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Another On-Line Exemplification this Thursday 4/23/20

Brother Knights,

I have been informed that Supreme will conduct another On-Line Exemplification this Thursday 4/23/20.  If you missed the one last week, you still have an opportunity to advance to a Third Degree member in the order through this extraordinary opportunity.

Use the registration invitation I sent out last week to register for this next event.  If you do not have your invitation, let me know and I will forward one to you.

Do not miss this opportunity.

Ron Campbell – FS

The following members of Council 5476 were advanced to Third Degree members last Thursday in the first ever on-line Exemplification.

Congratulations to all!!!

New Member:

Advancing to 3rd Degree – Sam Fleegle


1st Degree advancing to 3rd – Kevin A Dubina
1st Degree advancing to 3rd – Jeff Wolfe
1st Degree advancing to 3rd – Samuel G Liput
1st Degree advancing to 3rd – Donald F DeLaney Jr
1st Degree advancing to 3rd – Juan (JC) C Hernandez
1st Degree advancing to 3rd – Christopher Howell
1st Degree advancing to 3rd – Daniel A Keller
1st Degree advancing to 3rd – Marc Konesco
1st Degree advancing to 3rd – Kevin McGranahan
1st Degree advancing to 3rd – Dr. William McKenna
1st Degree advancing to 3rd – Alexander Nguyen
1st Degree advancing to 3rd – Greg Stivers
1st Degree advancing to 3rd – Francis X Wagner Jr.
1st Degree advancing to 3rd – Randall W Vaughan Jr

1st Degree advancing to 3rd – Eric A Barker
2nd Degree advancing to 3rd – William A Gray
2nd Degree advancing to 3rd – Danny S Pellei
2nd Degree advancing to 3rd – Joseph O’Hare

2nd Degree advancing to 3rd – Anthony Mehfoud
2nd Degree advancing to 3rd – Michael C Barry
2nd Degree advancing to 3rd – Chris Jones
2nd Degree advancing to 3rd – Anthony J Bell III
2nd Degree advancing to 3rd – Matthew R Hollomon
2nd Degree advancing to 3rd – Mr. Stephen M Oswald JR
2nd Degree advancing to 3rd – David Pellei
2nd Degree advancing to 3rd – John Barsanti

Other members attending/observing:

3rd Degree member observing – Ron F Paquette
3rd Degree member observing – Michael Kozak
3rd Degree member observing – Steven Pellei
4th Degree member observing – George A Serafim
4th Degree member observing – Bruce Slough
4th Degree member observing – Richard A Witty


Starting Ash Wednesday – Into the Breach Video Series


The Knights of Columbus has produced a 12-episode video series inspired by the Apostolic Exhortation, “Into the Breach” written by Bishop Olmsted of Phoenix. Each episode features a man’s personal story and major Catholic figures such as Dr. Scott Hahn, Fr. Mike Schmitz, former NFL player Matt Birk, FOCUS founder Curtis Martin and others who break down and explore the virtues of Catholic masculinity.

Why are you here? To know God. To love God. To serve God.

If you are a man, you are called to share the faith. You are called to live the faith.

Step into the breach this Lent to strive nobly and discover your role as a Catholic man in today’s world.

The Knights of Columbus has produced a 12-episode video series inspired by the Apostolic Exhortation Into the Breach written by Bishop Olmsted of Phoenix.

Watch and share the trailer now!

Each episode features a man’s personal story and major Catholic figures such as Dr. Scott Hahn, Father Mike Schmitz, former NFL player Matt Birk, FOCUS founder Curtis Martin and others who break down and explore the virtues of Catholic masculinity.

All episodes will premiere on Ash Wednesday at

Will you step into the breach with your brother Knights and answer God’s call to lead?


Why are you here? To know God. To love God. To serve God. If you are a man, you are called to share the faith. You are called to live the faith. Step into the breach this Lent and discover your role as a Catholic man in today’s world.

Check back here on Ash Wednesday for the premiere of the new 12-episode video series.


2020 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship

All boys and girls ages 9 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2020 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. This year’s competition will be held Saturday, February 8th at 9AM to 11AM in the St Bridget Catholic School Gym (Mother Presentation Hall). This program not only provides an athletic outlet for participants but encourages the values of sportsmanship and healthy competition.

The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district and state competitions. All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation in the event. Winners in each age and gender group receive a medal and certificate of recognition as well.

To qualify, age eligibility is determined by the age of the contestant as of January 1, 2020. Additionally, a Parent/Guardian must first register the contestant at the time of participation in order for them to be eligible to play.

