Weekly Update for March 14: Reflections, St. Patty's Day, Morning Prayer, Rice Bowls, and more.
Living by Faith and the Golden Rule
Faith is the fulcrum of our moral and spiritual balance. The problems of evil or of sin, of injustice, of sufferings, even of death, cannot upset the man of faith or shake his trust and confidence in God. His powerlessness to solve such problems will not be a cause of despair or despondency for him, no matter how strong his concern and anxiety may be for himself and for those around him. At the core of his being there exists an unshakeable confidence that God will provide, in the mysterious ways of his own divine providence.
And yet faith also teaches him that he cannot be indifferent, that he cannot just shrug his shoulders and sigh, "God will provide." He knows that he must, in the words of one spiritual maxim, "work as if everything depended upon him and pray as if everything depended upon God." He recognizes that it was by the Incarnation that the Kingdom of God was established. For it was in the mystery of his Incarnation that God became man in order to set us the most perfect example- and to teach us by this example how his kingdom must be extended on earth. The Kingdom of God will grow upon earth, will be brought to fulfillment, in the same way it was established: by the daily and seemingly hidden lives of those who do always the will of the Father.
Servant of God Walter J. Ciszek, S. J.
Reflections: Mystics of the Church
Sunday, March 17 | 10:00am | Rector’s Office
We will meet this Sunday March 17 at 10:00 AM in Monsignor’s Office on the 3rd floor of the Parish Office. We will be discussing Pope St. Gregory the Great. For additional information, please contact:
email@example.com or 804 -338-3100.
During this Lenten season, join us for Soup Supper and Stations of the Cross
every Friday evening
. Soup Supper starts at 6:00 pm in the Parish Hall with Stations of the Cross beginning at 6:45 pm in the Sanctuary.
This Friday's (Mar 15) Soup Supper is hosted by the Children and Youth Formation
Morning Prayer | Wednesdays at 7:30 am
with Deacons Chris and Charles
During Lent, join us in praying the
Liturgy of the Hours
, also know as the Divine Office, marking the hours of each day and sanctifying the day with prayer.
Morning Prayer consists of a Psalm, a reading from the Word of God, and the Canticle of Zechariah form Luke 1: 46-55.
“I will pray to you, Lord, you will hear my voice in the morning,
I will stand before you in the morning and gaze on you”
Psalm 5: (4-5)
Lent In Leipzig:
Motets by JS Bach and Felix Mendelssohn
The inaugural concert performance of the cathedral’s own Schola Cantorum is quickly approaching! Get your tickets now!
Click Here for Tickets
Friday, March 22, 7:30p
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Foundation's Organ Project-
– Q&A from Town Hall Meetings
We received many excellent questions at the Organ Town Hall Meetings. Here’s one of them:
Is anything in the current organ salvageable?
The consoles (keyboards, pedals, and stop controls) and perhaps a few other parts of the gallery organ may be salvageable, but they cannot be used with a new gallery organ. The Cathedral’s organ committee will try to find buyers for any salvageable parts, and will invest any money received back into this project.
As we look ahead Lenten journey, may our fasting be a hunger for justice, our alms an offering of peace, and our prayers a reflection of humble and grateful hearts. We ask the Holy Spirit to accompany us as we spend these 40 days reflecting on what it means to emerge from the desert ready to encounter the needs of the world with the hope of the Resurrection. Filling your Catholic Relief Services Lenten Rice Bowl is faith in action. Catholic Relief Services supports those in need worldwide. Let us come together and reflect on the crosses of hunger, poverty, and war that our brothers and sisters encounter.
Please return your rice bowl donation at any Mass on April 6 and 7
Girl Scouts will be selling cookies in the Parish Hall and Plaza after the 9 and 11am Masses this Sunday, March 17 and next Sunday, March 24.
Thank you for your support!
Reminder: High school youth group meets this Sunday, March 17 from Noon to 2pm. We still don’t have a kitchen - but come and help us prepare Lenten soup jars for our Cathedral homebound.
We will have lunch too!
Ongoing Faith Formation Programs:
Enrich your Lenten Journey
by Bishop Robert Barron
Dates: March 20, 28, April 7, 10* new date
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Place: Parish Hall
Women's Book Group
Dates: March 18 and 25
Place: Parish Hall
Lunch and Nursery Provided
Contact Maria Thorsen for more info.
Blessed Is She:
Young Women's Prayer Group
Dates: March 23, March 31 (Virtual), and April 14
Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm
Contact Jasmine Coles for more information:
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Haiti Section / Seksyon Ayiti
We're making great progress! Thank you for the continued support for our twin parish in Carissade, Haiti. We've raised $29,474 towards our goal of $130,000. Please help us continue our work to feed and educate children, provide basic medical care, and cultivate sustainable livelihoods in the village.
Donations can be made at
Please indicate "Haiti"
Prayer Partners Needed!
