Parish Community Life

Pastor’s Welcome

Dear Friends,


Welcome to the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Parish! For over a century, the Cathedral has provided a singular environment for Sunday worship, varied liturgical events, diocesan celebrations, and community events. The people of the Cathedral Parish Community represent a wide variety of age groups, backgrounds, experiences and occupations. Unlike many suburban parishes, our parishioners choose to travel to the Cathedral from all areas of the city of Richmond and local counties to our inner city location.

Given all these singular gifts, we realize that a newcomer can still feel isolated in the midst of new and unknown faces, ministries and opportunities. We hope to minimize such isolation and invite you to learn more about the Cathedral Parish so that you and your household may experience our rich opportunities for worship, community, and ministry. The Cathedral is truly a place where all are counted as parishioners.


Monsignor Patrick Golden, Rector

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 800 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 Daniel Hudson, 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: Jody Taylor 804-355-2033
Donna Newcomb 804-233-8955

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

Hospitality Ministry

The Hospitality Ministry hosts monthly Community Sunday socials for parishioners; assists other parish ministries in areas such as events celebrating, welcoming new members of our community; coordinates receptions for Diocesan events; receptions for RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) celebrations of Rites;, works with the Pastoral Council in preparing for the annual Parish Picnic as well as other event opportunities which may arise during the year.

Staff Contact:

Community Sundays-

Organize volunteers to purchase donuts, set up Parish Hall for approximately 4 receptions during the year for after the 9:00 am, 11:00 am Masses

Contact: Ann Bellemore

Special Dinners, Events, Socials-

Organize volunteers to prepare food, set up for various special events during the year including Parish Picnic, Martin Luther King Brunch, Welcome Ministry events, Guest Lecture receptions, Music for a Cathedral Space concert reception.

Coordinators obtained from Time & Talent

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!

Contact Us: Email Contact List

All council members of Bernard Quinn Council #11710 that have not received regular email communications, are asked to send a brief message to the past Grand Knight, Alex Nguyen, so that your name can be added to the contact list.

Email Alex Nguyen

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: Ann Mays 804-232-3291

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry’s purpose is to develop a “pocket shawl” to pass on to parishioners who need comforting due to illness or infirmity. Do you knit? If so this ministry is for you!

Contact: Terri Warren 804-359-2281

Staff Contact: Chris Ferrara 804-212-3883