International Food Fest this Weekend – Get Ready!

To:          Brother Knights

From:    Brother Gilmore, Ronald F. (RFG)

Subj:      IFF – main event, Saturday October 4, 2014

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To all who shall read this memo, greetings!


We are T – 4 days and counting.  Gentlemen, the clock is running, the time is at hand, the planning is over, and we now turn into the wind and stare-down the challenge ahead…that is, KoC’s participation in the International Food Festival.   Our event motto….”Uncommon participation is our common virtue.”


Thanks to Brother Jose for conscripting volunteers to man the booth this Saturday.  Second, Brothers Paul, Gary, Dale, and Ron did a dry-run this past Sunday.  We grilled-up the sausage, and prepared for each of us a “full plate” like the one we plan to serve up at IFF.  The sausage, marinara, and bread is truly a great combo, and the mutual admiration club agreed…..what an excellent idea the sausage plate turned out to be, I’m glad we thought of it!


There is still time to participate.  I will outline below all that has been identified, those that have offered assistance, and will seek volunteers in areas that still need to be addressed.


  1. RFG will contact IFF : (Wednesday) and arrange cold storage for sausage. Second, IFF is offering load-in Friday evening.  It appears this is just staging—I will get clarification.  Do we want to take advantage of this?
  2. Mount-out rehearsal: Friday, STB-Church parking lot; 5:15pm.  If humanely possible, I encourage your participation, especially those manning the booth
    1. Operational Change – we will grill vs boil sausage
  3. Gear check List:
    1. Tents, 2 each, Bart & Dale – spec’s 10×10
    2. POC @ STB School-mgr of cafeteria for food storage – Paul, will you tee-up? ASAP
    3. Food delivery – 10/2 NLT 3pm. Ron will coordinate and take delivery
    4. Pick-up truck – Paul – will need Friday
    5. Tent Decorations – Gary – COMPLETE
    6. Booth Attire – minimum acceptable standard – KoC Golf Shirt – see Gary to coordinate if you don’t have one
    7. 4 each, tables & chairs – ALL – located in Mother Presentation Hall
    8. Booth Staffing, boots on the ground – Jose to provide update and final headcount
    9. Grills, 2 each with back-up propane bottles – Gary & Paul to coordinate
    10. Hot Plate/ warming station(s), etc; electric – Dale to provide
      1. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY – 2 each, extension cords; 1 each, multi-electrical prong outlet stick
    11. Kitchen Utensils – 3 each, bread, meat knives; 2 each, can opener; 2 each, (2 or 4oz) ladles
      1. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY – 2 each, meat thermometers
    12. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY -2 each, coolers
    13. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY – Fire Extinguisher (IFF required)
  4. Final instruction/ event update/ Intel Brief – RFG, as needed leading up to D-Day & H-hour
  5. After-action Report – RFG lead w/ Brothers input, assessment to Grand Knight

Men, Join Us for Our 15th Annual Oktoberfest!

St. Bridget’s Men’s Ministry of Faith and Fellowship is celebrating their 15th Annual Oktoberfest Sunday, 2 November 2014 from 2 PM until dark.


Want to spend a casual fall afternoon outside, craft-brewed beer in hand, pitching horseshoes, and watching football? Want to meet other men from St Bridget’s and other parishes? Then join us for this year’s Oktoberfest! Hosted by the St. Bridget’s Men’s Ministry, this men’s social event has been a great hit over the years, and one you’ll surely enjoy!


Once again, we’re shipping in those famous brats from Usinger’s of Milwaukee, and serving them up with sauerkraut, potato salad, baked beans, genuine apple strudel, and a hand-picked selection of the best beers in the world! So, “shine your stein” and join us for all the fun and fellowship we can “mustard” up!


SUNDAY, November 2nd

From 2 PM Until Dark

2324 Pump Road (Third Presbyterian) picnic pavilion at the Colombian Center

COST: $25 per person – in advance or at the door

RSVP Now: Charlie Giovannetti (804) 839-2761 or John McCulla (804) 342-1112 or Dale Matanic (804) 240-2862

Bring Your Friends from other churches or parishes



Council 5476 at the International Food Festival 10/4/14

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Culturally diverse parishes and local missions are coming together to provide Richmond with an international cuisine and entertainment experience.


Members from parishes and local missions are coming together for a culturally diverse celebration with the Richmond community. You’ll find international selections from Our Lady of Lourdes Filipino Festival, St. Benedicts Oktoberfest, Sacred Heart Hispanic Festival and many more.


Vendors are providing food choices and entertainment from each of their great cultures. Cuisine options include full portion and sample selections. This is a 100% Pure Non-Profit festival as all vendors are non-profit organizations. 100% of every purchase made supports that unique mission or parish.


There will be culturally diverse entertainment and raffles along with lots of children’s activities, as well as tours of the historic Cathedral that include the museum and crypt.  Admission is FREE and there is convenient parking at the VCU deck adjacent to the Altria Theatre.


