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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

brandon.brown@jp2shrine.org

202-635-5400

 

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

404.606.3163

pudnerjohn@gmail.com

246 E. Glenn Street

Auburn AL 36830