Adult Ministries

General inquires about our Adult Ministries should be directed to: Maria Thorsen

Young Adult Ministries

Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother

Mary is revered as the mother of Jesus, and as the most important woman in salvation history.  We recite prayers to Mary such as the Hail Mary and Rosary in which we ask Mary to pray for us.  We sing hymns that honor Mary and have special feast days related to her life.

Do we understand the humanness of Mary and her profound journey of faith?  In these sessions we will walk with Mary through the stages of her life, starting with the angel Gabriel’s announcement to her in Nazareth that she would become the mother of Jesus.

All are invited to know and love Mary more and walk in her footsteps imitating her as the first model disciple of Christ.

Facilitated by Deacon Charles Williams & Julia Struckley

Cost – $10.00 (this includes the book and study booklet

Dates and Times:

May 10, 17, 23, 30  |  7:00 pm – 8:30pm  |  Parish Hall

For more information please email: Maria Thorsen

Ted Talk with Pope Francis


Join the Parish for Cathedral’s All Parish Read – Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. This book tells the true account of an idealistic young lawyer. The book is a window into the lives of those he has defended, and makes the argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice. We invite all adult parishioners to read this book and participate in several sessions to discuss the complexities of Bryan Stevenson’s true story.  To learn more about Bryan Stevenson and his book, Just Mercy listen to this 25 minute podcast. Just Mercy podcast from This is Criminal

Please mark your calendar for the following discussion sessions:
May 15, 2017 – 7:00 pm – Parish Hall
July 31, 2017 – 7:00 pm – Parish Hall
September 18, 2017 – 7:00 pm – Parish Hall
October 23, 2017 – 7:00 pm – Parish Hall

Books are available in the Parish Office for $8.  For more information or to order the book, please email:  Maria Thorsen

Mary Mother of God


This process is designed for adults who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. R.C.I.A. is a process for those who have never been baptized, those who have been baptized in another faith tradition, and those who were baptized Catholic and wish full initiation with the sacraments of First Eucharist and Confirmation.
Contact: Maria Thorsen

RCIA Sponsors Needed
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.

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

Landings:  Welcoming Catholics Returning To The Church

Landings is a series of sessions where you can share your faith stories.  This is an invitation to “come home” ….renew your commitment to becoming an active Catholic.  What better time than now?
Please read the bulletin for dates and times.

Facilitators: Hillary Pryor and Makenzie Grubbs

Separated & Divorced

Divorced. Catholic. – What Now? by Lisa Duffy and Vince Frese. A compassionate program for Catholics no matter where you are in your journey. After a separation or divorce we can move on the path toward transforming loss into life-giving wisdom with sensitivity and hope.

Facilitator is Mike Jackman

Dates and times:
Second & fourth Monday each month  |  7:00 pm  |  Parish Office

For more information please email: Maria Thorsen

Morning Prayer Service

The Catholic Church has the custom of celebrating the Liturgy of the Hours each day.  In this way the Church fulfills the Lord’s precept to pray without ceasing.   The Liturgy of the Hours is a prayer of the whole people of God.  When the faithful gather together in prayer “we are the temple of the living God.”

Please join us in prayer at 7:30 am with Deacon Charles Williams and Deacon Chris Malone

Lectio Divina

A small group meets once a month for Lectio Divina at the home of Cathedral parishioner, John Votta on Monday night from 7:00-8:30 pm. If you would like more information or would like to join this group, please contact: John Votta


Topic:  The Mystics of the Catholic Church
Every other Sunday from 10:00am-11:00am in the Parish Office (check calendar)

A Mystic is essentially anyone who actively and willfully seek a direct relationship and union with God. Mystics are the great lovers of God who offer and give themselves completely.
Please come to learn about who these Mystics are and how they have contributed to building of God’s Kingdom.

For more information please contact: Mike Jackman

Adult Scripture Study Groups

These study groups for adults have nourished Cathedral parishioners for years. There are active, ongoing groups in the parish and new ones can begin at any time. These small faith communities meet at self determined schedules. We would be happy to help you join a new group.

For more information email:

Bible Study Groups

Groups meet during the Liturgical Seasons. Please read the Sunday bulletin for various opportunities of Adult Faith Formation during Advent and Lent.

If you have any questions about an Adult Faith Formation Program please contact: Maria Thorsen

Young Adult Ministries

YAM At-A-Glance

Cathedral’s Young Adult Ministry (YAM) invites young adults (18-35+) from across the Diocese to participate in this thriving fellowship group. YAM offers varied informal gatherings to meet the spiritual and social needs of young adults. Visit us online at Catholic RVA

Volunteer Opportunity

What: Attend dinner with the residents. Enjoy their company!
Where: St. Joseph’s Home (Little Sisters of the Poor) 1503 Michaels Road, Richmond, VA
When: 6:00 – 7:30 pm 1st Monday of the month
More Information: Catholic RVA on Facebook

Prayer/Volunteer Opportunity

What: Pray rosary for those in the hospital
Where: Chapel of Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center 13710 St. Francis Blvd., Midlothian, Virginia 23114
When: 6:50 – 7:30 pm, 2nd Monday of the month
More Information: Catholic RVA on Facebook

Ladies’ Book Club

What: Currently reading “The Church of Mercy” by Pope Francis. Take part in the company of other catholic women even if you haven’t read.
Where: Changes locations each month. Please contact Emily Gliebe for directions or more information.
When: 7:30 pm, Last Monday of the Month


What: Liturgy of the Hours at 7:00 pm, Rosary at 8:00 pm, with plenty of silent time in between for personal prayer and reflection.
Where: Sacred Heart Church , 1415 Perry Street, Richmond, VA
When: 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Every Tuesday Catholic RVA on Facebook

Social Gathering:

What: Dinner after mass with other young adults at a local restaurant.
Where: Meet at the 13th Station of the Cross near the statue of Mary at the Cathedral.
When: After Sunday’s 5:15 pm Mass, 4th Sunday of the month.

Catholic Campus Ministry at VCU

Vision Statement

As the Catholic Campus Ministry serving Virginia Commonwealth University…we strive to be a joyful community empowered by the Spirit, we strive to be witnesses of the Gospel of Jesus, we strive for unity in our diversity, our creativity, and our communion with the Catholic faithful and all people of good will, especially those of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, we strive to ever-deepen our friendship with Christ, we strive to realize the Kingdom of God on our campus and in our world and with boldness, and in hope, we do all of this through our acts of love, service, justice, compassion, listening, healing, teaching, learning and worship.


The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart is nestled in the center of campus surrounded by Shafer Dining Hall, Hibbs Hall, and Cabell Library. Our address is 800 S Cathedral Place, Richmond, VA 23220; however CCM can be found in the “House”. The CCM House is on the corner of the Cathedral behind the Big Brown Doors that face Shafer Dining Hall. Everyone is welcome when the doors are open!

Mary Rebecca Pugsley, Co-Director of Catholic Campus Ministry at VCU, 804-212-3891
Rich Girardin, Co-Director of Catholic Campus Ministry at VCU, 804-212-3894

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