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 May 2022 is The David and Paula Kupstas Family.

Long-time parishioners, David and Paula are recognized this month for the more recent ways they have put their Faith into Action!  David is recognized for his stellar work as Council Financial Secretary this fraternal year!!  David has consistently provided sage advice and recommendations on Council budgetary matters.  Especially noteworthy, David has been organized and anticipatory; he has dug down into the numbers to help us keep aligned as much as possible with Council fundraising goals!  Maybe most importantly, David enjoys the support he provides our Council and is interested in the well-being of Council members, and the Council membership is truly appreciative of his efforts!  Of course, David could not support the Knights in the manner he does without the support of his wife, Paula, who not only supports the Knights but currently supports the Parish in many ways!  On any given day you might see Paula driving seniors to medical appointments through the Shepherd's Center, helping prepare and serve coffee after masses or other church events, serving as a Eucharistic Minister, or even collecting bottles for recycling from the upper commons kitchen after receptions and weekly apple juice service.  For their heartwarming efforts putting their Faith into Action, The Family of the Month for May of 2022 is The David and Paula Kupstas Family.

Knight of the Month

The Knight of the Month for May 2022 is William (Bick) Bickerstaff.

This Knight has really put his Faith into Action this fraternal year!  As the Council’s 2nd Inside Guard, Bick is here early for every monthly Council meeting, helping to make sure the room is set up appropriately in conformance with Knights of Columbus meeting guidelines.  Bick is also a steady volunteer at our monthly Council Feed More support days, standing on his feet for 2-3 hours at a time packaging frozen food for distribution.  Bick has also volunteered to support multiple Parish/Council quarterly Blood Drives, doing many behind-the-scenes tasks so necessary for the comfort of those donating blood.  Let’s not forget that Bick also recently volunteered at our March Irish Night, manning the water/tea/soda table and making sure those refreshments kept flowing!  For his exemplary efforts this fraternal year putting his Faith into Action, The Knight of the Month for May 2022 is William (Bick) Bickerstaff.

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.