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Council 5476 Launches new Gmail Account

090519      Good morning, Brothers of Council 5476!

Earlier this week, Ron Campbell and I sat down together and set up a new Google account for our Council.  This account will streamline our ability to distribute Council-wide e-mails to our Members, update/share documents, and manage a Council-specific calendar.

Please note that I’m sending this from our new Council 5476 e-mail address ( that we’ll use for all communications with Council members and the State and Supreme offices.  If you have any Knights-specific questions for Ron or me, please feel free to use this e-mail address, as we check it daily.

We appreciate your support of this work-in-progress and welcome your thoughts and feedback as we expand usage of the account to manage our Council’s day-to-day operations.

Vivat Jesus!

Bart Leahey. Grand Knight
St. Bridget Church | Knights of Columbus – Council 5476
mobile: 804.240.9859

Blood Drive Results Open Letter to the Knights

Dear Brothers,

 I just received confirmation from the American Red Cross that our donor count was 18 total, besting our goal of 15. That translates into up to 54 lives that can be saved due to your efforts. The weight of knowing that by donating your time, and giving your blood, that we actually save lives should not be considered lightly. There are few things we do in life, for the most part donating blood is completely anonymous, that has this kind of impact on other people fighting for their life. Thank you!

 I want to also acknowledge John Terry, Ernie Wittenschleager, Frank Devenoge, and Sean and Jack Cox – I hope I didn’t overlook anyone – for agreeing to volunteer their time to assist with the drive. ARC sent someone to assist with registration, so we were able to get it done seamlessly! I was worried that our first drive with ARC was going to be a much bigger task than in the past, which it turned out not to be – so thank you for coming to my rescue!

 Also, thank you to all the brothers who could donate blood; we understand that many of you are unable to do it. I don’t have the completed list yet, but thank you! The parish responded very positively to having the drive back at church – what a blessing that is! I apologize that we had to turn away several walk-ins, but the pattern was full – it was a good problem to have!

 Overall the drive was a success! There were a couple of things out of our control that slowed us down a  bit. Hopefully we will improve on this going forward. We will be working closely with our ARC coordinator to make these improvements. We needed more screening tables, and more donation beds to decrease wait times. We may also need to move into a larger space, such as Mother Presentation Hall, in order to increase our numbers. There are of course some concerns about that proposal too. We will do our best to work them out and keep you updated!

 We appreciate any feedback you care to share with us about the drive. We can only improve with your help. Please contact me at your convenience, or see me at the next council meeting. I’ll keep you posted on the next blood drive date(s).

 With my most sincere gratitude for your help and consideration, fraternally,


The American Red Cross, our Blood Drive Collection service provider

Blood Drive Results from May 19th

The American Red Cross, our Blood Drive Collection service provider

The Knights of Columbus and the American Red Cross thank everyone who participated in the May 19th blood drive at St Bridget Church. It was the first blood drive with the Red Cross since they took over Virginia Blood Services, and the overwhelming response from parishioners was very positive. We managed to receive 18 donations, besting our goal by three people. This effort translates into saving up to 54 lives. We apologize for not being able to accommodate much of the walk-in traffic, but the schedule was full do to the majority of on-line registrations. We will work on getting more people in next time. God bless everyone who was able to donate, or considered sharing their life-giving blood to save people they will likely never know!


Congratulations New and Advancing Members

From the left, Chris Jones, Chuck Gallagher, John Elledge, John Williamson, Deacon Pat White, Edward Chandler and Jacob Temple. (Missing, Dave Pangraze)

On Monday February 11th, St Bridget Knights of Columbus – Monsignor Francis J. Byrne Council 5476 – had eight parish men complete their Second Degree Exemplification into the Knights of Columbus. Dave Pangraze also completed his First Degree earlier in the evening.

The events took place at St Mary’s Church with a total of 16 members from various parishes advancing.

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic lay organization. We provide members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the church, their communities, families and young people.

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Please take a moment to congratulate these fine Catholic gentlemen the next time you see them at Mass. From the left, Chris Jones, Chuck Gallagher, John Elledge, John Williamson, Deacon Pat White, Edward Chandler and Jacob Temple. (Missing, Dave Pangraze)

Dave Pangraze with Bruce Slough at the reception following 2nd degree Advancement

Brothers at the 46th Annual March For Life in 2019

LtoR – Bart Leahey, Ron Campbell, Sean Cox, Mark Sweeney, Mike Kozak, and Bruce Slough

Good evening, Brothers.

Last Friday, our Council joined thousands of pro-life supporters from across the country in the nation’s capital for the 46th Annual March For Life, a peaceful march for the rights of the unborn.

I personally found it to be an inspiring, hopeful event that sent a powerful message to our leaders on Capitol Hill that we are all, “Unique From Day One”, the theme for this year’s march.  The Knights of Columbus had a leading presence at the event, which included a speech by our Supreme Knight, Carl Anderson, as well as a surprise appearance and speech by the Vice President, Mike Pence, and his wife, Karen.

To get a feel for the size of the event, click here to watch the Students For Life time lapse video of the march.

I’d like to recognize the Brothers from our Council – not all of whom are in the picture below – who braved the cold, damp weather to March For Life and provide a voice for the voiceless.

Pictured left to right are Bruce Slough, Membership Director, and new members Bill Cardullo, David Cal Whitehead, Steve Oswald and Brendan Mahoney.


St. Bridget Knights of Columbus Council #5476 is pleased to congratulate four candidates joining the Order; they completed their First Degree initiation at  St. Michaels on June 26, 2018.

Pictured left to right are Bruce Slough, Membership Director, and new members Bill Cardullo, David Cal Whitehead, Steve Oswald and Brendan Mahoney.

Please extend your congratulations to our new Knights when you have the opportunity!

Council 5476 Recognition in the “Knights In Action” publication

Council Recognition-Knights In Action

Knights of Columbus Supreme Council has recognized our council’s “Good Works” .

Our Mass of Remembrance has  been posted digitally  in the Virginia state portion of The Supreme Council’s “Knights In Action” website.

Please enter Ctrl+Click on  link then  go to the page 2 to see the council  postings for Virginia.

Our Scholarship Program  posting is included on page 26 of the Columbia magazine, June edition.

Please, take a look!

It is through the participation and dedication of our growing Council, now just over 100 men strong, that we continue to impact our St Bridget Catholic Church Parish.  We also appreciate the wonderful support of our parishioners when the Knights are in action supporting a cause, or hosting a feast. This joint effort is what makes us ALL strong and successful. We cannot do our good works without all of you!

Fraternally, Gary Port

KOVAR Collections & Dogs 4 Dad’s this past weekend

The St Bridget Knights of Columbus Council 5476 had a successful weekend hosting Father’s Day Dogs 4 Dads, and collecting donations for KOVAR, Virginians with intellectual disabilities.

It was a wonderful opportunity to serve the wellbeing of the parish through collaboration and fellowship. Thanks to Ron Paquette, his son and grandsons for cooking and serving up the best hotdogs in town; thanks to all the brother Knights who helped collect donations for KOVAR after each Mass.

Our total collection was approximately $600.00.  The door is still open if you know of anyone wishing to make a contribution. Please contact Bruce Slough our KOVAR champion to make a donation –

A special thank you to soon to be past GK Rick Witty for requesting an announcement before the 11:00 Mass. As John McCulla suggests, that helped.