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.

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

10am | Parish Hall | Sept 28, Oct 10, Oct 12, Oct 17 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


October 14- Walking the Richmond Slave Trail

Deacon Charles Williams will guide this tour, which will begin at the Manchester Docks, a major port in the downriver slave trade. The bus will depart the Cathedral at 12:15pm and return at 2:30 pm. Lunch will be provided and the cost is $5. As space is limited, please register here.

October 28- Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Join us for a presentation and discussion about a letter written by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he was imprisoned in Birmingham, after participating in a nonviolent demonstration against segregation. Deacon Charles Williams will be our presenter. 12:15pm in the Parish Hall. Lunch will be served and nursery care provided.

December 2- Mary, Christ-Bearer and Mother of God

Barbera Hughes, a columnist for the Catholic Virginian, will bring us a presentation  to begin the holy season of Advent. “Although the words of Mary recorded in Scripture would equal less than a paragraph, her role in salvation history cannot be overstated. Mary is the Mother of God, Mother of the Church, and our mother. Mary is a perfect model of humility and self-knowledge. Neither ordained nor religious, Mary is the perfect model of lay leadership.”  12:15pm in the Parish Hall. Lunch will be served and nursery care provided.

January 20- Overcoming Bias: Building Relationships Across Differences

Matthew Freeman, co-author of the book, Overcoming Bias, will lead a presentation and discussion about unconscious assumptions. These assumptions can get in the way of our good intentions and keep us from building authentic relationships with people of differing backgrounds. The central message is we can be part of the solution.  12:15pm in the Parish Hall. Lunch will be served and nursery care provided.

February 10- TBD
March 17- Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Meet Brenda Davis from Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Through thousands of people  and teams in schools, in our community, and throughout the world. FCA  unites two passions, faith and athletics, to impact the world for over 60 years.  12:15pm in the Parish Hall. Lunch will be served and nursery care provided.

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:  Join us in a discussion on mysticism in the Hebrew Bible, the basis for all Christian mysticism.
Third Sundays from 10:00am-11:00am in Monsignor Golden’s Office, Third Floor of new parish offices (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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