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 “Cheers”, a 10 piece group playing live music. It was another 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 to see pictures!
Santa Visits several Christmas Activities
On Sat, Dec 11th, Grand Knight Bill Schell made two appearances as Santa Claus to add to the Christmas cheer at the VA Hospital and the Lord’s Pantry Christmas Distribution. Our Chancellor, Curt Zingaro also made a visit as Santa to children receiving hospital care at Lauren’s House.
First Degree, Dec 5th
St. Elizabeth Council hosted a First Degree on Dec 5th. Ten men were initiaed into the Knights of Columbus.
The Degree was dedicated to Brother Andre.
Lord’s Pantry Thanksgiving Set Up and Distribution
The Knights assisted with the Lord’s Pantry Thanksgiving meal distribution. On Fri, Nov 19, they met at the Shop Rite in West Chester to load canned goods and “hard” items, then delivered them to Downingtown West High School to sort, and set up for distribution the next day. On Sat, Nov 20th, the Knights helped with food distribution and carrying the groceries to the clients cars. Brother John Magee coordinated our efforts with the Lord’s Pantry. Click here for pictures!
40 Days for Life (St. Elizabeth)
The Knights participated with fellow St. Elizabeth parishoners in the 40 days for life. For this Pro-Life event, prayerful observance was held outside of the Planned Parenthood center in West Chester on Oct 23 and 24 from 7:00AM – 7:00 PM
The Social/Fellowship committee hosted an evening of wine tasting and food pairing on Oct 2nd. The Knights were glad to support this Parish social, by once again serving as bartenders.
Our 5th annual blood drive was held Sat, Sep 25 from 8:00AM – 2:00PM in the St. Elizabeth Social Hall. Approximately 70 pints were collected. The drive was organized by brother Dan Keating.
Upper Uwchlan Township Adopt-a-Trail
We had a successful start to our adopt-a-trail campaign to clean-up the trail stretching from the corner of Graphite Mine Road/Station Blvd. to Fellowship Road/Eagle Farms Road. Despite having to dodge a few 5k joggers, we had a great turnout of the ten brothers listed below and picked up almost three full bags of trash. We expect the township will install two signs in the coming weeks with our council name recognizing our adoption of the trail. We plan on our council continuing to perform cleanups every six months (each spring/fall), and if we continue to have strong turnouts we likely will extend the litter cleanup to all of the church grounds as well. Thanks again to my fellow brother Knights for their partnership in beginning this activity on the right foot. Thanks to Mark for organizing this effort for us. Brothers who participated: Phil Bauer, Brian Greiner, Mike Kasper, William Otis, Bill Schell, Mark Sciabacucchi, Bill Shields, Joey Tiriro, Nick Tretta, Ray Williams.
First Degree, Sept 26th
St. Elizabeth Council hosted a First Degree on Sept 26. Several Men were initiaed into the Knights of Columbus, including Reverend Father Gary Pacitti, Pastor of St. Basil. The Degree was dedicated to Father Pacitti, who is the new Pastor of St. Basil Parish.
The Annual Family Picnic was held on Sept 12. Despite the heavy rains the day before, and the light during the morning, the Picnic was a good time. Originally planned at the Grand Knights house, the event was moved to the Parish Social hall due to the rain. We had burgers, sausages (Brothers Nick Tretta and Tony Elephante manned the grills), and an abundant supply of appetizers and desserts brought by everyone. Click here for pictures.
The Big Potato Dig
The Big Potato Dig took place July 31st and was a huge success. We harvested 4,612 lbs.of high quality potatoes. Last year the harvest was 2,552 lbs. As always, the potato harvest was donated to the Cheater County Food Bank for distribution to the various food pantries. This donation will provide at least 5lbs of potatoes to 922 families in Chester County.
A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THIS PROJECT THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. For the harvest on Saturday we had 10 Knights, 2 KofC wives, 9 adults and 20 children, all from St Elizabeth. As usual, a BIG THANK YOU goes to Pat Kasper and Mary Damian for their special efforts. Pat’s prayers to St. Isidor guided us much of the way all year by keeping the weeds down and deer and bug damage to a minimum. Thanks again for all your help and cooperation. LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT YEAR. God Bless, Bill Schell Click here for pictures!
St. Elizabeth Parish-10th Anniversary Celebration
Sun, Jun 27 was a long, hot day for many of us, but also a joyful celebration of the 10th Anniversary of our Parish. It was great to see so many Knights of Columbus out there volunteering their time to make the day a success for the whole Parish community.
Great Job by those Knights who organized our efforts-Curt Zingaro, Jim Smith and Bill Schell, and to everyone who volunteered-Knights and Spouses. (Our council is almost as “old” as the Parish, we were chartered in 2002.)
Fri, Jun 25, despite the huge damaging windstorm the night before, the Golf Outing was held on a stellar day. Most of the golfers left homes without power, but were able to get away and enjoy the day. 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.
Parish Clothing Drive
Was held the weekend of Jun 12 and 13, at all Masses in the Parish Parking Lot. Another large donation from St. Elizabeth’s parishoners, benefitting St. Vincent de Paul. Collections were accepted before and after each Mass, it was HOT on Sunday, but we did get a little rain to cool things off after the 11:30 Mass. (Thanks to John Fiore, who organized the truck again this year).
Springton Manor Potato Project-(Weeding and Hilling)
On Saturday, June 5th, The Knights of Columbus and St. Elizabeth Parish Youth Group returned to the potato field for a “little” maintenance. Lots of weeding was done on Friday, and the rows were tilled to loosen the soil for hilling. This is when the growing plants are (almost) “hilled over”, to allow the spuds a good place to grow-around the existing plant (instead of deep, or above ground). Click here for pictures!
