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Day 1 — Novena for Repentance, Renewal and Rebuilding


Day 1 — Novena for Repentance, Renewal and Rebuilding

As bishops from around the world meet Feb. 21-24 to discuss the sexual abuse crisis, join Knights around the world in prayer for repentance, renewal and rebuilding.


“In their distress they cried to the Lord, who saved them in their peril, sent forth his word to heal them, and snatched them from the grave. Let them thank the Lord for his mercy, wondrous deeds for the children of Adam.”  — Ps 107:19-21

Heavenly Father, we cry out to you today to heal those who are victim-survivors of abuse.  May they know the depth of your healing love.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace! The Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.


This is the first of nine days of prayer for repentance, renewal and rebuilding. To view the full novena, click here



2019 Catholic Men’s Conference Saturday 03-23-2019


On Saturday, March 23, 2019 men from across the diocese will gather at Saint Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg for the 6th annual Diocesan Catholic Men’s Conference. This year’s theme is “Christ Our Hope” and will feature a dual-track conference with keynote speakers in English and Spanish, breakout opportunities, Reconciliation, Adoration, and Mass. Keynote speakers for both the English and Spanish-speaking tracks will be announced soon.

General registration will be available online for $55 until March 16, 2018. After that point, registration will only be available at the door for $60. As always, the conference is free for priests and religious brothers.

All those interested may contact the Center for Marriage, Family, and Life at or 804-622-5109 for more information. Visit for full conference details.


Keynote Speaker (English)

Coming Soon!

Registration Cost

General registration will be available online for $55 until March 17, 2019. After that point, registration will only be available at the door for $60. As always, the conference is free for priests and religious brothers.

All those interested may contact the Center for Marriage, Family, and Life at or 804-622-5109 for more information. Visit for full conference details and to register online.


Virginia March 4 Life in RVA on April 3rd

Join us to stop pro-abortion extremism in Virginia!

Website Link:

April 3, 2019

New York may have just legalized abortion up until birth, but unfortunately, our home state of Virginia is not far behind. State Delegate Kathy Tran recently introduced legislation that would, similar to the new law in New York, allow abortion up until birth. Thankfully, the bill failed in committee, but we also learned that Governor Northam endorsed this extreme pro-abortion legislation; even going so far in a radio interview to seemingly endorse infanticide.

It’s critical that every pro-life Virginian make a stand for life at the Virginia March for Life.


11:00 a.m. Rally at the State Capitol  – Capitol Square
12:00 p.m. March for Life*

*exact march route information coming soon!


From: Michael Renninger <>
Date: Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 6:12 PM
Subject: Fwd: April 3


Many people have contacted me and say that they want to ‘do something’ in response to the attempts to remove restrictions on abortions in Virginia. I am guessing that many of you have had the same experience.

I have become aware that  on April 3, 2019 there will be a “Virginia March for Life” in downtown Richmond. I believe that it starts at 11:00 AM. To my knowledge, I think this may be the first March for Life specifically focused at our state capitol.

Here is the web page of the organizing group:

I note that the Diocese of Richmond & the Diocese of Arlington are sponsors.

I reached out to some key folks in my parish to gauge if there was interest and energy around an event like this, and I find that folks are ready and willing to ‘get on board.’ We are pulling together a planning committee which will meet next week. We want to offer a number of options for folks, including: 1) we will do a mass that morning (probably around 8 AM) for folks who plan to go to the March, 2) we will offer buses from St. Mary’s to drop people off downtown and bring them home after the March 3) we will explore parish T shirts and/or signs for participants, 4) we will do parish -based catechesis on the issues at stake.

I am sharing this info with you in case your parish might want to collaborate with us in this effort. Or, if you are planning something at your parish, we’d be happy to share our ideas and information with your leadership. We are also open to hearing about YOUR plans, in case we might want to steal one of your good ideas!



