The Cathedral of the Assumption embraces its unique role as a diverse urban parish and takes seriously the Gospel call to “do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God” (Micah 3:6). We have a rich and active Social Concerns Ministry that supports a variety of events and programs based on the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.
- Daily Lunch Program - Our Lunch program averages over 150 lunch guests per day, with over 330 volunteers making that possible throughout the year. Lunch is served daily 365 days/year. Please go to the Lunch Program web page.
- Housing Initiatives - There are opportunities throughout the year for interested volunteers to participate in group projects such as Repair Affair, Habitat for Humanity, and Project Warm.
- Special Collections – The Cathedral community responds to specific community needs that arise throughout the year. Examples of collections include: our annual hats and gloves collection on Thanksgiving for our daily lunch guests, needed baby items for Opportunities for Life and The Little Way Center, school supplies for Nativity Academy and for students of our Sister Parish in Haiti, Christmas gifts for Nativity Academy families, etc. Social Concerns members coordinate these collections.
- State ID Voucher Program – Twice each month, Deacon Tom McNally and trained volunteers meet with clients to ensure they have necessary documentation and provide vouchers for clients to receive a state ID. This id is necessary for those on the streets to be admitted to a shelter, to apply for a job, and to be eligible for other needed social services. It is often the first step on the road to becoming self-sufficient.
- Crisis Intervention Program - In the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul, members reach out to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual support to those in need. Duties include making home visits to persons needing assistance in order to evaluate their needs. Teams of two trained volunteers conduct home visits. Members counsel and advise individuals in need.
- Organizations we support: (has its own web page)
St. John’s Day Center
Central Louisville Community Ministries
Nativity Academy at St. Boniface
House of Ruth
- Sister Parish Committee - The Cathedral of the Assumption and Cathedrale St. Louis Parish in Jeremie, Haiti began a sister parish relationship in November of 2000. The main focus of our sister parish relationship is the exchange of each other’s gifts, talents, and spirituality. The Sister Parish Committee is actively responsible for maintaining high level of communication between the two parishes; working closely with the priest and parishioners of St. Louis to create awareness and identify issues of the Haitian people, support the St. Therese Montessori School lunch program, and help provide clean water, electricity, and health/hygiene training there.
The Jeremie area was devastated in the Fall of 2016 from Hurricane Matthew and recovery will be ongoing. Please click here for related stories.
- Legislative & Public Affairs - Responding to our call to be faithful citizens, we learn about and develop action plans regarding issues of social justice. We work with local, state, and national public officials and educate the parish and public about community issues. We work with Catholic Charities and the Catholic Conference of Kentucky to publicly advocate for issues linked to Catholic Social Teaching.
- Respect Life - The “seamless garment is a metaphor for a consistent ethic of life, one which stands for the protection of the right to life and for the promotion of all the rights which enhance life, from the womb to the tomb.” These words, from the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin (1983), reflect our approach to life issues. We strive to respect all life from womb to tomb by adopting a consistently compassionate manner toward all persons who struggle with life issues and decisions.