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Holy Week at the Cathedral


  Palm Sunday  –  March 28

9:00 am Mass (with Blessing of the Easter Eggs)

9:30 am Stuart Circle Parish Palm Sunday Procession

 11:00 am  Mass

Diocesan Chrism Mass  –  Monday, March 30

6:00 pm


Holy Thursday  –  April 2

7:00 pm  Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper


Good Friday  –  April 3

3:00 pm  Stations of the Cross

 7:00 pm  Good Friday Liturgy


Holy Saturday April 4

7:30 pm Easter Vigil Liturgy

  (NO Saturday 5:15 pm Mass)

Easter Sunday  –  April 5

9:00 am Mass (with Blessing of the Easter Eggs)

 11:00 am  Mass

  (NO Sunday 5:15 pm Mass)


Stuart Circle Parish Palm Sunday Procession

9:30 am on the steps of First English Lutheran Church


Cathedral will join First English Lutheran, St. John’s United Church of Christ, Grace Covenant Presbyterian and St. James’s Episcopal Churches for the annual Stuart Circle Parish Palm Sunday Procession on Monument Avenue.  Stuart Circle Parish is Richmond’s oldest ecumenical association and Cathedral was a founding member.   For the Palm Sunday Procession members of the five Stuart Circle Parishes gather at 9:30 am on the steps of First English Lutheran Church for prayer and then process to each church, arriving at the Cathedral to the Children’s Choir singing on the steps prior to the 11:00 am Mass.


Please join us and our neighboring churches on March 29 as we begin Holy Week and
commemorate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.

Blessing of the Easter Eggs

Sunday, April 5 | 9:00 am


It is a tradition at the Cathedral for the children to give out decorated Easter

eggs after the 9:00 am Mass. All children are invited to participate by bringing

a basket of eggs to church and to place them on the steps in front of the pulpit

before Mass.  At the end of the Mass the children will come forward with their

parents and we will bless the eggs. They will then pick up their own baskets

and process out with the priest and ministers to the plaza and pass out the eggs

as people leave. We would love your family to join us!


Reflections Session 3

Inspiration from Pope Francis

April 19  |  10:10 am


Inspiration from Pope Francis. Be inspired by the Holy Father by thoughts of our

Spiritual Life in his own words. Find comfort, strength, and inspiration from his

collections of thoughts drawn from the homilies of Pope Francis. “Reflections”

meets in the Parish Office Dining Room on March 29 and April 19.

                                              All are invited!

Children's Choir

Rehearsal Dates:  March 15, 22 & 29  |  10:00 am in the Parish Hall


The Cathedral Children's Choir will once again be singing for Easter Sunday! They are also invited to sing for the Steward Circle Palm Sunday Procession. We welcome back the children that sang in the Children's Choir at Christmas and any new members that would like to join us. All rehearsals are on Sundays at 10 AM in the Parish Hall. Any students in Sunday School will be dismissed directly to class.  The rehearsal dates are March 15, March 22, and March 29.  On March 29 (Palm Sunday), after the 10 AM rehearsal, the children will sing on the front steps at 10:30 to conclude the Steward Circle Procession. On Easter Sunday, choir members are asked to be at the church by 8:15 to warm up for the 9 AM Mass.  For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Colleen Crafton at

Young Adult Retreat- Live by the Spirit:

Friday, April 17  8:00 pm to Sunday April 19 at 11:00 pm

Want to get away for the weekend? Want to meet new people? Want to spend some time in prayer and reflection? If you said yes to these questions you should consider signing up for the Young Adult Retreat April 18 weekend at Bear Creek Lake State Park. $25 if you sign up before April 1.   $35 after that with Final Deadline April 10.

Register at

More Info:


Young Adult Social Gathering:


Dinner after Mass with other young adults at a local restaurant.  Meet at the 13th Station of the cross near the statue of Mary at the Cathedral after Sunday’s 5:15 pm Mass on the 4th Sunday of the month.

Good Friday Blood Drive

Friday, April 3  |  1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: Grace Covenant Basement Fellowship Hall


Sponsored by the Stuart Circle Parish Churches:

Grace Covenant Presbyterian                            St. James’s Episcopal Church

Cathedral of the Sacred Heart                          City Church

First English Evangelical Lutheran Church          St. John’s United Church of Christ


To schedule an appointment, go to and use the sponsor code: GOODFRIDAY or call 1-800-RED-CROSS    Remember to drink plenty of water, eat a good meal, and bring a photo ID with date of birth.

Save the Date!

for Cathedral’s Vacation Bible School

July 6 -10  |  8:30 am to 12 noon


Early drop off is available at 8:00 am.

Sign up information coming soon.

             Watch for it!

Are you interested in shaping the future of our parish

by serving on the 2015-2018 Parish Pastoral Council?

Nominations:  March 22


Parish Pastoral Council is a servant leadership ministry designed to provide a consultative body to envision, plan and monitor the mission of our parish community.  Time requirements include five or more meetings per year.  Meetings convene on the second Thursday every other month at 5:30 pm.  We encourage all confirmed, registered, and active Catholic members of our parish to consider this ministry.   Nomination forms are available at the entrance to church and will available in the pews the weekend of March 22.   Anyone interested in running will need to have his or her picture and an one paragraph biography to the parish office by April 8.  The election will be held on April 26.   If you want more information about Pastoral Council, please contact council chair Donna Newcomb,  (

Weekly Bulletin

Mass Times



 Mon. - Fri.                   12:05 pm


Confessions                  4:00 pm

                                           5:15 pm

 Sunday                         9:00 am

                                        11:00 am

                                           5:15 pm


Prepare for Sunday

Online Registration

Planned Giving


“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


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.


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

“Groceries for the Cart”

Third Sunday of each month  |  April 19

Contact: Mike DeNoia |  355-2096  |


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.


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.

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


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.


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

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