Volunteers to help run the event are also Needed

Any questions regarding this event should be directed to:
Sean Cox;   (757) 342-1273

Council 5476 Ultrasound Initiative Success

Dear Parishioners of Saint Bridget Church,

The Knights of Columbus (KofC) wish to share some wonderful news! The Jennifer Stivers Campaign to Save the Lives of the Most Vulnerable has reached the finish line!

Recently an order was placed for three new ultrasound machines for the Pregnancy Resource Center (PRC) of Metro Richmond, the leading provider of medical services to pregnant women who are considering terminating their pregnancies.

The ultrasound campaign was blessed from the start and certain to be successful!

  • The only goal of this initiative is to save the lives of unborn babies through the use of ultrasound technology. More than 80% of mothers who view an ultrasound image of their child will choose to deliver their baby.
  • This initiative honors the life of Jennifer Stivers. She loved the unborn, and many chose to honor Jennifer in a tangible way by generously contributing.
  • The initiative was strongly endorsed by our pastor, Monsignor Carr, who encouraged the Knights to move forward with his blessing. We also received the approval and support of Bishop Knestout and the Diocese of Richmond Center for Marriage, Family, and Life.
  • The Saint Bridget Knights of Columbus made this a core priority for 2019 and our brothers and Council were very generous in their financial support.
  • Our Saint Bridget parishioners also contributed generously to the initiative showing their strong support for mothers and their unborn babies.

The National Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Program matched the contributions from our parishioners and Knights dollar-for-dollar. This program has enabled the placement of over 1,000 machines across the nation to protect the unborn – now 1,003!

Fundraising was very successful. Including the matching funds from the National KofC, over $87,000 was raised, allowing the PRC to procure three new ultrasound machines, including placing one for its new medical center on the South Side of Richmond.

After the ultrasound machines are installed, Bishop Knestout and Monsignor Carr with bless them for their use in supporting the wonderful mission of the Pregnancy Resource Center.

Council 5476 of the Knights of Columbus at Saint Bridget Church thank all parishioners for your generosity! We are inspired by and deeply gratified to witness the commitment to life across our Saint Bridget Parish. All this was accomplished through the grace of God, who is all good!

Barton Leahey, Grand Knight

Greg Stivers, Chairman of the Board for the Pregnancy Resource Center

Ron Campbell and John McCulla, Co-Chairs

Events this week

Knights of Columbus Men’s Oktoberfest:

The men of Saint Bridget are invited to the 19th Annual Men’s Oktoberfest on Sunday, November 10th, to join in an afternoon of craft beer, Usinger brats, and watching the football game outdoors. The cost is $25/person, and will run from 2 p.m. till dark, at Benedictine College Prep School, 12829 River Road, Richmond VA 23238.

Knights of Columbus Benefits Open House:

The families of Saint Bridget are invited to a Benefits Open House on Monday, November 11th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Saint Bridget Church Hall, for all those interested in becoming a member of the Knights of Columbus, and to learn how the Knights can be of aid:

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Knights of Columbus Blood Drive:

Sunday morning November 10th after Mass, from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM – please sign up online through the American Red Cross!

Stew & Brew Volunteer Time Slots, We Still Need Help


Thank you to all who have signed up to help with tomorrow’s Stew and Brew event!  This is always a great event, and it looks like we are going to have a great turn out.  From looking at the Sign Up Genius today, I just wanted to point out that we do not have many people signed up for the 8:00 pm and later slots for food and drink distribution to bring the event to a close.  Also need people willing to do the late hours shift of cleanup from 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm.  If you are able to sign up or even able to stick around a little later to push things over the goal line and make sure we finish strong, that would greatly appreciated by all.  If you are not sure what to sign up for and just want to participate, please check in at the front desk when you arrive and ask where they may need a hand.

Sign Up Genius:

Again, thank you for all you do, and I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow night!

Sean Cox

Program Director

Knights of Columbus, Council 5476

Important Events this Weekend!

 Two important events this weekend:

 Military Appreciation Night at the Diamond. 

All Knights of Columbus are invited to participate in a March on carrying an American Flag at the Flying Squirrels game this Saturday.  Two free tickets and free parking for all participants.  See the information included below.


Here’s a grand opportunity for you and other Sir Knights from your assembly to show off your support of our military personnel and their family’s station at Ft. Lee. Annually the Richmond councils and assemblies sponsor this military appreciation even at the Diamond, home of the Richmond Flying Squirals. They are the Double-A Affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.

 To honor our Ft. Lee service members, their families, and friends, you are cordially invited to march in the pre-game Flags of Our Nation Ceremony. Flag bearers will carry the historical flags of our nation, supplied by our very own Honor America Corps.

