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2018 Columbus Day 5K Race Results








Doug O. Christensen

M, 20-29




Kathryn Christensen

F, 20-29




Doug Christensen

M, 50-59




Tyson Pope

M, 30-39




Erin Christensen

F, 20-29




Marcia Byerley

F, 60-69




Marcella Amaya

F, 40-49




Arvesta Roberson

M, 50-59




Garrett Wilamowski

M, 20-29




Dwight Pope

M, 30-39




Carlos Chaves

M, 50-59




Carole Robinson

F, 50-59




Peter Bayer

M, 50-59




Daniel Wheeler

M, 20-29




Sophia Wheeler

F, 20-29




Burton Robinson

M, 50-59




Sweta Patel

F, 30-39




Kathy Gurchiek

F, 60-69




Miguel Serrano

M, 30-39




Adriel Serrano

M, 9-under




Andrea Coulson

F, 40-49




Christine Serrano

F, 30-39




Floridalma Barreto

F, 50-59




Melissa Chaves

F, 50-59




Mary Wheeler

F, 60-69

District Deputy Corner - September

Faith in Action programs are easy to achieve in the months of September and October.  Take note of the following;

There will be a District social, an open house and a fraternal benefits night on Wednesday, 26 September, in the Mt Vernon Council lounge.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, buns and condiments will be provided.  And it is a pot luck buffet, so please bring a dish.  I have not been told if childcare will be provided, but I hope that will be the case.  I cannot encourage attendance strongly enough.  Last year one of our councils missed Star Council solely because they didn’t have any new Insurance Members.  Invite prospects and other people who might be interested in the benefits of being a Knight.  And don’t forget the emembers!  Please spread the word and advertise this in all media available.

October is Respect Life Month and every council in the District should plan for special culture of life activities in their council, parish and community during this time.  Fitzgerald Council conducted a rosary at the abortion clinic on September 1 and will do so again October 6th.  This should be considered a District event and participation from every council is strongly encouraged.  To help prepare for Respect Life Month, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, has published Respect Life Program kits. Based on the theme of this year’s program – Be Not Afraid – the 2017-2018 materials include flyers on abortion, assisted suicide, and building a culture of life.  All kit materials may be viewed at Materials for individual or council use may be ordered by calling toll-free 866-582-0943.

The Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge – an annual competition designed for players to demonstrate their skills in the penalty kick – is held from September through mid-November. It is open to all young people ages 9-14. Mt Vernon Council #5998 will be conducting their soccer challenge at Good Shepherd on September 3rd.  There is no District competition as it is included in the NoVA state competition on November 10th at Bishop Ireton HS.

The “Keep Christ in Christmas” Poster Contest allows children ages 5-14 to engage their creative talents and imaginations while understanding the true meaning of Christmas.  Fitzgerald Council won several of the poster contests last year.  It would be very nice if more young people participated.  Tim Kelly of 5998 and Buck Coates of 459 have done a very admirable job in getting more young people involved in this and many other youth activities.  Thank you both for all your efforts.

Councils should begin planning for a busy October. Beginning on October 6 and continuing through October 14, 2018, councils should participate in the Charitable Service Outreach Week. Suggested programs for that week include: • Conducting a Coats for Kids program. • Conducting a Food for Families program. Councils should begin announcing in their parishes and communities that the collection dates will be during the service week in October. Once the program is complete, councils should report their participation in the program using the Food for Families Reimbursement Program Refund and Plaque Application (#10057) available on

Plan ahead for election day on November 6th .   The Knights of Columbus is strictly non political, but keep in mind our Catholic principals and encourag friends and neighbors to get out and vote. 

District Deputy Corner - Priestly Abuse

My Brother Knights Catholic families,

We are in a time in which the Catholic Church and the Bishops and priests, which we have promised to support, are under seemingly unprecedented attack from without and within.  I do not mean to infer that this is the result of “fake news” but I cannot help but wonder about the number and the extent of the accusations.  I lived through a time when many lives were wrongly ruined by the accusation or mere suggestion of child abuse.  This came about through the acceptance of these accusations, supported by a number of psychologists and psychiatrists, by the local authorities, the court system and the general public.  Many careers and lives were ruined by false accusations, many or even most of which were eventually shown to be false. 

