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March 4-Life, Bishop Knestout will be celebrating Mass at the Richmond Convention Center

Bishop Knestout will be celebrating Mass at the Richmond Convention Center at 9 a.m. the morning of the Virginia March for Life on April 3.

Join us for the Virginia March for Life on April 3!

Bishop Knestout will celebrate Mass at the Richmond Convention Center, at 9:00 a.m., prior to the rally at the Capitol.

No registration is required. All pro-life Virginians are welcomed and encouraged to attend!

Additional information is available from the Virginia Catholic Conference.


Fr. Brian W. Capuano debuts his own beer

Local priest debuts his own beer at Trapezium Tuesday night

PETERSBURG — It’s not every day that you hear of your local priest blessing his own beer, but that’s exactly what happened Tuesday night at Trapezium Brewing Company, located in Old Towne.

For the past year, Fr. Brian W. Capuano has been working with Trapezium Brewing Company to brew his own beer. The bourbon barrel brown ale was released during a special event on Fat Tuesday.

Fr. Capuano won a Brewer for a Day contest in 2018 that Trapezium held, and so he got to make his own beer. “James Frazer, the brewmaster, was like ’Well, let’s just start with this, what’s your favorite beer on the menu? Which is the brown,” he explained.

The beer called “Father Brian’s” was a smooth brown ale, described on the bottle as “Aged in Jim Beam barrels with glorious amounts of Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans. This brew boasts notes of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, coffee, oak, tobacco and black walnut.”

The afternoon kicked off with Fr. Capuano tapping the firkin at 5 p.m. Then, at 6 p.m., he began the blessing of the beer. After the blessing, the church choir performed a serenade. “Beer was traditionally brewed as an alternative to water. And also as a replacement food. So, the monks in the early days would often drink beer or ales as a way of fasting,” said Fr. Capuano, explaining some of the reasoning behind having the beer release on Fat Tuesday.

The blessing of the beer took place alongside a prayer. As Fr. Capuano began his blessing, he encouraged everyone to drink responsibly and reminded the crowd that he would be hosting confessions the next morning.

“Father Brian’s” beer was sold on draft and in 22 ounce bombers to go. A portion of all proceeds went to St. Joseph Catholic Church to help their stained glass window restoration project.

Fr. Capuano was raised Catholic in Chester. “I started getting active in the trade [priesthood] when I was in college. I did a lot of mission work and I kept being involved in things and I talked to some of our priests.”

His visits to Trapezium didn’t stop after college. Fr. Capuano said it’s not uncommon for him to hold meetings with people at the brewery. “They’d much rather go to a brewery and sit down and talk than come to my office and talk. It’s a little less imposing and nerve wracking.”

And now Fr. Capuano is trying to start holding more events at the brewery. “We’re working right now with Trapezium on hosting a monthly event for the community.”

For more information on Trapezium Brewing Company, visit

Lindsey Lanham may be reached at 804-722-5155 or

The next blood drive is May 19th 2019

The American Red Cross, our Blood Drive Collection service provider
Blood Drive Information
Please review the following information :
Date : 5/19/2019
Start Time : 08:30 AM
End Time : 12:30 PM
Where : St. Bridget Catholic Church
St. Bridget Catholic Church
Address : 6006 Three Chopt Road, , Richmond, VA 2322

For More information contact John VanderSyde, KofC blood drive coordinator at (804) 683-9181, or at

Brother FIDEN, Colonel Thomas John William












FIDEN, Colonel Thomas John William, USAF Ret., 94, of Richmond, Va., passed away Saturday, January 19, 2019. Raised in Buffalo N.Y., Col. Fiden graduated with an Aeronautical Engineering degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force as a Triple Rated Command Pilot from 1946 to 1976. While at Strategic Air Command, he set the record for the fastest Trans-Atlantic flight from Maine to England in a B-47 Stratojet. Col. Fiden also holds the record for the first nonstop flight from California to Japan, where he refueled in flight three times. Col. Fiden retired as the Director of Missile Facilities at S.A.C. Headquarters in Omaha, Neb.


After moving to Richmond in 1977 to work as Director of Engineering at St. Mary’s Hospital, he finished his career in Plant Operations at MCV-VCU. He was a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus at St. Bridget Catholic Church and was an active member of the American Legion.


