Lenten Fish Fry Update from John McCulla

St Bridget annual fish fry logoHello St. Bridget Fish Fry Team!!!!!  I hope you are enjoying this snowy day in Richmond!


You were kind enough to assist last year in some way to help make the St. Bridget Fish Fry a success!  You helped cook, set up, served fish, sold tickets, purveyed beer and wine, pushed raffle tickets, sliced cake and doled out sherbert and much more!  All this is what helped the Fish Fry to be a fun evening of fishy-fellowship with our friends and fellow parishioners!  (In addition to a very tasty meal!).


I write to ask you to do two things:


  • Of course, do come to the Fish Fry and enjoy a fantastic meal! Tickets are being sold after Masses and through E-Giving.


  • Please volunteer to help again this year! We have many, many places to help, and they are all listed in the attached document (and I have copied this in below in this email hoping that might help!  Can you serve on one of the shifts, and have your dinner with friends on the other shift?


The list likely shows where you volunteered last year, though I am sure names are missing.


If you could please reply and let me know if and where you can help, I would be very appreciative.  I’ll send out an update as soon as I hear back from many of you.  If you want to work in a particular area, please say so.  We can do some adjusting so everyone has a spot they will enjoy!


Many thanks to you all for helping at the Fish Fry!




 John K. McCulla

6 Clarke Road, Richmond, VA 23226

804 342-1114 (office)

804 306-2488 (mobile)

413 751-9560 (fax)



Reminder – Ministry Pilgrimage on 3/14/2015



The Men’s Ministry Pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington is on Saturday, March 14.


The Lenten Pilgrimage includes:

  • a tour of the largest Catholic basilica in the United States
  • opportunity for Confession
  • a private Mass in the Slovakian Chapel celebrated by Fr. Stefan
  • Stations of the Cross
  • and lunch at an Irish Pub

We depart from St. Bridget’s front lot at 6:30 am (offer it up as part of your Lent).  We are usually back in Richmond by 5:30-6:00 p.m.  If you want to go, please let me know at ckoz654@aol.com

Mike K.


St Bridget Catholic Church 2015 Lenten Mission Week

March 14 – 21 – SBCC Lenten Parish Retreat featuring Monsignor Michael Clay, “Discovering Who We Are with Jesus”. see St Bridget website for Mass Schedules

Visit SBCC website for all the details:  http://saintbridgetchurch.org/FaithFormation/ParishMission.aspx


Saturday/Sunday: “Discovering Who We Are in Christ”

Monday: “Evangelization: Understanding the Essential Starting Point of the Catholic Faith Journey”

Tuesday: Saint Patrick’s Day Party “Great Moments in Catholic Guilt: A Tradition of Contrition”

Wednesday Morning: 10:30 am Mass and Anointing of the Sick

Wednesday Evening: Evening Prayer and Anointing of the Sick

Thursday: Reconciliation and Lenten Penitential Services.

Friday: Stations of the Cross – “The Passion, Death and Resurrection of the Lord”

Saturday Morning Adults: “Forming Our Children in the Gospel in a Secular World”

Saturday Morning Teens: “Middle School Youth Day”

Saturday Evening: Date Night! Dinner, Keynote, Child Care and Cash Bar

Sunday Evening Teens: “High School Youth Group”

Raffle Winner; Message from Deputy Grand Knight Gary Port 2/25/15

First Raffle Winner – Dinner for 4 at Lemaire!

Food_Picnic with wine

On Sunday  22 February, after the evening Mass, Fr Stefan Migac was asked to pull the Raffle Winner for the Lemaire Dinner For Four prize. We are so very pleased to announce that ‘Lee Chase’ has been selected at the official winner. Lee and their closest friends will be able to enjoy dinner for four at Lemaire Restaurant in the Jefferson Hotel. Please help us congratulate Lee!

Proceeds from the raffle will go toward the support of your Knights of Columbus Council 5476 annual Catholic High School Scholarship Fund. All members of  Council 5476 wish to thank St. Bridget Catholic Church parishioners for their generous support!

This raffle raised $610 dollars, and will assist in funding the award of two $1000 dollar scholarships for two children in our parish who will be attending Catholic High School – one for St. Gertrude and the other for Benedictine College Preparatory High School.

Your support is always appreciated. Please contact Gary Port for more information about this Scholarship. agport@verizon.net 

Scholarship Applications with Instructions will be available in March in the Commons Area, on our Council website, the St Bridget website, and through St Bridget School.


