Parish Community Life

Rector’s Welcome

Dear Friends,

“The designs of his Heart are from age to age, to rescue their souls from death, and keep them alive in famine.”

The words of Psalm 33 resound in the Church’s commemoration of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, declaring our trust in God’s providence.

In that spirit, I welcome you to the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Here on this website, you can read the Sunday homily, peruse the weekly bulletin, and learn about the great things happening in the parish.

I also invite you to visit this magnificent church in person. May the Sacred Heart of Jesus inspire you to live out the verse inscribed on the façade of this cathedral: “If you love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15).

Sincerely in Christ,

Fr. Anthony E. Marques

Mission Statement

We, the Cathedral community of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, express our shared life in the ministries of liturgical celebration, faith formation and service. Our vision is rooted in the mission of Jesus Christ to the world and in our uniqueness as a parish, specifically the diversity of our membership from all walks of life, our relationship to our urban neighborhood, including Virginia Commonwealth University, our history, and our special role as the mother parish of our diocese.

Building and Grounds Ministry

At the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, there many opportunities to volunteer.  Whether you are fulfilling community service requirements for academic, civic, or a civil organization or institutions; or you just want to plug into the Cathedral’s community and help support your parish and take care of this historic building and its grounds, we have opportunities for you and would love to partner with you in this goal.

Located by VCU at 823 Cathedral Place (across from Monroe Park), we understand the importance of a strong local community and what can be accomplished by everyone serving and working together.  All workers and their work are appreciated and valued. Thank you for this opportunity to grow and strengthen our community and preserve our church.

For any questions about how you can serve, upcoming opportunities, etc., please feel free to:

call the Cathedral office at 804-359-5651

or you can email Patrick Garrett, Director of Facilities

We look forward to hearing from you!

Gift Shop

The Cathedral Gift Shop is located in the vestibule of the church. Volunteers are needed to operate gift shop before and after all Masses and special liturgies. Training available.

Contact: John Dougherty 804-787-0561

Funeral Ministry

Funeral Ministry assists the office staff in volunteering to be ushers, servers, Eucharistic Ministers, EMCs. Must be available during the weekdays.

Contact: Daniel Sanez 804-212-3889

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic lay organization. It is administered and supported by Catholic laymen as a fraternal society (order) seeking for each member (Brother Knight) to more firmly be rooted in faith, hope and charity, and to further their own growth in the knowledge in their Catholic faith and thereby be able witnesses of the mystery of salvation.

To that end the Bernard J. Quinn Council # 11710 is excited to serve as a unique Council exhibiting the diversity of age, employment and race. It is evident in our Cathedral parish and our Roundtable parish (a parish without a K of C council based there), St. Peter Church. Our membership participates actively in the ministries of Liturgy, Eucharist, Music, Service, Hospitality and Fundraising. We strive to promote fellowship as we implement programs supporting Vacation Bible School, Food Pantry, Vocation calling, Assisting those with physical and mental needs, ministering to the sick, and praying on behalf of those in need and those entering eternal life.

We also strive to engage the entire family in projects and fellowship. By having a membership of younger and older individuals, employed and retired individuals, and members of different races, we believe we reflect God’s universal appeal in our local Cathedral and St. Peter parishes. We are the Bernard J. Quinn council of the Knights of Columbus and we love it!

Email Grand Knight Matt Dobson at

Welcome Ministry Committee

Our Welcome Committee strives to make every guest and new member welcome at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.  Join this committee and man our welcome table at Community Sunday, provide a tour of Cathedral and reach out to new members and faces at Cathedral.  Contact Joy Weir to get involved. 

Laundry Ministry

Washing of Parish Hall and Kitchen linens.

Contact: Chris Ferrara