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Gary Port –“from the heart”, September 2020

Dear Brother Knights,

After 2 weeks at VCU health, I am finally home.  Hallelujah! I want to express my gratitude to all of you for connecting with my son John and myself, offering your prayers and well-wishes.

Thank you and God Bless you.   Thank you for your get well cards.  My thanks to our council for the lovely flower arrangement.  Thank you to David for the VCU ball cap.  I wore it as I was discharged!

I hear that some of you have volunteered to drive me to my cardiac rehab sessions at Chippenham Hospital.  Thank you again.

My heart attack story:

Sunday September 6 – I cut all of the branches off my 15 year-old knockout rose bushes.  There were 5 bushes.  I dragged them into my backyard, bundled them in a roll-wrapped tarp, then transported them into a dumping area within my Kanawha Trace development.  This took 5 trips up and down a hill.  On my 5th trip back to my backyard, I was “spent” and rested several minutes.  I made it through the rest of the day, and then through September 7th Labor Day morning without any incidence or pain.

Add 1 PM, I sat on my easy chair. Then I had my heart attack.  I doubled over.  Annette called 911.  Thanks to our rescue squad, I was quickly rushed to VCU Hospital. They performed two procedures on me, one through my right wrist up to my heart, and the second one near my groin to my aorta.  I was given a heart stent and a balloon procedure removed a clot in the heart.

For 3 days, I recouped in the ICU.  Then I was transferred to a semi-private room on the cardiac unit for 8 days.  While in this room, I met a roommate named “Denny”.  Denny is a devoted Catholic and a Third Degree Knight from the Redeeming Church council.  Denny arranged for Annette and I to received the Eucharist with him.  This was our first Eucharist since March!  Denny and I both served on the US Navy as “airdales”, supporting our fighter squadrons.  We both served on the aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Forrestal, but at different times.  We had a lot in common and enjoyed each other’s company, making my days go by more quickly in my confining bed site that had no window.  After 3 semi-private room days, I was transferred to a windowed room which afforded me the opportunity to view I-95 and the City Jail.  On Monday, September 21, my vitals and heart rhythm were stable and, after 2 weeks duration, VCU Health discharged me.   I exited, proudly wearing my VCU hat!

At home, I was greeted by a “Welcome Home, Pa” sign on my garage! A neighbor stopped by to wish me a speedy recovery and offer assistance.  Ah, to be home once again!  Hallelujah!  To take a shower, to drink a nice cup of coffee, to see my beautiful birds on my feeder, to “FaceTime” with my 2 granddaughters, ages 15 and 17, to eat some of my favorite foods.  To have my son John and daughter-in-law be with me.  And to have my beautiful wife organize my meds and help with my home care and walking through the first floor rooms of my house.  Little things mean a lot!

I have been home for 5 days and my strength is improving.  My sleep, unfortunately, is at best 3 hours per night.  I can not get to my computer yet, as it is on the 2nd floor.  I will in time, and I will be patient.

I start my cardiac rehab next week and look forward to seeing some of you as you transport me to Chippenham hospital.

Thank you connecting with me and offering me your prayers.

God bless you all!

Fraternally in Christ, Gary

Congratulations New and Advancing Members

From the left, Chris Jones, Chuck Gallagher, John Elledge, John Williamson, Deacon Pat White, Edward Chandler and Jacob Temple. (Missing, Dave Pangraze)

On Monday February 11th, St Bridget Knights of Columbus – Monsignor Francis J. Byrne Council 5476 – had eight parish men complete their Second Degree Exemplification into the Knights of Columbus. Dave Pangraze also completed his First Degree earlier in the evening.

The events took place at St Mary’s Church with a total of 16 members from various parishes advancing.

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic lay organization. We provide members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the church, their communities, families and young people.

For More information and how to join visit http://knightsofcolumbus-council5476.com/

Please take a moment to congratulate these fine Catholic gentlemen the next time you see them at Mass. From the left, Chris Jones, Chuck Gallagher, John Elledge, John Williamson, Deacon Pat White, Edward Chandler and Jacob Temple. (Missing, Dave Pangraze)

Dave Pangraze with Bruce Slough at the reception following 2nd degree Advancement

45th Annual March for Life – After marching, join brother Knights from across the country for conversation, hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies

Dear Brother Knights,

On behalf of the staff of the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, I would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Many of you will be joining Catholics from across the country in Washington, DC for the 45th Annual March for Life. As part of an effort to support and promote a culture of life, we would like to welcome our Brother Knights to The Nation’s Capital by hosting a free Open House for all Knights and their families on Friday, January 19, 2018 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. 

After marching in support of life, join brother Knights from across the country for conversation, hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies. While you are here, take some time to pray for life and tour our beautiful Church and Chapel. Spend time in prayer before a first class relic of our patron and experience our moving exhibit on the life and legacy of Saint John Paul II. 

While you are in Washington please visit your Shrine. The Saint John Paul II National Shrine is located right across the street from The Catholic University of America in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, DC. Free parking is available, and we are a 15 minute walk from the Brookland Station on Metro’s Red line.

Admission is free but please RSVP at http://jp2shrine.org/knightsrsvp so that we can better welcome you, your family, and your Council to the Shrine.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Vivat Jesus,

Brandon Brown, FDD, PGK

Knights Outreach

Saint John Paul II National Shrine