February 9, 2024 Weekly News

Praying Lent

Lent is coming, so let's spend a little time preparing for a deeper, more invigorating prayer life. Deacon Chris will touch on various forms of prayer and meditation that may help us look with fresh eyes at our regular prayer practices. Even those ancient prayer forms that have come down through the centuries can be alive and new as we adapt them to our present day situations.

 Sunday, February 11, after 9:30 Mass

Cathedral Undercroft

Coffee and donuts will be served.

Ash Wednesday, February 14

Confession at 11 am

Masses at 12 Noon and 5:30 pm

The choices are endless (well, 3 actually).

  • Come eat chili and have a good time.
  • Come taste test and vote for your favorite chili, eat, have a good time.
  • Enter your chili in the cookoff, eat, and have a good time.


The Extremely Official Rules for Chili Entry

  • Let us know by Wednesday, February 21 if you will be entering this hotly contested competition. 
  • Entry amount—1 gallon or more, preferably in crock pot; bring your own ladle.
  • Drop off in Undercroft before 5:30 Mass.
  • The winner’s recipe, unless it is top secret, will be published in the following week’s bulletin and newsletter. The winner’s recipe will be the “house chili” for the next Cathedral Chili Cook-off.  


Suggested donation: $5/person


If you plan to attend, please let us know by February 21:

administrator@cathedraloftheassumption.org or 502-582-2971. 


In addition to the competing chilis, our Cathedral Parish Life Team will offer a beef chili and a vegetarian chili, cornbread, as well as all the fixings folks may wish to add to any of the chilis being served that night! As delicious as our chili may be, it will not be part of the competition.   

The Cathedral Catholic

Book Club

The book club meets in the Formation Room each month to discuss fiction and non-fiction books related to Catholicism. 

For our meeting on February 12th at 7pm: Charming Billy by Alice McDermott; available in paperback, ebook, and audio formats.

DeSales Hosting Men's Retreat

DeSales invites the community to join us for the sixth annual Men's Retreat on Saturday, February 17, as we reconnect with God, our faith, our brother alumni and our community.  Doors open at 8 am and the retreat will begin at 9am and will conclude at 3 pm.

The retreat, "A Deep Dive into the Gospel of Mark", will be led by Deacon Stephen Bowling and will include small-group discussion. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered to any attendee who wishes to receive it. The retreat will conclude by celebrating Mass. 


A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. The cost is $15 to attend. 

The event will be held at DeSales High School, 425 W. Kenwood Drive. Please call Brian Reilly at 502-883-2436 to RSVP.  

Mass for Those Grieving the Loss of a Loved One to Suicide

The Family Ministries Office is offering a special Mass for those who have passed away due to suicide and those who grieve for them.


The Mass will be held at 7 pm on Monday, February 19, at St. Francis of Assisi Church located 1960 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40205.


Archbishop Shelton will be the celebrant with Father Jonathan Erdman as the homilist.


The Mass is open to everyone and all clergy are invited to vest and attend. (The vestment color will be white.)


For more information, contact Deacon Stephen Bowling at the Office of Family and Life Ministries at 502- 471-2127.

A Lenten Visit to Merton’s Gethsemani

with Mark Meade

Nazareth Retreat Center

Choose from two sessions:

March 11-13 (Mon-Wed) or March 13-15 (Wed-Fri)

Thomas Merton expressed himself in poetry throughout his time at Gethsemani Abbey and his vocation as a writer and a monk from his earliest published book to one of his last unfinished projects. Sometimes his poetry extolled the contemplative life, but often he used the tools of poetry and contemplation to reflect on the divine and on nature, while at times expressing thoughts on the modern world and its troubles. Mark Meade will provide retreatants a sampling of the many diverse styles of Merton’s poetry, provide their context in Merton’s life and the world of his time, and open a space to listen and meditate on Merton’s words. Retreatants will have the rare opportunity to visit Merton’s hermitage at Gethsemani and hear poetry read by Br. Paul Quenon, OCSO, himself a poet, photographer, and a former novice of Merton’s. There will be ample time to spend in the natural beauty of the Nazareth Retreat Center and the grounds of Gethsemani Abbey and opportunities to pray with the monks of Gethsemani during the Liturgy of the Hours.

Cathedral parishioner Mark C. Meade is the assistant director of the Thomas Merton Center in Louisville and is a past president of the International Thomas Merton Society. In over 20 years at the Center, he has given tours to thousands of guests and presented internationally on Thomas Merton.


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