Updates for 4/30: May 1 is the Feast Day of St. Joseph the Worker, Altar Server Training, Final Weekend of Food Drive Collections, and more.
May: St. Joseph the Worker
This month's theme is on St. Joseph the Worker, whose feast day in on Saturday, May 1.
to see the many ways you may join us to get involved and gather, in-person and online, with your fellow parishioners.
Baby Bottle Drive for the Pregnancy Resource Center
Catechesis on St. Joseph the Worker Thursday, May 6 at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom.
Holy Hour on Thursday, May 20 at 6:00 p.m. in person and Facebook livestream.
Donate to the Cathedral
Registration for Special Masses
First Holy Communion | Sunday May 16 | 9:00 a.m.
Baccalaureate Mass | Sunday May 16 |11:00 a.m.
Due to the high attendance for these two Masses, seating will be extremely limited. Parishioners are encouraged to attend one of the 5:15 p.m. Masses this weekend. Walk-ins cannot be guaranteed a seat, but will be accommodated if space is available and on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration for all Masses of the weekend will begin at the normal time of 7:00 a.m. on Monday, May 10.
FINAL WEEKEND OF COLLECTIONS:
MAY 1 – 2
Altar Server Training This Sunday
With COVID restrictions being eased, and in keeping with diocesan norms, the Cathedral is reinstating the use of altar servers at weekend Masses, beginning on the feast of the Sacred Heart (June 12–13).
This ministry is open to children and young people who have received their First Holy Communion and who are regularly attending Sunday Mass. All altar servers—veterans and newcomers—are required to attend one of two training sessions, as new procedures will be implemented. At least one parent is also asked to attend the session.
The one-hour training session will take place on
Sunday, May 2 at 12:30 p.m. and on Tuesday, May 18 at 4:30 p.m.
It is not necessary to RSVP for a training session, which will take place in the church.
COVID safety protocols, including social distancing and the wearing of face coverings, will apply to altar servers. Please contact Fr. Tony for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Tuesday Adoration and Wednesday Daily Mass
With the VCU semester coming to a close, the last day of Tuesday Exposition and Benediction will be on May 4 and Mass on Wednesdays will revert to 12:05 p.m. beginning on May 19. Confessions will still be heard from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.
I will be away from the Cathedral from May 10 to 14 visiting my parents. Confessions will be heard and daily Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 12. If there is a sacramental emergency while I’m away, please call the emergency line.
Theology on Tap: Called to Live Counter Culturally
Monday, May 3 | 7:20 | Online
What are our options as faithful Catholics? How do we go against the cultural tide? The challenge can be difficult, but it can also lead a Sunday catechism teacher and empty-nest mom to the top of a mountain in Honduras singing Alleluia!
Michelle Galvin is a cradle Catholic, wife, mother, speech-language pathologist, and Director of Missions for Missioners of Christ - a Catholic Lay Community within the Richmond Diocese.
The meeting web address is
Virtual doors open at 7:20 p.m. and will run from 7:30 to - 8:30pm.
Join by clicking here:
Young Adult Retreat
in the OuterBanks
An in-person, young adult retreat
. Details to come.
Open Wide Our Hearts
Open Wide Our Hearts
and join Deacon Charles Williams on
Tuesday, May 18 at 6:00 p.m
. for a presentation and discussion.
Click here to read Open Wide Our Hearts
Pentecost Party for PREK-5th and families on Zoom
, details to follow.
PREK-5th and families bring your own picnic at Maymont
: Sunday, June 6 at 12:30 p.m.
Vacation Bible School
: July 12-16, details to follow.
Diocesan Work Camp
June 21 – 25 | Rising 9th –12th grade
Save the date for this in person service based camp for high school students. Each day we will start together in person and have a virtual “check in” with other local parishes throughout the diocese. Following, we will go as a group to a different community location each day to work in service. We will allow time for daily Mass, adoration and prayer along with time for fun and fellowship. Cost will be between $50 to $100 per student. Virtus trained adult chaperones are needed. Contact:
for more information.
Deadline to register is May 15.
Register for Diocesan Work Camp
Tuesdays Together is back on the plaza!
For children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. Please join us for music, movement, and fellowship on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. on the Cathedral Plaza. Contact Joy Weir (
Anniversary Mass for Monsignor Thomas Miller
Monsignor Thomas Miller, former rector of the Cathedral (1983–1995), will observe the 50th anniversary of his ordination by presiding at the 5:30 p.m. Liturgy at St. Mary’s Parish in Richmond on May 15. He asks for your continued prayers. If you wish to attend, please follow the procedures for weekend Mass registration to be found on the St. Mary’s website.
Building Our Family of Faith
This year, like every year, the Cathedral participates in the Annual Diocesan Appeal. The Appeal is the yearly opportunity for us to engage the next generation, provide for those in need and build Catholic communities. Not only does it support the larger ministries of the Catholic Church of Richmond, it also raises funds for the local priorities of our parish.
As in the 2020 Appeal, the Cathedral will receive a significantly increased parish-sharing formula:
of the amount collected up to our target of $50,000, and
of the amount above the target.
As of As of April 15th, we have raised $70,219 (140% of goal)
. Bishop Knestout has granted this unprecedented ratio of parish sharing to fund two priorities:
Cathedral Organ Project (70 percent of funds returned to the parish)
Cathedral ministries and other expenses (30 percent of funds returned to the parish)
If you have not yet done so already, I hope you will prayerfully consider joining me in renewing your commitment to the Appeal
Maintenance Technician Needed
The Cathedral is looking for a full time (40 hours/week) maintenance worker.
Some duties required are cleaning and sanitizing the church and office area, assist Director of Facilities and staff members as needed, and perform scheduled preventative maintenance and general repairs when needed.
Physical requirements include the ability to lift 50 lbs., the ability to work flexible hours, to walk extensively throughout the workday and to climb ladders and navigate heights such as the roof areas. This position requires a successful clearance by Social Services, criminal background check and certificate of VIRTUS training, all of which are provided through the parish. Salary is based on diocesan scale and demonstrated experience in the maintenance field.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to
We have all been called to be missionary disciples of Christ. During this period of Mystagogy the adults who were fully initiated into the Catholic faith at the Easter Vigil have continued to meet each week; breaking open how to listen to the call of discipleship. How to respond to this call is unique for each person. This week we welcomed a guest speaker who talked about the will of God and the gifts we have been given. We all bring these gifts to our family, our parish and our community.
Let us continue to pray for each other.
Do you know someone who has expressed interest learning more about the Catholic faith? Please invite them to email Maria Thorsen for more information:
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 12:05 p.m
(Cathedral open from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. (no livestream)
(Cathedral open from 5:30–7:30 p.m.)
Saturday: 5:15 p.m.
(Cathedral opens at 4:15 p.m.)
(Cathedral opens at 8:00 a.m.)
Sunday: 11:00 a.m.
(Cathedral opens at 10:00 a.m.)
Sunday: 5:15 p.m.
Cathedral opens at 4:15 p.m.)
Online registration for weekend Masses is greatly appreciated and expedites entry. Those who register online and arrive at least 15 minutes early are guaranteed a seat. Thank you for helping our hard-working Cathedral ushers, who endeavor to have everyone seated before Mass begins.
Wednesday: 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Exposition and Benediction
Tuesday: 7:00–8:00 p.m.
Monday–Friday: 9:00 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.
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