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help for marshals at March for Life in Janu


Please read the following email from the State Deputy requesting help for marshals at March for Life in January. If you have time to support this event please sign up.


Matthew Zahl, Faithful Navigator 1165
Worthy District Deputy and Worthy Grand Knights,

Plans for March for Life 2020 are being finalized and our support is needed to make it a success.  The goal is for each of your Councils to enlist at least three volunteers to help marshal the March for Life.  Having enough marshals is important to having a safe event.  In the last several years authorities have added manpower requirements for first aid, clean-up, marshaling, and keeping Marchers from engaging with counter-protesters.

The theme for this year is Life Empowers: pro-life is pro-woman.  Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life, explained the theme, “2020 marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote.  As we prepare to celebrate this great moment in history, we remember and honor the suffragists, the original feminist leaders who recognized the inherent dignity of the unborn and that abortion not only ended a life but harmed women.  The pro-life movement continues their legacy, recognizing that equal rights begin in the womb!”  The March For Life, the world’s largest annual civil rights demonstration, will focus on this theme because it is timely in framing the historical perspective that “Life Empowers: pro-life is pro-woman.”  Your help is needed to have a successful March and spread this important message.

As in previous years, Virginia Knights of Columbus will be the marshals for the March and knowing who will be there is important.  Please take a minute to sign up using this link to the Sign Up Genius page,, so I’ll know you are coming.

The March For Life will take place on Friday, January 24, 2020. You will note the starting location will be as last year, the National Mall at 12th Street, just off the Smithsonian-National Mall Metro Station.   The same, earlier start time is to meet at 8:30 AM at the large Recreational Vehicle.  I look forward to seeing you there!

Let Your Light Shine!

Fraternally,  Bob Szerszynski, State Deputy
State Council of Virginia
Phone:  703 994-6469

The PRC’s Annual Gala – RSVP NOW!

Hello Brothers,

The deadline for reservations for the PRC’s Annual Gala is this week. We have 12 folks planning to attend. One of which is Monsignor Carr who will offer the invocation.

Please let me know if you and your spouse can attend with our group from the St. Bridget Knights of Columbus.

In Brotherhood,



John K. McCulla

6 Clarke Road, Richmond, VA 23226

804 342-1114 (office) 804 306-2488 (mobile)

Good morning, Brothers!  I hope you and your families had a nice weekend.

Just a final reminder that our Council OPEN HOUSE is scheduled for this evening at 6:30pm in the Church Hall.  Your spouse or significant other are welcome to join us for the festivities, and we’ll be there early with light refreshments and drinks available beginning at 6pm. The presentation will begin at 6:30pm.

Please note that we will not have our Monthly Council Member Meeting tonight, so please take that time to join us at the Open House!  The presentation should be complete by 7:30pm or shortly thereafter, so we should be done earlier than our normal Council Meetings.

To RSVP to the event, simply call 804-729-6899 or email  You can also simply come to the event and sign-up for attending at the door.

Thank you very much for all that you do in support of the Knights, the St. Bridget Parish, and our local community!


Bart Leahey, Grand Knight

On Thursday, November 7, 2019, 7:09:20 PM EST, barton leahey <> wrote:

Good evening, Brothers.

Just a reminder that this Monday evening, November 11th, our Council is partnering with the Abbate Agency to host an OPEN HOUSE for couples of our Parish.  The event will take place in the Church Hall, and we hope you and your spouse or significant other will join us for the festivities.  Light refreshments and drinks will be served beginning at 6pm, and the presentation will begin at 6:30pm.