 This does not mean that I doubt current accusations of priestly abuse.  I feel certain that some, if not many, are true.  One abuse is one too many and it is not in our power to forgive those who are guilty.  Particularly abuse by those in whom the Catholic Church and laity has placed great trust.  What I do question is how many have come forward claiming abuse and the timing of their stepping forward.  It seems to be the “in thing” to do.  I read in the news that an investigation in Pennsylvania “implicated 300 priests in the sex abuse of over 1,000 minors across six of the state’s eight dioceses”.  And another investigation states that, “between 1950 and 2002, a staggering 10,667 people across the country accused 4,392 priests of child molestation.  It is hard to comprehend that the laity would not become aware of such widespread misconduct and permit it to continue.   However, this number represented only about 4.3 percent of active American Catholic clergy during that time. (Some studies suggest this is on par with the rates of child sex abuse committed by the general population).  So why are Catholic Priests and the Catholic Church being singled out as more evil and complicit than other members of society?

Knowledge of such horrid activities on the part of subordinate priests and ignoring them, or covering up for them, makes superiors complicit in the abuse of future victims.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation grants forgiveness of one’s sins, but it does not relieve the burden of responsibility for one’s actions, particularly if repetitive behavior demonstrates a lack of true repentance.  And I strongly support corrective and punitive actions against such complicit individuals, but the public outcry against all priests and bishops is unwarranted.  But the apparent trend is to assume that the full hierarchy is totally aware and condoning of subordinate crimes, which is certainly not the case. 

The only real question that we can ask, is, “What can we, as Knights, do about it?”  The Supreme Knight has said we,

“will have an important role to play in rebuilding the Church.  We must commit the Knights of Columbus to work for repentance, reform and rebuilding the Church.” 

He went on to say that,

“We can help rebuild our Church in several ways.  Above all else, Knights - and our chaplains – must embrace love of God and love of neighbor.  This is Christ’s great commandment and the founding mission of our Order.  It is also exactly the opposite of the rejection of God and exploitation of neighbor that our Church has witnessed in these scandals.”

We need to help renew our Church through a Novena of Masses and a continued building of the Domestic Church program, thereby imbuing families of faith and strengthening of parish life.  It is only through a new commitment to support our Priests and Bishops while maintaining a watchful eye that we can achieve the goals of the Knights of Columbus.  


Council Calendar for 2018-2019

PDF of Schedule

Here is the schedule of activities and meetings for the upcoming year.  It can also be downloaded via the attached link:


JULY 2019

Officer Installation: 2 Jul

State Organizational Meeting: 6-8 Jul

Pancake Breakfast: 8 Jul

Fr. Kelly Council 5750 Business Meeting: 16Jul

Council Audit: 28 Jul

Renew Bingo Application: 30 Jul


Send Invitations to Widows

Feast of Our Lady of Angels Event:  2 Aug

Fr. Kelly Council 5750 Business Meeting: 6 Aug

Recruitment Drive: 12 Aug

Pancake Breakfast: 12 Aug
Fr. Kelly Council 5750 Social Meeting: 20 Aug



Fr. Kelly Council 5750 Business Meeting: 4 Sept

Pancake Breakfast: 9 Sept

Past Grand Knight’s Dinner:  15 Sept

Fr. Kelly Council 5750 Social Meeting: 17 Sept (1st Degree Exemplification)



Send Reminders to Widows

Octoberfest event

Fr. Kelly Council 5750 Business Meeting: 1 Oct

Columbus Day 5K Race: 6 Oct
Pancake Breakfast: 14 Oct

Fr. Kelly Council 5750 Social Meeting: 15 Oct

Consecration to the Holy Family




Keep Christ in Christmas card sales begin in the narthex

     Or in the courtyard

Fr. Kelly Council 5750 Business Meeting:  5 Nov

Pancake Breakfast: 11 Nov

Memorial Mass: 12 Nov

Fr. Kelly Council 5750 Social Meeting:  19 Nov

Feed the Homeless




Fr. Kelly Council 5750 Business Meeting:  3 Dec (1st Degree Exemplification)

