American Flag Donation to the St. Francis Home!

Flag Donation:  A new American Flag that was donated to Saint Francis Home by Bart Leahey in 2020. Bart is the active Grand Knight for Council 5476 at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Richmond, VA. Bart actively serves in all aspects of church and community service throughout the parish.

Thank you Bruce Slough for providing this photo and the recognition of Bart’s generous gift to SFH.


40 Days for Life campaign runs from February 26 – April 5

Pilgramage to DC


Please see below, FYI:

The current 40 Days for Life  campaign runs from February 26 (Ash Wednesday) thru April 5(Palm Sunday). In Richmond, a second Planned Parenthood facility is projected to open at 1122 N. 25th street in the coming months. The leadership team of 40 Days for Life has decided to pray at both locations, including the current location of 201 N. Hamilton St. Apeaceful vigil of prayer will be held from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each of these 40 days.  If you are able, please sign up to pray for an hour at the vigil.  Given our proximity, St. Bridget would be focusing on the N. Hamilton St. location.  For more information, please visit  or email

If you are not able to pray at the location itself, please consider devoting an hour of prayer in support of the mission of the 40 Days for Life campaign by attending the regularly scheduled Adoration and Benediction being held at St. Bridget every Tuesday evening from 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Dear Jesus, we believe you are truly present in each consecrated Host.  Please pour your blessings upon the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil. Strengthen each of us, as we work and pray for an end to abortion.  Please heal and reconcile all who have been touched by abortion. Give us the wisdom and resources to help pregnant mothers choose life. Inspire conversion of hearts and minds, that all will come to recognize the dignity and humanity of the unborn child. 

Our Lady of Guadelupe, patroness of the pro-life cause, we humbly seek your motherly guidance and prayerful intercession. Amen.


Men’s Ministry Pilgrimage—March 28



Change to Itinerary, have to add Saint Pope John Paul II Shrine visit opportunity for the guided tour of Franciscan Monastery. I think you can still visit the Franciscan Monastery on your own, they just don’t have a guided tour available until the afternoon. Please see below. It’s not too late to sign-up!

In order to avoid detracting from the Diocesan Men’s Conference, being held at St. Bede on Saturday, March 21, and to allow those wanting to attend that event, our Men’s Ministry Lenten Pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is now scheduled for March 28.  As before, all parts of the Pilgrimage are of course optional and we frequently have small groups and individuals going in different directions a la carte. Unfortunately, due to availability and timing, we will not be able to dine as a group at the Irish Pub…so, sorry. Below is a tentative itinerary, with the various options, with links also below:

6:20 a.m.  Gather at front of St. Bridget

6:30 a.m.  Departure

8:30 a.m.   Arrival at Shrine Cafeteria. Coffee, etc. as needed

9:00 a.m.  Guided Tour of The Shrine

10:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon. Opportunity to visit the Saint Pope John Paul II Shrine, now operated by the Knights of Columbus. I’m checking with them to see if a guided tour is possible. I think you can visit the Franciscan Monastery at this time as well, they just don’t have a morning guided tour available.

10:00 a.m.—12:00 Noon  Private Time for prayer, visits to bookstore/gift shop (also available at Monastery) and/ or Confession. Confessions are available at both the Shrine and the Monastery and Father Tochi will be able to hear confessions as well. I believe the Rosary is prayed in the Crypt Church immediately before the 12:10 Mass.

12 Noon. Suggested lunch time. Shrine Cafeteria, Catholic University of America dining options  (on-campus or bordering retail area)

Approximately 1:00p.m.  Stations of the Cross in the Crypt Church (lower level of the Shrine immediately following the 12:10 Mass)

2:00 p.m.  Private Mass in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel (lower level of The Shrine)
Celebrant is Father Tochi. Deacons attending can assist I’m sure.

Regroup in Cafeteria area following Mass for immediate departure back to St. Bridget.

Please let me know by replying to if you plan to go on the Pilgrimage and if you would be willing to drive if necessary. If a possible driver, also include how many your vehicle can comfortably fit.

Thanks and best wishes for a fruitful Lent!

Mike K.

P.S.  Let’s also try to have a good showing at the Men’s Conference on March 21