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Council 5476 Launches new Gmail Account

090519      Good morning, Brothers of Council 5476!

Earlier this week, Ron Campbell and I sat down together and set up a new Google account for our Council.  This account will streamline our ability to distribute Council-wide e-mails to our Members, update/share documents, and manage a Council-specific calendar.

Please note that I’m sending this from our new Council 5476 e-mail address ( that we’ll use for all communications with Council members and the State and Supreme offices.  If you have any Knights-specific questions for Ron or me, please feel free to use this e-mail address, as we check it daily.

We appreciate your support of this work-in-progress and welcome your thoughts and feedback as we expand usage of the account to manage our Council’s day-to-day operations.

Vivat Jesus!

Bart Leahey. Grand Knight
St. Bridget Church | Knights of Columbus – Council 5476
mobile: 804.240.9859

2019 Saint Francis Home Bluegrass & Blue Crab Festival

The Saint Francis Home Blue Grass and Blue Crab Festival is on October 6. We can really use your help as guests, volunteers, and especially as both. Information and the volunteer sign up are:

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Saint Francis Home Bluegrass & Blue Crab Festival 2019

Saint Francis Home Bluegrass & Blue Crab Festival 2019

Please help us with our 15th annual Bluegrass & Blue Crab Festival to benefit the residents of Saint Francis Hom…

Thank you for helping us help those who are less fortunate.

Bruce Slough bmsl…

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2019 Oktoberfest Hosted by St. Bridget’s Knights of Columbus and Men’s Ministry

St. Bridget’s 19th Annual K of C and Men’s Ministry October Fest!

Want to spend a casual fall afternoon outside, craft-brewed beer in hand, watching football and sharing fellowship? Want to meet other men from St. Bridget? Then join us for October Fest! Hosted by St. Bridget’s Knights of Columbus and St Bridget Men’s Ministry, this men’s social event has been a great hit over the years!

Once again, we’re shipping in those famous brats from Usinger’s of Milwaukee, and serving them up with sauerkraut, potato salad, baked beans, a sweet dessert, and a hand-picked selection of seasonal and craft beer! So, “shine your stein” and join us for all the fun and fellowship we can “mustard” up!


  • Date: Sunday, November 10th, 2 p.m. ‘til dark
  • Location: Benedictine College Preparatory School – 12829 River Road, Richmond, VA 23238 at the pavilion
  • Cost:  $25/person for a great meal and some tasty fest brews!
  • For Information: Call Ron Campbell (ph. 770-598-7864) to register, or John McCulla (ph. 342-1112)

Come have a great time! RSVP Now! Registration is required so we can include you in the count!

Invitation to watch “Protecting Our Children” video

Brother Knight:

I invite you to watch “Protecting Our Children: A Family’s Response,” the story of one family’s experience with child sex abuse and the hope and healing that followed. In this film, a brother Knight and his wife share the importance of faith and family in addressing the sexual abuse of their son by a close family friend. You will feel the pain of what they describe, but you will be glad that you met this family.

Their hope is that all who hear their story will be equipped with the critical knowledge and specific steps needed to better protect the children in their lives. My hope is that this film will bring families, parishes and communities closer together to protect children from the serious risk of sexual abuse.


Carl A. Anderson
Supreme Knight



Important Events this Weekend!

 Two important events this weekend:

 Military Appreciation Night at the Diamond. 

All Knights of Columbus are invited to participate in a March on carrying an American Flag at the Flying Squirrels game this Saturday.  Two free tickets and free parking for all participants.  See the information included below.


Here’s a grand opportunity for you and other Sir Knights from your assembly to show off your support of our military personnel and their family’s station at Ft. Lee. Annually the Richmond councils and assemblies sponsor this military appreciation even at the Diamond, home of the Richmond Flying Squirals. They are the Double-A Affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.

 To honor our Ft. Lee service members, their families, and friends, you are cordially invited to march in the pre-game Flags of Our Nation Ceremony. Flag bearers will carry the historical flags of our nation, supplied by our very own Honor America Corps.

 Here’s the particulars about this event:

Event: 4th Degree Military Appreciation Night @ the Diamond (see attached flyer);

Military Appreciation Night at the Diamond

Address: The Diamond, 3001 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23230;

Date/Muster Time: Saturday, 29 June 2019/4:30 PM;

Flag Bearers Attire for the Flags of Our Nation Ceremony: White short sleeve pullover shirt (Polo), dark slacks, and black shoes;

Volunteer Sign-up Link:;

POC: SK Steve Layne,, 804-338-5838;

Richmond Flying Squirrels Web Site:

For those Sir Knights who volunteer to carry flags during the Flags of Our Nation Ceremony, you will receive two tickets to the game… bring a change of cloths and enjoy the game. Can’t beat that as a token of appreciation just for showing your support of our troops.

If interested in volunteering to support this event, go to the aforementioned Volunteer Sign-up link or contact the event POC listed above.

2. Farwell to Fr. John Christian

Father John Christian will be leaving our parish effective June 30th.  There will be receptions held in his honor to thank him for his service to our parish and parishioners after every mass this weekend.  


 Thank you! Ron Campbell   770-598-7864



Annual 4th of July Picnic at the Columbian Center

The annual Fourth of July (Indoor) Picnic will be held at the Columbian Center at Noon on Thursday, July 4th (who’d have guessed?).  The event is open to all members and family of the Richmond Assembly of the Fourth Degree, and Council 395.

In order to ensure that there is enough (and not too much) food for the event, please sign up with the following link:

Fourth of July Picnic Attendees:

Additionally, to make the event a success, we need a few workers set up the Center, prepare the food, serve drinks and clean up afterwards.  Please sign up to help at the following link:

Fourth of July Picnic Workers:

If you are planning to help out and attend, please sign up at both signup pages.

Hope to see you there!

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Military Appreciation Night with Flying Squirrels 6/29/19

At the Diamond 2016

Sir Knights,

The signups for Military Appreciation Night at the Diamond for next Saturday June 29th are very thin. Please consider joining us for the presentation and staying for the game. It’s free to you and your spouse. We had a great turn out last July when almost all the flags made it on the field. It would be nice to top that and get all the flags out there. I hope to see you there!

Mike Szablak, State Convention Chairman

Faithful Navigator – Richmond Assembly 1165

Knights of Columbus, 612-845-6357

Military Appreciation Night at the Diamond

Reflection from Bishop Barron 6/23/19

Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
Matthew 6:24-34
Friends, our Gospel today calls us to entrust our lives completely to God. How often the Bible compels us to meditate on the meaning of faith! We might say that the Scriptures rest upon faith, and that they remain inspired at every turn by the spirit of faith.

Paul Tillich said that “faith” is the most misunderstood word in the religious vocabulary, and I’ve always felt that he’s right about that. What is faith? Faith is an attitude of trust in the presence of God. Faith is openness to what God will reveal, do, and invite. It should be obvious that in dealing with the infinite, all-powerful person who is God, we are never in control.

This is precisely what we see in the lives of the saints: in Mother Teresa moving into the worst slum in the world in an attitude of trust; in Francis of Assisi just abandoning everything and living for God; in Rose Hawthorne deciding to take cancer sufferers into her own home; in Antony leaving everything behind and going into the desert; in Maximilian Kolbe saying, “I’m a Catholic priest; take me in his place.”

Do not worry, and depend on God for everything. Have faith!