SBCC Commonwealth Catholic Charities Food Drive


Commonwealth Catholic Charities Food Drive at St Bridget Catholic Church


In May St Bridget Church with your support donated 96 bags of groceries which helped to feed  845 families in the Richmond area. The food pantry is struggling to keep just the bare food essentials on their shelves and your help is so appreciated.  However, this problem is only going to get more serious now that schools are closed  and many of the children will be without school lunches . If you can, please include extra items, such as cereal, peanut butter and canned fruit and vegetables in your already generous donations.


Our next food drive will be the weekend of July 13th.  Volunteers and the Knights of Columbus will be handing out empty grocery bags after all masses.  Please do not pass them by.


Thank you for your continued support of this important ministry.

This Saturday, June 14th is Flag Day – Celebrate with a Flag!

History of Flag Day

Flag Day is June 14
History of Flag Day

June 214 Flad Day banner

Flag Day is a celebration of the adoption of the American flag by Continental Congress in the First Flag Resolution of June 14, 1777. Although the 200-year anniversary of this date was celebrated by flying flags on public buildings and holding remembrances in several cities, Flag Day wasn’t officially recognized until President Harry Truman signed it into law in 1949.

After much persistence and the support of many individuals, organizations, mayors, governors and five presidents, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation requesting that June 14 become National Flag Day. In 1927 President Coolidge issued a second proclamation, and finally in 1949 Congress approved it and it became a law.

Soon after Flag Day became official, another law passed requiring the state superintendent of public schools to make sure patriotic holidays like Memorial Day, Flag Day, Lincoln’s birthday and Washington’s Birthday are observed in schools.

How to Observe Flag Day

The week of June 14 is designated as “National Flag Week.” During National Flag Week, the president will issue a proclamation urging U.S. citizens to fly the American flag for the duration of that week. The flag should also be displayed on all Government buildings. Some organizations hold parades and events in celebration of our national flag and everything it represents. It’s also a time to remember and honor military men and women who defend our flag and our country.

The National Flag Day Foundation holds an annual observance for Flag Day on the second Sunday in June. The program includes a ceremonial raising of the flag, recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, singing of the National Anthem, a parade and more. The ceremony will take place on June 10, 2007, in Waubeka, WI, the birthplace of Flag Day (according to Cigrand).

Contact a local veteran’s organization or your city council to see if any Flag Day events are taking place in your area.


Happy Flag-Flying!


Pro-Life Parish Weekend at St Gabriel’s Parish 6/14-15/2014

Pro-Life Parish Weekend and Pro-life Talk at St Gabriel’s Parish

Near Richmond Virginia

Fr. Denis G. Wilde, O.S.A.
Priest Associate, Priests for Life
Saturday, June 14, 2014  to  Sunday, June 15, 2014


Fr. Denis Wilde will be in Richmond, VA conducting a pro-life parish weekend and talk at Saint Gabriel and Good Samaritan Parishes.

Saint Gabriel Catholic Church
8901 Winterpock Rd
Chesterfield, VA 23832
Liturgy Schedule:
Saturday Vigil – 5:30 pm
Sunday Masses – 9:00 am and 11:00 am

Good Samaritan Catholic Church
13441 Patrick Henry Highway
Amelia, VA 23002
Liturgy Schedile:
Saturday Vigil – 4:00 pm

Father Denis Wilde from Priests for Life will be at St. Gabriel’s and Good Samaritan parishes over Father’s Day weekend, June 14 & 15, to conduct a Pro-life parish weekend. He will speak at all the liturgies and also give a talk on Saturday evening, June 14, at 7:30 pm on the topic “Fathers in Crisis as Protectors of Life.”



recently enacted abortion center regulations

Your Support is Needed

Several weeks ago, the Governor announced he was directing the Board of Health to review the recently enacted abortion center regulations. At that time, the Virginia Bishops issued a statement expressing concern that the review’s aim would be to weaken the commonsense health and safety requirements designed to keep women safe. The Board of Health meets this Thursday, June 5. While the abortion center regulations may not be a topic on the agenda, you are invited to attend to show support for the regulations. We are asking you to join us there and also to consider testifying.  Regardless of your ability to attend the meeting, please continue to pray for unborn children and for women who tragically turn to abortion centers.

Virginia Board of Health Meeting
When: June 5, 9:00 AM (Please arrive at least an hour early as seating is limited.)
Where: 9960 Mayland Drive, Richmond, Virginia 23233- Board Room 2

On Monday, June 16th, the Board of Health will begin accepting online public comments about the effectiveness of the abortion center regulations. We will e-mail you at that time regarding how to submit comments. During routine announced inspections independent health department inspectors have uncovered hundreds of health and safety violations in Virginia’s abortion centers. The abortion industry is unable to self-regulate; your voice is vital to maintaining these essential regulations.

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In prayer and in public, your voices are urgently needed to bring Gospel values to bear on vital decisions being made by those who represent you!

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