Cathedral News

Thomas Merton’s Lenten Prayer of the Desert
Cathedral Undercroft
Sunday, March 4, after 9:30 am Mass
Presented by parishioner Mark Meade.
Mr. Meade is the Assistant Director of the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University, the current President of the International Thomas Merton Society.  Coffee and donuts will be served.   

The Sacred Rite of Fasting in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Sunday, March 18, 3:30-5 pm
Cathedral Undercroft—Free and Open to Public

Interfaith devotional program organized by The Salaam Network in coordination with The Cathedral of the Assumption. Jewish, Christian and Islamic religious scholars share their perspective on fasting in their respective traditions. Music and chanting from the three Abrahamic religions bring to life the spiritual message of fasting.

Cathedral Golden Stars

On March 14, the Golden Stars will have an early St. Patrick’s Day lunch at 12 Noon at the Molly Malones located at 3900 Shelbyville Road, 40207, in St. Matthews.  Please wear your favorite green and come help us toast to St. Paddy’s Day.  Please contact Brenda McWaters at 502-641-1575 or

Don’t Sit Home in April!! Please join us for  an all you can eat dinner and an Award nominated play. It’s MAMA MIA! Doors open at 6 pm and the play starts at 7:45 pm. Derby Dinner Playhouse is located on 525 Marriott Dr. in Clarksville Indiana.  Please contact Brenda McWaters at 502-641-1575 or and please sign up by March 14. If we have 20 to sign up the group rate is $39 per person. If any of you attended our last event there, Sister Act, the play was great and the food was delicious. Please join us for another fun evening!

Cathedral Choir Dinner and Entertainment Fundraiser

The Cathedral of the Assumption Choir is pleased to present The Gospel According to Mark on Saturday, March 10, 2018, after the 5:30 Mass at the Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 South Fifth Street.  The show features Derby Dinner Playhouse veteran J.R. Stuart in a solo performance as Mark Twain during two different time periods in Mr. Twain’s life.  Recommended for ages 13 and over, this evening of laughter and social commentary has been delighting audiences for decades. There is a $30 suggested donation for the dinner and show and a $20 suggested donation for the show only. All proceeds will go towards the Cathedral Choir’s trip to Washington DC this summer. Make your RSVP today!  Contact 502.439.5151. Also included is a musical preshow by choir members Rick and Shaune Rebilas and Greg and Natalie Wood with Dr. Philip Brisson.


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.   

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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Volunteers from the parish work as catechists, teaching Religious Education

classes and being role models for our young parishioners. All catechists are

required to attend Safe Environment Training, provided by the Archdiocese of

Louisville, and are encouraged to become certified by the Archdiocese as

well.  Many of our catechists have earned certification as Associate, Advanced,

or Master Catechist.

Resources for Catechists

Safe Environment Training Schedule

Archdiocese of Louisville Ministry Institute

Teaching Guides

Lesson Plan Guide

Pflaum Family Pages

Catechist Magazine

Proclaiming Faith

 Our Catechists



Sierra Altenstadter

Sierra is a parishioner at St. John Paul II Parish

Sierra is the art teacher for Religious Education

She is a senior at the University of Louisville where she is majoring in English and Religious Studies

She also has her Associate Catechist and Youth Ministry Certificate

She likes our Religious Education program because she has been looking for a way to get experience in youth ministry.  She sees the opportunity of being the art teacher as a great stepping stone on her way to expanding her experience in her ministry.









Emily has been at the Cathedral since 2013

She is teaching second grade and preparing the children for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion

She lives in Louisville with her husband and 2 boys, Boss and Henry. She went to the University of Kentucky and works in marketing.

She like our Religious Education program because she absolutely loves the Cathedral of the Assumption.  It fills her up each week to attend Mass and then to spend an hour with our kids. She appreciates the opportunity to watch our kids grow and learn from weekly messages.




Patricia has been at the Cathedral almost 24 years, minus the 2 1/2 years that she lived in Mexico.

She teaches 1st grade and assist on whatever George asks me to help. Have been teaching religious education for almost 14 years. She also led and was assistant leader for Children's church for several years

She has two 2 children, one graduated college and is going back to school for graduate education, and a senior in High School. I have been stayed home mom/volunteer for a long time. My husband and I are back to school, pursuing masters on public health and advanced oncology. We both are physicians.

She likes to participate on the Religious Education Program at the Cathedral because she can share with the children her love for our faith, and many of the things she has learned through teaching. Being a catechist has allowed her to learn from the children too.

At the beginning, she answered yes to the ministry in order to learn to be able to teach my own children, but with the time and through the years she feels that she is the one that has learned the most. The need to teach and share has pushed her to deepen her own faith and knowledge. For as many years as I have been a religious education teacher I have been a participant of Bible studies, religious classes or courses and whatever opportunity that comes her way.




Joan has been at the Cathedral since 1993

She is the Youth Minister, ministering to the high school students (Freshman – Seniors) that attend the Cathedral

She is married to Scott Huber and has four grown children, Michael, Cassandra, Nathaniel and James.  She graduated from Spalding University in 1990 with a BA in Mathematics.  She as been at UPS for 27 years, 24 in management.  She has her Masters of Theology in Pastoral Studies with an emphasis in youth ministry from Loyola University, New Orleans and has her Master Catechist Certificate.

She likes our Religious Education program because she likes that the youth group is a combination of not only social activities, but also continuing to learn about their faith.  Learning about one’s faith does not stop after Confirmation.





Scott has been at the Cathedral since 1988

He is teaching fifth and sixth grades

Scott is married to Joan Huber and has four grown children, Michael, Cassandra, Nathaniel and James.   He graduated from the University of Louisville in 1997 with a BS in Engineering Computer and Mathematics. Scott works at FedEx, and has been there for 10 years.  He also has his Associate Catechist Certificate.

He likes our Religious Education program because he enjoys helping the kids to continue on their journey in becoming more knowledgeable in their faith.



 Anne has been at the Cathedral since 2013

She is teaching the 4th grade

She is retired since June 2017 after 30 years in the hospitality industry in hotel convention sales. She is also a licensed Funeral Director.  She is the Grandmother to 5 grand-daughters, 3 children.  She enjoys volunteering, hiking, walking, yoga, music, concerts, and meditation. 

The Religious Education program at the Cathedral has been so wonderful for my now 14-year-old granddaughter that when asked if she would teach the 4th grader this year, I had to give back and say yes!




Rebecca has been at the Cathedral since 1988

She has worked at JFK Montessori for 9 years

She is teaching pre-K and Kindergarten for 7 years

She has one daughter who is 9 years old and participates in the Religious Education program

Rebecca likes our Religious Education program because she enjoys getting to know the children in our parish



Kathy Taylor has been at the Cathedral since 1988

She is teaching third grade

Kathy graduated from the University of Louisville in 1978.  She completed her Master Catechist Certificate in 2015

She is retired from the Jefferson District Court Probate Division after 27 years of service

She has two children, Rebecca and Douglas, and one granddaughter

She likes our Religious Education program because she likes to share with the children how Jesus wants them to grow in their knowledge of our faith.  They are few in number, but big in their desire to grow along their own faith journeys.  She said yes to being a Catechist because she believes she grows in her own faith along with the third graders to whom she ministers.