Category Archives: Council 5476 News

K of C Meeting Space Change for Council 5476

Ron Campbell moving Knight’s of Columbus gear from the Rectory basement.

It’s official – after many years of being able to enjoy our own meeting space in the basement of the church rectory, the Knights of Columbus Council 5476 at St Bridget Catholic Church are being relocated. Our new meeting area will be in the basement of the church hall. More information will be disclosed at the Member Meeting on September 13th, which will be held in our new meeting space.

A huge thank you to Ron Campbell and his wife Kela for an amazing effort to collect our belongings from the rectory for relocation into our new area. You are truly AMAZING!!! Bless you both!

St Bridget School family social back to school Picnic – Thank you KofC!

Good morning, Ron!

I want to take a brief moment to say “thank you” to the Knights in general, and you specifically. Last night’s social was a huge success…I received a tremendous number of positive comments and compliments from families (existing and prospective!) – they all shared how much they enjoyed the event. The help the Knights gave was paramount to the success!  THANK YOU!! 

And…families also loved this format and are hoping to make this an annual event. 🙂

Have a blessed day and enjoy your long weekend.


Laura Dvornick Clift, EdD, Principal
Saint Bridget Catholic School

Food drive success 8/28/2021


Thanks for coming out to help with the Food Drive this past Saturday.   Here are a couple of pics for another successful drive.  We collected a good amount of food and $380 in financial gifts.   

Brothers that were able to assist:  John Bruckner, John VanderSyde, GK Bruce Slough, Bob Fout, Augie Keller, Mike Martin, Matt Costello, Mike Kozak, Ron Paquette, and Doug Lynch.  Special thanks to Brother Dan Geary for his help throughout and the generous use of his Lil’ Red Trailer!  We had some good fellowship and some good interaction with our parishioners. 

Please note September 25th as the tentative date for the next Food Drive. 

We sent the following thank you message to our parishioners:

Dear Parishioners,

Thank you once again for your generous contributions of food and gift cards this past weekend!  You have helped restock the Food Pantry at the Sacred Heart Center!  Our trailer was filled to the brim with nutritious food, diapers, toiletries and more!  Also, $380 in gift cards were donated to the Sacred Heart Center. 

It is wonderful and heartening to see the generosity of so many parishioners who helped feed the hungry!  The Knights of Columbus thank the St. Bridget staff for helping to promote the food and items drive.  For your calendar, the next food drive will be on Saturday, September 25th for the Food Pantry at Commonwealth Catholic Charities. 

We also invite parishioners to donate school supplies that will be shared with school children through both Commonwealth Catholic Charities and Blackwell Schools.  Please keep an eye out for the details!  Again, our deepest thanks to all of you!



John K. McCulla

6 Clarke Road, Richmond, VA 23226


Blood Drive Success 8/23/2021

Gentlemen –

I want to thank all of you for your support of our blood drive Sunday. A special debt of gratitude goes to Brother Steve Pellei for wrangling volunteers (mostly his family) to help set up and break down the tables and chairs, for overseeing activities throughout the drive, and for sending special invitations to our neighboring Councils to signup donors – thank you Steve for your outstanding service which led to a fantastic blood drive!!! 

According to the American Red Cross we collected 23 units of blood. This means we are able to touch up to 69 lives. We registered 28 total blood donors. We had one no-show, and several folks who were unable to donate on the day of the drive. We also had a few walk-ins, of which at least two could not donate due to the volume of preregistered donors – a good problem to have!

By my recollection, we have typically collected an average of 15 pints for our past blood drives. The most pints of blood we have ever collected is 31. By my estimation, any amount over 20 Pints has been considered a huge success. This is also the first time ever that we have had five beds for donors, which made a huge difference in our ability to be successful. That is due in large part to the space we have been able to utilize in Mother Presentation Hall. In coordination with St Bridget School, and principal Craft, we are fortunate to have been able to use the gymnasium for our blood drive. Without this space the event would not have been possible in today’s environment. We hope to be able to utilize MPH for future drives in order to grow our success.

That being said, we have an opportunity to volunteer at the school for their back-to-school night on September 2nd. It would be nice for us to help them in return for the kindness they have shown to us and our blood partners. Please consider helping if you are available next Thursday.

Ron’s email from last week:

Brother Knights,

We have been asked to partner with St. Bridget school and we need volunteers.  On September 2, Dr. Clift is holding an open house of the school for all the parents and parishioners and neighbors of St. Bridget parish.  She is planning on serving a box lunch to all who attend and she estimates there may be 1500 people who will show up.

Our role is one of manpower.  We are asked to help set-up, work with the school chef on preparing the boxed lunches and then distribute them to the attendees.  This invitation to help is for all our brother Knights and their spouses (if they are willing to help also).  The set-up will begin at 3:00 PM.  The event will begin at 5:30 PM and food service will end at 7:00 PM.  Clean-up may take until 8:00 PM.

I am looking for at least 10 – 15 volunteers to be available during the hours of 3:00 and 8:00 PM.  If you cannot stay the entire time I will set up a schedule for the hours that you can donate.  Please any amount is worthwhile.  If you can only spend an hour or two we can put you to work.  Even if you plan to attend the event yourself, you may be able to volunteer some time before or after touring the school.  No amount of service is too small.

Please let me know if you can help,  if you will have someone with you (spouse) who will help and the exact times you are willing to spend (ex.  I can be available from 4:30  to 6:00).  This will be very light work and if you have ever wondered how I can help, this is the project for you.  I would also ask that we make the KofC presence known by wearing our council shirt and/or name badges.

RSVP to Ron Campbell at:

I also want to acknowledge and thank Paul Amrhein for his contributions to our blood drive success. Paul has been an instrumental part of helping us organize and coordinate our blood drives for many years. He is getting ready to retire from St. Bridget as Director for Human Concerns and Pastoral Care, and I know how much I am going to miss having his help. May God bless you on your next journey!

Thank you again everyone for creating a wonderful outcome to our blood drive!

Fraternally, John 

         John VanderSyde

  Knights of Columbus, St Bridget

Monsignor Francis J. Byrne Council

Food Drive Thank you!

“Dear Parishioners, 

Many thanks to all our parishioners for your generous contributions of food and gift cards this past weekend! You have helped feed the many hungry and homeless served by St. Peter Catholic Church in the city. The collection resulted in a large amount of food and $500 in gift cards from Kroger for St. Peter Church.

The Knights of Columbus very much appreciate your commitment to helping the hungry in our community. We thank the St. Bridget staff for helping to promote the food drive. For your calendar, the next food drive will be on Saturday, August 28th and will be for the Sacred Heart Center Food Pantry. Please keep an eye out for the details!

Blessings to all of you.”

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