Category Archives: Council 5476 News

Knights set a new record in charity

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson announced that the Knights of Columbus set a new record for charitable giving and volunteerism. In 2017, Knights and their families gave more than $185 million to charitable causes and volunteered 75.6 million hours of their time.

Through programs such as Coats for KidsFood for Families, and through our work with partners like Special OlympicsThe Global Wheelchair Fund, and the Archdiocese for the Military Services, Knights made a difference.  We’re doing more, for more people, than ever before. But we need men like you to keep up this important work.

 Are you ready to make an impact in your community?

Join us today and become a part of this great and positive movement.

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic lay organization.  It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the church, communities, and their families.  If you are interested in learning more about the Knights or would like to join, contact (   name   ) at (email and phone number).  You can also find out more online at



2018 Knights of Columbus High School Scholarships Awarded

Council Grand Knight Rick Witty, Madison Page Kuriger, Msgr. William Carr, Tyler Craig and Scholarship Chairman Gary Port

    The Knights of Columbus are pleased to announce that their two annual $1,000 high school scholarship awards were presented at the St Bridget School Eighth Grade closing ceremony on June 4, 2018. Madison Page Kuriger will be attending St. Gertrude High School, and Tyler Craig will be attending Benedictine College Preparatory. Please congratulate Madison and Tyler for their success in winning this competitive scholarship award.

   St. Bridget Knights of Columbus Council 5476 has awarded this competitive Catholic High school Scholarship for the last five years. To date, the Council has presented scholarships to thirteen St Bridget school students who will be continuing their Catholic education in high school. Contact Gary Port for more information about his scholarship.

   Photo: Council Grand Knight Rick Witty, Madison Page Kuriger, Msgr. William Carr, Tyler Craig and Scholarship Chairman Gary Port.


Bridget Blood Drive Results from May 6th

Thank you to all of those who participated in the Virginia Blood Services St Bridget Blood Drive on May 6th sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 5476. This is one of approximately four blood drives we host throughout the year at St Bridget.

St Bridget parishioner, Ann VanderSyde, donating blood



“The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is!” (Unknown) What we do through the life-saving gift of donating our blood has a profound positive impact on countless lives. While we give of ourselves not knowing our recipients, we know these donations make new beginnings for people in need.

The act of donating blood is one of the most selfless, anonymous acts of kindness there is, to which the benefit cannot truly be measured. It is in fact one of the most Christ-like deeds we can offer in love of our fellow man; blood donation is positive, impactful, selfless, gracious, merciful and life-saving. Of course not everyone can give, but I hope we can rely on the men in our Council to support the culture of participation for the Blood Drive going forward. We need everyone’s help in order to grow the number of participants from our parish.

Please recognize the following St Bridget parishioners for their generous donations on May 6th, 2018:

  1. Beverly C. Bernardin
  2. *Ronald J. Campbell
  3. Mary Ellen Colangelo
  4. James M. Duke
  5. Thomas A. Gill
  6. *Gene Kastleberg
  7. *Philip F. Koren
  8. *Gary D. Liput
  9. *Samuel G. Liput
  10. Jennifer M. McLemore
  11. *Ronald F. Paquette
  12. *John N. VanderSyde
  13. Eric J. Yost
  14. Lisa C Yost

*Members of Knights of Columbus Monsignor Frances J Byrne Council 5476

The next blood drive will take place on August 12th. Please contact me if you have any questions about the Blood Drive.

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day Weekend!

Yours truly, JohnVanderSyde

Council 5476 Communications Director

Special Thanks to Volunteers at the FFF

Thank you to all who helped with this wonderful event last week end – [French Food Festival].

Whether you were working at Mike McClure’s tent or somewhere else volunteering, the Knights from St Bridget (and wives) were well represented. There was a lot of prep work and cooking done by many on five nights prior to the event….thanks to you folks.

A couple of special thanks go to Ron Campbell and Ann/Randy Boyd who were there for countless hours assisting me keeping the food moving!

 I am proud to be associated with such a giving group.


 Rick Witty

Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.

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Mass of Remembrance held on 4/21/18

On Saturday, April 21, 2018 The Knights of Columbus from Saint Bridget Catholic Church hosted a Mass of Remembrance for their Departed Brothers with Monsignor William H. Carr as Celebrant.

This was a candle-lighting service with all  5 verses of “Christ Be Our Light” being sung . Of the 20 honorees,  6 widows, a mother and  departed’ s families attended.

Richmond Councils 5476 and 395 conducted this Memorial Mass for twenty of their departed Brothers, with the Richmond Assembly 1165 Honor Guard present. 

Each of our brothers were honored with the announcement of their name, a  bell ringing, a sword salute by the honor guard and a lighting of a candle.


New Third Degree Knights, Council 5476!

On Saturday August 26, 2017, Bob Redmond and Barry O’Brien advanced to Full Knighthood in the Third Degree of the Knights of Columbus. The ceremony took place at St Michael’s Church. There were 25 other Knights from the central Virginia area who received this honor. Please congratulate Bob and Barry on receiving advanced degrees for their service in St Bridget Knights of Columbus Council 5476.


Photo Caption:  Pictured are Rolfe Trimble, Council Advancement Chairman with Bob Redmond and Barry O’Brien.


Kerner and Fox Earn Council’s High School Scholarship

2017 KofC Council 5476 Scholarship Award Winners

St. Bridget School held their 8th grade closing ceremonies on June fifth, at which time Knights of Columbus Council 5476 announced their two Catholic High School Scholarship Award Winners.

Nancy Ann Kerner will be attending St. Gertrud, and Ethan Ryland Fox will be attending Benedictine College Prep. Each candidate receives a $1,000 award from Council 5476 toward their high school tuition for the year.

Please join us in congratulating these two worthy scholarship award winners.

Pictured are  Grand Knight Rick Witty, Nancy Kerner, Ethan Fox, Scholarship Chairman Gary Port with St. Bridget School Principal George Sadler [PHOTO Attached]

new members and their recent advancements

Our St. Bridget Knights of Columbus Council 5476 is pleased to report new members and their recent advancements to The Second Degree of the Order.

Pictured left to right: Darryn Appleton, Eugene Kastelberg, Grand Knight Rick Witty, Honorable Tom Fiden with his son James Fiden and Barry O’Brien.

Not pictured is Father Sunil Paul Chiriyankandath.

Darryn, Eugene, James and Fr. Sunil  joined and advanced to the Second Degree, Barry recently transferred into our council and also advanced to the Second degree.

Please congratulate these worthy Knights.

Member Meeting Tonight; FFF Thanks!


We will have our May Business meeting tomorrow night at 6:30. We have some important items to discuss, and let me know of anything that you would like to discuss. We plan to adjourn by 7:30PM.

On another note, many thanks to all of our Knights who worked at the French Food Festival! I believe that we “answered the bell” quite well helping to make Chef Mike McClure’s tent a great success.

I would like to mention individuals who participated, but I am afraid that I would miss someone as we had a great number of you helping either at our booth or somewhere else. This was our first time doing this, and there are lessons to learn to make it better next year. It was a delight working with Chef Mike…I hope all of you got a chance to meet him. I, for one, will try his restaurant in the Bottom, LuLu’s.

It was also gratifying to see the number of spouses and older children that we had helping us….team work brought us through!….Thanks to all!

Fraternally, Rick Witty

Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.

Commercial MRO Sales

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