Cathedral News

Our Cathedral Parish Nurse E.A. Cole has been chosen as “2017 CHM Faith Community Nurse of the Year!” Norton Healthcare defines a Parish Nurse as a “registered professional nurse who is actively licensed in a given state and who serves as a member of the staff of a faith community. The faith community nurse promotes wholeness of the faith community, its groups, families, and individual members through the practice of nursing as defined by that state's nurse practice act in jurisdiction in which the faith community nurse practices.” E.A. was chosen from the many outstanding Parish Nurses from our local community to receive this award.  E.A.’s faith filled dedication to the Cathedral, it’s ministries and community outreach, especially to those whose circumstances prevent them from being able to attend the Cathedral is an amazing gift to us.Thank you E.A. for bringing this honor to our Cathedral Parish!

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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The words we say and hear at every Mass are about to change.  Mass will remain the same, but the sound will be different.  The Mass will still have the same parts, the same patterns and the same flow as its had for the past several decades.  The new translation pertains to the words we speak or sing at every Mass, and to the prayers that the priest recites alone from the Sacramentary.  Even the title of the Sacramentary will have a new translation: the Roman Missal.
The current translation has served us well since it helped us make the jump from hearing Mass in Latin to praying it in English.  It laid the foundation for worship upon which the Church is now building anew.  The new translation seeks to correspond much more closely to the exact words and sentence structure of the original Latin text which was crafted with a poetry of rhythm, structure and sentiment. The beauty of the language proclaimed the beauty of God.  The new vernacular of the Mass is striving for that kind of improvement.  After a reassessment of the original, the new Roman Missal is trying to make the translation better.  This revised translation will not affect the scripture readings, the Prayer of the Faithful, or your favorite hymns.  The new translation pertains to the words we speak or sing at every Mass, and to the prayers that the priest recites alone from the Sacramentary.  The guiding principle is to achieve a translation that better evokes what the Latin says.  Because that principle has been applied to the entire Missal, some changes are smaller than others.  Watch this bulletin space in the months ahead where we’ll help you understand the changes to the Order of Mass, as we prepare to welcome the new Roman Missal.

The Archdiocese of Louisville History Center in the Patterson Education Center currently has an exhibit of objects taken from the archeological dig that took place in the late 1980's in what is now the Cathedral Undercroft.  The exhibit was put together by Tim Tomes, Madonna Wilson, Cathy Bannon and Pat Sexton for the Cathedral’s booth at the recent Festival of Faiths.  Many of us had never seen these artifacts before.  After the Festival of Faiths, the exhibit was moved from the Henry Clay to the Patterson Center.  It will remain in place only through the month of January.  The History Center is normally open after the 9:30 am Sunday Mass until 2 pm.  We can also open the building for individuals or groups at other times, if we are given advance notice.  Some new components are being added to the History Center itself under contract with Michael and Patricia LaPaglia related to the history of the Cathedral itself.  (The LaPaglia’s did the original design on the History Center.)   The additions will include photographs and drawings that depict  changes in the Cathedral building over the years (displayed on the back of the curved wall) and an interactive video station. And, for the first time, the Bishop Flaget collection of rare books will be able to be viewed.  Also, Mother Catherine Spalding’s hearth, unearthed during the dig, will be displayed in the viewing window in St. Louis Hall.  The opening of the new section of the History Center will occur sometime in February, 2011.  No Cathedral parish funds are being used for these additional exhibits; the funding is coming from the bequest made to the History Center from the Estate of Fr. Jim Hendricks several years ago and it must be used for the purpose for which it was given.  We remain grateful for Fr. Hendrick’s thoughtfulness in preserving the precious history of our diocese and our Cathedral.
Have you been to the History Center recently?  Did you find it attractive and informative?  Do you have suggestions for its improvement?

A dialog with members of the tri-covenant parishes of the Cathedral of the Assumption, Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral and 4th Avenue Methodist was held on two successive Monday evenings to reflect on the contemporary issues that have led to some internal disagreement within our respective traditions as well as tension among our three parishes.  At the first Monday evening meeting, participants identified the following two issues to be addressed at the second meeting: Sexual Orientation in the Life of the Church and Requirements/Obstacles to Ordination in the Methodist, Episcopalian and Roman Catholic traditions.  At our October 11th meeting, a minister from each of the parishes explained his/her own church=s policy on these issues and then we entered into a discussion of how these issues unite and/or divide us from each other.  The discussion itself was spirited andinspiring.  We left with, I felt, a greater appreciation for the seriousness with which each person individually, as well as our respective church communities, are trying to deal with these difficult and sometimes very emotional issues.  I felt also that we left with a greater compassion and understanding for each other, since we all struggle, in some way, with similar concerns.  Some conclusions were reached by each of the table groups and placed on newsprint.  Look for these conclusions in this space in a week or so.

 In the meantime, do you have any comment on the tensions you experience in the Roman Catholic Church on these two issues?

In last week's blog, I introduced the questions discussed in the recent dialog held among members of the Cathedral of the Assumption, Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral and 4thAvenue Methodist.  Following are the conclusions reached by those in the dialog, with regard to the question, "What do we want to take forward from this dialog as a Tri-covenant?"  The two major questions we discussed were  "Sexual Orientation in the Life of the Church" and "Requirements for Ordination to Ministry."

Our intra‑church struggles mirror those we experience in the tri-covenant; we seem to be in this together.

We accept our differences and pledge to learn from each other and continue to work together.

It is an "evangelical witness" to stay with those with whom we disagree.

We go forth in a respectful tolerance to remain in community, even when not in full communion.

We cannot write doctrine for each other's churches nor for our own.

Homosexuality and ordination issues are not the only ones facing our churches.  One hundred years from now these will likely not be issues.

The annual Christmas concert is an important statement of our commitments to each other; efforts should be made to re-instate it for Christmas, 2011.

The pastors set the tone and set the pace for our dialogs.

 We welcome comments on the conclusions reached by this very sensitive and perceptive group of parishioners from the three parishes.