Category Archives: Council 5476 News

Thank you from the Pellei Family – Family of the Year

Dear brother Knights. 

On behalf of the Pellei family, I just wanted to send a note of thanks and appreciation for the family of the year award and the beautiful plaque.  We were completely surprised,  humbled, and honored by the award.  I do believe dad, Dante, would be proud and very pleased that his sons, and grandsons are active in the Knights and they find value in the principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism.

Again, my family feels very honored and grateful.  Thank you!

Vivat Jesus.

Steve and family

Bishop Knestout blessing the ultrasound machines


I wanted to draw your attention to the picture that appeared in a recent Catholic Virginian showing Bishop Knestout blessing the ultrasound machines that our Council donated, and the mission of the Pregnancy Resource Center in serving young mothers and fathers. 

Both Bishop Knestout and Monsignor Carr made wonderful comments about the importance of the Knights of Columbus in supporting life at all stages, and through initiatives such as ours to help young mothers and fathers to choose to not terminate their pregnancies.  Brother Greg Stivers, Chairman of the board of the PRC during our initiative, spoke to his deep appreciation of our Council and our brothers, and how thankful and touched he was that the ultrasound initiative honored his wife Jennifer, may she rest in peace.  

Executive Director Kim Warburton Sutherland (to the left in the picture) expressed her deep appreciation to our Council and the Knights of Columbus for all we have done to help the PRC succeed in its mission.  She stated that at least 100 lives of the unborn that would have been aborted have been saved over the past year – known through the testimony of the mothers who had a change of heart after seeing the ultrasound images of their children. 

I am so grateful for the generosity and involvement of each of you and of our Council for what we set out to do and for what we accomplished.  Most recently, we helped raise a few thousand dollars more for the PRC in its Walk for Life.  Kudos to Brother Mike Kozak for coordinating this and leading the way.  Mike is the Pro-Life Director for our Council. 

God bless each of you and thank you for your support for life, especially the unborn and the most vulnerable.



John K. McCulla

6 Clarke Road, Richmond, VA 23226


June Food Drive Update

Hello Brothers,

First, thank you for your wonderful support that is making these food drives so successful!  This past month for Sacred Heart Center was great!

Would you please help promote the upcoming Food Drive with your family and friends?  The Food Drive this month will benefit the food pantry at the Commonwealth Catholic Charities and is on Saturday, June 26th.  

We are also collecting donations for the service project being undertaken by our St. Bridget youth.  They are building beds for kids that do not have a bed to sleep on.  The contributions will be to Sleep In Heavenly Peace and will be used to purchase wood and building supplies.  A great cause! 

Please help this to be a success by promoting the food drive in your family, with friends, and St. Bridget groups and networks.

  1. Buy food and/or gift cards to contribute at the food drive
  2. Send the attached PDF to your family and friends
  3. Forward this email with your message to others with the image of the flyer (below)
  4. Ask your contacts to send the flyer or announcement on to others

A pdf is attached and also embedded below.

And – let me know if you can help at the Food drive for one of the segments:

  • 8:45 to 10:00
  • 10:00 to 11:30 (includes delivery)

Thanks for helping get the word out about the food drive!  Let’s make this the biggest food drive yet!

Thank you very much!!!

Many thanks to you!!!!!


John K. McCulla

6 Clarke Road, Richmond, VA 23226


Welcome New Brother Knights!

Brother Knights,

Please welcome three new brother Knights:

Michael Martin who took the Third Degree Exemplification on May 11.

(John) Marc Hirth who took the Third Degree Exemplification on May 27.

Chad Vitek who took the Third Degree Exemplification on May 30.

Congratulation Brother Knights and welcome to Council 5476!!!

Ron Campbell

Scholarship RaFFle Success

Thank you one and all for getting the word out…. We netted just over $2K for our inaugural raffle to support the scholarship fund.  As we were trying to raise about $1000, I say thanks to all of you!! 

The raffle tickets for the Yeti Cooler and Gift Card (value $450) are now closed and the ability to buy chances are no longer on the website. We even had someone purchase tickets from as far away as Alaska, where there have been sightings of the Real Yeti from time to time.

Good luck to all tonight at 7pm when we do the drawing.

Special thanks to Eric and Layne Barker who went above and beyond on this…securing the prizes, as well as helping with the ticket allocation.  Their help was invaluable We had a really great system with this and eager to try again to bolster other areas hurt by our inability to gather this year.

Vivat Jesus,

Doug Lynch


PRC Walk for Life Success

Thanks to one and all who donated to support our Knights of Columbus Council 5476 walkers team this past Saturday.  Sean Cox, John McCulla, Bill Winters and myself raised a total of $2,250 to support the Respect Life efforts of the PRC.  

Thanks to you and your families for your wonderful generosity! You are saving lives!

It’s never too late to support the PRC. Click on the link below to get started.

Thanks again, everybody.


Mike K. 

successful Food Drive for St. Peter Church’s Food Pantry!


Greetings!  Just a quick note to let you know we had another successful Food Drive for St. Peter Church’s Food Pantry!  In the end we had a good contribution of food, and about $400 in gift cards from Kroger were donated!  What a generous parish we have, and what a thankful parish St. Peter’s is for the support we provide!

I want to express the following thanks:

  1. To all the brothers that donated food and gift cards – Thank You!
  2. To all the brothers that helped promote the food drive with your family and friends – Thank You!
  3. To all the brothers that helped at the food drive – Thank You!  The brothers included Mike Kozak, Ron Campbell, Doug Lynch, Dan Geary, Bob Fout, and Mike Borzelleca  – Thank You!
  4. To our Minister of Donuts, Jay Pierotti, who brought some sustenance in the form of you know what – Thank You! 
  1. To Brother Greg Stivers for serving and for the use of his trailer again – Thank You!
  2. To the brothers that donated to the Military Deployment Items collection – Thank You! – we are off to a good start!

Brothers – the next food drive is Saturday, May 22nd.   We will be collecting food for Sacred Heart Center, and also will be collecting items for the Deployed Military from our parishioners.  Please put this on your calendar and please volunteer to help on that day.  I would encourage more brothers to come out and to spend time with your follow Knights! 

Many thanks!!

Some pics:  1) Delivery team with Bob Katzman of St. Peter Church; 2) Deacon Pat White stopped by with a donation and a hearty hello!