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October 2021


It’s October and Fall is here. I look forward to all of the upcoming events that we will have this year.

On September 11th, we hosted the 9/11 Memorial Prayer Service at the Council. My thanks to PGK Bob Treval, who coordinated the service. I would also like to thank PGK Barry Kakos, Deacon in Training, John White and his wife Caroline and Grand Knight of Council 11529, Raymond Smink for their participation in the service. I would also like to thank the Knights and their families and members of the American Legion who attended the service. I would like to extend my gratitude to Father PJ, Father Bambrick, and Father Jim for their contribution to the service. It was truly a solemn event.

On September 18th, we held our annual Family Picnic. My thanks to all who helped to put it together, especially DGK, Phil Capasso, PGK/PCCP, Lou McGraw, the Ladies Auxiliary and all those who attended. It was a great day with a turnout of over 200 people.

The following awards were presented:

  • Fran Stevenson - Ladies Auxiliary Woman of the Year

  • CCP Jim Opdyke - Columbian Club Man of the Year

  • PGK/PCCP Lou McGraw - Knight of the Year

  • Matt Garbarini - Rookie of the Year

  • Clifford Family - Family of the Year

  • PGK Angelo Massaro - DeBiase Award of Courage

PGK Angelo Massaro was also given a plaque from the Ladies Auxiliary for PLAP Diane Massaro, in appreciation for her work with the Ladies Auxiliary and her contributions to the Council.

We used funds from our Roses for Life Bucket to support ARC of Ocean, ARC of Monmouth and St Veronica’s Special Ed Religious Education.

The Golf Committee provided funds from their golf tournaments to Catholic Charities, Deborah Heart and Lung Foundation, Operation Home Front, Tunnels to Towers and Autism Speaks. A special thank you to the Golf Committee for work and donations.

Chancellor Frank Schear won the 50/50 drawing and donated it to the Armed Forces Bucket that is used to “Help Send a Hero Home For the Holidays.” PGK/PCCP Lou McGraw is selling raffle tickets for a vacation at the Mayan Palace in Mexico. The winner will receive a room for 8 days and 7 nights at the Mayan Palace with transportation to and from the destination airport. The cost for a raffle ticket is $20.00 and proceeds go to “Help Send a Hero Home For the Holidays.” The winner will be announced on December 5th. Tickets are available at the bar or contact PGK/PCCP Lou McGraw.

Upcoming Events in October:

Membership Drive at St. Veronica’s -October 2nd and 3rd

Oktoberfest - October 9th

Roses For Life/ St. Al’s and St. Veronica’s - October 9th and 10th

Charity Golf Tournament - October 16th

Right to Life Car Raffle/St Veronica’s - October 23rd and 24th

Blood Drive at the Council - October 25th

Trunk or Treat - October 30th

Some events coming in November:

Deceased Member Mass at St. Veronica’s - November 6th, 9am

Music with Jim Long –Evening Event – November 6th

Past Grand Knights Dinner – November 13th

Upcoming Feast Days in October:

October 18th – St. Luke the Evangelist

October 23rd - St. Simon and St. Jude, the Apostles

I hope you and your families stay safe.

Vivat Jesus!

Jim Curtis, GK