KCIC Poster Event: TBD – December

Breakfast with Santa Toy Drive (SVdP): 9 Dec

Our Lady of Guadeloupe Event(OLA/STARS): 12 Dec *Note: Bishop Burbidge will concelebrate this event at the Church

Council Christmas Party: 17 Dec (Social Meeting)

Coat for Kids


Fr. Kelly Council 5750 Business Meeting: 7 Jan

Pancake Breakfast: 13 Jan

March for Life: 18 Jan

Fr. Kelly Council 5750 Social Meeting:  21 Jan

Council Audit: 26 Jan

Knight Appreciation/Benefits Dinner or Benefits Open House:  26 Jan

Basketball Free Throw

Novena for Life



Hoagie Preparation: 1 Feb (starting @ 6:00 PM) & 2 Feb (starting @ 9:00 AM)

Hoagie Sales @ OLA:  2 Feb (5:00 PM Mass) & Sunday 3 Feb (after ALL Masses)

Fr. Kelly Council 5750 Business Meeting:  4 Feb
Pancake Breakfast: 10 Feb
Fr. Kelly Council 5750 Social Meeting:  19 Feb

Polar Plunge Event

Spiritual Retreat



MARCH 2019

Recruitment Drive:  3 Mar

Fr. Kelly Council 5750 Business Meeting:  4 Mar (Announce Slate of Officers)

Pancake Breakfast: 10 Mar
Fr. Kelly Council 5750 Social Meeting:  18 Mar

Corporate Communion/Council Mass: 31 Mar

KOVAR/Special Olympics Event


APRIL 2019

Fr. Kelly Council 5750 Business Meeting:  1 Apr
Parish Appreciation Pancake Breakfast: 7 Apr ?
Fr. Kelly Council 5750 Social Meeting:  15 Apr

Good Friday Family Promotion:  19 Apr

Feed the Homeless



MAY 2019

Fr. Kelly Council 5750 Business Meeting:  6 May (Election of Officers)

Fr. Kelly Council 5750 Social Meeting:  20 May


JUNE 2019

Fr. Kelly Council 5750 Business Meeting:  3 Jun

Pancake Breakfast:  8 Jun

Fr. Kelly Council 5750 Social Meeting:  17 Jun




Pentecost Novena

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Pentecost Novena

7:30pm – Hymn: Salve Regina

7:35pm – Rosary or Divine Mercy Chaplet

7:55pm – Sacred Scripture and Fervorino

8:00pm – Novena Prayer

8:10pm – Hymn: Veni Creator Spiritus

8:15pm – Conclusion of Novena Devotions

Following the Novena each night there will be various traditions of Praise and Worship



(To be recited daily during the Novena)

On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace, O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, "Speak Lord for Your servant heareth." Amen.



(To be recited daily during the Novena)

 O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit on Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You  and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord with the sign of Your true disciples, and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.


Day One: Humility of Christ Jesus

Hymn: Salve Regina (daily)

Rosary or Divine Mercy Chaplet (daily)

Sacred Scripture: “Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any [a]affection and compassion, make my joy complete [b]by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing [c]from [d]selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude [e]in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be [f]grasped, but [g]emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death [h]on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.                

12 So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.   14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing; 15 so that you will [i]prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you [j]appear as [k]lights in the world, 16 holding [l]fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all. 18 You too, I urge you, rejoice in the same way and share your joy with me.” (Saint Paul to the Philippians 2:1-19) Fervorino

Novena Prayer: Virgin Mary’s mindset on the Holy Spirit: Humility of Christ Jesus

(recite together) Holy Spirit! Lord of Light! From Your clear celestial height, Your pure beaming radiance give!

