2019 Catholic Men’s Conference This Saturday 03-23-2019

Email lshadowen@aol.com if you would like to car pool and I will put you in touch with others who want to car pool.

Overview

On Saturday, March 23, 2019 men from across the diocese will gather at Saint Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg for the 6th annual Diocesan Catholic Men’s Conference. This year’s theme is “Christ Our Hope” and will feature a dual-track conference with keynote speakers in English and Spanish, breakout opportunities, Reconciliation, Adoration, and Mass. Keynote speakers for both the English and Spanish-speaking tracks will be announced soon.

General registration will be available online for $55 until March 16, 2018. After that point, registration will only be available at the door for $60. As always, the conference is free for priests and religious brothers.

All those interested may contact the Center for Marriage, Family, and Life at cmfl@richmonddiocese.org or 804-622-5109 for more information. Visit https://evangelizerichmond.org/events/2019-catholic-mens-conference/ for full conference details.

REGISTER HERE

Keynote Speakers (English)

Dr. Scott Powell

Dr. Powell is a teacher, speaker, theologian, author, and podcast host, who–with his wife–founded Camp Wojtyla; a dynamic ministry that teaches the riches of the Catholic faith to young people through outdoor adventure. He is also the director of the Aquinas Institute for Catholic Thought, an intellectual outreach to the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Monsignor Walter Barrett

Monsignor Walter Barrett has been a priest of the Diocese of Richmond for over 40 years. He currently serves as the pastor of Saint Mary Star of the Sea at Fort Monroe and Saint Joseph in Hampton. Additionally, he serves as the Vicar for the Eastern Vicariate.

Registration Cost

General registration will be available online for $55 until March 17, 2019. After that point, registration will only be available at the door for $60. As always, the conference is free for priests and religious brothers.

All those interested may contact the Center for Marriage, Family, and Life at cmfl@richmonddiocese.org or 804-622-5109 for more information. Visit https://evangelizerichmond.org/events/2019-catholic-mens-conference/ for full conference details and to register online.

2019 Catholic Men’s Conference This Saturday 03-23-2019

Email lshadowen@aol.com if you would like to car pool and I will put you in touch with others who want to car pool.

Overview

On Saturday, March 23, 2019 men from across the diocese will gather at Saint Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg for the 6th annual Diocesan Catholic Men’s Conference. This year’s theme is “Christ Our Hope” and will feature a dual-track conference with keynote speakers in English and Spanish, breakout opportunities, Reconciliation, Adoration, and Mass. Keynote speakers for both the English and Spanish-speaking tracks will be announced soon.

General registration will be available online for $55 until March 16, 2018. After that point, registration will only be available at the door for $60. As always, the conference is free for priests and religious brothers.

All those interested may contact the Center for Marriage, Family, and Life at cmfl@richmonddiocese.org or 804-622-5109 for more information. Visit https://evangelizerichmond.org/events/2019-catholic-mens-conference/ for full conference details.

REGISTER HERE

Keynote Speakers (English)

Dr. Scott Powell

Dr. Powell is a teacher, speaker, theologian, author, and podcast host, who–with his wife–founded Camp Wojtyla; a dynamic ministry that teaches the riches of the Catholic faith to young people through outdoor adventure. He is also the director of the Aquinas Institute for Catholic Thought, an intellectual outreach to the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Monsignor Walter Barrett

Monsignor Walter Barrett has been a priest of the Diocese of Richmond for over 40 years. He currently serves as the pastor of Saint Mary Star of the Sea at Fort Monroe and Saint Joseph in Hampton. Additionally, he serves as the Vicar for the Eastern Vicariate.

Registration Cost

General registration will be available online for $55 until March 17, 2019. After that point, registration will only be available at the door for $60. As always, the conference is free for priests and religious brothers.

All those interested may contact the Center for Marriage, Family, and Life at cmfl@richmonddiocese.org or 804-622-5109 for more information. Visit https://evangelizerichmond.org/events/2019-catholic-mens-conference/ for full conference details and to register online.

