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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It's now Friday night in Jeremie!  Hard to say TGIF!
Jack and I met with Fr Marc-Arthur Emile of Cathedral St Louis on Wednesday morning.  We are trying to find a way to rehab the building in which they feed street people 3 days each week.  He has several projects, most all of which require lots of money!

Fr Mar Arthur
Jack has had email correspondence with Fr since last fall and it was good to meet him and talk ... with an interpreter of course.
Passion\Palm Sunday will be a new experience ... Mass begins at 7:00 AM at St Therese Montessori.  We will process from there to the cathedral with palms.  Mass here is typically 2+ hours ... this may well be 4-5 hours.

Today we were at St Therese preparing things for the computer classroom.  The German group that added the second floor classrooms  did a fine job.

The computer class room has a light open feel to it.  The kids were out of school today, but from the singing we heard they must have been practicing for Sunday.  And then Fr Marc-Arthur popped in to say Hi.  He seems reserved but very interested in things going on.

Typically while we are here power is an issue.  So far this week power has been good ... that means fans run all night!  But then we've had water issues.  Seems like there is a running toilet ... maybe even two.  Wednesday and Friday we came in to find no water for showers!  We think there are 2 toilets that are culprits.  Needless to say, we will be checking closely after each flush!  When the tanks on the roof are dry, we have to fire up the generator to pump water from a well to the tanks on the roof.  Gary and I have been doing some creative repair work!  Hope it holds!  Had to send for diesel fuel the first time.  When we've been out sweating all day and then climb the hill coming back to the house ... a cool shower is the quickest way to get right!  Although a sort of cold bottle of Prestige is always good after work, a cool shower before the beer is much better!

We've been working with some teachers to help with their technical matters, conducting site surveys at the various schools where Tek4Kids has water treatment, battery & inverter equipment and computer classrooms, along with the prep work for the computer room at St Therese.

Last night, Bob Glaser was dead set on watching the UK game via the Internet.  Things didn't work out and Bob thinks there may have been a conspiracy on the part of an unnamed UofL supporter who is involved with providing the network access.  Tonight we are getting the scores of the UofL game like last night ... so Bob is a bit less suspicious!  Looks like UK and UofL are both in the Elite Eight!

I hope to add some pictures later, my eyes are tired and getting this much done is about all I can do tonight.

Peace to all, David