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Online Exemplification Ceremony April 16th

Hello, Brothers.  I hope this message finds you safe and well.

On Thursday, April 16th, the Knights of Columbus will host an Online Exemplification Ceremony that will allow all Knights that have not yet achieved their 3rd Degree to immediately progress to that level.  This includes newly-joined Knights as well as all Brothers that are currently 1st or 2nd Degree Knights.

As we all seek to abide to the rules of staying at home during this time of COVID-19, this is an excellent opportunity for each of you seeking to become a 3rd Degree Knight to do so in a single ceremony that can be attended from the comfort of your home.   If you are not yet a 3rd Degree Knight, I urge you to reserve time on your calendar for 8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 16th, to attend this Online Exemplification.  

More information will be forthcoming very soon on how to register for this unique event, so please keep an eye out for a communication from me.

In the meantime, please let me know if you have immediate questions.


Bart Leahey, Grand Knight

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;   scox121@outlook.com   (757) 342-1273

Good morning, Brothers!  I hope you and your families had a nice weekend.

Just a final reminder that our Council OPEN HOUSE is scheduled for this evening at 6:30pm in the Church Hall.  Your spouse or significant other are welcome to join us for the festivities, and we’ll be there early with light refreshments and drinks available beginning at 6pm. The presentation will begin at 6:30pm.

Please note that we will not have our Monthly Council Member Meeting tonight, so please take that time to join us at the Open House!  The presentation should be complete by 7:30pm or shortly thereafter, so we should be done earlier than our normal Council Meetings.

To RSVP to the event, simply call 804-729-6899 or email AbbateAgencyMail3@kofc.org.  You can also simply come to the event and sign-up for attending at the door.

Thank you very much for all that you do in support of the Knights, the St. Bridget Parish, and our local community!


Bart Leahey, Grand Knight

On Thursday, November 7, 2019, 7:09:20 PM EST, barton leahey <bgljmu@yahoo.com> wrote:

Good evening, Brothers.

Just a reminder that this Monday evening, November 11th, our Council is partnering with the Abbate Agency to host an OPEN HOUSE for couples of our Parish.  The event will take place in the Church Hall, and we hope you and your spouse or significant other will join us for the festivities.  Light refreshments and drinks will be served beginning at 6pm, and the presentation will begin at 6:30pm.

A few important items specific to the event:

  • We will not have our Monthly Council Member Meeting on Monday night, so please take that time to join us at the Open House!  The presentation should be complete by 7:30pm or shortly thereafter, so we should be done earlier than our normal Council Meetings.
  • The presentation will include a brief overview of our Council, the Knights of Columbus, and the fraternal benefits the Abbate Agency can offer our Knights’ families and our parishioners.
  • Please feel free to invite others as well!  Earlier this week, St. Bridget Parish families received an e-mail blast referencing the Open House.  Please feel free to forward this e-mail or verbally invite other potential Knights and their spouses to the event as well.
  • To RSVP to the Open House, simply call 804-729-6899 or email AbbateAgencyMail3@kofc.org

If you have any questions specific to the event, please don’t hesitate to call me directly at 804-240-9859.  Thanks, all, and have a great weekend.


Vivat Jesus!


Bart Leahey, GK

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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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

Being a Knight, Making a Difference at St Bridget

It takes a council of K of C men to be present and to be noticed – you are making a difference at St Bridget!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Knights of Columbus cookout on Friday. We had an excellent turnout of over 50 knights, spouses, clergy and guests. And to all of you who couldn’t participate, thanks for letting us know. We hope to get you there next year. It was a terrific party!

A special word of appreciation goes out to Madeline and Rick Witty, our gracious host again this year. You have a lovely home and the perfect spot for this wonderful party. Thank you for your gracious hospitality, and for Rick’s service as soon to be “past grand knight”. And to John B, our chef for the evening, thanks for cooking all the dogs and burgers to perfection!!! And the beer selection courtesy of John M.

Speaking of hotdogs, this coming Sunday is father’s day, and the Knights will be hosting “Dogs For Dads” after Mass on Sunday. Ron needs a little help setting up on Sunday morning, and breaking down after Noon. Please consider stopping by to assist around 7:30 AM. He will need help with the tent and some tables. And again after the Mass you attend, please stop by and see if you can lend a hand serving. We will be located in the School parking lot near the rear entry to the church.

Intl Food Fest 2014

Volunteers are also needed to hand out Tootsie Rolls for KOVAR donations after each Mass. If you are not helping with the Dogs, please grab a vest and jump in to help with KOVAR.

We are counting on everyone’s participation this weekend! Thanks for being a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 5476!!!



