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.

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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 a group discussion in the parish hall conference room . Throughout the year, we complete service projects, work with other ministries at Cathedral,  and have fun. Come check us out! Email Joy Weir for Calendar.

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High School Youth Group

High School students (Grades 9-12) meets regularly during the school year at various times through the year. We complete service projects, work with other ministries at Cathedral,  and have fun. Come check us out! Email Joy Weir for Calendar.

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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.

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To register for our 2022-2023 confirmation class, students must be at least 15 or in their Sophomore year of High School in the Fall of 2022. Please fill out our online registration form for your student to enroll in our Confirmation Program. Please contact Joy Weir for the full calendar.

Confirmation Preparation Overview

Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Orientation/Short Interview:

Local, one day Confirmation Retreat

Four Preparation Sessions at local churches

Sacrament of Confirmation (usually on Pentecost Sunday)

Mystagogy & Mass

For questions please contact Joy Weir

Vacation Bible School 2023

Cathedral Vacation Bible School is so fun! Please contact Joy Weir for information on how your child can participate or you can volunteer!

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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.

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.  

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