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The ACTS House

Through November


The local organization called ACTS prevents homelessness before it can

take hold.  ACTS is a channel of compassion and generosity of individuals

and faith communities across Greater Richmond that offers help and hope

to people and families at risk of becoming homeless.  ACTS provides

assistance and other support that makes it possible for those in crises to

stay in their homes.  Area Congregations Together in Service (ACTS) is

an interfaith mission.  The “ACTS House” is a wooden house that can be

taken to any location.  The purpose of this house is to help collect items

for clients they would not be able to buy with food stamps.  The ACTS House

will be at our parish for the month of November...a season of giving thanks.  Our children in the Sunday Faith Formation classes will be learning about reaching out to our community by helping the parish fill the ACTS House with needed items.


PLEASE DONATE THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ...LET’S FILL THE HOUSE TO HELP THOSE IN NEED:   toilet paper, laundry detergent, soap, diapers, cleaning products and toiletries.


InLight Richmond – Community Event

Friday, November 21, 2014  |  7:00 pm until midnight

Contact: Francis Thompson  |


InLight Richmond is a FREE annual exhibition of light-based art and performances. Cathedral has been chosen to be one of the signature spots for this Exhibition.  The church will be aglow with candlelight.   Visitors can light a candle; listen to soft music and tour Cathedral.   InLight 2014 will feature 20 art installations – two of them at Cathedral.  Performances, sculpture, video projections, and interactive projects will illuminate pathways, sidewalks, green spaces, trees, benches, building facades and more in and around Monroe Park.  The Community Lantern Parade kicks off InLight Richmond at 7:30 pm.  For parade details, a schedule of FREE workshops and instructions for making lanterns, please visit   All are welcome.


Highland Park Residents Thanksgiving Dinner Food Drive

November 17-23  |  Contact:  Dale Fickett  |


A group of residents in Highland Park are collecting donations and hosting a Thanksgiving dinner. Items needed are canned yams, greens, boxes of stuffing, and chicken or turkey.  Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.


November 23 |  10:00 am  |  Parish Office Dining Room


The last session will be held on November 23 in the Parish Office.  Mark your calendar for the next session of “Reflections” beginning February 8.  The book for the next session is titled Radical Hospitality.


Advent Bible Study with Monsignor Golden

Fridays, Nov. 21, Dec. 5, 12, 19 |  10:30 am-12:00 pm


Plans for this Advent Bible study are to read and discuss the Little Rock Scripture Study, “The Infancy Narratives of Jesus.” Come spend Friday mornings with the Bible and Monsignor! Everyone is welcomed!

Advent Bible Study

Wednesdays, December 3, 10, 17  |  7:00 pm


Advent is an exciting season as the Church prepares for the coming of Jesus Christ.   Advent Bible Study will be offered on the following dates:  December 3, 10, 17.  The time will be 7:00 pm in the Parish Office.  The facilitators will be Deacon Chris Malone and Deacon Charles Williams. Prepare your hearts during this holy season.

“Prayer and Spirituality”... Adult Faith Formation

Questions:  Maria Thorsen  |

10:05 - 10:55 am  |  Parish Office dining room


“These things I have spoken unto you, that my joy might remain

in you, and that your joy may be complete”  John 15:11


”This Adult Faith Formation opportunity will help you to become closer

to God through prayer.


“Were not our hearts burning, within us, while he spoke to us on

the way and opened the Scriptures to us”?    Luke 24:32


Catholics can mature their faith in many ways, prayer is vital to our

deep commitment to Jesus.  You are invited to come and pray and

reflect on the Scriptures. Prayer has a transforming power of grace.

 This group will meet on the following Sundays in the Parish Office from

10:05-10:55:  Nov 10; Dec 14; Jan 18; Feb 15; March 15; April 20; May 17; June 19.

You are invited to any (or all) of this dates.  Facilitator will be: Bill Fox


Middle & High School Youth Groups & Youth Confirmation

Info: Elizabeth Riegler  |

Click here for Registration form


Middle and High School Youth Groups began meeting on Sunday, September 21, but you can still join.  Middle school meets at 3:30 pm, and High School meets at 6:00 pm. Both groups will meet in the Campus Ministry Lounge. If you wish to participate, please attend the meeting for your group.  Registration forms are available in the Parish Offices or online.   Youth Confirmation Meeting (10th grade) is set for Sunday, October 26, 5:00 pm. For further information, contact Elizabeth Riegler.