March 9, 2019-Lenten Pilgrimage to The Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

From Mike:

Gents, 
Here is the schedule:
6:30 a.m.  Depart St Bridget front parking lot by carpool
8:30 Breakfast at the Shrine
9:00 Guided tour
10:00 Confessions available, private prayer, bookstore, etc. 
11:00 Private Mass in Chapel (Father Christian presiding). We also have 2-3 Deacons attending at this point
11:45-1:00 p.m. More private time or optional side trip, Shrine of St. John Paul II
Approx 1:00  Stations of the Cross (Crypt Church, lower level of the Shrine)
After Stations, adjourn to lunch ( tentative The Dubliner, but open to suggestions)
3:00ish  Depart for St. Bridget
If you have already signed up on the sheet that was passed around at the last Men’s Ministry meeting, no need to sign-up again. Please contact me at ckoz654@aol.com to sign-up and please note if you are willing to be a driver (that garners you a lunch on the group). As always, you are free to spend your time on the Pilgrimage as you wish, all is optional ( but you should probably eat lunch for health reasons). 
Look forward to hearing from you!

Mike K

Asking You to Volunteer at the Annual Parish Fish Fry! Please Respond with Your Choice of Assignment!

From John:

Hello Fellow Parishioners and Fish Fry Volunteers! 

The Annual Parish Fish Fry is just three weeks away on Friday, March 22nd!  Wow – Almost here!

It’s lining up to another great evening!  Good fellowship, good entertainment – the Hullabaloos are back! – and great food and fun!  As you know, the proceeds fund the scholarships provided by the Knights of Columbus to graduating eight graders from St. Bridget School going on to a Catholic High School education!  What a great cause!

 Please plan to come and please invite your family and friends.  You can let us know you will be there by buying your tickets soon!

 AND . . . I hope that you will be able to help by volunteering during the evening.  Your help makes this evening happen! 

 We have several schedules:

-          Help setup from 1pm to 4:30 pm

-          Help at a station from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm (arrive at 4:30)

-          Help at a station from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (arrive at 6:00)

-          Help Cleanup from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm

So please respond to John at jkmcculla@comcast.net right away and let him know where you can assist.  If you just want to tell him when, he’ll assign you a spot where you will be most helpful! 

 Thank you all in advance for coming to the Fry, and for offering your help!!!

 John

March 9, 2019-Lenten Pilgrimage to The Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

From Mike:

Gents, 
Here is the schedule:
6:30 a.m.  Depart St Bridget front parking lot by carpool
8:30 Breakfast at the Shrine
9:00 Guided tour
10:00 Confessions available, private prayer, bookstore, etc. 
11:00 Private Mass in Chapel (Father Christian presiding). We also have 2-3 Deacons attending at this point
11:45-1:00 p.m. More private time or optional side trip, Shrine of St. John Paul II
Approx 1:00  Stations of the Cross (Crypt Church, lower level of the Shrine)
After Stations, adjourn to lunch ( tentative The Dubliner, but open to suggestions)
3:00ish  Depart for St. Bridget
If you have already signed up on the sheet that was passed around at the last Men’s Ministry meeting, no need to sign-up again. Please contact me at ckoz654@aol.com to sign-up and please note if you are willing to be a driver (that garners you a lunch on the group). As always, you are free to spend your time on the Pilgrimage as you wish, all is optional ( but you should probably eat lunch for health reasons). 
Look forward to hearing from you!

Mike K

Pastoral Council Nomination Deadline is MARCH 3

Last chance to nominate!  Please submit any nominations before the nomination period closes on March 3.

Upcoming Pastoral Council Elections – Call to Serve

It is time for our yearly Saint Bridget Pastoral Council transition and we are looking for parish members who are interested in continuing their involvement with the parish community by serving on our Saint Bridget Pastoral Council.  It is a 3 year commitment starting in June 2019.  Members of Pastoral Council are selected by a Nomination and Selection Committee, and may self-nominate or be nominated by another member of the parish.   Our Pastoral Council serves in an advisory role to our Pastor, Monsignor Carr.  We strive to promote the spiritual well-being of our parish members, to promote communication and coordination among various parish groups, and to assist in creating and furthering the goals and priorities of our vibrant parish.  

