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  • Pastor's Corner

       Welcome to the
    Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral!

    We were the first (Proto) Cathedral, in the United States of America, west of the Allegheny Mountains.  As the heart of the Diocese of Bardstown, we served ten states. 

    St. Joseph's was built to welcome pioneers and to serve their spiritual, physical and intellectual needs, as well as, all who followed them.

    We invite you to visit and join us at Mass.  Your prayers will strengthen us! We would also like to invite you to share your prayer requests. 

    Please introduce yourself at Mass, so we can meet in person. 
    Our Mission is to embody Christ who never ceases to unite to God all who come to Him. 

    Fr. Terry Bradshaw

  • Catholic Appeal Service 2019

  • Light a candle....
    Offer a prayer....

    It is said: “Better to light a candle than curse the darkness.”
    The church has proclaimed The Risen Christ to be a light shining through the darkness.
    There is an ancient tradition of lighting a candle when offering a votive (gift to God). It is a concrete way of thanking God for His blessings, even as we petition His grace for current needs.

    Also, the lighting of a candle can initiate a prayer that continues to keep vigil for us, in church, when we must move on.

    Whether it is a votive candle in thanksgiving or a vigil light, both sacramentals assist us in our prayer, give witness to those who see the light, and bring that “light” to shine on those in need through our charitable donation (the votive offering).

    The renewal of our candle stand makes each light more visible, by way of the marble riser.  It inspires us to light a candle and offer a prayer through the message etched in the metal, as well as, protecting the church from fire and smoke damage.

    Proceeds from the offerings will go to our charitable outreach; to those in need. What better way to thank God and witness His light in our world?
    Blessings, Fr. Terry 

  • My name is Phil Fortwengler, Sr. and while being a pipefitter by trade for over 47 years the black metal from the earth has become a big part of my life. This metal has encouraged me with then desire to incorporate it into my spiritual journey.
    It is an honor for me now to have a cross here at the St. Joseph Proto Cathedral.

    ~The intent while making this cross was to bring the viewer into the relationship with the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus as well as the presence that it brings to Our Most Blessed Sacrament.
    The cross is made of mild steel that has been heated in a forge and distressed by a power hammer to mimic the old rugged cross. The crown of thorns symbolize the pain and suffering that Jesus endured while on the road to Calvary. The blood drops, made of blown glass by a friend, continue to flow from the removed nails to remind us of the very last drop of blood that Jesus shed for our sins. The blood that flows into the chalice is the same blood that is present to us at every celebration of the Mass. 
    And of course, the blown glass in the center brings us to the sun and the joy of our risen 
    Christ on Easter morning.


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  • Blue Christmas Mass

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  • Montessori Holiday Raffle 

  • GAME NIGHT - Jan. 3