Rest in Peace: Father Steve McNally

Father McNally From 2017 Clergy Night

Father Stephen Joseph McNally, 69, pastor of The Church of Transfiguration in Fincastle, Saint John’s in New Castle, Saint Joseph’s Clifton Forge, and Sacred Heart in Covington past away last night (1/4).

He originally considered a career in Law Enforcment and earned a degree in Criminal Justice before entering the seminary. He served as a Chaplin at the US Embassy in Bonn, Germany, as well as for the police and sheriff’s offices of Bedford County.

He severed at the following churches:

  • As a deacon at Our Lady of Nazareth (1985-1986
  • Upon becoming a priest on May 17, 1986, as Associate Pastor of Holy Spirit in Virginia Beach and Saint Bede Williamsburg until 1991
  • As pastor from 1991 to 1995 Saint Paschal in South Boston and Saint Elizabeth of Hungary in Brookneal
  • From 1995 to 2001, he was stationed at the United States Embassy in Bonn, Germany as the Chaplin to the United States Mission while serving the Saint Thomas More Community.
  • In 2001 he returned to Virginia and was assigned as pastor of Holy Name of Mary in Bedford.
  • In 2009 he became pastor of the Church of the Transfiguration in Fincastle and Saint John the Baptist in Newcastle
  • In 2011 he was given pastoral oversight of Saint Joseph in Clifton Forge and Sacred Heart in Covington, in addition to the previous.

Among the parishes that he served that have honored him, Holy Name of Mary in Bedford named their Social Hall after him.

Father McNally’s body will lie in repose at the Church of the Transfiguration from 2:00 to 8:00 PM on Monday January 16th. A Parish Vigil will be held at 7 PM, there.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Nazareth, Roanoke on Tuesday January 17 at Noon with Bishop Knestout officiating and brother priests of the Diocese of Richmond con-celebrating. It will be live streamed

Burial will be held at Godwin Cemetery in Fincastle.

Rest in Peace: Msgr Joseph P. Lehman III

Father Joe from 6/15/2015 Clergy Night

Father Joe passed away on Tuesday December 13, in Atlanta of COVID and pneumonia. Council 562 knew him as pastor of Our Lady of Nazareth from 1997 to 2019, one of the three churches which the council covers. He moved to Saint Bede in Williamsburg in 2019.

Previous assignments include serving as pastor of Holy Cross, Lynchburg (1980-1984); Resurrection, Moneta (1984-1988 and 2005- 2009); Holy Name of Mary, Bedford (1984-1988); Christ the King, Norfolk (1988-1997); and St. Francis of Assisi, Rocky Mount (2005-2009).

Per Saint Bede’s website:

Sunday, December 18 at 7pm
Vigil for the Deceased with Reception of the Body at Saint Bede Catholic Church
Monsignor Lehman will lie in repose for vigil until 9pm

Monday, December 19 from 4pm-6pm
Visitation at Saint Bede Catholic Church

Monday, December 19 at 6pm
Funeral Mass at Saint Bede Catholic Church
The Funeral Mass for Monsignor Lehman will also be livestreamed. Please visit .

Monday, December 19 following the funeral Mass Reception
Reception to follow in Kaplan Parish Hall

Keep in Your Prayers: December ’22

Father Joe Lehman, former Pastor of Our Lady of Nazareth Roanoke, pastor Saint Bede Williamsburg, in critical condition in Atlanta

Nate’s three-year son Henry broke his leg, keep the family in your prayers.

Brother Tom Huck’s niece with blood clot

Food Drive, November 19-20

At the council hall, Drive Through.

Thanksgiving is almost upon us. I call on you all to help those in need this season. Next week on Friday and Saturday we will be collecting food for the needy at the Knight’s Hall. I need people to help be there early on Friday and on Saturday so we can collect the food. If you can please email me.

But most of all we need all of you to bring food by. This is for the St Francis Food bank at RAM House. Many families in need come to them for help and they give them everything they can to have a Thanksgiving.

I have attached the flyer provided to St Andrews. basically they are looking for Thanksgiving foods – canned veggies, boxed stuffing, corn muffin mix, gravy, canned fruit, dessert mix, canned sweet potato, canned pie filling, ext. If you would like to donate money for turkeys we will accept that at the Hall as well.

Please donate. There are many families that come to St Francis Food bank and I know a few Knights families from our council do as well. Please help.

Thank you all. The Drive will open Friday, Nov 18th, at Noon – 8pm and then Saturday, Nov 19th, 10am to 6pm. If you can’t make these times let me know and I will arrange something for you ahead of time.

Thank you for your Generosity!

At the beginning of COVID, we did a food drive, delivering to the Food Bank. The Food Bank needed someone to transmit back to Heavenly Manna. They remembered our trailer, and called us. During COVID we delivered from monthly and weekly, multiple loads. Recently The Heavenly Manna contacted us back to thank us for starting something. Now the Food Bank takes a semi down there every week, and it wouldn’t have happened without out efforts.