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: “The truly merciful person is he who has mercy on his enemy, and does good according to what is written: ‘Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you’ (Luke 6:27)” – St. Chromatius.

 

      FOR YOUR LENTEN MEDITATION – From the Confessions of St Augustine, Bishop
Our heart is restless until it rests in you.

You are great, Lord, and worthy of our highest praise; your power is great and there is no limit to your wisdom.  Man, a tiny part of your creation, wishes to praise you.  Though he bears about him his mortality, the evidence of his sin and the evidence that you resist the proud, yet this man, a tiny part of your creation, wishes to praise you.  It is you who move man to delight in your praise.  For you have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.  Lord, help me to know and understand which is the soul’s first movement, to call upon you for help or to praise you; or if it must first know you before it can call upon you.  But if someone does not know you, how can he call upon you?  For, not knowing you, he might call upon someone else instead of you.  Or must you first be called upon in order to be known?  But Scripture says: Unless they believe in him how shall they call upon him.  And how shall they believe unless someone preaches to them?

 Those who seek the Lord will praise him.  Seeking the Lord they will find him, and finding him they will praise him.  Lord, let me seek you by calling upon you, and let me call upon you believing in you, for you have been preached to us.  Lord, my faith calls upon you, the faith you have given me, the faith you have inspired in me by the incarnation of your Son and through the ministry of your preacher. 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.”

Upcoming News and Events

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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