A few important items specific to the event:

  • We will not have our Monthly Council Member Meeting on Monday night, so please take that time to join us at the Open House!  The presentation should be complete by 7:30pm or shortly thereafter, so we should be done earlier than our normal Council Meetings.
  • The presentation will include a brief overview of our Council, the Knights of Columbus, and the fraternal benefits the Abbate Agency can offer our Knights’ families and our parishioners.
  • Please feel free to invite others as well!  Earlier this week, St. Bridget Parish families received an e-mail blast referencing the Open House.  Please feel free to forward this e-mail or verbally invite other potential Knights and their spouses to the event as well.
  • To RSVP to the Open House, simply call 804-729-6899 or email

If you have any questions specific to the event, please don’t hesitate to call me directly at 804-240-9859.  Thanks, all, and have a great weekend.


Vivat Jesus!


Bart Leahey, GK

Food Bag Distribution Schedule Change in November


This month we will be distributing food bags with labels after the Mass you attend the third weekend of the month, November 16-17. I will send out another reminder next week, but wanted to let you know now about this change to our normal schedule.

I will plan to attend the 7:30 Mass on Nov. 17. Thanks again for all you do, I know we have a lot going on!

Mike K.


Hello Brothers,

We are just about 10 days from Octoberfest. We’ll be in a new venue with the same great brats and fest beers!

But, I don’t see your name on the list! Please call Ron Campbell today to let him know you plan to be there! You will need to register before the event so we can be prepared.

Hope you will be there to enjoy the camaraderie, the good food, and the tasty brews!

These Men Called Knights

These Men They Call Knights

Welcome to the Knights of Columbus! By joining your council you have become a part of the largest Catholic fraternal organization in the world, which was founded by a handful of men at St. Mary’s

Church in New Haven, Conn., in 1882. You are now counted among the nearly two million members in a dozen countries on three continents.

Our common bond is our devotion to the Catholic faith and our brotherhood in Christ. We have joined together to help one another become better Catholics, better husbands, better fathers, better providers for the financial protection of our families and better citizens of the countries in which we live. And we place special emphasis on charity, the first principle of the Order, and the subject of the degree ceremony in which you’ve just participated.

Now that you’ve taken your Admission Degree, it’s important that you become active in your council even if the time you’re able to give is limited. It’s also important that you acquire an understanding and appreciation of Knighthood in the fullest sense by advancing through the higher degrees as well, taking to heart the lessons that each one teaches.

For members of the Knights of Columbus, our degree ceremonies remain highly relevant, because they play a key role in establishing a common culture among Knights as Catholic gentlemen. Each of our degree ceremonies explores one important aspect of our core values and how we approach our shared commitment to charity, unity, and fraternity. The Patriotic Degree emphasizes patriotism.

This booklet is designed to help you get started in council activities right away and to assist you in your preparation for participation in the Formation and Knighthood Degree ceremonies that lie just ahead.

A Charity That Evangelizes

Becoming a Knight opens many opportunities to you, from helping to support your parish and giving back to your community, to growing in your faith and having exclusive access to our top-rated insurance program.

As you learned through the degree you just participated in, charity is the first principle of the Knights of Columbus. Knights are men — like you — who get things done. We volunteer our time to serve our parishes and our communities, and we’ve been successful at this. By working together, Knights of Columbus were able to collectively donate more than $823 million and 352 million hours to worthy causes over the past five years.

Volunteer opportunities abound in the Knights of Columbus. For example, a council grew more than 14,000 pounds of fresh food in a K of C garden for donation to a food pantry, a jurisdiction in one year raised and donated $37,000 to Special Olympics and provided volunteers at 56 Special Olympics events, and a third council built a ramp which gave a 9-year-old boy who uses a wheelchair the gift of mobility. Your council probably has projects like these that you can become a part of.

