Blood Drive Results Open Letter to the Knights

Dear Brothers,

 I just received confirmation from the American Red Cross that our donor count was 18 total, besting our goal of 15. That translates into up to 54 lives that can be saved due to your efforts. The weight of knowing that by donating your time, and giving your blood, that we actually save lives should not be considered lightly. There are few things we do in life, for the most part donating blood is completely anonymous, that has this kind of impact on other people fighting for their life. Thank you!

 I want to also acknowledge John Terry, Ernie Wittenschleager, Frank Devenoge, and Sean and Jack Cox – I hope I didn’t overlook anyone – for agreeing to volunteer their time to assist with the drive. ARC sent someone to assist with registration, so we were able to get it done seamlessly! I was worried that our first drive with ARC was going to be a much bigger task than in the past, which it turned out not to be – so thank you for coming to my rescue!

 Also, thank you to all the brothers who could donate blood; we understand that many of you are unable to do it. I don’t have the completed list yet, but thank you! The parish responded very positively to having the drive back at church – what a blessing that is! I apologize that we had to turn away several walk-ins, but the pattern was full – it was a good problem to have!

 Overall the drive was a success! There were a couple of things out of our control that slowed us down a  bit. Hopefully we will improve on this going forward. We will be working closely with our ARC coordinator to make these improvements. We needed more screening tables, and more donation beds to decrease wait times. We may also need to move into a larger space, such as Mother Presentation Hall, in order to increase our numbers. There are of course some concerns about that proposal too. We will do our best to work them out and keep you updated!

 We appreciate any feedback you care to share with us about the drive. We can only improve with your help. Please contact me at your convenience, or see me at the next council meeting. I’ll keep you posted on the next blood drive date(s).

 With my most sincere gratitude for your help and consideration, fraternally,


The American Red Cross, our Blood Drive Collection service provider

Blood Drive Results from May 19th

The American Red Cross, our Blood Drive Collection service provider

The Knights of Columbus and the American Red Cross thank everyone who participated in the May 19th blood drive at St Bridget Church. It was the first blood drive with the Red Cross since they took over Virginia Blood Services, and the overwhelming response from parishioners was very positive. We managed to receive 18 donations, besting our goal by three people. This effort translates into saving up to 54 lives. We apologize for not being able to accommodate much of the walk-in traffic, but the schedule was full do to the majority of on-line registrations. We will work on getting more people in next time. God bless everyone who was able to donate, or considered sharing their life-giving blood to save people they will likely never know!


K of C Documentaries Coming to TV


We are thrilled to share that two very special Knights of Columbus documentary projects will be airing on U.S. television networks in the coming weeks — “Warriors to Lourdes” and “Everyday Heroes.” Both of these films capture compelling personal stories of individuals who have found strength through their faith and for whom the Knights of Columbus have played a special role.

These moving films are an excellent way for the Knights to help show the world who we are as an organization. While most people have heard of the Knights of Columbus, there are many who are not well-acquainted with the breadth and character of the Order.  We welcome your assistance in promoting these two documentaries. We invite you to share our social media posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony

Sir Knights,

Please see invitation to join in the Memorial Day wreath laying ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial. Please contact FN Eddie Baird directly if you will attend.

Mike Szablak

State Convention Chairman

Faithful Navigator – Richmond Assembly 1165

Knights of Columbus


—–Original Message—–
From: Donna Baird <>
Subject: Re: Cardinal Gibbons Assembly Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony saturday 5-25-19 @ 11.00 am

Thanks for getting the word out, I have revised the flyer below to reflect 2019, just have folks rsvp so I know for refreshments (we will have some light refreshments following the ceremony)



James Cardinal Gibbons Assembly 3066 Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony, In Honor of Virginians Who Gave All for Country and Freedom. At the Virginia War Memorial, 621 S. Belvidere Street, Richmond, Virginia 23220

Saturday, May 25, 2019

11:00 am 

All Sir Knights, Friends and Family are invited

Attire for Sir Knights in Color Corps: New Uniform with Sword or Legacy Regalia with Sword 

All other Sir Knights Dark Suit and Social Baldric 

Please RSVP to: FN Eddie Baird, 804-986-2898 or

(please allow extra time for on street parking as the va war memorial is undergoing refurbishment)

Military Appreciation Night at the Diamond June 29th

Sir Knights of the Richmond Assembly,

Please see participation request from the Master for Military Appreciation Night at the Diamond, this June 29. These are the details we were waiting for and the request already includes a sign-up genius. Looks like they copied our good idea from last year and Eric doesn’t need to send one for us. I hope to see you there.

