St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church

A Parish and School of National Distinction


How do we face the difficulties that life brings upon us? Where do we find God in the storms and struggles of our lives, in the trials we encounter in trying to do His will? How can we, in the midst of this pandemic, find anything positive or good to take from it? There is no joy in the deaths of those who succumb to the virus. There is no joy in the fright of those who are diagnosed with the virus and do not get sick. There is no joy in wearing these masks that seem to become more of a distraction than a good thing to wear in protecting ourselves and others! In today’s First Reading, God commands Elijah to stand on the mountain and to await His passing by. In the Gospel, Jesus makes the disciples set across the waters to meet Him – and in particular Peter is challenged to step out on the waters. In each case, the Lord makes Himself present amid frightening tumult. Each is terrified, overcome with fear in reaction to what they face. Elijah hides his face, the disciples are too terrified to look on the face of the Lord. Even Peter is too overcome with fear to imitate his Lord. And so, it is often with us. Our fears make us doubt, make it hard to see His glory in the midst of situations. Yet, we should know, as we hear in today’s Psalm, that His salvation is near to those who hope in Him. By faith we should know – as St Paul reminds us in the Epistle – that we are heirs to the promises made to His children. We must trust that He whispers to us in the trials of our lives – that He who has called us to walk along the way of His steps, will save us whenever we begin to sink! As we heard last week – nothing will separate us from the love of God!!


CATHOLIC QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “The bread I shall give is my flesh for the life of the world, says the Lord.” (John 6:52) 


                                                                                                                                                                  3 August, 2020

 Greetings my dear Parishioners and Friends of St Cecilia’s –

             As the Pastor of St Cecilia’s, I would have never envisioned that there would be a time when our annual Labor Day Festival would be cancelled.  It has been a mainstay in our Parish activities and fundraising for over 100 years – the longest running Parish event in the Diocese of Covington.  Unfortunately, due to this ongoing pandemic that has affected almost every facet of our Parish ministries; I realize what is most important for me as your pastor is not only your spiritual welfare, but your physical health and welfare as well.  In light of this, it is imperative upon me that I cancel all planned Parish events, including our annual Labor Day Festival.
             Acknowledging our Governor’s latest mandate to limit social gatherings to 10 people or less – changing it from 50 people or less; as well as our Bishop’s directive that any non-essential Parish meetings and gatherings of any sort be cancelled, I realize that there is no room within these guidelines for us to host our Festival.  Thus, until I am notified of changes to these guidelines, all non-essential meetings and gatherings of any sort are not to be held.  These include any Party in the Lot, the annual Chicken Run, our annual Labor Day Festival and any other future activities, meetings or functions which include the use of our Parish facilities and grounds.  Until such time that the Diocese provides the Parish with specific guidelines for athletics, this also includes any sporting activities both outside and indoor our Parish facilities.  This decision does not apply to the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass; however, as we are observing all safe-distancing and sanitizing protocols that are in effect. 
            I am truly thankful to our Festival Chairperson, Cherri Pretty, for her skilled leadership and positive support, the members of our Festival Committee, as well as you, in standing by this decision.  Although the Festival is our largest Parish event and our largest fundraiser, the health and safety of not only our Parishioners but all the guests who are present during the Festival are our primary concern.
            Let us pray that our Grand Raffle proves to be an even greater success than in the past.  Drawings will be held as scheduled with the Grand Drawing for the 2021 Corvette or $50,000 being held on Labor Day, Monday September 7th.  Preliminary drawings still to occur are on Saturday August 8th, Saturday September 5th and Sunday September 6th, each for $500.00!

            Thank you for your support!  May the Lord continue to bless you and yours!

                                                                                                                       In His love,

                                                                                                                       Fr Mario Joseph Tizziani


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St. Cecilia Church Hours

Daily Mass
Mon-Sat at 8am

Weekend Mass 
Vigil- Saturday 4pm
Sunday 8:30am and 11am

Thursday- 9-7pm

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