Weekly Update for Nov. 21: Advent Activities, O Antiphons, Nursery Closures, Children's Choir, Letter from Fr. Tony, and more.
An Advent Letter
from Fr. Tony
Please Pick up Your Memorial Candles
This is the final week during which the memorial candles will be displayed. If you would like to keep your memorial candle, please pick it up from the side altars by this Sunday, November 24 at the latest, as we will be unable to store them for later pickup. If you would like to save your candle, but are unable to pick it up this week, please call Chris Ferrara for assistance (804-359-5651).
Advent Activities &
THIS 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 email@example.com
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!
Start Thanksgiving Day by giving thanks to God, the source of all blessings.
Sung Mass at 9:00a Thursday, November 28, Thanksgiving Day.
According to the
General Instruction of the Roman Missal
, which contains the norms for the celebration of Mass, “After the Priest, the Deacon, in virtue of the sacred Ordination he has received, holds first place among those who minister in the celebration of the Eucharist. … At Mass the Deacon has his own part in proclaiming the Gospel, from time to time in preaching God’s Word, in announcing the intentions of the Universal Prayer, in ministering to the Priest, in preparing the altar and in serving the celebration of the Sacrifice, in distributing the Eucharist to the faithful, especially under the species of wine, and from time to time in giving instructions regarding the people’s gestures and posture” (no. 54; see also nos. 116, 171, 178–179, 181–182, 184).
The deacon’s role at Mass expresses his identity as a servant (the meaning of the term “deacon”). A deacon’s ministry (Greek:
) is threefold: service in the liturgy (worship), service to the Word of God (preaching and teaching), and the service of charity.
Would you like a Christmas Card?
Please make sure that if you have moved in the past year that you update your mailing address by emailing
. If you are new to the church and would like to register, please to our website, www.richmondcathedral.org.
The church nursery will be closed for the holidays on:
November 24, December 1 and 29
Reflections: Mystics of the Church
Sunday, December 15 | 10:00am | 2nd Floor Parish Office
Reflections will meet next to discuss three great men who served the Lord and us by the holiness of their lives, Brother Lawrence, St. Alphonsus Rodriquez & Blessed Solanus Casey of Detroit.
For additional information, please contact Mike Jackman @ firstname.lastname@example.org or call 804 -338-3100. "
Led by Cathedral Youth Groups
All are welcome to join the Youth in leading the Rosary in the Parish Hall on
Sunday, December 8th
following the 9:00am Mass. Please join us and help lead a prayer of the Rosary!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year...
Breakfast with Santa
It’s time to register for the Knights of Columbus Breakfast with Santa. The breakfast is Saturday, December 14th starting at 9am. RSVP by emailing Joy Weir @
with how many will be coming and please also note the ages of the children and if they are a boy or girl. It’s all free but PLEASE
register by Monday, December 9th
so Santa can have his bag full of toys ready!
It’s time to register your child ages 3 to 12 for the Cathedral Christmas Pageant at the Children’s 4:00 Christmas Vigil Mass. The first rehearsal and costume fitting is
Monday, December 9th
@ 6pm in the Parish Hall.
Please email Joy Weir at
if you would like your child(ren) to participate.
Reminder: Children’s Choir rehearsal begins this Sunday Nov. 24 10:05 - 10:55 am second floor, church office
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.
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.
'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:
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.
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.
| (217) 649-5566
Updated Weekend Bulletin
Bulletin November 24
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 21, 2019 at 2:44PM