Along with projects that are unique to local communities, Knights of Columbus councils also participate in Order wide initiatives such as:

  • “Coats for Kids” which provides warm winter coats to children who may be without warm clothes
  • “Food for Families” which provides food to those facing tough economic conditions by restocking local food pantries
  • Partnerships with the Global Wheelchair Mission to purchase and deliver wheelchairs to those in need across the globe Collaborations with Habitat for Humanity to provide volunteers and monetary donations that help supply shelter to families in need
  • Joint efforts with Special Olympics and other
  • organizations to support people with intellectual disabilities
  • Participation in youth-oriented activities such as the Order’s Squires program, Free Throw Championship, Soccer Challenge and various essay and poster contests

In addition to serving the community, Knights are also the “men of action” in their parish. Ever since the first Knights joined with Father Michael J. McGivney to found the Knights of Columbus in 1882, we have maintained a tradition of support for our bishops and priests. The question every council asks of its pastor is: “What can we do to help?” Knights serve as volunteers in parish ministries, help with special projects and sponsor parish events — in short, we do anything we can to help our parish priests carry out their ministry. We also provide support to seminarians, sponsor retreats, and assist with virtually anything else that’s needed to help our parish communities.

Now is the perfect time for you to pick a program area that interests you and let your council leaders know you’re interested in helping out. You’ll soon find that giving of yourself in a worthy cause, hand in hand with your brother Knights, is rewarding in ways you may never have imagined.

Along with the volunteer opportunities that your council provides, there is also the occasion for you and your family to grow in your faith. Councils like yours, often attend Mass and pray the rosary together, as well as sponsors corporate communions. Order wide, councils regularly participate in prayer initiatives and in the Marian prayer program. Also, the Knights of Columbus offers a variety of publications and devotional materials through its Catholic Information Service (

Finally, as a Knight, you and your family have exclusive access to our top-quality insurance products. In fact, no insurer in North America is more highly rated than the Knights of Columbus. As an organization founded to protect the well-being of Catholic families, we have continued to take that mission seriously for more than 130 years.

Generations of Catholics have counted on the Knights of Columbus for their financial stability. In an increasingly turbulent world, you can trust the Knights of Columbus to affordably and securely protect the financial future of your loved ones. Should you choose to purchase life insurance or annuities from the Knights, you’ll also have the peace of mind that your funds will be secure and invested in accordance with Catholic Doctrine. To learn more about the insurance products offered by the Knights of Columbus, make some time to visit and then contact your local Knights of Columbus insurance agent.

Our Founder

The founder of the Knights of Columbus was Father Michael J. McGivney, a Catholic priest who was declared Venerable by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008 and whose cause is under consideration by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints. All Knights (and all Catholics) are encouraged to join the Father McGivney Guild ( and to help promote his cause for sainthood.

The son of Irish immigrant parents who came to America during the famine of the 1840s, he was born in Connecticut and grew up at a time when anti-Catholic prejudice greatly limited social and employment opportunities in the United States. From an early age, he knew he wanted to become a priest. He was ordained in 1878, and his first assignment was at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn.

It was at St. Mary’s in early 1882 that he gathered together a group of laymen from his parish and formed the Knights of Columbus. He had two goals for the new group: to provide assistance to widows and children when a family breadwinner died, and to provide Catholic men with a fraternal association that would draw them closer to their Catholic faith and to one another.

For the next several years, Father McGivney helped foster the growth of the Order, first in Connecticut and later in adjoining states. In 1884 he was named pastor of St. Thomas Church in Thomaston, Conn. Never robust in health, Father McGivney was suddenly stricken with a serious case of pneumonia in January 1890. The young priest lost physical strength just as the Order he founded was moving toward new vitality, and died on August 14, two days past his 38th birthday. Father McGivney’s well attended funeral was an indication of the love and respect the people felt for this hardworking, holy parish priest. It also reflected the deep personal appeal that immigrant Catholics immediately found in the Knights of Columbus.

Father McGivney was an idealist. He was a man whose youthful vision and creativity expanded and matured even as his physical well-being diminished. That vision continues today in the organization you have just become a part of — the Knights of Columbus.

 Our Catholic Faith

Our Catholic faith is central to the Knights of Columbus. As you advance through the higher degrees in the Order, you may be asked to answer questions about the central tenets of the Catholic faith. As we wish to assist you along your journey through the higher degrees, please take this opportunity to review those central tenets listed below.