Mike Szablak, State Convention Chairman, Faithful Navigator – Richmond Assembly 1165, Knights of Columbus, 612-845-6357

Military Appreciation Night at the Diamond

—–Original Message—–
From: raschkecsm <>
To: navigators <>; associatemarshals <>; marshal <>; secretary <>; districtstaff <>
Sent: Wed, May 8, 2019 4:57 pm
Subject: Fwd: Military Appreciation Night June 29th


Attached is a flyer for the 4th Degree Military Appreciation Night at the ball diamond in Richmond.  29 June meet at 4:30am.  See the flyer attached.

Below is the link to sign up.

The POC for this event is SK Steve Layne

I am hoping to see a lot of 4th degree Knights at this event.


Stephen Paul Raschke Sr., PSD, Master, Virginia District, Knights of Columbus,  804-695-9912 (Home), 757-509-0177 (cell)

Joe Biden, a Democrat who happens to be Catholic

What path will Biden Choose?

By David Carlin, Published through “The Catholic Thing”.

Joe Biden, a Democrat who happens to be a Catholic, is now officially running for President of the United States.  And he’s doing so in an effort to save what he calls the “soul” of America.

His assumption seems to be that there are two (more or less Platonic) Ideas of America currently struggling for dominance, the true Idea and the false Idea.  I suppose he sees himself and his views as symbolizing the true America, while he sees Donald Trump and his views as symbolizing the false America.

If Biden is to be the Democratic candidate, he will, of course, have to embrace and endorse the beliefs and values that currently prevail in the Democratic Party, and these beliefs and values include the following:

1. Abortion is a fundamental human right.

2. Homosexual behavior is a fine thing for people who are born that way; and anybody who disagrees is a homophobic bigot.

3. Same-sex marriage is a fundamental human right.

4. The U.S. Constitution, thanks to the theory of substantive due process, protects all human rights; and it’s up to any five members of the U.S. Supreme Court to decide what is, or what is not, a human right.

5. Non-liberal whites are almost always racists.

6. It is a great duty of the U.S. government to protect those among us who are most oppressed; namely, blacks, other persons of color, women, undocumented migrants, Muslims, homosexuals, transgender persons, and criminals (including drug dealers) who have committed no violent crimes.

7. When the rights of churches or religious individuals collide with the rights of the above-listed victim groups, the former must give way to the latter.

8. When the rights of parents collide with the rights of their transgender children, the former must give way to the latter.

9. Almost all our social ills can be cured, or at least significantly mitigated, by actions of the federal government.

It is with regret that I say it, but my old and dearly loved party has become a party of atheistic anti-Christianity.  This is Biden’s party, and if he doesn’t embrace its values he won’t get its nomination.

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Reminder – May First-Saturday Men’s Ministry with Msgr Carr

We will meet on the FIRST Saturday of May, May 4, in the Parish Center Meeting Room, beginning at 7:00 a.m. with coffee available at 6:30. 

We are pleased that Monsignor William H. Carr will be our speaker at our upcoming Meeting. Complementing our focus on The Mass over the past several meetings, Monsignor Carr will speak to The Mass from his perspective of being a celebrant of The Mass for the past 50 years. This will be a wonderful opportunity to further delve into the mystery of The Mass and the gift of The Eucharistic.

Monsignor plans to provide a generous period for questions and answers, allowing us to ask some of the pressing questions we have had about The Mass and attending Mass. All men of the parish are invited to attend. Please consider inviting your friends and fellow parishioners to share in this discussion.

May FIRST Saturday Meeting – Msgr. Carr on the Mass

Thanks to John M for arranging.

Thanks to Mike and David for facilitating our April FIRST Saturday meeting.

Please email to volunteer to facilitate a meeting.

Coffee starts at 6:30!