Benefit Christmas Concert for Catholic Charities

Monday, November 30, 7:00 pm


Ring in the holiday season with us, while benefiting the over 40,000 people

we serve on a yearly basis.


 At our 24th Annual Christmas Concert, the festive evening will include traditional carols

and a sing-a-long.  Featuring the VCU Commonwealth Singers and accompanied by the

Richmond Symphony, this concert will be conducted by Erin R. Freeman, D.M.A.


Individual tickets are $40.


Please click here to purchase tickets.

Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy   Merciful like the Father


     On April 13, 2015, Pope Francis announced that an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy will be celebrated between December 8, 2015 and November 20, 2016. In his announcement he said:

     "I have often thought about how the Church might make clear its mission of being a witness to mercy. It is a journey that begins with a spiritual conversion. For this reason, I have decided to call an extraordinary Jubilee that is to have the mercy of God at its center. It shall be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live this Year in the light of the Lord's words: 'Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.'” (cf. Lk 6:36)

     Fr. Sean Prince, Director of the Office of Worship, and his staff have created a diocesan website for this Year of Mercy. It has many resources and information to assist you and your parish in celebrating this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. Please take time to visit the new website here:

     Additional information is available from the Vatican website here:

And the official Year of Mercy Facebook page here:

     The Diocesan Door of Mercy will open at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond on December 20th just before the 11:00 am Mass.    All are welcome to attend!      We look forward to this extraordinary time of grace.

Professional Singer Positions Available

Daniel Sañez at


The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond, VA, seeks professional singers for permanent and substitute positions for all voice parts as well as cantor opportunities. (Semi-professional choir.) Substitute choristers must be available on Sunday mornings.


These positions are ideal for sacred-/early music enthusiasts. Dedication, commitment, and leadership skills are equally important as exceptional sight-singing ability, flexibility in sound, and mastery of differing musical styles.


These positions are for those who wish to make music at a very high level and are thoroughly trained in the vocal arts, having earned at least a Bachelor’s in Music/Voice.


Auditions are in progress and will continue until positions are filled. The audition will include a rendering of an early music aria of the applicant’s choice, sight-singing of Gregorian chant (in modern notation), and sight-singing of a renaissance Mass.


These positions are engaged from September through June with Thursday night rehearsals, re-occurring Sunday Masses at 11:00 am, occasional Diocesan events, other events as scheduled, and concert opportunities.


Competitive pay.


Those interested may send a CV, a statement of interest, and recordings/clips (if available) to the Director of Music Daniel Sañez at

“Laudatio si” - Pope Francis’ encyclical

Tuesdays, December 1 & 15  |  12:00 pm  | Parish Office dining room

Contact:  Mike Jackman  |  804-338-3100


The Bible Study group facilitated by Mike Jackman will begin a six-session discussion on Pope Francis’ encyclical, “Laudato si”.  Each session will be devoted to one chapter in this revelatory document.  The group meets biweekly on Tuesdays at 12:00 in the Parish Offices.  Come join the journey. If interested call Mike at 804-338-3100.

Sacramental Preparation

For more info, contact:


All children preparing for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist will meet from 12:00-2:00 pm on the scheduled Sundays beginning in January.   The Sessions begin with a family potluck lunch followed by Sacramental Preparation classes for the children and the parents.

Sacramental Prep Registration Form

Advent Wreath Making…and Supper

Thursday, December 3  |  6:00 - 8:00 pm  |  Parish Hall


Please join the annual Advent Wreath Making and Supper evening.   All families and children are invited.  Each family will be able to make and decorate an Advent Wreath to bring home.  There will also be several Advent activities for the children to bring home.   Please bring a dish, of your choice for a Potluck Supper.   Come and enjoy the spirit of the Advent Season.   Maria Thorsen:

Breakfast with Santa!

Saturday, December 12   |  9:00 am in the Parish Hall

Contact: Jayne Hushen |  |  212-3892



This free annual event is sponsored through the generosity of the Knights of Columbus and will take place on December 12 at 9:00 am in the Parish Hall. Please sign-up in the Parish Hall or main entrance of the Cathedral by December 7 or email Jayne Hushen. Be sure to include the ages and genders of the children attending so Santa and his helpers can be pre­pared!  Please join us for a wonderful meal and holiday merriment!

Confirmation, 2016

Contact Liz Riegler:  |  770-374-6325


Confirmation preparation will begin for 10th graders in January, 2016.  Contact Liz for more information or to be on our email list for Confirmation information.


Youth Group

Sundays  |  12:00 pm in the Youth Lounge


Middle School youth group will meet 3 times per month, and High School youth group will meet once per month in the lounge.  Lunches will be provided for classes.  For a calendar, please email Liz at



Theology on Tap:

Every 3rd Monday  |   December 21 at 7:00 pm

Bottoms Up Pizza, downtown


More Information:

“Groceries for the Cart”

Third Sunday of each month  |  December 20

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!

Parking Change for Weekend Masses began August 15-16th


Check the bulletin and info in church for important information about changes concerning how to obtain free parking in the VCU deck at Laurel and West Main for weekend liturgies.

Click here for the INSERT.


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


Contact: John Votta at 795-1514  |


Cursillo is a Spanish word meaning “A short course in Christianity.” It is conducted as a three-day weekend retreat for those who are wanting to live out, in ones’s daily life, the gospel values of Christ. The Cursillo provides a living understanding and appreciation of basic Christian truths  and the desire to serve the community. The weekend encompasses a full schedule of activities including talks, discussion, prayer and music. This is a joyous weekend. If you are interested in learning more about the weekend and the dates that it will be held in Richmond, please contact fellow parishioner John Votta at 795-1514 or

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.


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