09-30-20 Update

Fourth Degree:  Last call for any Third degree Knight who would like to take the Fourth Degree Exemplification (virtual) on Oct. 31 at 11:00 AM.  Please contact me so that we can fill out the application and deliver it to the Assembly in time for you to be included.

4th Degree Exemplification

 

 

Speaking of Fourth Degree.  There has been a modification to the rules regarding Honor Guard at funerals and parades.  Instead of needing the new uniform, Fourth Degree members may participate if they wear a dark (blue or black) suit, white shirt, conservative tie, and SOCIAL BALDRIC and Fourth degree pin.  White gloves are optional.  This change enables more Fourth degree members to participate in the ceremonials for a brother Knight.  Please consider participating.  Contact me for details on the training needed.

Superbowl Party

Monday Night Football:  The Columbian Center (Council 395) at 2324 Pump Rd. hosts the Monday night games.  A comfortable surrounding, beer on tap and large screen TV’s make for an enjoyable time.  (Social distancing will be observed.) All are welcome to come.  If you are interested in watching the game with some brother Knights please contact Doug Lynch  (609-977-8953) for details.

 

Ron Campbell

Novena for the Cause of Life – October 4-October 12

Brothers,

As our nation lives through these times of great consequence, the Knights of Columbus has developed a Novena for the Cause of Life, to run from October 4-October 12.  October is Respect Life Month, an initiative of the USCCB.

John McCulla was kind enough to send the poster promoting the Novena below.  Each day of the Novena sets forth a reflection from Pope Francis to contemplate as you pray a decade of the Rosary. At the conclusion of the decade, please pray the prayer authored by Saint Pope John Paul II.

If everyone in our Council takes up these prayers, we will add to a powerful witness for the protection of all life, from conception until natural death.

Let’s do our part, men!

Fraternally,
Mike K.

Food Drive Success for St Peter’s

Brothers, thanks once more for a great morning of fellowship and service this past Saturday.

Between the steady traffic sandwiched between two major waves, it was a successful haul for St. Peter’s Church and Pantry located in the heart of downtown.  We raised over $600 in Kroger gift cards, and over 500 pounds of groceries and supplies.  Special thanks for those who helped us unload on the other end.

John, while you could not be there this one time, your organizational skills remain unparalleled, as the event went off without a hitch (unless you count the one attached to Greg’s trailer—once more Greg thank you for that!).  Thanks for your encouragement and getting the word out as always!

For those of you who have not yet “worked” one of these drives, it is amazing how fast the time moves, when you are getting to know and see people, and make a difference.  As such, it doesn’t feel like “work” at all.

Please consider coming out for an hour or three, November 7th for the next food drive, and/or November 14th for the coat drive. More info to follow!

Vivat Jesus!

Doug Lynch

609-977-8953

Gary Port –“from the heart”, September 2020

Dear Brother Knights,

After 2 weeks at VCU health, I am finally home.  Hallelujah! I want to express my gratitude to all of you for connecting with my son John and myself, offering your prayers and well-wishes.

Thank you and God Bless you.   Thank you for your get well cards.  My thanks to our council for the lovely flower arrangement.  Thank you to David for the VCU ball cap.  I wore it as I was discharged!

I hear that some of you have volunteered to drive me to my cardiac rehab sessions at Chippenham Hospital.  Thank you again.

My heart attack story:

Sunday September 6 – I cut all of the branches off my 15 year-old knockout rose bushes.  There were 5 bushes.  I dragged them into my backyard, bundled them in a roll-wrapped tarp, then transported them into a dumping area within my Kanawha Trace development.  This took 5 trips up and down a hill.  On my 5th trip back to my backyard, I was “spent” and rested several minutes.  I made it through the rest of the day, and then through September 7th Labor Day morning without any incidence or pain.

Add 1 PM, I sat on my easy chair. Then I had my heart attack.  I doubled over.  Annette called 911.  Thanks to our rescue squad, I was quickly rushed to VCU Hospital. They performed two procedures on me, one through my right wrist up to my heart, and the second one near my groin to my aorta.  I was given a heart stent and a balloon procedure removed a clot in the heart.

