Weekly Update for Oct 3: Community Sunday Oct 6, First Friday Adoration, Confirmation Meeting, Theology on Tap, and more.
Feast of St. Sa
int Francis of Assisi
At San Damiano the Crucified Christ challenged St. Francis to “go rebuild My house.” That task meant Francis had to transform himself first. Every pilgrim who visits Assisi must make the short walk outside the city walls and spend time at the sanctuary of San Damiano. It is one of the most important places in the Franciscan story.
The event most often repeated about this place is the encounter between Francis and the image of Christ Crucified who spoke to him and said: “Francis, go rebuild My house; as you see, it is all being destroyed.” Thomas of Celano tells the whole story:
With his heart already completely changed—soon his body was also to be changed — he was walking one day by the church of San Damiano, which was abandoned by everyone and almost in ruins.
Led by the Spirit
he went in to pray and knelt down devoutly before the crucifix. He was shaken by unusual experiences and discovered that he was different from when he had entered.
As soon as he had this feeling, there occurred
something unheard of in previous ages
: with the lips of the painting, the image of Christ crucified spoke to him. ‘Francis,’ it said,
calling him by name
, ‘go rebuild My house; as you see, it is all being destroyed.’
Francis was more than a little stunned, trembling, and stuttering like a man out of his senses. He prepared himself to obey and pulled himself together to carry out the command. He felt this mysterious change in himself, but he could not describe it. So it is better for us to remain silent about it too.
From that time on, compassion for the Crucified was impressed into his holy soul. And we honestly believe the wounds of the sacred Passion were impressed deep in his heart, though not yet on his flesh.”
Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, Volume 2: The Founder
, New City Press, p. 249
Community Sunday with
Coffee and Doughnuts!
Come grab a a doughnut and mingle with your fellow parishioners
after the 9 and 11 o'clock Masses THIS SUNDAY.
And pick up a free book (or two)!
First Friday Adoration
This Friday, Oct 4
In addition, Adoration takes place each Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm, hosted by CCM. Join us!
There will be no PREK-HS faith formation this Sunday, October 6.
We will resume all programming on Sunday, October 13th. Both Middle AND High School please come to the Parish Hall to meet on October 13th!
REMINDER: CONFIRMATION MEETING AND SHORT INTERVIEW
This Sunday, October 6th @ 2pm in the Parish Hall
Thanks for coming to our Youth Group Hike with Father Tony! It was a great way to start our day!
Theology on Tap
Mon., Oct. 7 | 6:30-8:30pm Kitchen 64
Join us for an evening of fun and test your Catholic knowledge! Our host will be Deacon Grimm from St. Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg. While Theology on Tap is traditionally a young adult event, singles and married people of all faith backgrounds are welcome. We ask guests to purchase food and drink by 7:15pm. Search “Richmond Theology on Tap” on Facebook to RSVP!
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.
Saint John XXIII
Reflections: Mystics of the Church
Sun., Oct. 27 | 10:00am | 2nd Floor Parish Offices
Join us as we discuss Saint Pope John XIII at our next meeting on October 27.
For additional information, please contact
Mike Jackman at
The Living Rosary led by Cathedral Youth Group, Sunday, October 20 after the 9:00am Mass
Join the Cathedral Youth Groups in saying the Rosary. Each student will lead a prayer of the Rosary and parents and parishioners are asked to join in to help lead and pray together as a community
...will take place on the weekend of October 19 and 20 during the 5:15 Vigil, 9 and 11 am Masses. Baptism class for parents will be on Saturday, October 12 at 10 am. If you are interested in having your child baptized, please fill out the registration form on the cathedral's website and return to Joy Weir at
If you would like to provide dinner for a Tuesday night RCIA Session please email
Maria Thorsen at
R.C.I.A. MEAL MINISTRY
Cathedral parishioners have always been so welcoming to the members in the RCIA process. Our parish community supports those seeking full membership in the Catholic faith through. As a Eucharistic people, we come together to know and understand each other by sharing a meal. The faith of the RCIA community is strengthened by your generous gift of a meal.
Have you registered, or
If you have not yet registered as a parishioner of the Cathedral, please visit richmondcathedral.org, scroll down to "Join" and select "Online Registration." This can be completed in under five minutes, and will be necessary for such things as our upcoming Cathedral Christmas card!
f your address has changed since registering, please contact Tiffany Baham at
tbaham@ richmondcathedral.org and provide your updated address.
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 time of prayer, study, reflection, faith sharing, on-going discernment and participation in parish life.
For further information please contact Maria Thorsen - email@example.com
Please visit the Cathedral website to review the
Adult Faith Formation programs for 2019-2020
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:
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 October 6
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, October 3 at 2:52PM