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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Not to complain, But today the 24th. Is my birthday so we start work at 7:15am. One good thing it is not as hot as it could be.

After a morning of mapping out projects Dave and I returned to St. Therese School, you never go to the same place only once in the same day. There are always reasons to go back and forth. Sort of like a home project thinking only one trip to Home Depot will do. I am always in awe as I watch Dave work on a project. He thinks everything through and always comes up with a solution and makes things happen. Having me there is a sort of Lenten penance for him.  (Dave adding ... most of the time, aside from needing multiple visits to the supply store, the solutions have to be rather creative ... not the right tool, broken drill bit, 2x4's that really are 2" x 4" that are too thick for many things we do.  And Jack's wry wit always brings my sweaty head back into perspective ... irrespective of Lenten penance for either of us!)

We have been here two days and have witnessed a second funeral. There is a procession through the city with hymns and the mourners following the casket. A touching site that brings the suffering to reality and really part of the community. Tomorrow the 25th. We are going to witness the feeding of the homeless community at St. Louis. Another witness of the two Cathedrals so far apart in distance and resources but striving to be disciples of Jesus.

It is almost dinner time and having primed myself with a couple bottles of Prestige it is time to bid good night and thank the Lord for a good birthday and having a very small part in the work of the Lord.

Peace. Jack