letter from Monsignor Carr

Good morning, Brothers.

 Please find attached a letter from Monsignor Carr that outlines how St. Bridget Church and its clergy will be addressing the current tragic situation occurring within the Catholic Church.  The letter and its contents will be shared with our parishioners and published in the church bulletin.

 Over the last week, Supreme Knight, Carl Anderson, condemned the perpetrators and called for reforms within the Church.  In my opinion, it is a worthy read.  As leaders within the St. Bridget parish, our Knights Council should be there for our fellow parishioners, listening and sharing thoughts and prayers. 

 As such, I encourage you to attend at least one of Monsignor’s planned meetings in the Church Hall (Sept 5th and 6th at 9am and 7pm) and/or the Mass of Atonement (Sept 22nd at 9am).

 Fraternally,

 Bart Leahey, Grand Knight

St. Bridget Council 5476  |  Knights of Columbus

Cell: 804.240.9859

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Dear Parishioners,

I am embarrassed and ashamed about the abuse of children and youth within the Church.  The one place where we should expect them to be safe was not safe for so many over the years.  The abuse leaves scars that persist through a person’s life.

The past should haunt the Church because the leadership cared more about the Churches’ face than the vulnerable ones whom Jesus loves so much. What do we do now, can our broken hearts be healed, can we find the words for those who ask us about this scandal?

I want you to hold me accountable for my behavior as your pastor.  I want you to hold accountable all the priests, deacons, pastoral staff and school staff who work here.  Keep your eyes open, question.  St. Bridget Parish and School must always be safe places for all.

This weekend and next I will speak about this during Masses.  Also, please meet with me to share your feelings and thoughts and to pray together.  I will meet you in the Church Hall on September 5 and 6 at 9am and 7pm.

We will hold a Holy Hour of Reparation after Daily Mass on Saturdays for the next three months beginning September 1st.  We will have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, prayers of lamentation, quiet meditation and Benediction.

We will celebrate a Mass of Atonement here on September 22 at 9am.

Monsignor Carr

 

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Letter from Monsignor Carr to SBCC

Dear Parishioners,

I am embarrassed and ashamed about the abuse of children and youth within the Church.  The one place where we should expect them to be safe was not safe for so many over the years.  The abuse leaves scars that persist through a person’s life.

The past should haunt the Church because the leadership cared more about the Churches’ face than the vulnerable ones whom Jesus loves so much. What do we do now, can our broken hearts be healed, can we find the words for those who ask us about this scandal?

I want you to hold me accountable for my behavior as your pastor.  I want you to hold accountable all the priests, deacons, pastoral staff and school staff who work here.  Keep your eyes open, question.  St. Bridget Parish and School must always be safe places for all.

This weekend and next I will speak about this during Masses.  Also, please meet with me to share your feelings and thoughts and to pray together.  I will meet you in the Church Hall on September 5 and 6 at 9am and 7pm.

We will hold a Holy Hour of Reparation after Daily Mass on Saturdays for the next three months beginning September 1st.  We will have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, prayers of lamentation, quiet meditation and Benediction.

We will celebrate a Mass of Atonement here on September 22 at 9am.

Monsignor Carr

25 Amazing Things Too Many Catholics Don’t Know About the Knights of Columbus

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The Knights of Columbus are the largest Catholic fraternal organization in the world! …who are they again?

Here are 25 things every Catholic should know about this amazing organization!

1) It all started when a parish priest wanted to help Catholic families.

The year was 1882 and anti-Catholic sentiment was running high. Catholic immigrants faced hostility and were thrown into dangerous work conditions which could cause early deaths. So 29-year-old Father Michael McGivney gathered the men of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn., to establish a lay organization.

The goal? To unite men of Catholic faith and provide for the families of deceased members.

2) The Order is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization.

Today, with nearly 2 million members worldwide, the Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.

3) The Knights have councils in over a dozen countries.

Knights are active in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Dominican Republic, Poland, Panama, Guatemala, Lithuania, Bahamas, Saint Lucia, South Korea, Ukraine and more!

4) The Knights stood up to ISIS.

The Order produced a 280-page report detailing the genocide against Christians by ISIS, which was decisive in getting the genocide recognized by the U.S. State Department.

5) The Knights are saving a Christian town in Iraq that was desecrated by ISIS.

They are raising $2 million to save Karamles, a town recently liberated from ISIS.

6) Columbus was chosen as the Knights’ namesake because…

…the American public loved this famous Catholic explorer at a time of general antipathy towards Catholics. Today, many make him out to be a villain, but many of those claims are actually historically inaccurate.

