Day 1 — Novena for Repentance, Renewal and Rebuilding


Day 1 — Novena for Repentance, Renewal and Rebuilding

As bishops from around the world meet Feb. 21-24 to discuss the sexual abuse crisis, join Knights around the world in prayer for repentance, renewal and rebuilding.


“In their distress they cried to the Lord, who saved them in their peril, sent forth his word to heal them, and snatched them from the grave. Let them thank the Lord for his mercy, wondrous deeds for the children of Adam.”  — Ps 107:19-21

Heavenly Father, we cry out to you today to heal those who are victim-survivors of abuse.  May they know the depth of your healing love.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace! The Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.


This is the first of nine days of prayer for repentance, renewal and rebuilding. To view the full novena, click here



2019 Catholic Men’s Conference Saturday 03-23-2019


On Saturday, March 23, 2019 men from across the diocese will gather at Saint Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg for the 6th annual Diocesan Catholic Men’s Conference. This year’s theme is “Christ Our Hope” and will feature a dual-track conference with keynote speakers in English and Spanish, breakout opportunities, Reconciliation, Adoration, and Mass. Keynote speakers for both the English and Spanish-speaking tracks will be announced soon.

General registration will be available online for $55 until March 16, 2018. After that point, registration will only be available at the door for $60. As always, the conference is free for priests and religious brothers.

All those interested may contact the Center for Marriage, Family, and Life at or 804-622-5109 for more information. Visit for full conference details.


Keynote Speaker (English)

Coming Soon!

Registration Cost

General registration will be available online for $55 until March 17, 2019. After that point, registration will only be available at the door for $60. As always, the conference is free for priests and religious brothers.

All those interested may contact the Center for Marriage, Family, and Life at or 804-622-5109 for more information. Visit for full conference details and to register online.


The next blood drive is May 19th 2019

The American Red Cross, our Blood Drive Collection service provider
Blood Drive Information
Please review the following information :
Date : 5/19/2019
Start Time : 08:30 AM
End Time : 12:30 PM
Where : St. Bridget Catholic Church
St. Bridget Catholic Church
Address : 6006 Three Chopt Road, , Richmond, VA 2322

For More information contact John VanderSyde, KofC blood drive coordinator at (804) 683-9181, or at

Men’s Ministry Pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception—March 9








From: Mike Kozak []

Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 7:42 AM


Subject: Men’s Ministry Pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception—March 9


Here is the schedule:

6:30 a.m. Depart St Bridget front parking lot by carpool

8:30 Breakfast at the Shrine

9:00 Guided tour

10:00 Confessions available, private prayer, bookstore, etc.

11:00 Private Mass in Chapel (Father Christian presiding). We also have 2-3 Deacons attending at this point

11:45-1:00 p.m. More private time or optional side trip, Shrine of St. John Paul II

Approx 1:00 Stations of the Cross (Crypt Church, lower level of the Shrine)

After Stations, adjourn to lunch ( tentative The Dubliner, but open to suggestions)

3:00ish Depart for St. Bridget

If you have already signed up on the sheet that was passed around at the last Men’s Ministry meeting, no need to sign-up again. Please contact me at to sign-up and please note if you are willing to be a driver (that garners you a lunch on the group). As always, you are free to spend your time on the Pilgrimage as you wish, all is optional ( but you should probably eat lunch for health reasons).

Look forward to hearing from you!

Mike K.

Virginia March 4 Life in RVA on April 3rd

Join us to stop pro-abortion extremism in Virginia!

Website Link:

April 3, 2019

New York may have just legalized abortion up until birth, but unfortunately, our home state of Virginia is not far behind. State Delegate Kathy Tran recently introduced legislation that would, similar to the new law in New York, allow abortion up until birth. Thankfully, the bill failed in committee, but we also learned that Governor Northam endorsed this extreme pro-abortion legislation; even going so far in a radio interview to seemingly endorse infanticide.

It’s critical that every pro-life Virginian make a stand for life at the Virginia March for Life.


11:00 a.m. Rally at the State Capitol  – Capitol Square
12:00 p.m. March for Life*

*exact march route information coming soon!


From: Michael Renninger <>
Date: Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 6:12 PM
Subject: Fwd: April 3


Many people have contacted me and say that they want to ‘do something’ in response to the attempts to remove restrictions on abortions in Virginia. I am guessing that many of you have had the same experience.

I have become aware that  on April 3, 2019 there will be a “Virginia March for Life” in downtown Richmond. I believe that it starts at 11:00 AM. To my knowledge, I think this may be the first March for Life specifically focused at our state capitol.

Here is the web page of the organizing group:

I note that the Diocese of Richmond & the Diocese of Arlington are sponsors.

