Weekly Update for April 4: Holy Week Schedule and Parking, Return Your Lenten Rice Bowls, New Items in Gift Shop, and more.
Saint Isidore of Seville
Feast Day: April 4
This Spanish Saint is the patron saint of the internet and has been
called "The Schoolmaster of the Middle Ages." He wrote numerous books, including an encyclopedia, a dictionary, a history of the Goths, and a history of the world. He also reunited a divided Spain and made it a center of culture and learning. Three of his siblings are also Saints (Leander, Fulgentius and Florentina)!
Read more on St. Isidore here:
A Meditation on This Weekend's Gospel Reading: The Prodigal Son
The true center of Rembrandt’s painting is the hands of the father. On them all light is concentrated; on them the eyes of the bystanders are focused; in them mercy becomes flesh; upon them forgiveness, reconciliation, and healing come together, and, through them, not only the tired son, but also the worn-out father find their rest...
Perhaps the most radical statement Jesus ever made is: ‘Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate.’ God’s compassion is described by Jesus not simply to show me how willing God is to feel for me, or to forgive my sins and offer me new life and happiness, but to invite me to become like God and to show the same compassion to others as he is showing me…What I am called to make true is that whether I am the younger or the elder son, I am the son of my compassionate Father. I am an heir. No one says it more clearly than Paul when he writes: ‘The Spirit himself joins with our spirit to bear witness that we are children of God. And if we are children, then we are heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, provided that we share his sufferings, so as to share his glory.’ Indeed, as son and heir I am to become successor. I am destined to step into my Father’s place and offer to others the same compassion that he has offered me. The return to the Father is ultimately the challenge to become the Father. -
The Return of the Prodigal Son
by Henri J.M. Nouwen
Return your Rice Bowls THIS WEEKEND!
Please return your Rice Bowl donations at any Mass on April 6th and 7th. Envelopes can be placed in the collection baskets, and bowls can be given to an usher.
Blessing of the Easter Eggs
Do you know about the tradition of the blessing of the Easter Eggs? The custom of blessing food for Easter arose from the discipline of fasting throughout Lent and the special Easter fast during the Easter Triduum. Easter was the first day when meat, eggs, and other foods could again be eaten. Although not of obligation, the special fast during the Triduum may still be observed as well as the tradition of blessing food for the first meal of Easter. According to custom, food may be blessed before or after the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday or on Easter morning for consumption at the first meal of Easter, when fasting is ended and the Church is filled with joy. (excerpt from catholicculture.org)
Easter Sunday morning before the 9:00 am Mass, bring your dyed Easter eggs in a basket to the right of the altar.
Before Mass ends, Monsignor Golden will call anyone who brought Easter eggs to retrieve their basket and have the Eggs blessed. Hand the blessed Eggs out to parishioners on the Cathedral plaza. Be sure to take a Blessed egg or two home, and share a part of it with all your guests at your Easter meal!
Holy Week Schedule
The liturgies of Holy Week are the triumvirate days upon which our shared faith is founded, treated as one big liturgy, and is referred to as “the pinnacle of the liturgical year.” Please attend these beautiful commemorations of the Institution of Holy Orders, the Institution of the Most Holy Eucharist, the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Resurrection. Plenty of parking will be available during Holy Week. Please join us and be immersed in Beauty.
Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, Apr 13 and 14
: Saturday 5:15p; Sunday 9a, 11a, and 5:15p
Diocesan Chrism Mass
Monday, Apr 15:
Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday Apr 18:
Solemn Stations of the Cross on Good Friday Apr 19:
Commemoration of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ on Good Friday Apr 19:
The Great Easter Vig
il Saturday, Apr 20:
Solemnity of the Resurrection of the Lord (Easter Sunday) Apr 21:
9a and 11a
Nb: There is no 5:15p Mass on Easter Sunday.
NOTICE: Holy Week Parking Changes
For Chrism Mass, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil Masses,
there will be free on-street parking reserved for Cathedral parishioners, and limited, paid parking available at the Main/Laurel deck. Please obtain a parking permit and directions from an attendant located by the stone pillars at the entrance to Cathedral Place, our one-way street.
On Easter Sunday
, please use either free on-street parking, or free parking at the deck at 805 W. Grace St, as the Main/Laurel deck will be closed Easter Sunday.
Cathedral Gift Shop News
New Gift Shop Items!
The Cathedral Gift Shop has a beautiful new display of sterling & gem stone crosses. The perfect Easter or RCIA gift. The Gift Shop is open 30 minutes before and after weekend Masses. You can contact the office at 804-359-5651 to purchase during the week. All proceeds benefit Cathedral Ministries.
We are looking for volunteers to staff the Gift Shop
before and after the 9:00am Sunday Mass
. We can schedule one Sunday or more as your schedule allows. This would involve arriving between 8:05–8:15am and working until 8:50 before Mass, and working immediately after Mass until volunteers for the 11:00am Mass arrive. This ministry is thriving thanks to its volunteers, so please consider volunteering your time. Contact Jody Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also want to thank all volunteers who are so faithful to this ministry, and to all parishioners who very kindly donate beautiful items.
All proceeds benefit Cathedral Ministries.
Children's Choir rehearsals resume and meet April 7th and 14th at 10:05a in the Parish Offices! A special Saturday practice is scheduled for Saturday, April 20 11:30 to 12:15. Call time is 8:15am for the 9:00am Easter Mass on Sunday, April 21st.
Do you know someone that could use a pantry meal dinner? Perhaps a family with a newborn or is ill?
Contact Joy Weir at
as we still have several meals in our inventory
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 (Apr 5) Soup Supper is hosted by the Pastoral Council.
Stuart Circle Palm Sunday Procession on April 14 at 9:30a
Join other Cathedral parishioners and our fellow Stuart Circle Parishes in a Palm Sunday procession. This long-standing, Richmond tradition begins with an opening liturgy at Grace Covenant Presbyterian near Stuart Circle, will continue to different Stuart Circle churches, ending at the Cathedral. You will not want to miss this event!
Did we mention there will be a donkey??
R.C.I.A. - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
RCIA is a process of conversion and spiritual formation for individuals who are interested in living the Christian life in the Catholic tradition. RCIA is a time of prayer, study, reflection, and faith sharing.
If you are interested in learning more about the RCIA process please contact:
Maria Thorsen - email@example.com
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:
How does this cost compare with other builders?
Organ pipes are physically organized into sets according to note and timbre. A set of pipes producing the same timbre for each note is called a rank, and each key on a pipe organ controls a note which may be sounded by different ranks of pipes, alone or in combination. Typically, top organ builders charge $45,000 to $50,000 per rank to build a pipe organ. The cost of the Cathedral’s organs from Juget-Sinclair is about $32,000 per rank.
Ongoing Faith Formation Programs:
Enrich your Lenten Journey
Wednesday Morning Prayer
Join Deacons Chris and Charles, during Lent, in praying the Liturgy of the Hours every Wednesday morning at 7:30am.
by Bishop Robert Barron
Dates: March 28, April 7, 10* new date
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Place: Parish Hall
Blessed Is She:
Young Women's Prayer Group
Dates: Friday, March 29 at 6:00p and Sunday, April 14 at 12:00p
Location: Parish Office
Contact Maggie Grumbine for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Partners Needed
As our RCIA m
embers 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.
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, April 4 at 2:04PM