Cathedral Updates for 7/30: Assumption events in August, CCC School Supply Drive, Mass Registration Update, and more.
Fr. Tony encourages Cathedral parishioners to read the excellent article written by Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore about how Catholic Social Teaching can shape our response to racism:
Archbishop Lori: How church teaching can help explain why ‘Black Lives Matter’
Mass Registration Update
Parishioners are encouraged to pre-register for weekend Masses, as this will expedite entry. Registration can also be done at the door. Seating is guaranteed for pre-registration.
Sunday Mass Livestream Link Change
Until Sunday, August 16, the 11:00 a.m. Sunday Mass will be livestreamed from the Cathedral's Facebook page.
August: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Our parish theme for August is on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Click below to see the many ways you may join us to get involved and celebrate her Feast with your fellow parishioners.
Crowned with Stars
August 6 | 6:30-7:30p.m.
“A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon beneath her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars”
This biblical text is used at Mass on August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The feast of the Assumption commemorates our belief that at the end of her life, the Mother of God was taken into heaven completely—body as well as soul. In this way, Mary’s Assumption follows closely upon the resurrection of her Son. The Assumption is a unique fulfillment of God’s promise to raise us from the dead.
Fr. Tony will speak about the Assumption on Thursday, August 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The evening will conclude with the recitation of the Fourth Glorious Mystery of the Rosary, which is the Assumption.
This event will take place in-person in the church and will be available online.
All are welcome.
Please register by contacting Joy Weir (
), indicating whether you plan to participate in person or via livestream.
"The Queen Stands at Your Right Hand":
A Eucharistic Meditation on the
Assumption of Mary
Thursday, August 20 | 6:00 p.m. | In-person & Livestream
The Responsorial Psalm for the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 15) declares: “The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold” (Psalm 45:10). On Thursday, August 20, a holy hour will be held to deepen our appreciation of Mary’s Assumption as a sign that guides all members of the Church to heaven. The evening will include Eucharistic exposition (adoration) and sacred music. This event will also be livestreamed on the
Theology on Tap
Saint Paul: A Saint for Trying Times
Monday, August 3 | 7:30p.m. | Zoom
Come join us as we chat with Sister Emily Beata Marsh representing the Daughters of St. Paul, "The Media Nuns", about the life of St. Paul. We'll hear how his experience applies to us in 2020 and gain ideas for growing in our walk with God. Our speaker, Sister Emily Beata Marsh, is the vocations director for the Daughters of St. Paul, an order of nuns who love to share the joy of Christ to others through social media and who run the Catholic bookstore Pauline Media.
The meeting web address is
Virtual doors open at 7:20 p.m. and will run from 7:30 to - 8:30pm.
SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE
Kindness Sidewalk Chalk
August 14 & 15 is move-in weekend for VCU
On August 14 & 15, we will have sidewalk chalk before and after all Masses. Let’s welcome the VCU students with positive and encouraging messages. Little acts of kindness go a long way when one is away from home.
Livestreaming Sound Improvements
We are very grateful to a generous donor, by whose gift a new livestream sound system has been installed for all of our livestream Masses. The feedback that we received was joyously positive.
Every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. we meet for morning prayer via Zoom. Some of us are more awake than others, but we come together in prayer to start the day with gratitude and hope in Christ. Lauds is about 20 minutes. Deacons Chris and Charles lead Lauds and invite volunteers to lead at different times.
to join the Zoom meeting.
Assisting with Flowers
Parishioners are needed to assist with flower arrangements for the altar: making the arrangements, donating flowers from their garden, and / or contributing funds for the purchase of flowers.
For those interested in making flower arrangements, training will be happily provided. Vases and oasis will be available in the kitchen, and flower arrangements are made on Fridays.
