2009 Activities

Closing The Year Out

The Knights were busy in December, helping spread Christmas Cheer!

  •  The Annual “Keep Christ in Christmas” campaign with signage, reminding everyone the real reason we celebrate Christmas.
  • Operation Santa Clause-Helped in collecting and distributing toys for children.

Christmas Church Decorating and Luminaries

The Knights were busy helping prepare St Elizabeth Church for the Christmas celebration. We assisted the decorating committee in setting up the trees, wreaths, inside and outside Mangers, as well as set up and placement of the Luminaries for the Christmas Eve Masses. We’ll also be out for taking everything down, and packing it away for next year.  Click here for pictures!



Christmas Party!

The Knights of Columbus celebrated Christmas with a council Christmas Party on Sat Dec 12th, at the Kimberton Golf Club. An evening of dinner, dancing and live music was provided by “Hank’s Cadillac”, playing retro country music. It was a great opportunity to get together, relax and enjoy a good meal and socialize, we also had DJ music provided by Rodstar Entertainment.

Thanks to Bob and Cam Hayes for hosting again this year, and to everyone who donated the raffle/door prizes.   Click here for pictures from the party…

First Degree

A First Degree was held Sun, Dec 6th, where seven new Brother Knights were welcomed into the Knights of Columbus. Congratulations and welcome to:

  • Philip Bauer
  • Brian Greiner
  • George Marshalek
  • Michael McDevitt
  • John D. Smith
  • Joe Tiriro
  • Stephen Young

Lord’s Pantry Christmas Gift and Food Distribution

2009 Lords Pantry ChristmasThe Lord’s Pantry served 200+ families and 500+ children on Saturday Dec 12th-it was another great experience to help them do that. There was set up on Fri, Dec 11th, and distribution on Sat Dec 12th. Among the many volunteers there, we had another LARGE turnout of Knights, wives, and children donating their time and labor to help others enjoy their Christmas. We covered a wide variety of jobs between Friday and Saturday: Loading and unloading, sorting and bundling by family, and carrying items to cars.
The Downingtown West cafeteria was set up as the distribution center once again. With plenty of volunteers, and GREAT organization by the Lord’s Pantry, the day went very smoothly. Many cars were loaded with donated with bags of toys, clothes, bikes and food. Our thanks to Brother John Magee, who organized our participation.

To learn more about the Lord’s Pantry of Downingtown, visit their website at: Lord’s Pantry of Downingtown.

 KofC Membership Drive Information Night

On Sun, Nov 22 in the Parish Education Center, our Membership Director (Worthy Chancellor), Fred Clark hosted an informational meeting. Men of the Parish were invited to come out and view a presentation on the Knights of Columbus, both nationally and locally. Members were available to share their experiences and there was a Q & A period.

Lord’s Pantry Thanksgiving Food Distribution

The Lord’s Pantry served over 230 families on Saturday, Nov 21st.-it was a great experience to help them do that. There was set up on Fri, Nov 20th, and distribution on Sat Nov 21st. Among the many volunteers there, we had a LARGE turnout of Knights, wives, and even children-it was great to see everyone out to lend a hand. We covered a wide variety of jobs between Friday and Saturday: Loading and unloading, breaking down cases, sorting, assembling the packages, distributing the packages, carrying items to cars, and one of our favorites: parking lot management.   Working near the end of the line with several other Knights, it was heartwarming-we heard words of “Thank You”, “God Bless”, and “Happy Thanksgiving” from all of those that came through the line. We all enjoyed working together in the spirit of Charity, Unity, and Fraternity…   Thanks to Brother John Magee, who organized our participation.


St. John Vianney Relic

Making a tour of the Philadelphia Archdiocese, Holy Relics of Saint John Vianney were at St. Elizabeth Parish the weekend of Nov 14-15 at all Masses. Distribution of the relic from Parish to Parish was handled by the Knights of Columbus.

Bartending at the Parish “Sock Hop”

It was an evening “back to the 50’s”, as the Parish Social Committee held a sock hop. The Knights provided their bartending services, dressed in white shirts and bowties. It was a fun evening, with dinner, dancing, and “A Cappella doo wop” singing entertainment provided by The NorrisTones.

Habitat for Humanity Chester County

On Sat, Oct 31st Mike Colarusso and Bill Shields represented the Knights and worked at the West Chester build site. Two Knight’s sons also participated, working on their community service hours for Downingtown’s graduation requirements. We worked on some insulation, but spent most of the day doing rough electrical work: pulling and setting the wire.

