Stew & Brew October 13

Brother Knights – 51 volunteer slots left to fill for Stew & Brew – we mainly need Knights to stir stew during the day on Friday Oct 13.  Please sign up –


Stew & Brew October 13

Welcome to Saint Bridget’s Stew & Brew sign-up.

Please look at the slots available and consider volunteering for this fun and important event!

All volunteers working a 2 hour or longer shift will be given a free T-shirt to be worn at the event. In the comment section, please indicate the size T-shirt you will need.

A volunteer meeting will be held the week before on Thursday, October 5th, 5:30pm-6:30pm in The Murphy Conference Room.  T-shirts will be distributed at the meeting.

Thank you in advance for your dedication and service to this wonderful parish event!


SBCC Men’s Ministry Oktoberfest 2017


Posted by Leon Shadowen on Sep 24, 2017 12:40 pm

Men, Join Us for St. Bridget’s 18th 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 5th, 2 p.m. ‘til dark, at the Picnic Pavilion at Community West Church (behind the Columbian Center), 2324 Pump Road. Cost is $25/person for a great meal and some tasty fest brews! Call Charlie Giovannetti (ph. 839-2761) to register. Call Charlie or John McCulla (ph. 342-1112) for more information.

Come have a great time! RSVP Now!

K of C Annual Pancake Breakfast at St. Bridget’s MPH

Fish Fry 2017

OK guys, it’s back to school time again and with it comes our annual Pancake Breakfast at St. Bridget’s MPH…

 You know the drill, meet me at the School’s Cafeteria around 6:45-7 am…..on Sunday Sept. 24th

 We’ll cook up some pancakes from Shoney’s with Sausage and Bacon……add coffee, juice, syrup and some old fashion Fellowship

 Turn on some Beach Boys for Dale and we’ll have a good time….

 If you can flip a cake GREAT…If not come visit and sit a spell…

 Looking for  some help……PGK Alan Serafim



SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21ST, 9:00 – 11:00 AM



All are invited to learn about anxiety, depression, drug abuse, and mental illness and their ravaging effects on both individuals and their families. Our speakers will offer insight into the severity of these challenges and their impact on life: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. They will offer their thoughts on how to respond through our Catholic faith to help address these challenges.

8:45 Coffee and Gather

9:00 Opening and Prayer

9:05 Tending the Flock Pastoral Care for the Challenged Monsignor William Carr, pastor of St.

Bridget Church, offers his perspectives on providing pastoral care to parishioners dealing with mental health challenges.

9:15 Loving Care for Depression and Anxiety – Sr. Kathleen Persson. Depression and anxiety are an epidemic in the United States, affecting both adults and children. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates 15 million people aged 15 to 44 are living with depression. Many elderly persons also struggle with depression in their senior years. Sr. Kathleen offers her perspectives as a counselor for these challenges over the past 30 years.

9:55 Short Break

10:00 Opioids, Depression, and Suicide – An Epidemic in the Extremes – August Wallmeyer. Based on two years of research into Virginia’s Extremes – the Southwest, Southside, and Eastern Shore – Mr. Wallmeyer will present a portrait of Virginia largely unknown to most Virginia residents. Augie will provide insight into the severe challenges of opioid addiction and its impact in these remote parts and all of Virginia, and his ideas on what Virginia should do.

10:25 Caring for Your Family’s Mental Wellness – Grace Gallagher. One out of four teens suffers from a mental illness. Eighty percent can be treated effectively, yet only 33% seek help. Mental illness does not discriminate, it is not a choice, and it is rampant among teenagers. Grace Gallagher, Executive Director of the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation, will discuss this dramatic challenge that faces our youth and their families. She will share practical solutions to help care for a family’s mental health.

10:45 Open Discussion – Planned time for discussion and questions for the speakers.

11:00 Closing Prayer for Life and Blessing



Monsignor William H. Carr, Pastor, St. Bridget Church. Monsignor Carr, a priest of 48 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.

Sister Kathleen L. Persson, OSB, LCSW Sister Kathy is a licensed clinical social worker who has been working with persons suffering with mental illness, including anxiety and depression, since 1987. As a Benedictine Sister of Virginia, she brings her Catholic faith and beliefs to bear in her assistance to those in her care.

Grace Gallagher – Grace is the Executive Director of the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation and a mother of 5 children. Her passion to end the stigma associated with teenage mental illness can be felt when she speaks. She has a commitment to life with purpose, and a mission inspired by her daughter, Cameron, the founder of the SpeakUp5k. The CKG Foundation is a beacon of hope for those who are affected by teenage mental illness. By offering free mental health programming and nationwide SpeakUp5k races, teens are encouraged to Speak Up, proactively take care of their mental health, and seek help when they need it.

August Wallmeyer – A former radio and television news reporter, government speechwriter and energy lobbyist, Augie has over 40 years of involvement with the Virginia General Assembly. He has developed unique and insightful perspectives on public policy issues in Virginia, most recently through his book entitled The Extremes of Virginia. His research and writing has brought out into the open the severe challenges of opioid abuse, economic depression, and poor health in three ‘rural, poor and largely unknown’ areas of Virginia: Southwest, Southside and the Eastern Shore.

