Weekly Update for July 25: A Note from Msgr. Golden, Young Adult Regional Social, Upcoming Calendar Changes, and more.
Learn more on the Camino de Santiago
Three of our outstanding cathedral cantors are
moving on! We wish all of them well!
Tara Davy has left to pursue her degree in Vocal Performance at Florida State University. Rondy Lazaro, M.D., is pursuing his Doctor of Sports Medicine out of state. Ian Richardson begins a new life in upstate New York.
We are grateful for the outstanding gifts that these musicians have generously shared with us, especially Ian Richardson, who has served diligently as the cathedral’s Assistant for Worship. God bless all of them in their new adventures, and thank you for bringing beauty to our worship and sacred music program!
Young Adult Regional Social
Friday, July 26 | 5:30p | VMFA
We’ll head toSummer Breeze, an outdoor DJ music series at the VMFA. A happy hour featuring Devil’s Backbone brewing company will be taking place concurrently. Meet near the statue of Poseidon and, as always, look for the CatholicYoung Adult Social Poster. Bring your blanket, lawn chairs, and dancing shoes! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook.
Email Connectrva@gmail.com for more information and to join our mailing list.
Theology on Tap: Faith Into Action
Monday, August 5 | 6:30-8:30pm | Kitchen 64
Join us as we listen to Rachael Laustrup discuss Catholic Social Teaching and the call of Christians to move their faith into action. Seeking social justice is a fundamental component of our faith, yet it is often forgotten. How can we use our gifts to be men and women for others while, at the same time, growing in our personal relationship with Christ?
Rachael Laustrup works as the Associate Director for Social Ministry for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond. Before moving to Virginia, she received her master’s in international human rights. She spent two years with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps on a Pacific island in the Federated States of Micronesia, and she is originally from Wyoming.
Food and beverages need to be purchased by 7:15pm. Presentations begin at 7:30 pm and end with a Q&A at 8:30 pm.
Catholic Youth Day @ Busch Gardens.
All families are welcome to come enjoy the day and attend Saturday Vigil Mass together right in the park! More details to follow, but for now please
Save the Date: October 5th.
Bishop Barry C. Knestout will install Father Tony Marques as the rector of the cathedral at the
5:15 p.m. Mass on Saturday, August 17.
Book of Blessings
explains that, “When a new pastor is appointed for a parish it is appropriate that he be publicly installed by a liturgical rite” (no. 2012). This Rite of Installation includes the pastor’s pledge to seek his parishioners’ advice and his recitation of the Oath of Fidelity to the Church.
Wednesday Mass Change, Confessions,
Beginning on August 28, daily Mass on Wednesdays will move from 12:05 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., followed by confessions, beginning at approximately 7:30 p.m. (Mass on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays will continue to be celebrated at 12:05 p.m. Confessions will also continue to be heard on Saturdays at 4:00 p.m.)
The reason for this change is to make daily Mass and the Sacrament of Penance more available to both VCU students and cathedral parishioners. I realize that this change in schedule may be inconvenient for some. For those who can only attend daily Mass at midday, there is a Mass nearby at St. Peter’s Church at 12:05 p.m. Thank you for understanding.
CCM Adoration, to which cathedral parishioners are invited, will now move to Tuesdays (7:00–8:00 p.m.) when classes are in session.
—Fr. Tony Marques
(Please note: Due to publishing changes we will be using a new program- the dates will remain the same)
Letter to a Suffering Church
by Bishop Robert Barron
Please join us for discussions concerning the sexual abuse scandal that has gripped the Catholic Church. Many Catholics are understandably asking, “Why should I stay?” In the book “Letter to a Suffering Church” Bishop Robert Barron explains why this is not a time to leave, but to stay and fight. Reading the current crisis through the lens of Scripture and Church history, Bishop Barron shows we have faced such egregious scandals before; that the spiritual treasures of the Church were preserved by men and women who recommitted themselves to fighting evil; and that there is a clear path for us today.
For Catholics questioning their faith, searching desperately for encouragement and hope, this book will offer reasons to stay and fight for the Body of Christ.
Please come to these faith sharing sessions that will be held on the following dates from
7-8pm in the Parish Hall
Session #1 August 22 - “The Devil’s Masterpiece”
Session #2 August 29 - “Light from Scripture”
Session #3 September 5 - “We Have Been Here Before”
Session #4 September 12 - “Why do I Remain Catholic?”
Session #5 September 26 - “The Way Forward”
Each person will receive a copy of the book “Letter to a Suffering Church”
Facilitators: Maria Thorsen
Deacon Charles Williams
We welcome you.
Please contact Maria Thorsen with any questions: email@example.com
Please visit the Cathedral website to review the
Adult Faith Formation programs for 2019-2020
Bible Study Program…...MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Galatians: Set Free to Live
- When Paul began the church in Galatia he was weak and sick. Now everything is falling apart. Why? Paul is afraid the Galatians are trading in the true Gospel, based on faith in Jesus, for a false gospel.
Dates: September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28 November 4
Time and Place: 7:00 pm / Parish Hall
Facilitators: Deacon Chris Malone and Deacon Charles Williams
To register please email Maria Thorsen - firstname.lastname@example.org
Register Today for the SpeakUp5K!
Saturday, September 7, 2019
When registering, join our group “Cathedral of the Sacred Heart”
The Dominion Payroll SpeakUp5k presented by Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU is a race designed by Cameron Gallagher to raise awareness of teenage depression and anxiety in a positive and active way. This race series serves as a primary vehicle to drive the SpeakUp message into the community. The race is held at Byrd Park. It is a FUN race meant for everyone, with plenty of on-course surprises. Join us as we “SpeakUp” for those who are battling depression and anxiety.
It’s Never Too Early to Register for PREK-HS Formation!
Download a registration form for PREK-HS formation, beginning in the fall, and get ahead on school paperwork! We now have one form for the whole family! All students will meet between the 9 and 11 am Masses
(10:05 to 10:55 am).
PreK-5th Grade Registration Form 2019-2020
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:
Last Summer RCIA Inquiry Session
at 6:30 pm
in the Parish Hall.
RCIA SPONSORS 2019-2020
Our Cathedral community supports the RCIA community each year with prayer and hospitality. RCIA members always express how thankful they are to our parish community. If you would like to join the RCIA ministry as a Sponsor please email Maria Thorsen:
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
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
Updated Weekend Bulletin
Bulletin July 28
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, July 25 at 4:11PM