Weekly Update for June 6: Pentecost, Congratulations Confirmandi, Arise, Upcoming Formation Events, and more.
by Jean Restout II
"A fundamental element of Pentecost is
. Our God is a God of astonishment; this we know. No one expected anything more from the disciples: after Jesus’ death they were a small, insignificant group of defeated orphans of their Master. There occurred instead an unexpected event that astounded: the people were astonished because each of them heard the disciples speaking in their own tongues, telling of the great works of God (cf. Acts 2:6–7, 11). The Church born at Pentecost is an astounding community because, with the force of her arrival from God, a new message is proclaimed—the resurrection of Christ—with a new language, the universal one of love. A new proclamation: Christ lives, he is risen. A new language: the language of love. The disciples are adorned with power from above and speak with courage. Only minutes before, they all were cowardly, but now they speak with courage and candor, with the freedom of the Holy Spirit.
Thus the Church is called into being forever, capable of astounding while proclaiming to all that Jesus Christ has conquered death, that God’s arms are always open, that his patience is always there awaiting us in order to heal us, to forgive us. The risen Jesus bestowed his Spirit on the Church for this very mission.
Take note: if the Church is alive, she must always surprise. It is incumbent upon the living Church to astound. A Church that is unable to astound is a Church that is weak, sick, dying, and that needs admission to the intensive care unit as soon as possible!"
Walking with Jesus
by Pope Francis
Are you an altar server?
We need more altar servers for Confirmation THIS SUNDAY at 2pm. Please email Carey Bliley if you can serve and thank you for considering!
Arise! Followers of Jesus @
Pastoral Center / AMF Bowling
Jun 8 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come join us and come together as a community and share the joy of the Gospel. An evening of spiritual encounter and entertainment not to be missed! This event is for unmarried young adults ages 18-35.
Upcoming Adult Faith Formation Programs
Healing God’s Church
from Renew International - Six sessions to discuss
the Clergy Sexual Abuse Crises
All Parish Read & Discussion Sessions
Adult Speaker Series based on the theme “What are the Catholic Social
Galatians: Set Free to Live
- Fall Bible Study
The Gospel of John
- Winter/Spring Bible Study
Movie and Pot Luck Supper
Women’s Book Group
- inspiring parishioners through small groups to pray, reflect on
the Scriptures, and be inspired to bring the Gospel to the world
Mystics of the Church
Sunday, June 16 | 10:00am | 3rd Floor of Parish Office
Reflections will meet again on Sunday, June 16 at 10:00am in Monsignor’s Office on the 3rd floor of the Parish Office. We will be discussing
Ignatius of Loyola
, certainly one of the greatest mystics
and churchmen in history.
Money Counters Needed!
Money counters are responsible for counting weekly collections and preparing the envelopes for permanent records. There are three teams who rotate by the month. We are in need of some volunteers for the June, September, and December team. If you are interested, please contact Tiffany Baham at
Cathedral Nursery is blessed to have such a dedicated nursery staff…
A few reminders:
When bringing your child to the nursery please sign in and leave a contact number.
The nursery will be closed on June 30 and July 7.
Have you met Mack?
He Tells us when Life is Unfair...
God is Good!
Come get to know Mack and more of his animal friends!
VBS July 8-12 | 8:45am to noon
It is time to enroll your PREK-Rising 5th grader in VBS. This fun & FREE program has music, crafts, games, yummy snacks and Bible stories. Every year we have more kids join in on the fun! Register your child(ren) today! Registration forms are available on our website www.richmondcathedral.org or in the Parish Hall.
VBS Registration Form 2019
VBS Volunteer Form 2019
Moms and Dads of babies, toddlers and preschoolers…
We would love to start a parent and child group that meets one day a week for an hour or so during the school year in the fall. It will be a chance to be with other parishioners in a relaxed setting with your child(ren) and providing the children a chance to socialize. If you have any interest (or know someone that might) please take the Cathedral Playgroup Survey or contact Joy Weir at
Cathedral Playgroup Survey
Would you like to help with children and youth in our parish? If so, we want to make sure your safety training is in place! It’s free and worth the few hours of commitment to complete.There are several training sessions coming up in the next few months in the Richmond area. Please email Joy Weir at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. Thank you for your support!
Online Parish Directory
The Lifetouch online directory is now available! Please click here:
and enter access code c1906 to view it. Physical directories are available for those who had their photos taken.
If you have not yet received your copy, or would like your information to be hidden from the directory, please contact Chris Ferrara at 804-359-5651
R.C.I.A. The 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. It is a time of prayer, study, reflection, faith sharing, ongoing discernment and participation in parish life.
Where do I begin?
Anyone who is interested in exploring the Catholic faith is welcome to come to one of the scheduled Inquiry Sessions, where individuals may ask questions and gather information.
Is the RCIA process like taking a course?
No. The RCIA process of faith formation, catechesis (teaching of the faith), and spiritual growth. While reading/resources will be suggested and recommended there are no requirements like one might have when taking a formal class.
What if I have to miss some Tuesday sessions because of family, work, school, or travel commitments?
No worries. We understand these conflicts. We will make sure that you receive missed handouts and that one of the facilitators can be available to you to answer questions and talk to you about the session you missed. Your sponsor will also be a resource for you.
To learn more about RCIA please contact Maria Thorsen or come to one of the scheduled Inquiry Sessions:
Summer RCIA Inquiry Sessions
at 6:30 pm
in the Parish Hall.
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
The Gift Shop needs your help!
Looking for a new way to help your parish family? Want to secure an EXCELLENT parking spot before Mass? We are looking for volunteers to staff the Gift Shop
before and after the 9:00am and 5:15pm Sunday Masses
. We can schedule one Sunday or more as your schedule allows. This would involve arriving 30 minutes before Mass and staying for 30 minutes after Mass. Volunteers ensure that this ministry can be available for our parishioners.Contact Jody Taylor at
Bulletin June 9
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, June 6 at 1:13PM