We are asking all ministry leaders to prayerfully consider submitting nominations for consideration.  Please send the name, phone number, and email address of any parishioner whom you would like to nominate to Pierre Morel (pierremorel7@gmail.com) or Britta Wolfe (wolfe.mom4@verizon.net).  We look forward to hearing from you.  Thank you!

Men's Evening of Recollection March

Our usual day for Evening of Recollection falls on Ash Wednesday this year, so there will not be a formal EOR.

However, if you would like to meet with Fr. Larry on Ash Wednesday please contact him frlarry@restonstudycenter.org with a range of times you are available to meet him between 2:30 and 8:00 on Ash Wednesday (March 6th), noting any preferred time. He will be in the Murphy Room at St. Bridget.

March FIRST Saturday Meeting

We will meet on the FIRST Saturday of March, March 2, beginning at 7:00 a.m. with coffee available at 6:30. 

We will view and discuss the second installment of Bishop Robert Barron’s video series “The Mass”. The meeting will be downstairs in the parish hall so we can view the video.

Here is additional info on the 6 session course:

https://store.wordonfire.org/collections/the-mass/products/the-mass-study-guide-pre-order

Here is a quick video introduction to the course:

https://youtu.be/xCnPHtz0sZA

The annual Shrine trip is March 9 and the Diocesan Men’s Conference is March 23.

At our March 2 meeting, we’ll decide if we want to have a THIRD Saturday meeting on March 16 as well.

Thanks to Frank for volunteering to facilitate our March FIRST Saturday meeting.

Thanks to Tim and Frank for facilitating our February THIRD Saturday meeting.

Thanks to Frank for facilitating our February FIRST Saturday meeting.

Please email lshadowen@aol.com to volunteer to facilitate a meeting.

Coffee starts at 6:30!

March 9, 2019-Lenten Pilgrimage to The Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

From Mike:

Gents, 
Here is the schedule:
6:30 a.m.  Depart St Bridget front parking lot by carpool
8:30 Breakfast at the Shrine
9:00 Guided tour
10:00 Confessions available, private prayer, bookstore, etc. 
11:00 Private Mass in Chapel (Father Christian presiding). We also have 2-3 Deacons attending at this point
11:45-1:00 p.m. More private time or optional side trip, Shrine of St. John Paul II
Approx 1:00  Stations of the Cross (Crypt Church, lower level of the Shrine)
After Stations, adjourn to lunch ( tentative The Dubliner, but open to suggestions)
3:00ish  Depart for St. Bridget
If you have already signed up on the sheet that was passed around at the last Men’s Ministry meeting, no need to sign-up again. Please contact me at ckoz654@aol.com to sign-up and please note if you are willing to be a driver (that garners you a lunch on the group). As always, you are free to spend your time on the Pilgrimage as you wish, all is optional ( but you should probably eat lunch for health reasons). 
Look forward to hearing from you!

Mike K

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Most dangerous place in America? A woman's womb.

From Wayne:

I wonder if you are able to access this recording for which I've provided a link. Flipping radio channels coming in this morning I happened upon the Bible Broadcast Network. Bryant Nelson presents a daily "Take A Minute" recording, usually about a minute in length.

Hearing it, I was moved to retrieve it on line, pass it to you, and ask you to pass it on to the guys in an upcoming update for SBMMFF.

https://bbn1.bbnradio.org/english/home/all-programs/take-a-minute-bryant-nelson/take-a-minute-monday/


From Mike:

Flannery O’Connor in the Vatican Basilica

by George Weigel

In one of her finely-crafted apologetical letters to the pseudonymous “A” in The Habit of Being, Flannery O’Connor explains to a skeptical friend that Catholics today suffer far more from the Church than for the Church. In the placid Catholic Fifties, Miss O’Connor undoubtedly had in mind the suffering that came from dull preaching, inept catechetics, obnoxious behavior, and other quotidian challenges to spiritual equanimity. And what was that, compared to what had been suffered in the great ages of persecution?