 Here’s the particulars about this event:

Event: 4th Degree Military Appreciation Night @ the Diamond (see attached flyer);

Military Appreciation Night at the Diamond

Address: The Diamond, 3001 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23230;

Date/Muster Time: Saturday, 29 June 2019/4:30 PM;

Flag Bearers Attire for the Flags of Our Nation Ceremony: White short sleeve pullover shirt (Polo), dark slacks, and black shoes;

Volunteer Sign-up Link:;

POC: SK Steve Layne,, 804-338-5838;

Richmond Flying Squirrels Web Site:

For those Sir Knights who volunteer to carry flags during the Flags of Our Nation Ceremony, you will receive two tickets to the game… bring a change of cloths and enjoy the game. Can’t beat that as a token of appreciation just for showing your support of our troops.

If interested in volunteering to support this event, go to the aforementioned Volunteer Sign-up link or contact the event POC listed above.

2. Farwell to Fr. John Christian

Father John Christian will be leaving our parish effective June 30th.  There will be receptions held in his honor to thank him for his service to our parish and parishioners after every mass this weekend.  


 Thank you! Ron Campbell   770-598-7864



Reflection from Bishop Barron 6/23/19

Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
Matthew 6:24-34
Friends, our Gospel today calls us to entrust our lives completely to God. How often the Bible compels us to meditate on the meaning of faith! We might say that the Scriptures rest upon faith, and that they remain inspired at every turn by the spirit of faith.

Paul Tillich said that “faith” is the most misunderstood word in the religious vocabulary, and I’ve always felt that he’s right about that. What is faith? Faith is an attitude of trust in the presence of God. Faith is openness to what God will reveal, do, and invite. It should be obvious that in dealing with the infinite, all-powerful person who is God, we are never in control.

This is precisely what we see in the lives of the saints: in Mother Teresa moving into the worst slum in the world in an attitude of trust; in Francis of Assisi just abandoning everything and living for God; in Rose Hawthorne deciding to take cancer sufferers into her own home; in Antony leaving everything behind and going into the desert; in Maximilian Kolbe saying, “I’m a Catholic priest; take me in his place.”

Do not worry, and depend on God for everything. Have faith!

Knights Help Needed for 2 Events

Worthy Sir Knights,

We need your help with two Diocesan Events;   this is a dire request for JUNE 9th and JUNE 22nd!

Throughout the Fraternal year, there have been only a few other knights and myself who have been in attendance covering the ushering needs for many Diocesan events.  I need your help now because I will not personally be able to attend these upcoming events to help with their ushering needs.

I’m bringing this to your attention now as the other Diocesan events this year had very light turn out by the Knights. This leaves those few of us that do show with an enormous amount of work to do for the events along with Carl Archacki, Usher Chair at the Cathedral.

Please consider assisting us with the following events:

June 9, 2:00 pm – Diocesan Confirmation

Arrive 12:45 pm
Ushers: Ralph Hyatt

June 22, 10:30 am – Lay Ecclesial Ministers Mass

Arrive 9:15 am
Ushers: None to date
Lead:   VJ

Since I can’t be there myself, I need your assistance in reaching out to the Assemblies and Councils to find out which Knights can attend.  Carl and I accomplished the event June 1 alone, which was a huge undertaking.  I really hope that we can get Knights to attend the below two events, so we are not leaving Carl or anyone else attending short of assistance.

The Diocese is starting to notice that it is the same few Knights that attend and help usher the Diocesan events.  I’m sharing some concern that the opportunity for the Knights to be present and be a leading force for volunteering for the Diocesan events will begin to change and move elsewhere for support.  These events have provided the Knights great visibility and service opportunity, I believe it would be a loss if that no longer becomes available to us.

Can each of you here help to find Knights in your Assemblies or Councils to attend and help usher the below dates?  If you are receiving this email, I’m asking you specifically for help as I feel I’ve exhausted the steps in asking locally through emails and meetings.  So far, I only have one person that has signed up to assist (listed below).  We need volunteers to usher and at least one Knight at each to the be lead for all Knights in attendance that day.  Every one would report up to Carl Archacki as he will be well connected with the Diocesan contacts there on those days.

Again, the Diocese has noticed that the events for which it is expected that Knights will usher (which is all Diocesan events at Cathedral), that only the few same Knights come to assist.  There is increasing discussion that the Knights may not be able to cover the Diocesan events.  I hope not to lose this service we provide as it allows us great visibility and service to the church.  For those of you that have attended and assisted for ushering, I greatly appreciate your assistance.  Every minute you have provided was greatly needed and I thank you!

Past these two upcoming events, I will be transitioning out of my role at FN, but I will continue to support the ushering needs for the Diocesan events.  I hope to continue and organize the usher volunteer help by the Knights and have determined that the large number of events that take place throughout the year requires the assistance of other Assemblies and Councils, not just what is local to the Cathedral.  Open to your ideas and thoughts as well.

Thanks, Francis Thompson, Art Program Manager
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