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The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart

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Welcome to the Cathedral–mother church of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond; treasured historic landmark; and center for worship and outreach. We invite you to please visit often and bring family and friends to enjoy its beauty and hospitality.

Recorded on the National and State Registries of Historic Landmarks, the Cathedral emerged out of two needs: ministry to Virginia during the rebuilding years after the Civil War, and, subsequent growth in the Church. The project initially languished, given difficult economic times. Then, construction was made possible by a single gift of $500,000 from Thomas Fortune Ryan, a Virginia-born New York businessman, and his wife Ida Barry Ryan. Its cornerstone was laid on June 4, 1903 and it was dedicated on Thanksgiving Day, 1906.

It took only three years to build the Cathedral, but generations of people have been united over a century in worship, in caring for its edifice, in building a vital parish community, and in serving the Richmond region, the Catholic Diocese, and Virginia. As a gathering place for liturgical and civic celebrations; as outreach to the poor, needy and homeless; through a lively range of concerts, choral and instrumental presentations; and as a forum for community issues–the Cathedral and its community are thriving.

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WHAT AM I DOING TO LENT THIS YEAR?

Lent – a time set aside by the Catholic Church for spiritual renewal and reflection on Christ’s passion and resurrection. It is liturgical season to explore what is means to serve others. Lent is a time to deepen our relationship with our Lord through prayer, scripture reading and reflection. Through repentance and reflection that mark Lent, we hope to clear a way and start fresh with Easter.

LENT: Family and Children

Saturday, March 25 10am – Noon – Parish hall
The morning will be filled with Lenten activities for all.

Liturgy of the Hours Morning Prayer

Wednesdays  at 7:30 am

Reflections – Mystics of the Catholic Church

Every other Sunday at 10am – see calendar

Family and Faith

March 26 10am
“Searching for the Perfect House”

Lent: Breakfast and Prayer

March 23 at 10:am

Parish Lenten Reconciliation Service

March 29 at 5:30 pm

Holy Week
On Palm Sunday, we celebrate the first joy of the season, as we celebrate Our Lord’s triumphant entrance into Jerusalem where he was welcomed by crowds worshiping him and laying down palm leaves before him. It also marks the beginning of Holy Week, with the greatest tragedy and sorrow of the year. He returned to Jerusalem on Thursday, to share the Last Supper with His apostles. He was subsequently arrested and tried. He was crucified at Calvary on Friday, outside the gates of Jerusalem. He was buried the same day, and arose three days later, on Easter Sunday. All of this is done by our Lord for forgiveness of our sins, and for life everlasting with Him. God so loved us, that He sent His only begotten Son to die for us, so that our sins may be forgiven.

Visitor’s Information

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Community & Volunteer

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The Cathedral is open for visitors Monday-Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
On Saturdays and Sundays we are open only during Mass.

Please note – at certain times, special events in the Cathedral may cause these times to change while we prepare. Please check our weekly calendar or our Upcoming Events for more details.
You can now see the results of extensive preservation of the original seat of the Richmond Diocese. In addition, two newly installed exhibits presented by the Museum of Virginia Catholic History are open for viewing by appointment or, if church volunteers are available, after Masses on Sunday mornings. For more information about the Museum or to schedule a guided tour of the Cathedral, please contact Edie Jeter, Museum Curator, at 804-622-5218

Presently, the museum exhibits located in the Baptistery Gallery and Crypt & Undercroft are available to tour by appointment only. Hope you have a wonderful visit!

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At the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, there are many opportunities to volunteer. Whether you are fulfilling community service requirements for academic, civic, or civil organizations and/or institution; or you just want to plug into the Cathedral’s community and help support your parish and take care of this historic building and its grounds, we have opportunities for you and would love to partner with you in this goal.

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Concerts

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David Jonies, Organ


Associate Director of Music, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
7:30 pm

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ACRONYM Baroque Ensemble

Friday, May 26, 2017
7:00 pm

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Greater Richmond Children’s Choir


Hope Armstrong Erb, Director
Sunday, June 25, 2017
2:00 pm

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The Seat of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond

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We, the Cathedral community of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, express our shared life in the ministries of liturgical celebration, faith formation and service. Our vision is rooted in the mission of Jesus Christ to the world and in our uniqueness as a parish, specifically the diversity of our membership from all walks of life, our relationship to our urban neighborhood, including Virginia Commonwealth University, our history, and our special role as the mother parish of our diocese.

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Museum of Virginia Catholic History

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Catholic Campus Ministry at VCU

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The Museum of Virginia Catholic History was established by the Most Reverend Walter F. Sullivan, eleventh Bishop of Richmond.more…

Hello! We are Catholic Campus Ministry at Virginia Commonwealth University, in the heart of downtown Richmond,VA. We strive to serve the community by “acting justly, loving tenderly, and walking humbly with our God” for the transformation of ourselves and the world.more…