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
We are proud to honor David and Paula Kupstas and their family!
In February, the council honored the Chef Paul and Marie Antoinette Elbling Family. This Knight and his wife are ready to help when needed. Recently we needed money to fulfill our pledge to Habitat for Humanity and they stepped in to get us all that we needed. They are also sponsoring our Pastor Appreciation Weekend on 2/8-9/2020. More importantly he started our nationally renowned Culinary Team at St. Mary’s and trained Chef Bob and Chef Kevin and our Team. The Culinary Team not only prepares delicious food for our Italian, Polish and Irish Nights they prepare food for other events (Blood Drives, Pastor Appreciation Weekend, etc.). They have also run and prepared French Food for the French Food Festival. He’s been raising money for the Little Sisters of the Poor for 44 years – dinners, the French Food Festival, etc. This family has been an integral part of our Council and St. Mary’s for many years.
We are proud to honor Chef Paul and Marie Antoinette Elbling!
In January, the council honored the family of Mike and Melissa Chiffolo. This Knight is currently our Chancellor, doing a great job as our Program Director. Last year he was our Recording Secretary. He has stepped up when needed at many events. He has led our Christmas Party the last 2 years. This year he has been working hard to get the Habitat for Humanity Build of the ground as one of new Programs (required by Supreme). He has been working with Habitat and Rebecca, Human Concerns to make it happen. He was able to raise the $1,000 donation needed for the Build. Through his persistent efforts we have the Build scheduled for February 29th. This Knight was doing all this while his wife was going through cancer treatment.
We are proud to honor Mike and Melissa Chiffolo and their family!
In December, the Council honored the family of Bob and Ruth Courain. This Family has been active members of St. Mary's parish since 1972. When they first joined, they were new to this area and knew no one. Ruth was a registered nurse and Bob was an instructor of Business at the University of Richmond. At times, they were unable to do much volunteering at St. Mary’s. The parishioners at St. Mary’s actually volunteered at their house to help them with their profoundly brain damaged son, their third child, and the 7 days a week Patterning Program that they ran at home. They showed them what the Love of Christ looked like in real-time. Bob was on the Parish Finance Council when the first Church was being built and both of them served as Eucharistic Ministers at that time. Currently, he is once again serving on the Church Finance Council. In addition, he is on the Board of Commonwealth Catholic Charities Foundation plus serving on three of their committees and the Board of St. Francis Home. She helped on a committee for one of the first Pictorial Directories, helped with Rummage Sales, was Coordinator of the Care A Van, served on committee for the Joyful Journey 50th Anniversary celebration at St. Mary’s Church, serves on the Funeral Team, Lector and Eucharistic Minister at Church and takes communion to the Catholic residents of Manorhouse. They have volunteered in other ways in their community. Bob was on the Board of the MCV Foundation and is a longtime member of the Richmond Rotary Club. Ruth was an EMT with the Centerville Volunteer Rescue Squad.
We are proud to honor Bob and Ruth Courain!
In November, the Council honored the family of Joe and Joy Lenich. This Knight leads the Music Ministry at St. Mary’s. As many of you know, we have outstanding Music at St. Mary’s at our Masses and other Events. He’s worked hard to recruit and work with an outstanding Choir and group of musicians. He’s able to bring in guest musicians easily because they love working with him. Fr. Mike is a tough music critic, so that in and of itself tells you he’s doing a great job. Not only is he involved in Music, he helps out in many other ways at the Church. The day of our Italian Night, he had 2 funerals and a 5:30 pm Mass. Then after the 5:30 pm Mass, he and his spouse made time to Serve at the Dinner and clean-up after the Dinner. Then he turned around the next day and led Music at the 9 am and 11 am Masses. His spouse is involved with the Church as well. She serves at our Quarterly Blood Drives.
We are proud to honor Joe and Joy Lenich!
In October, the Council honored the family of John and Diane Golden. John and Diane Golden have been active members of St. Mary's parish for two decades. John and Diane have been very active in RCIA and have generously served as sponsors for several people who have gone through the RCIA process. John is also currently serving as the coordinator for the Intercessory Prayer Group and takes care of the St. Mary’s Prayer Line (where people call in their intentions). John plays in the Bell Choir, helps set-up and take down for the Bell Choir. He also helps fill the instrumental books with music for the weekend Masses. John makes rosaries, and just recently spent time with the 6th graders at St. Mary’s School teaching the children how to make rosaries, and then praying with them. They are an amazing couple!!!We are proud to honor John and Diane Golden!
In September, the Council honored the family of Nancy and Paul Springman. Nancy and Paul Springman have been members of St. Mary's parish for almost two decades. Nancy is a coordinator of the Parish Nurse Ministry, is a member of the Human Concerns Committee and is a Eucharistic minister to the home bound. Paul served as a member of the Build A Church Development Committee and has been an advisor to several pastors during parish expansion and fundraising efforts. In addition to their service within our parish, Nancy and Paul serve the broader Richmond community through their volunteer work with a number of service organizations and charities.
We are proud to honor Paul and Nancy Springman!
In August, the Council honored the family of Steve and Christina Lomaka. While Steve was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, he volunteered to organize the K of C “Game Night” for our Caritas guests. 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.’ Their son, Matt, often ushers at 9:00 Mass.
We are proud to honor Steve & Christina Lomaka and their family!
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.