Cathedral Welcomes the World!

September 19 - 27  |  Richmond2015 Bike Week

The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart is helping to organically grow the fan

participation in Monroe Park area by providing a variety of activities both

inside and outside of the Cathedral the week of September 19 - 27. The

Cathedral will be open from 6:00 am to midnight through this week. There

 will be musical performances, self-guided tours of the historic Cathedral

along with an International Food Festival on Saturday, September 26. The

first 1,000 visitors will receive a free commemorative limited edition print

(shown here) of the Cathedral celebrating the bike race created by

parishioner and local artist Greig Leach;  official artist for Richmond2015.

The Cathedral is also teaming up with the VCU Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and other community outreach groups to build and provide care packages for the homeless on Monday, September 21.


The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart is perfectly located adjacent to Monroe Park, providing a fantastic view of the race-course, VCU and the Cathedral. You can spend time with family/friends watch the race, and interact with the world! A portion of funds raised will go to support other non-profit organizations.


If you would like to volunteer to help, please sign up at the IFF board located by the front doors of the Cathedral. More information can be found by visiting the website


4th Annual International Food Festival!

Saturday, September 26  |  8:00 am to dusk


Culturally diverse parishes and local missions are coming together to provide

Richmond with an international cuisine and entertainment experience.


This September, The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Welcomes the World! The

4th Annual International Food Festival will take place on Saturday, September 26th,

2015 during the UCI Road World Championships. Richmond will host thousands of

tourists from every corner of the world during the event to watch cyclists from over

75 different countries compete.


The International Food Festival will be strategically located adjacent to Monroe Park,

providing a fantastic view of the race-course, VCU and the Cathedral. You can spend time with family/friends, try exotic delicacies, watch the race, and interact with world!


Vendors are providing food selections and entertainment from each of their great cultures. The 4th Annual International Food Festival is scheduled for Saturday September 26th, 2015 from 8:00 am until dusk located at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 800 S. Cathedral Place in Richmond across from Monroe Park. Admission is FREE!

The bikes are coming!


The Richmond 2015 navigation portal has now launched. Everything you ever wanted to know - day by day -  can be found there. Visit the website!


Open House for Parents and Children

Sunday, September 13  |  10:00 - 11:00 am  |  Parish Hall


Please come to the Open House and learn about our Sunday morning religion program for children in Pre K - 5th Grade. You will be introduced to the catechist and assistants and take a tour of the classrooms.


Registration Forms online here.


Please return these registration forms to the Parish Office by September 13.   Classes will begin October 4.  Parent volunteers are welcomed for various activities throughout the year.


Live in God’s Presence

September 12  |  8:30 am - 12:00 pm  |  Comboni Retreat Center

Facilitatior:  Sister Delores Smith, Comboni Missionary Sister


All Cathedral adult parishioners are invited to attend a faith enriching morning at the Comboni Sisters Retreat Center at 1307 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, VA, from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm, September 12, 2015. As adults we are gently and gradually led by God to deepen our faith. Lets prepare the ground by coming together and understanding the joy of sharing our faith. Sister Delores will lead us through a morning of prayer and reflection. Breakfast and coffee will be served from 8:30 to 9:00 am. Sister Delores will begin at 9:00 am.  For more infomation, visit the Adult Ministry page of our website


Tickets available to the Papal Mass in Washington, DC

The Diocese of Richmond has been allocated a limited number of tickets for the Papal Mass and canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. Tickets will be made available through a lottery drawing open to any parishioner within the Diocese of Richmond. There is no cost to enter the lottery and the tickets are provided free of charge. Each lottery winner will be allotted two tickets to the event. Winners will be announced on September 10, 2015. To enter the drawing and for more details, visit or contact the Diocesan Center for Marriage, Family, and Life at 804-622-5109.

Parking Change for Weekend Masses began August 15-16th


Check the bulletin and info in church for important information about changes concerning how to obtain free parking in the VCU deck at Laurel and West Main for weekend liturgies.

Click here for the INSERT.