I reached out to some key folks in my parish to gauge if there was interest and energy around an event like this, and I find that folks are ready and willing to ‘get on board.’ We are pulling together a planning committee which will meet next week. We want to offer a number of options for folks, including: 1) we will do a mass that morning (probably around 8 AM) for folks who plan to go to the March, 2) we will offer buses from St. Mary’s to drop people off downtown and bring them home after the March 3) we will explore parish T shirts and/or signs for participants, 4) we will do parish -based catechesis on the issues at stake.

I am sharing this info with you in case your parish might want to collaborate with us in this effort. Or, if you are planning something at your parish, we’d be happy to share our ideas and information with your leadership. We are also open to hearing about YOUR plans, in case we might want to steal one of your good ideas!



Congratulations New and Advancing Members

From the left, Chris Jones, Chuck Gallagher, John Elledge, John Williamson, Deacon Pat White, Edward Chandler and Jacob Temple. (Missing, Dave Pangraze)

On Monday February 11th, St Bridget Knights of Columbus – Monsignor Francis J. Byrne Council 5476 – had eight parish men complete their Second Degree Exemplification into the Knights of Columbus. Dave Pangraze also completed his First Degree earlier in the evening.

The events took place at St Mary’s Church with a total of 16 members from various parishes advancing.

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic lay organization. We provide members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the church, their communities, families and young people.

For More information and how to join visit

Please take a moment to congratulate these fine Catholic gentlemen the next time you see them at Mass. From the left, Chris Jones, Chuck Gallagher, John Elledge, John Williamson, Deacon Pat White, Edward Chandler and Jacob Temple. (Missing, Dave Pangraze)

Dave Pangraze with Bruce Slough at the reception following 2nd degree Advancement

COD, Feb. 5, 2019: All life is valuable, even those here only briefly


Long-time friend and Council Brother, Lloyd Cozens, passed the below along to me this morning, and I thought this group would find it a worthy read.

Earlier this week, Lloyd’s wife, Karen, wrote a letter to the editor of the Richmond Times Dispatch and was recognized as yesterday’s Correspondent of the Day:

The Virginia Christian Alliance also posted Karen’s letter:

Please also remember that there will be a Commonwealth for Life March tomorrow, Feb 7, beginning at 10am at the State Capitol:

Thanks, all.

Bart Leahey, Grand Knight
St. Bridget Church | Knights of Columbus Council 5476
COD, Feb. 5, 2019: All life is valuable, even those here only briefly

Karen and son Christian

Richmond Times Dispatch; Feb 4, 2019

All life is valuable, even those here only briefly

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

A young couple is told their baby has a condition not compatible with life. They are informed the baby will most likely die in utero or shortly after birth. They are heartbroken. They are told that ending the pregnancy is the best decision for all involved. There is no need for the baby to suffer. It is the compassionate decision. The couple chooses life and beautiful Ella arrives. She breathes and she cries and fills three beautiful months of summer sunshine with love, smiles, adventures, and heartbreak.

A few years later, another young couple is given a similar diagnosis for their baby. They, too, are heartbroken. They too choose life and chubby, sweet, perfect Jacob arrives. His parents are overwhelmed by this beautiful gift of life they are given. He fills seven glorious hours surrounded by his family, and he is loved.

February 2, 1996, Christian eagerly and fearlessly enters the world. He also is born with a devastating genetic abnormality. He is larger than life and full of love. He fills the world with joy. He lives an incredible, awe-inspiring 20 years. His last year is filled with unfathomable suffering and unbelievable grief. Would his parents have chosen life if they had known the pain and anguish that was to be? Yes, we still would have chosen life. Just as Ella’s and Jacob’s parents, we will grieve for the rest of our lives. We are forever grateful we were given the gifts of our children.

There are lawmakers in Virginia, including Gov. Ralph Northam, who believe it is my right to decide, at any point in my pregnancy, the value of the child I am carrying. An impossible task. Sadly, many people would reject the gift of life because suffering and pain are hard.

Life is hard, but these three perfect human beings made life beautiful. Three months, seven hours, or 20 years, each life was equally, magnificently valuable. No, we do not have the right to determine the value of a life yet to be lived.

Karen Cozens. Richmond, VA

Commonwealth for Life Rally at the state Capitol this Thursday

The Commonwealth for Life Rally at the state Capitol this Thursday at 10 a.m.

 It would be great to see the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic community support this important event. Rumor has it that Bishop Burbidge from Arlington may be there.

 Here’s the link on Facebook:

 WHY? Calling all lovers of life, no matter how small! We’re mobilizing & rallying in Richmond in response to the radical, heinous anti-life agenda recently promoted by Gov. Ralph Northam & Del. Kathy Tran’s support of HB2491. Join us!

 Here’s the link for speakers, including yours truly, who will be sharing my testimony of regret:

 Over a thousand people have already committed, including Students for Life, Virginia’s First Foundation, The Family Foundation of Virginia, busloads of schools, churches, etc. 

 Thank you for spreading the word and hope to see you this Thursday.