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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

Lent: 40 Soul Searching Questions

Wednesdays during Lent


Begin a new spiritual journey this Lent that gives you new insights into the meaning of

your life. Develop a deeper relationship with God, one truer to the demands of the world,

the belief that you are called by God to be light to the world. The Lenten reflection book

that will be used is “40 Soul-Stretching Conversations” by Sister Joan Chittister. This

group will meet in the parish hall from 10:00 to 11:00 am on the Wednesdays during

Lent:   February 25, March 4, 11, 18 & 25.  Babysitting will be provided.

“Reflections”  Session #2

February 22  |  10:00 am  |  Parish Office Dining Room


The book that will be used is titled Radical Hospitality.  St. Benedict wrote about

Hospitality, welcoming the outsider, the poor, the pilgrim. Guests are crucial to

the making of any heart. Read and discuss about how we can welcome the

Divine in the stranger.  The facilitator of this group is Mike Jackman.  If you have

any questions please email Maria Thorsen at


Separated or Divorced Catholics Support Group

February 25  |  7:00 pm

Monsignor Meunch will speak on the annulment process on Feb. 19


As a Catholic community we practice love and healing; love is a service to our

community”...   There can be healing during and after a divorce.  A program will

be offered at Cathedral to minister to those experiencing a separation of their

marriage or a divorce.  This group will meet in the Parish Offices on the following

dates and time:  February 4, 11, 19 & 25.  All sessions will begin at 7:00 pm.

If you are interested in joining this group or have questions, please email

Maria Thorsen.   The facilitator, Christine Cestaro, is experienced in this support group.


SPREAD THE LOVE: Item Collection

Now through March 1



Item collection for Richmond Residents in Need.  Currently collecting: soap, toothpaste, deodorant and shampoo, socks, underwear and white t-shirts (the clothing items do not have to be new, just clean and usable), individual sized snacks, individual instant coffee packs and ramen noodles.  Please place items in donation bin in the back now through March 1.  Contact Jenna Nguyen with questions:

From February 18 through March 29  |


You’re invited to join other Christians for 40 Days for Life – 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. You’re also invited to stand and to pray peacefully during a 40-day vigil in the public right-of-way outside the Richmond Medical Center for Women (abortion facility) at 118 N. Boulevard at Grove Avenue for one or more hours during the 40-day prayer vigil, and also to help spread the word about this important community outreach. If you’d like more information – and especially if you’d like to volunteer to help, please contact: Ann Niermeyer, 804-714-5170,  All are welcome!

“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


The Office for Black Catholics Young Adult Retreat

March 6-8, 2015 at the Roslyn Conference & Retreat Center

8728 River Road, Richmond, VA 23229  |  804-622-5104


Fr. George Clements, founder of One Church, One Child, an organization established as a national minority adoption recruitment program, will be the main celebrant and guest speaker. Registration fee is $85, non-refundable. Register online at by February 16. For more information please contact Pam Harris, or (804) 622-5104.


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  |  March 15

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

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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