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 - click for details

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! April 4 - 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.

Archdiocese of Louisville Catholic Women's Conference, Saturday March 10 - Register by March 1. Click for details.

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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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.
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

: 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. 

bannerFr. Tony



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