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Into the Breach Update 09/24/21

Call to battle/ revised schedule in November and December.


We had a great discussion about Sacramental Life in last night’s Into the Breach program.  We were reminded that the grace we receive from the sacraments strengthens us to fight our spiritual battles. 

Therefore, as a Call to Battle this month, the group decided that we would all meet at St Bridget Church from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM on October 12th for Confession and Adoration.  We hope that many of you will be able to join us.

On a separate note, we noticed the fourth Thursday of November and December conflict with our Holiday schedules.  Therefore, for those two months, we will move our meeting dates back to the third Thursday of both months; November 18th and December 16th.  A reminder will go out at the beginning of each month.

I hope everyone has a blessed weekend!

Sean Cox


KOVAR Collections December 30th – Council 5476

Hello Brother Knights,

It is KOVAR time!  I have volunteered to be the organizer this year.  The vests and cans will be available prior to the event for pickup. 

KOVAR 2020 Christmas – New Year Collection

WHEN: December 30, 2020

TIME: 11:00am – 2:00pm

HOW: 2 to 3 brothers at each location

WHERE: 6 ABC locations

I have created the KOVAR 2020 – Sign Up Genius schedule.  Please copy and the paste the link below:  


Any questions, please contact me.


Brother Anthony Mehfoud

Sean Cox will take the plunge for special olympics

Brother Knights, 

Many of you who were at the last member meeting heard about our campaign to help the Special Olympics through participation in the 2021 Polar Plunge.  All of the funds raised go directly to the Special Olympics VA in support of the year-round activities of over 23,000 athletes of all abilities.  Please consider supporting this cause with a donation and/or an email to your friends and family to help increase the reach of this fundraising effort.  

Just in time for any Christmas Giving on your list, please click the link below and then click the DONATE button.  https://impact.specialolympicsva.org/team/328126 

If you would like to join the fundraising effort, you can start your own fundraising page by navigating to 2021 Polar Plunge (specialolympicsva.org) and choosing he JOIN THE PLUNGE button.  Next, choose to JOIN A TEAM and search for and select “Knights of Columbus 5476”.  All donations to your page will be reflected in both your individual total and the team total. 

Thank you all for your support! 

Sean Cox 

Scox121@outlook.com  (757) 342-1273 

Food Drive for Sacred Heart Center Scheduled for 6/27/20 from 11 AM-1 PM

The Knights of Columbus will be conducting a food drive on Saturday, June 27th at St. Bridget for the Sacred Heart Center.  The drive is from 11am to 1pm.

Please help this to be a success by promoting the food drive in your family, with friends, and other St. Bridget networks.  What can you do?

  • Buy some food to contribute at the food drive!
  • Send the attached PDF to your family and friends
  • Amend and forward this email to others with the attached image
  • Ask your contacts to send the flyer or image on to others.

Let me know any questions you have.

Thanks for helping push the word out about the food drive for Sacred Heart Center!

With appreciation – John K. McCulla


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