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Open House Weekend!

August 23 & 24


Ok, so you can’t really roam the “dome,” but everything else is open!  After each Mass that weekend we will be throwing open the doors and inviting all parishioners and guest to tour the entire complex. The Gift Shop and Museum of Virginia Catholic History will be open. There will be prizes raffled and food for everyone! If you would like to donate cookies or baked goods, drop them off August 17 & 18 in the Parish Hall. Gift card donations can be dropped off in the small sacristy mail box.


Children’s Christian Formation and Sacramental Preparation

Sunday September 7  |  10:15 am  |  Parish Hall



Children’s Christian Formation classes will begin on Sunday, September 7 at 10:00 am. Registration begins August 24.  Registration information can be found in the classroom area as part of the Open House weekend and also the weekend of August 30 following each Mass.  Please make a special note, on September 7, while the children are attending their Faith Formation class, parents are invited to a meeting in the Parish Hall from 10:15-10:45 am.  The parents will have an opportunity to meet each other, learn about the programs being used in the Children’s Faith Formation Program this year, and receive a 2014-2015 calendar for Children’s Faith Formation and sacramental preparation classes. Please email with any questions.


Middle & High School Youth Groups Meetings

Middle School Sunday, September 14  |  10:15 am

High School Sunday, September 14  |  12:15 pm



Middle School and High School Youth Groups begin meeting on Sunday, September 21.  Registration begins August 24.  Information regarding registration will be available August 24 in the classroom areas after all Masses during Open House weekend.  The Middle School Youth Group will kick off with a parent information meeting on September 14 at 10:15 am and the High School Youth Group meeting at 12:15 pm in the Parish Hall.  Parents and students are welcome to attend to meet each other and to find out what Middle School Youth Group will be doing this year.  For questions about Middle and High School Youth Groups, please contact Elizabeth Riegler at

Come to Cathedral’s 2nd Annual MEGA Yard Sale!!  There will be bargains galore, baked goods, food concessions, raffles, door prizes and great merchandise for sale!  Bring your donations for the sale to the Cathedral beginning Monday, July 21.  Parishioners can bring baked goods to the Parish Hall on Friday, August 22, to be sold at the yard sale. Here’s your chance to clean out the garage!  For more information, contact Rick Wildes.


Cathedral’s MEGA Yard Sale!

Saturday, August 23  |  8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Rick Wildes  |  366-3430  |





The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults



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


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


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.



Back to School - Please Help!

Thru August 17

The Cathedral Social Justice Committee has for the past several years supported Miles Jones Elementary School by doing a Fall School Supply drive. This year we are asking for your help again. We will have a collection box placed in the back of the church beginning the weekend of July 26 & 26 thru August 16 &17. Please help us support those teachers and families that are struggling with the cost of back to school supplies.

Main items needed for 535 children in 30 classrooms are:

100 paks of loose leaf paper (wide rule)

black & white marbled composition books     •    backpacks    •    paks of Crayola Crayons (24 ct.)

100 paks of loose leaf paper (wide rule)     •    pencils #2    •     plastic colored folders

btls. of glue (Elmer’s)     •    pkgs. of eraser tops   •    scissors (rounded ends)

glue sticks (Elmer’s)     •    markers (prefer Crayola)     •    dry erase markers

colored paper folders with 2 pockets     •    colored paper folders with prongs   •    yellow highlighters


Cathedral's International Food Festival

Saturday, Oct. 4  |  11:00 am to dusk

Volunteer Coordinator:  Michele Jensen  |


Its time to Volunteer for the International Food Festival!  Grab a friend and come help out on October 4. We need volunteers to work in shifts throughout the day doing just about everything. If you have questions, contact:  Michele Jensen, Volunteer Coordinator at

or click on this link to visit the website.


CatholicRVA Eucharist Adoration & Confession

Beginning Wednesdays July 2  |  7:00 to 8:30 pm


This summer, there will be Eucharistic Adoration and often Confession every other Wednesday evening at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart starting at 7:00 pm. Stop in and spend some time with the Lord.



The Museum is Closed for Renovation

Now thru August 19


The Museum of Virginia Catholic History will be closed for renovations until August 17. Electrical and structural improvements to the undercroft and elevator entrance will enhance the display areas and provide a dedicated entryway to the museum. We will reopen in time for the Open House on August 23-24. Hope to see you then!


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.


Cathedral Sound System


This summer we are continuing to work on our sound system. We hope that you have heard an improvement from the adjustments already made but if not, be assured we are working with two companies to make sure you will be able to hear every word. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Kim Kremer, or 212-3898.


Schools Out – Kids go hungry!   –  “Groceries for the Cart”

Third Sunday of each month  |  August 17

Contact: Mike DeNoia |  355-2096  |


Summer vacation means relaxation and fun for most children, but for 3 million children who get free or reduced lunch and/or breakfast during the school year, it means hunger.


The Cathedral Knights want to help provide food for Richmond area children this summer.  Can you bring the following food items in August for the Martin’s food cart (located in the entrance of the church)? The Cathedral Knights will deliver it to the Commonwealth Catholic Charities each Sunday in August after the 11:00 am Mass.   What is needed most is:


               Breakfast cereal             Powdered milk              Peanut butter            Rice

               Canned tuna                  Pasta                           Oatmeal                   Canned vegetables

               Crackers                        Canned fruit


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.


2nd Annual reYOUnion ~ Save the Date!

Sunday, October 19  |  All Saints Catholic School



Calling all alumni of All Saints, St. Paul’s, St. Elizabeth’s, St. Patrick’s and Van de Vyver Catholic Schools!  SAVE THE DATE: The 2nd Annual reYOUnion will be Sunday, October 19 at All Saints Catholic School. Plans for a Jazz Brunch and silent auction are in the works as well as the return of the “Hall of History,” and class photos, among other fun activities. The event will be preceded by a Mass at St. Paul’s Catholic Church. Alumni input and assistance is critical to making this reYOUnion a success!  If you can help or would like more information, please e-mail Thank you!


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.


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.


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


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 on Tuesday, January 28. If interested or if you would like additional information, please contact Mike Jackman at or (804) 338-3100.

Cathedral Pastoral Council 5 Year Goals


The Cathedral Pastoral Council, after consultation with parishioners, staff and friends over the past year, reaffirms its commitment to further the mission of the parish by seeking over the next five years to work towards:


• Supporting Worship and Prayer

• Promoting Service

• Increasing Evangelization

• Expanding Faith Formation

• Fostering Community-Building

• Stewarding our Physical and Financial Resources


To find out more about how the Pastoral Council is actively pursuing these goals, including specific projects, contact a Pastoral Council member. Please pray for the continued success of our efforts in service to our mission of bringing the Gospel to the city and the world.

To view the entire 5-Year Goals, click here


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