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March for Life on Friday, January 24, 2020

Greetings All,

It’s time to continue putting the list together for the March for Life on Friday, January 24, 2020.

This year we will again have the St. Edward’s bus stopping at the St. Bridget access road by the Middle School for pick-up at 8:30 a.m. as an additional option.  You would need to be at St. Bridget no later than 8:15 a.m. to leave time to check in.  To reserve a seat on that bus, please contact bus captain Tony Hackenburg directly at  Tony can also be contacted by phone or text at 804-339-0267.

If you would like spots reserved on the bus that departs from the Columbian Center, we will follow the routine of past years as far as departure time, etc.( meeting at 7:45 a.m. for an 8 a.m. departure from the Pump Rd. location, travel to the Pastoral Center to meet with the Southside bus, and depart DC at 4-4:30 p.m.).

This year, instead of emailing me, please  contact Darius, the bus captain for the Columbian Center bus, directly at . Darius can also be contacted at 804-740-9633 (home).   Darius, please let us know if you anticipate any substantive changes.

When signing up, please provide a mobile phone number and email address.

Please pass this information along to friends, parish groups, etc.  Please try to sign-up early, in the past we had a waiting list and had to scramble to get people on other buses.

Also, a Respect Life Holy Hour has been scheduled for January 21, 2020, at St. Bridget Church.  The tentative start time is 5:30 p.m.  Please stay tuned for further details, but save the date. The Holy Hour will be intended as a vigil of sorts for the March for Life and will include Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Adoration.  Please make every effort to join the Church in prayer for the success of our pro-life efforts.

Any questions, please let me know.  Thanks and a Blessed Advent to you all.

Mike Kozak


Christmas dinners for Knights – by the Abbate Agency

Brother Knights,

   My team will purchase five Christmas dinners for Knights or families in need.  If you know of anyone that could use our help, please let us know.  If we need to give away more than five, that’s fine we want to make sure that we are looking out for our brothers during this season.  Also, if you know of a family that is not a knight or even catholic that needs our help, please let me know. 

 This is the Catholic Difference that we always talk about.

 Merry Christmas,


 Nicholas W. Abbate, FIC, MDRT, SKC
Knights of Columbus

Winner, Supreme Knights Club ’18
Winner, KofC Rookie of the Year

Council 5476 Ultrasound Initiative Success

Dear Parishioners of Saint Bridget Church,

The Knights of Columbus (KofC) wish to share some wonderful news! The Jennifer Stivers Campaign to Save the Lives of the Most Vulnerable has reached the finish line!

Recently an order was placed for three new ultrasound machines for the Pregnancy Resource Center (PRC) of Metro Richmond, the leading provider of medical services to pregnant women who are considering terminating their pregnancies.

The ultrasound campaign was blessed from the start and certain to be successful!

  • The only goal of this initiative is to save the lives of unborn babies through the use of ultrasound technology. More than 80% of mothers who view an ultrasound image of their child will choose to deliver their baby.
  • This initiative honors the life of Jennifer Stivers. She loved the unborn, and many chose to honor Jennifer in a tangible way by generously contributing.
  • The initiative was strongly endorsed by our pastor, Monsignor Carr, who encouraged the Knights to move forward with his blessing. We also received the approval and support of Bishop Knestout and the Diocese of Richmond Center for Marriage, Family, and Life.
  • The Saint Bridget Knights of Columbus made this a core priority for 2019 and our brothers and Council were very generous in their financial support.
  • Our Saint Bridget parishioners also contributed generously to the initiative showing their strong support for mothers and their unborn babies.

The National Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Program matched the contributions from our parishioners and Knights dollar-for-dollar. This program has enabled the placement of over 1,000 machines across the nation to protect the unborn – now 1,003!

Fundraising was very successful. Including the matching funds from the National KofC, over $87,000 was raised, allowing the PRC to procure three new ultrasound machines, including placing one for its new medical center on the South Side of Richmond.

