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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Monday - I think this is day #11!
Lot's of last minute clean up getting ready for the open house this evening.  Phillipe, the technical school director, has invited a lot of people along with 24 students who will begin classes on Thursday.  Clervil, the network teacher, and Elisabeth, the admin assistant, are in overdrive setting up a table of refreshments, greeting posters, balloons.
We knocked off early so we could go back to the house and relax a bit, get cleaned up, eat a late lunch/early supper.  Gary stopped by EDH to see if he could talk to someone about our power problems at the House .. more on that later!  Then back for the open house!
I must say it was interesting to see everyone showing up.  All of the Tek4Kids staff in Jeremie: Baba, Max (who brought his 7 year old daughter who is a doll), Francklyn (and his father) and all the teachers: Laura, Josselin, John Davidson, Roodmy, Shirley, Jean Marie, Patrick and Allenz.  Plus the Tech School staff of Phillipe, Clervil, Elisabeth and then Rose and Eric who will be teaching English for the next few months.  Others I knew included Fr Ernest and Fr Luxo from College St Louis, Fr Marc-Arthur - Pastor of Cathedral St Louis. Sr Macda from Bro Paulin School, Sr Helene from St Jean Bosco, Madam Clovita from St Therese Montessori, Patrick the hardware store owner, Benice the concrete contractor, the tile contractor.
The students seemed to have family with them, I think there may have been a town official or two as well.
Several speeches, introductions, lots of looking around at the rooms (refreshments in hand), projector showing live shots from the 3 cameras we had installed. Lots of people taking pictures of each other, several even had friends take a picture of them with me.

All in all a pretty good show!  Gary was happy!


By 7:30 or it was time to head home .. after dark.  Gary, Cathy, Rose and Bob piled into Elisabeth's SUV, Baba took Eric on his bike, Clervil had me on his bike.  First time for me to ride on the back of a bike at night .. a new experience.
Back to EDH.  Gary talked to a manager who seemed to understand our issues.  Net result ... when EDH power came on, the inverter stayed on .. it has not stayed on with city power for the past several weeks.  So we charged batteries (new big ones that were put in last week).

Tuesday
No generator last night .. pretty good sleep.  Came down for coffee, inverter doing it's job.  Power at the house good for a change ... a bit too soon to celebrate, but there is hope.
I met with Fr Marc-Arthur to make sure we were all in tune for working on the building where the poorest are fed.  All systems are go.  Doubt I'll see anything before we leave, but I'm confident things will begin to happen.
Classes at the Technical School begin tomorrow.  Today we were still trying to finish several projects.  Gary got in touch with the Kubota folks regarding the big generator.  With the heat we're in, they said we needed heavier oil ... 10W30 doesn't quite get it.  Oil got changed and things appear better.
When I took a break to get some fresher air, I looked down below ... kids is kids anywhere!  Can't quite see it but the girls are playing jump rope.  The boys in the distance are playing tag on a gravel pile.

By the time we came home about 4 we still had fans!  Big batteries and EDH/city power working makes a REALLY BIG Difference!
After supper we listened to a thunder storm for quite awhile. No rain!

Rose is trying to understand how Bob can be watching a movie on his cell phone!  NetFlix does wonders!