 8-8:20 AM; 10:30-10:50 AM

Prayer Intentions (click here)

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