Do not fear this sickness of your uncle or any other sickness, nor anything that is sharp or hurtful. Am I not here, I, who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the source of your joy? Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms? Do you need anything more? Let nothing else worry you, disturb you.
~Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego
Perhaps the words of Our Lady of Guadalupe to Saint Juan Diego serve as great encouragement to us as well. I am delighted that the Cathedral will serve as home for the sacred, blessed image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Please take time to stand or kneel before her and ask for her intercession and protection. There is also included below the history of Our Lady of Guadalupe. I hope you find the story helpful and hopeful.
The great Saint Pope John Paul II called the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe — “the Marian heart of America.” The Church in this country — and every one of us — has the responsibility to continue the task that the Virgin gave to Saint Juan Diego. To “build a shrine” with our lives. To build a society that glorifies God and is worthy of the dignity of the human person. I have always found it profound that Our Lady appeared to a poor young man and not someone of nobility or stature. Whatever our poverty is – physical or spiritual – she seeks us out first. What Our Lady said to Saint Juan Diego, she now imparts to us: “You are my ambassador, most worthy of my trust.”
God bless you and may Our Lady of Guadalupe find a home in our Cathedral and in our hearts.
As the new year begins, so does our Cathedral Stewardship year. There will be some familiar elements to accompany the roll-out of the year: mailing of a stewardship letter and form; hearing from committed parishioners at Masses on the January 23/24 weekend; a special stewardship message from Fr. Linebach on January 30/31; and Commitment Sunday the weekend of February 13/14.
What’s new? There will be one question we will all be asked to discern on the stewardship form. Living through the pandemic, we have had to rethink so many ordinary parts of our lives, and each of us probably has a real sense of what is essential to build upon. Let us know what is on your heart, your vision, for our parish as we go forward.
Please, join us from the comfort of your own home to discuss Robin Diangelo’s best-selling book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. According to Wikipedia, this book “discusses many different aspects and manifestations of white fragility that Diangelo encountered in her work as a diversity and inclusion training facilitator.” Father John Judie and Susan Sherman, from St. Margaret Mary, will facilitate this study via Zoom. Participants can join by phone or computer on Monday evenings, 7pm- 8:30pm: February 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8.
To ask questions or register, contact Joan Huber, email@example.com, 502-409-2495. Register by January 15.
The book can be purchased on Amazon. For those who do not purchase online, the Cathedral plans to have some copies available for purchase in our office for $10 each. The office is open 9-4, M-F. Call first to make sure books are in stock: 502-582-2971.
January 18 Celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
36th Annual Celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – The Archdiocese of Louisville’s Office of Multicultural Ministry and its African American Catholic Ministries will host its annual Community Wide Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 18, 2021, at 10am, at the Cathedral. The theme is “It’s Time to Repair.” Join Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D., the Archdiocesan Gospel Choir and others for a service of prayer and praise honoring Dr. King and all that he fought for. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, in-person attendance is limited. The event will be live-streamed on the Cathedral youtube channel. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Ministry at (502)471-2146.
We continue to correspond with our sister parish in Jérémie, Haiti. Below is the latest response to a recent e-mail. It appears they are going with much the same things as we are. Our Cathedral continues to help them with expenses for school lunches – for many of the students, the only meal they may have that day. Please keep them in your prayers.
~Jack Lydon, Sister Parish Committee
Hello Jack Lydon,
I am happy to hear from you and from the Cathedral of the Assumption. I give thanks to God who protected you from Covid-19.
In the parish of Saint Louis Cathedral in Jérémie, the number of victims of Covid-19 is not high compared to other places in the world. The resumption of religious services with assemblies is possible since July 12, 2020. However, barrier measures remain compulsory for parishioners and clergy. As at home, wearing masks is essential to access religious services in Saint Louis Cathedral of Jérémie.
Schools have been operating normally in Jérémie since August 10, 2020. The pupils of the Sainte Thérèse school are currently taking the exams which were interrupted in March 2020. They will soon have the results of the exams for the 2019-2020 school year. The 2020-2021 school year will start without interruption with the previous school year.
I welcome your new parish priest, Father Martin Linebach, Vicar General of the Archdiocese. May the Virgin Our Lady of the Assumption keep him under her maternal mantle and accompany him in his ministry to the parishioners of the Cathedral of the Assumption!
Hurricane Laura didn’t damage Jérémie. We were protected this time. We give thanks to God.
The Saint Louis Cathedral of Jérémie remains united with the sister church, the Cathedral of the Assumption by prayer and thought.