Volunteers Needed for April 12 & 13 Food Bag Distribution

Food Bag distribution by Knights Council 5476:



Commonwealth Catholic Charities Food Pantry Drive  –


In February you donated 119 bags of groceries which helped to feed 403 adults, 278 children, and 13 elderly neighbors.  The need for food is greater than it has been in a long time, and our needy  friends and neighbors are facing heavy decisions- how can they feed their family with the escalating costs of rent and utilities.

Food pantries across Richmond are having severe problems, but thanks to your continued support of this ministry, Catholic Charities has been able to continue assisting needy families with food.

Our next food drive will be the weekend of  April 13th. Volunteers and the Knights of Columbus will be handing out empty grocery bags after all masses.  Please do not pass them by.  Take a bag home and return it the next weekend.   As we remember Palm Sunday, let us also remember those less fortunate then ourselves.

Success – St Bridget Fish Fry & Council 5476 Scholarship

A Message From Brother John McCulla:

St Bridget annual fish fry logo


Hello All,

Thank you to everyone that volunteered and helped make the St. Bridget Annual Parish Lenten Fish Fry a wonderful event!

It was great to see everyone having such a good time, enjoying each other’s fellowship!  And, we met a number of new parishioners, too, experiencing St. Bridget parish for its welcoming, fun-loving environment.

We had over 50 adult volunteers from across our parish, and a good number of youth from the St. Bridget School service teams and our Scout Troop (Thanks Marie Swider and Frank Russo and Joyce Romito)!  The Knights of Columbus and the Liturgy Committee led the way, but we had volunteers from our Parish Council, Finance Council, Men’s and Women’s Ministries and Bible Studies – a great turnout of support.

So many helped sell tickets after Masses, helped serve the food, helped (tirelessly) in the kitchen, and manned the many tables for drinks, dessert, raffles and more!

Thanks to Bruce Slough, Dale Matanic, and Alan Serafim for coming together to plan this event out.  And to Maria Morrison for providing input from last year’s event.

We had some wonderful sponsors, too, including Captain D’s Seafood for the fish, and for the wine and beer.  Even our cooking fuel!   Thank you to all our donors!

It was so good to hear so many positive comments about the food and fish.  Our chef, Alan Serafim, was masterful in the Kitchen!

Thanks, too, to our St. Bridget School for hosting us in the MPH and the use of their kitchen – this allowed it all to happen.

Kudos, too, to Pat Ross and Smith Noel for their super efforts getting ready, and for the great support following the event.

And, to Michele Healy and Frances Smith for helping us communicate about the event!

And, it is gratifying to know we have been able to help fund the Knights of Columbus St. Bridget Catholic High School Scholarship fund, and also our Liturgy Initiatives.

I am deeply grateful for your team work and good service at the Fish Fry!

Thanks again, everyone!   (Want to do it again next  year?  J).

Best,  John

John K. McCulla    jkmcculla@comcast.net