Adult Ministries

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

Young Adult Ministries


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.

Cathedral Retreat

“How can we be the Bread of Life for each other?”

Why have a parish retreat?

  • Get away from distractions
  • Experience silence and solitude
  • Deepen you relationship with God; draw closer to God who longs for your company
  • Bask in God’s love and experience a new form of prayer

Lunch is included

Bring a friend!

To register, contact Maria Thorsen


Exposition of Sacred Relics: Treasures of the Church

Sunday September 23 | 12:15 pm | Parish Hall 

The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart welcomes you to an exposition of sacred relics. Over 150 relics will be shown, some believed to be as old as 2,000 years. Among the treasures will be relics of St. Joseph, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Maria Goretti, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Faustina Kowalska. In addition there will also be present a piece of a veil which is believed to have belonged to Our Lady as well as one of the largest remaining pieces of the true cross in the world

Doors to the Sacred: Everyday Events as Hints of the Holy by Bridget Haase, OSU

Fridays at 10am | Parish Hall | Sept 28, Oct 5, Oct 12, and Oct 19

“Through her unique gift for storytelling, combined with profound spiritual insight, Sr. Bridget Haase’s Doors to the Sacred will invite readers to open the door to the room of daily experience, stand under its ceiling of providence, walk the floors of
faith, and explore its nooks and crannies of divine surprises and disguises. By so doing, they will discover that each event of life is holy, saturated with God, and filled with hope.” – Paraclete Press

The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation History

“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:  September 17, 24,  and October 1  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

Rejoice and Be Glad

Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation: “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in Heaven.” (Matt 5:12)

October 8, 15, 22, 29 | 7:00pm-8:30pm | Parish Hall

You are invited to 4 sessions, facilitated by Ed Gerardo, to discuss and learn together what Pope Francis explains as our “Call to Holiness.” Pope Francis said, “The Lord asks everything of us, and in return He offers us true life; the happiness for which we were created. The call to holiness is present in various ways from the very first pages of the Bible.” Each person will be given a copy of “Rejoice and Be Glad” 

Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of Faith by Bishop Robert Barron

January 30, February 14, 20, 28, March 7, 13, 20, 28, April 4 | 7:00pm-8:30pm | Parish Hall

The truth, beauty, and goodness of Catholicism are illustrated in a multimedia experience. Journey with Robert Barron to more than 50 locations throughout 16 countries. Be illuminated by the spiritual and artistic treasures of the global culture, learn what Catholics believe and why, and discover the full meaning of the faith. Deacons Chris Malone and Charles Williams will facilitate discussions.

All Parish Read

God Has a Dream: A Vision of Hope for our Time by Bishop Desmond Tutu

Nobel Laureate Bishop Desmond Tutu has long been admired throughout the world for the heroism and grace he exhibited while encouraging countless South Africans in the struggle for human rights. This book is Desmond Tutu’s most soul-searching book. He shares the spiritual message that guided him through troubled times. Archbishop Tutu reaches out to readers of all religious backgrounds, showing how individual and global suffering can be transformed into joy and redemption.

Please join the parish in reading our annual All Parish Read.

Times for discussion groups will be announced



Tuesdays, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
July 2018 – May 2019
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:
August 21 – RCIA Inquiry Session – 6:00 pm – Dining Room at 800 Cathedral Place
September 11 –  RCIA Sponsor Retreat 7:00 pm – New Parish Office 1st Floor at 823 Cathedral Place
September 12 – RCIA Inquiry Retreat 7:00 pm – New Parish Office 1st Floor at 823 Cathedral Place
September 18 – RCIA begins – 6:00 pm – Parish Hall
RCIA Sessions will be every Tuesday from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

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 in Action!

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 connect as families and offer our support to our children’s formation.  While our children are in formation class – we will do service projects together that will support their learning. We will also learn more about what they are doing in formation so we can continue the conversation at home!

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

Join us for our first session on Sunday, September 23rd in the Parish Hall.

For more information please contact: Joy Weir

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”


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

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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