Support our Veterans – “Boots to Suits”


A fellow Realtor sent out this email regarding a new way to support our Military returning to civilian life. After presenting it at our Council Meeting on 8/21/14, our District Deputy Sam Patterson took the proposal to a regional degree ceremony meeting the following Saturday. It was well received:

 “Sam Patterson took the opportunity, while at the degree ceremony Saturday, to put the proposed program up for discussion with the KofC State Management team.  It was agreed that the program can be approved for distribution throughout the state of Virginia to KofC councils”.

Please read below for details on the proposal.

Fraternally, John




Dear Fellow Realtors,


After my beloved husband Joe passed away in early 2013, I have distributed some of his personal items to family members, friends, and caddies.  There are still many suits, sport coats, ties, dress and casual shirts, along with some gently used shoes remaining in his closet.  I have been racking my brain trying to find a good home for the balance of Joe’s items.


I think I have found a good solution to this dilemma by initiating a new program in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, Virginia Wounded Warriors, the Veterans Outreach Program (which is a division of the Virginia Employment Commission) and the Junior League of Richmond.  On August 15, we had our kick-off organizational meeting with all of these agencies participating to implement a new “Boots to Suits” program to assist all Virginia Veterans in need.


This program is designed to assist the Veteran who is transitioning from his/her military life to a new career and now needs the clothing to successfully reach their goals.  Until the introduction of this program, each Veteran was sent to discount retailers or resale shops to PURCHASE a new wardrobe.  Now the Junior League of Richmond has agreed to house this new initiative where our Veterans will be given a voucher from the Veterans Outreach Program to visit either of the Junior League Clothes Rack locations and select several career outfits at NO COST to the Vet.


To best get this program underway and to continue to endow it for many years to come, I need YOUR help!  Checks made payable to the Junior League of Richmond Vet Program are grand, but just as important, I ask you to go into your and your significant other’s closets at home and pull some items that would be well suited for our male and female Vets.  This might include business suiting for both genders as well as casual attire for those working in an environment that may not require a coat, tie, or women’s suiting.


When donations are gathered, you can drop off your items at either of the Junior League Clothes Rack locations and immediately receive a tax receipt.  If that is difficult, you can contact me and I will arrange to pick up your donations and provide you with a tax receipt on the spot.  Our pick-up volunteers will deliver the donation on your behalf.


It is our goal to get this voucher program in full gear for our Vets by Veterans’ Day, November 11, 2014.  That means we have eleven weeks to get our two locations stocked!  Your help is critical to our success.  I hope I can count on you.  No donation will be too small.  Our soldiers in combat say frequently to each other—“GOT YOUR SIX”—this is an insider’s reference to a soldier covering the back of the other.  Please assist me in providing this “FREE’ approach to our very deserving Vets to “cover their backs” with an appropriate new wardrobe.


We are all very excited to initiate this program in Virginia with its exceptional military history and outstanding facilities.  We hope that Virginia’s success will allow the Richmond Junior League in the near future to take this program to the National Association of the Junior Leagues to implement comparable programs across the country.  This would enhance our Veterans’ lives from one coast to the other.  We are all too familiar with the “Virginia is for Lovers” slogan.  My wish is we can take that one step further and boast that “Virginia is for Veterans” too!


The address and contact information for the two convenient Junior League of Richmond Clothes Rack locations are below.  They will be thrilled to see you, or don’t forget our PERSONAL PICKUP option—we will always be available to assist you.


Warmest regards,




Junior League of Richmond Clothes Rack Locations:


The Clothes Rack at Cary Street

2618 West Cary Street

Richmond, VA  23220



The Clothes Rack at Stratford Hills

6780 Forest Hill Avenue

Richmond, VA  23225



St Bridget’s Support of the Food Drive in July




Commonwealth Catholic Charities Food Drive 


In July you donated 175 bags of groceries which helped to feed our needy neighbors and friends.


With your continued support we have been able to keep the food pantry open even though the amount of people needing our help has grown over the past 6 months.


Our next food drive will be after all masses the weekend of September 14th.  Volunteers and the Knights of Columbus will be handing out empty grocery bags.  Please do not pass them by – take an empty bag home and return it next weekend.  And if you would add a couple of extra groceries to your usual  generous donation, that would be an additional blessing.


Thank you for all you do to support this important ministry.

Upcoming Degree Advancement Ceremonies



Please be aware of the upcoming opportunity to participate in 2nd and 3rd degree ceremonies on Saturday August 23, 2014 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 4491 Springfield Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060.

Candidates for the 2nd and 3rd degree ceremonies should arrive at 8:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m., respectively, and should appear in coat and tie.

The degree ceremonies will start at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively, and will last approximately one hour each with a reception following the 3rd degree ceremony.

Please note that this is a great opportunity for current 1st degree Knights to advance to both the 2nd and 3rd degree in the Knights of Columbus in one morning.

Please also be aware that there is not another 3rd degree ceremony scheduled in the Richmond area until next June.

You are eligible for advancement in our Order.

As a Council, those of us who have already achieved this level recommend your taking these important steps toward full Knighthood.

As you witnessed in your 1st degree ceremony, there was a portion of that ceremony intended to portray a lasting impression on how you should view your life, and your stewardship.

You learned the first principle of a Knight, Charity, and we trust that you see that principle in action as you have been working with our Council.

During both the 2nd and 3rd degree ceremonies, you learn additional key principles of a Knight, put into perspective so that you will be left with a lasting impression of how it may apply to your life as a Catholic gentleman.

