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May 2021

Brothers,

It's hard to believe it is May already. With the weather improving, it is nice to be able to get outside again. This past weekend, we cleaned up the grounds at Council in preparation for the May 1st Super Charley Charity Event. We had a good turnout. My thanks to all those who gave up a few hours of their time to spruce up the Pavilion, and put mulch down in the gardens in front of the building. Steve Callahan also power washed the back of the building. In the Pavilion, the picnic tables and floor were also power washed.

The CDC has published new guidelines for mask wearing outdoors. This would allow people who are fully vaccinated to forgo wearing masks at outdoor events. Please note however that NJ will NOT be implementing the new guidelines yet. It is still required to wear masks, both indoors and outdoors, unless sitting at a table. These rules will be strictly enforced. Everyone 16 and older is eligible to get the vaccine, and I encourage all of you to do so. All 6 megasites in NJ are accepting walk-ins, no appointments are necessary.

Donations at our monthly blood drives are back up to 30+ units per month. My thanks to all who have donated. If you are able, please consider giving the gift of life. Please note that you need to wait two weeks after receiving a vaccination to be eligible. If you have had COVID, antibody donations are also accepted.

The Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen in Trenton has reached out to PGK Bob Clifford asking us to prepare hot meals for 400 people on May 22nd. If you are able to help out, please arrive in Trenton by 7:30. Meals will be served from 9:15 – 11:00am. Please contact Bob if you are able to help.

Eagle Scout Candidate John Juchniewicz has reached out to me regarding the start date of the Memorial Prayer Garden. He would like to prepare the area (kill the grass) on May 8th, and begin active work on the Garden on May 22nd. Please consider helping, either financially or with labor. If your kids need community service hours, this is a good opportunity.

Upcoming Events:

5/1 – Super Charley Charity Event

5/2 – KCGC Season begins. Schedule is in our website Calendar

5/17 – Charity Golf Event – Pine Barrens Golf Club

5/22 – Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen, Trenton

5/22 – Work begins on the Eagle Scout Project for the Prayer Garden Memorial 5/24 – Monthly Blood Drive

Upcoming feast days in May:

5/3 – Saint Philip the Apostle

5/3 – Saint James the Apostle

5/13 – Assumption of the Lord – Solemnity

5/14 – Saint Matthias the Apostle

5/23 – Pentecost – Solemnity

5/30 – Holy Trinity – Solemnity

5/31 – Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Please keep an eye on our website and calendar for upcoming events.

Brothers, I pray that you and your families remain safe. Vivat Jesus!

Mary Queen of the Knights, Pray for Us.

Blessed Michael McGivney, Pray for Us.

Bob Westrich, GK