In Richmond, we are doing something new and exciting this fall for 40 Days for Life which will be September 26-November 4.
We are asking each church or organization involved with 40 Days for Life to take ONE day of the campaign and fill it with prayer.
Prayer would be held at the vigil site at 201 N. Hamilton, Richmond on the right of way in front of Planned Parenthood.
There are just 12 hours – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day – at the Richmond campaign.
Please check to see if you can claim a day for your Council?
If you choose a date, please let the coordinator know and it will show up on the local vigil calendar on that date you have chosen. Then you can sign up members to fill up the hours of that day, one hour at a time.
If you have any questions, or need me to help you in any way, please don’t hesitate to call me.
Ann E. Niermeyer
Director, 40 Days for Life, Richmond Diocese
When someone doesn’t know where their next meal is coming from, eating fresh food can seem like a pipe dream. But the St. Lucy Project Manassas warehouse is changing that with the addition of a walk-in refrigerator and freezer system.
Bishop Michael F. Burbidge blessed the newest additions at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 21. “What a blessing it is to know we are doing the corporal works of mercy and feeding the hungry,” he said. “When we recognize need, we don’t want to get paralyzed thinking we can’t do everything, but we can do something and we are doing something really good here.
“When we ask God to bless it we can be assured God will use it in miraculous ways that maybe we don’t even imagine,” said Bishop Burbidge.
“This gives us the capacity to provide a significant amount of healthier food to the hungry poor — fresh produce year-round, with farm-picked produce during the growing season, and meats primarily year-round,” said Vincent Cannava, program director and food source developer for the St. Lucy Project. “It also provides us the capability to take advantage of spot donations within hours of offers and special pricing offers with our increased storage capacity.”
Tucked behind the 1,200 square-foot office is a 4,800 square-foot warehouse. The refrigerator is 18 feet long, 21 feet wide and 16 feet high. It will allow a forklift inside to place perishable items into 18 pallet locations. The freezer is 18 feet long, 15 feet wide and 10 feet high.
The refrigerator holds perishable foods, including corn, broccoli, kale, squash, cucumbers and peppers, with some of it coming straight off the farm.
“We have already distributed 5,000 pounds of corn from the refrigerator and a few pallets of milk as a result of spot, short notice donations,” said Cannava. “In the freezer, we already have collected 7,000 pounds of meat since it has gone operational.”
Art Bennett, president and CEO of Arlington diocesan Catholic Charities, said part of the plan was not to just get people food, but healthy food. “This is a population that sometimes is pretty stuck eating food out of cans or fast food, which creates health problems,” said Bennett. “We are trying to bridge the gap to give people healthy food throughout our diocese.”
Bill and Mary Noel Page, who were the lead donors for the project, attended and participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Vincent and Mimi Sheehy of Sheehy Auto also participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“It’s a great cause and St. Lucy Project has an incredible distribution system throughout the entire diocese,” said Vincent Sheehy. “To be involved in the process early on and see the next phase with the refrigeration system it gives people the opportunity to have so many different food choices. We are blessed to be part of this.”
A distribution plan is in place so the fresh foods don’t stay onsite any longer than needed, according to Cannava. “The warehouse has as its goal to minimize storage and maximize distribution to those in need,” he said.
Catholic Charities’ three food pantries – in Leesburg, Front Royal and Alexandria —as well as more than 50 other pantries, will receive this fresh food.
Additional volunteers are needed to distribute the perishable products, according to Cannava.
“For example, we could set a goal of 6,000 pounds of fresh produce monthly during the growing season from June to November, but the vehicles and volunteers need to be in balance to distribute that amount,” he said.
In mid-July, 77 students collected more than 10,000 pounds of corn, which was then stored at the warehouse. Cannava said a plan was in place for distribution. “We demonstrated after that collection that we could deliver 5,000 pounds of corn in three weeks for starters, but need to have the volunteers and vehicles to sustain that pace on a regular basis.”
This fundraising event for the school will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. There are 17 Councils in Districts 1, 2, 3, & 4.that are in the immediate area to the school. The school has asked the Knights in the Tidewater Area to be the Post Race Breakfast Sponsor and have requested the KOC to set-up, cook and serve breakfast burritos for participants after the Race.
Norfolk Council 367 has taken the lead for this event. They are in the process of collecting $30 from each of the 17 Councils to cover food expense. We are asking each of the local Councils to provide volunteers to help in all aspects of the Race and Post Race Breakfast.
In a letter to his brother Knights, Ed Polich, State Deputy for the Knights of Columbus State Council of Virginia, said the organization’s new fraternal year, which began July 1, “will be a year of conversion.”
While Polich’s message was focused on members’ spiritual lives, another conversion has taken place within the Virginia Knights — a revamped website.
According to Polich, the site provides “more of a friendly experience for users,” particularly those in leadership positions at local councils who need to access forms and other information to share with their members.
But there is another reason for the revamping of www.vakofc.org.
“The future of the order is dependent on younger people,” Polich said. “We needed to make it attractive to millennials, those who are used to this contemporary look and feel.”
The site is a tool that will assist the Knights in carrying out the Faith in Action programs that “speak to and relate directly to our young people,” he said.
Faith in Action, an undertaking of the Knights’ Supreme Council, encompasses faith, family, community and life. All of the Knights’ endeavors fall into one of those categories. The website, according to Polich, will help introduce visitors to the Virginia State Council’s programs, including Keep Christ in Christmas and KOVAR, which lists its various charitable undertakings, e.g., providing scholarships and supporting Special Olympics.
“Faith in Action helps build stronger, faith-based beliefs among Knights and in their families,” Polich said. “It ties into the parish.”
That building, he said, is one of the reasons the website was revamped.
“We were not just building a website; we had to have content to support it. Throughout the messaging, we’re stressing Faith in Action,” Polich said, adding, “We need to keep the faith and live it.”