The 3rd Annual International Food Festival is scheduled for Saturday October 4th 2014 from 11AM until dusk located at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 800 S Cathedral Place in Richmond across from Monroe Park. 

Council 5476 Fellowship and Football Social! 10/9/2014

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You Are Invited For Another Evening Of Food, Fellowship and Football!

The Men of St. Bridget Knights of Columbus Council 5476 invite you to join us on


October 9 at 7:30PM – Council Meeting Hall, St. Bridget Rectory Basement 

For A Thursday Night Football Open House

Join us for the Game, Food and Drinks

Please come share with your Parish Knights an evening of Fraternity and Fellowship.

Thursday October 9

NRG Stadium, Houston Texas

Indianapolis  AT  Houston

The Time is NOW to Join the Fourth Degree Membership

Dear  Council —-32  Third Degree Brothers,

MembershipLogoColor-EnThe time is NOW to fill out your Fourth Degree Membership Document and submit it.

This year, Richmond Virginia  is fortunate to have the Fourth Degree Exemplification ceremony here in Midlothian near The Chesterfield Mall.

A  Fourth Degree Sir Knight is required to wear a tuxedo for many of our events including this exemplification.

I would recommend Better Menswear for your Tuxedo purchase. They offer an excellent  Knights Wardrobe Package for $170.

8200 Midlothian Turnpike 323-0060.

It is time for you to reach even further with your faith.

Fourth Degree Knights are dedicated to the personal development and continued honor of our brother Knights.

We are always there to offer leadership, guidance, and encouragement-

whether it is through educational programs or honoring those who are no longer with us.

Fourth Degree Knights are integral to the preservation of the Order.

We serve our communities and nations, fostering patriotism by teaching personal responsibility in civic affairs,

honoring and protecting symbols of national pride,

honoring  veterans for their service and sacrifice,

and facilitating voter turnout on election days.

The Fourth Degree Knights maintain a leadership role on important moral issues,

recognizing that what a man stands for, defines him.

Our Council 5476 will be hosting the Fourth Degree- Richmond Assembly 1165 Business Meeting this Monday evening September 22, 2014.

Grand Knight Paul and I  will submit your membership document to the Assembly at that time and vouch for you.

Want to meet the Richmond Assembly Sir Knights?

If you are available Monday evening  6:30-7:15PM  you are most welcome to stop down in our St Bridget Rectory Meeting Room.

Do you need an Fourth Degree Membership Document?

Please call me  741-8666.

I will be assisting with the pancake breakfast 8-10AM this Sunday and will have applications available.

If you have  completed the membership document, please  call me  or place it in our Council mailbox at the church by 4PM this Monday September 22, 2014.

Fraternally in Christ,

Gary, Deputy Grand Knight Council 5476

Color Corp requested at the funeral of Brother Dante Joseph Pellei

Sir Knights,

Our Color Corp has been requested at the funeral of Brother Dante Joseph Pellei this Saturday

The presence of any and all color corp members would be appreciated to celebrate the life of our fallen Brother.

When: Saturday September 20, 2014

Time: 10:30 AM Arrival

Where: St Bridget’s Church (6006 Three Chopt Rd)

Please RSVP your anticipated attendance.  Thanks

Sorry for the email notice with such a quick turnaround, however I am traveling today and do not have phone numbers with me.  Be back tomorrow.


Additional information on Brother Pellei is below:


 PELLEI, Dante Joseph, of Henrico, passed away in the evening hours of September 13, 2014, 

displaying great strength of character, courage and faith in facing the cancer that
ultimately carried him away.  He was preceded in death by his parents, the late Angelo
and Erminia Pellei and sister, Ida Pellei all of New York.  He is survived by his loving
spouse, Jeanette Pellei and sister, Maria Pellei, both of Henrico; daughter, Janeen (and
Stephen) Casella, of Pawleys Island, SC; son, Steven (and Miho) Pellei, of Henrico;  son,
David (and Robyn) Pellei of  Charlotte, NC; daughter, Jennifer (and Vincent) Pietropaolo
of Wilmington, MA.  Grandchildren include Stephen, Margaret, Vincent, Anna, Megan, Dante,
Julia, George, Luke, David, Eryn, Cameron, Emilee, Alyson, Ida, Robert, Peter, Nicholas,
(and Alexander).

Born 1934 and raised in Fort Apache in the Bronx, NY. 1951, he graduated from Cardinal
Hayes High School, during which he was active in running track and played the trumpet in
the marching band.  After which he attended Fort Schuyler Maritime Academy, earning a
bachelors degree in marine engineering in 1955.  Commissioned as a Navy lieutenant he
served on the USS Sellstrom (DE-255) on the Early Warning Line out of Nova Scotia in the
cold war.    He was employed at Westinghouse locomotive propulsion and 18 years with
General Electric as a corporate manager and teacher in the Computer Learning Center.    While
raising 4 children he also earned his MBA from Union College in Schenectady, NY.   Upon
retirement he and Jeanette moved to Henrico in 1998.