The Ten Commandments

  1. I am the Lord, your God. You shall not have strange gods before me.
  2. You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain.
  3. Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.
  4. Honor your father and your mother.
  5. You shall not kill.
  6. You shall not commit adultery.
  7. You shall not steal.
  8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.
  10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.


The sacraments are signs instituted by Christ to give us grace.

  1. Baptism
  2. Reconciliation (confession)
  3. Holy Eucharist
  4. Confirmation
  5. Matrimony
  6. Holy Orders
  7. Anointing of the sick


There are two kinds of grace:

  1. Sanctifying grace makes us holy and pleasing to God.
  2. Actual grace helps us to do good and avoid evil.

 Precepts of the Church

  • To attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation.
  • To fast and abstain from meat on appointed days.
  • To confess one’s sins at least once a year.
  • To receive Holy Eucharist during Easter time.
  • To contribute to the support of the Church.
  • To observe the laws of the Church concerning marriage.
  • To join in the missionary spirit and apostolate of the Church.


The ordinary minister of the sacrament of Baptism is a bishop, priest or deacon. In case of emergency, anyone can validly baptize. Water is poured on the forehead of the person to be baptized. While the water is being poured, the following is spoken: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”


Pentecost is known as the “birthday of the Church.” On that day, the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles, giving them the graces they needed to go forth and teach the Gospel to all nations. This is one meaning of the word “Catholic.” The Church is found in every land, and therefore, it is “universal” or worldwide.

The Seven Capital Sins

  1. Pride
  2. Covetousness
  3. Lust
  4. Anger
  5. Gluttony
  6. Envy
  7. Sloth

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

  • Wisdom
  • Understanding
  • Counsel
  • Fortitude
  • Knowledge
  • Piety
  • Fear of the Lord

 The Rosary

The rosary (from the Latin rosarium, or “rose garden”) is a form of mental and vocal prayer centered on the mysteries in the lives of Jesus and Mary.

The Joyful Mysteries

  • Annunciation
  • Visitation
  • Birth of Jesus
  • Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
  • Finding of Jesus in the Temple

 The Sorrowful Mysteries

  • Agony in the Garden
  • Scourging at the Pillar
  • Crowning with Thorns
  • Carrying the Cross
  • Crucifixion

The Glorious Mysteries

  • Resurrection
  • Ascension
  • Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles
  • Assumption of Mary
  • Crowning of Mary as Queen of the Angels and Saints

 The Luminous Mysteries

  • Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan
  • Manifestation of Jesus at the Wedding at Cana
  • Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
  • Transfiguration of Jesus
  • Institution of the Eucharist

This Month’s Movie, “Unplanned”

Begin forwarded message:

Date: October 7, 2019 at 7:42:50 PM EDT
Subject: Fwd:  [KofC395] Movie Knight

Hi Mike,

We have seating for 40.  If you want to get word around feel free.




Join us for this monthly event in the Knight Club!

Second Friday of the month  Upcoming date is:October 11

Showtime will be delayed 30 minutes (7:30 PM) to allow those collecting for KOVAR to get to the Columbian Center

This month’s movie:  “Unplanned

Popcorn and and soft drinks provided.

Beer – $2.00 per glass

Bring a snack to share!

If you have a movie suggestion, contact Eric May 270-5308 or

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Stew & Brew October 8th – Volunteers Needed


 The Annual Stew and brew festival is coming up on October 8.  We are in need of volunteers to help stir the Stew.

 If you are available anytime during the day on Friday Oct. 18 we could use your help.  Anyone who volunteers two hour will receive the very coveted Stew and Brew T shirt.  This is an annual fund raiser in which the council receives a share of the proceeds.  It is also a lot of FUN!  We begin stirring at 8:00AM.  Use the sign-up genius link below to select your time frames. 

 If you have any questions please contact me.

 Thank you, Ron Campbell