Our Lady of the Angels – Spouse of the the Holy Spirit

(recite together) Only one thing is important -- eternal salvation. Only one thing, therefore, is to be feared--sin? Sin is the result of ignorance, weakness, and indifference The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Light, of Strength, and of Love. With His sevenfold gifts He enlightens the mind, strengthens the will, and inflames the heart with love of God. To ensure our salvation we ought to invoke the Divine Spirit daily, for "The Spirit helpeth our infirmity. We know not what we should pray for as we ought. But the Spirit Himself asketh for us."

Prayer (recite together)

Almighty and eternal God, Who hast vouchsafed to regenerate us by water and the Holy Spirit, and hast given us forgiveness all sins, vouchsafe to send forth from heaven upon us your sevenfold Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and fortitude, the Spirit of Knowledge and Piety, and fill us with the Spirit of Holy Fear. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.

Prayer (recite together)

Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

Daily Hymn: Veni Creator Spiritus


Day Two: Faith and Fear of the Lord in Blessing of the Poor in Spirit

of those who Mourn

Sacred Scripture: Now in those days John the Baptist *[a]came, [b]preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven [c]is at hand.” For this is the one referred to [d]by Isaiah the prophet when he said, “The voice of one [e]crying in the wilderness, ‘Make ready the way of the Lord, Make His paths straight!’”

Now John himself had [f]a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem was going out to him, and all Judea and all the district around the Jordan; and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins.

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance; and do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father’; for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham. 10 The axe is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

11 “As for me, I baptize you [g]with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you [h]with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

13 Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be baptized by him. 14 But John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?” 15 But Jesus answering said to him, “Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he *permitted Him. 16 After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and [i]he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and [j]lighting on Him, 17 and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”(Gospel of Matthew 3:1-17) Fervorino

Novena Prayer: Faith and Fear of the Lord in Blessing of the Poor in Spirit (recite together)

Come. Father of the poor. Come, treasures which endure; Come, Light of all that live!

The Gift of Fear (recite together)

The gift of Fear fills us with a sovereign respect for God, and makes us dread nothing so much as to offend Him by sin. It is a fear that arises, not from the thought of hell, but from sentiments of reverence and filial submission to our heavenly Father. It is the fear that is the beginning of wisdom, detaching us from worldly pleasures that could in any way separate us from God. "They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts, and in His sight will sanctify their souls."

Prayer (recite together)

Come, O blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, penetrate my inmost heart, that I may set you, my Lord and God, before my face forever, help me to shun all things that can offend You, and make me worthy to appear before the pure eyes of Your Divine Majesty in heaven, where You live and reign in the unity of the ever Blessed Trinity, God world without end. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES
Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts (recite together)



Day Three: Prudence and Understanding in Blessing of those who Mourn

Sacred Scripture10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves. 12 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it. 15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another [b]Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.

18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 [c]After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. 20 In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) *said to Him, “Lord, what then has happened that You are going to disclose Yourself to us and not to the world?”

23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.  25 “These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. 28 You heard that I said to you, ‘I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 Now I have told you before it happens, so that when it happens, you may believe. (Gospel of John 14:10-29) Fervorino

Novena Prayer: Prudence and Understanding in Blessing of those who Mourn

(recite together)

If Thou take Thy grace away, nothing pure in man will stay, All his good is turn'd to ill.

The Gift of Understanding

the Holy Spirit helps us to grasp the meaning of the truths of our holy religion BY faith we know them, but by Understanding we learn to appreciate and relish them. It enables us to penetrate the inner meaning of revealed truths and through them to be quickened to newness of life. Our faith ceases to be sterile and inactive, but inspires a mode of life that bears eloquent testimony to the faith that is in us; we begin to "walk worthy of God in all things pleasing, and increasing in the knowledge of God."

Prayer (recite together)

Come, O Spirit of Understanding, and enlighten our minds, that we may know and believe all the mysteries of salvation; and may merit at last to see the eternal light in Thy Light; and in the light of glory to have a clear vision of Thee and the Father and the Son. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.

Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts (recite together)


Day Four: Justice and Knowledge by Blessing of God’s Righteousness

Sacred Scripture: “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

            11 “Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “Uncircumcision” by the so-called “Circumcision,” which is performed in the flesh by human hands— 12 remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, 15 by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, 16 and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. 17 And He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near; 18 for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.” (StPaul to the Ephesians 2) Fervorino

Novena Prayer: Justice and Knowledge by Blessing of God’s Righteousness

Light immortal! Light Divine! Visit Thou these hearts of Thine, And our inmost being fill!

The Gift of Knowledge (recite together)

The gift of Knowledge enables the soul to evaluate created things at their true worth--in their relation to God. Knowledge unmasks the pretense of creatures, reveals their emptiness, and points out their only true purpose as instruments in the service of God. It shows us the loving care of God even in adversity, and directs us to glorify Him in every circumstance of life. Guided by its light, we put first things first, and prize the friendship of God beyond all else. "Knowledge is a fountain of life to him that possesseth it."

Prayer: Come, O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, and grant that I may perceive the will of the Father; show me the nothingness of earthly things, that I may realize their vanity and use them only for Thy glory and my own salvation, looking ever beyond them to Thee, and Thy eternal rewards. Amen. Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.

Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts (recite together)


Day Five: Courage and Fortitude to have the Blessing of the Merciful

Sacred Scripture:  22 “Immediately He [a]made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He sent the crowds away. 23 After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone. 24 But the boat was already [b]a long distance from the land, [c]battered by the waves; for the wind was [d]contrary. 25 And in the [e]fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea. 26 When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out [f]in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”

28 “Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and *said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 When they got into the boat, the wind stopped. 33 And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “You are certainly God’s Son!” (Gospel of Matthew 14:22-33) Fervorino

Novena Prayer: Courage and Fortitude to have the Blessing of the Merciful

(recite together) Thou in toil art comfort sweet, Pleasant coolness in the heat, solace in the midst of woe.

The Gift of Fortitude

By the gift of Fortitude the soul is strengthened against natural fear, and supported to the end in the performance of duty. Fortitude imparts to the will an impulse and energy which move it to under take without hesitancy the most arduous tasks, to face dangers, to trample under foot human respect, and to endure without complaint the slow martyrdom of even lifelong tribulation. "He that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be saved."

Prayer (recite together)

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude, uphold my soul in time of trouble and adversity, sustain my efforts after holiness, strengthen my weakness, give me courage against all the assaults of my enemies, that I may never be overcome and separated from Thee, my God and greatest Good. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.

Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts (recite together) 


Day Six: Temperance and Counsel to share the Blessing of the Meek

Sacred Scripture: 26 “When the [h]Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me, 27 [i]and you will testify also, because you have been with Me from the beginning…But these things I have spoken to you, so that when their hour comes, you [b]may remember that I told you of them. These things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you.

“But now I am going to Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the [c]Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; 11 and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.

12 “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you. (Gospel of John 15:26-16:1-15) Fervorino

Novena Prayer: Temperance and Counsel to share the Blessing of the Meek

(recite together)  Heal our wounds--our strength renews; On our dryness pour Thy dew, Wash the stains of guilt away.

The Gift of Counsel (recite together)

The gift of Counsel endows the soul with supernatural prudence, enabling it to judge promptly and rightly what must done, especially in difficult circumstances. Counsel applies the principles furnished by Knowledge and Understanding to the innumerable concrete cases that confront us in the course of our daily duty as parents, teachers, public servants, and Christian citizens. Counsel is supernatural common sense, a priceless treasure in the quest of salvation. "Above all these things, pray to the Most High, that He may direct thy way in truth."

Prayer (recite together)

Come, O Spirit of Counsel, help and guide me in all my ways, that I may always do Thy holy will. Incline my heart to that which is good; turn it away from all that is evil, and direct me by the straight path of Thy commandments to that goal of eternal life for which I long.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.

Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts (recite together)


Day Seven: Love and Piety and see the Blessing of the Pure of Heart

Sacred Scripture:  “For every high priest taken from among men is appointed on behalf of men in things pertaining to God, in order to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins; he can deal gently with the ignorant and misguided, since he himself also is beset with weakness; and because of it he is obligated to offer sacrifices for sins, as for the people, so also for himself. And no one takes the honor to himself, but receives it when he is called by God, even as Aaron was.

