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. 

pet

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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Cathedral St. LouisThe Cathedral of the Assumption and St. Louis parish in Jèrèmie, Haiti, formed a sister parish relationship in November of 2000 through the Parish Twinning Program of the Americas.  The goal of a sister parish relationship is to share the gifts and talents among the members of the two communities while also learning about each other’s cultures and spirituality.  Catholic Social Teaching calls us to live in solidarity with others, and part of the way we live out this principle is to form relationships with our sisters and brothers in Haiti.  The Sister Parish Committee is responsible for maintaining awareness and for keeping the communication flowing between the Cathedral of the Assumption and St. Louis parish.

 

 

A clean water project at Ecole St. Therese was completed in 2011.  Click here for a slide show presentation of the February 2011 event.

The following links provide more information about Haiti and about our sister parish: 
Facts about Haiti 
Facts about St. Louis Cathedral and Jèrèmie 
Map of Haiti

Part of our twinning relationship involves visiting one another and forming relationships based in our common Catholic heritage.  In August 2008, Fr. Tony Leolien, pastor of St. Louis, visited the Cathedral of the Assumption.  In March 2009, four travelers visited Jèrèmie.

In June of 2014, Fr Marc-Arthur Emile was named pastor of St Louis.  Jack Lydon and David Puckett met with Fr Marc-Arthur in March 2015.

Fourth Grade First Communion Class at St Therese, January 2015

First Communion

 

In the fall of 2014, additional donations to Cathedral Haiti funds were targeted to enable St Louis to begin feeding homeless people three days per week. 

Below is a picture of the small building in which people are fed as well as feeding in progress.  Hardly the Sandefur Dining Hall, but the end result is not much different.   In March 2015, Jack Lydon and David Puckett met with Fr Marc-Arthur to discuss a project to work with local people to provide minor concrete repair and painting of the building they are using. 

Homeless Feeding Bldg   

 

Click here for more about the Homeless Bldg.

Currently we support St. Louis parish in Jèrèmie in the following ways:

 

 

Pew Project: We have raised enough funds to replace the church’s 143 old, termite-ridden pews with new, locally made pews.

 

 

 




St. Therese School

 

École St. Theresè: St. Louis parish runs a Montessori school for 345 children from age 3 to 5th grade.  The Cathedral of the Assumption provides funds for the schoolchildren and staff to receive a nutritious, filling lunch every school day.  During our March 2009 visit, we also brought donated school supplies and hygiene products for the school children.   On subsequent trips in 2012, 2013 and 2014, parishioners have donated school supplies and soccer balls.





St. Therese Students


Cafeteria and classroom at St. Therese





Car
: Along with a German organization, we have provided funds for a parish car

Laptop: A laptop computer was donated to St. Louis parish by a Cathedral of the Assumption parishioner

Future project possibilities include

  • Solar panel/electricity projects
  • Water purification systems
  • Collaboration with parish artisans
  • A sound system for the church
  • Technology for the rectory (printer, copier, etc.)
  • Pews and possible renovation for a school at Holy Family Chapel

If you would like to be part of any of these projects, please consider joining the Sister Parish Committee.  Monetary donations can be mailed to the Cathedral of the assumption.  For parishioners who receive monthly envelopes, a green envelope for Haiti projects is provided.  For parishioners who contribute through automatic withdrawal, contact the Cathedral Business Manager to include Haiti in your contribution.

  Medical MissionHaiti Medical Team


 









 

Cathedral parishioners in Jeremie                                                             Haiti on a medical mission, November 2007. 

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Banner in St. Louis Cathedral Pastor                                                      Fr. Tony Leolien & school children

Battery ProjectSarah and students

Installing batteries to store power for the church                                  Our own Sarah and St. Therese students