Suggested Reading from Mike Kozak

Kozak’s Korner   (Recommended Reading)

    Cardinal Dolan and Religious Freedom

     Archbishop Chaput  Catholic Faith and Public Life

   The Work of Prayer: A Manual for Those Who Would Pray Well

By James O. S. Huntington, OHC

  Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy

By Rev. Robert Sirico

ZENIT—The World Seen From Rome

Myths About the Catholic Church

   Distinguishing Fact From Fiction
By Father John Flynn, LC

ROME, NOV. 16, 2012 ( Much of the hostility towards the Catholic Church is based on ignorance and prejudice. This is the argument of Christopher Kaczor in his recent book, “The Seven Big Myths About the Catholic Church,” (Ignatius Press).

A professor of philosophy at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Kaczor started by pointing out that the Church is made up of both saints and sinners and that mistakes in governance can indeed occur.

Nevertheless, misinformation and myth abound in reference to some issues, he added.

The first myth examined by the book is the idea that religion and science are in conflict with each other. Historically, this is demonstrably false, Kaczor argued, pointing to the numerous examples of Catholics and priests who played major roles in scientific discovery. Priests such as Gregor Mendel, the founder of genetics, and Georges Lemaitre, who proposed the Big Bang theory were just a couple of examples offered by Kaczor.

He maintained that faith and science are complementary and not in conflict. Science plays an important role, and faith helps us answer other vital issues that science cannot deal with, such as what we should do and what we can hope for.

The second myth is that the Church opposes freedom and happiness by saying no to a number of actions. Sensual happiness, Kozcor argued, is very transitory and is incapable of addressing issues such as the search for meaning in life. While various studies have demonstrated that large sums of money do little to increase people’s feelings of happiness.

 True happiness

 The Church, he explained, teaches that happiness comes about in the practice of love of God and neighbor. Therefore, it does not oppose true happiness, but a false conception of happiness that limits itself to riches, power or pleasure.

The idea that the Church hates women is another myth addressed in the book. The causes for this opinion range from the Church’s opposition to abortion and contraception to the restriction of the priesthood to men.


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Success with the St. Bridget Blood Drive!!!

Record Holiday Weekend Blood Drive

    I just want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of you for your help in the blood drive yesterday!  We had one of our best turnouts yet and it was a holiday weekend!  We brought back 25 units!  That can help as many as 75 lives in central Virginia!

 Thanks again for all that you do and I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Christine Homan
Account Manager
Address: 2825 Emerywood Parkway | Richmond, VA 23294
Tel:  804.213.4218
Cell: 804.432.3732
Fax:  804.359.2294

St Bridget Church Mini-retreat for Advent and Christmas 12/1/12

Monsignor Carr and the Liturgy Committee are very pleased to announce:

Come Away With Me…

An Advent Mini-Retreat

A time to explore the spiritual disciplines of preparation and patience…on the way to the fullness of God’s Kingdom.

Saturday December 1, 2012

8:00AM-12:30PM Saint Bridget Church

Retreat Team: Msgr. Carr, Allen Bean, Debbie Stollery, and all of you!

This retreat is hosted by the Liturgy Committee and focused toward Liturgical Ministers but parishioners may attend. The Retreat will focus on preparation and patience as spiritual disciplines and how they help to reveal Christ’s Real Presence in the Mass.

This event will help us prepare for Advent and Christmas.

Please contact Joan Scarola at or 525-7898 to register your intention to attend

St. Thomas More Society Red Mass and Dinner 11/27/12


   Per the exchange below, Mike McMunn, Grand Knight of the St. Benedict Parish KofC Council is going to send our Red Mass and Gala Dinner announcement/invitation out to all of the Richmond-area council Grand Knights – thanks, Alicia for suggesting this!  I am asking you to spread the word with your individual councils and KofC friends/contacts to see if we can encourage as many Knights to attend as possible.  We established a very good relationship with them with last year’s Red Mass and the Forum and let’s see if we can encourage and grow this going forward.  Thank you!


———- Forwarded message ———-
—–Original Message—–
 Subject: Fwd: St. Thomas More Society Red Mass and Dinner – November 27, 2012

Hi Mike,
I am following up with you on our discussion the other day about your assisting us with getting the word out to all KofC Councils in the area about the upcoming Red Mass and Gala Dinner on November 27th.  Please feel free to forward this message to your fellow GK’s and others as you deem appropriate.  Thanks so much for all of your help to encourage our brother Knights to attend.  It is vital that we stand together in the faith and with the Church and our efforts seek to further this mission.  Judge Buckley will be a great speaker.  All are welcome for the mass and dinner reservations can be purchased per the information below.  Thanks so much!
Vivat Jesus!
Eric Gregory
———- Forwarded message ———-                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Red Mass and Dinner – November 27, 2012

Where & When
Date:  Tues., November 27, 2012
Time:  5:30 PM Evening Mass;           Dinner following Mass
Location:  St. Benedict (Mass)        Virginia Historical Society        (Dinner) What:  St. Thomas More Society Annual Red Mass
Invitation on behalf of the Most Reverend Bishop Francis Xavier DiLorenzo, Bishop of Richmond and The St. Thomas More Society
When:  Tuesday, November 27, 2012
            Evening Mass at 5:30 PM
            Dinner following Mass
Where:  St. Benedict Catholic Church              Dinner at Virginia Historical Society

Speaker:  .Bishop DiLorenzo and the St. Thomas More Society are pleased to announce that James L. Buckley will be our guest speaker at the Red Mass Dinner.  Judge Buckley has been a United States Senator, an Under Secretary of State, a federal appellate judge and an author.  Click here for a wikipedia description.  Click on his name above for his website.      

   Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.  Seating at the Dinner will be limited – advanced registration will be required on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited Dinner SeatingSeating reserved on a first-come, first-served basis,up to capacity.Please reserve _____ seat(s) for the Red Mass dinner.Please mail your check, made payable to the St. Thomas More Society,for $_______ ($75.00 per person ) to the address provided below.Name(s) _________________________________________________________________________
____Please mail your payment to:James Schliessmann, Treasurer7841 Bradbury RoadHenrico, VA 23231-7620(804) 873-1035 (cell) Proudly sponsored by     Eric A. Gregory
President, St. Thomas More Society
804-306-2072 (cell)

Visit “” New Website

Dear Michael,

Your support and prayers for Catholics Come Home® have helped make history in 2012. As Thanksgiving draws near, we realize how grateful we are for all of the ways that God has blessed our apostolate in the past year. Here are some exciting highlights we are pleased to share and celebrate with you:

  • Catholics Come Home® airs NATIONALLY!
    The early months of 2012 culminated with our first-ever, historic national Catholic evangelization campaign, airing on major television networks (NBC, CBS, Univision, etc.), reaching 125 million viewers an average of 10 times each according to Nielson ratings! Praise God for the millions of souls around the entire country who were invited home to the Catholic Church with YOUR help!

For more information visit: 


Help Little Sisters of the Poor Today – 11/19/12

Greeting Brother Knights,


 On Monday afternoon, a work crew is needed for a short session to clean some store fixtures. We’ll be wiping some shelves and metal frames.   For about six men, this will be about 2-3 hours of effort, possibly less.  I apologize for the short notice but a change in our preparation calls for the work to be done Monday.


The work is at a temp site at 10618 Patterson Avenue, northwest corner of Patterson Avenue and Pump Road.  It is the old Kambourian Rug store.  It is next to the Greek 4 U restaurant.  Dinner will be provided from either Domino’s Pizza or Greek 4 U in the same center.   I will be at the store around 4pm after work.


As you have heard over recent months, the opening of the new business, Thrifty Sisters, is happening very soon.  Resources have been donated from many sources.  The schedule depends on the new stores progress on having the last touches on flooring.  So we are doing work this week that was expected to be next week. 


Please feel free to call me at 240-2862 for more information.  Your efforts are important and greaty appreciated by the Little Sisters of the Poor.


Thank you,


Interview with Supreme Knight Carl Anderson

From Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the K of C:



The Next Great Awakening

‘If we want to have our First Amendment rights tomorrow, we must defend them today, wherever they may be threatened.” Carl Anderson, the head of the Knights of Columbus, is the author of your pre-election weekend reading, the new e-book: Proclaim Liberty: Notes on the Next Great Awakening in America, which puts this moment for Catholics and freedom in America in perspective. He discusses the book with National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez.
KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: You write, “Whether we will continue to live in a country blessed with the freedom to practice our religion free of government interference, or whether constitutional liberties will be subordinated to the demands of the state, remains to be seen.” How much does this one election mean in determining the answer to this question?

CARL ANDERSON: I think that over the past year and a half, we have seen an increasing coalition of people of faith defending the First Amendment. We have a conflict in this country between a small, militant group of secularists, and the vast majority of Americans, who, our polling has shown, broadly support the First Amendment right to religious freedom. They also support exemptions based on conscience and religious belief from objectionable laws. Obviously the HHS mandate is a very high-profile battle in this larger context. Governor Romney has promised to repeal Obamacare — which includes the mandate. President Obama has promised to keep the mandate in place. The issue of the federal government pursuing an agenda at odds with the First Amendment could end with this election, but regardless of who wins the election, we aren’t likely see an end to secularist attacks on religious liberty — at the state and local level, in the courts, etc. If we want to have our First Amendment rights tomorrow, we must defend them today, wherever they may be threatened.

Please click the link above for the rest of the interview!

The Fourth Degree Honors

(Sorry for the late post!)


I’m delighted to report that on Saturday, October 27,2012 Brother Knights David P. Geary, Paul L. Kitchen and William O. Simon were Knighted into the Fourth Degree.  

The Fourth Degree is charged with promoting Patriotism illuminated by their Catholic faith.

Worthy Sir Knights David, Paul and William joined the Fourth Degree – Richmond Assembly 1165, where Dick Willig, Alan Serafim and I are also active members. 

At this Exemplification the Richmond Assembly 1165 added 25 new members.

There were 187 Virginia based Knights, Knighted at this annual Richmond event held at the Holiday Inn at the Koger Center.   

 Please extend your congratulations to our new Worthy Sir Knights David, Paul and William!

Fraternally,  Gary

Knights Food Drive at St Bridget Church

Food Drive for Commonwealth Catholic Food Pantry

    In September you donated 75 bags of groceries that helped to feed 217 households in our immediate Richmond area.  

   With the cold weather fast approaching and increasing fuel prices, many of our neighbors are facing the fact that  they may not be able to put food on the table for their families.  In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we can truly demonstrate our awareness of those who are not as fortunate as ourselves.  

   The weekend of November 11th volunteers and the Knights of Columbus will be handing out empty groceries bags after all masses.  Please do not pass them by, take an empty grocery bag home and return it the next weekend.  Thank you for all you do for this ministry.