Commonwealth for Life Rally at the state Capitol this Thursday

The Commonwealth for Life Rally at the state Capitol this Thursday at 10 a.m.

 It would be great to see the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic community support this important event. Rumor has it that Bishop Burbidge from Arlington may be there.

 Here’s the link on Facebook:

 WHY? Calling all lovers of life, no matter how small! We’re mobilizing & rallying in Richmond in response to the radical, heinous anti-life agenda recently promoted by Gov. Ralph Northam & Del. Kathy Tran’s support of HB2491. Join us!

 Here’s the link for speakers, including yours truly, who will be sharing my testimony of regret:

 Over a thousand people have already committed, including Students for Life, Virginia’s First Foundation, The Family Foundation of Virginia, busloads of schools, churches, etc. 

 Thank you for spreading the word and hope to see you this Thursday.

Diocesan Catholic Men’s Conference 3/23/19

 Also, March 9 is the Men’s Ministry Pilgrimage to the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Save the date.


March 23, 2019 all-day


Saint Bede, Williamsburg
3686 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188


Center for Marriage, Family, and Life

Mark your calendars now for this annual event! Speaker information and more details will be available soon.

The Diocese of Richmond is hosting another diocesan-wide Catholic Men’s Conference! This is a one-day conference for all men over 18 to come together for a day of fellowship, prayer, and learning.

9 Days for Life – Jan 14-22


Intercession: May a culture of life grow ever stronger in our communities.

Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

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God has carefully, lovingly created every person—in His own image and likeness—to be in a loving relationship with Himself. From each tiny child knit within a mother’s womb, to every person approaching death, all are loved perfectly and completely by God. “It is therefore a service of love,” Pope Saint John Paul II explains, “which we are all committed to ensure to our neighbor, that his or her life may be always defended and promoted, especially when it is weak or threatened [emphasis added]” (Evangelium vitae, 77).

In a world in which the most vulnerable are so often overlooked and disregarded, Christ calls us to embrace and uphold the unconditional dignity of every human life. In doing so, we help to build “a new culture of life, the fruit of the culture of truth and of love” (EV, 77).

Acts of Reparation (Choose one.)


  • Do you love your cup of tea or coffee? Abstain from caffeine today, or try your coffee black.
  • “Unplug” for some time, and reflect on how God may be asking you to help build a culture of life in your home, workplace, or Church community.

Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.

One Step Further

Watching the news and reading headlines, we may often feel helpless in the face of a heartbreaking lack of respect for human life. When our efforts to make a difference feel small, it’s important to remember that changing the culture is a process of conversion that begins in our own hearts. It includes a willingness to be instructed and a desire to be close to Jesus—the source of joy and love.

For more ideas, “How to Build a Culture of Life” ( briefly explains where to start.

Respect Life Month is joining in prayer at St Bridget

Novena: 9 Days for Life

One of the simplest ways our parish can unite during Respect Life Month is joining in prayer. Praying a Novena is an extremely accessible, yet powerful way to pray for a specific intention. To participate in our parish-wide Novena for Life, all you need to do is pray the designated prayer once a day, for nine days in a row, starting January 14th, and ending January 22nd. Click HERE to a reminder each day of the Novena.

Respect Life Holy Hour

Spending time in front of our Lord in the Eucharist is a wonderful opportunity for quiet prayer and reflection. On January 15th at 6:30 p.m. we will have Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

March for Life

Looking to head to D.C. this year for the annual March for Life? It will be held on Friday, January 18th. There will be seats to reserve on one of two shuttle buses but spaces are limited (or you can drive separately). Logistics listed below:

  • The Saint Edward’s bus will be stopping at the Saint Bridget access road by the Middle School for pick-up at 8:30 a.m. You would need to be at Saint Bridget no later than 8:15 a.m. to leave time to check in. To reserve a seat on this bus, please contact bus captain Tony Hackenburg directly at
  • There will also be a bus that departs from the Columbian Center; people will need to meet at 7:45 a.m. for an 8 a.m. departure from the Pump Road location. You will then travel to the Pastoral Center to meet with the Southside bus, and depart DC at 4-4:30 p.m. To reserve a seat on this bus contact Darius, the captain for the Columbian Center bus, at
  • When signing up, please provide a mobile phone number.