As our RCIA members draw closer to Easter, we ask for your prayers to assist them in their journey of faith. If you are interested being a prayer partner with one of our Catechumens, Candidates, or Confirmands, please email Maria Thorsen
and she will send you a name.
Cathedral Gift Shop is Ready for Lent
Please visit the Gift Shop for a beautiful selection of crucifixes and rosaries.
Remember to sign up for this wonderful youth event. The program is next Tuesday.
Register today - you must register to attend!
Dinner and Post-dinner program open to Youth (Grades 6-12) Parents welcome to attend. Special pre-dinner event for youth ministers, youth ministry volunteers, core team members, Catholic School teachers, parish catechists – any adult who works with teens in a school or church setting. FREE event… dinner included… but you must register… go to
Meals for RCIA
Every RCIA Session begins with “breaking bread”. Our parishioners have been very generous in providing the dinner for those who come to RCIA on Tuesday evenings.
If you are able to provide a dinner to show welcoming hospitality, please email -
Maria Thorsen | mthorsen@richmondcathedral
Thank you for helping with this ministry!
Eucharistic Ministers to the Sick a
We are in need of several volunteers to deliver the Eucharist to the Sick and Homebound. Volunteers will be assigned to deliver the Eucharist to a parishioner once a month.
This is a wonderful ministry whereby you will meet some of the nicest and most grateful people imaginable. The time commitment is minimal but the reward is everlasting!
If you can commit to spending a few moments once a month, bringing the Eucharist to those who would otherwise not receive it, contact the Eucharistic Minister Coordinator.
| (217) 649-5566
Please check out our weekly bulletin for more in-depth information regarding events at your Cathedral Parish!
Give with Vanco
You can give:
• online through QR code or visit
• through Mobile App by downloading the
• or by texting the amount you wish to give to 804-315-0903. You will have to enter your credit card or bank account number the first time you give. For more information please call the church office 804-212-3898
The parking vouchers for the VCU Decks have been updated. Please use this QR code to vacate the decks and avoid paying for parking.
Please check out our weekly bulletin for more in-depth information regarding events at your Cathedral!
More events and information found here:
August 5 Bulletin
Wednesday, August 15,
Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
and is a
Holy Day of Obligation.
Please join us for a Solemn Mass at
with special music sung by the Cathedral
or a sung Mass at 6:00p.
"When speaking of families, often the image of a treasure comes to my mind.
Today's rhythm of life, stress, pressure at work, and also the little attention paid by institutions, could put them in danger.
It's not enough to talk about their importance: it's necessary to promote concrete means and to develop their role in society with a good family policy.
Together, let us ask Jesus that any far-reaching decisions of economists and politicians may protect the family as one of the treasures of humanity."
PREK-Middle School Open House
Sunday, Sept. 9 | 10:00 - 11:00 am
Join us in our new church offices on the first floor to learn about our wonderful year of children’s formation and middle school youth group. You will get a chance to meet your child’s catechist or group leader. Coming from the church, go past the bathrooms through the hall and two sets of doors to reach the new office. Coming from the street, you can enter directly through the double doors at 823 S. Cathedral Place.
High School and Confirmation
Sunday, September 9 |12:00-1:00pm
Join us in our new church offices on the first floor to learn about our high school youth group meetings and the chance for service hours. If you are in your sophmore year or older and would like information on the Sacrament of Confirmation, please attend this open house. Coming from the church, go past the bathrooms through the hall and two sets of doors to reach the new office. Coming from the street, you can enter directly through the double doors at 823 S. Cathedral Place.
A Story of Salvation History
7:00p - 8:30p | Parish Hall
Dates: September 17th, September 24th, and October 1st
“To fall in love with God is the greatest of all romances; to seek Him, the greatest adventure…” St. Augustine. The Bible Timeline is a Catholic approach to Scripture that invites us into a transformative encounter with Jesus Christ.
Everyone is invited. Please attend and bring a friend!
Please note temporary change of location:
The Nursery will be located in the
large classroom on the lower level
. All nursery supplies have been stored as the rooms are cleaned and painted, so we are asking that you
bring a bag of toys that the children can share each week
. Please have diapers available, if needed.
If you have any questions please email:
Women's Book Group
Fridays at 10am | Parish Hall
Sept 28, Oct 5, Oct 12, and Oct 19
“Through her unique gift for
storytelling, combined with profound
spiritual insight, Sr. Bridget
Haase's Doors to the Sacred will invite
readers to open the door to the room of
daily experience, stand under its
ceiling of providence, walk the floors of
faith, and explore its nooks and
crannies of divine surprises and
disguises. By so doing, they will
discover that each event of life is holy,
saturated with God, and filled with
hope.” – Paraclete Press
Lauren Tompkins, FA
on Thursday, March 14 at 1:04PM