So also Christ did not glorify Himself so as to become a high priest, but He who said to Him, “You are My Son,today I have begotten You”; just as He says also in another passage, “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”

In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety. Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation, 10 being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

11 Concerning him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.” (Letter to the Hebrews (5:1-14) Fervorino

Novena Prayer: Love and Piety and see the Blessing of the Pure of Heart

(recite together)

Thou, of all consolers best, visiting the troubled breast, Dost refreshing peace bestow.

The Gift of Piety (recite together)

The gift of Piety begets in our hearts a filial affection for God as our most loving Father. It inspires us to love and respect for His sake persons and things consecrated to Him, as well as those who are vested with His authority, His Blessed Mother and the Saints, the Church and its visible Head, our parents and superiors, our country and its rulers. He who is filled with the gift of Piety finds the practice of his religion, not a burdensome duty, but a delightful service. Where there is love, there is no labor.

Prayer (recite together)

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Piety, possess my heart. Enkindle therein such a love for God, that I may find satisfaction only in His service, and for His sake lovingly submit to all legitimate authority. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.

Prayer (recite together)

Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

Hymn: Veni Creator Spiritus


Day Eight: Hope and Wisdom to become the Blessing of the Peacemakers

Sacred Scripture:  “Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse,
And a branch from his roots will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. And He will delight in the fear of the Lord,
And He will not judge by what His eyes see, nor make a decision by what His ears hear;
but with righteousness He will judge the poor, and decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth; and He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked. Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins,
and faithfulness the belt about His waist. And the wolf will dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard will lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the young lion [
a]and the fatling together; And a little boy will lead them. Also the cow and the bear will graze,
their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child will put his hand on the viper’s den.
They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord As the waters cover the sea.

10 Then in that day the nations will resort to the root of Jesse, who will stand as a [b]signal for the peoples; and His resting place will be [c]glorious.

11 Then it will happen on that day that the Lord will again recover the second time with His hand the remnant of His people, who will remain, from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and from the [d]islands of the sea. 12 And He will lift up a standard for the nations and assemble the banished ones of Israel, and will gather the dispersed of Judah From the four corners of the earth. (Book of the Prophet Isaiah 11:1-12) Fervorino

Novena Prayer: Hope and Wisdom to become the Blessing of the Peacemakers

(recite together)

Bend the stubborn heart and will, melt the frozen warm the chill. Guide the steps that go astray!

The Gift of Wisdom (recite together)

Embodying all the other gifts, as charity embraces all the other virtues, Wisdom is the most perfect of the gifts. Of wisdom it is written "all good things came to me with her, and innumerable riches through her hands." It is the gift of Wisdom that strengthens our faith, fortifies hope, perfects charity, and promotes the practice of virtue in the highest degree. Wisdom enlightens the mind to discern and relish things divine, in the appreciation of which earthly joys lose their savor, whilst the Cross of Christ yields a divine sweetness according to the words of the Saviour: "Take up thy cross and follow me, for my yoke is sweet and my burden light.

Prayer (recite together)

Come, O Spirit of Wisdom, and reveal to my soul the mysteries of heavenly things, their exceeding greatness, power and beauty. Teach me to love them above and beyond all the passing joys and satisfactions of earth. Help me to attain them and possess them forever. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.

Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts (recite together)


Day Nine: Fruits of the Holy Spirit and share in the Blessing those who Suffer with Christ

Sacred Scripture:  It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery… For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love. You were running well…10 I have confidence in you in the Lord that you will adopt no other view; but the one who is disturbing you will bear his judgment, whoever he is… 13 For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.  16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. 19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another” (Saint Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 5:1,5-7a,10,13-26). Fervorino

Novena Prayer: Fruits of the Holy Spirit and share in the Blessing those who Suffer with Christ

Prayer (recite together)

Thou, on those who evermore Thee confess and Thee Adore, in Thy sevenfold gift, Descend; Give Them Comfort when they die; Give them Life with Thee on high; Give them joys which never end. Amen

Prayer (recite together)

The gifts of the Holy Spirit perfect the supernatural virtues by enabling us to practice them with greater docility to divine inspiration. As we grow in the knowledge and love of God under the direction of the Holy Spirit, our service becomes more sincere and generous, the practice of virtue more perfect. Such acts of virtue leave the heart filled with joy and consolation and are known as Fruits of the Holy Spirit. These Fruits in turn render the practice of virtue more attractive and become a powerful incentive for still greater efforts in the service of God, to serve Whom is to reign.

Prayer (recite together)

Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Thy heavenly fruits, Thy charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, faith, mildness, and temperance, that I may never weary in the service of God, but by continued faithful submission to Thy inspiration may merit to be united eternally with Thee in the love of the Father and the Son. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.

Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts (recite together)



An Annual Novena Decreed (paragraph 13&14)

“Wherefore, We decree and command that throughout the whole Catholic Church, this year and in every subsequent year, a Novena shall take place before Whit-Sunday, in all parish churches, and also, if the local Ordinaries think fit, in other churches and oratories. To all who take part in this Novena and duly pray for Our intention, We grant for each day an Indulgence of seven years and seven quarantines; moreover, a Plenary Indulgence on any one of the days of the Novena, or on Whit-Sunday itself, or on any day during the Octave; provided they shall have received the Sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist, and devoutly prayed for Our intention. We will that those who are legitimately prevented from attending the Novena, or who are in places where the devotions cannot, in the judgment of the Ordinary, be conveniently carried out in church, shall equally enjoy the same benefits, provided they make the Novena privately and observe the other conditions. Moreover We are pleased to grant, in perpetuity, from the Treasury of the Church, that whosoever, daily during the Octave of Pentecost up to Trinity Sunday inclusive, offer again publicly or privately any prayers, according to their devotion, to the Holy Ghost, and satisfy the above conditions, shall a second time gain each of the same Indulgences. All these Indulgences We also permit to be applied to the suffrage of the souls in Purgatory.

“And now Our mind and heart turn back to those hopes with which We began, and for the accomplishment of which We earnestly pray, and will continue to pray, to the Holy Ghost. Unite, then, Venerable Brethren, your prayers with Ours, and at your exhortation let all Christian peoples add their prayers also, invoking the powerful and ever-acceptable intercession of the Blessed Virgin. You know well the intimate and wonderful relations existing between her and the Holy Ghost, so that she is justly called His Spouse. The intercession of the Blessed Virgin was of great avail both in the mystery of the Incarnation and in the coming of the Holy Ghost upon the Apostles. May she continue to strengthen our prayers with her suffrages, that, in the midst of all the stress and trouble of the nations, those divine prodigies may be happily revived by the Holy Ghost, which were foretold in the words of David: "Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created, and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth" (Ps. ciii., 30).

  1. As a pledge of Divine favor and a testimony of Our affection, Venerable Brethren, to you, to your Clergy, and people, We gladly impart in the Lord the Apostolic Benediction.

Given at St. Peter's, in Rome, on the 9th day of May, 1897, in the 20th year of Our Pontificate.




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Knights Memorial Mass


Please come join us in the Knight's Memorial Mass at Our Lady of Angels Church on Wednesday, November 8th at 7:00 pm.  This is the one event to come to if you come to no other as we take a time out of our lives to remember our Brother Knights who have passed on.  There will not be a potluck dinner this year.  So please take the time to join us at this important mass on Wed, Nov 8.