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




KOVAR golf tournament hosted by Albert E. Chipman Council #11042

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Tom!

Attached is information about a golf tournament hosted by Albert E. Chipman Council #11042 in Mechanicsville. This annual event helps them reach their KOVAR goal.

Please distribute this to your assigned councils. I have already asked for it to be published in the Council 395 newsletter.

Thank you!  Dan
From: dhurley971@aol.com [mailto:dhurley971@aol.com]

Reservation Form for KOVAR Golf Fundraiser
Sponsor Form


RIP Mr. Joe Benedetti

My boyhood Parish of St. Benedict’s in Richmond Virginia will be filling up in an hour for Joe Benedetti. I’ve often told people that when I was in high school the Godfather of one of my sister’s decided to run for the State House, my Dad wrote a letter on his behalf, and I went around and knocked on every door I could to hand it out. His election set me on course for four decades of canvassing neighborhoods for candidates and causes in eight states.

That candidate was Joe Benedetti, and I am somewhat nostalgic for the days when someone like him spent decades of serving the community (Knights of Columbus, the National Conference of Christians and Jews, etc.) and then ran for office. In the recent mid-term elections $4 billion was spent, but I was still thankful to have grassroots trump money in a couple of my last elections such as Larry Stutts defeating Senate Minority Leader in Alabama (who ironically was first elected the same year I was knocking on doors for Mr. Benedetti, 1982).

Mr. Benedetti’s love for his community was not just for show. I used to serve 6:45 a.m. Mass at St. Benedicts, and he would be there most days – one of only 6 to 12 on average so hardly a political gathering (I used to count them from the altar to make sure the Priest had enough communion hosts out).

When I returned to Virginia after four years at Marquette I will never forget my call to Mr. Benedetti.

“Mr. Benedetti, I am working at the Charlottesville Daily Progress, but I want to try to get into politics and run campaigns in about 10 years, is there anyone here I should meet?”

Mr. Benedetti: “Have you met George Allen yet?”

Me: “The football coach?”

Mr. Benedetti: “No, his son George Allen moved there to play for UVa, and he pulled a big upset to win a House seat there. The Democrats are really scared of him because we all think he is going places, but I don’t believe they can beat him. You need to go meet him right away, I will give him a call.”

A few weeks later I was working for George Allen, and putting together a press conference for George and Joe Benedetti’s former law partner Jim Gilmore, then Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney.

I know Mr. Benedetti is probably reliving all the ways he changed people’s lives without knowing it – much like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” That one call placed by him resulted in me working for the next two Governor’s of Virginia – Allen and Gilmore.

When he ran for Attorney General he called and asked for my advice in getting into some new areas of the state he didn’t know as well, and he asked if I could see if anyone in the Knights of Columbus could help in Southside Virginia.

“Mr. Benedetti, in Southside Virginia my Catholic friends all go to church Saturday night to make sure noone knows they are Catholic,” I told him.

His wife Peggy passed away shortly thereafter – a wonderful woman and friend of my parents whose cheerfulness even as she visibly struggled through cancer that last year was an inspiration to us all.

At her funeral I was happy that George Allen and many other protestants were going to St. Benedicts to see a Catholic Mass for the first time. It all went well until the sign of peace. Every time someone greeted George with “Peace be with you,” he returned his charming grin and said matter-of-factly, “Peace through Strength!” quoting Ronald Reagan.

The last time I saw Mr. Benedetti was at a fundraiser at one of his son’s house for a very special cause. St. Benedict’s had been very kind to the nine Pudner children – getting us all through school for almost no money while priests were even known to bring a bag of groceries by the house if they found out we were hungry. With nine children of our own it was years before we could contribute anything, but finally I had my chance.

We had one good year, and the first check of any size I wrote was to pay for one child’s tuition at St. Benedict’s – still very reasonably priced. Then a couple of years later one of Mr. Benedetti’s sons called me about a fundraiser the school desperately needed as they stayed committed to staying in the city instead of moving out to the much more affluent suburbs.

Mr. Benedetti’s son inherited his charm and used it to get a little more out of me than I would have done on my own, but I was very proud when Mr. Benedetti walked into his son’s house on Monument Avenue and saw, “The Pudners” as one of the sponsors of the event.

We managed to connect, and have what turned out to be our last conversation. It was just a few minutes, and I couldn’t convey how important he had been to my career because there were a couple of hundred people there, and it seemed everyone had something for which they needed to thank Mr. Benedetti.

Yes, it truly was a wonderful life – RIP Mr. Benedetti and may the Mass and funeral in an hour bring peace to all the Benedetti children and the whole St. Benedict’s and Richmond Virginia community that has lost such a true champion on this earth.

John Pudner



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