May 2024

Greetings all!  

April went by so quickly. We held two Pancake Breakfasts/Membership drives at both St Aloysius and St Veronica in two consecutive weekends.  We managed to recruit 6 new members and fed several hundred people.  As we approach May, you may think things are winding down as we get closer to the end of the Columbian year, but they aren’t.  We have a few events already planned and we might squeeze in a few more.

Last Saturday we held a Banquet for our Brothers who have 50 years or more of service to the Knights.  There were 36 Brothers eligible to receive this award, but only 10 were able to attend:

Mike Jannuzzi 50 years

Ed Connelly 50 years

Pat O’Connor 50 years

Ed Skrzenski 50 years

SK Joe Dettling  54 years (Charter Member)

Robert Mennona 54 years (Charter Member)

PGK/PFN/FDW Pat Gallagher 56 years

SK Joe Cosentino 57 years

PGK/PFN/FSS SK Charlie Peters 59 years

SK Joe D’Angelo 66 years

These men have paved the way for our Council and have accomplished so much which in reality is a short amount of time.  Their efforts in moving the Council forward will forever be remembered and it was an honor to present these Catholic Gentlemen a certificate acknowledging their dedication to our Order and the Church.  I would also like to thank all those who helped make it happen:

SK Larry Marzorati

SK John Kunkel

Lou Femiano

Kevin Lamb

Matt Brienza

SK Joe Leone

Matt Garbarini

SK Tim Huddy

Victoria Mahovetz

Lady Stacey Schear

Andy and Roni Pavelko

PGK Bob Clifford – Bartender extraordinaire

I would also like to thank State Deputy Ray Sands, State Warden Ed Michalak, District 28 Deputy Dennis Gibson, Faithful Navigator Wayne Calsetta, PGK Bob Westrich, PGK Jim Curtis, DGK Jeff Gawlowski and their spouses for attending.  Also all the family and friends of the recipients, thank you!

I would like to share some examples of our principles of the Order, quoted from the book, “Knights to Christ”.               

CHARITY is a gift from God if we are willing to receive it.              

“Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete”.~John 16:24                                                                       

We need not let ourselves think that we cannot do something useful or that we never will be able to accomplish a useful task.  The fact is that we can do anything in the field of human relationships, if we are willing to call on God’s supply of strength.  The supply may not be immediately available, because we may not be entirely ready to receive it, but it will surely come when we are properly prepared for it.  As we grow spiritually, a feeling of being plentifully supplied by God’s strength will possess us and we will be able to accomplish many useful things. ~Fr Pat Umberger                                                      Pray that we may claim God’s supply of strength by our faith in Him.  Pray that it shall be given to us when we are ready to receive it.

UNITY is a fortified unit                                                                 

…make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being in one spirit and purpose. ~Philippians 2:2                 Redwood trees are the giants of the forest.  They tower above the earth at heights of over 300 feet.  Unlike most trees, which send their roots to a depth equaling their height, redwoods send their roots outward, intermingling their roots with one another.  Together they form a fortified unit, a secure stronghold that allows these giants to withstand high winds.  That is how strength is achieved among men as well, by working together as a unified whole.  Men working together bring strength, whether dealing in the workplace, leading families at home, or serving in churches.  Unfortunately, individualism among men prevails in the church.  In fact, the individual approach has produced a generation of isolated men at church.  The individualism imitates the independence and surface relationships among men in American society…  We weren’t created to live in isolation.  But we often act as if we were!... Men, we need each other! ~ Pete Richardson, excerpted.                                                                                     As our ranks continue to grow, UNITY is a constant struggle within every council.  When was the last time our council enjoyed widespread participation in a council activity or event?

FRATERNITY is standing shoulder to shoulder                                   

Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.  Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you. ~2 Chronicles 20:17

I’ve stepped over the line.  I am out of the comfort zone.  The decision has been made.  I am a follower of Jesus Christ.  I won’t look back, let up, slow down or back away.  I am finished with low living, small planning, smooth knees, tame visions, chintzy giving and dwarfed goals.  I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, positions or popularity.  I don’t have to be right, first, recognized, praised or rewarded.  I now learn by faith, love by patience, lift by prayer and labor by power.  My face is set, my gait is fast.  My goal is heaven, my road is rough, my Guide reliable.  I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, diluted or delayed.  I will not flinch in the face of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy or meander in the maze of mediocrity.  I must go on until He comes to get His own.  He will have no problem recognizing me, because I have dedicated my life to being a believer committed to doing whatever it takes. ~Author unknown.                                                                                                        

As Knights, we not only strive to serve others, but to spiritually grow closer to God.  What has our Council done this year in terms of spiritual growth?                                                                

All life is the management of risk, not its elimination ~Walter Wriston

PATRIOTISM is praying for our nation                                                            

If my people. Upon who my name has been pronounced, humble themselves and pray, and seek my presence and turn from their evil ways.  I will hear them from heaven and pardon their sins and receive their land. ~2 Chronicles 7:14                                      Every important event in Jesus’ life found him in prayer.                    

Jesus prayed at his baptism (Luke 3:21)                                                                      

He prayed at the start of his ministry (Mark 1:35)                                           

He prayed before picking the twelve (Luke 6:12)                                                  

He prayed before asking His disciples the question, “Who do you say I am?”(Luke 9:18)                                                                     He prayed before going to Jerusalem (Luke 9:29)                                              

He prayed in the garden (Luke 22:41)                                                             

He prayed on the cross (Luke 23:34)                                                                

He prayed before teaching His disciples how to pray (Luke 11:1)                  

What role does prayer play in the important events in our lives?

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. ~Romans 12:12

Prayer is like the turning on of an electric switch.  It does not create the current; it simply provides the channel through which the electric current may flow. ~Max Handel            

I hope you can take something from these four principles and use it in your life.  Life for our Church, our Families, our Council and our Community.

As always keep an eye out for emails and check the website often, or attend a meeting.

Upcoming events:

May 3rd – Family Rosary 7:30pm, all are welcome

May 3rd – Social Meeting 8:00pm

May 5th – Cinco de Mayo 1:00pm

May 12th – Mother’s Day

May 17th – Council and Club Business Meetings 8:00pm

May 18th – Pig Roast

May 27th – Memorial Day

June 2nd -  Corpus Christi – Eucharistic Procession at St Aloysius 10:30am

June 7th – Family Rosary 7:30pm, all are welcome

June 7th – Social Meeting 8:00pm

June 15th – Flag Retirement

June 15th – Diocesan Bike Ride pit stop 4:00pm-6:00pm

June 16th – Father’s Day

June 21st – St Aloysius 60th Anniversary celebration

June 21st – Council and Club Business meetings 8:00p, Election of incoming Officers.

June 24th – Blood Drive 1:30pm

June 30th – End of Columbian year

April Knight of the Month – PGK Phil Capasso

April Family of the Month – The Pavelko’s

Mary Queen of the Knights, Pray for us!

Blessed Michael McGivney, Pray for us!

Vivat Jesus!

GK Frank Schear