“Groceries for the Cart”

Third Sunday of each month  |  November 16

Contact: Mike DeNoia |  355-2096  |


Many in our city won't have a Thanksgiving Dinner like the rest of us. Many in our city experience real hunger every day.  Sadly, too many are children. “Groceries for the cart” is part of the Cathedrals’ answer to this problem. Thanks to Martins at the Village shopping center and its manager Robbie Mansini, we have a grocery cart in the back of the church. What we ask of you is what Christ asks, feed the hungry. The third Sunday of every month is Groceries for the cart Sunday. Please bring you nonperishable food items to the back of the church and drop it in the grocery cart. If the cart is full (great problem to have) just place it around the cart. We will deliver all food items to Catholic Charities Food Bank.  As always, thanks for all you do. If you have any questions or comment please contact Mike DeNoia



The third Sunday of every month is Groceries for the Cart Sunday. Pick up a bag from the cart with a suggested list of groceries. Then bring the nonperishable food items to the back of the church and drop it in the grocery cart. We will deliver all food items to Catholic Charities Food Bank.

As always, thanks for all you do.


The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults


Click here for RCIA Registration Form


RCIA .... The Rite of Initiation of Adults is a program for those

who have been Baptized in another Christian tradition; or those

who have not been Baptized, to become a member of the Catholic

Church. The RCIA is a process of discerning and ritualizing the stages of gradual conversion. After hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, the members of RCIA consciously and freely seek the living God and enters the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. By God's help members of RCIA will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time will receive the Sacraments fruitfully. If you would like to inquire about the Catholic Church and the RCIA program at The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, please contact Maria Thorsen at



RCIA Sponsors Needed


The RCIA needs Sponsors for members in the RCIA program this year. A sponsor accompanies a member of RCIA on their spiritual journey and offers support and becomes a trusted friend in sharing your faith. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Maria Thorsen at


RCIA Meal Ministry


If you would like to provide a dinner for the RCIA group that meets every Tuesday night from 6-8:00 pm,  please contact Maria Thorsen at

Breaking Bread Program

Contact: Will Beebe  |   804.658.7288  |


Please join us to help The Daily Planet’s Breaking Bread program in preparation and serving of a hot, nutritious supper to the patients staying at their Medical Respite Program. Those twenty or so guests using the program are there to recover after being released from the hospital due to medical illness or injury. The Cathedral will prepare and serve one supper per month every third Wednesday, beginning Oct. 15.


Interested in Joining Our Choir?


Are you interested in singing in one of the Cathedral’s Choirs from September 2014 – Early June 2015? All of our choirs have openings. To learn more about them, click here.


A Prayer for Evangelization



we give You thanks for the gift of Your Son, Jesus.

We thank You for the unity we find in Him.

We ask You to send Your Holy Spirit upon us

     ...that we might boldly proclaim Your love

     ...that we might courageously speak Your truth

     ...that we might humbly live as Jesus did,

ever faithful to You, ever joyful in Your service, ever

hopeful that Your Kingdom will burst forth in this moment.


Send us valiantly forth with the Good News that in this place, in this parish, Jesus is alive, welcoming the lost and leading us all to lives of merciful compassion!


We ask this through Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit as one God, forever and ever. Amen


Encounter the Joy!


“Encounter the Joy of the Gospel and Set the World Ablaze” is the Diocese of Richmond's five-year pastoral plan for evangelization, anchored in Jesus’ joyful message.


Read more.


Scripture Study Group

Tuesdays at 12:30 pm

Mike Jackman | | 804-338-3100


The Tuesday afternoon Scripture Study group is planning to discuss Pope Francis’ profound teaching, “The Joy of the Gospel: Evangelii Gaudium”.  We will read Francis’ words prior to each session and discuss what they mean to each of us, to our faith community, and to our relationships to world around us. We meet at 12:30 pm every other Tuesday, generally in the Parish Office Conference Room. We are planning to commence our journey with Francis. If interested or if you would like additional information, please contact Mike Jackman at or (804) 338-3100.

VCU Parking Deck Change


VCU has been very kind to allow us to park in the Main and Laurel Streets deck for our weekend liturgies for FREE. However, if there is an event at the Altria Theater (formerly known as the Landmark) in order to receive the FREE parking, in the deck only, you may need to present this ticket to the attendant in the toll booth. There will be a basket of them at the entrance of church. Be sure to pick some up!

Please be mindful, this is only for attendance at weekend liturgies.



Bishop seeks prayers, assistance for displaced families in Iraq


In response to the violence in Iraq, Bishop DiLorenzo has asked us to pray for peace and to send aid to those who are forced from their homes and in need of our assistance. A special collection for relief for the people of  Iraq will be collected on August 30-31. See Bishop's statement here.


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