Weekly Update for Nov. 27: Thanksgiving Mass Schedule, Advent/Christmas Calendar of Events, #GivingTuesday, and more.
Start Thanksgiving Day by giving thanks to God, the source of all blessings.
Sung Mass at 9:00a Thursday, November 28, Thanksgiving Day.
What is Advent?
Advent, which begins this weekend, November 30 – December 1, marks the beginning of the liturgical year. The word “Advent” is derived from the Latin
, meaning “coming.” According to the General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar, “Advent has a twofold character: as a season to prepare for Christmas when Christ’s first coming to us is remembered; as a season when that remembrance directs the mind and heart to await Christ’s Second Coming at the end of time. Advent is thus a period for devout and joyful expectation” (no. 39).
The Church adopts several liturgical changes during Advent to express the meaning of the season: (1) the priest wears violet (purple) vestments (rose may be worn on the Third Sunday of Advent); (2) the Gloria is suppressed (except on a major feast days); (3) the music is characterized by moderation; (6) floral decoration is simpler; and (6) the Advent wreath marks the passage of time (four weeks) (General Instruction of the Roman Missal, nos. 305, 313; Ceremonial of Bishops, nos. 235–236; Book of Blessings, nos. 1509–1511).
An Advent Letter
from Fr. Tony
Need a fresh set of Advent Candles for your Advent wreath?
Stop by to purchase a set of hand-dipped candles and see all the beautiful new items available in our
. All proceeds from our shop go back to support Cathedral ministries. Thank you for your support!
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.
There is no PREK-HS Faith Formation or Children’s Liturgy of the Word this Sunday or Children’s Choir December 1st. Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!
- Global giving day known as #GivingTuesday
falls each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, which is December 3rd. It was created to remind us, after all that shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, to also spend our money benefitting the Charities that are near and dear to our hearts. We encourage you to give to your favorite charitable cases on #GivingTuesday this year and we hope that the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart will be one of them! Please visit our website
and click the ONLINE GIVING logo. Thank you in advance.
The church nursery will be closed for the holidays on:
December 1 and 29
A Celebration of
Saint Nicholas Day
December 9, 2019 | 11:00am
featuring Forgotten Clefs
Forgotten Clefs promotes early music in the United States through performance, research, and education. We'll journey to Renaissance England and explore two centuries of music for wind band and singers. The program will highlight music sung in English and Latin, and features Renaissance instruments: shawms, dulcians, brass, and strings - with a surprise visit from bagpipes! FREE lunch follows!
Free Tickets Here
Annual Advent Lessons and Carols
December 13, 2019 | 7:30pm
featuring the Musicians of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
An evening of festive carols, beautiful choral anthems, and scripture. Donations will be given to the Ryan White Program of Capital Area Health Network.
Free Tickets Here
Wednesday, December 11 at 6:00 pm
An Advent Penance Service will take place on Wednesday, December 11 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.
Several priests will be on hand to hear confessions. Please note that this will be the individual form of Penance (Rite for Reconciliation of Individual Penitents), and not the communal one (Rite for Reconciliation of Several Penitents with Individual Confession and Absolution). Therefore, it is not necessary to arrive at the church right at 6:00 pm. Mass will begin at 7:00 pm. If necessary, confessions will continue to be heard during Mass.
March for Life Pilgrimage for
Middle School & High School Students
January 23-24 , Register by December 15th!
Calling all Middle School & High School Students. Register by December 15, 2019 for an overnight trip to Woodbridge, VA for a youth rally at the Eagle Bank Arena and overnight stay in a hotel. Mass will be the next morning with Bishop Knestout and then onto the March for Life in Washington, DC. Tickets for middle and high school youth are $55 per person which includes all transportation, the rally, an overnight stay and pizza snack on Thursday night, breakfast and lunch. Please contact Joy Weir at
to register or with any questions.
Please visit the Cathedral website to review the
Adult Faith Formation programs for 2019-2020
Reflections: Mystics of the Church
Sunday, December 15 | 10:00am | 1st 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! Rosaries, prayer cards and prayer guides provided - it is so easy to join in with us!
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.
A great gift for your child or grandchild this Christmas!
This Missal helps your child take part in the Mass on Sundays and feast days and allows them to read along with the readings and Gospel. It includes the Sunday readings for Year A (U.S. Lectionary), the Order of Mass, key words for each Sunday, and beautiful full-color illustrations. This Sunday Missal is the ideal gift for children, grandchildren and as a sacramental gift! Recommended for ages 7 and up.
You can purchase directly from our Cathedral Gift Shop. $10 per Missal.
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.
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Updated Weekend Bulletin
Bulletin December 1
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 Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 3:09PM