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Annual Tower Tour September 7, 2018

On September 7, 2018, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will once again offer an extraordinary opportunity to view our Nation’s capital from the Knight’s Tower.

Tour opportunities are available on Friday, September 7, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visitors will ascend the Tower elevator to the observation level where they can take in spectacular views in all four directions. There are no tickets or reservations to take advantage of this unique experience; visitors will be permitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please be advised: visitors must be able to climb 85 steps to reach the Tower Elevator. Please ensure you are in good physical condition. Visitors who experience claustrophobia, those who do not like elevators, or anyone who suffers from a condition where riding in an enclosed elevator may be uncomfortable should not attend. Children are permitted, but parents should consider the stairs in their decision to bring younger children along. Strollers are not permitted into the Tower, and no storage is available at the Basilica.

Food and drink are not permitted. Bags, suitcases, camera cases, large purses or other bulky items are not permitted. Photography is allowed but the use of tripods is not permitted. Prohibited items cannot be stored. Please leave the items in your vehicle or leave them home.

The Basilica offers ample free parking and is conveniently located within walking distance of the Brookland-CUA Station on Metro’s Red Line. For more information, please call the Basilica at 202-526-8300.


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:

St. Bridget Catholic Church Blood Drive 8/12

Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus

Sunday, Aug. 12  8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Donations received in the Parish Center Meeting Room


Please consider giving the gift of life by donating blood: There will be special T-shirts and a chance to win a Weekend Getaway for participants!  There is no substitute for human blood and Virginia Blood Services needs your help in maintaining the blood supply through the summer.

St. Bridget Blood Drive sponsored by the Knights of Columbus is Sunday, August 12th from 8:30-12:30 in the Parish Center Meeting Room. 

You can sign up online at or after Masses in the Commons beginning 8/1/18. 

Appointments are recommended but walk-ins will also be welcomed.   

Contact John VanderSyde with any questions – (804) 683-9181 or at

Volunteers needed for this weekend’s State Organizational Meeting

Brothers of Council 5476,

Please see the below regarding the immediate need for volunteers at this weekend’s State Organizational Meeting at St. Michael’s.
You can sign-up to volunteer here:

Please note that District Deputy Clint Corry is also looking for volunteers to assist with the Hospitality Suite (located at the Holiday Inn Express on Mayland Drive) on Saturday.  Specifics are in Clint’s e-mail below.  Please let me know asap if you’re available and interested in helping with the Hospitality Suite.

Thank you for your support of this important effort.

Fraternally, Bart Leahey


Subject: FW: State Org Meeting at St. Mikes, Help Desperately Needed


As you know, the STATE will be here this weekend.  We are the host district!   GKs please send out another request for manpower to your Council members ASAP for Larry!

In addition, we have not had any volunteers sign up to man the Hospitality Suite at the Holiday Inn Express on Mayland Drive on Saturday.  We need assistance from 2-5 pm. and from 6-11 p.m. or we will not be able to open the Hospitality Suite.  Please help find volunteers for the Suite also and call me with the names of these volunteers.  I realize that this is a holiday weekend but this has to be done!  Thanks.


Clint Corry, DD9

804 386-6203

If anyone calls this number and cannot reach me, please leave a message.

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:







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:




Bruce Slough, Executive Director
Saint Francis Home, 65 W. Clopton Street
Richmond, VA 23225


nights Council 5476 Volunteer Opportunities – Catechesis and RCIA

Good morning, Brother Knights.

Per the below, our Director of Faith Formation, Donna Adler, is looking for volunteers to join our Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) team and/or serve as religious education teachers for young parishioners.

Donna provided the following details regarding each volunteer role:

  • RCIA:  The RCIA team is a Tuesday evening weekly commitment, normally from 6:00-7:30pm (occasionally until 8:30pm) running from mid-September through Pentecost. RCIA team members would also be present at special Sunday liturgies for candidates and catechumens. RCIA team members accompany candidates and catechumens on their journeys by helping to incorporate them into the life of the parish and by being mentors in the faith, along with their sponsors. The RCIA team is expected to do the readings for RCIA sessions that we will require of candidates and catechumens. They should expect to spend up to three hours preparing every week.
  • Catechist/Religious Ed:  The pre-K through 5 program is also a weekly commitment on a Wednesday afternoon beginning around 4:00pm and ending around 6:15pm (taking into account set-up and clean-up time) or Sunday afternoons from around 12:00 to 2:00, also taking into account set-up and clean-up. Catechists should expect to spend one and one-half  to two hours preparing for every session.

Interested Brothers can reach out directly to Donna at

Vivat Jesus,  Bart

Any thoughts about making a donation for the Solar Plunge?