For more information about the March for Life, head to their website at

March for Life/Respect Life Holy Hour in January


It’s not too late to sign-up for the March for Life on Friday, January 18, 2019, in Washington D.C. If you already signed up for 2019 no need to respond. 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 Hackenburg 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.  Of course, please make sure to check the weather(I’m hopeful it will be balmy) and dress appropriately.  Also,please  bring your own lunch and refreshments.  We plan to arrive back in Richmond by 6:30 p.m., again depending on traffic.

Also, a Respect Life Holy Hour has been scheduled for January 15, 2019, @ 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.

Finally, thanks to Ron Campbell and the Knights of Columbus for spearheading a Novena for Life, running from Jan. 14 through Jan. 22.  Information on how to participate in the Novena is available at

Mike K.

HELP! It’s our weekend to do donuts after the 9 and 11 am Masses

Dear Brother Knights,

Merry Christmas and Happy Epiphany of the Lord Sunday! Yea Brothers, it’s also that special time once again! This coming Sunday is the first Sunday of the month and it is our weekend to do donuts after the 9 and 11 am Masses.  If 1 (or more) of you could join me

  • at 8-ish to prep trays/coffee in the kitchen and/or
  • after Communion at the 9 am Mass to help serve or
  • after Communion at the 11 am Mass to help serve or
  • a wee bit of cleanup after the 11 am Mass donut-and-coffee fest is finished.

Each of these activities only takes about 20-30 minutes. We have been known to look the other way should a donut get broken, become unsuitable for serving, and need to be eaten by one of the Brothers to spare our fellow parishioners.

Thank you and may you continue to have a joyous Christmas Season!


Jay Pierotti, Minister of Donuts

St. Bridget Knights of Columbus | Council 5476

mobile: 804.921.0495

Color Corps and Commanders training class

Brother Sir Knights,

Please see the color corps training opportunity detail below. This is about as close to us as such training can be found.  It is a chance to learn and become certified, or to enhance your skills. Please let me know if you will attend so I can pass on the word.

Mike Szablak

State Convention Chairman

Faithful Navigator – Richmond Assembly 1165

Knights of Columbus


—–Original Message—–
From: Phil Kennedy
Sent: Sat, Dec 22, 2018 5:04 pm
Subject: **Color Corps and Commanders Training –29 December**


Worthy Navigator and Color Corps Commander,

Msgr. John L. McMahon Assembly#2205 is hosting the next District Color Corps and Commanders training class. Here are the particulars for this class:
Event: Color Corps and Color Corps Commanders Training.
When: Saturday, 29 December–week from today.
Location: The Bishop Ireton Center, 3300 Old Courthouse Road, North Chesterfield, VA 23236.
Time: 9:00 AM – Noon.
Instructor: District Marshal.
Dress: Attire for the training is casual (rubber soles shoes not recommended).
1) New Regalia: Bring only the beret, service baldric, sword, and gloves.
2) Legacy Regalia: Bring only the chapeau, service baldric, sword, and gloves.

Please encourage your Sir Knights to complete the color corps training. Navigators and Commanders are strongly encouraged to attend both training sessions. If your assembly has extra gear, e.g., service baldrics, swords, etc., please consider bringing it.


Coffee and donuts will be on hand. For planning purposes, please provide Faithful Navigator Carl Pendell ( or or Faithful Commander Larry Floyd ( your attendee numbers by Friday, 28 December.

Until we meet again… hopefully next Saturday.


Phillip “Phil” Kennedy
Marshal, Virginia District

Patriotically Proud

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