PRC of Richmond Annual Gala 2019

Greetings Brothers,



Our Council has worked diligently for the Pregnancy Resource Center of Metro Richmond over the last year to raise funds for new ultrasound machines. We are nearing the finish line for this initiative as we anticipate the funds from the National KofC organization to arrive within the week.

Annually the PRC hosts a very nice dinner to celebrate their mission and their successes, to share their direction for the future, and to reach out to the community for its support. We are all invited and I hope that you will plan to attend along with your spouse. Ann and I are hosting a table, and would love to have you join us for the evening. It would be wonderful to have several tables in attendance representing Council 5476! Monsignor Carr plans to attend and will offer the invocation.

Please see the flyer below with the specifics; additional information from the PRC is located below the flyer. Please let me know if you will attend, and you may use this link to register.

Thank you for your partnership and support for the ministry of the PRC. Recently, we opened our new medical satellite in South Richmond in an under-served area of Richmond where the need for our services is great.  In addition to the 1,100 clients PRC has the privilege of serving annually in our Willow Lawn Office, we are thrilled to be able to expand our reach and share the message of life and the hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with many more in South Richmond.

We will be sharing more about this new expansion and vision during our Annual Gala on Thursday, November 21, 2019.  PRC’s Annual Gala is a wonderful time to help church members connect with a Christ centered life affirming approach.  Along with a lovely dinner, beautiful music and hearing about exciting testimonies and plans for PRC, you will not want to miss our keynote Jeff Kemp who is a former NFL quarterback, Founder of Stronger Families, and now Vice President of Family Life.  His passion for building God-centered, vibrant marriages and families is motivating and inspiring!

We are pleased that members of the St. Bridget Knights of Columbus will be attending our Annual Gala. We thank you in advance and we are grateful for your generous partnership.

You will be joined by a room filled with 600 life-affirming partners!

Below is a link to register for the Annual Gala.  There is no charge to attend the Gala, but there will be an opportunity to financially partner with the PRC at the end of the evening.  If you have any questions, please call Lisa Kyle at the PRC at 804-673-4153.

In Brotherhood, John

 John K. McCulla

6 Clarke Road, Richmond, VA 23226

804 342-1114 (office) 804 306-2488 (mobile)

These Men Called Knights

These Men They Call Knights

Welcome to the Knights of Columbus! By joining your council you have become a part of the largest Catholic fraternal organization in the world, which was founded by a handful of men at St. Mary’s

Church in New Haven, Conn., in 1882. You are now counted among the nearly two million members in a dozen countries on three continents.

Our common bond is our devotion to the Catholic faith and our brotherhood in Christ. We have joined together to help one another become better Catholics, better husbands, better fathers, better providers for the financial protection of our families and better citizens of the countries in which we live. And we place special emphasis on charity, the first principle of the Order, and the subject of the degree ceremony in which you’ve just participated.

Now that you’ve taken your Admission Degree, it’s important that you become active in your council even if the time you’re able to give is limited. It’s also important that you acquire an understanding and appreciation of Knighthood in the fullest sense by advancing through the higher degrees as well, taking to heart the lessons that each one teaches.

For members of the Knights of Columbus, our degree ceremonies remain highly relevant, because they play a key role in establishing a common culture among Knights as Catholic gentlemen. Each of our degree ceremonies explores one important aspect of our core values and how we approach our shared commitment to charity, unity, and fraternity. The Patriotic Degree emphasizes patriotism.

This booklet is designed to help you get started in council activities right away and to assist you in your preparation for participation in the Formation and Knighthood Degree ceremonies that lie just ahead.

A Charity That Evangelizes

Becoming a Knight opens many opportunities to you, from helping to support your parish and giving back to your community, to growing in your faith and having exclusive access to our top-rated insurance program.

As you learned through the degree you just participated in, charity is the first principle of the Knights of Columbus. Knights are men — like you — who get things done. We volunteer our time to serve our parishes and our communities, and we’ve been successful at this. By working together, Knights of Columbus were able to collectively donate more than $823 million and 352 million hours to worthy causes over the past five years.

Volunteer opportunities abound in the Knights of Columbus. For example, a council grew more than 14,000 pounds of fresh food in a K of C garden for donation to a food pantry, a jurisdiction in one year raised and donated $37,000 to Special Olympics and provided volunteers at 56 Special Olympics events, and a third council built a ramp which gave a 9-year-old boy who uses a wheelchair the gift of mobility. Your council probably has projects like these that you can become a part of.