We encourage each of our members who are eligible to advance to the 2nd and/or 3rd degree to do so, as it places more of our Council on an equal footing with regard to our understanding of what it means to be a Knight.

Be aware, all Third Degree Knights will be eligible for the Fourth Degree in Richmond on Saturday, November 1, 2014

Opportunities like this do not come along very often.

Please join in with many of our Richmond Sir Knights on your spiritual journey to service and Knighthood!

Knights of Columbus will match donations to aid persecuted Iraqis

The Catholic News Agency – for the full article click the following Link:


.- The Knights of Columbus have established a matching fund to assist Christians and other religious minorities facing severe persecution or displacement in Iraq and nearby countries.

“The unprovoked and systematic persecution and violent elimination of Middle East Christians, as well as other minority groups, especially in Iraq, has created an enormous humanitarian crisis,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said Aug. 12.

“It has shocked the conscience of the world that people are systematically being purged from the region where their families have lived for millennia – simply for their faith,” Anderson continued.

“It is imperative that we stand in solidarity with them in defense of the freedom of conscience, and provide them with whatever relief we can.”

In addition to an initial pledge of $500,000, the Catholic fraternal organization will match another $500,000 in donations from the public.

Militants with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIL or ISIS, have seized large areas of Iraqi territory. They took the country’s largest Christian city, Qaraqosh, on the night of Aug. 6, forcing tens of thousands to flee.

The militants have ordered Christians and other minorities to convert, pay a tax known as a jizya, or be killed.

Anderson cited Pope Francis’ request that the world pray and support those affected by the “terrible persecution.”

“We are asking our members, and all people of good will, to pray for those persecuted and support efforts to assist them by donating to this fund,” the head of the Knights of Columbus said.

Donations may be made through the webpage or via check or money orders sent to K of C Christian Refugee Relief, Knights of Columbus Charities, P.O. Box 1966, New Haven, CT 06509-1966.

The Knights of Columbus said that 100 percent of all donations will be used for humanitarian assistance.

Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax-deductible.

There are more than 1.8 million members of the Knights of Columbus in councils worldwide. The fraternal order has responded to disasters including the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S., typhoons in the Philippines, hurricanes and tornados in the U.S., floods in Mexico, and tsunamis in Indonesia and Japan.

The Knights of Columbus have historically supported oppressed Christians, such as during the persecution of the Catholic Church in Mexico in the 1920s. The Knights provided humanitarian assistance for victims of persecution and worked to raise international awareness about the situation there.

Last year, the Knights provided more than $170 million and 70 million hours to charitable causes.

Performing in Richmond; The United States Army Chorus (Washington, DC)

All performances in the series are free of charge. Parking available in the rear lot, entrance accessible from Allen Avenue or Lombardy Street. Overflow parking available at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Stuart Circle.











August Musicales 2014 Presents

The United States Army Chorus (Washington, DC)

Wednesday, August 20, 7:00 p.m.

Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church

1627 Monument Avenue • Richmond, VA • 359-2463


The Loss of CHARLES SERAFIM, Saturday, August 2, 2014



As some of you may know by now, Alan Serafim’s son, Chuck, passed on from this life a week ago Tuesday.  Chuck and his family lived in North Carolina and all services were held there. A celebration of Chuck’s life was held last Sunday.  Below you will find the obituary for Chuck Serafim.  Our Council is considering a donation to the suggested charities which we will announce later.


This weekend, I will have a sympathy card available in a convenient place in the church commons for you to sign when you attend masses.  I will send instructions and location in a follow-up email.  Alan typically attends Sunday 7:30 a.m. masses. If you are able to be at church after that mass, please share your thoughts with him.  Alanhas contributed much to our Council’s founding and development.  As a Past Grand Knight, we know Alan’s strong faith is sustaining him now.


Yours in Christ,

Dale Matanic



CHARLES SERAFIM, Saturday, August 2, 2014


SERAFIM, Charles Paul “Chuck,” age 48, of Banner Elk, passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Chuck was born in Frankfurt, West Germany on June 27, 1966. He graduated from Douglas Southall Freeman High School in Richmond, Va. and received his B.S. Degree in Business from Wingate University in Monroe, N.C. He was the owner of High Country Hearth and Chimney. He enjoyed watching his two sons play soccer.


He is survived by his wife, Cameron; and his two sons, Faris and Finley. His mother, May Serafim and father, George Alan Serafim of Richmond, Va; a brother, Chris Serafim and wife, Christy, of Richmond, Va.; a sister, Kim Megenity and her husband, Adam, of Richmond,Va.; his brother-in-law, Knox Clark and his wife, Sarah, of New Orleans; his sisters-in-law, Courtney Wainscott and her husband, Grant, of Atlanta and Donna Clark of Sarasota, Fla.; nieces and nephews, Summer, Talon, London, Jagger, Madison, Braeden, Knoxy, Milly, Reedy, Amelia and Chase. Chuck has many, very special relatives in Richmond, Va.; and a dear cousin, Deb Cargo, from California.


A celebration of life service will be held Sunday, August 3, 2014, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the home of Nancy and Allen Clark, 170 Old Turnpike Rd., Banner Elk, N.C. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chuck Serafim Fund, c/o Highlands Union Bank, P.O. Box 2169, Banner Elk, N.C. 28604, and/or the Chuck Serafim Fund, c/o Robert L. Blevins, Wells Fargo Advisors, 1606 Eulid Ave., Bristol, Va. 24201. Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory, Boone, N.C. is in charge of the arrangements.



I apologize for  the delayed inclusion of this information.