He was known for his strong work ethic and devotion to his family, church, and community.
He was very active in the St. Bridgets Catholic Church as a founding member of the
parish’s Knights of Columbus, Men’s Ministry, taught bible study classes for 6 years, and
parish council member.   In prior years he was also active in the Cursillo and Marriage
Encounter retreats. 
A very selfless person,  he sought good in all people, and was respected by all he met. 
A devoted husband of 52 years, loving father, and doting grandfather. He will be greatly
missed by all who knew him. His family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday,
September 19th, at the West Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 11020  Broad St, Glen Allen,
23060.  A Mass of christian burial will take place 11 a.m. Saturday, September 20th at

St. Bridgets Church, 6006 Three Chopt Rd, Richmond. Inurnment will follow at St. Marys Church

on Gayton Rd.   In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be
made to the Catholic Relief Services-Middle East Refugee Services or Eternal Word
Television Network (EWTN).


Sean P. Connor

Afton Chemical

Sr. Business Specialist – Metalworking

804.788.5191 (office)

804.347.4355 (mobile)

The Loss of Our Brother and Friend – Dante Pelei



With a heavy heart we are sorry to let you know that Poppy passed peaceable into heaven last night at about 11:30. He was resting peacefully and comfortably.


Thank you so much for all of your prayers and the assistance you provided to Pop, Nana, and our family.   Poppy and Nana have been overwhelmed by the support given.


We will provide funeral details later but believe they will be held on Saturday afternoon.  At this time Nana would like to have a quiet day so if you could hold any calls until later we would greatly appreciate that.


We will miss him dearly,


Steve & family.

Washington Summit to Call Attention to Plight of Christians in the Middle East

September 8, 2014, Monday — Six Patriarchs


Six of the patriarchs of the Christian Churches of the Middle East will be, for the first time ever, gathered together in the United States for the next three days. They will be meeting in Washington D.C. starting tomorrow.


This is important because the presence of the Christian community in the entire Middle East is now threatened, with hundreds of thousands fleeing the region, and thousands killed by the radical Islamic fighters of “ISIS” (“The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria”).






Washington Summit to Call Attention to Plight of Christians in the Middle East


Historic Gathering Will Feature Patriarchs from Middle East, Lawmakers and International Human Rights Activists


Washington – The deteriorating situation facing millions of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East will be the focus of a bipartisan and ecumenical conference in the nation’s capital.


The three-day event sponsored by In Defense of Christians (IDC) will feature speakers from all over the globe.


The IDC Summit for Middle East Christians, whose theme is “Protecting and Preserving Christianity, Where It All Began”, will be the first occasion in history where six Christian Patriarchs from the Middle East will gather together in the United States.


IDC President Toufic Baaklini said, “For too long, Westerners have stood by, silent or unaware, while Christians and other groups in the Middle East have endured discrimination, persecution, and religious cleansing. Today, as the Islamic State continues its genocidal campaign against Christians in Iraq and Syria, the globe is finally awakening to their plight. IDC exists to give voice to these voiceless people. In this hour of their greatest peril, they are in desperate need of support. We must act now.”


Baaklini stated: “To this end, IDC is hosting a historic global Summit for Middle East Christians, September 9-11, in Washington, D.C.


This summit will empower the Middle Eastern Christian Diaspora and energize the American people to stand in solidarity the ancient Christian communities of the Middle East. Their survival is vital to stability in the region, and their ability to flourish in their countries of origin has national security implications for the United States.”


Summit attendees will have the opportunity to meet with Members of Congress and their staff, policy makers, diplomats, human rights activists, and religious leaders. Speakers include:


* Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Rai;

* Syriac Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II;

* Archbishop of Washington Donald Cardinal Wuerl;

* Leonardo Cardinal Sandri of the Vatican’s Prefect of the Congregation for

Oriental Churches;

* Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX);

* Senator Debbie Stabenow (R-MI);

* Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA);

* Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL);

* Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL);

* Dr. James Zogby; and

* Nina Shea, Director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom.


In Defense of Christians (IDC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to the preservation and protection of Christians in the Middle East.
2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 325, Washington, D.C. 20006


CONTACT: Joseph Cella


tel. 703-286-9677



The Anthropological Question


You live in a deranged age, more deranged than usual, because, in spite of great scientific and technological advances, man has not the faintest idea of who he is or what he is doing.” —Walker Percy (1916-1990), American Catholic convert and writer, author of The Message in the Bottle and Lost in the Cosmos

International Food Festival Participation 10/4/14

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The St. Bridget Knights of Columbus – Council 5476 – invite you to join the 3rd annual International Food Festival Saturday, Oct. 4 from 11:00 to dusk at The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.

Many of the cultures that make up the Richmond Diocese will be represented and participating in this year’s event. Entertainment throughout the day will include singing, dancing, games and children activities.

There will also be a $1 raffle for a variety of exciting prizes!


Contact Ron Gilmore with any questions –