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FREE Christmas Concert with luncheon

Monday, December 15  |  11:00 am


The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart will present a FREE one-hour Concert of Solo Vocal Christmas Music, featuring vocal soloists of The Cathedral, including Anne O’Byrne and Lisa Edwards Burrs, with Pianist Patrick Carlin.  Following the concert a FREE LUNCH will be served.  Reservations for the FREE Lunch are not required.  On-street parking is available, as well as the VCU Parking Decks. View the program by clicking here.





4:00 pm  (Pre-Mass Music - 3:30 pm)

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo, Presider

Cathedral Youth Choir, Christine Hoffman, Director

Dr. Lisa Edwards Burrs, Vocal Soloist, Dr. Michael Davison & Brian Strawley, Trumpets


6:30 pm  (Pre-Mass Music - 6:00 pm)

Monsignor Mark Lane, Presider

Anne O’Byrne, Vocal Soloist, Dr. Michael Davison & Brian Strawley, Trumpets


10:00 pm Mass (Pre-Mass Concert  - 9:00 pm)

Monsignor Patrick Golden, Presider

The Cathedral Choir, Vocal & Instrumental Soloists, Dr. Michael Davison & Brian Strawley, Trumpets

** Please note there is NO Mass at Midnight.



Father Stephen Osei-Duah , Presider

Anthony Smith, Vocal Soloist


Family in Need of Help!

Contact Maria Poole  |  622-5168  |  or


A low-income Sacred Heart parish family with two small children have lost EVERYTHING in a fire this past weekend, including their shoes! They are one of the Segura families at the Diocese.  A list of donations needed can be found on our website ( Please consider helping this family!  Contact Maria Baquerizo Poole at  804-622-5168.  For a list of their needs, click here.


Evangelization Update


The Cathedral Evangelization Team invites you to participate in our Scripture

Challenge as we embark on a new liturgical year! Over the next 90 days, we

encourage you to read and pray with one chapter from the gospels each day

in order to deepen your relationship with our Lord. “Learn the heart of God from

the word of God.”     - Pope St. Gregory the Great


Advent Bible Study with Monsignor Golden  - Last One!

Fridays, December 19 |  10:30 am  |  Parish Hall


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 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.

The Cathedral Children’s Choir

Info: Christine Hoffman  |


The Cathedral Children’s Choir, directed by Christine Hoffman, is open to all children of Cathedral parish in grades 1 - 5.  The children must attend 3 practices before Christmas.  Dates of the practices are Sunday, December 7,  December 14, and December 21.   Practices will be in the Parish Hall from 10:00  – 11:00 am.   If a child is in a Sunday formation class they will be excused from class that day.   The Children’s Choir will sing at the 4:00 pm Christmas Eve Mass.  They will also sing at the 9:00 am Mass on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015.  Please contact Christine Hoffman if your child will be a part of this choir:

Caritas is Coming To . . .

January 10 - 17, 2015


Exciting news! We will be getting new restrooms AND hosting 40 women participating in the CARITAS Overnight program, Saturday, January 10 – Saturday, January 17, 2015. How is this possible you ask? Overbrook Presbyterian Church has graciously invited our Cathedral faith community to host CARITAS at their location, 2605 Dumbarton Road, Richmond 23228. This is an easy 6.5 miles from the Cathedral, and plentiful parking is available! Donations are needed and your joyous participation requested to make our guests comfortable.  Please visit the CARITAS bulletin board in the back of the Cathedral and consider how you might welcome our guests this winter. Thank you for your support of this demonstration of our faith to those in need and if you’d like to learn more about CARITAS, please watch the video at

“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:   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


Adult Faith Formation


During the month of December Cathedral is highlighting the

Adult Faith Formation Ministry.  As Catholic adults and  disciples of the Lord Jesus we share in the mission of the Gospel message.  Adult Catholics must be mature in their faith and well equipped to share the Gospel. We are all called to be filled with joy and be eager to share the word of God; so that each generation can discover Christ as its Savior.  Please come to any of the Adult Faith Formation opportunities offered throughout the year. For dates and times, the programs are posted on Cathedral’s website and are in the church bulletin.  Please come join us!




“Groceries for the Cart”

Third Sunday of each month  |  December 21

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.


Middle & High School Youth Groups & Youth Confirmation

Info: Elizabeth Riegler  |

Click here for Registration form


Middle School Youth Group meets on Sundays from 3:30 - 5:00 pm.  High School Youth Group meets every other Sunday at 5:00 for dinner followed by Youth Group from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.  Please visit our online parish calendar for a schedule of events.  All students are welcome.  Registration forms are available in the Parish Offices or online.


Holiday Calendar for Middle & High School Youth Group


December 21 - Christmas Party for middle & high school   5:00-7:30 pm


Beginning February 8 |  10:00 am  |  Parish Office Dining Room


Mark your calendar for the next session of “Reflections” beginning February 8.  The book for the next session is titled Radical Hospitality.


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

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.



Photos from the InLight Event at the Cathedral


The InLight Event was a great success especially in the Cathedral. Thousands of people came into the Cathedral and lit a candle, placing it on the altar. For other photos, click here

Photo by J. Hushen



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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