Men’s Ministry Shrine Lenten Pilgrimage–March 16

St Bridget Men’s Ministry Trip to DC

Brothers and Pilgrims,

It’s just about time to make your reservation.  We have 2 new features! We have arranged for a private guided tour of St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington.  This is the seat of the Archdiocese and not only plays a role in our Nation’s history, but is a most beautiful Cathedral.  Trust me…you will be impressed. 

Second, the Knights of Columbus have opened the Blessed John Paul II Shrine with Saturday hours.  Those of you who would like to visit the JPII Shrine will have that opportunity as well.  Moreover, since certain of our destinations have been designated as official pilgrimage sites during this Year of Faith, and our schedule includes the opportunity for the other requisites, you will be able to gain a plenary indulgence by fully participating in this year’s Pilgrimage.  Please spread the word.

 Here is the schedule:

 6:30 a.m.  Depart St. Bridget’s

 9:00  Tour St. Matthew’s Cathedral

 10-11:00  Proceed to Shrine of the Immaculate Conception/private time for coffee, bookstore, etc.

 11:00  Options:  Tour of Shrine (for those of you seeing the Shrine for the first time, the Tour is highly recommended–even if you’ve been numerous times, it’s still the type of tour where you learn something new every time); Confessions; private prayer; visit to adjacent John Paul II Shrine

 12:00  Holy Mass in the Crypt Church

 1:00  Stations of the Cross in the Crypt Church (also highly recommended) or additional time for private reflection/bookstore/gift shop, etc.

 2:00 Depart Shrine for lunch at appropriate Irish pub before return trip home.

 5:30-6:00  Arrive St. B parking lot (usually closer to 6)

 Contact to reserve your spot.  When replying, please indicate if you could drive your land yacht in support of the carpool effort.  Thanks.  Below are some links for further information.

 Mike Kozak

March For Life Update

 UPDATE – March For LIFE

 Please spread the word:

    1)  March for Life in Washington, D.C on January 25, 2013 (Friday).  The largest rally and march in the world for life.  Please contact me @ to reserve a spot on the free bus transportation leaving from the Columbian Center provided by the Knights of Columbus.  8:00 a.m. departure, we try to be back in Richmond by 6 p.m.

    2)  Respect Life Holy Hour at St. Bridget.  Jan. 22 (the anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision) from 6-7 p.m.  The Holy Hour will include Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction.

 Mike Kozak

Life and Estate Planning Seminar – 1/27/13

Invitation to All Members

Knights of Columbus, Choate Agency


Life and Estate Planning Seminar

By Tom Loviza PGK, FIC, K of C Field Agent

John Helfert, FIC, K of C Field Agent

Don Principe, FIC, K of C Field Agent

Sean Kittle, K of C Field Agent

With Special Guest: Eddie Whitlock, Esq., PGK

Sunday, January 27th 2013 – 2:00pm

Columbian Center

2324 Pump Road Richmond, VA 23233

Topics Include:

Wills, Powers of Attorney, Medical Directives

Preparation for Estate Planning

Life Insurance in Retirement and Estate Planning

Insuring Children

Fraternal Benefits Specific to Insurance and Associate Membership

Are You Getting the Most out of Your Membership?

Join Us for this Educational Session and Take Advantage of Your Fraternal Benefits!

Refreshments will be served

 Please RSVP to (804) 377-9110 by 25 Jan


Forward “Year of Faith”

From: Fr Gregory Gresko []
Sent: Tuesday, January 08, 2013 10:25 AM
To: Gregory G
Subject: Year of Faith pilgrimage site — Blessed John Paul II Shrine

Dear family and friends,

Yesterday afternoon, we at the Blessed John Paul II Shrine received the happy news that the Archdiocese of Washington has named this shrine as one of nine pilgrimage sites for the Year of Faith.  Pilgrims have the opportunity to gain a plenary indulgence for participating in such a pilgrimage, provided they fulfill the standard requirements.  All relevant details are provided for your reference in the attached .pdf file as well as at the Archdiocesan website:

May God bless you superabundantly in this new year, and assuring you of our prayers on your behalf +
Fr Greg