A Suggestion from Brother Joseph DeVincentis

Regarding the Virginia Catholic Conference

 Perhaps something from the Virginia Catholic Conference can be included on our web site.  My “letter” mentioned below was sent by the Conference on my behalf.  If such a letter is sent by EACH Council member, some positive action may take place.  All this is in keeping with the messages from the US Bishop Conference and the Vatican.

 If you go to the VA Catholic Conference web site, http://www.vacatholic.org/   you may be able to get their message etc. to be placed on our web site for use by our Knights – not only of our Council but others as well!



Sample Letter

Sent: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 7:19:49 AM
Subject: Support Respect for Rights of Conscience Act

Thank you for using VA Catholic Conference Mail System.

Message sent to the following recipients:
Representative Cantor
Senator Warner
Senator Webb
Message text follows:

Joseph DeVincentis
75 West Square Dr
Richmond, VA 23238-6158

August 8, 2012

[recipient address was inserted here]

Dear [recipient name was inserted here],

Please support and work for the enactment of the Respect for Rights of
Conscience Act (H.R. 1179, S. 1467) this year.

As of August 1, the Administration’s contraceptive mandate went into
effect for most employers. This mandate requires most health plans to
cover sterilization and contraceptives, including drugs that can cause an
abortion, even when employers and employees have moral or religious


Joseph DeVincentis


LINKS From the VA Catholic Conf. Website:

Catholic Dioceses in Virginia

Diocesan Newspapers

State Catholic Conferences

Other Catholic Links

Government Links

Bishop’s Cup Invitational Golf Tournament – October 8th

Bishop’s Cup Invitational Golf Tournament

Join us for the inaugural Bishop’s Cup Invitational Golf Tournament!

For Information and Registration information go to: http://hrccrichmond.org/hrcc/golf.ashx   

Date & Time
Monday, October 8, 2012
7:00 a.m. Registration Begins (continental breakfast)
8:30 a.m. Tee Time (shot gun start)
1:00 p.m. Luncheon and Awards
Format: Captian’s Choice

Independence Golf Course
600 Founders Bridge Blvd, Midlothian, VA 23113


  • Bishop’s Cup Trophy for 1st Place Parish Team
  • Tournament prizes for 1st thru 3rd place teams
  • Hole-in-one (2012 Volvo C30)
  • Longest drive (Men & Women)
  • Closest to the pin (Men & Women)
  • Prize Drawings and Give-Aways
  • “Meet the Challenge” donations of $5, $10, $15, $20
  • Mulligans: $5.00/ea (limit 2 per player)
  • 50/50 cash prize

 Contact People


Thank you for your continued announcements of the Bishops Invitational Golf Tournament

This golf tournament is a yearly event hosted and organized by Holy Rosary Church and Fr. David Stanfill. The winning Parish team will hold the Bishop Cup Trophy for the following year until and if another Parish succeeds in winning the next year. Hopefully this will create a little friendly competition among the golfers from all the Parishes.

The proceeds from the tournament will be used to support the elderly, disabled and disadvantaged of The Church Hill and East End communities as well as Holy Rosary parishioners.

Be there or miss out on the Shot Gun start by the Bishop!

Thank you, Sincerely, Tom Keys and Fr. David

ZENIT—The World Seen From Rome 8-3-12

Pontiff Calls Catholic Men to Defense of Religious Freedom

 Message to Knights of Columbus Notes ‘Unprecedented Gravity’ of New Threats

 VATICAN CITY, AUG. 3, 2012 (Zenit.org).- A papal message to the Knights of Columbus lauds the men’s group for their work in helping the Catholic community to respond at this time “when concerted efforts are being made to redefine and restrict the exercise of the right to religious freedom.”

This was part of the encouragement sent to the Knights by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Pope’s secretary of state, on the Holy Father’s behalf. The message, dated July 19, is on the occasion of the Knights’ 130th Supreme Convention, which will be held next week.

“The theme of this year’s Supreme Convention – Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land – evokes not only the great biblical ideals of freedom and justice which shaped the founding of the United States of America, but also the responsibility of each new generation to preserve, defend and advance those great ideals in its own day,” the papal message stated. “At a time when concerted efforts are being made to redefine and restrict the exercise of the right to religious freedom, the Knights of Columbus have worked tirelessly to help the Catholic community recognize and respond to the unprecedented gravity of these new threats to the Church’s liberty and public moral witness. 

“By defending the right of all religious believers, as individual citizens and in their institutions, to work responsibly in shaping a democratic society inspired by their deepest beliefs, values and aspirations, your Order has proudly lived up to the high religious and patriotic principles which inspired its founding.”

Lay mission:

The Pope suggested that the current challenges are proof of “the decisive importance of the Catholic laity for the advancement of the Church’s mission in today’s rapidly changing social context.”

The message cited what the Holy Father told a group of US bishops in Rome earlier this year, that “the demands of the new evangelization and the defense of the Church’s freedom in our day call for ‘an engaged, articulate and well-formed Catholic laity endowed with a strong critical sense vis-a-vis the dominant culture and with the courage to counter a reductive secularism which would delegitimize the Church’s participation in public debate about the issues which are determining the future of American society.'”

In this context, the Pontiff called on the Knights of Columbus to “reinforce the praiseworthy programs of continuing catechetical and spiritual formation which have long been a hallmark of your Order.”

“Each Knight,” he said, “in fidelity to his baptismal promises, is pledged to bear daily witness

 Full text: www.zenit.org/article-35309?l=english