Category Archives: Announcements

Degree Advancement Ceremonies Cencelled

Good afternoon, gents.

Per the emails below, the 2nd and 3rd Degree Advancement Ceremonies scheduled for this Saturday morning at St. Michael’s have been cancelled due to the projected hurricane/weather.

Please notify our candidates of this cancellation and let them know that we very much appreciate their interest in advancing and will make them aware of the new dates or advancement opportunities as soon as we receive an update.

Thank you!

Bart

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consecration of the bells 9/25/18 at 7 PM

Reverend Monsignor William Carr cordially invites all Saint Bridget parishioners and friends of the parish to join His Excellency the

Most Reverend Bishop Barry Knestout for the consecration of

the bells for our new bell tower.

 

Tuesday, September 25th at 7pm

 

We will gather outside in front of the bell tower.

A reception with light refreshments will be served in the Commons.

St Bridget “Listening Sessions” with Monsignor Carr – In response to the Abuse Scandal

This week we will be offering four listening sessions.

WHEN:   September 5 and 6

TIME:   at 9am and 7pm each day

WHERE:   in the Church Hall

We want you to share your thoughts and ask questions

Amidst ongoing developments regarding sexual abuse in Pennsylvania and the Church, this is a time for openness and transparency. Importantly, this is also a time for our parishioners’ voices to be heard.

letter from Monsignor Carr

Good morning, Brothers.

 Please find attached a letter from Monsignor Carr that outlines how St. Bridget Church and its clergy will be addressing the current tragic situation occurring within the Catholic Church.  The letter and its contents will be shared with our parishioners and published in the church bulletin.

 Over the last week, Supreme Knight, Carl Anderson, condemned the perpetrators and called for reforms within the Church.  In my opinion, it is a worthy read.  As leaders within the St. Bridget parish, our Knights Council should be there for our fellow parishioners, listening and sharing thoughts and prayers. 

 As such, I encourage you to attend at least one of Monsignor’s planned meetings in the Church Hall (Sept 5th and 6th at 9am and 7pm) and/or the Mass of Atonement (Sept 22nd at 9am).

 Fraternally,

 Bart Leahey, Grand Knight

St. Bridget Council 5476  |  Knights of Columbus

Cell: 804.240.9859

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Dear Parishioners,

I am embarrassed and ashamed about the abuse of children and youth within the Church.  The one place where we should expect them to be safe was not safe for so many over the years.  The abuse leaves scars that persist through a person’s life.

The past should haunt the Church because the leadership cared more about the Churches’ face than the vulnerable ones whom Jesus loves so much. What do we do now, can our broken hearts be healed, can we find the words for those who ask us about this scandal?

I want you to hold me accountable for my behavior as your pastor.  I want you to hold accountable all the priests, deacons, pastoral staff and school staff who work here.  Keep your eyes open, question.  St. Bridget Parish and School must always be safe places for all.

This weekend and next I will speak about this during Masses.  Also, please meet with me to share your feelings and thoughts and to pray together.  I will meet you in the Church Hall on September 5 and 6 at 9am and 7pm.

We will hold a Holy Hour of Reparation after Daily Mass on Saturdays for the next three months beginning September 1st.  We will have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, prayers of lamentation, quiet meditation and Benediction.

We will celebrate a Mass of Atonement here on September 22 at 9am.

Monsignor Carr

 

Signup for Military Appreciation Night at the Diamond 7/28

Subject: Signup for Military Appreciation Night at the Diamond

At the Diamond 2016

This year the Councils are invited to carry flags with the Fourth Degree. The attire has changed this year to dark slacks, white short sleeved pullover shirt and black shoes. Muster time is 4:30 – 5:00 PM on Saturday, July 28. Our goal is to have all 60 Flags (Honor America Corp) represented at the event.

Anyone carrying flags will receive 2 tickets to the game pitting our Flying Squirrels against the Reading Fightin Phils.

A separate call out for Color Guard members will be made.

Sign up for Flag Carrying at:

 

 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080945aca72da7f49-military

Knighthood (Third) Degree Exemplification on Saturday, August 25th at Mt. Vernon Council

Brother Knights:

District 13 will host a Knighthood (Third) Degree Exemplification on Saturday, August 25th  at Mt. Vernon Council #5998, 8592 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22309.  Parking is available behind the building.  There are two entrance doors located at the rear of the building and will be clearly labeled as to who should enter through each. Attire for all (Candidates and Observers) is jacket and tie.

The Conferring Officer will be PGK Dennis Makurat and the Presenter of the Fraternal Charge will be PGK Kelly Niernberger. Breakfast for state officers and the degree team will be offered at 9:00 a.m..  The ceremony will start promptly at 11:00 and a meal will be provided at approximately 1:00.

GRAND KNIGHTS:

  1. Please ensure your eligible Second Degree members are aware of this opportunity for full Knighthood. An email notification and follow-up phone call to them are both important.
  2. RSVP — PLEASE reply directly to me, at: davidalewis@verizon.net or dd13@vakofc.org or by cell phone at 703-216-5980, no later than Wednesday, August 22, 2018 with the following information:

**Council #

**Number of Candidates

**Number of Observers

PLEASE RSVP TO ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE — your count will be critical in facilitating the planning for the event and to insure we have enough meals prepared for after the exemplification.