For 3 days, I recouped in the ICU.  Then I was transferred to a semi-private room on the cardiac unit for 8 days.  While in this room, I met a roommate named “Denny”.  Denny is a devoted Catholic and a Third Degree Knight from the Redeeming Church council.  Denny arranged for Annette and I to received the Eucharist with him.  This was our first Eucharist since March!  Denny and I both served on the US Navy as “airdales”, supporting our fighter squadrons.  We both served on the aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Forrestal, but at different times.  We had a lot in common and enjoyed each other’s company, making my days go by more quickly in my confining bed site that had no window.  After 3 semi-private room days, I was transferred to a windowed room which afforded me the opportunity to view I-95 and the City Jail.  On Monday, September 21, my vitals and heart rhythm were stable and, after 2 weeks duration, VCU Health discharged me.   I exited, proudly wearing my VCU hat!

At home, I was greeted by a “Welcome Home, Pa” sign on my garage! A neighbor stopped by to wish me a speedy recovery and offer assistance.  Ah, to be home once again!  Hallelujah!  To take a shower, to drink a nice cup of coffee, to see my beautiful birds on my feeder, to “FaceTime” with my 2 granddaughters, ages 15 and 17, to eat some of my favorite foods.  To have my son John and daughter-in-law be with me.  And to have my beautiful wife organize my meds and help with my home care and walking through the first floor rooms of my house.  Little things mean a lot!

I have been home for 5 days and my strength is improving.  My sleep, unfortunately, is at best 3 hours per night.  I can not get to my computer yet, as it is on the 2nd floor.  I will in time, and I will be patient.

I start my cardiac rehab next week and look forward to seeing some of you as you transport me to Chippenham hospital.

Thank you connecting with me and offering me your prayers.

God bless you all!

Fraternally in Christ, Gary

Volunteers Needed – Food Drive Saturday 9/26/20

Good morning, Brothers,

The Food Drive for St. Peter’s Church Food Pantry is this Saturday.  Please help spread the word this week!

Also, we need a few more brothers to help.  Please see the highlighted roles in the table below.  Let me know where you want to help!

Many thanks for your generous donation of time and food, men!

Fraternally, John

John K. McCulla

6 Clarke Road, Richmond, VA 23226

804-306-2488

jkmcculla@comcast.net

St. Peter Catholic Church’s Food Pantry – Collection at St Bridget on 9/26/20

Brothers,

As you know, the next Parish Food Drive sponsored by the Knights of Columbus will be for the benefit of St. Peter Catholic Church’s Food Pantry.  It will take place on Saturday, September 26th, from 8:45 am to Noon and is again on the blacktop of St. Bridget.  Please note the earlier time.  We will deliver the food immediately following the drive.

We are promoting the Food Drive now with the assistance of our parish staff:

  • The church will send emails to the parish that include an announcement of the food drive
  • The food drive will be included in the Parish Bulletin
  • The food drive will be in the Announcements section on the home page of the St. Bridget website
  • It will be mentioned during announcements at Masses

What can you do?

Please help this to be a success by promoting the food drive in your family, with friends, and other St. Bridget networks.

  1. Buy food and/or gift cards to contribute at the food drive
  2. Send the attached PDF to your family and friends
  3. Forward this email with your message to others with the image of the flyer (below)
  4. Ask your contacts to send the flyer or image on to others
  5. Sign up to help during the food drive!

General message for your emails:

 “Thank you for your generous donations to the parish food drives being sponsored by the St. Bridget Knights of Columbus.  The next parish food drive is for St. Peter Catholic Church’s Food Pantry, which helps feed the homeless and the needy in the inner city.  The food drive will take place on Saturday, September 26th from 8:45 am to Noon on the parish parking lot.  Food items and gift cards will be collected.  Please help fill their food pantry in this time of need!  Visit our parish website and see the parish emails that suggest the food items to donate.  Thank you again for your wonderful generosity!”

Thanks for helping push the word out about the food drive!  Let’s make this the biggest food drive yet!

