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CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE AT THE CATHEDRAL
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2014
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.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2014
Father Stephen Osei-Duah , Presider
Anthony Smith, Vocal Soloist
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
The Cathedral Children’s Choir
Info: Christine Hoffman | firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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 www.caritasva.org
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 | January 18
Contact: Mike DeNoia | 355-2096 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 | email@example.com
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday - Friday
9:00 am • 11:00 am
Prepare for Sunday
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
A Prayer for Evangelization
EVER PRESENT GOD,
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.
Scripture Study Group
Tuesdays at 12:30 pm
Mike Jackman | email@example.com | 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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