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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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PRC May 4th 2019 Walk For Life

Brother Knights,

 Our brother Knight Sean Cox (of Polar Plunge fame)and his two children are planning on participating in this Walk for Life fund raiser for the PRC.

 Please support his efforts with a pledge donation in any amount.   You can have it billed directly to you. Just decide on an amount,  email Sean at: and include your:

 First Name, Last Name, Address, City, State , Zip, Phone Number, Amount of Pledge

 Thank you for your assistance.

 Ron Campbell



New National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Website Launched!

From: “The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception” <>
Date: April 3, 2019 at 7:01:46 AM EDT
To: “Michael Kozak” <>
Subject: New Website Launched

The new website is AMAZING!






The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is pleased to announce the launch of its new website at

The new site features fresh design and photography, as well as enhanced navigation, functionality, and interactivity from any device (smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop).

Discover brand new ways to engage with us and learn more about the Basilica’s liturgy, music, history and heritage, art and architecture, and more.

Explore the Basilica like never before through our new 360° 3D Virtual Tours and Interactive Maps of the Great Upper Church, the Crypt Church, and Memorial Hall, including all of our more than 80 chapels and oratories.

Gain a birds-eye view of the interior and exterior of America’s Catholic Church through spectacular drone aerials set to the beautiful music of the Choir of the Basilica.

Find out about pilgrimages, tours, and spiritual enrollments and devotionals at Mary’s Shrine.

All this and so much more is waiting for you to explore at

Please share with your family and friends via Facebook, Twitter, or email!

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