Confirmation, 2016

Contact Liz Riegler:  |  804-212-3888


Confirmation preparation will begin for 10th graders in January, 2016.  Contact Liz for more information or to be on our email list for Confirmation information.


Women’s Book Study Group

Friday mornings in October / November  10:00 am


Cathedral will be having a Women’s Book Study Group this fall.  We will meet on Friday

mornings from 10:00-11:30 am.  The first book we will read and discuss is titled

“Between the Dark and the Daylight” by Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB.   This book explores

the concerns of modern life, of the overworked mind and and the hurting heart and

hopes to generate conversations about the unseen elements of life affect our decisions.

The moments in our life when we feel at odds with everything around us.  How can we

live well among the stress.  In this book Sr.

Joan opens our eyes and hearts.  This book

helps to reveal how we can better understand ourselves and our relationship with God.

*Babysitting will be provided ... the dates are:  October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and November 6.  Please join us!  If you have any questions please email:



Prayer Shawl Ministry

Tuesday, September 8  |  11:30 am  |  Parish Hall


Come to the first fall meeting!  Bring your lunch and your knitting and some ideas on how to further distribute our wonderful work of these small, comforting pocket shaws to give to those who are sick in body, mind or spirit.  If you are visiting someone in the hospital, convalescent or nursing home, or those who are housebound, you can stop by and pick up one of these prayer cards from the Parish Office for your next visit. They are free!

Bishop Sullivan Catholic Studies Symposium

September 16  |  1:00 - 5:00 pm  |  VCU Student Commons

For more information:


All are welcome to attend this symposium on September 16, 2015 from 1:00-5:00 at the VCU student commons, Commonwealth Ballroom.  The theme of this years symposium is “The Pope of the Periphery:  The Papacy of Francis” . Speakers include Fr. Shay Auerbach,  Fr. Michael Renninger and Dr. Marie Giblin.

“Groceries for the Cart”

Third Sunday of each month  |  September 20

Contact: Mike DeNoia |  355-2096  |


Many in our city experience real hunger every day.  Sadly, too many are children. “Groceries for the cart” is part of the Cathedrals’ answer to this problem. Thanks to Martins at the Village shopping center and its manager Robbie Mansini, we have a grocery cart in the back of the church. What we ask of you is what Christ asks, feed the hungry. The third Sunday of every month is Groceries for the cart Sunday. Please bring you nonperishable food items to the back of the church and drop it in the grocery cart. If the cart is full (great problem to have) just place it around the cart. We will deliver all food items to Catholic Charities Food Bank.  As always, thanks for all you do. If you have any questions or comment please contact Mike DeNoia



The third Sunday of every month is Groceries for the Cart Sunday. Pick up a bag from the cart with a suggested list of groceries. Then bring the nonperishable food items to the back of the church and drop it in the grocery cart. We will deliver all food items to Catholic Charities Food Bank.

As always, thanks for all you do.


The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults


Click here for RCIA Registration Form


RCIA .... The Rite of Initiation of Adults is a program for those

who have been Baptized in another Christian tradition; or those

who have not been Baptized, to become a member of the Catholic

Church. The RCIA is a process of discerning and ritualizing the stages of gradual conversion. After hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, the members of RCIA consciously and freely seek the living God and enters the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. By God's help members of RCIA will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time will receive the Sacraments fruitfully. If you would like to inquire about the Catholic Church and the RCIA program at The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, please contact Maria Thorsen at

RCIA Sponsors Needed


The RCIA needs Sponsors for members in the RCIA program this year. A sponsor accompanies a member of RCIA on their spiritual journey and offers support and becomes a trusted friend in sharing your faith. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Maria Thorsen at


RCIA Meal Ministry


If you would like to provide a dinner for the RCIA group that meets every Tuesday night from 6-8:00 pm,  please contact Maria Thorsen at

St. Benedict Scouting Open House

Tuesday, September 15  |  6:30 pm  |  St. Benedict Catholic School

Contact: Barry Hodge  |  370-5652  |


Learn about the fun and outdoor adventure that awaits you and your son in Scouting by attending the Scouting Open House at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, September 15 at St. Benedict Catholic School, 3100 Grove Avenue.   (Use Belmont Street ramped entrance to St. Anselm Hall).