7) The K of C emblem is literally everywhere at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.

That’s because the Knights are one of the major supporters of the March for Life and the pro-life movement.

8) K of C has donated $1.62 billion (yes, billion!) to charitable causes over the past decade.

As of December 2017!

9) They have swords!

Maybe the most important point.

10) The Knights of Columbus Fortune 1000 Insurance Company was born out of Father McGivney’s vision to help protect Catholic families from financial ruin.

As a seminarian, his father died unexpectedly. Father McGivney was convinced that there had to be a way to help other Catholic families facing similar financial troubles. He established the K of C insurance system that has evolved into a top-rated insurance program, with over $100 billion of life insurance in force.

11) K of C founder Father McGivney may become a saint.

His cause for canonization is open, and he was given the title “Venerable Servant of God” by the Holy See in 2008.

12) Oh, and some Knights are already saints

St. Luis Batis, St. Rodrigo Aguilar, St. Miguel de la Mora, St. Pedro de Jesús Maldonado, St. José María Robles and St. Mateo Correa were martyred during the persecution of Catholics in Mexico in the early 20th century.

13) At the peak of the Ku Klux Klan’s power, the K of C stood as its most vigorous opponent.

In one incident in 1924, hooded Klansmen abducted, severely beat and mutilated Father John Conoley in Gainesville, Fla. Knights armed with shotguns stood in the windows of the rectory, protecting another priest and the church itself from the Klan’s threats to burn it.

14) The Knights have been a huge supporter of the Special Olympics since day one.

15) Babe Ruth, Vince Lombardi, and President John F. Kennedy were all members of the Knights.

16) Ever wonder how the words “under God” became part of the Pledge of Allegiance?

We can thank the K of C for that.

17) They have a long history with Mother Teresa.

Upon receiving the Knights’ Gaudium et Spes Award she said, “I accepted to come, and to accept out of sheer gratitude, for they have done so much for our congregation and for our poor.”

18) They’re a major supporter of vocations.

K of C councils “adopt” one or more seminarians and provide them with financial assistance and prayer through the RSVP program.

19) Knights of Columbus has an investments business called Asset Advisors.

K of C’s investment team manages approximately $24 billion in assets in accordance with Catholic moral principles.

20) Both the first American and the last American to fall in World War I were Knights of Columbus.

21) They have a long tradition of supporting the military.

This year, the Knights sent more than 200 military personnel, their designated caregivers and volunteers to the Marian shrine in Lourdes, France, for a time of rest, prayer and healing as part of the annual Warriors to Lourdes pilgrimage.

22) The Saint John Paul II National Shrine is a major initiative of the K of C.

The shrine has a first-class relic of JPII’s blood, and it is a great place to venerate the saint and remember his legacy.

23) There are 374 (and growing!) K of C councils on college campuses around the world.

The annual College Councils Conference is held in New Haven each fall.

24) The Knights are on a mission to save 1 million lives.

Little is more moving than seeing an image of a baby growing in the womb. Since 2009, the Knights have funded about 900 ultrasound machines at pregnancy care centers in all 50 states.

25) With the new Online Membership program, joining the Knights is easier than ever.

Practicing Catholic men 18 years of age and older can join at KofC.org/JoinUs.

Annual Tower Tour September 7, 2018

On September 7, 2018, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will once again offer an extraordinary opportunity to view our Nation’s capital from the Knight’s Tower.

Tour opportunities are available on Friday, September 7, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visitors will ascend the Tower elevator to the observation level where they can take in spectacular views in all four directions. There are no tickets or reservations to take advantage of this unique experience; visitors will be permitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please be advised: visitors must be able to climb 85 steps to reach the Tower Elevator. Please ensure you are in good physical condition. Visitors who experience claustrophobia, those who do not like elevators, or anyone who suffers from a condition where riding in an enclosed elevator may be uncomfortable should not attend. Children are permitted, but parents should consider the stairs in their decision to bring younger children along. Strollers are not permitted into the Tower, and no storage is available at the Basilica.

Food and drink are not permitted. Bags, suitcases, camera cases, large purses or other bulky items are not permitted. Photography is allowed but the use of tripods is not permitted. Prohibited items cannot be stored. Please leave the items in your vehicle or leave them home.

The Basilica offers ample free parking and is conveniently located within walking distance of the Brookland-CUA Station on Metro’s Red Line. For more information, please call the Basilica at 202-526-8300.

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