Medicare Changes Seminar

On Sun, Oct 25th The Knights hosted a seminar on upcoming Medicare changes. SK Joe Arena made the presentation, which was attended by approximately 50 parishioners.

Quarterly Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for Respect Life

Sun, Oct 18, the Knights along with the parish Respect Life Committee, co-hosted Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for Respect Life. Held in the St. Elizabeth Daily Chapel, the hours of adoration include thoughful reflection, prayers and readings.

40 Days for Life

As part of the National 40 Days For Life program we committed to quiet prayerful participation on Oct 3rd and 4th outside the abortion facility in West Chester. Along with St. Elizabeth Parish and the parish Respect Life Committee we covered 24 hours (12 each day) with 48 people (24 each day).

First Degree Meeting

A First Degree was held Sun, Sep 27th. New Candidates are invited to attend our next First Degree on Sun, Dec 6th.

Family Picnic

The Family Picnic was held on Saturday Sep 26th. Despite the rain, we huddled under cover and enjoyed the food and camaraderie.  Thanks to our hosts Glen and Anne Marie Kowalski

K of C Blood Drive at the Parish

The Red Cross Blood Drive took place Sat, Sept 26 in the Parish Social Hall. 70 donors resulted in 64 pints being collected; many thanks to those who donated the “Gift of Life”!

Springton Manor, Potato Harvest

The potato harvest was on Wednesday Sep 2nd.  In spite of the fact that we planted in the mud, had a major weed problem and put up with the wet weather all summer long, our Potato Project at Springton Manor Farm was a huge success. We harvested 2,552 lbs of high quality, organically grown Potatoes. As always, the harvest will be donated to the Chester County Food Bank for distribution to our less fortunate brothers and sisters.

In addition to the potatoes, the kids dug-up: 1 snake, 1 toad and 1 snake egg!   We had a great turn out with 12 Brothers, 4 women and about 8 children from St Elizabeth. “Elmer” and his volunteers from Grove Methodist were there to give us support. All total we had about 30 volunteers.  I can’t begin to find the words for a big enough thank you to all who participated in this project. So I guess one BIG THANK YOU will have to do.

A very special thanks to Pat Kasper, Jane Dillon and Mary Damian for all their work throughout the year.   As always, another special thank you to Larry Walsch and wife Beth for allowing us to work with the Chester County Gleaning Program every year.  Click here for pictures!

Bill Schell

Golf Outing

The Golf Outing, was held Friday, July 31st at Kimberton Golf Club. Despite the downpour that occurred midway through the day, this year was the most successful yet. Many thanks to all the sponsors and players-this is our biggest fund raiser each year.   And finally, Thanks to the Golf outing committee, led by Lyle Bliss and aided by: Skip Valentine and Frank Jedliskowski.

 St. Elizabeth Council #13141, received two state level K of C Service Awards

2009 ProLifeStateAwardSt. Elizabeth Council #13141, is proud to announce that two of our projects were recognized at the K of C PA state convention for Project Service Awards. The projects awards were received for the categories in Pro Life and Youth Projects.



First Degree Team

St Elizabeth’s Council was proud to become a newly certified First Degree Team on Tues, Jun 23.    Months of study paid off for our Degree Team, as we brought in our newest Council member-Johnathan Brennan.   In this year of the Priest, and in honor of marking St. Elizabeth Council’s first hosted Degree, we dedicated the occasion to our Worthy Chaplain, Reverend Francis Chambers, OSA.
The Degree Team consists of:

Soundman Ed Smith
Outside Guard and Promptor Ralph Boardman
Inside Guard Bill Schell
Financial Secretary Phil Forlano
Warden Jim Smith
Chancellor Patrick Brennan
Deputy Grand Knight Chris Ruggiero
Grand Knight Bill Shields


Clothing Drive

Was held the weekend of Jun 13-14, at all Masses in the Parish Parking Lot.   Another outstanding clothing drive!! Thank you to all those helped load the truck yesterday and today. We had about 15 Knights help throughout the drive. The response by our Council and the parishioners of St. Elizabeth’s is truly remarkable. In between coffee and donuts and a little bit of rain on saturday we managed to fill a 48 ft truck…and (after the collection) there was about another 15 bags under the truck!!   Thank you again and look forward to another successful clothing drive in 2010.
Fraternally, John (Fiore)


Council Elections

Elections were held at the June Meeting, for the 2009-2010 Fraternal Year Congratulations to the incoming Council officers:

  • Grand Knight Bill Shields
  • Deputy Grand Knight Bill Schell
  • Chancellor Fred Clark
  • Recorder Pat Brennan
  • Financial Secretary Phil Forlano
  • Treasurer John Fiore
  • Lecturer Mark Sciabacucchi
  • Advocate Ray Williams
  • Warden Curt Zingaro
  • Inside Guard Matt Ward
  • Inside Guard Jeff Ciardi
  • Outside Guard Bill Simpson
  • Outside Guard Chris Long
  • 1st Year Trustee Jim Smith
  • 2nd Year Trustee John Rogge
  • 3rd Year Trustee Harry Tucci, Jr.