The presence of flowers enhances our worship and ultimately reminds us of the beauty of Almighty God. If you would like to prepare flower arrangements, donate flowers, or make a contribution for the purchase of flowers, please contact Chris Ferrara, office manager (804-359-5651).
rgent Need for Cathedral Ushers
Cathedral Ushers are vital ministers, helping to keep everyone safe, and making sure that our Masses are celebrated beautifully and smoothly. Responsibilities include arriving an hour in advance of Mass to open and check in parishioners, escorting people to their pews, and assisting one another to clean the church after all have departed. Please contact Carl Archacki at
(804) 396-5428 or
firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in serving as an usher and thank you for your generous consideration.
Cathedral Book Club
Our next book club will be on
Racial Justice and the Catholic Church
by Fr. Bryan N. Massingale with Deacon Charles Williams and Deacon Chris Malone as facilitators.
The group will meet on Wednesday:
and Aug 19
from 7:00–8:00 p.m. over Zoom.
If you would like to be on the waiting list for the book club, please email Joy Weir at email@example.com
Are you or someone you know interested in becoming Catholic?
Do you have a child the age of seven or above who has not been baptized?
Were you baptized Catholic as a child, but have not yet received the Sacraments of Confirmation and/or Eucharist?
Our parish offers an opportunity to come together in a small group to learn more about the Catholic faith. RCIA sessions focus on the faith and experience of the Catholic Church and prepares individuals to celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
** There are separate sessions for children and youth.
You are welcome to participate in the RCIA process with your questions, your insights and your faith story in a welcoming setting.
For more information please contact Maria Thorsen - firstname.lastname@example.org
RCIA Inquiry Sessions–You're Invited!
Are you interested in exploring the possibility of becoming Catholic? We welcome you to come with your questions and share in conversation about what it means to live the Christian life in the Catholic tradition. The inquiry sessions are intended to help each person discern whether they want to consider fuller participation in the Catholic faith community.
he August session will be held virtually.
August 11 - 5:30 pm
Please contact Maria Thorsen if you would like to join us and use the following Zoom link:
Parish sponsors accompany those in the RCIA process of conversion and faith formation as companions on the journey. They support those in RCIA with prayer and their own witness to the Christian way of life. Sponsors come to the Tuesday night sessions. Serving as a sponsor fulfills the necessary ministry envisioned by the RCIA process, but it is also an incredibly enriching experience.
If you want to learn more about what is involved in serving as an RCIA sponsor please contact Maria Thorsen at
Adult Volunteers for Faith Formation
We are making plans for the 2020-2021 year for PREK-HS religious education, youth group meetings and service opportunities. Whether we meet on Zoom, the Parish Hall, or a classroom - we need adults to create a safe and nurturing environment as we join our children and youth on their journey to be closer to Christ. We have many opportunities and can work with any time commitment you are able to offer. Please contact Joy Weir,
to find out about volunteer opportunities. It is a great time to be trained in any area for which you would like to volunteer with children and youth. Thank you for your consideration in our children and youth ministry.
Tuesdays Together Resumes THIS TUESDAY
Are you looking for a short, fun get-together for your child ages 0 to 5? Consider joining in our Tuesdays Together program from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. Right now it is
and as soon as we are able to do so, we will safely come together in person. If you would like to join us, please email Joy Weir at
for the Zoom link.
Tuesday–Friday: 12:05 p.m
(Cathedral open from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
Saturday: 5:15 p.m.
(Cathedral opens at 4:00 p.m.)
9:00 a.m. (no livestream)
(Cathedral opens at 8:00 a.m.)
Sunday: 11:00 a.m.
** until August 16)
(Cathedral opens at 10:00 a.m.)
Pre-registration for weekend Masses guarantees seating.
Pre-registration opens on Mondays at 7:00 a.m.
and closes on Thursdays at 12:00 N.
Wednesday: 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Monday–Friday: 9:00 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.
UPDATED BULLETIN FOR
August 2, 2020
Lauren Tompkins, FA
on Thursday, July 30 at 2:16PM