Cathedral News

 Annual Filipino Festival Next Sunday, September 24

Our local Filipino Community is hosting an evening rich in culture—faith, food, and more.  Funds raised  at this event go directly toward the Cathedral Scholarship Fund, which helps students, whose parents have limited income, attend a Catholic school. The recommended donation is $10/$10/person over the age of 10.  No reservations are required. 

In 1989, just two years after St. Lorenzo de Ruiz, the first martyr of the Philippines, was canonized by Pope John Paul II, the local Filipino Community and the Cathedral of the Assumption started the tradition of a Filipino Festival.  At the 5:30 pm Mass, a statue and banner commemorating St. Lorenzo are carried in procession.  The buffet of home-cooked Filipino dishes follows immediately in the Undercroft.  Please plan to come. 


If you own a pet, or a pet owns you, plan to attend the Blessing of the Animals to be held on the front steps of the Cathedral on Sunday, October 1, at 2 pm.  This brief service gives us the opportunity to mark the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi and to give thanks for our pets. All are welcome!

 Hurricane Irma has caused massive destruction in Florida and the Caribbean.  We can support our brothers and sisters in these areas through monetary donations that will be used to specifically support the Diocese of Saint Thomas in the Virgin Island, recovery efforts of Catholic Charities, and efforts to provide pastoral and rebuilding support to the impacted dioceses through the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Checks should include the notation: 2017 Hurricane Irma Collection and can be turned into the parish or mailed directly to: Archdiocese of Louisville, ATTN: Finance Office, P.O. Box 32533, Louisville, KY 40232-2533.

Thinking of Becoming Catholic?  If you have thought of becoming Catholic, or if you have questions about the Catholic Church, the Cathedral offers RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) classes. Classes meet on Sunday mornings after 9:30 Mass.   For information please contact George Kaissieh, 657-5217 or 

Check out The Record article featuring parishioner Linda Squire and Opioid Epidemic. 

Want to check out some 360 degree photos of the Cathedral?  Kelsey Hillary of took photos today.  Click here to see them.

Cathedral featured in music video of "Say a Prayer."  Click here to view.   

Cathedral's Daily Lunch Program to be honored.  Click here to read Sheldon Shafer's article that appeared in the Courier Journal on May 10.

Vatican Observatory highlights Msgr. Bouchet's telescope housed in the Archdiocese of Louisville History Center. Click here to check it out!!!!

Tek4Kids, Inc. (Gary and Cathy Boice’s nonprofit) uses education and technology to break the poverty cycle in Haiti.  They provide existing schools in Haiti with clean water, electricity, computers and teachers.  Children share clean water with their families, reducing instances of cholera and waterborne illnesses. Students that receive computer skills from the Tek4Kids program will be able to find much more advanced jobs despite the high unemployment rate in the area. To learn more about Tek4Kids, visit

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May 28

I had not planned on a Part 7.  Intended to post a few pictures in Part 6, but what follows may explain a bit.
Coming home was a bit of an adventure!  Or Struggle!  From a flat tire in Jeremie, to systems being down in Port Au Prince so we only got hand written boarding passes for flight to Miami, bags not checked through to Louisville, plane almost 2 hours late, missed flight in Miami .... long day. 
Spent Thursday night in Miami airport hotel.  Flew to Charlotte then Louisville. 

While we were changing planes in Charlotte, a surprise encounter!  Maria Price, Executive Director of St John Center for Homeless Men.  What a delightful surprise.  Maria was en route to the coast for a long weekend with family.

Finally arrived in Louisville about 2:00 PM Friday.  

A bit more about Thursday adventure!  Being the Feast of Corpus Christi, the street we normally turn on was blocked because of a procession at Cathedral St Louis, so we had to take a minor detour around some rougher, unpaved streets in Jeremie.  Then on to the main road, paved only for about half mile, then really rough rest of 8-10 miles.  On the way to the landing strip we passed a small church in a rural village where parishioners were gathering for their Corpus Christi celebrations.  Very colorful!
When we got to the landing strip, Roger was there with the plane, arms in the air in exasperation ... one of the tires on the plane went flat shortly after he landed.
Many prayers were answered as we gathered tools, local boys came out of the area to put a patch on the inner tube (a process that is difficult to put into words!), tire back on.  Only took 2 hours.  Then we prayed for one take off and one landing.  Prayers were answered!

I've got pictures that I will add later.
Let us all rejoice in God's unconditional love and guide us as we reflect the same to all those we come in contact with.

A collection of pictures.

A flower in the garden outside the house ... of the hibiscus family I think.

Along the streets of Jeremie

The flat tire adventure!  I failed to get a shot of the inner tube patching process.  Note the car jacks on tree stumps and the "air compressor" used to inflate the tire!