Category Archives: Consider This

Online Exemplification Ceremony April 16th

Hello, Brothers.  I hope this message finds you safe and well.

On Thursday, April 16th, the Knights of Columbus will host an Online Exemplification Ceremony that will allow all Knights that have not yet achieved their 3rd Degree to immediately progress to that level.  This includes newly-joined Knights as well as all Brothers that are currently 1st or 2nd Degree Knights.

As we all seek to abide to the rules of staying at home during this time of COVID-19, this is an excellent opportunity for each of you seeking to become a 3rd Degree Knight to do so in a single ceremony that can be attended from the comfort of your home.   If you are not yet a 3rd Degree Knight, I urge you to reserve time on your calendar for 8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 16th, to attend this Online Exemplification.  

More information will be forthcoming very soon on how to register for this unique event, so please keep an eye out for a communication from me.

In the meantime, please let me know if you have immediate questions.


Bart Leahey, Grand Knight

The Coronavirus Novena starting 3/20

We will start this novena on Friday, March 20th. Please spread the word! While we face the coronavirus pandemic, let us turn to the face of God in prayer and ask for His healing, His help and His protection.  We will pray for all who are affected, for all who are sick and suffering, for all those who work in the medical profession, and for those who have died as well as for their grieving family members.

During this novena we will be asking the intercession of these saints:

The Fourteen Holy Helpers, those who lived during the time of the plague.

  • St. Anthony the Great, patron of those affected by infectious diseases.
  • St. Edmund, patron for victims of pandemics.
  • St. Damien of Molokai, who put himself at risk to minister to epers.
  • St. Rocco, who is venerated for his prayers for those suffering from infectious diseases.
  • St. Joseph, patron of the dying.
  • St. Jude and St. Rita, patrons of impossible causes.
  • St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, who founded hospitals dedicated to caring for the sick.
  • Mary, Undoer of Knots.

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40 Days for Life campaign runs from February 26 – April 5

Pilgramage to DC


Please see below, FYI:

The current 40 Days for Life  campaign runs from February 26 (Ash Wednesday) thru April 5(Palm Sunday). In Richmond, a second Planned Parenthood facility is projected to open at 1122 N. 25th street in the coming months. The leadership team of 40 Days for Life has decided to pray at both locations, including the current location of 201 N. Hamilton St. Apeaceful vigil of prayer will be held from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each of these 40 days.  If you are able, please sign up to pray for an hour at the vigil.  Given our proximity, St. Bridget would be focusing on the N. Hamilton St. location.  For more information, please visit  or email

If you are not able to pray at the location itself, please consider devoting an hour of prayer in support of the mission of the 40 Days for Life campaign by attending the regularly scheduled Adoration and Benediction being held at St. Bridget every Tuesday evening from 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Dear Jesus, we believe you are truly present in each consecrated Host.  Please pour your blessings upon the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil. Strengthen each of us, as we work and pray for an end to abortion.  Please heal and reconcile all who have been touched by abortion. Give us the wisdom and resources to help pregnant mothers choose life. Inspire conversion of hearts and minds, that all will come to recognize the dignity and humanity of the unborn child. 

Our Lady of Guadelupe, patroness of the pro-life cause, we humbly seek your motherly guidance and prayerful intercession. Amen.


Blessing of the PRC Ultrasound Machines on March 29th

Good afternoon, Brothers.

 Per the attached, we cordially invite you to attend the joyous blessing of the new ultrasound machines placed at the Pregnancy Resource Center of Metro Richmond (PRC) as a result of the St. Bridget Knights of Columbus Council 5476 “Jennifer Stivers Campaign To Save the Lives of the Most Vulnerable”.   The event is scheduled for 3:00pm, Sunday, March 29th, at the PRC.

His Excellency, Bishop Barry C. Knestout, Bishop of the Diocese of Richmond, and the Reverend Monsignor William H. Carr, Pastor of St. Bridget Catholic Church, will be on hand to bless the new machines and the mission of the Pregnancy Resource Center to save the lives of the unborn.  Tours of the facility will be provided by PRC Board members and staff beginning at 2:00pm, followed by a brief program and the blessing at 3:00pm. 

 The St. Bridget Knights made this initiative its core priority for 2019, and our fundraising was extremely successful.  Including the funds matched by Supreme, the initiative raised over $87,000, allowing the PRC to purchase three new ultrasound machines, including one being placed at its new medical center in the South Side of Richmond.  Our Council Brothers and Parish were very generous in their financial support, and the National Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Program matched our local contributions dollar-for-dollar.  We hope you’ll come join us and celebrate this blessed achievement!

 If you’re planning to attend this celebratory event, please RSVP to (804) 673-4150 or  The PRC is located at 1510 Willow Lawn Drive, Richmond, VA 23230

 Thank you for continued leadership and support of our Council and its initiatives, and please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.     

 God bless, and Vivat Jesus!

 Bart Leahey, Grand Knight

Knights of Columbus Council 5476

St. Bridget Catholic Church
Mobile: 804.240.9859


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


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