The Church of Saint Agnes

1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

The Church of Saint Agnes
1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

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Memorial of Saint Agatha

Thu, 02/05/2015
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Today is the 76th anniversary of the dedication of this church building.
On February 5, 1939, Bishop Howard of the Diocese of Covington
proclaimed this building to be that place where local Catholics gather for worship.
A church building becomes Catholic the same way that people do:
it is “baptized”, initiated, consecrated.
The building and all its appointments
(the baptismal font, the ambo, the altar, and the presider’s chair) were blessed.
The bishop sprinkled holy water on the exterior and interior walls.
The smoke of incense filled the building.
The altar was drenched in holy chrism.
Flaming pots of wax and incense were placed on the altar
over the five engraved crosses representing the wounds of Christ.
It took half a day to complete all the required rituals.
This church has stood in this place for 76 years.  It has not moved.
The annex here on the west side was added in 1963.
In 1980 the sanctuary was remodeled
but the church still sits on its original foundation
and hopefully will do so for many years to come.
This church serves the Catholic people
who live within the boundaries of St. Agnes Parish.
It is here that our Catholic faith is strengthened and nourished.
It is here that the Eucharist and all our sacraments are celebrated.
It is here that the Word of God is proclaimed.
The building serves as witness to the enduring nature of Catholic Church,
it’s comforting presence in the midst of a changing world…
an anchor that keeps us from being carried away by the scattering winds and storms.
As the people of God, we go out from its doors,
sent by Jesus Christ himself to continue his mission.
The mission entrusted to the first disciples continues in and through us.
That mission is to bring the love of God to places where love is lacking.
That mission is to bring the light of the Gospel truth so as to overcome the darkness.
That mission is convince others, by our words and deeds,
that the Kingdom of God is at hand
and that the power of God is victorious over sin and death.
We have been baptized.  We are the baptized.
Our lives are dedicated to God, consecrated for divine purpose.
And that purpose is one of mission.
To live our faith is to know:  we are sent out of this building,
to gather others and bring them to this building for dedication and consecration.
May our faith endure, and through our faith may the Kingdom of God increase and advance.