 Fourth Degree Exemplification

4thdegreelogoTen Brothers from St. Elizabeth Council took their Fourth Degree on Sunday May 24th.  Congratulations are in order for our new Sir Knights:


  • SK Jonathan Hess
  • SK Mark Sciabacucchi
  • SK Mike Kasper
  • SK Bob Hauck
  • SK Scott Patterson
  • SK Skip Valentine
  • SK Ron Zanoni
  • SK Matthew Ward
  • SK Keith Chandler
  • SK John Layden

Thanks for becoming members of the Fourth Degree!!!

Immaculatta Art Show, take down

An annual event, Sun, May 17th, several Knights went out to lend many hands in taking down the art that was displayed for the art show.

Career Development & Networking Workshop

On Sat, May 16th, the Council sponsored a Free Career Development & Networking Workshop, hosted by Saint Elizabeth Parish.  With unemployment reaching new highs in the region, to support Saint Elizabeth parishioners and their family members who may be in this situation, we created a unique, free-of-charge, three-hour workshop to help.  In this fast-paced session, participants:

  • Heard practical and personal insights on managing career transitions from an experienced panel
    • Gained multiple insights from senior executives & managers, “parishioners helping parishioners”.
    • Discovered new ways to approach a job search.
    • Learned tips on preserving cash during extended unemployment.
  • Improved interview skills and got feedback on specific job search interests during 1:1 “speed mentoring” exercises.
    • A series of 5-10 minute mini-interviews with different managers
    • Built introductory & interviewing techniques
    • Gained instant feedback on approach, and ability to adjust right away in next interview.
  • Met others with similar insights during a Small-Group Networking session.
    • Connected with others in the parish with similar career interests
    • Shared tips, contact information

Many thanks to Brothers Chris Long and Pat Brennan for organizing this great effort.

St. Elizabeth Parish, May Procession

On Mon, May 11th, Sir Knights of our Fourth Degree Color Corp assisted in the Parish’s May Procession. Many other Knights participated and attended as well. There was a procession around the Parish grounds, followed by a Mass. It was our honor and priveledge to participate, and “Hail Mary, Mother of God”  

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Habitat for Humanity Chester County

On Sat, May 16th Eric Stockhausen and Bill Shields represented the Knights and returned to the Coatesville Build site. We worked mostly decking: fascia board, and railings.

PA Association of Retarded Citizens (ARC) Collection

The Knights were out again in April and May this year at Acme locations in Exton and Eagle, for the annual “Measure Up” campaign. This can collection solicits donations for a very worthy cause.  The collection for ARC was again a success this year (all Pennsylvania Knights of Columbus Councils participate). Our Council collected over $1800 in four days. This was our Council’s sixth year participating in this event. Thanks to BK Tom Kirk for organizing.   Also, a big Thank You to the Acme stores in Exton and Eagle for their help by allowing us to use their locations for this collection. And finally, many thanks to our generous community!

To learn more about the ARC, visit them at: www.thearc.org

Postal Workers Food Drive for the Lord’s Pantry

The Postal Workers Food Drive (Sat, May 9th) for the Lord’s Pantry was another great success. The Knights were very well represented for both the first shift and the second shift.  Here’s how the event worked: The Postal workers picked up donations from their customers. As each truck finished their routes, they dropped off all collections at the Lord’s Pantry.  All donations were then checked for current dates (non-expired), then sorted by category. As the sort bins filled up they were weighed, and then taken to the storage area.  Thanks to BK John Magee for organizing our participation again this year.

Potato Project at Springton Manor

Prep-Fri, May 1, Planting-Sat, May 2   A Big Spud Thank You for all your help planting the potatoes in the mud at Springton. In spite of the conditions, we planted 350# of seed potatoes. I guess this year you could call this our Hydroponic Potato Project. With any luck, we should get over 1 1/2 tons of potatoes to donate to the Chester County Food Bank.   We had a great turn out with 11 Brother Knights, 4 ladies and about 10 children. All the work was done in 3 hours with extra help from St. Isidore and his Angels (Patron of Farmers & Gardeners). By the way, St. Isidore’s Feast Day is May 15th.


