Trenton Diocese Funds First Ultrasound Machine
Following a check presentation on December 18, 2012, through donations from a handful of Councils within the Ocean County Chapter, and the matching funds from the New Jersey State and Supreme Councils, The Open Door Pregnancy Center was able to place an order for a replacement Ultrasound Machine.
The Open Door Pregnancy Center (www.theopendoor.com), is located at 533 Lakehurst Road, Toms River, NJ 08755.
Delivery of the machine is expected the third week of January, 2013.
Ridgewood Knights Council #1736 Host Annual Senior Citizen Christmas Party
The Ridgewood Knights of Columbus Council #1736 held their annual senior citizens Christmas party in the Parish Center at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on Sunday, December 9th. Guests were treated to a buffet lunch, entertainment, Christmas carols, and a surprise visit from Santa Claus.
The entertainment began with a selection of popular Broadway tunes performed by members of Ridgewood High School’s New Players under the direction of John Judge, assistant musical director at Ridgewood High School. Bill and Jean Mueller then took turns performing a series of comedy skits. Afterward, Patrick Mullin took the microphone and lead the crowd in Christmas carols a cappella. Finally, Santa arrived and distributed gifts for all.
Doug Findlay, Grand Knight of the Ridgewood council, honored the Seniors by comparing them to Academy Award winners, football Pro-Bowlers, and baseball All-Stars, all wrapped into one. “It is an honor to throw this party for them every year”, said Findlay.
Kenilworth Council 4186 Holds Food & Clothing Drives
Kenilworth Council 4186 conducted a food drive on November 10, 2012. They donated 1,400 lbs of food to the Community Food Bank of NJ which also supports the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
Council 4186’s Ladies’ Auxiliary also held a highly successful clothing drive on November 17, 2012 and donated a full truck load of clothes to relief efforts serving those in the shore area who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Darlene Candarella, President of the Ladies’ Auxiliary did a wonderful job of organizing the drive.
Council 3240 Conducts "Trunk or Treat" for Children
On Sunday November 11, 2012, the Msgr. Joseph Loreti Council #3240 in Roselle Park hosted a town-wide "Trunk or Treat" on the church grounds. Super Storm Sandy had cancelled all Halloween events, and this provided a safe environment for the children to trick or treat and give them something positive in the wake of all that had happened.
Mass for the Unborn Held November 17, 2012
A Mass for the Unborn, sponsored by the Paterson Diocese Federation was held on November 17, 2012.
Most Rev. Arthur J. Serratelli, STD, SSL, DD , Bishop of Paterson, was the Celebrant, and Rev. Patrick F. Rice, Federation Chaplain, was the Concelebrant
Blessed Kateri Knights hosts annual Free Throw Competition at Pope John XXIII High School
The Blessed Kateri Knights of Columbus Council #13677 from Sparta recently hosted its annual basketball free throw competition for boys and girls ages 10-18. The competition was hosted at Pope John XXIII High School and involved a 15-shot competition. This competition is sponsored each year by the Knights of Columbus to foster fun competition and teamwork. Grand Knight Nick Cutrone would like to thank Squires Vinny Carlesi, Grant Fletcher, Ryan Hutchison, Danny Lubertazzi, Jack Lubertazzi, Hunter Roggero, and James Schoch for their participation and help with coordinating the different age groups. Thanks also to Past Grand Knight Joe Deluca who coordinated the event along with help from Knights Vinny Carlesi, Bruce Fletcher, John Schoch, and parents Matt Lubertazzi and Inga Roggero. And finally special thanks to Pope John Athletic Director Mia Gavan for her help in coordinating use of the gym for the morning.
Top photo: Blessed Kateri Squires line up prior to the competition. Front row from left: Grant Fletcher, Hunter Roggero, Jack Lubertazzi, and Vinny Carlesi, Jr. Back row from left: Ryan Hutchison, Danny Lubertazzi, and James Schoch.
Bottom photo: Vinny Carlesi sets to shoot while Danny and Jack Lubertazzi await their round of free throws.
Ridgewood Council 1736 Hosts Pancake Breakfast
The Ridgewood Knights of Columbus Council #1736 hosted a pancake breakfast on Saturday March 31st in the parish center of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.
Attendees had an opportunity to meet former New York Giants legend Jeff Feagles, who regaled the audience with stories of his 20-plus years in the NFL. More importantly, he discussed family values, life in Ridgewood, and what it takes to be a success on and off the field. He also reflected on the inspiration he received from Coach Tom Coughlin, who always stayed the course in good seasons and bad.
Feagle’s advice for young budding athletes: “Success begins in the classroom, and you must learn to manage your time efficiently”.
There was also a special appearance from the Easter Bunny. Proceeds from the event will go to fund the Knights’ local charities.
Council 14716 Conducts Third Annual Free-Throw Competition
The Knights of Columbus Council 14716 of St. David the King Church, West Windsor, sponsored their third annual Free Throw competition at WWP High School South. Boys and girls, 10-14 participated in the event. High scorers will advance to the regional and state competitions. This three year old Council has been extremely active in the church community. They recently held a Pancake Breakfast to support the parish's Religious Education Program; assisted in the annual parish Spaghetti Dinner; and sponsored the first Parish Picnic.
St. Philip the Apostle Council 11671 Congratulates One of its Own
On January 9, 2012, John V. Hughes was awarded the Patriot Award at the Knights of Columbus First District of New Jersey Master’s Meeting, for directing and coordinating the ARMY Tank Pull 2010. This event honors the service Women and Men of the Armed Forces with an emphasis on bringing a focus to the Wounded Warriors as they return home from service abroad.