Results of the 2017 Columbus Day 5k

Results, Columbus Day 5K



Overall Finish

  1. T. Herlihy, M, 15-19, 21:35.7
  2. J. Hargis, M, 10-14, 21:44.5
  3. Brett Snyder, M, 20-29, 22:13.8
  4. M. Coyle, M, 50-59, 22:19.8
  5. L. Friedman, W, 10-14, 22:57.2
  6. K. Snyder, M, 60-69, 24:18.3
  7. Sam Shaw, W, 20-29, 25:18.5
  8. P. McGinnis, M, 30-39, 26:25.8
  9. S. Rosenbaum, W, 30-39, 26:34.7
  10. K. Rosenbaum, M, 30-39, 26:35.8
  11. M. Byerley, W, 60-69, 27:24.5
  12. R. Frasch, W, 10-14, 28:06.2
  13. M. Amaya, W, 40-49, 28:12.5
  14. R. Sullivan, M, 10-14, 30:14.2
  15. K. Kline, W, 30-39, 30:17.3
  16. E. Otter, W, 50-59, 30:32.0
  17. G. Ciara, W, 40-49, 31:21.2
  18. P. Sinclair, M, 50-59, 31:42.5
  19. S. Murnane, M, 20-29, 32:09.8*
  20. P. Bayer, M, 50-59, 33:14.1
  21. C. Sullivan, W, 10-14, 34:32.0
  22. C. Ciara, W, 10-14, 35:13.5
  23. C. Royse, M, 40-49, 35:43.7
  24. H. Moore, M, 40-49, 37:24.3
  25. K. Royse, W, 10-14, 37:38.7
  26. K. Gurchiek, W, 60-69, 40:18.7
  27. S. Fritschner, M, 60-69, 41:07.3
  28. L. Sullivan, W, 40-49, 41:10.0
  29. H. Frasch, M, 50-59, 42:17.9
  30. J. Otter, M, 50-59, 42:46.9
  31. M. Hargis, W, 50-59, 43:52.6
  32. P. Friedman, W, 50-59, 46:15.4
  33. J. Teodosio, W, 50-59, 47:49.8
  34. R. Yates, M, 50-59, 47:51.7
  35. B. Yates, W, 50-59, 47:55.6
  36. D. Teodosio, M, 15-19, 47:58.3
  37. M. Teodosio, M, 50-59, 48:01.3
  38. J. Russin, F, 10-14, 48:37.0

*runner started after start

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Officer's Installation Ceremony

On Monday, 17 July 2017, we shall have the Officer's Installation Ceremony for Fr. Edwin F. Kelley Council 5750 for Fraternal Year 2017-2018. The District 13 District Deputy and District Warden will officiate the ceremony, our Council Chaplain will provide spiritual guidance, and we shall have a special guest: newly-installed Virginia State Deputy Steve Kehoe. Plus, our Worthy District Deputy, Dave Lewis, has arranged a surprise especially for our Council. This will be a good ceremony, and a great way to kick off the new Fraternal Year. But, we cannot do it without you. We ask our members to wear business formal attire, complete with name badge and pins.


I encourage you to bring your loved ones. And, please bring a homemade dish to share. Following the Officer's Installation Ceremony, we shall have a potluck meal together. So, please bring your favorite dish, or dessert, and beverages. This will be a great time to share with your fellow Brother Knights and our families and friends.


Set up will begin in the Council Hall at or before 6:00 PM. Officer's Muster is at 6:45 PM. The ceremony begins promptly at 7:00 PM. I look toward to seeing you all there.


Vivat Jesus,


SK Philip A. Quigley

Grand Knight - Council 5750

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Novena for the Cause of Life

We invite you and your family to join brother Knights and fellow Catholics around the world in a Novena for the Cause of Life beginning on Sunday, Oct. 4, and ending on Monday, Oct. 12.


Throughout these nine days, we will pray for an end to abortion, euthanasia and other social ills that result in broken families and unhappiness, and which threaten the most vulnerable. The novena calls upon the intercession of Our Lady and draws upon unique quotes from the teachings of Pope Francis regarding the sanctity of all human life.


Join brother Knights and their families to pray this novena for the defense of life and invite your pastor and fellow parishioners to do the same. By uniting in prayer, we’ll be able to stand up against — and ultimately defeat — threats against life.


A downloadable version of the novena can be found here. You can also sign up to receive a daily email, which will include the unique petitions for each of the nine days of the novena. Click here for details.