I would like to invite you to embark on a spiritual journey based on the book – Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father – by Father Donald Calloway beginning on February 15 and culminating with the consecration on the Feast of the Solemnity of St. Joseph on March 19th. This is a great way to help you have a very meaningful and holy Lenten season.
In the midst of crisis, confusion, and a world at war with the Church, it’s time to come home again to our spiritual father, St. Joseph. In this richly researched and lovingly presented program of consecration to St. Joseph, Fr. Donald Calloway, brings to life the wonders, the power and the ceaseless love of St. Joseph. St. Francis wrote, “Each of us can discover in St. Joseph the man who goes unnoticed, a daily discreet and hidden presence – an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble.”
We are living in modern times, the time in which the Church is witnessing an unprecedented era of devotion to St. Joseph. It’s time for total consecration to St. Joseph. First, we need the spiritual fatherhood of St. Joseph to help us protect marriage and the family (which are undoubtedly under attack). Many people no longer know what it means to be a man or woman, let alone what constitutes a marriage and family. Second, the entire world needs to be re-evangelized, including the vast majority of baptized Christians.
What exactly is consecration to St. Joseph? What does it mean for a person to be consecrated to St. Joseph?
It basically means that you acknowledge that he is your spiritual father, and you want to be like him. To show it, you entrust yourself entirely to his paternal care so that he can lovingly help you acquire his virtues and become holy. Total consecration to St. Joseph means you make a formal act of filial entrustment to your spiritual father so that he can take care of your spiritual well-being and lead you to God.
So what’s the program? What’s the method?
Its 33-days of preparation in which the Litany of St. Joseph serves as the template for the program. It is self-directed and requires about 20 – 30 minutes per day. If you miss a day, don’t panic. Just make it up and continue your preparation. You can do this.
Our next Food Drive is on Saturday, February 27th from 8:45 to 12 Noon.
Please let me know if you can serve at the Food Drive. You may volunteer from 8:30 to 11:00, or 11:00 to 1:00 (including delivery). The second shift will deliver the food to the Sacred Heart Center right after the Food Drive finishes at Noon.
Ambo Announcement and Bulletin Notice
Food Drive for the Pantry at Sacred Heart Center – Please Help Feed those in need in our Richmond Community! – Fellow parishioners, thank you for your generous donations to the parish food drives being sponsored by the St. Bridget Knights of Columbus. Our next parish food drive will take place on Saturday, February 27th from 8:45 am to Noon. Food items and gift cards from Kroger or Walmart will be collected for the Food Pantry at the Sacred Heart Center. Please help fill their food pantry in this time of need! The collection trailer will be located in front of the Church. Visit the parish website and see the parish emails that suggest the food items to donate. Thank you again for your wonderful generosity!
We are in our final week of our campaign! We still continue to do well with our fundraising effort thus far, raising $1,153 towards Special Olympics VA! However, we are only half way to our original goal of $2,214. If you have not already done so, please consider supporting this cause with a donation. Also, at this time, it would really help to broaden our reach if you were to forward the attached flyer to anyone you feel could be interested.
February is generally dedicated to the Holy Family. So we pray that those who are born in the month of February may be guided and protected by the Holy Family — Jesus, Mary and Joseph — throughout this month and all of 2021.
A Blessing For You:
Loving God, you created all the people of the world
and you know each of us by name,
We thank you for our Brother Knights who, this month, celebrate their birthdays.
Bless them with your love and friendship
that they may grow in wisdom, knowledge, and grace.
May they love their family always and be faithful to their friends.
Thank you John McCulla for once more organizing the food collection for St. Peter Catholic Church Food Pantry, and thanks to all who participated on Saturday.
Especially want to thank Brother Stivers for loaning us once more, and Brother Russo for driving, the trailer. It was great seeing all of you, and meeting new Brother Bob Fout!
As usual, the collection was a great success…I have not seen the trailer so filled up with groceries and personal care items, in any of the drives I have participated in, to date. Given that we estimate the food drives to typically raise $3000 in value for the charities, this bodes well that this number was significantly bested. We also collected $800 in gift cards/cash donations.
Here is the list of the Brothers who helped out. I am sorry if I left anyone off the list.
Special shout-out to John, Bob, Frank, and Ron who dropped off the goods!
For those who have never participated in these events, it gives you a great feeling to help others, and to talk to Brothers not just on Zoom. The time really flies by, even when it is cold!
We are all eyeing Feb. 27th for the next drive, so stay tuned!
Knights of Columbus at St. Bridget Catholic Church, Richmond, VA 23226