        Cub Scout Pack 498:   grades 1-5 or ages 7-10

        Boy Scout Troop 498:   grades 6-12 or ages 11-18

For more information, contact Scout Master Barry Hodge at 370-5652 or

Rosary Ministry at St. Mary’s Hospital

Contact: Peggy Seaton  |  |  358-2788

Betty Spencer  |  |  285-3315


The Mission Ministry of Bon Secours Richmond is in the initial stages of forming a Rosary Ministry at St. Mary’s Hospital.  For the past three years, there has been an active Rosary Ministry at St. Francis Medical Center, which has been very successful and has received much positive feed back from patients.

In order to establish this ministry at St. Mary’s Hospital, we are in need of volunteers from the community to pray and to lead the Rosary in the St. Mary’s Hospital chapel, which will be televised through the closed circuit television system to the patient rooms. We are planning to begin in May, the month of Our Lady.  We will pray the rosary Monday through Friday at 3:00 pm.  Everything will be scripted for the leader, including prayers and mysteries.  We need leaders and responders.  You would be asked to do this only once per month.  This is a wonderful opportunity to live the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy through Rosary Ministry.

If you have any questions, or wish further information, please contact Peggy Seaton or Betty Spencer.  Please prayerfully consider this ministry.


Contact: John Votta at 795-1514  |


Cursillo is a Spanish word meaning “A short course in Christianity.” It is conducted as a three-day weekend retreat for those who are wanting to live out, in ones’s daily life, the gospel values of Christ. The Cursillo provides a living understanding and appreciation of basic Christian truths  and the desire to serve the community. The weekend encompasses a full schedule of activities including talks, discussion, prayer and music. This is a joyous weekend. If you are interested in learning more about the weekend and the dates that it will be held in Richmond, please contact fellow parishioner John Votta at 795-1514 or

Scripture Study Group

Tuesdays at 12:30 pm

Mike Jackman | | 804-338-3100


The Tuesday afternoon Scripture Study group is planning to discuss Pope Francis’ profound teaching, “The Joy of the Gospel: Evangelii Gaudium”.  We will read Francis’ words prior to each session and discuss what they mean to each of us, to our faith community, and to our relationships to world around us. We meet at 12:30 pm every other Tuesday, generally in the Parish Office Conference Room. We are planning to commence our journey with Francis. If interested or if you would like additional information, please contact Mike Jackman at or (804) 338-3100.

Diocesan Evangelization Campaign Update

Monday, September 21  |  7:00 pm  |  St. Peters Catholic Church


Learn about our Diocesan Evangelization Campaign "Encounter the Joy of the Gospel and Set the World Ablaze"  Michael School, Director of the Office for Evangelization will give us an update on our progress.  Now in year two of the five year plan, we'll be looking back at the successes from year one, and the work still to come.  Join us at 7pm on Monday September 21st in St. Peter's.  For more information please contact Dale Fickett at


A Prayer for Evangelization



we give You thanks for the gift of Your Son, Jesus.

We thank You for the unity we find in Him.

We ask You to send Your Holy Spirit upon us

     ...that we might boldly proclaim Your love

     ...that we might courageously speak Your truth

     ...that we might humbly live as Jesus did,

ever faithful to You, ever joyful in Your service, ever

hopeful that Your Kingdom will burst forth in this moment.


Send us valiantly forth with the Good News that in this place, in this parish, Jesus is alive, welcoming the lost and leading us all to lives of merciful compassion!


We ask this through Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit as one God, forever and ever. Amen


Encounter the Joy!


“Encounter the Joy of the Gospel and Set the World Ablaze” is the Diocese of Richmond's five-year pastoral plan for evangelization, anchored in Jesus’ joyful message.


Read more.



Photos from the InLight Event at the Cathedral


The InLight Event was a great success especially in the Cathedral. Thousands of people came into the Cathedral and lit a candle, placing it on the altar. For other photos, click here

Photo by J. Hushen

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