PreK – High School

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

The Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) is a program that invites children ages 3 – 7 to leave the larger parish assembly during Mass to celebrate a liturgy in the large Sacristy with trained Catechists.  CLOW is held during the school year at the 9:00am Mass.

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Children’s Faith Formation Programs

“Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10

Together we can help our children develop a personal relationship with God.  We encourage our children to develop an understanding of their Catholic faith through attending Mass, reading Scripture, sacred song, the sacraments, and prayer.  Parents, you are supported by your faith community to give your children the tools to welcome Christ into their daily lives to and the rest of their lives.

Preschool through 5th Grade Classes

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) meets on Sunday mornings during the school year between 10:05 and 10:55( between the 9:00 and 11:00 Masses). CGS is a Montessori based program that allows children to use hands on materials. A trained catechist will present a work, and the child chooses how they will respond. CGS is founded on scripture, the Mass, and prayer.

Learn more about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) by watching the video below.

FAQ’s on CGS
Registration form 2019_2020
Formation Calendar 2019_2020

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Middle School Youth Group

Middle School students (Grades 6-8) meets regularly during the school year from 10:05-10:55 am (following the 9:00am Mass). We meet for doughnuts and other snacks and a group discussion in the Parish Office conference room . Throughout the year, we complete service projects, work with other ministries at Cathedral,  and have fun. Come check us out!

Registration form 2019_2020
Formation Calendar 2019_2020

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The Cathedral Children’s Choir

The Cathedral Children’s Choir is conducted by Mrs. Amy Hruska.  Children grades 1 through 8 are invited to join the choir.   The choir will sing at the Christmas Eve Mass at 4:00 pm and the Easter Sunday Mass at 9:00 am. Registration forms are in the Parish Hall or by clicking here. Return the form to Amy Hruska

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Hruska

High School Youth Group

High School Youth Group meets regularly during the school year from 10:05am to 1o:55am between the 9 and 11 am Masses. We meet in the parish hall for relaxed discussions for 9th-12th grade students and adult facilitators. High school students will lead several special events for the parish and younger children.

Registration form 2019_2020
Formation Calendar 2019_2020
Registration form 2019_2020

Sacramental Preparation for First Penance and First Holy Communion

Sacramental Preparation for First Penance and First Holy Communion takes place in Second Grade and includes formation classes for the children and parents.  Children who are beyond second grade who have not received their First Holy Communion are welcome and encouraged to attend these classes.

All classes begin with a Pot-Luck Family Lunch at 12:00pm in the Parish Hall.

First Penance Schedule:
February 16, 2020  – 12:00pm – 2:00pm
February 23, 2020 – 12:00pm – 2:00pm
March 1, 2020  – 12:00pm – 2:00pm
March 7, 2020 – 11:00 am Celebration of First Penance

First Holy Communion Schedule:
April 19, 2020  – 12:00pm – 2:00pm
April 26, 2020 – 12:00pm – 2:00pm
May 3, 2020 – 12:00pm – 2:00pm
May 9, 2020 – First Holy Communion Retreat and Rehearsal 8:45am-1:00pm

May 17 at 9:00am – The Sacrament of First Holy Communion followed by a community reception in the Parish Hall.

Sacramental Registration Form 2020
Calendar for Sacramental Preparation 2020

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To register for our 2020 Confirmation class, students must be at least 15 or in their Sophomore year of High School. Please fill out a registration form and email it to Joy Weir or mail it to the church office.

Confirmation Preparation Schedule

Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Orientation/Short Interview:

October 6 at 2:00 pm

Retreat Options:

November 9, 2019 (St. Mary’s Richmond) OR

March 7, 2020 (St. Mary’s Richmond)

Preparation Sessions:

November 17, 2019 2 to 5 pm St Mary Annunciation

January 12, 2020 2 to 5 pm Cathedral

March 1, 2020 2 to 5 pm St. Paul’s

April 26, 2020 2 to 5 pm Holy Rosary


May 31, 2020 Sacrament of Confirmation at Cathedral


June 7, 2020 Mystagogy 9 am-11am followed by Mass

Confirmation Registration Form 2020

For questions please contact Joy Weir

Vacation Bible School 2020

Save the Date July 6-10, 8:45am to noon

Children PREK-5th grade enjoy games, fun snacks, great music and Bible Stories. 

We hope to see you there!

Contact: Joy Weir

Vacation Bible School is so much fun! Save the date for July 6 – 10, 2020

VIRTUS (Safe Environment Training)

The Diocese of Richmond requires that all volunteers who work with children under the age of 18 be screened and trained.

Thank you in advance for your time!

Step 1: Contact Joy Weir that you are interested in working with children & youth and you plan to do the training.

Step 2: Schedule Your VIRTUS Training Workshop

When you register for the training, you will be required to submit to a background check. There is no cost to you for the background check. You will also see our safety regulations and be asked to do an electronic signature on our code of conduct.

You will see a number of upcoming three-hour training sessions when you click the link to register. These sessions are just a one-time commitment. After you complete the training session, you will receive short bulletins to read periodically. We encourage you to read these bulletins and complete the one question “quiz” as they are beneficial to you and this ministry. If you can’t find a training session that works for your schedule, please contact Joy Weir.

Register for VIRTUS training

Faith in Action

How can we pass on our Catholic faith to our children? How can we use ordinary situations to show our children the love and presence of God? How can families support each other in these challenging times? Let’s connect as families and offer our support to our children’s formation.  While our children are in formation class – we will do service projects together that will support their learning. We will also learn more about what they are doing in formation so we can continue the conversation at home!

Upcoming Sessions:

October 27: Participate in the Living Rosary led by Youth Group

November 24: O’Antiphons presented by Mary Alice & sung by Lauren

December 8: Participate in the Living Rosary led by Youth Group

December 15: Las Posadas Party (at noon) for children, youth and families in PREK-HS programs!

To learn of the upcoming Faith Formation events, please see our weekly printed bulletin or register for our e-newsletter here

For more information please contact: Joy Weir

Contact for General Inquires

General inquires about our Children’s and Youth Ministries should be directed to: Joy Weir