Adult Ministries

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

Young Adult Ministries

Cathedral Retreat For all Adults

Why go on a retreat? Come together to become closer to God and each other….What could be more important than our relationship with God? Take time away from your normal activities for a few hours. Examine the priorities of life. During Jesus’ three years of public ministry, Jesus would sometimes say

“Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest for a while” Matthew 6:31

The Catholic Church encourages us to make periodic retreats for the good of our souls and each other. Rekindle your relationship with Christ.

SEPTEMBER 30, 2017   9:00 am – 12:00 pm |  Richmond Hill

Retreat Facilitator: Rev. Joel Blunk, Co-Pastoral Director

For more information please email: Maria Thorsen


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:
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

The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation

Please mark your calendar to participate in this study of Scripture. The Bible is the story of God’s plan as it has unfolded in history and continues today. You are invited into a transformative encounter with Jesus Christ. This study will introduce you to God’s “plan of sheer goodness.” The Bible Timeline presents a plan from within the living tradition of the Catholic Church and will foster a greater love for scripture and meditating on God’s word.

Dates are: October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 8 and 15 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

All are invited and please bring a friend!
If you want more information, please contact: Maria Thorsen

Cathedral Women’s Book Group

Quest for the Living God by Elizabeth A. Johnson

“Since the middle of the twentieth century, there has been a renaissance of new insights into God in the Christian tradition. People of faith have glimpsed the living God in fresh ways. Christian faith does not believe in a new God but, finding itself in new situations and seeks the presence of God there.” Come to the Cathedral’s Women’s Book Group as we read this book to look at the human experience and understanding of God. Books will be provided. Cost $8.50

Dates are: October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3 | 11:00 am | Parish Hall

All are invited and please bring a friend!
If you want more information, please contact: Maria Thorsen


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

Ted Talk with Pope Francis

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

Bible Study

What: Study the Word of the Lord
Where: Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Parish Offices Corner of Cherry & Floyd
When: 7:30 – 8:30 pm, Every Tuesday
More Information: Catholic RVA on Facebook

Theology on Tap

What: Learn more about your faith through engaging speakers and relevant spiritual topics – all while eating, drinking beer and hanging out with friends
Where: New Location to be Announced
When: 7:00 – 8:30 pm, 3rd Monday of the month (restarting September 2017)
More Information: Richmond Theology on Tap on Facebook

Ladies’ Book Club

What: Reading various books to enhance our faith.  Take part in the company of other catholic women even if you haven’t read.
Where: Changes locations each month. Please contact Emily Fritz for directions or more information.
When: 7:30 pm, Fourth Monday 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! CCMVCU website

Mary Rebecca Pugsley, Co-Director of Catholic Campus Ministry at VCU, 804-212-3891
Rich Girardin, Co-Director of Catholic Campus Ministry at VCU, 804-212-3896


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