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.

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:  July 18, August 1, 8 September 6, 13  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

All Parish Read

Dorothy Day: The World Will be Saved by  Beauty

Dorothy Day dedicated her life to an understanding of service – the vision of Christ proclaimed in the Gospels.  This book is an intimate account of an under-sign woman and champion of social justice.  Join the parish in reading about the Blessed Dorothy Day!!!

Book Discussion 7:00 pm –  July 16 – Parish Hall

You may purchase the book for $8.00 in the Parish Office.



Tuesdays, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Parish Hall
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:
July 24  RCIA Inquiry Sessions 6:00 pm – Parish Office
August 21 – RCIA Inquiry Session – 6:00 pm – Parish Hall
September 11 –  RCIA Sponsor Retreat 7:00 pm – Parish Hall
September 12 – RCIA Inquiry Retreat 7:00 pm – Parish Hall
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 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

2018 TOPICS – To Be Announced

For more information please contact: Maria Thorsen

Rise Against Hunger

Postponed – Date to be determined.

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 a date still to be determined. 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”


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:

Cathedral Retreat Resources

The Cathedral Parish Retreat at Richmond Hill was a time for us to pray for our parish, our community and other concerns.  We also discovered new ways to grow in our prayer life.  Maybe you would like to continue this path of prayer by getting together with a few parishioners and praying together on a regular basis at someone’s home.

The resources are bountiful to use or you can form a way that fits your desire to offer prayer and conversation together.

Please email Maria Thorsen if you would like to form a small group of prayer.

“I call on you, my God, for you will answer me, turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.” Psalm 17:16

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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