Along with projects that are unique to local communities, Knights of Columbus councils also participate in Order wide initiatives such as:

  • “Coats for Kids” which provides warm winter coats to children who may be without warm clothes
  • “Food for Families” which provides food to those facing tough economic conditions by restocking local food pantries
  • Partnerships with the Global Wheelchair Mission to purchase and deliver wheelchairs to those in need across the globe Collaborations with Habitat for Humanity to provide volunteers and monetary donations that help supply shelter to families in need
  • Joint efforts with Special Olympics and other
  • organizations to support people with intellectual disabilities
  • Participation in youth-oriented activities such as the Order’s Squires program, Free Throw Championship, Soccer Challenge and various essay and poster contests

In addition to serving the community, Knights are also the “men of action” in their parish. Ever since the first Knights joined with Father Michael J. McGivney to found the Knights of Columbus in 1882, we have maintained a tradition of support for our bishops and priests. The question every council asks of its pastor is: “What can we do to help?” Knights serve as volunteers in parish ministries, help with special projects and sponsor parish events — in short, we do anything we can to help our parish priests carry out their ministry. We also provide support to seminarians, sponsor retreats, and assist with virtually anything else that’s needed to help our parish communities.

Now is the perfect time for you to pick a program area that interests you and let your council leaders know you’re interested in helping out. You’ll soon find that giving of yourself in a worthy cause, hand in hand with your brother Knights, is rewarding in ways you may never have imagined.

Along with the volunteer opportunities that your council provides, there is also the occasion for you and your family to grow in your faith. Councils like yours, often attend Mass and pray the rosary together, as well as sponsors corporate communions. Order wide, councils regularly participate in prayer initiatives and in the Marian prayer program. Also, the Knights of Columbus offers a variety of publications and devotional materials through its Catholic Information Service (

Finally, as a Knight, you and your family have exclusive access to our top-quality insurance products. In fact, no insurer in North America is more highly rated than the Knights of Columbus. As an organization founded to protect the well-being of Catholic families, we have continued to take that mission seriously for more than 130 years.

Generations of Catholics have counted on the Knights of Columbus for their financial stability. In an increasingly turbulent world, you can trust the Knights of Columbus to affordably and securely protect the financial future of your loved ones. Should you choose to purchase life insurance or annuities from the Knights, you’ll also have the peace of mind that your funds will be secure and invested in accordance with Catholic Doctrine. To learn more about the insurance products offered by the Knights of Columbus, make some time to visit and then contact your local Knights of Columbus insurance agent.

Our Founder

The founder of the Knights of Columbus was Father Michael J. McGivney, a Catholic priest who was declared Venerable by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008 and whose cause is under consideration by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints. All Knights (and all Catholics) are encouraged to join the Father McGivney Guild ( and to help promote his cause for sainthood.

The son of Irish immigrant parents who came to America during the famine of the 1840s, he was born in Connecticut and grew up at a time when anti-Catholic prejudice greatly limited social and employment opportunities in the United States. From an early age, he knew he wanted to become a priest. He was ordained in 1878, and his first assignment was at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn.

It was at St. Mary’s in early 1882 that he gathered together a group of laymen from his parish and formed the Knights of Columbus. He had two goals for the new group: to provide assistance to widows and children when a family breadwinner died, and to provide Catholic men with a fraternal association that would draw them closer to their Catholic faith and to one another.

For the next several years, Father McGivney helped foster the growth of the Order, first in Connecticut and later in adjoining states. In 1884 he was named pastor of St. Thomas Church in Thomaston, Conn. Never robust in health, Father McGivney was suddenly stricken with a serious case of pneumonia in January 1890. The young priest lost physical strength just as the Order he founded was moving toward new vitality, and died on August 14, two days past his 38th birthday. Father McGivney’s well attended funeral was an indication of the love and respect the people felt for this hardworking, holy parish priest. It also reflected the deep personal appeal that immigrant Catholics immediately found in the Knights of Columbus.

Father McGivney was an idealist. He was a man whose youthful vision and creativity expanded and matured even as his physical well-being diminished. That vision continues today in the organization you have just become a part of — the Knights of Columbus.

 Our Catholic Faith

Our Catholic faith is central to the Knights of Columbus. As you advance through the higher degrees in the Order, you may be asked to answer questions about the central tenets of the Catholic faith. As we wish to assist you along your journey through the higher degrees, please take this opportunity to review those central tenets listed below.

The Ten Commandments

  1. I am the Lord, your God. You shall not have strange gods before me.
  2. You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain.
  3. Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.
  4. Honor your father and your mother.
  5. You shall not kill.
  6. You shall not commit adultery.
  7. You shall not steal.
  8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.
  10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.


The sacraments are signs instituted by Christ to give us grace.

