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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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.


Community Outreach

  • 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


Global Outreach

  • 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. 


Faithful Citizenship

  • 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. 


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