And, please consider helping during the food drive.  Let’s see some new Brothers for this food drive.  The fellowship is good and the visibility to our parishioners is wonderful!  Let me know how you want to plug in below:

KofC Food Drive – for St. Peter Catholic Church Food Pantry
September 26th, 2020
Food Donations on School Blacktop

BLOOD DRIVE SEPT. 26 at the Columbian Center

Subject: BLOOD DRIVE SEPT. 26

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reply-To: Roger McDonald <rogermcd0309@yahoo.com>

The Knights of Columbus will be holding its Fall blood drive on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 8:00 – noon at the Columbian Center at 2324 Pump Road. Due to Covid 19 restrictions, we will not be able to offer breakfast to donors.

Please go to redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment.  Again, due to strict Covid 19 regulations, no walk-in appointments can be accepted.  As in the past, all donors will be required to wear face masks, and screenings will be done before admittance is given to the donation area.  Donors are asked to show up on time to maintain the scheduled appointments.  If you sign up for an appointment and later find out you cannot keep the appointment, please call or text me at 804-513-4996 so I can try to fill your slot.

There are currently 9 slots available.   Please take a moment NOW and schedule your appointment.

All donors will automatically be tested for Covid 19 antibodies as part of their donation.

Thank you for your generosity in giving your life saving donation.

Roger J. McDonald

Blood Drive Coordinator

The next drive will be December 19

40 Days For Life, Sept. 23-Nov. 1

40 Days For Life, Sept. 23-Nov. 1

This twice-a-year campaign aims to end abortion locally through prayer and fasting, community outreach, and a peaceful all-day vigil in front of abortion businesses.  The Fall Campaign will be from Wednesday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Nov. 1 outside Planned Parenthood, 201 North Hamilton Street.

Go to 40DaysForLife.com for more information.

Saturday Rosary at Planned Parenthood

St. Bridget folks, led by Andy C, pray the Rosary at the Planned Parenthood on Hamilton (Carytown) at 11:00 am every Saturday morning. All are welcome.

Food Drive for St Peter’s Pantry 9/26/20

090420-KofC Food Drive Flyer – St Peter Food Pantry

Brothers,

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

The next Parish Food Drive sponsored by the Knights of Columbus will be for the benefit of St. Peter Catholic Church’s Food Pantry.  They are in strong need to restock their pantry and they welcome our support!

The Food Drive is on Saturday, September 26th, from 8:45 am to Noon and is again is on the blacktop of St. Bridget.  Please note the earlier time.  We will deliver the food immediately following the drive.

We are promoting the Food Drive now with the assistance of our parish staff:

  • The church will send emails to the parish that include an announcement of the food drive
  • The food drive will be included in the Parish Bulletin
  • The food drive will be in the Announcements section on the home page of the St. Bridget website
  • It will be mentioned during announcements at Masses

What can you do?

Please help this to be a success by promoting the food drive in your family, with friends, and other St. Bridget networks.

  1. Buy some food and/or gift cards to contribute at the food drive
  2. Send the attached PDF to your family and friends
  3. Forward this email with your message to others with the image of the flyer (below)
  4. Ask your contacts to send the flyer or image on to others
  5. Sign up to help during the food drive!

General message for your emails:

 Thank you for your generous donations to the parish food drives being sponsored by the St. Bridget Knights of Columbus.  The next parish food drive is for St. Peter Catholic Church’s Food Pantry, which helps feed the homeless and the needy in the inner city.  The food drive will take place on Saturday, September 26th from 8:45 am to Noon on the parish parking lot.  Food items and gift cards will be collected.  Please help fill their food pantry in this time of need!  Visit our parish website and see the parish emails that suggest the food items to donate.  Thank you again for your wonderful generosity!

Thanks for helping push the word out about the food drive!  Let’s make this the biggest food drive yet!

And, please consider helping during the food drive.  Let’s see some new Brothers for this food drive.  It is fine to have more brothers than needed – the fellowship is good and the visibility to our parishioners is wonderful!  Let me know how you want to plug in on the volunteer chart. 

Bless you, Brothers!

Fraternally,

John

John K. McCulla

6 Clarke Road, Richmond, VA 23226

804-306-2488

jkmcculla@comcast.net

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