The Annual Red Mass – The St. Thomas More Society

The St. Thomas More Society

Richmond, Virginia

The Annual Red Mass 

November 4, 2015
Wednesday,  November 4, 2015

Where & When

Wed., November 5, 2015

5:30 PM Evening Mass;Dinner to follow



St. Benedict (Mass)

VHS (Dinner)

The Most Reverend Bishop Francis Xavier DiLorenzo, Bishop of Richmond, and The Saint Thomas More Society cordially invite you to join in worship and fellowship at the 32nd Annual Red Mass and Dinner on Wednesday,  November 4, 2015 at 5:30 PM. 

The Red Mass is the Liturgy of the Holy Spirit, traditionally celebrated in the fall at the beginning of the judicial year for the purpose of invoking God’s blessing and guidance in the administration of justice.

The Red Mass:
5:30 P.M. Holy Mass will be celebrated at
St. Benedict Catholic Church, 300 North Sheppard Street. Mass will be celebrated by Reverend Monsignor R. Francis Muench, J.C.L., Judicial Vicar, Diocese of Richmond.

The Red Mass Dinner:
7:30 P.M. Dinner will be held in the  

the Halsey Lecture Hall at the Virginia Historical Society, 428 N Boulevard.


The Red Mass Speaker: 

We are pleased to announce that Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D will be our guest speaker at the Red Mass Dinner. Dr. Anderson researches and writes about marriage and religious liberty as the William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow in American Principles and Public Policy with the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. He also focuses on justice and moral principles in economic thought, healthcare, and education and has expertise in bioethics and natural law theory. You can learn more about Dr. Anderson by following the links herehere, and here.



The cost is $50 per person (including dinner). Please mail all payments to:

The Saint Thomas More Society
2711 Buford Road #204
Richmond, VA 23235


Please direct all questions to:

James E. Schliessmann

President, The St. Thomas More Society

Cell: (804) 873-1035



Please reply by October 26, 2015.  Seating at the Dinner will be limited – advanced registration will be required on a first-come, first-served basis.


St. Thomas More, ora pro nobis.


James E. Schliessmann

President, The St. Thomas More Society

(804) 873-1035 (cell)



Eric A. Gregory

Past President, St. Thomas More Society

804-306-2072 (cell)


Columbus Day Monday 10/12

Monday the nation celebrates our Order’s namesake, the Great Navigator, Christopher Columbus.  Each of us must observe this day in a special way.  Attend an extra Mass, read his biography, participate in a wreath laying, or light a candle.

St Thomas More Ceremony

Better yet, join your fellow Sir Knights from the Calvert Province and around the country in participating in the Nation Columbus Day Celebration at Columbus Circle, in front of Union Station, in Washington, DC.  This is a great opportunity to honor the great Christopher Columbus and our Order.


Please notify District Marshal Dave Todd if you will be attending.

Specifics concerning the time and meeting place are below.


Patriotically Proud


Tom Trudeau

Master, Virginia District


The annual Columbus Day Celebration at Union Station will be held on Monday, October 12,  2015. We are expecting at least 100 Sir Knights in full regalia.  Please send the number you expect from your Assemblies to District Marshal Dave Todd, by Friday, October 9, 2015.

Remember that since this is a holiday, traffic will be light and most parking restrictions are lifted, so travel is relatively easy even though it is a weekday.  This is a great Assembly or Council event that the entire family can participate in.  Spread the word.

Event Particulars
Columbus Day Celebration at Union Station in DC
2 Massachusetts Ave., Washington, DC 20002
Date    Monday, October 12, 2015
Report Time    9:30 AM;  Marshals – 9:00 AM
Report Location    Columbus Statue, Union Station, 2 Massachusetts Ave., Washington, DC 20002
Dress    Full Regalia, including sword and National Flag Pin (PG-745-US)

Every year, the Fourth Degree adds to the beauty and dignity of this celebration and I know that this tradition will continue once again this year. As in the past, we will again be joined by the Honor America Corps out of Rappahannock Assembly who will bring, along with other flags, all of the historical flags of the United States.

I look forward to seeing a large crowd join me on October 12th as we all celebrate Columbus Day together. Please invite Brother Knights and their families to this event but especially encourage all Fourth Degree members to turnout. Thank you.


SBCC MMFF Oktoberfest Reminder

Men, Join Us for St. Bridget’s 16th Annual Octoberfest!

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 Octoberfest!  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!

Particulars: Sunday, November 1st, 2 p.m. ‘til dark, at the Picnic Pavilion at the Columbian Center, 2324 Pump Road (Third Presbyterian).  Cost is $25/person for a great meal and some tasty fest brews!  Call Charlie Giovannetti (ph. 839-2761) to register.  Call John McCulla (ph. 342-1112) or DaleMatanic (ph. 240-2862) for more information.


RSVP Now!  Bring your pals from other churches or parishes!