Were Flannery O’Connor alive today, however, it’s not hard to imagine her making the same observation, but with a considerably sharper edge on it. And perhaps her keen insight would have led her to a further suggestion: that the suffering that Catholics endure from the Church today—suffering has been palpable for months—must be transformed, by disciplined effort and a more radical openness to grace, into a suffering for the Church that helps cleanse the Church.

I hadn’t expected to be thinking of Flannery O’Connor quotes last Friday when I walked into the Basilica of St. Peter’s a little before 7:30 a.m. with my friend and former student, Father Daniel Hanley. I wanted to see the candlelit Bernini Altar of the Chair and the robed, tiara-crowned statue of the Prince of the Apostles on the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, and Father Hanley, a faculty member at the Pontifical North American College, kindly agreed to celebrate Mass in the basilica for me. The altar Father Hanley had reserved, which includes the tomb of Pope St. Leo IX, had been usurped by another celebrant, so we “moved” a few yards away to the altar of St. Joseph, within which are relics of the apostles Simon and Jude. That location (the closest you come in today’s basilica to the probable site of Peter’s crucifixion in Nero’s Circus), the Gospel reading for the day, and Father Hanley’s fine homily combined to put my experiences of recent months, and of the pope’s “meeting for the protection of minors,” into perspective—and then brought to mind Flannery O’Connor.

The Gospel the Church reads on the Feast of Peter’s Chair is quite familiar: Matthew 16:13–19. On the road to Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asks his disciples what the crowds are saying about him. After a variety of answers are given, Peter makes his confession of faith—“You are the Christ, the son of the living God”—and the Lord gives him a commission: “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

In the context of Matthew’s Gospel, Father Hanley observed, that scene is not a revelation of Christ: in his first chapter, Matthew has already told his readers that Jesus has been conceived by the action of the Holy Spirit, so the readers know what’s what and who’s who. No, Peter’s confession and the Lord’s response, twelve chapters later, is the revelation of the Church. And as the Lord makes clear by the gift of the keys, the Church exists to preach the gospel: to proclaim the salvation of the world and be the vessel of grace by which we are saved. That is what the Church is for. That is Catholicism’s raison d’etre.

The Church, Father Hanley continued, is a secondary object of faith; the primary object of the act of faith is the Thrice-Holy God. But the Church is, nonetheless, an object of faith. Yesterday, hundreds of millions of Catholics throughout the world signaled that by saying “I believe in one holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.” Yes, the foundation of Catholic faith is friendship with Jesus Christ: He is the primary object of our faith, along with his Father and their Holy Spirit. But Catholic Christianity does not permit a choice between Christ (or the Trinity) and the Church. It’s a package deal. To say, in our various ways, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God,” means incorporation into his Body, the Church.

The import of reciting the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed every week is, somehow, easier to grasp in St. Peter’s, where the extraordinary density of Catholic history is palpable—and so is the reality of suffering from and for the Church and its Lord.

We were, after all, celebrating the Eucharist in a time of crisis and praying for the Church’s leaders a few yards from the likely site of St. Peter’s final suffering—Peter, who had suffered from the Church (some of whose early members challenged his table-fellowship with Gentiles) as well as for the Church and the Master. Our Eucharist was being celebrated above some of the mortal remains of two of Peter’s friends and fellow-apostles, Simon and Jude—also martyrs. The altar itself and the mosaic above it were dedicated to St. Joseph: Patron of the Universal Church, and a man who had to configure his will to God’s will on many occasions, no doubt with some measure of suffering. Next door, so to speak, was the tomb of Bruno of Egisheim-Dagsburg, St. Leo IX: a reforming pope who worked with St. Peter Damian (an ascetic who embraced mortification and fasting as spiritual disciplines) to cleanse the Catholic clergy of sexual sin in the eleventh century.

