Adult Ministries

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

Young Adult Ministries

FINDING OUR WAY TOGETHER:
ADULT FAITH FORMATION
2017-2018

Every disciple of the Lord Jesus shares in the mission to proclaim God’s word. To do our part, adult Catholics must be mature in faith and well equipped to share the Gospel. We are men and women of faith which is grounded in a deep commitment to the person and message of of Jesus. We are on a life-long spiritual journey together.

Adult Speaker Series

Sunday September 24 – 12:15-1:30 – Parish Hall
Sunday October 15 – 12:15-1:30 – Parish Hall
Sunday November 12 – 12:15-1:30 – Parish Hall
Sunday December 3 – 12:15-1:30 – Parish Hall
Sunday February 11 – 12:15 – 1:30 – Parish Hall
Sunday March 18 – 12:15-1:30 – Parish Hall
Sunday April 29 -12:15-1:30 – Parish Hall

Lunch is provided
Nursery care is provided

Guest Speakers will be announced in the bulletin and on the Cathedral website.

For more information please email: Maria Thorsen

Cathedral Retreat For all Adults

LET’S ALL COME TOGETHER FOR A MORNING OF PRAYER AND REFLECTION
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

ALL PARISH READ: JUST MERCY

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:
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

“To fall in love with God is greatest of all romances; to seek Him, the greatest adventure….”

-St. Augustine

The Bible Timeline is a Catholic approach to Scripture that invites us into a transformative encounter with Jesus Christ.  This program focuses on 14 books of the Bible that tell the story of Creation to the time of the Church. Scripture is presented from within the framework of the biblical canon as it has come down to us through the Church, interpreting the texts is light of God’s plan.

We invite you to be part of this study program that will be facilitated by: Deacon Charles Williams and Deacon Chris Malone.

Dates are: October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 8 and 15 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Parish Hall
*The cost to purchase the study guide is $20.00

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

Cathedral’s Women’s Book Group will be meeting again this Fall.  We will meet in Friday mornings from 10:00 am – 11:30 am.  We will be reading “Quest for a Living God” by Elizabeth Johnson C.S.J.  On different continents with varying historical events and social conditions, people of God have glimpsed the living God in fresh ways.  It is not that a different God is discovered from the One believed in previous generations. Christian faith does not believe in a new God, but we seek the presence of God in new situations. Books will be provided. Cost $8.50

Friday mornings in the Parish Hall – 10:00 am
October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3
Please join us and bring a friend!
The books will be available at the first meeting
Babysitting is provided!

If you want more information, please contact: Maria Thorsen

rcia_logoR.C.I.A.
THE RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS

Tuesdays, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Parish Hall
September 19, 2017 – May 1, 2018
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.
We invite you to inquire about the R.C.I.A. process:

Please 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

Faith and Family

How can we pass on our Catholic faith to our children?
How can we use ordinary situations to show our children the love and presence of God?
How can families support each other in these challenging time?

Let’s start the conversation together!!
You are invited to the following discussions to share
our ideas and experiences about the grace, wisdom, and comfort that God give us.

All sessions will be in the Parish Hall from 10am-11am

TOPICS
Sunday October 15 – Imperfect Parenting and Healthy Limits
Sunday November 12 – Teaching Goodness
Sunday December 10 – Children’s Rights and Responsibilities

For more information please contact: Maria Thorsen

Rise Against Hunger

Saturday, November 18 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
“LET US LOVE NOT BY WORDS BUT WITH DEEDS”

At the conclusion of the Jubilee on Mercy Pope Francis has declared November 19th to be “FIRST WORLD DAY OF THE POOR”. Pope Francis has asked that all parish communities make an effort to “create moments of encounter,friendship, solidarity and concrete assistance” to support those that live in poverty. Cathedral of the Sacred Heart will be hosting the Rise Against Hunger on November 18th. Our parish community will put together 300 nutritious meals that will provide food to the world’s most vulnerable. Rise Against Hunger’s mission is a world without hunger. Their mission is to end hunger in our lifetime. This organization will deliver the necessary items for the volunteers from our parish to package the individual meals.

Mark your calendar…..together we can help answer
Pope Francis’ call to “stretch out our hands” to those in need.

To learn more contact Maria Thorsen

Separated & Divorced

You are invited to be a part of this group that meets in the Parish Office on Mondays at 7:00 pm twice a month.

For more information please email: Mike Jackman

Weekday Morning Prayer

Every Wednesday at 7:30 am in the Sanctuary

Facilitated by: Deacon Chris Malone and Deacon Charles Williams

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.

Please join us in prayer. “When the faithful gather together in prayer, we are the temple of the living God”

Moments of Grace – Potluck Dinner and Movie

Come enjoy a Potluck Dinner and Movie
October 26, 2017 – 6:30 pm – Parish Hall

The movie will be “The Girl in the Cafe” – This movie is a funny, touching love story with a powerful humanitarian message.

Bring your favorite dish to share; watch the movie and be a part of the discussion after the movie.

All are invited……bring a friend.

For more information please contact: Maria Thorsen

Reflections

Topic:  To be announced
Sundays from 10:00am-11:00am in the Parish Office dining room (check calendar)

The spiritual life is a journey of change.  We yearn for a greater spiritual oneness with God.  All are invited to join this Adult Faith Formation study and discussion.  Topics will be chosen that deepen our relationship with God and build our faith community.

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:

Advent Scripture and Prayer

Advent is a season of preparation….we prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus Christ.  “Emmanuel, “God is with us.”  The rituals and practices of the Catholic liturgies during this season bring us together as a People of God.

Prepare your hearts by coming to pray and discuss the Advent Scriptures.

Facilitators: Deacon Charles Williams and Deacon Chris Malone

December 6, 13, 20 – 6:30 pm – Parish Hall

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.

Location

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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