  1. Baptism
  2. Reconciliation (confession)
  3. Holy Eucharist
  4. Confirmation
  5. Matrimony
  6. Holy Orders
  7. Anointing of the sick


There are two kinds of grace:

  1. Sanctifying grace makes us holy and pleasing to God.
  2. Actual grace helps us to do good and avoid evil.

 Precepts of the Church

  • To attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation.
  • To fast and abstain from meat on appointed days.
  • To confess one’s sins at least once a year.
  • To receive Holy Eucharist during Easter time.
  • To contribute to the support of the Church.
  • To observe the laws of the Church concerning marriage.
  • To join in the missionary spirit and apostolate of the Church.


The ordinary minister of the sacrament of Baptism is a bishop, priest or deacon. In case of emergency, anyone can validly baptize. Water is poured on the forehead of the person to be baptized. While the water is being poured, the following is spoken: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”


Pentecost is known as the “birthday of the Church.” On that day, the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles, giving them the graces they needed to go forth and teach the Gospel to all nations. This is one meaning of the word “Catholic.” The Church is found in every land, and therefore, it is “universal” or worldwide.

The Seven Capital Sins

  1. Pride
  2. Covetousness
  3. Lust
  4. Anger
  5. Gluttony
  6. Envy
  7. Sloth

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

  • Wisdom
  • Understanding
  • Counsel
  • Fortitude
  • Knowledge
  • Piety
  • Fear of the Lord

 The Rosary

The rosary (from the Latin rosarium, or “rose garden”) is a form of mental and vocal prayer centered on the mysteries in the lives of Jesus and Mary.

The Joyful Mysteries

  • Annunciation
  • Visitation
  • Birth of Jesus
  • Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
  • Finding of Jesus in the Temple

 The Sorrowful Mysteries

  • Agony in the Garden
  • Scourging at the Pillar
  • Crowning with Thorns
  • Carrying the Cross
  • Crucifixion

The Glorious Mysteries

  • Resurrection
  • Ascension
  • Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles
  • Assumption of Mary
  • Crowning of Mary as Queen of the Angels and Saints

 The Luminous Mysteries

  • Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan
  • Manifestation of Jesus at the Wedding at Cana
  • Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
  • Transfiguration of Jesus
  • Institution of the Eucharist

Stew & Brew Volunteer Time Slots, We Still Need Help


Thank you to all who have signed up to help with tomorrow’s Stew and Brew event!  This is always a great event, and it looks like we are going to have a great turn out.  From looking at the Sign Up Genius today, I just wanted to point out that we do not have many people signed up for the 8:00 pm and later slots for food and drink distribution to bring the event to a close.  Also need people willing to do the late hours shift of cleanup from 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm.  If you are able to sign up or even able to stick around a little later to push things over the goal line and make sure we finish strong, that would greatly appreciated by all.  If you are not sure what to sign up for and just want to participate, please check in at the front desk when you arrive and ask where they may need a hand.

Sign Up Genius:

Again, thank you for all you do, and I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow night!

Sean Cox

Program Director

Knights of Columbus, Council 5476

Knights support St Francis Home Blue Crab Fest

From left; Amanda Keller, Carey Leahey, Bart Leahey, Augie Keller.


Our St Bridget Catholic Church Knights of Columbus helped volunteer at the annual St Francis Home Blue Crab Festival last week at Tredegar. Brother Knights Augie Keller, his wife Amanda, and Bart Leahey, his wife Carey, were just a few of the members of Council 5476 that spent time helping at this event. Bruce Slough mentioned that this event continues to grow each year, and that they set another record this year!

Congratulations and thank you to all participants and volunteers. Look for more details about the success of this day!

This Month’s Movie, “Unplanned”

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Date: October 7, 2019 at 7:42:50 PM EDT
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Hi Mike,

We have seating for 40.  If you want to get word around feel free.




Join us for this monthly event in the Knight Club!

Second Friday of the month  Upcoming date is:October 11

Showtime will be delayed 30 minutes (7:30 PM) to allow those collecting for KOVAR to get to the Columbian Center

This month’s movie:  “Unplanned

Popcorn and and soft drinks provided.

Beer – $2.00 per glass

Bring a snack to share!

If you have a movie suggestion, contact Eric May 270-5308 or

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Stew & Brew October 8th – Volunteers Needed


 The Annual Stew and brew festival is coming up on October 8.  We are in need of volunteers to help stir the Stew.

 If you are available anytime during the day on Friday Oct. 18 we could use your help.  Anyone who volunteers two hour will receive the very coveted Stew and Brew T shirt.  This is an annual fund raiser in which the council receives a share of the proceeds.  It is also a lot of FUN!  We begin stirring at 8:00AM.  Use the sign-up genius link below to select your time frames. 

 If you have any questions please contact me.

 Thank you, Ron Campbell