Knights of Columbus
Monsignor Charles A. Kelly, Jr. Council #14129
Knights of Columbus Council #14129 "Monsignor Charles A. Kelly, Jr." meets on the first Monday of the month at 7:00 pm at St. Mary's Church. All degrees are welcome.
Knight of the Year
The Knight of the Year for 2020-2021 isMike Chiffolo
This Knight is currently our Deputy Grand Knight, doing a great job as our Membership Director. He has been a big help to me as Grand Knight. He started 2 Knights programs from scratch. He hosts the monthly Into the Breach Zoom series for the Council and St. Mary’s Parish (9 months with 3 to go as of June 2021). He organizes the Habitat for Humanity Builds for the Council (he led 3 Builds in 2020-2021 – Oct. 2020, March 2021, and May 2021, 4 total since he started it). He not only organizes and participates in each Build but helps raise the $1,000 needed for each Build. He has stepped up when needed at many events including our Food Events and Feed More. Recently he organized and worked the Chicken Dinner To-Go Event. He organized our Christmas Card Sales to benefit VKCCI which helps those in need. He has led our Christmas Party the last 2 years. He was Family of the Month in January of 2020 and September of 2020 as well. Most importantly, he’s ready, willing, and able to become Grand Knight for the 2021-2022 Fraternal Year.
Family of the Month
The Family of the Month for June of 2021 is The Steve and Christina Lomaka Family!
Steve and his son Matt, a fellow Knight, organized and volunteered for the KOVAR Collection recently. They were there after every Mass to help collect for KOVAR. They also made a generous donation to KOVAR. They’ve been active members helping out at Knights’ Events since they rejoined in 2019. Steve also organizes and runs the K of C “Game Night” for our Caritas Night. Without his leadership, this event would not have happened. Steve and Christina are long-time members of the Parish and they raised their six children here (including quadruplets)! As one member of our staff observed, they truly are a ‘beautiful St. Mary’s Family.’ Matt often ushers at 9:00 am Mass.
Knight of the Month
Knight of the Month for June of 2021 is Dave Durrett.
This Knight is a tireless worker. He has helped set up our meeting room each time as the 1st Inside Guard. During COVID, when we couldn’t meet in-person he’d be posted out front asking the COVID questions. He attends our Officer Meetings. He helps out at all of our events and has DJed (music) when needed (Middle School Dances). He has willingly served as Inside Guard for years and is now willing to step up next year as Warden. More importantly, he raises over $700 each year for our Council with sales of Football Frenzy tickets.
About Monsignor Charles A. Kelly, Jr.
Monsignor Charles A. Kelly, Jr. was born in Richmond, Virginia on July 2, 1942. He was the son of Charles A. Kelly, Sr. and Grace Elizabeth Beckett Kelly.
Msgr. Kelly attended Cathedral Elementary School in Richmond, VA and graduated from Benedictine High School in Richmond in June, 1960. He began his studies for the priesthood at Saint Mary's Seminary in Baltimore. In 1964, he was assigned to the North American College in Rome, Italy to complete his studies. On December 21, 1967, Msgr. Kelly was ordained a priest for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. He received a Licentiate Degree in Sacred Theology from the North American College in June, 1968.
Msgr. Kelly began his ministry serving as Secretary to the Bishop and in the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal in July, 1968. He was appointed to serve as Vice-Chancellor for the diocese in June, 1969 and also served as an associate pastor at Sacred Heart parish from June, 1970 to July, 1971.
In July, 1971, Msgr. Kelly returned to the North American College for graduate studies. He joined the faculty of the North American College in September, 1972 and became its Vice-Rector in December, 1974.
In August, 1979, Msgr. Kelly returned to the United States and became the Pastor of St. Mary's Parish in Richmond.
Msgr. Kelly's first homily to St. Mary's is a reflection of his vision and his desire to work for the Lord. He stated that he was sent to St. Mary's by the Lord and the Church to live, to work, to pray, and give thanks with the parish as its Pastor.
He reflected on the core of St. Mary's parish identity as:
- Freedom to believe in a God who cares, forgives and unites
- Freedom to trust in and share the gifts of mind and heart in all and each other
- Freedom to grow in a communion o of life and love with God and one another
He pledged to the parish to do his best to:
- Call us to prayer - personal and shared prayer at liturgy - deepening our relationship with the Lord
- To make St. Mary's always hospitable to the Word and Spirit of God
- To proclaim God's word clearly and meaningfully. he stated that he would put forth his best effort to share parishioners' lives, to be accessible and to be open to the parishioners' experience of life.
He encouraged the parishioners to share their gifts for the service to all, that together, we may be something beautiful for God and share his glory through service to the Church and to the world. He asked the parishioners to ground their lives, their insights, and their decisions in prayer.