We are currently seeking three parishioners to become new members of the Parish Council.
About The Parish Council
A group of individuals who meet monthly with our pastor Father Ken Shuping, to discuss the needs, wants, decisions, and direction of Saint Bridget Parish. The Parish Council is the eyes and ears of the parish.
The Election Process
Any Saint Bridget parishioner who’s received the Sacrament of Confirmation, can cast a ballot to vote for a maximum of three candidates. Ballots will be in the pews the weekend of April 30/May 1 and will be collected in baskets after Masses. Ballots will also be available in the parish office until May 5th.
Candidates & Bios
I have been a member of St. Bridget’s Parish for about 35 years. During that period, I enrolled four of my five children in the parish school, served as a member of the Parish Council and been a contributor to the parish with annual financial support from me and my family. The challenges of life and living can create questions that have answers found within the boundaries of our faith.
My name is Tara Chuidian and I have attended St. Bridget along with my husband Francis and son Lucas for 13 years. After being led by the Holy Spirit from my Baptist roots into the Catholic faith, I have truly found my home at this parish. I have been blessed in teaching Children’s Liturgy of the Word and serving as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at Mass and also to the sick and homebound.
Frank de Venoge
I've been a member at St. Bridget since I moved to Richmond in 1993. Earlier in my faith journey, I served through the faith life of my family, with religious education, as an usher duties and lector. More recently, I have been privileged to serve as sacristan. Over many years I have been involved in faith formation through bible studies and other faith building opportunities, currently serving with the Baptism and RCIA groups.
I am Mack Rich; my wonderful wife Molly and I have two young girls, Joanna (3) & Ella (9mo). I am a middle school teacher for Henrico County. We got married in Northern Virginia where I joined the Catholic Church through RCIA. We joined St. Bridget in late 2019 and I joined the Usher ministry in spring of 2020 during the COVID reopening. I’m now helping with the restarted Children’s Liturgy of the Word.
My family became a member of St. Bridget Parish in 1960. I attended St. Bridget School and was an altar server under Monsignor Byrne and Father Carr. I continued my Catholic Education at Benedictine College Prep Class of 1977, VCU Class of 1981. I married my wife Selena at St. Bridget and have two sons Gregory and Jeffrey who attended school here as well. I served as an usher for many years.
I am a product of Catholic Schools. I was born and raised in Richmond and attended St. Benedict’s School, Benedictine, St. Vincent College (Latrobe, PA), and Graduated from the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond. I have been a member of St. Bridget’s for 35+ years and have served on the Liturgy Committee as the scheduler for Liturgical Ministers.
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Fran Wagner firstname.lastname@example.org
Once the list of the nominees is finalized, there will be an election that takes place during the masses on the weekend of April 30/May 1. After the votes are counted, 3 new people will be elected to the Parish Council.
Thank you for your prayerful consideration!
Learn more about Parish Council and the parishioners currently serving here.