Mass to pray for Pat, Kay and their family

Brothers,

We had a special surprise at morning Mass.  On Tuesdays, there is a Rosary immediately after Mass to pray for Pat, Kay and their family.  Just before Mass, Pat and Kay came up to the front pew.  It was Pat’s first time in church since December.  The Mass was that much more special with Pat’s presence.  Fr. Tochi gave an incredible homily that seemed focused solely on Pat, but just as much on everyone of us in church.  The main message related to where we are on Holy Week, and emphasized that no matter what we are challenged with, we must always know that we are in God’s plan, and we must be confident that God is always, always with us!  Powerful as we all thought of Pat and the challenge he is up against.

Here is an update from Kay on Pat’s treatments:

“The doctors at Johns Hopkins felt strongly that Pat should not have radiation at this point. The cancer has progressed, even though the tumor had started to shrink. The Hopkins doctors felt like he needed stronger chemo to slow the progression of the spread of cancer. So he is back on the original chemo, that caused him to become so ill in December, Minus one of the four ingredients. Radiation, they said, would always be an option once they slowed the spread of the cancer.”

We spoke to Pat and Kay after Mass.  They were so thankful to be there for the Rosary, and just to be in church with the Lord and to participate in the Mass.  Pat is positive and it was a joy and blessing to speak with him.  God is Good.

Please continue to keep Pat and Kay and family in your prayers.  Pray for a miracle.  If you can, join us for Mass and a Rosary on Tuesday mornings.

Fraternally,

John

John K. McCulla

another successful food drive yesterday for Commonwealth Catholic Charities!

Brothers,

First, Happy Holy Week to you and yours!  What a wonderful way to start this week by hearing the Passion in Mass this morning! 

Many thanks to all for another successful food drive yesterday for Commonwealth Catholic Charities!  Between your support and your donations, it was another great success!  Here are the results:

  • Parishioners donated a very large amount of food for the CCC food pantry which again nicely filled the trailer
  • Over 150 Easter baskets were donated!  So fun and colorful!  The CCC will distribute these next week so needy children will have a nice Easter surprise!
  • Parishioners donated $2,100 in checks and gift cards to the CCC which will purchase many, many meals for the needy!

Our parish is wonderfully generous in its support for those in need in our community. 

Special call out to Brother Greg Stivers for his time and use of his trailer! 

Special thanks to all the Brothers that came out to enjoy a beautiful morning and some fellowship and service together:

  • Augie Keller
  • Dan Keller
  • Mike Kozak
  • Dan Geary
  • Doug Lynch
  • Matt Costello
  • Mark Sweeney
  • Bruce Slough, GK
  • Chris Howell
  • Bob Fout
  • Frank Russo and his boys
  • Rick Witty

Brothers, please note that April 24th is the date of our next food drive for the St. Peter Church Food Pantry (will be confirmed).

Thanks, again, men!

CCC Food Drive and Easter baskets at SBCC on 3/27/21

Hello Brothers,

Thank you for responding to my recent email re: helping at the Food Drive on Saturday.  We have a great group of brothers that have signed up to assist.  Many hands make light work, but this is just as as important for the fellowship of our Council.  Glad you can come and assist!

Besides filling the trailer with food, we will be taking Easter baskets to the CCC.  For those helping during the later shift, please help transport the Easter baskets in your car/SUV/van/truck – thank you!

Here’s our group:

And, please help promote the Food Drive with your family and friends.  The Food Drive this month will benefit the food pantry at the Commonwealth Catholic Charities and is on Saturday, March 27th.  We’ve also asked parishioners to consider donating an Easter Basket – fun! 

Please help this to be a success by promoting the food drive in your family, with friends, and St. Bridget groups and 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 announcement on to others

A pdf is attached and also embedded below.

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

Thank you very much!!!

Pray The Rosary for Deacon pat – Tuesday at 12:30 PM

Our friend Sue Feeser is coordinating praying a rosary each week (on Tuesdays) for Pat White. 

Join us in praying the rosary tomorrow at 12:30 PM for Deacon Pat and his family.  If you are able, please join us on this Zoom call.  Otherwise, please pray a rosary sometime on your own during the day for the intention of Pat and his family.  He has expressed his sincere gratitude for these prayers. 

Hope to see you all again on Tuesday at 12:30.  

Ron Campbell will lead the rosary this week.

*Due to recent issues, the Zoom Link for this meeting is not included in this publication; contact Ron Campbell for that information.

Pilgramage to DC

Blood Drive Success

Brothers,

“We collected 13 units yesterday which can help as many as 39 lives!”

By all accounts we had a great blood drive. We did have a glitch with the heating system in Mother Presentation Hall, which unfortunately resulted in having to close the drive early. That was particularly sad because we had completely filled the preregistration slots and were on track to set a new collection record at St Bridget. It was just one of those things that I will do a better job avoiding in the future! This was our first attempt having it in MPH, and it provided the opportunity necessary for us to have such a potentially successful event.

The good news is that the success of online registrations has allowed us to consider offering another drive this summer, but this time during the week. You can see in Christine’s note below what we are considering, with permission of St Bridget School, so we will coordinate our plans and send out updates soon.

Thank you to all our volunteers – Especially brother Steve Pellei and his family, as well as brother John Terry! We had great turnout thanks to you all.  A special thanks to Laura Dvornick Clift, Principle, Saint Bridget School, for assisting us with the coordination of the drive. We couldn’t have done it without her generosity and assistance! Christine Homan gave up her Sunday morning to help keep us organized and on track. Thank you for staying with us throughout the drive. Paul Amrhein has been essential to the planning and coordination of all our blood drives since I’ve been involved. We will miss him once he retires this summer. As always, Kal also provided essential support necessary for us to access and use MPH – I can’t tell you how many times he has come through for us over the years.