Twenty-first-century postmodernity regards suffering as an absurdity and flees from it by any number of escape routes—including the seemingly attractive but ultimately soul-crushing path of sexual license. The gospel challenges Catholics to be countercultural in many ways, but none of those ways is perhaps more sharply countercultural than the challenge to embrace suffering as a means of purification. And that is one lesson I took away from that morning in the patriarchal Vatican basilica, amidst a meeting to consider the suffering that men consecrated to the service of Christ and the Church have inflicted on others: Those who have personally suffered the scourge of clerical sexual abuse, those who have suffered from angry embarrassment over revelations of it, and those in the Church’s official leadership who have been inadequate (or worse) in their response to it must find ways to transform this suffering from and in the Church into a suffering for the Church that becomes a means of purifying the Church.

Lent begins next week. The Lord told his frustrated and angry disciples that certain kinds of devils can only be cast out by intensified prayer and fasting. As the Church struggles with the devils that beset it during the upcoming Forty Days, may the mortification the people of the Church freely embrace for the Church, in their Lenten disciplines, be a means of repairing the damage that has been done from the Church, for the sake of a purified Church that can proclaim again, with credibility, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”

And may this coming Lent, and the Eastertide to follow, be the occasion for Catholics to thank the many good men in Holy Orders whom they know—and in doing so, help ease the pain these priests and bishops feel over the failures of their brothers in the ministry.

George Weigel is Distinguished Senior Fellow of Washington’s Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he holds the William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies.

March FIRST Saturday Meeting

We will meet on the FIRST Saturday of March, March 2, beginning at 7:00 a.m. with coffee available at 6:30. 

We will view and discuss the second installment of Bishop Robert Barron’s video series “The Mass”. The meeting will be downstairs in the parish hall so we can view the video.

Here is additional info on the 6 session course:

https://store.wordonfire.org/collections/the-mass/products/the-mass-study-guide-pre-order

Here is a quick video introduction to the course:

https://youtu.be/xCnPHtz0sZA

The annual Shrine trip is March 9 and the Diocesan Men’s Conference is March 23.

At our March 2 meeting, we’ll decide if we want to have a THIRD Saturday meeting on March 16 as well.

Thanks to Frank for volunteering to facilitate our March FIRST Saturday meeting.

Thanks to Tim and Frank for facilitating our February THIRD Saturday meeting.

Thanks to Frank for facilitating our February FIRST Saturday meeting.

Please email lshadowen@aol.com to volunteer to facilitate a meeting.

Coffee starts at 6:30!

March FIRST Saturday Meeting

We will meet on the FIRST Saturday of March, March 2, beginning at 7:00 a.m. with coffee available at 6:30. 

We will view and discuss the second installment of Bishop Robert Barron’s video series “The Mass”. The meeting will be downstairs in the parish hall so we can view the video.

Here is additional info on the 6 session course:

https://store.wordonfire.org/collections/the-mass/products/the-mass-study-guide-pre-order

Here is a quick video introduction to the course:

https://youtu.be/xCnPHtz0sZA

The annual Shrine trip is March 9 and the Diocesan Men’s Conference is March 23.

At our March 2 meeting, we’ll decide if we want to have a THIRD Saturday meeting on March 16 as well.

Thanks to Frank for volunteering to facilitate our March FIRST Saturday meeting.

Thanks to Tim and Frank for facilitating our February THIRD Saturday meeting.

Thanks to Frank for facilitating our February FIRST Saturday meeting.

Please email lshadowen@aol.com to volunteer to facilitate a meeting.

Coffee starts at 6:30!

Upcoming Pastoral Council Elections – Call to Serve 

It is time for our yearly Saint Bridget Pastoral Council transition and we are looking for parish members who are interested in continuing their involvement with the parish community by serving on our Saint Bridget Pastoral Council.  It is a 3 year commitment starting in June 2019.  Members of Pastoral Council are selected by a Nomination and Selection Committee, and may self-nominate or be nominated by another member of the parish.   Our Pastoral Council serves in an advisory role to our Pastor, Monsignor Carr.  We strive to promote the spiritual well-being of our parish members, to promote communication and coordination among various parish groups, and to assist in creating and furthering the goals and priorities of our vibrant parish.  