John and the members of his committee work during the year to put this grand event together for the benefit of Veterans and to enlighten the general public of the plight of our Wounded Warriors.
Council 7046 Raises Funds For Child With Brain Cancer
Knights of Columbus St. Cecilia’s Council #7046 of Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, brightened the Christmas of a family in South Brunswick, New Jersey, by presenting a check for $1,000 to help defray some of the expenses incurred as they care for their youngest son who is battling brain cancer. During the annual Christmas Party held by the Council in early December for members and their guests, over $650 was raised from members in support of Brandon Domingues, a 10-year-old boy living in South Brunswick who was diagnosed with an operable form of brain cancer. The Council also donated to the cause and raised the amount to $1,000.
On Sunday, December 18, the Council held its annual Breakfast with Santa and invited the Domingues Family to attend. After hearing the wishes of the many children from St. Cecilia’s Parish who attended and offering them each a toy from his pack of many gifts, Santa Claus visited with Brandon and his family. Much to Brandon’s delight, Santa spent time with him, having breakfast and talking to him about his interests. Santa then surprised the grateful family with the donation. The family will use the donation to take care of the mounting medical bills associated with their son’s treatment and care.
“This is the type of charitable work that each Council in the Knights of Columbus strives to do in the community where they are located,” said Grand Knight Manny Vitone. In addition to helping out individual members of the South Brunswick Community, Council #7046 also holds a community-wide fund drive in April annually to collect donations for support of several charities in the region, including Citizens for Independent Living and Action Pregnancy.
St. Phillip the Apostle Council 11671 Presents Check
Council 262 Donates Laptop
Blessed Kateri Squires and Roses Rally Together to Help Food Bank
The Blessed Kateri Squires and Squire Rose Circles joined together to collect canned foods to support the needs of the Sparta Food Pantry. Since Hurricane Irene, the demands on the Sparta Food Pantry have increased dramatically. Following the storm and for several weeks thereafter, the Squires and Roses combined forces at their Sparta church and collected donations from parishioners and friends. Over 150 pounds of canned food, cereal, pasta, and other items were collected to help the effort.
Knights of Columbus Grand Knight Nick Cutrone acknowledged the efforts of the group by stating, “The Squires and Roses are a blessing to our parish and this community. Their number one focus and priority is conducting acts of charity to those less fortunate.” The Sparta Ecumenical Council of Churches sponsors the food pantry and donations are distributed each week at the Sparta First Presbyterian Church to those in need. Margaret Plevin of the Sparta First Presbyterian Church also acknowledged the outstanding efforts and support of the Blessed Kateri Squires and Roses.
For more information on the Blessed Kateri Knights of Columbus please visit www.blessedkaterinjkofc.org.
For more information on the Sparta Food Pantry visit www.fpcsparta.org.
Blessed Kateri Knights Council 13677 Hosts First Soccer Challenge Competition
The Blessed Kateri Knights of Columbus Council #13677 hosted their First Annual Soccer Challenge at CO Johnson Field in Byram. The program was conducted in partnership with the Lenape Valley Soccer Club. Boys and girls ages 10-18 from Byram, Sparta, Newton, and Andover competed at the event. Each competitor had the opportunity to kick 15 soccer balls in a penalty kick format. Members of the Blessed Kateri Squires coordinated the event and helped facilitate the set up and scoring. Winners in their respective age bracket included Luke Chozick (age 10 boys), Matt Cestone (age 11 boys), Madelyn Mitchell (age 12 girls), Maura Chozick (age 13 girls), Ben Insley (age 13 boys), and Nick Sabatini (age 14 boys). Congratulations to Luke Chozick who had the highest score of the day with 120 points! Grand Knight Nick Cutrone would like to thank all the participants who came out on a dreary fall day to compete. He would also like to acknowledge event team captain Nick Sabatini and co-captain Ryan Chozick along with the other Squires and Squire Roses that helped volunteer to run the event.
Assembly 0645 Supports Seminarian
Msgr. Anthony Stein Assembly 0645 Knights of Columbus 4 Degree Trustee Michael Laclavicek, DD, PFN, PGK (l) and Ken L. Molnar Faithful Navigator, PGK (r) proudly present a check for $500.00 to Seminarian Lemmuel Camacho a First Degree member from Our Lady of the Holy Angels Parish, Little Falls on July 16, 2011. This was made possible by the funds raised through their Annual 10 Week Club proceeds for the R.S.V.P Program. This program helps seminarians with the costs associated with their Schooling. Lemmuel is studying at The Pontifical North American College, Vatican City State, Rome.
Council 5610 Conducts Blood Drive Despite Snow Storm
On Saturday, October 29th, at 7:00am, the American Red Cross arrived at the Knights of Columbus, Blessed Mother Seton Council 5410 Hall in Flanders, NJ for a scheduled blood drive. For many of us there might have been a hint of snow coming, but at 7:00am, the blood drive scheduled for that day was a "GO". By 8:30am we were ready for customers and unfortunately by noon ready to shut down.
We were able to collect donations from 13, some who were scheduled and a few early walk-ins. Unfortunately we had to cancel others who were scheduled later in the day. In spite of the unpredicted and rather unseasonable expectation of the Nor'easter that followed that day, 13 pints were gathered, and these were 13 more than what we started with - so, in many ways, a net gain for the Knights and the American Red Cross.
“Mother Nature”, by any stretch of the imagination, did not defeat the Knights of Columbus and the American Red Cross. We have just begun and we will have more blood drives in the future. We thank the Red Cross and their personnel for venturing out this day and for their dedication to this all-important task of keeping the blood banks filled.