Thank you – together our Council does wonderful things to support our church, our parish, and our community!

Note from the American Red Cross:

It was great to work with you all again!  We collected 13 units yesterday which can help as many as 39 lives! It was awesome to have so many helpers too!

I talked with the principal a bit and I believe she said the teachers would be in the building until June 18 but school ends a week or so before that.  One possible June date would be Thursday June 17th – maybe some of the teachers would want to donate.  Or we could make it after they are finished on Tuesday June 22.  The hours I was thinking for a drive in June would be maybe 12-5 or 1-6.  Let me know your thoughts.

We also have you on our calendar tentatively for August 22.  Could we keep that date too?  

Thank you again and have a great week!

Christine Homan

Account Manager, Donor Recruitment Department

American Red Cross

Mid-Atlantic Blood Services Region

2825 Emerywood Parkway

Richmond, VA 23294

christine.homan@redcross.org

Mobile Phone: 804-432-3732

St Briget Food Drive March 27th for CCC

Food Drive for Commonwealth Catholic Charities and Easter Baskets for Kids!

Drop-off Date:                  Saturday, March 27th between 8:45 am and 11:00 am
Location:                             In Front of St. Bridget Church

Please help others have enough food to eat!  This food drive will restock the food pantry at Commonwealth Catholic Charities which provides food to many needy in the community.  See their list of desired items below.  Gift cards from Kroger or Walmart are welcome, as are checks made out to CCC.

Also, please consider donating an Easter Basket for a child to enjoy on Easter Sunday.  Please prepare an Easter Basket as you would for one of your children or grandchildren – a little chocolate, a few eggs, a little gift, some green grass (you know how!  J).  You will brighten some child’s Easter!

When you arrive, the Knights will collect your food and Christmas Dinner contributions from the trunk of your car.  Thank you very much for your generosity!  Please call John McCulla at 804-306-2488 with any questions.

Food Items for Comm Catholic Charities
Peanut Butter

Assorted Soups
Assorted Canned Fruit
Canned Vegetables
Canned Beans
Cereals
Canned Chicken and Ham
Rice and Pasta
Canned Sauces
Granola/Protein Bars 

Easter Baskets

Sample Recipe:
Start with an Easter Basket 
Fill with green grass
Add a few plastic eggs
Add some chocolate bunnies
Add some “Peeps”
Add a small gift  
Bring on Saturday!   

March Food Drive for Catholic Charities

Hello Friends!

First, thank you for your wonderful support that is making these food drives so successful!  This past month for Sacred Heart Center was great!

Would you please help promote the upcoming Food Drive with your parish groups and teams and families and friends?  The Food Drive this month will benefit the food pantry at the Commonwealth Catholic Charities and is on Saturday, March 27th.  We’ve also asked parishioners to consider donating an Easter Basket – fun! 

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

A pdf is attached and also embedded below.

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

Thank you very much!!!

John

John K. McCulla

804-306-2488

jkmcculla@comcast.net

40 Days For Life

Saint Bridget Parish Prays for Life

Part of 40 Days for Life

The 40 Days for Life, which begin every year on Ash Wednesday, is a Lenten-long opportunity to pray for the respect and protection of all human life.

On Saturday, March 20th, interested Saint Bridget parishioners are invited to gather outside of the Planned Parenthood facility at 201 N. Hamilton Street for one-hour time slots of prayer throughout the day. RICHMOND CAMPAIGN

Contact Lisa Yost at lyost@bestversionmedia… or (540) 270-2672 if you have any questions, or for more information.

 
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Pray For Life in March

Intercession

Inspired by St. Joseph’s faithful witness, may we help mothers welcome, protect, and care for the gift of new life.

Prayers

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection

As Catholics we rightly find inspiration in Mary’s beautiful “fiat”, her “yes” to God’s will at the Annunciation, but we should also recall Joseph’s own faithful “yes” to God’s plan for salvation. Despite the unusual circumstances of Mary’s pregnancy, “Joseph accepted Mary unconditionally” (Patris corde, 4). Through a series of dreams, God made his will known to Joseph, and each time Joseph faithfully responded. It is Joseph who welcomed the Christ child as his own son, gave Jesus his name as revealed by the angel, and continually protected and provided for the needs of the Holy Family. When Herod threatened the life of the infant Jesus, Joseph fled with his family from their homeland to Egypt and patiently waited until they could return to Israel. “In every situation, Joseph declared his own ‘fiat’” (PC, 3). Through his constant care for both mother and child, Joseph makes a true gift of himself. God chose this humble carpenter of Nazareth to guide the beginnings of our redemption, and it is Joseph “who was able to turn a problem into a possibility by trusting always in divine providence” (PC, 5). Inspired by St. Joseph, may we proactively help mothers welcome and care for the gift of new life.

Acts of Reparation (Choose one.)

  • Pope Francis declared December 8, 2020 – December 8, 2021 as the Year of St. Joseph. Offer a prayer to St. Joseph for all mothers in need.
  • Listen to this podcast episode unpacking the importance of this Year of St. Joseph. To go deeper, consider taking time to prayerfully read Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter Patris corde (With a Father’s Heart).
  • Offer some other sacrifice or prayer that you feel called to do for this month’s intention.

One Step Further

On March 25th the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, as well as the anniversary of the papal encyclical Evangelium vitae (The Gospel of Life). Learn more about how these two observances are connected in this brief article.

Did You Know? The Church also celebrates the Solemnity of Saint Joseph on March 19th. Join others in seeking the intercession of St. Joseph for the many people whose lives are touched by adoption by praying the novena from March 10th –18th. Sign up to receive daily email messages!

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