We are asking all ministry leaders to prayerfully consider submitting nominations for consideration.  Please send the name, phone number, and email address of any parishioner whom you would like to nominate to Pierre Morel (pierremorel7@gmail.com) or Britta Wolfe (wolfe.mom4@verizon.net).  We look forward to hearing from you.  Thank you!

2019 Catholic Men’s Conference Saturday 03-23-2019

Overview

On Saturday, March 23, 2019 men from across the diocese will gather at Saint Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg for the 6th annual Diocesan Catholic Men’s Conference. This year’s theme is “Christ Our Hope” and will feature a dual-track conference with keynote speakers in English and Spanish, breakout opportunities, Reconciliation, Adoration, and Mass. Keynote speakers for both the English and Spanish-speaking tracks will be announced soon.

General registration will be available online for $55 until March 16, 2018. After that point, registration will only be available at the door for $60. As always, the conference is free for priests and religious brothers.

All those interested may contact the Center for Marriage, Family, and Life at cmfl@richmonddiocese.org or 804-622-5109 for more information. Visit https://evangelizerichmond.org/events/2019-catholic-mens-conference/ for full conference details.

REGISTER HERE

Keynote Speaker (English)

Coming Soon!

Registration Cost

General registration will be available online for $55 until March 17, 2019. After that point, registration will only be available at the door for $60. As always, the conference is free for priests and religious brothers.

All those interested may contact the Center for Marriage, Family, and Life at cmfl@richmonddiocese.org or 804-622-5109 for more information. Visit https://evangelizerichmond.org/events/2019-catholic-mens-conference/ for full conference details and to register online.

February THIRD Saturday Meeting, February 16

On the THIRD Saturday of February, February 16, we’d like to explore St. Francis de Sales (his Feast Day is January 24) and his book The Devout Life, which is accessible online here: https://www.catholicity.com/devoutlife/

Thanks to Frank and Tim for volunteering to facilitate the discussion.

Thanks to Frank for facilitating our FIRST February meeting.

Thanks to Tim for facilitating our THIRD Saturday January meeting.

Thanks to Wayne for moderating our FIRST Saturday January meeting.

Please email lshadowen@aol.com to volunteer to facilitate a meeting.

Coffee starts at 6:30!

March 9, 2019-Lenten Pilgrimage to The Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

From Mike:

Gents, 
Here is the schedule:
6:30 a.m.  Depart St Bridget front parking lot by carpool
8:30 Breakfast at the Shrine
9:00 Guided tour
10:00 Confessions available, private prayer, bookstore, etc. 
11:00 Private Mass in Chapel (Father Christian presiding). We also have 2-3 Deacons attending at this point
11:45-1:00 p.m. More private time or optional side trip, Shrine of St. John Paul II
Approx 1:00  Stations of the Cross (Crypt Church, lower level of the Shrine)
After Stations, adjourn to lunch ( tentative The Dubliner, but open to suggestions)
3:00ish  Depart for St. Bridget
If you have already signed up on the sheet that was passed around at the last Men’s Ministry meeting, no need to sign-up again. Please contact me at ckoz654@aol.com to sign-up and please note if you are willing to be a driver (that garners you a lunch on the group). As always, you are free to spend your time on the Pilgrimage as you wish, all is optional ( but you should probably eat lunch for health reasons). 
Look forward to hearing from you!

Mike K

February THIRD Saturday Meeting, February 16

On the THIRD Saturday of February, February 16, we’d like to explore St. Francis de Sales (his Feast Day is January 24) and his book The Devout Life, which is accessible online here: https://www.catholicity.com/devoutlife/

We need someone to volunteer to facilitate the discussion.

Thanks to Frank for facilitating our FIRST February meeting.

Thanks to Tim for facilitating our THIRD Saturday January meeting.

Thanks to Wayne for moderating our FIRST Saturday January meeting.

Please email lshadowen@aol.com to volunteer to facilitate a meeting.

Coffee starts at 6:30!