Christmas Cards and Ornament Sales after all Masses

DC_Shrine muralDear Worthy Grand Knight,

Can you please send this out to the membership?

As previously mentioned, we will be selling our fine on October 1-2 and October 8-9, 2016. Several Knights at the last meeting have already signed up. If anyone else can help man the tables, your presence and assistance would be gratefully appreciated.

Please indicate which Mass you can help:

Sat      Oct 1   5:30

Sun    Oct 2   7:30





Sat      Oct 8   5:30

Sun    Oct 8   7:30




You will only have to be present to encourage sales.  The setup and clean up afterwards is already covered.


Dave Burgess



On Wed, Sep 21, 2016 at 5:59 PM, Gary Port <> wrote:

Greetings Msgr Carr,

David Burgess, is one of our 4h Degree Knights, and will serve as coordinator for our Christmas cards and pelican ornament sales. We plan to use two covered tables in the Commons  Area for this event on Oct 1&2 and Oct 8&9..

Poster Display

This weekend September 24 & 25 we plan to display the attached Pelican Ornament poster  in the Commons Area with an attachment below it informing our parishioners that our Christmas cards and pelican ornaments will be available for sale for two weekends only October 1&2 and October 8&9.

***With your approval,  this  poster will remain up for the two weekends  we plan to be selling and

will have a companion poster next to it thanking our parishioners for their continued support of our council’s activities enabling us to provide assistance to our various causes.

Bulletin Announcements

The below announcement will be included in  our bulletins for the next 2 weekends.


We have requested the below announcement to be blasted on Sept 26-28

Podium Announcement to Parishioners

***Should we prepare one for you or would you like to create one from the below announcement?


KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMASChristmas Cards and St. Bridget Church Pelican Christmas Ornaments will be sold after all Masses for two weekends only on October 1-2 and October 8-9, 2016.

This one-of-a-kind, limited edition Christmas ornament is based on the beautiful mosaic on our St. Bridget altar. It will make a fantastic gift!

Based on last year’s ornament demand, we anticipate selling out quickly.  The ornament cost is $25 and Christmas cards are $6.50-$12/box.

Cash and checks are accepted.  Please stop by the Knights of Columbus tables to make a purchase.

All proceeds will be used to support charitable causes of the Knights of Columbus and our St Bridget Parish.  Thank you!

Please let Dave and I  know if you any questions, problems or suggestions.

Thank you!

God bless,

Gary Port


A sad loss in our Council – We will Miss you Joe DeVincentis!

Brother Joe DeVincentis

Brothers Knights,

It is with great sadness that I send you this email.

Joe DeVincentis passed away last night peacefully at his house. His wife Maryann was at his side.

Joe proudly served 22 years and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. Joe is the father of seven children.

Below are the DeVincentis family plans thus far.

God rest this most beautiful and honorable man!

Fraternally in Christ,



Dear Joe Junior,

Our Knights of Columbus wish to convey our deepest sympathy on the loss of your father Joseph DeVincentis.

Attached please find the specifics to your Requests for our services as Honor Guard and  Flag Folding Ceremony Requests for you beloved Father Joe.

I am including our Faithful Navigator Ed Polich on this email, who will organize  the Honor Guards and Flag Folding Team to honor your most worthy father.

So far your family plans to have a Catholic Funeral Mass at St. Bridget Church within the next 9 days based on the church’s availability. Your family has elected not to have a Wake.

The Flag Folding Ceremony is to  take place after the Mass in the Commons Area of our church.

Arrangements are being made at Arlington Cemetery for Joe’s burial.

Please keep Ed and I posted on the event times and dates as they become available.

God bless you and your family!

Fraternally in Christ,

Gary Port

Membership Director, Francis J. Byrne Council 5476 at St. Bridget Catholic Church

Honor Guard, Richmond Assembly 1165



Council 5476 Football Night Open House 10/17

Superbowl Party
Knights of Columbus Football Party

Join Us For An Evening Of Food, Fellowship and Football!

The Men of St. Bridget Knights of Columbus Council 5476 invite you to our Open House and a Monday Night Football game on

 October 17, 2016 at 7PM

Watch the game on our new projection screen and sound system. It will be a great time to meet other men of the parish

Hot Dogs, Chili Dogs, Chips and Drinks

All Four Food Groups Necessary for a Great Evening of Socializing, Football and learning more about your Parish Knights of Columbus Council and what we are doing in support of our wonderful Church and our Faith.

Monday, October 17, 8:30 PM (ET) on ESPN

University of Phoenix Stadium, Phoenix, Arizona

New York                                                                   Arizona

Jets                                      @                                   Cardinals

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

Park in school parking lot, Proceed to Parish Rectory Lower Level-Via Rear Door,

Ring our special bell, We will come and get-cha!


Painting Party to Support KOVAR

What:      Instructor lead painting party.  No experience needed.  You will take the painting home that evening.

