Weekly Update for Nov. 14: Liturgical Flagship Presentation Sunday, RCIA Rites, Children's Missals, All-Parish Read, and more.
Prayer for those in Purgatory
Praying for the dead is a Spiritual Work of Mercy. It is praiseworthy to do so during the month of November, which is dedicated to the holy souls in Purgatory.
O God, giver of pardon and loving author of our salvation, grant, we pray you, in your mercy, that, through the intercession of Blessed Mary, ever-Virgin, and all your Saints, our family members and friends, who have passed from this world, may attain a share in eternal happiness.
Through Christ our Lord.
V./ Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord. R./ And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V./ May they rest in peace. R./ Amen.
V./ May their souls and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. R./ Amen.
This Saturday's Richmond Marathon will not affect parking for Confessions nor the Vigil Mass.
See you Saturday evening.
RCIA Rite of Acceptance and Welcoming
Sunday, November 17 at the 11:00 Mass our Cathedral parish will welcome the the RCIA community who are in the process of becoming full members of the Catholic faith. They will receive the Sign of the Cross, an outward sign of God’s saving power. Additionally, each person will be presented with a Bible. Scripture is the living Word of God.
Please pray for our RCIA community.
For more information on becoming Catholic and/or the RCIA program, contact Maria Thorsen
Make a Gift Through an IRA Charitable Rollover
A distribution from your IRA is a great way to support the Church! If you are 70½ or older, you may make a direct distribution (up to $100,000) from your IRA to a qualified charity, such as your parish. A qualified direct distribution to your parish from your IRA is not subject to income tax. Please make your gift as soon as possible to avoid any processing delays towards the end of the year. For more information about how you and the Church can benefit from an IRA charitable rollover, contact your IRA administrator, tax preparer, or the parish office for more information.
Poor & Needy Fund
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart partners with ACTS to provide rent and utility assistance to many families in need throughout the Greater Richmond Area. Through your generosity, we have assisted 10–15 families per quarter for the past four years, many of whom were on the verge of homelessness. There has been a significant increase in calls for assistance over the last two years. In order to help us meet this increased need, please consider donating to the Cathedral's Poor & Needy fund. This fund is used entirely to help families pay for rent and utilities in order to prevent eviction and homelessness.
Father Tony will offer a presentation on a cathedral’s role in serving the Church as a model of worship on
Sunday, November 17 12:30 pm in the Parish Hall.
This will be an opportunity to learn and ask questions about the Mass and the significance of the rites, gestures, and prayers used in the celebration, according to Vatican Council II.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Those who assist with the distribution of the Eucharist, either at Mass or to the sick, are properly called “extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion” (Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, Instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum, no.156).
“Eucharistic minister” is not the preferred term because the word “Eucharist” can designate either the Mass or Holy Communion, and only a priest is a minister of the Mass. Whereas a lay person could be a minister of Holy Communion (i.e., distributing Communion), he or she could not be a minister of the Mass. “Extraordinary” means “out-of-the-ordinary.” Bishops, priests, and deacons are ordinary ministers of Communion; lay persons are permitted to assist with the distribution of Communion when there are not enough clerics available, and when the distribution of Communion would otherwise be unduly prolonged (nos. 154–160).
According to the Church’s norms for the celebration of Mass, extraordinary
ministers of Holy Communion enter the sanctuary after the priest has received
Communion (no. 162).
The service of extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion is a blessing to the
parish because it helps to make the Body and Blood of Christ more available to the
Advent Activities &
Saturday, November 23
10:00am to noon | Parish Hall
All are welcome to this family friendly event to help us all prepare for Advent. Create an Advent Wreath, win a door prize, play Advent Bingo, learn about home prayer tables and O Antiphons, create crafts and learn about St. Lucy. Bring a pot-luck breakfast item to share. Questions: Contact Joy Weir at firstname.lastname@example.org
Presentation of the
Sunday, November 24
Following 9:00am Mass | Parish Hall
All are welcome to this beautiful presentation of the
O Antiphons sung by Cathedral Cantor Lauren Tompkins and explained by Mary Alice Teller. The Roman Church has been singing the O Antiphons since at least the eighth century. Their repeated use of the imperative "Come!" embodies the longing of all for the Divine Messiah. Come hear the beautiful sung presentation and enjoy fellowship with parishioners as we all prepare for Advent!
The Sunday Missals for Young Catholics for 2019-2020 have arrived!
This Missal helps your child take part in the Mass on Sundays and feast days. You can purchase one for your family to help you prepare or review weekly Mass.
Contact Joy Weir
to purchase or purchase directly from our Cathedral Gift Shop.
$10 per Missal.
The Cathedral is excited to continue a Children’s Choir for the 2019-2020 year. The choir will consist of children in Grades 1-8. The choir will be directed by Mrs. Amy Hruska, a Cathedral member who has taught music in the Richmond community for thirty-seven years and conducted the Children’s Choir for the last three years. She is excited to work with your children and wants to ensure their success through communication and cooperation.
We will have a short window of rehearsals, so it is important for the participating children to be present at all rehearsals. The rehearsals are:
Sun. Nov. 24 10:05 - 10:55 am second floor, church office
Sun. Dec 8 10:05 - 10:55 am second floor, church office
Sun. Dec 15 10:05 - 10:55 am second floor, church office
Sun. Dec 22 12:00 - 12:45 pm in the church
Tue. Dec 24 3:15 pm call for 4:00 Mass in the church
Register by filling out a registration form found in the Parish Hall,
email Amy Hruska email@example.com, or click below.
'Tis a Gift ...
to Give to Your Cathedral
Unable to support the parish monetarily? Looking for ways to get involved at the cathedral? Give the gift of your time by volunteering to help with the parish Gift Shop. Whether it be one Mass a month or more, the parish needs your help in keeping this wonderful ministry thriving.
Email Jody Taylor for more information at:
TIME TO REGISTER!
February 7-9th | Diocesan Youth Conference
This is a special fun and faith filled weekend for the youth in all the Richmond Diocese and is conveniently located right here in downtown Richmond. Great concerts, speakers, break out sessions and Mass with the Bishop! 8th grade - HS.
Special Early Bird Pricing is $140 per person!
Deadline for discount is November 19!
Complete the form and email to Joy Weir at firstname.lastname@example.org
Diocesan Youth Conference
The Diocesan Youth Conference registration will be opening soon. If you are in 8th grade - High School, save the date on your calendar now. This is a special fun and faith filled weekend for the youth in all the Richmond Diocese and is conveniently located right here in downtown Richmond. More details will be shared soon!
Please visit the Cathedral website to review the
Adult Faith Formation programs for 2019-2020
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 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:
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
to the Sick a
We are in need of several volunteers to administer the Eucharist to the Sick and Homebound parishioners 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 and the reward is everlasting!
If you can commit to spending a few moments once a month, taking the Eucharist to those who would otherwise not receive it, contact the Eucharistic Minister Coordinator.
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Updated Weekend Bulletin
Bulletin November 17
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
“Shine like stars in the world, as you hold fast to the word of life” (Phil. 2:15–16)
Lauren Tompkins, FA
on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 2:58PM