Mission of the Saint Bridget Respect Life Ministry

The mission of the Saint Bridget Respect Life Ministry is to promote a broader and deeper commitment within our parish for the respect for human life from conception to death, based on the teachings of the Catholic Church. Our goals are to educate and inform our parishioners on all aspects of the sanctity of life, and to coordinate opportunities for parishioners, both youth and adult, to participate in respect life initiatives within the parish and in the community. Our mission, actions, and information are grounded in the tenets of the Catholic Church, for “from the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.” CCC 2270.

For more information, contact Mike Kozak at

Meeting Specifics

Saint Bridget Catholic Church in the Commons

October 21, 2017; 9:00 – 11:00 am

For more information, please call Vicki

Gazzola at 282-9511 or email

Italian Night at St Mary’s Catholic Church October 7th


St Mary’s K of C is sponsoring an Italian Night. St Mary’s Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Road Henrico.

Join us to celebrate Columbus Day with great food, drinks and friends.

Casual dress, wear dancing shoes we have a wonderful DJ.

Saturday Oct0ber 7th, 2017.  Doors open at 6:30 and dinner will follow about 7:00 pm.  Dinner will include salad, garlic bread, pasta with marinara sauce with or without meat, chicken Alfredo and Tiramisu.

Dinner tickets will be sold online and after masses. No tickets will be sold at the door.  Online ticket sales will end on October 2.  There will be a list at the door of people that have purchased tickets.

Web address for tickets is

There will be a cash bar.

Cost: Adults $15.00, children 3 to 12 $5.00, children under 3 free.

There will be fun activities for the children.

Each participant will be given one door prize ticket, additional tickets cost $1.00. Door prizes include gift certificates for Carrabba’s, Chianti, Olive Garden, Frank’s West Ristorante Italiano and Vinny’s Italian Grill.

Proceeds will be donate to KOVAR ( and VKCCI (

Hope to see you there.


Knights of Columbus

Morning Seminar: Mental Illness, Depression, Opioid Abuse, Suicide

The Saint Bridget Respect Life Committee Presents a Morning Seminar

All are invited to learn about anxiety, depression, drug abuse, and mental illness and their ravaging
effects on both individuals and their families. Our speakers will offer insight into the severity of
these challenges and their impact on life: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. They will
offer their thoughts on how to respond through our Catholic faith to help address these challenges.

Saturday, October 21st, 2017 from 9am to 11am

Full Details can be downloaded here.

St. Francis Home 13th annual Blue Grass and Blue Crab Festival


Our KofC Council 5476 is assisting the St. Francis Home by selling tickets to their Blue Grass and Blue Crab Feast. This is very important fundraiser for the Home as they strive to support their operating budget needs. Information about the event is attached.

We need your help to sell tickets sellers after Masses on the weekends shown below. Please volunteer to assist in this important effort. It takes only 10 minutes of time after the Mass you attend. After volunteering, you will receive more information about materials and setup.

Also, please consider attending this event – it is much fun and fellowship for a great cause! If you have specific questions, our Brother Bruce Slough, Executive Director of St. Francis Home, can help. He is copied on this email.

Blue Grass & Blue Crab Festival

Join us for our 13th annual Blue Grass and Blue Crab Festival – a family friendly evening featuring live music from the Slack Family Bluegrass Band, steamed spiced crabs, all you can drink beer and wine (21 and over), shrimp, BBQ, kid-friendly food, entertainment for the kids – Rosie the Clown, The Amazing Mr. B magician, bouncy house, silent and live auction and much more!  Tickets on sale now but prices increase as we get closer to the event so buy your ticket now!

the 2nd Annual Blue Mass scheduled for September 16, 2017

Father Charles G. O’Leary Council 6457

Holy Rosary Catholic Church

3300 “R” Street, Richmond, Virginia 23223



By now, you may have already received the invitation for the 2nd Annual Blue Mass scheduled for September 16, 2017 in honor of all of our First Responders.

I’m sure you have heard, that our city officials are preparing for the potential of similar protests and rallies here locally like those that recently took place in Charlottesville.  Saturday, 9/16 seems to be shaping up to be the possible date they may take place.

With that said, many of Richmond’s Public Safety Personnel will be “all hands on deck,” level, and everyone will be involved in the planning, preparing and execution (alongside all of our public safety partners) in reaction to what may or may not even happen.  While we all hope for the latter, we must remain vigilant and prepared, which I’m sure you can understand.

We are letting you know, that we have also discussed this with Father David Stanfill, Pastor of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and the Blue Mass scheduled for September 16th is canceled and rescheduled

for Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 5:00PM. We will resend invitations, so please inform any of your rank and file members who would have been attending.


We will resend invitations and we look forward to seeing you then!!!  October 21, 2017 at 5:00PM


This prestigious Mass will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 5:00PM at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, located at 3300 “R” Street, Richmond, Virginia 23223, followed by a reception.


We hope that your schedule will allow you to accept this invitation, so that the planning team can start preparing for your participation. Please RSVP to: If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via email or by phone: (804) 222-1105 or Oscar Clarke @ or our program coordinator: Sam Patterson @ or (804) 971-4510 or (804) 241-7544.



Oscar T. Clarke

Grand Knight, Council 6457


Samuel Patterson, III

Program Coordinator