Saint John Paul II National Shrine Pre-Founders Day Mass and Reception

Dear Brother Knight,


A blessed Lent to you and your family!


The Saint John Paul II National Shrine invites you and your family to a Pre-Founders Day Mass and Reception on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 6:30pm. The Celebrant and Homilist for the Mass will be Fr. Jonathan Kalisch, O.P., who serves as the Director of Chaplains for the Knights of Columbus. Mass will conclude with veneration of a relic of the founder of the Knights of Columbus, Venerable Fr. Michael J. McGivney. 


Following Mass will be a reception and talk by Fr. Gabriel O’Donnell, O.P., Vice Postulator for the Venerable Fr. Michael McGivney. Fr. O’Donnell will discuss Fr. McGivney’s life and update us on the cause for his canonization. 


Please join us during the Lenten season for Mass and to learn more about our founder – a model for our time.


Admission is free but please RSVP at our Eventbrite page so that we can better welcome you, your family, and your Council to the Shrine. Please also invite your council chaplains.


May Venerable Fr. McGivney guide us to more prayer during this Lenten season!


Vivat Jesus,

Brandon Brown, KM-I, FDD, PGK

Knights Outreach Coordinator, Saint John Paul II National Shrine

State Secretary, DC Knights of Columbus



Mass For Departed Brothers Mass at 11:00 am Saturday April 21, 2018.

Sir Knights,

We will host our first Mass For Departed Brothers Mass  at 11:00 am  Saturday April 21, 2018.

Please save the date.

  • I have met with Msgr Carr to firm up the order of the Mass and with Allen Bean for the hymnal selections , etc.
  • I have discussed with GK Roger McDonald at Council 395 requesting their involvement.
  • We have over 6 departed brothers from 395 that attended St Bridget RC Church.
  • I expect they might offer an Honor Guard as we will…… and possibly  Escort Usher(s)  for the Widows.

Honor Guard

  • I will attend Fourth Degree Richmond Assembly 1165 meeting at St Michaels this Monday Feb 26.
  • I will discuss Honor Guard duties with Commander Ted Puchalski.
  • I encourage all our St Bridget SKs to attend.  (6:30 PM start time, park in rear at newly constructed building)      

I am hopeful that GK’s  Rick and Roger McDonald will be available  for the Welcome and for the  Necrology of our Departed Brothers.

For the Mass Ministry, we need

  • a Lector
  • a Candle Lighter to present to the Widow
  • a Eucharist Minister( we have 2 already plus Msgr Carr)  
  • and Escort Ushers ( possibly 9 total)
  • We also need to work on the luncheon afterward. Husbands and wives can assist here. I welcome your ideas.

I  want to offer these positions  to you  Sir Knights first. Please get back with me.

Invitations with RSVP will go out to the widows or their  next of kin. (I’m working on this)

We need to get RSVPs from our councils to confirm headcount so we can have enough luncheon items on hand.

(Will do this by email council broadcast) .




Karen Cozens is shaving her head to raise money for childhood cancer research.


Many of you know Karen and Lloyd Cozens from St Bridget Catholic Church. You may not know they suffered a tragic loss when their son passed away from cancer while in college. “Christian passed away April 1, 2016 and our grief is profound. We try to live every day to honor his passion for life.” Their most recent effort to honor Christian is to raise money in association with St Baldrick’s Foundation to support childhood cancer research. Karen will participate in their annual head-shaving event in March.


This bold act of baldness has gained major momentum since its start in 2000. Today, we have more than 1,000 head-shaving events taking place around the world at pubs, restaurants, schools, churches, parks, firehouses, military bases – you name it; now’s your chance to make a difference in a fun and meaningful way.


Jonathan Hamer runs the RVA St. Baldrick’s event at the Church Hill Irish Festival (March 24-25, 2018). St. Baldrick’s is a volunteer- and donor-powered charity that funds research to find cures for childhood cancer.  Head shaving is one of its primary fundraisers, and individual “shavees” raise money by seeking donations from individuals/groups in advance of getting their heads shaved. Please consider supporting Karen in her effort to raise research money, and to honor her son Christian.


Karen’s personal fundraising page, where you can submit our K of C donation, is . . .  (  You may also respond to the Knights of Columbus, Council 5476 for more information and donation options.


Thank you for your consideration in support of this great cause in honor of Christian and his family.

Pilgrimage to the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception—March 3rd

FYI and for the K of C

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The schedule as it stands now:

6:30 a.m. Prompt departure from front parking lot of St. Bridget

8:30  Coffee, etc. in Shrine cafeteria

9:00  Guided Tour of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

10:00  Opportunity for Confession

10:30-11:30  Visit to the Dominican House of Studies. Arrangements are being explored for a spiritual tour conducted by one of the Brothers. The visit will conclude with us praying the Rosary in the Dominican Chapel.

Note: All activities on the Pilgrimage are optional.    You are of course free to do as little or as much as you like. The time between 10-12 Noon is specifically set aside and can be spent by going to the nearby Shrine of Saint John Paul II ( presumably a vehicle will be available if not amenable to walking), Confession, visit to the Bookstore/Gift shop, or simply spent in private prayer or further exploring the Shrine.

12 Noon  Gather at the Crypt Church for Holy Mass. Immediately following the Mass, the Stations of the Cross are prayed in the Crypt Church.

After Stations of the Cross (approximately 1:30)
Depart Shrine and head to local pub for luncheon ( drivers are treated ).

3:00 p.m.  Depart for Richmond

Pray the Way of the Cross this Lent

At the Cross her station keeping,
stood the mournful Mother weeping,
close to Jesus to the last.
-Stabat Mater Hymn

The season of Lent begins next week on Ash Wednesday, February 14! Are you prepared?

Lent is a time of prayer, penance and reflection. Among our many acts and observances, Catholics commemorate the suffering and death of our Lord by praying the Stations of the Cross.

The National Shrine is pleased to offer this beautiful Way of the Cross devotional booklet to aid your contemplation of the Lord’s Passion during this Lenten Season.

Featuring meditations on the fourteen Stations written by Saint Alphonsus Liguori, we hope this booklet will be a prayerful means of uniting with Our Lord in his suffering and with his mother Mary, who stood at the foot of the Cross.

Request your copy today and make a donation to the National Shrine using our secure online form.

Thank you for your generous support of Mary’s Shrine. May the peace of Our Lord and His Blessed Mother be with you as you prepare to begin the journey of Lent.