After the ultrasound machines are installed, Bishop Knestout and Monsignor Carr with bless them for their use in supporting the wonderful mission of the Pregnancy Resource Center.

Council 5476 of the Knights of Columbus at Saint Bridget Church thank all parishioners for your generosity! We are inspired by and deeply gratified to witness the commitment to life across our Saint Bridget Parish. All this was accomplished through the grace of God, who is all good!

Barton Leahey, Grand Knight

Greg Stivers, Chairman of the Board for the Pregnancy Resource Center

Ron Campbell and John McCulla, Co-Chairs

Annual Fraternal Volunteer Hour Survey Due Now

Brother Knights,

Thank you to the members who have already sent in their Fraternal Surveys.  If you have not as yet completed the Fraternal Survey please take immediate action to fill it out and send it to me.  The deadline is fast approaching.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.  Please remember to put your name on the form.

Ron Campbell

Click the Link to access the fillable Survey:   fraternal_survey1728_p


Black Friday Solicitation for KOVAR Donations




Brother Knights from St Bridget Council 5476 make time to solicit donations for KOVAR on Black Friday after Thanksgiving.

“We had eight brothers worked 4 shifts at 3 stores and raised over $400 dollars for people with intellectual disabilities,” Said Bruce Slough, membership director, fundraiser,  and all around great guy.  “Our plan is to do it again on December 21; please come join us to help with this worthy cause!”

Please come to the member meeting on December 9th to learn more about KOVAR, and to volunteer to assist with the many other volunteer opportunities available to help give back to our church community!

Thanks Brothers!!!!

Breakfast with Santa on 12/7/19 at St Bridget



The following brothers have agreed to help us on Saturday 12/7.

Thanks to: Brendan Mahoney, Augie Keller, Ron Paquette, Mike Borzelleca, Wayne Slough and Dan Keller.

Is there anyone whom I have missed?

We will meet in the school cafeteria at 8:00 AM.

Anyone else who would like to help out please let me know.  This is a family event and you can bring your spouse and children also.  In fact any of the ladies  who are willing can help Mary Rebecca with the childrens activities in the commons as we serve the breakfast in the cafeteria.

Also, still looking for anyone who would like to take a shift as Santa Clause.

See you all on Saturday.   Ron Campbell

Help with KOVAR for two hours on Friday the 29th

Brother Knights,

Please help put our faith into action and help KOVAR for two hours on Friday the 29th.  Go to  and sign up. We really need extra bodies (including family members) to help those with Intellectual Disabilities on the best day of the year at ABC Stores. We need to know by tomorrow the 26th so that we can adjust our plans if necessary. Thank you to those who have signed up or have let us know otherwise.

KOVAR at ABC Stores on Black Friday

Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!

Needed: 8 – 10 brothers to help out on Saturday morning Dec. 7

Brother Knights,

 Our director of religious education has asked for our assistance.  I am looking for 8 – 10 brothers to help out on Saturday morning Dec. 7 from 8:00 AM till about noon.  Here are the details of the event.

 There will be a children’s program with a variety of activities relating to Advent along with an opportunity to visit with Santa Claus.  It is expected that there will be approximately 200 people attending throughout the morning. 

  • We are being tasked with set-up, cooking, serving and clean-up of breakfast for those who attend. 
  • Also, if anyone would like to play Santa for about 45 – 60 minutes (we are looking for two people). 
  • We will be preparing and serving the meal in the school cafeteria. The menu will consist of: eggs, pancakes, bacon coffee, milk and orange juice. 

 This is a great opportunity for some of our newer members to get involved and our veterans to help them out.  (Bring your wives and children along and let them participate too!)  There really is no heavy lifting and if you can only spare an hour or two that morning we will certainly use you.

 Please email me.  Let me know how long and what hours you can work.  Anyone wanting to volunteer as Santa, let me know.  I believe you would need to be Virtus and Safe trained.

 Thank you !

 Ron Campbell