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.



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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