Knights of Columbus

Monsignor Charles A. Kelly, Jr. Council #14129



General Information

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.

Family of the Month

The Family of the Month for February 2023 is The Mark and Mary Stechschulte Family.

This Knight family has put their Faith into Action in a most impactful way in recent months.  Since transferring into our Council, Mark has provided hardworking volunteer support to the Council Culinary Ministry, Feed More, and the Red Cross!  His support in chopping, mixing, and baking as part of the Council Culinary Ministry’s meal preparation during our Council Soup-to-Go and Polish Night fundraisers for charity was greatly needed and appreciated by his team members.  His monthly support at Feed More sorting, packing, and boxing food is heartfelt and life-sustaining for our neighbors in need of food throughout the Richmond community.  His support of the Red Cross during the Knights' recent Blood Drive helped ensure that necessary blood was available to those in desperate need of life-saving blood.  Maybe most importantly, Mark always volunteers his time and effort with a big smile and a caring heart!  Of course, Mark could not have done any of this without the support of his wife, Mary, who encouraged him to step into the breach and reach out to those in need.  We are all very grateful to this family, and for their efforts putting their Faith into Action, The Family of the Month for February is The Mark and Mary Stechschulte Family.


Knight of the Month

The Knight of the Month for February 2023 is The Novena for Life Prayer Team of Rich Bemis, Rich Gasperini, Mike O’Brien, and Jack Sheehan.

These four Knights put their Faith into Action in January during St. Mary’s Novena for Life and we are all very blessed by their prayerful support for life!  Over nine consecutive days leading up to the National March For Life, each Knight took turns organizing and leading 20 minutes of prayers for life after Mass.  The brief service included Scripture readings and special intercessions.  Nearly 200 parishioners and non-parishioners joined them in these Novena prayers!  The strong faith of these Knights and their prayerful actions remind us that our Catholic Christian faith calls on us to pray and act as we proclaim the dignity and value of every human life.  For putting their Faith into Action through prayer, The Knight of the Month for February 2023 is The Novena for Life Prayer Team of Rich Bemis, Rich Gasperini, Mike O’Brien, and Jack Sheehan.

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.