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.
Family of the Month
The Family of the Month for November 2021 is The Kevin and Julie Ogborne Family.
This Knight, supported by his wife, has provided heroic charitable support to the Knights, the Parish, and numerous local charities this fraternal year. We all know Kevin can cook a delicious meal, but Kevin is recognized today for his leadership of the Council’s Culinary Ministry! So far this fraternal year, Kevin has directed his team of novice and experienced chefs as they prepared, cooked, and, where necessary, packaged meals at five charitable fundraising or Knights sponsored events, in addition to other Parish events. Kevin has worked tirelessly to support the charitable giving resulting from our Council food fundraisers this fraternal year, and his cooking and leadership skills have enabled the Council to already donate over $1500 in cash and meals as part of the Knights Food For Families Program. Of course, Kevin would not have been able to work as hard in the kitchen without the support of his wife, Julie, who, in addition to her support of the Parish community, recognizes Kevin’s love for cooking. Neither of them may realize the impact of their efforts in helping their neighbors in need, but we do, and for their efforts, The Family of the Month for November of 2021 is The Kevin and Julie Ogborne Family.
Knight of the Month
The Knight of the Month for November of 2021 is The Culinary Ministry Members of Rich Bemis, Larry Dickenson, Jim Hribar, Dan Kaczka, Frank Lassiter, Richard Mallory, Bob Rosbaugh, Jordan Taylor, and John (Bob) White.
These Knights have stepped up in the kitchen this fraternal year, helping to prepare, cook, and, where necessary, package meals at five charitable fundraising or Knights sponsored events, in addition to other Parish events. Their efforts in supporting October’s Italian Food fundraiser, which was both a To-Go and In-Person event to raise money for KOVAR and Habitat for Humanity, is especially noteworthy, since this was the Council’s first In-Person post-COVID event. They put in long hours over a hot stove, nicked a few fingers with their knives, and generally tired themselves out. The end result was some delicious Italian food enjoyed by over 200 Parishioners and friends, and a significant amount of money raised for charity. For their exemplary efforts putting their Faith in Action, The Knight of the Month for November of 2021 is The Culinary Ministry Members of Rich Bemis, Larry Dickenson, Jim Hribar, Dan Kaczka, Frank Lassiter, Richard Mallory, Bob Rosbaugh, Jordan Taylor, and John (Bob) White.
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.