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. 

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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 gkaissieh@cathedraloftheassumption.org. 

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 sanctum360.org 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 www.tek4kids.org


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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.
David