Children & Youth Ministries

General inquires about our Children’s Ministries should be directed to: Maria Thorsen

Youth Ministries should be directed to: Liz Riegler

  • children’s faith formation programs
  • children’s choir
  • middle school youth group
  • high school youth group
  • confirmation
  • breaking bread
  • Children’s Faith Formation Programs

    “Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10

    Together we can help our children develop a personal relationship with God.  We encourage our children to develop an understanding of their Catholic faith through attending Mass, reading Scripture, sacred song, the sacraments, and prayer.  Parents, you are supported by your faith community to give your children the tools to welcome Christ into their daily lives to and the rest of their lives.

    Preschool through 5th Grade Classes meet on Sunday mornings during the school year at 10:00 am, between the 9:00 and 11:00 Masses.

    Parent Open House September 10, 2017  Parish Hall –  10:00am-11:00am   All parents are encouraged to attend the Open House with your child(ren).  You will meet the Catechists, learn about the Children’s Faith Formation program, and tour the classrooms.

    First day of the Children’s Faith Formation  September 17, 2017 – please have your child registered before this date. Faith Formation Registration Form 2017-18

    Learn more about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

    Contact Maria Thorsen

    Children’s Liturgy of the Word is a program that invites children ages 4 – 6 to leave the larger parish assembly during Mass to celebrate a liturgy in the small Sacristy with trained Catechists.  CLW is held during the school year.

    Contact Maria Thorsen

    Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist takes place in Second Grade and includes formation classes for the children and parents.  Children who are beyond second grade who have not received their First Eucharist are welcome and encouraged to attend these classes. Please register using this  Sacramental Prep Form 2017-18

    All classes begin with a Pot-Luck Family Lunch at 12:00pm in the Parish Hall.

    First Reconciliation Schedule: 

    February 18, 2018 – 12:00pm – 2:00pm
    March 4, 2018 – 12:00pm – 2:00pm
    March 11, 2018 – 12:00pm – 2:00pm
    March 17, 2018 – The Sacrament of Reconciliation – 10:00am

    First Eucharist Schedule:

    April 8, 2018  – 12:00pm – 2:00pm
    April 15, 2018 – 12:00pm – 2:00pm
    April 22, 2018 – 12:00pm – 2:00pm
    May 5, 2018 – First Eucharist Retreat 9:00am-1:00pm
    May 8, 2018 – First Eucharist Rehearsal 6:00pm
    May 12 and May 13, 2018 – The Sacrament of First Eucharist

    Contact: Maria Thorsen

    The Holy Seasons of Advent and Lent

    As Catholics we are reminded every Advent and Lent  about the mercy and love of Jesus Christ.  Join us in helping each other keep these holy seasons alive and meaningful.  

    Family and Parish Advent Prayer Activities and Wreath Making with a Pot-Luck Brunch  All are invited to a morning of Advent activities and Advent wreath making. Bring a friend!!  December 2, 2017 / 10:00am – 12:00pm / Parish Hall

    Family and Parish Lent Prayer and Activities and Pot-Luck Brunch  All are invited to come a morning of Lenten prayers and activities. Bring a Friend!!  March 25, 2018 / 10:00am 12:00pm / Parish Hall

    Contact: Maria Thorsen

    Nursery: The Cathedral nursery is open from 8:30am – 12:30pm on Sunday mornings.  Children ages 12 months to 3 years old are welcome.  The children are supervised by trained nursery care provider and parent volunteers.

    Contact: Maria Thorsen


    The Cathedral Children’s Choir

    The Cathedral Childrens Choir sing at the Christmas Eve Mass at 4:00pm. The choir will also sing at the Easter Sunday Mass at 9:00am

    Rehearsal dates to be announced.

    If you have any questions, please email Maria Thorsen

    Middle School Youth Group

    Middle School students (Grades 6-8) meet 3 times per month from 12:00-1:30pm (following the 11:00am Mass). We meet for lunch and a group discussion in the Campus Ministry Lounge. Throughout the year, we go on outings, celebrate holidays, and participate in retreats together. Come check us out!

    2016-17 Middle and High School Registration Form

    High School Youth Group

    High School Youth Group meets once a month in the Campus Ministry Lounge from 12:00-1:00 (following the 11:00 am Mass). We enjoy lunch together while talking about our faith, and we plan for service projects and events.

    2016-17 Middle and High School Registration Form


    To register for our 2017 Confirmation class, students must be at least 16 or in their Sophomore year of High School. Please fill out a registration form and email it to Liz or mail it to the church office.

    For questions please contact Liz Riegler

    2017 Conformation Registration Form

    Breaking Bread

    We cook and serve dinner to 15-20 medical respite patients, most of whom are homeless. The address for this outreach program is: 180 Belt Blvd, Richmond VA 23224

    • Wednesday, August 17, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
    • Wednesday, September 14, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
    • Wednesday, October 19, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
    • Wednesday, November 16, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
    • Wednesday, December 21, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

    Contact: Liz Riegler