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.
Buy food and/or gift cards to contribute at the food drive
Send the attached PDF to your family and friends
Forward this email with your message to others with the image of the flyer (below)
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!
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
Inspired by St. Joseph’s faithful witness, may we help mothers welcome, protect, and care for the gift of new life.
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
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!
A better direct link embedded. Please use this link to directly access my walker page for our team Knights of Columbus— Council 5476. Once on my walker page, you should see a team tab that you can click on to see how we are doing. Thanks all!
The Walk for Life to benefit the Pregnancy Resource Center is scheduled for May 1 at Deep Run Park (off Ridgefield Parkway, near Gaskins Rd.). Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the walk begins at 10:00. It is a leisurely 2 mile walk, take your time as necessary! You can register to walk on May 1 as part of our Knights of Columbus team, walk any other two mile route on your own at a different time, or simply make a monetary donation to the effort. If you’d rather, you can also register as an individual walker and raise pledges and enlist sponsors on your own.
I have created a donation page under my name (Mike Kozak) which you should be able to access and make donations to by clicking on the direct link below. Please let me know if you encounter any glitches. Our team name is Knights of Columbus—Council 5476. I set a modest initial goal of $1,000, which I hope we can exceed in no time. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me. Here is the link: