Updates for 7/16: RCIA Inquiry Sessions, No Daily Mass Next Week, Social Justice Ministry, and more.
Budget Letter for 2021–2022 Fiscal Year
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Are you or someone you know interested in becoming Catholic?
Do you have a child the age of seven or above who has not been baptized?
Were you baptized Catholic as a child, but have not yet received the Sacraments of Confirmation and/or Eucharist?
Our parish offers the opportunity to come together in a small group to learn more about the Catholic faith. RCIA sessions focus on the faith and experience of the Catholic Church and prepares individuals to celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
** There are separate sessions for children and youth.
You are welcome to participate in the RCIA process with your questions, your insights and your faith story in a welcoming setting. For more information please contact Maria Thorsen:
RCIA Inquiry Sessions
We invite you to “Come and See”
Next Session is This Tuesday, July 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall
Join us for the RCIA Inquiry Sessions, which are a time for adults to learn more about God’s love and how it is expressed within the Catholic faith. These gatherings are informal discussions centered around topics of the Catholic faith.
The final session will be on
August 24 at 6:30 p.m.
For more information please contact Maria Thorsen:
No Daily Mass July 19–23
Father Tony will be away and daily Mass will not be celebrated on Monday, July 19 through Friday, July 23. Confessions will still be heard on Wednesday, July 21 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. St. Peter's, a few blocks away, celebrates daily Mass at 12:00 noon during the week
Hospital Bed Needed
A parishioner is in need of a hospital bed that can be adjusted to a 90-degree incline. If you or anyone you know is willing to donate a hospital bed, please call the parish office at 804-359-5651.
VBS Thank You
Thank you for all your participation and support for Vacation Bible School! We had over 40 children, over 20 volunteers, and a wonderful week! During the camp, we heard stories from the Bible, we learned new songs, did fun crafts, experimented with our imagination, and helped two special service projects for Housing Families First and our friends in our Haiti parish. We also had a special visit with Father Tony each day to learn about a new saint. It was a great week and we are already looking forward to next year!
A very special thank you to all the adult and youth volunteers that helped prepare, decorate and assist for the week. We can’t do it without you!
First Penance and
First Holy Communion
If you have a child that is a rising 2nd grader or older who would like to prepare for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, please contact Joy Weir
Bicentennial Book Sale A Success!
Thank you for all the support in purchasing a Bicentennial book! We raised over $400 for scholarship funds for our children and youth camps! We have many camps for children and youth such as Vacation Bible School, Middle School Rally, Diocesan Work Camp and the Diocesan Youth Conference and the money will make it easier for youth and volunteer chaperones to attend. Thank you again! We appreciate your support!
Each month, a holy hour takes place that includes exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a reading from Scripture, music, silent prayer, and benediction. The holy hour is a way to deepen one’s love and appreciation for the Eucharist, which is Christ himself.
The next holy hour will take place on
Tuesday, July 27 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
in the church, and a light reception will follow in the parish hall.
The holy hour for July will focus on the Precious Blood, since the month is dedicated to that theme. (The feast of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ was previously celebrated on July 1; it is now included in the feast of Corpus Christi: the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.)
New Film on The Way of St. James:
Free on July 25 (St. James's Feast Day)
The premier of a new film,
Santiago: The Camino Within
, will be available to parishes for free on July 25. The film features pilgrims from around the world as they travel “The Way of St. James.” Sign up for a free pass to the film at santiago-camino.com.
Meeting for Extraordinary Ministers
of Holy Communion at Mass
A meeting will take place on
Thursday, August 19 at 6:00 p.m.
for those who would like to serve as extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion at Mass. This meeting will include a presentation on the significance and role of the extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, and a time for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.
Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion must be fully initiated and practicing Catholics. This means that they have received Baptism, Confirmation, and First Holy Communion; that they practice their faith, which includes attending Mass each Sunday and holy day of obligation; and, that if married, they be in a marriage recognized by the Catholic Church.
Parishioners who would like to serve as extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion to at Mass are asked to contact Fr. Tony (firstname.lastname@example.org) before the scheduled meeting.
Social Justice Committee
With the pandemic restrictions easing, I would like to meet with parishioners who are interested in participating in the Cathedral’s social ministry. An informational meeting regarding the social justice committee will take place on Thursday, August 2 at 6:00 p.m. in the parish hall. I would be grateful if those who plan to attend would email me beforehand (email@example.com), so that I can ensure sufficient seating.
The Mass is a sacrifice because it renews the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross and applies its saving grace to our lives (
Catechism of the Catholic Church
, no. 1366). In a particular way, the grace of Mass is applied to specific needs (for example, a person living or deceased) by means of a Mass intention.
According to Church law, at least one Mass on Sunday or holy day of obligation (celebrated during the day or the evening prior) must be offered “for the people” (in Latin:
Code of Canon Law
, canons 388, 534).
Aside from the pro populo requirement, Masses may be offered for other intentions (usually one intention per Mass, either on Sunday or a weekday). It is customary—but not required—for members of the faithful to provide a stipend for the priest when a Mass intention is offered (canon 945 §1). The stipend is a way to contribute toward the financial support of the clergy of the Church (canon 946), and to unite oneself more closely to Christ, who is the Victim offered in the Mass (Pope Paul VI, Apostolic Letter on Faculties Concerning Mass Stipends,
Firma in traditione
, 1974). The stipend should never be thought of as “purchasing” a Mass. The customary stipend is $5.00 per Mass.
: A Retreat for Grieving Parents
September 18 | Church of the Redeemer, Mechanicsville
October 2 | Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Newport News
To meet the spiritual needs of parents whose children of any age have died by any cause, no matter how long ago, the Diocese of Richmond now offers the
: a faith-based, day-long, spiritual retreat for grieving parents offered by a team which includes grieving parents, spiritual directors, priests, deacons, and parish leaders. The Emmaus Journey offers a safe place where you can seek peace, comfort, and hope. Join us in a warm and loving environment with other parents who know something of your pain. Questions can be sent to
The Cathedral Knights of Columbus, along with a huge assist from the VCU Chapter of Catholic Campus Ministry, will be hosting the annual Cathedral Yard Sale on
Saturday, September 4th, from 8:00am to 3:00pm.
The yard sale has become an annual tradition at the Cathedral and is made possible by the generous donations from our parishioners. We will again be accepting your furniture, household goods, bikes, recreational equipment and your gently used clothing, beginning this weekend.
You can start to drop-off your donations in the parish hall (prior to or immediately after each weekend Mass). Please email Alex Nguyen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rick Wildes (email@example.com) with any questions.
Young Adult Retreat
October 22-24, 2021| Ramada Plaza, Nags Head Oceanfront
We all need to take time to rest, retreat from the world, and recharge. This fall, young adults from across the Diocese of Richmond have an opportunity for a spiritual weekend retreat in an idyllic, relaxing environment. The retreat will include a keynote speaker who will give a series of relevant, practical, inspiring, and challenging talks, and a priest will be available throughout the weekend for Mass, Reconciliation, and Eucharistic Adoration. There will also be ample opportunities for prayer, fellowship, and downtime. Join us for our Young Adult Retreat where we will RECHARGE & BREATHE together. Registration coming later this month -
check our website for details
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