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 February of 2021 is The Alex and Clenise White Family!
This family was proposed by Fr. Mike and Rebecca. Clenise and her husband, Alex have handmade 3,222 face shields which, with the help of Parish Nurses, have been delivered throughout the Commonwealth to front-line medical workers, hospitals, police, firefighters, etc. AND to small rural clinics who otherwise might not have been able to get this added layer of protection! She has for many years been an avid supporter of our outreach ministry in Haiti---hand crafting beautiful cards and other paper artworks which we sold at our annual Haiti Sponsorship weekends. They are a gentle, loving couple who are always giving back to the community. Her mother, Jo (Josephine Stonisch), lives with them, and just celebrated her 105th birthday. We are blessed to have them as members of our parish community!!
Knight of the Month
Knight of the Month for February of 2021 is Frank Lassiter.
This Knight was the Knight of the Month 1 year ago (February of 2020). This Knight I could call Mr. St. Mary, along with his partner in crime, Rich Bemis. He has been our “resident bartender” in the parish for some time---he serves at parish receptions, funeral lunches, and wherever there is a need! In addition, he picks up our food orders from PFG Food Service, and sets up the supplies each weekend for the weekend coffee servers. PLUS---he is always willing to do whatever is needed!! AND—this doesn’t come under my job, but he always pitches in to help when something goes awry or is last minute – like helping move furniture at the school at the start of the school year!!! He is easy going and pleasant with everyone!! He is Rebecca’s and the Church's right-hand person when anything needs to get done. Every time I turn around I see him – Ushering, serving drinks, cooking at a Blood Drive, and other events.
He has not slowed down since then. This Knight does everything around the Church. Whenever anything is needed at the Church, they can call on him. I’m sure he misses calls from Sr. Pat since she is no longer working at the Church. He works with the Culinary Team and has been helped with our recent events – Italian Food TO-GO, Soup TO-GO, and Christmas Meals TO-GO. He helps lead the Bar Ministry for the Church at many events (not any during COVID). He also is an Usher (Not recently). He helps decorate the Church for Christmas. He’s always ready and willing to step in to help.
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.