In his spare time, Tom enjoyed volunteering, working on and driving his vintage sports car, playing golf and ending his day with a Manhattan and a “beef on a weck.”


He was preceded in death by his brothers, Charles Fiden (Ruth) and Robert Fiden; and his parents, Casper and Lydia Fiden. Tom is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Virginia Fiden; daughter, Lydia “Dia” Flora (Jason); son, James “Jamie” Fiden (Marisha); four grandchildren, Everette and Anna Flora and Philip and Nicolai Fiden; brother, Donald Fiden (Patricia); and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and godchildren.


The family will receive friends and family Thursday, January 31, 2019, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Bliley’s-Central, 3801 Augusta Ave., where a prayer service will begin at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, February 1, 2019, at St. Bridget Catholic Church. Interment will be private. Please consider donations to the Knights of Columbus, VA Council #5476 and/or to the American Legion VA Post #361.

KOVAR Polar Plunge fundraising



 Just wanted to send an update about our Polar Plunge fundraising.  Currently, our Team Total is $789.00!!  This is an incredible amount going directly to the Special Olympics!  Our team goal was originally set at $2,000, however.  There’s still a little time leading up to the February 2nd event.  If any of you would like to contribute, please use the link below and then click the DONATE button.

 Or if you would like to help extend our reach with fundraising, please forward the flyer attached to your contact list of loved ones with your own personal message.

 Thank you again for your support!

 Sean Cox

(757) 342-1273


Dedication of St. Bridget’s Completed Bell Tower

SBCC Christmas Eve 2018

This Saturday, January 12, Bishop Barry Knestout will lead the “Dedication of St. Bridget’s Completed Bell Tower and Landscaping Project” prior to 5:30pm Mass.  The congregation will gather outside in front of the Bell Tower at 5 p.m. for the Dedication, and a reception will follow in the Church Commons after the 5:30 p.m. Mass.

 Specifics can be found here.  

 Thank you for your continued leadership and support.


 Bart Leahey, Grand Knight

St. Bridget Church | Knights of Columbus Council 5476

mobile: 804.240.9859


July 28, is Military Appreciation Night at the Diamond


Good morning, Brothers.

As a reminder, tomorrow night, Saturday, July 28, is Military Appreciation Night at the Diamond.  The Worthy State Deputy, Ed Polich, and his Dad, Bob Polich (WW II veteran of the “Battle of the Bulge”), will be throwing out the first pitch, and the Knights will once again be carrying flags.  This year, they’ve invited any Councilmember (all Degree Knights) to carry a flag with the Fourth Degrees, and anyone carrying flags will receive 2 tickets to the game pitting the Flying Squirrels against the Reading Fightin’ Phils. 


Sign-up and additional details are below:

  • Military Appreciation Night at the Diamond (Saturday, July 28, 2019) – This year the Councils are invited to carry flags with the Fourth Degree.  Anyone carrying flags will receive 2 tickets to the game pitting our Flying Squirrels against the Reading Fightin’ Phils. The attire is dark slacks, white short sleeved pullover shirt, and dark shoes.  Muster time is 4:30 PM on Saturday, July 28Please meet on the First Base side of the ballpark. Our goal is to have all 60 Flags (Honor America Corp) represented at the event.  The Worthy State Deputy Ed Polich will be throwing out the 1st pitch and his Dad, Bob Polich (WW II veteran of the “Battle of the Bulge”) will also be throwing out the first pitch.
  • Sign up to carry a flag here:

 Thank you, and please feel free to give me a ring at 804-240-9859 with any questions.

Fraternally, Bart Leahey


The Order’s new Online Membership

click the logo to view a short video about online membership

The Order’s new Online Membership initiative is live throughout the United States and Canada!

Now you can invite eligible Catholic men to take their first step toward committed, lifelong and council-based membership in the Order by signing up online. And, any member who recruits 5 members between now and Sept. 30 will receive a $50 gift card for KnightsGear, along with free shipping!

How does online membership work? What does it mean for degrees? Who can sign up?

Watch this brief video that explains what the program is and how it can be used as a powerful tool to help your council recruit.

Visit our For Members page for even more information.

