Weekly Update for Aug 22: Letter to a Suffering Church Tonight, Yard Sale Saturday, Parking Alert for Sun 5:15p Mass, and more.
What kind of world do we want to leave for the future?Let us leave a world with families. Let us care for our families, because they are true schools for the future, spaces of freedom, and centers of humanity. And let us reserve a special place in our families for individual and communal prayer. Let us pray that families, through their life of prayer and love, become ever more clearly “schools of true human development”.
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
Welcome to Janice Guzman,
the new Assistant for Worship. Janice will be working closely with the rector and director of music and liturgy for weddings, funerals, liturgies, and concerts. She has been a member of the Cathedral Choir for two years and is a rising junior at VCU.
Mega Yard Sale
August 24th | 8AM-2PM
The Mega Yard Sale is back for 2019 and the Knights of Columbus and the Cathedral need your help in making it a success once again.
Please consider dropping off your gently used items in the Parish Hall from August 17th to 23rd.
Contact Alex Nguyen at email@example.com or 804-366-6245 for more information or volunteer opportunities.
Due to the CCM Block Party taking place at 6:00pm on Sunday, August 25, Cathedral Place (the one-way street next to the Cathedral) will be closed starting at approximately 4:00pm. If you wish to attend the 5:15pm Mass that evening, please use other on-street parking in the area, or the free parking available at the VCU Parking Deck at the corner of W. Main St. and N. Laurel Street (801 W. Main St.)
Thank you for your understanding!
PARKING FOR THIS SUNDAY'S 5:15 MASS
Last weekend, Catholic Campus Ministry welcomed new VCU students and their parents with a huge BBQ at the Campus Ministry House. Over 70 students and parents enjoyed great food and music while they learned how to stay engaged with their faith during their time in college. This was also a great opportunity for new students to meet Father Tony. Everyone had a good time and this event was an awesome start to the year for Catholic Campus Ministry. CCM would like to extend a special thank you to the Cathedral parishioners for all of your help, prayers, and support for our students!
Tuesday Adoration 7-8pm
Adoration will take place this Tuesday, August 27 and
during the school year from 7 to 8 pm.
The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (downtown Richmond) seeks a full-time Facilities Director.
This individual is responsible for overseeing the maintenance, renovation, and the upkeep of the Cathedral’s buildings and grounds and for personally performing higher level maintenance functions. This includes but is not limited to the mechanical, plumbing, electrical, hydronic and energy systems. Must have a high school diploma, management experience, ability to read blue prints, and good communication skills. Significant physical effort is required. May need to transport items weighing up to 50 pounds. The Facilities Manager oversees care of the grounds including mowing, pruning, ice and snow removal. Other responsibilities include: monitor parking, coordinate with the Museum of Virginia Catholic History, support Cathedral events as appropriate, oversees building safety and security.
Interested candidates please submit cover letter and resume to Tiffany Baham at
“Shine like stars in the world, as you hold fast to the word of life” (Phil. 2:15–16)
In 2020, the Catholic Diocese of Richmond will celebrate its Bicentennial with many exciting events throughout the year, beginning with a pilgrimage to the National Shrine in D.C. To see a schedule of events, click below:
Bicentennial Pilgrimage to National Shrine
Saturday, October 12
Join Bishop Knestout as he kicks off the 200th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Diocese of Richmond with a spiritual pilgrimage to the Basilica in Washington, DC on Saturday, October 12, 2019. The day begins at the Basilica at 10:00 am and concludes following the Sunday Vigil Mass at 5:15 pm. The diocese will provide regional buses within an hour of each parish at the costs of $45 per participant. Pickup locations will be determined in late September. Registration is required. Please only select the regional bus option when registering. For more information including registration, transportation options, and meals, visit 2020.richmonddiocese.org OR contact firstname.lastname@example.org OR 804-622-5200.
Please visit the Cathedral website to review the
Adult Faith Formation programs for 2019-2020
The nursery will be CLOSED on
Sunday, September 1.
Happy Labor Day!
Calling all Parents and caregivers - please join us!
Tuesdays Together is a music and movement program for infants, toddlers, or preschoolers and their parent/caregiver (and older homeschool children are welcome to come). We meet from 10am-11am on Tuesdays in the large downstairs classroom. We hope this time together can help us get to know other parents and caregivers with young children. Bring a snack for your child if you like, we will have coffee and refreshments.
Our first Tuesday Together is Tuesday, September 17th.
Children's Liturgy of the Word 2019-2020
Children's Liturgy of the Word is a program during the 9:00am Mass that invites children ages 3 – 7 to leave the larger parish assembly during Mass to celebrate the liturgy in the Sacristy. We need VIRTUS trained adults and High School Youth to help teach the kids in this relaxed environment. We supply the training, all materials and any support you need. Join us as a regular leader or helper at the 9:00am Mass.
Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!
Register Today for the SpeakUp5K!
Saturday, September 7, 2019
When registering, join our group “Cathedral of the Sacred Heart”
Families, let’s start the school year off by joining together for a walk, run or stroll: Register Today for the Speak Up 5K and help raise awareness for teen depression and anxiety. It is a FUN race meant for everyone, with plenty of on-course surprises.
Did we mention it is stroller friendly and children under 4 are free?!
The organization We Heart Harlie and Friends supports the Van Meter family and other families that have medically fragile children. They have a fundraising gala on September 28th and all proceeds go to We Heart Harlie and Friends. Consider registering for this great cause that supports one of our Cathedral families and many others! Register at the link below:
Faith Formation is so fun!
Open House is September 8 at 10:00am in the Parish Hall.
Programs start September 15th from 10:05 to 10:55am - all students PREK-HS
PreK-HS Registration Form 2019-2020
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:
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 August 25
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, August 22 at 2:54PM