Date:       Saturday Oct 8, 2016

Where:   St Mary’s lower commons 9505 Gayton Road. The lower commons is near the church offices.

Time:     6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Attire:    Clothing that can be damaged by paint.

Who:      This is open to anyone but anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost:       $35.00 per person.     $25.00 is a donation to KOVAR.    Money will be collected at the door.  Cash or checks please.

Knights will provide light snacks and drinks.

Painting will be the Joy picture which is below.

The event is limited to 20 people.  We need people RSVP by Oct 4 so we can get the correct number of canvases.  Please RSVP to or 804 240 1676. 9669284

Volunteers Needed for the St Bridget Stew & Brew

Dear Group Leaders,


We are still in need of event, especially for the STIRRING SLOTS.  Please pass along to your groups again!  THANK YOU!


St. Bridget’s second annual Stew & Brew is taking place Friday, October 7.  To make this fun and important event successful, we need many hands to help out.  Could you please forward the link below to the Stew & Brew Sign Up Genius to all in your respective groups?  Though the event is from 5pm -10pm, there are different volunteer slots, some starting at 9 am (stirrers of the stew) through the end of the evening (clean up).  All are only one hour slots so feel free to encourage multiple hours of volunteering if anyone is so disposed.  We pulled it off last year with a true skeleton crew but we hope we can have a better crew of helpers this year.


The purpose of this event is to serve as an outreach event to our neighbors and friends in and outside of our parish as well as raising money for Little Sisters, St. Vincent’s and East End Pregnancy Center.


Thank you for passing this info on!


God bless,


Amanda Keller

Blue Grass and Blue Crab Festival for Saint Francis Home Volunteers Needed

Food_Picnic with wineGentlemen,

I would really appreciate your consideration of helping out this Sunday evening, October 2. We need both volunteers and paying guests at the Blue Grass and Blue Crab Festival for Saint Francis Home, 5:00 to 8:00 pm at Tredegar Iron Works. 

If you can volunteer, please sign up at We need help serving food, the Kids Bouncy House, and clean up. We also need an Oyster Shucker. Most of these are also good activities for students.

If you can come as a guest, please register on our web site, . Of course, spouses and kids are welcomed!

I really appreciate your help.



Saint Francis Home – Welcome to Saint Francis Home! Where …

Why Saint Francis Home? SFH offers care and assistance to elderly and disabled adults who would otherwise not be able to afford the exceptional services we provide.

Color Corps and Commanders Training


The next Color Corps and Commanders training for the District of Virginia will be conducted at  Fr. Bader Assembly # 2430 on October 8, 2016.

Training is provided in two separate sessions. The opening session is for all SK’s, followed by training for the Commander’s role. Both sessions will include hands on drill demonstrations by everyone in attendance.  In between sessions there will be a short break. Fr. Bader Assembly is the host for this event and coffee and donuts will be provided. Following are additional details for this training event:

What:  District Color Corps and Commanders training

Where: Fr. Bader Assembly (100 Columbus Way, Newport News, VA 23606), the Columbian Center.

When:  Saturday, October 8

Time:  Training will begin promptly at 9:00 AM.  Coffee & donuts will be available from 8:30 AM

POC:  FN Stephen Raschke, PSD ( and CCC is C arroll Kelley (

Dress: Casual, however recommend wearing hard sole shoes. Bring chapeau, service baldric & sword.

All Fourth Degree members are encouraged to complete this critical color corps training. If an Assembly has extra service regalia, please consider loaning it to thos e that don’t own regalia.

All Commanders, current Navigators, and those becoming Navigators during the next fraternal year are strongly encouraged to attend both the color corps and commanders training.

Please advise the assembly POCs by October 5 if you are planning to attend.


Rosario Chechile
District Marshall

Calvert Province, Virginia District


Respect Life weekend at St. Bridget Church


Home family on top of each other


Come gather in support for all life on Respect Life weekend at St. Bridget Church. This seminar features excellent speakers that will challenge you, encourage you, educate you, and support you in your personal mission for life. All are invited!

8:30 Coffee and Sign‐in; Resource tables

9:00 Opening and Prayer

9:05 The Jubilee Year of Mercy – Monsignor William Carr. Our pastor of St. Bridget Church will speak about the Jubilee Year and its call to all to have a profound respect for life from conception to natural death.

9:30 Stories of Abortion, Forgiveness and Healing – Kevin Burke, author and speaker, and Leslie Davis Blackwell, pro‐life activist. Listen to the perspectives of two devout Catholics and how they are personally involved in helping those that have experienced abortion and are dealing with the sorrows and guilt from abortion, and their unwavering commitment to protect the unborn.

10:15 Break and Resource Tables

10:30 Mercy at the End of Life – Monsignor Carr. Special understanding, compassion, and care are called for at the end of life. Hear Monsignor Carr’s perspective on what we can do to support our loved ones on their journey home.

