Cathedral News

Thomas Merton’s Lenten Prayer of the Desert
Cathedral Undercroft
Sunday, March 4, after 9:30 am Mass
Presented by parishioner Mark Meade.
Mr. Meade is the Assistant Director of the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University, the current President of the International Thomas Merton Society.  Coffee and donuts will be served.   

The Sacred Rite of Fasting in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Sunday, March 18, 3:30-5 pm
Cathedral Undercroft—Free and Open to Public

Interfaith devotional program organized by The Salaam Network in coordination with The Cathedral of the Assumption. Jewish, Christian and Islamic religious scholars share their perspective on fasting in their respective traditions. Music and chanting from the three Abrahamic religions bring to life the spiritual message of fasting.

Cathedral Golden Stars

On March 14, the Golden Stars will have an early St. Patrick’s Day lunch at 12 Noon at the Molly Malones located at 3900 Shelbyville Road, 40207, in St. Matthews.  Please wear your favorite green and come help us toast to St. Paddy’s Day.  Please contact Brenda McWaters at 502-641-1575 or

Don’t Sit Home in April!! Please join us for  an all you can eat dinner and an Award nominated play. It’s MAMA MIA! Doors open at 6 pm and the play starts at 7:45 pm. Derby Dinner Playhouse is located on 525 Marriott Dr. in Clarksville Indiana.  Please contact Brenda McWaters at 502-641-1575 or and please sign up by March 14. If we have 20 to sign up the group rate is $39 per person. If any of you attended our last event there, Sister Act, the play was great and the food was delicious. Please join us for another fun evening!

Cathedral Choir Dinner and Entertainment Fundraiser

The Cathedral of the Assumption Choir is pleased to present The Gospel According to Mark on Saturday, March 10, 2018, after the 5:30 Mass at the Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 South Fifth Street.  The show features Derby Dinner Playhouse veteran J.R. Stuart in a solo performance as Mark Twain during two different time periods in Mr. Twain’s life.  Recommended for ages 13 and over, this evening of laughter and social commentary has been delighting audiences for decades. There is a $30 suggested donation for the dinner and show and a $20 suggested donation for the show only. All proceeds will go towards the Cathedral Choir’s trip to Washington DC this summer. Make your RSVP today!  Contact 502.439.5151. Also included is a musical preshow by choir members Rick and Shaune Rebilas and Greg and Natalie Wood with Dr. Philip Brisson.


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.   

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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Day 1
Since Gary, Don and I made a trip to Haiti in July I've gotten a bit of grief for not doing any blogging.  I'm never sure if anyone actually reads the stuff, but just in case I'll try to provide some updates on our adventures!  A bit of background ... When Gary, Jack Lydon, Bob Glaser and I came in March, the primary Tek4Kids objective was to set up a classroom at St Terese Montesori school.  Jack and I also found time to meet with Fr Marc-Arthur, Pastor of Cathedral St Louis, regarding a project to repair a building where they feed the "neediers" - homeless people in Jeremie.  I think we had some pictures and dialog in the March blogging.

When Gary and Don Kavanaugh returned in May, a meeting with the Bishop of Jeremie resulted in an offer of access to the third floor of a building that is part of the Sacred Heart College ... which is actually a group of several buildings for pre-school, elementary and high school enviornments.  Gary has been wanting to develop an advanced technical environment to prepare students for better job opportunities, so that was a surprise blessing!

Then in July, Gary, Don and I spent most of our energy in initial stages of preparing the third floor space ... actually 6 rooms that require electrical and network wiring.  Don and I did find a short time to meet with Deacon Jean-Rony of Catheral St Louis to reiterate the committment of the Cathedral of the Assumption to provide the repairs.  We found there was actually another project underway in the Rectory space that was delaying the work we hope to do.

So, now it's September!  And as we're leaving, Louisville is about to have a taste of fall weather and we're heading into the Caribean heat and high humidity.  Pray for the battery power to last all night so we can have fans to move the water laden air.
Travel to Haiti with Tek4Kids is inevitably preceded by planning meetings and suitcase packing parties ... well party ain't exactly the right image, more of a chaotic juggling of things into suitcases, with weighing every 10 minutes to make sure that each suitcase weighs just under 50 pounds!  Over 50 pounds gets really expensive with the airlines!  It's bad enough as it is ... $25 for the first checked bag, $40 for the second checked bag ... we generally travel with 2 checked bags per person .... plus our personal carry on bags and back packs.

On Friday, Gary and Cathy Boice, Rose Yumker and I are flying in to Jeremie.  Rose will be staying for several months teaching remedial English and French to students.

On Saturday, Yemi Sulaimon, Bob Glaser and Eric Hoffman will be flying in.  Yemi will be staying for a week to help set up the network teaching lab.  Eric will be staying for several months with Rose teaching French and English to several Tek4Kids staff personnel, writing teaching documentation and creating some video material..  Bob will be working with me to finish up a lot of the network wiring, cameras, network equipment.
Gary, Cathy, Bob and I will be staying for 2 weeks.

As I wrap this up, we've just had supper, hoping the city power comes on to charge the batteries.
To all a good night.