SBCC Knight’s Sponsored Annual Lenten Fish Fry 3/13/15

St Bridget annual fish fry logoBrothers,


We are sponsoring the Lenten Fish Fry again this year after Stations of the Cross on March 13.  It is a signature event for our Council and a significant source of fundraising for our scholarship effort and other charitable endeavors.


We will have plenty of help on the day of the event but we need to ensure its success with our involvement now and for key parts of the event on March 13.


I want to begin my request for someone to head up the Fish Fry event by thanking our last volunteers, Jose and Bart, who did a fantastic job with the Super Bowl Chili effort. I think they will tell you that the Council members showed up when needed, making for a light load for everyone. Ron Gilmore who headed up the International Food Festival I am sure will tell you the same.


I hope someone will offer to take a leadership position and help coordinate the rest of the Brothers to:

  • Conduct Ticket Sales after Masses
  • Coordinate filling the various tasks for the event
  • Coordinate with St Bridget School Volunteer team
  • Anything else that will make the event a success

John McCulla has the “playbook” and many things have been accomplished or put in motion. You can count on many Brothers to help make this a success. We just need someone to volunteer a couple of hours to get some emails out and monitor the progress of assigning and fulling the tasks above.


Thanks again for your consideration for doing this. For those of you who cannot make that commitment at this time, please make every effort to volunteer to fill a position and help make this yet another successful St Bridget’s Knights of Columbus Council event.


Paul Kitchen


Update from Jose – Council Superbowl Chili Sales

Dear Brother Knights.

Thanks again to all of you for the great help with the chili.  I hope your team won the Superbowl (I didn’t have a horse in the race per se but the game was at least entertaining).


We are talling up the sales and some loose ends but by several indications we did pretty well.  There are only 16 quarts (out of 173) left and most if not all are already claimed.  We will have final numbers shortly.  Until then a couple of loose ends and info:


  1. On Sunday we gave Father Stefan 5 quarts (2x$15, plus 1x$8 = $38) to share with Monsignor Carr and the folks at the rectory. If you would like to sponsor these and pitch in with a few bucks to pay for them let me know. (John McCulla responded)
  2. We gave 1 quart (paid and sponsored by Bart Leahey and myself) to Elvis (custodial at the school and church) 3. We also gave 2 quarts to Ray Honeycut, principal at St. Bridget, and 2 quarts to George Sadler, vice principal at St. Bridget, for being gracious enough to let us use the school kitchen to cook (paid and sponsored by Bart Leahey and myself).
  3. We gave 2 quarts to Smith, custodial at the school and church (paid and sponsored by Gary, Ron and myself)


Let me know if you can pitch in for 1 above.  Thanks so much!


See you all soon.



Jose Alcaine

Calendar Reminder for February



February 5 – Council 5476 Business Meeting at 7 PM

February 7 – SBCC Men’s Ministry of Faith & Fellowship Meeting, doors open at 6:30 AM, meeting is from 7:00 – 8:00 AM (concluding in time for morning Mass)

February 7 – Council 5476 Sponsored Free-throw Contest, 2-4 PM at St Bridget, Mother Presentation Hall Gymnasium.

February 19 – Council 5476 Member Meeting – 6:30 PM


Please respond with any calendar updates and they will be added to the website.

Thank you, John

Volunteer for Council 5476 Sponsored Free-throw Contest – 2/7/2015

KOC freethrow graphic

Council 5476 Sponsored Free-throw Contest – Volunteers Needed

Questions? Contact Jim Ryan

 email:   jim.ryan@vacu.org 


Saturday, February 7, 2015.

Check-in will run 2:00pm – 2:45pm

Any contestant not checked in

by 2:45pm will be unable to compete.



Mother Presentation Hall @ St. Bridget’s School

6006 Three Chopt Road

Richmond, VA 23226



Boys & Girls

9-14 years old.

Each will compete separately in their respective age and




Each contestant receives three

warm-up tosses followed by 15

consecutive free throw attempts

from the foul line. To break a tie,

contestants take a second round of

five free throws. No warm-up

tosses are permitted for the tiebreaker

rounds. Successive rounds

of five free throws each continue

until a winner emerges.


Contestants MUST bring the following:

*A parent, Guardian, or other Adult Escort

*A Photo Form of identification that establishes their birth date