11:00 Building a Respect for Life – Olivia Gans Turner, President, Virginia Society for Human Life, will suggest how we individually and as parishioners can be more directly involved in building up a respect for life in ourselves and those around us.

11:30 Open Discussion – There will be time for discussion and questions for the speakers. 11:55 Closing Prayer for Life and Blessing

Meeting Specifics

St. Bridget Catholic Church
October 1, 2016; 8:30 am to 12:00 pm For more information, please call Vicki Gazzola at 282-9511 or

An Invitation

You are also invited to attend Mass which begins at 8:00 am in the sanctuary, immediately followed by the Rosary at 8:30.



Monsignor William H. Carr, Pastor, St. Bridget Church. Monsignor Carr, a priest of 47 years, has lived a life of pastoral ministry in many parishes in the Richmond Diocese. He lives a life dedicated to leading parishioners in his care to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and lives dedicated to God. Monsignor Carr has been a vocal supporter for all life, including the unborn, the sick and the poor, and the aged and dying.

Leslie Davis Blackwell. Leslie speaks openly as the Virginia co‐coordinator for the Silent No More Awareness campaign, an international ministry helping women and men hurt by their abortion experience. She has shared her story of radical conversion from angry, pro‐abortion feminist to pro‐life activist in venues and media platforms worldwide, including the Supreme Court steps. She is the Communication Director for The Hosea Initiative, and serves on the Respect Life committee at St. Bridget Catholic Church, Richmond, VA.

Kevin Burke. Kevin Burke is a licensed social worker, Co‐Founder of Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries and a Pastoral Associate of Priests For Life. Kevin’s presentations address the effects of abortion on men, couples and families and effective post abortion ministry for Clergy and Counselors. Kevin is the co‐author of Redeeming A Father’s Heart ‐Men Share Powerful Stories of Abortion Loss and Recovery with his wife Theresa Burke and

Fr. Frank Pavone. He has contributed to and authored articles on post‐abortion healing.

Olivia Gans Turner, President, Virginia Society for Human Life.The Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL) is a non‐profit organization advocating an end to abortion in Virginia and the United States. VSHL is the Virginia affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee. It was founded in 1967 and is the oldest pro‐life organization in the country. The group has a political action committee, VSHL PAC, to support pro‐ life candidates for Virginia public office. Olivia is also the Director of the American Victims of Abortion (AVA).


  • Virginia Society for Human Life
  • Silent No More
  • Commonwealth Catholic Charities
  • East End Pregnancy Center
  • Rachel’s Vineyard
  • 40 Days for Life
    • Pregnancy Resource Center

of Richmond
• Sidewalk Advocates for Life • Diocese of Richmond
• Virginia Catholic Conference 

Leslie Davis Blackwell

A Woman On A Mission


Pro-life event at St. Bridget’s 10/1/16

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“Mercy and Healing in the Jubilee Year” will be the theme of a Respect Life gathering at St. Bridget Church, Richmond, on Saturday, Oct. 1.


The half-day event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and registration allowing visitors to peruse materials at resource tables in the commons.

After opening prayer at 9 a.m. Msgr. William Carr, pastor of St. Bridget’s, will speak about the significance of the Jubilee Year and the need to have “a profound respect for life from conception to natural death.”

Msgr. Carr will speak again at 10:30 about “the special understanding, compassion and care” which the elderly deserve as they approach the end of life.”

He will give his perspective “on what we can do to support our loved ones on their journey home.”

Other speakers will be Kevin Burke, author, and Leslie Davis Blackwell, a pro-life activist. They will suggest ways in helping women who have experienced abortion and “are dealing with the sorrow and guilt from abortion and their unwavering commitment to protect the unborn.”

Mrs. Blackwell, active in the Silent No More Awareness campaign, has previously spoken about her story of radical conversion from “an angry pro-abortion feminist to pro-life activist.”

Olivia Gans Turner, president of Virginia Society for Human Life, will speak about how people can be more involved in building their own respect for life and those around them.

There will be open discussion at 11:30. The event will close with prayer and blessing at 11:55.

Msgr. Carr pointed out that the discussion of pro-life issues comes at a time five weeks before the 2016 national elections.

“There is a lot of vigor around the current national elections and a lot of criticizing and complaining,” he said.

“We ought not to complain one word about the candidates as long as our sloth encourages the murder of innocent infants in the womb and of the elderly.

“Our lack of vigor around life issues contributes to the political situation in which we find ourselves so unhappily trapped.

“The Holy Father sets a high standard and reminds us that all this is related, nothing happens in a vacuum.

“While the Lord proposes life, we promote death by our tolerance.”

Mass will be celebrated at 8 a.m. before the event begins.

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Knights of Columbus at St. Bridget Catholic Church, Richmond, VA 23226