Communion Breakfast

Following the 8:00 AM Family Mass, the 7th annual Communion Breakfast was held on Sunday April 19th in the Parish Social Hall. Following the opening prayer by Deacon Midwood, Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the excellent breakfast, provided by BK Vincent Montesano and Montesano Brothers Catering.
Worthy Grand Knight Harry Tucci made the following presentations:

  • A discussion and display of the “Our Lady of Charity” icon
  • The Knight of the Year Award went to SK Dan Condron. Dan was tasked with organizing and leading the Parish’s first Vocational Fair. This event was a great success due in the most part to Dan’s efforts.
  • The Family of the Year Award went to the Donoghue family. Pat and Patty and their children have been perennial participants in various council activities, including The annual Parish bus trip and March for Life in Washington, DC, also helping out in various phases of the Springton Manor Potato Project.

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Lenten Fish Dinner

2009 Fish FryOn Friday, April 3rd we held our first ever Lenten Fish Dinner in the Parish Social Hall. Approximately 225 people signed up with over 200 attending the event. Montesano Brothers catered the dinner that included fish, pasta, vegetable slaw, salad, fries, dessert and drinks. In addition, over 20 Knights volunteered their time for ticket sales, set-up, serving, and clean up. Father Francis Chambers, our Worthy Chaplain, and Monsignor Mullin attended the dinner as well which was followed by a presentation of the Stations of the Cross by the St. Elizabeth 8th grade boys and girls at the Church.  A good time was had by all! The planning and organizing of the this event was headed by SK Curt Zingaro.  Click here for pictures! 

Habitat for Humanity Chester County

On Sat, Feb 28 the Knights returned to the Coatesville Build site, and were very busy. We split into three groups working on three different houses: One group painted, another was insulating, and the third group installed windows and a slider door. Everyone that participated had a good and rewarding time.

 March for Life Bus Trip to D.C.

“We Pray for all of God’s Children – The born and the unborn.”

The annual Parish bus trip to Washington, DC took place on Thu, Jan 22, 2009 to participate in the March For Life. The rental of the bus was organized by BK Ray Williams.


Council Free Throw Contest

The Council Free Throw Championship was held on January 20 at Pickering Valley Elementary School. We had 17 shooters. BK Ed Smith organized the event for us again this year. The winners were:


Age Group Girls Boys
10 Jack Coffey
11 Kaelyn Jones Brendan Riotto
12 Ricky Slusarczyk
13 Jack Kelly

Vocations Fair

Our Parish’s first Vocations Fair was held Jan 11th, for Parish and community youth considering religious vocations. We had a great response, as our Grand Knight Harry Tucci outlines:

St. Elizabeth Council’s first ever Vocations Fair is now history and personally the event exceeded all my expectations on so many levels. If you missed it, you missed a fantastic event that received a ton of positive responses. Many thanks are due, not the least of which is to Brother Dan Condron for organizing and coordinating such event and generating the publicity and turn out. What an undertaking!!!

I want to thank the religious communities that attended and the parents and youth that came out to learn about Vocations. Thanks to all Knights and their families who donated refreshments, we had enough to send home left over plates with some of the attendees. Thanks to Monsignor for his presence at the event and for the wonderful message he delivered at yesterday’s Mass on the importance of Vocations. Thanks to all my Brother Knights who helped set-up, staff the event, and clean up afterwards, it was a great showing and nice to see some new faces. Thanks to Father Rogers of the Archdiocese’s Vocation Office for attending and for all his support in phone conversations and emails leading up to the event.

We had by my count about 30 different religious communities in attendance, and over 40 youth visited the event. Several of the communities reported “serious interest” among one or two of the youth they spoke to about learning more and discerning further a vocational call. Let us keep those youth in our prayers; it would be wonderful if someone found a vocation calling because of our fair. Even without this level of interest by attendees, all the religious communities present spoke highly of the event and of our Council’s efforts to promote Vocations. It was truly inspiring.

Some of the communities left us with very nice books and prayer manuals. We will be donating the books to the Parish Library and I am open to suggestions on what to do with the other material. God truly blessed us with a wonderful event and the communities present left saying they did not know how we could top this next year.

Vivat Jesus!!!!!!

SK Harry J Tucci Jr.

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