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Subject: [EXT] [VSC 118] Programs – Good to Know (Special Olympics Solar Plunge)

Worthy Sirs and Brother Knights,

At the 2018 State Annual Meeting, a stat was mentioned a couple times about the $67,000 which has been raised to help Special Olympics via Polar Plunges which have occurred in Virginia Beach, Northern Virginia, Charlottesville, and New River.  It was also mentioned that there will be one more plunge opportunity this fraternal year which will occur during the Summer Olympic Games which will be held at  the University of Richmond.

Did you know that the Virginia Knights of Columbus will have a contingent at the University of Richmond participating in the event?  Lead by team captain Chan Mohney, a donation / support page has been created.

The address is:  Currently, Chan and I have signed up and we are looking for more of our friends to join us as we make the plunge to help support ‘God’s Special Children’.  Earlier this week, the District Deputies and the councils in Central Virginia were challenged to donate at least $100 toward the Polar Plunge and to have at least one member join us in the water (creative reading on my part).  Here are some particulars about the plunge:

Who: Knights of Columbus – Virginia State Council
When: Saturday, 9 June at 1:00 pm.
Where: University of Richmond Campus
What: First Annual RVA 2018 SOLAR Plunge
Why: Because our Virginia athletes need our help.

If all 38 councils in the Metro Richmond area plus Districts 11 & 21 were to meet the $100 floor, that would bring our total to over $70,000; therefore, we need a stronger challenge.  Can we end the fraternal year by raising at least $75,000 for Special Olympics?

So, I ask the Worthy District Deputies and Worthy Grand Knights throughout the Old Dominion State to consider making a resolution at their May or June business meeting to support the Solar Plunge team.  I would also ask the 28,000+ Knights and their families to consider joining the team for the event.

Trey Hart
Virginia State Council
State Programs Director
Lift High the Cross

Annual Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage

Dear Brother Knight,

 More than 200 active duty and veteran military personnel are journeying to France this week as part of the annual Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage, organized by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, and supported by the Knights of Columbus. This event, held in conjunction with the annual International Military Pilgrimage, will draw tens of thousands of troops, veterans and others from around the world to the famous shrine to the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

 We welcome you to be a part of this experience, from the Candlelight Vigil to the Marian Procession to the video testimonials shared by those whose attendance has been made possible in no small part by the generous contributions of our Knights. 

 Be sure to visit our official website daily and follow hashtag #WarriorstoLourdes on our FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube channels. 

 For a glimpse into the week to come, check out the latest video in our Everyday Heroes series, Warrior for Christ. 

“It is very easy to lose faith or suffer both physically and spiritually, but the healing we have enjoyed, both during our trip to Lourdes and since returning, is something that I wish we could share with all of our fellow service members, particularly those in suffering.” — Jonathan A., Marine Corps, Warrior Pilgrim 2017

1st Sgt. Sompaul Vorapanich of the U.S. Army Special Force became a Knight during his deployment in Afghanistan and this year helps lead our pilgrims in Lourdes. Warrior for Christ shares his personal testimony to the power of prayer and brotherhood.

Additional details and information on donating are both available at the WTL 2018 official pilgrimage site


Mini Pub Crawl to benefit the Residents of Saint Francis Home


Please join us for our Mini Pub Crawl in Manchester
Thursday, May 3rd from 6:00pm – 8:00 pm

Begin your tour at Legend Brewing Company.  There we’ll start you off with appetizers and music by Sam McCoig (check him out who’ll play acoustic guitar on the outside patio.

You’ll receive a drink ticket which you can use at one of 3 venues on the tour – Legend Brewing Company, Twisted Ales Craft Brewing and Camden’s Dogtown Market & Restaurant.

After you use your one drink ticket you will be on your own for each additional beverage you wish to enjoy at the other venues.  Tickets will be $20 each and are available on our website, or at Legend’s the evening of the event.

You’ll receive a coupon to receive a Free Cookie from Camden’s kitchen – they are amazing! Come see all the new developments happening in Manchester in our own backyard!

Tickets available on our website, or at the door!

Volunteer at the French Food Festival – Wine and Beer

From Augie:

Hey Leon – hope all is well.  I know all Men’s Ministry guys support Little Sisters of Poor and many of them are likely already volunteering for French Food Festival.

I’m am co-chairing the wine and beer this year at FFF.  I know many of our guys like to drink beer and wine so below are some open slots where we still need volunteers.

I was hoping you could post to web site so gets distributed via email and mention at 3rd Saturday meeting.

Thanks, Augie K.


Wine 3-6 Three slots

Saturday :

Beer 10:30 -1:30 one slot

Wine 4:30 – 7:30 one slot

Beer 7:30 – 10:00 Four slots

Wine 7:30 -10:00 seven slots