We are uniquely positioned to help other men lead with faith, protect their families, serve others and defend their values. It’s now even easier to invite them to become Knights of Columbus so that they too can enjoy the same life-changing benefits and experiences that we have.

Not sure how to invite men to join? Personal invitations always work best. Talk to them. Text them. Email them. You can use the sample email below as a guide.

So, what do you say? How many men will you invite to join today?


To be eligible for the $50 gift card, the recruiting member must be listed as the proposer on either the Form 100 or the Online Membership application. 

Online Membership is meant for new members only. Current members of the Knights of Columbus should not sign up as online members. Signing up online will cause you to be transferred out of your council. You cannot hold dual memberships.


Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Exemplification Saturday, November 11, 2017

Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Exemplification Saturday, November 11, 2017


Location: Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel

425 Water Street

Portsmouth, VA 23704

Hotel Reservations:

To make reservations, please use the special website:

Book your group rate for K.O.C. 4TH DEGREE EXEMPLIFICATION

You may also call (757) 673-3050

Note the early cutoff date for reservations is October 9, 2017. The rate is $119.00 per room plus tax.


Candidates must be a Third Degree Knight in good standing. All applications (Form 4) for non-U.S. citizens must be reviewed by the Master once they are approved by the Assembly. To facilitate the process, you may send an electronic copy, not the original application.

Candidates requiring special arrangements are to be identified when their application is submitted. Special needs include diabetics, candidates in wheel chairs, etc. We will make special arrangements for them to take the Degree, if necessary. The Assembly must escort those with special needs to the antechamber and stay with them until they are ready to be moved into the Exemplification Chamber.


The candidate fee is $70.00, which is set by Supreme. This fee includes the candidate’s banquet ticket, Fourth Degree Pin, certificate, and processing fees. All fees are to be paid to the local Assembly.

Fourth Degree Dress Code:

Candidates for the 4th Degree are no longer required to wear a black tuxedo. Candidates may wear a dark black, grey, or blue suit with a plain white shirt and basic/conservative style tie. Both jacket and pants must be dark in color. Brown, green, or other color suits are not authorized. Active duty Military may wear their Class A or dress uniform. Policemen and Firemen may wear their dress uniform.

4th Degree Sir Knights attending the Exemplification as observers may wear dark black, grey, or blue suit with a plain white shirt and basic/conservative style tie. Both jacket and pants must be dark in color. Brown, green, or other color suits are not authorized. They may also wear the new 4th Degree Uniform. Active duty Military may wear their Class A or dress uniform. Policemen and Firemen may wear their dress uniform.

Candidates should be in possession of their 3rd Degree membership cards. All observers attending the Exemplification will need to present current 3rd and 4th Degree membership cards. Honorary and Honorary Life membership cards are not acceptable for admittance to the Exemplification.


The cost for Priests is $60.00 which includes their pin, certificate, and banquet ticket. I recommend that Assemblies pay the cost for their Priests. All Priests and Deacons attending the Exemplification are invited to assist at the Mass if their schedules permit. However, they must bring their own alb and stole with them. Please let me know if any Priests would like to concelebrate and if there are any Deacons who will be assisting. Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Exemplification Saturday, November 11, 2017

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Cost: $65.00 per Guest ticket. The cost of additional banquet tickets is also to be paid to the local Assembly. The banquet will be a Chef’s Special Selection. Please indicate any special dietary restrictions such as vegetarian or gluten free requirements.

Ladies Program:

Cost: $35.00, includes lunch, entertainment, and program. All tickets are to be purchased through the local Assembly. Please indicate any special dietary restrictions such as vegetarian or gluten free requirements.

Cancellation Policy for all Events: No refunds AFTER November 1, 2017.

Exemplification Memorial Mass:

Our Exemplification Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday prior to the banquet. This Mass fulfills your Sunday obligation.

Schedule of Events: Day Time Event
Friday Late Afternoon/Evening Hospitality Rooms open; Check times of operation
Saturday 9:00 AM Escort Practice: all Navigators
Saturday No later than 11:15 AM Candidates report to antechamber
Saturday 11:30 AM *** Ladies Program
Saturday 12:00 Noon Exemplification
Saturday 4:30 PM *** Mass — all Hospitality rooms will close 30 minutes before Mass and remain closed during Mass and during the Banquet
Saturday 7:00 PM *** Doors open for banquet