Category Archives: Announcements

Update – Admissions and Formation Degrees scheduled


    The Admissions and Formation Degrees scheduled for December 18, 2018, at Vietnamese Martyrs Council 14059 have been cancelled.  I am requesting that they  be removed from the State calendar.

    There will be an Admissions Degree on January 23, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., at St. Bridget Council 5476.

There will be a Formation Degree scheduled in the District in February so that all Admissions and Formation candidates of our Councils will be qualified to attend the Knighthood Degree on March 18, 2019, at Bishop Ireton Council.


 Clint Corry



March for Life 2019/ Respect Life Holy Hour @ St. Bridget

From Mike:

Greetings All,

 It’s time to continue putting the list together for the March for Life on Friday, January 18, 2019. If I already have you signed up for 2019 no need to respond, but I did want to touch base with my mailing list from past years.  This year we 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 H directly at   

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, contact Darius, the bus captain for the Columbian Center bus, directly at .  Darius, please let us know if you anticipate any substantive changes. 

 When signing up, please provide a mobile phone number. 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 15, 2018, @ 6:30 p.m. at St. Bridget Church.   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 Benediction.  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. 



The next Color Corps and Commanders training will be conducted on 1 December

Worthy Sir Knights,

Please see Color Corps training opportunity below. It is a chance to join the color corps, take refresher training or become commander certified. Please respond directly to the host Assembly as indicated, and cc me on your note. Thank you all for your kind consideration.

Mike Szablak

State Convention Chairman

Faithful Navigator – Richmond Assembly 1165

Knights of Columbus


—–Original Message—–
From: Phil Kennedy
Sent: Sat, Nov 10, 2018 3:03 pm
Subject: **Color Corps and Commanders Training – 1 December**

Please pass the following information to your members.

Worthy Navigators and Color Corps Commanders,

The next Color Corps and Commanders training will be conducted on 1 December. Commodore John Barry Assembly # 1163 is the host for this event.

Here are the particulars about this training event:

Event: Color Corps and Color Corps Commanders Training
When: Saturday, 1 December
Time: 9:00 AM – Noon
Location: Edward Douglas White Council # 2473 home, 5115 Little Falls Road, Arlington, 22207-1811.
Special Instructions: Training will be conducted in the main ballroom of the Columbia Club. Parking is available in the lot on the left side of the club. The main ballroom is upstairs from the parking lot.

All Fourth-Degree members are encouraged to complete the color corps training. Attire for the training is casual (rubber soles on shoes not recommended). Bring service baldric, sword, and gloves. Limited loaner gear may be available. If your assembly has extra gear, e.g., service baldrics, swords, etc., please consider bringing it.

Navigators and Commanders are strongly encouraged to attend both the color corps and commanders training.

The host assembly will provide coffee and donuts. Please advise Faithful Navigator John Knox ( or ) or Faithful Commander Henry Cao ( by Wednesday, November 28 as to the number of attendees from your assembly who will be attending.

Fraternally, Phil

Phillip “Phil” Kennedy
Marshal, Virginia District

Patriotically Proud

Sunday – get to church o time

Sunday, November 4th at 2 AM is the official end to DST in our neck of the world.


The Energy Policy Act of 2005 extended Daylight Saving Time in the U.S. beginning in 2007, though Congress retained the right to revert to the 1986 law should the change prove unpopular or if energy savings are not significant. Going from 2007 forward, Daylight Saving Time in the U.S.


  • begins at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday of March and
  • ends at 2:00 a.m. on the first Sunday of November


Daylight saving time (DST), also daylight savings time (United States), also summer time (United Kingdom and others), is the practice of advancing clocks during summer months so that evening daylight lasts longer, while sacrificing normal sunrise times.


Typically, regions that use daylight saving time adjust clocks forward one hour close to the start of spring and adjust them backward in the autumn to standard time.[1] In effect, DST causes a lost hour of sleep in the spring and an extra hour of sleep in the fall.[2]


Sourced From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Enjoy your extra hour of sleep this weekend – I hope it doesn’t mess with your internal clock the way that it does with mine!

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!


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).


 Bart Leahey, Grand Knight

St. Bridget Council 5476  |  Knights of Columbus

Cell: 804.240.9859



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:

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.


  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: or 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.


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


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

(703) 216-5980