  1. Grand Knights or sponsors should have a Knighthood (Third) Degree Membership Medallion for each candidate participating from your Council at the sign-in.  Please review the Knights of Columbus Virginia State Council Ceremonials Handbook starting on page 8 for Grand Knight Responsibilities.

DISTRICT DEPUTIES:

The Conferring Officer usually requests four DDs to perform the Knighting.  If you can assist with this high privilege, please contact me.

CANDIDATES:

Please arrive with your Second Degree membership card no earlier than 10:15 a.m. and NLT 10:40 a.m..  It is important that you arrive during this time period. Attire is jacket and tie. The Host Council will have name tags for numbers assigned for candidates upon arrival.  It is highly recommended that the candidate be accompanied by a sponsor!

Please let me know if you have any questions or any special requests that would help make your time with us more pleasant and enjoyable. Your Brothers of District 13 look forward to seeing you!

Fraternally,   David Lewis, District Deputy #13

davidalewis@verizon.net

(703) 216-5980

Saint Francis Home fundraiser on September 30

The Saint Francis Home fundraiser is the14th Annual Blue Grass and Blue Crab Festival, and will be held Sunday, September 30 at Tredegar Iron Works, 4:00 to 8:00 pm. We need guests, volunteers, and sponsors.   The web site for the event is: http://www.bluegrassbluecrabfestival.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

We need over 60 volunteers on that day, including check-in leaders and assistants, beer and wine pourers, food servers, and auction assistants. The positions can be filled at:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4da8a72da57-saint1

 

 

 

CONTACT:
Bruce Slough, Executive Director
Saint Francis Home, 65 W. Clopton Street
Richmond, VA 23225
804-231-1043

bslough@saintfrancishome.com

 

2018 Knights of Columbus High School Scholarships Awarded

Council Grand Knight Rick Witty, Madison Page Kuriger, Msgr. William Carr, Tyler Craig and Scholarship Chairman Gary Port

    The Knights of Columbus are pleased to announce that their two annual $1,000 high school scholarship awards were presented at the St Bridget School Eighth Grade closing ceremony on June 4, 2018. Madison Page Kuriger will be attending St. Gertrude High School, and Tyler Craig will be attending Benedictine College Preparatory. Please congratulate Madison and Tyler for their success in winning this competitive scholarship award.

   St. Bridget Knights of Columbus Council 5476 has awarded this competitive Catholic High school Scholarship for the last five years. To date, the Council has presented scholarships to thirteen St Bridget school students who will be continuing their Catholic education in high school. Contact Gary Port for more information about his scholarship.

   Photo: Council Grand Knight Rick Witty, Madison Page Kuriger, Msgr. William Carr, Tyler Craig and Scholarship Chairman Gary Port.

 

membership incentives available for councils and individuals in Virginia

My Brother Knights of Virginia,

I wanted to follow up from the discussion at the Virginia State Council annual meeting about membership incentives available for councils and individuals in Virginia.  Below is a list of all membership incentives available.

  1.  At the annual meeting I announced that the Virginia State Council is running a membership incentive for May 2018.  For every new member recorded by Supreme in May 2018 the Virginia State Council will send a check in June 2018 for $4.00 per member recorded to each council who has new member(s) recorded.  Think of it this way, the Virginia State Council is going ahead and giving you the $4.00 Virginia per capita for next fraternal year for each of these new members.  In discussions with all three General Agents in Virginia they have agreed to also pay the council $4.00 per member recorded by Supreme in May 2018.  Wow that is $8.00 being paid for each new member recorded by Supreme in May 2018.  What a great time to recruit new members and get them through the Admissions Degree.
  2. Supreme is once again offering a $4.50 credit on per capita for all billable members for councils who achieve Star Council this fraternal year.  If your council is close or has a goal of Star Council this fraternal year now is the time for action.  Just think of the money your council could save and use towards charitable causes.
  3. The Virginia State Council is also running a contest among the District Deputies.  Those high performing districts in January and February 2018 have received money already.  Who is going to get money from the next payout?
  4. If you have not heard or passed this incentive along to your council members, Supreme has an incentive for recruiters.  Those members who have recruited new member(s) between November 15, 2017 and June 30, 2018 are going to be put into a drawing for one of 10 trips paid for by Supreme to the World meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland in August 2018.  Now is the time to recruit a new member and get him to an Admissions Degree so you are eligible and could win this fantastic trip to Dublin.

If you have any questions on these incentives please don’t hesitate to ask your District Deputy, the State Membership Director, or myself and we will get you information quickly.

Fraternally, Steve

Stephen J. Kehoe

State Deputy

Jurisdiction of Virginia

statedeputy@vakofc.org

703-946-6550

 

Six New Council 5476 Members

Brothers,

 Please join me in welcoming six additions to our council.

Andrew Franz, John Grabenstein, Daniel Keller, and Flynn Leathers attended a first degree ceremony on April 16 at St. Bridget Church (hosted by our council).

Paul Forst transferred in from Westminster, Md (council 1393) and Samuel Liput transferred in from Waynesboro, VA (Council 10760).

 The corrected council roster is attached. Please let me know if there are any additional updates that need to be made.

 Fraternally,   Randy Boyd, FS