Elections were held at the June Meeting for the 2010-2009 Fraternal Year. Congratulations to the incoming Council officers:
- Grand Knight Bill Schell
- Deputy Grand Knight Fred Clark
- Chancellor Curt Zingaro
Financial Secretary Phil Forlano
- Recorder Ed Smith
- Treasurer John Fiore
- Lecturer Dan Condron
- Advocate Ray Williams
- Warden Jeff Ciardi
Inside Guard Matt Ward
- Inside Guard Brian Greiner
- Outside Guard Mark Sciabacucchi
- Outside Guard Doug Cox
- 1 Year Trustee John Rogge
- 2 Year Trustee Harry Tucci, Jr.
- 3 Year Trustee Bill Shields
Additionally, the following Directors have been appointed for the upcoming fraternal year:
- Church: Mike Kasper
- Pro-Life: Chuck Reimer
- Community: Pat Donoghue
- Council: R.J. Dawson
- Family: Curt Zingaro
- Youth: Jim Bacho
- Membership: Fred Clark
Fourth Degree Exemplification
Two Brothers from St. Elizabeth Council took their Fourth Degree on Sunday May 30th. Many more from our Council were there to witness and help out in the Color Guard. Congratulations to our newest Sir Knights, SK Chris McAvoy and his father SK Deacon Jim McAvoy!
Sisters of Visitation of the Blessed Mother – Power Washing
May 26th, three Brothers from St. Elizabeth Council (Mike Kasper, Bill Schell, and Jim Smith) took some power washing equipment and gave a good spring cleaning to the exterior of the Chapel for the Sisters of Visitation of the Blessed Mother.
Mulching of the Parish Grounds
A big “thank you” to the 22 Brother Knights for the great job they did on the Mulch Project. We started at 9:00 am and were completely wrapped up and leaving by 2:00 pm after moving 31 yards of mulch and removing 1/2 dozen trees. The work was made easier by having an onsite cookout-providing a much needed break and “refueling”. We have received many positive comments from fellow parishioners and Monsignor. We received extra help for this project and owe a special thank you to:
- Dave Frame of Frame Equipment for donating and delivering the mulch!
- The Donoghue children and J.D. Fiore!
- Kevin Freese (local contractor) and Henry Greiner (Brian’s grandfather) for bringing and operating their equipment!
- To the Kitchen Crew: Nick Tretta- Head Chef, Barb Batt- desserts, and Patty Smith for assisting in the kitchen!
Great team work and a job well done! Click here for pictures!
St. Elizabeth Parish, May Procession
On Wed, May 19th, Sir Knights of our Fourth Degree Color Corp assisted in the Parish’s fourth annual May Procession. This year’s theme was Mary, our Mother of Discipleship. Many other Knights and families participated and attended as well. There was a procession from the education center, around the Parish grounds, along Fellowship road, and into the Church. The Procession was followed by liturgy. It was our honor and privileged to participate, and “Hail Mary, Mother of God” Click here to see pictures!
The ARC of PA Collection
he 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 PA Association of Retarded Citizens (ARC)
The collection for ARC was again a success this year (most Pennsylvania Knights of Columbus Councils participate). Our Council collected just over $1500 in four days. This was our Council’s seventh year participating in this event. Thanks to Tom Kirk and Pat Donoghue 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 8th) 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. Click here for pictures!
Fourth Degree Testimonial Dinner
On Saturday, April 17th, the Chester County Assembly, Fourth Degree Knights gathered for their annual Testimonial Dinner. The Dinner honors the (most recent) Past Faithful Navigator (PFN). This year’s Honoree was our own Sir Knight, Jim Smith. As well as the assembly’s PFN, Jim is a Past Grand Knight of our Council. Eight Sir Knights from St. Elizabeth served as the Color Guard, escorting the dignitaries to the head table. Dinner was followed by numerous presentations, and everyone enjoyed a great evening of Fraternity. Click here for pictures!
Springton Manor Potato Project (Planting)
On Saturday, April 17th, the Knights of Columbus and St. Elizabeth Parish Youth Group gathered again to plant potatos for the gleaning project for local Chester County food banks. A Big Spud Thank You again this year for all of your help planting the potato field at Springton Manor Farm on Friday and Saturday. We planted 625lbs of seed potatoes and with any luck we should harvest well over 3000lbs in August.
Over the two days we had the help of 14 Brothers: Skip Valentine, Ralph Boardman, John Fiore, Bill Shields, Rich Turocy,Curt Zingaro, Bill Simpson, Bill Schell, John Layden, Mike Kasper, Fred Clark, Jim Smith, Lou Lefebvre and Ray Williams. Many of these Brothers worked both Friday and Saturday. Of course, Larry Welsch of the Chester County Food Bank was there with snacks, etc. As usual, Mrs.Pat Kasper was there with about 10 Children from the Parish School and Youth Group. Pat also provided us with snacks and drinks. A very special thanks to Pat Kasper, Jane Dillon, Anith Simpson, Kathleen Long, Angie Fiore, Carol Kolimago and Amy Bauer for there help and support. Click here for pictures!
On Sunday, April 11th, Knights and their families gathered for the 8:00 AM Family Mass. The Celebrant was our own Council Chaplain, Father Francis Chambers. The Knights were recognized during Mass for celebrating their Family Mass, and also their service to our Parish. Following Mass, we gathered in the Social Hall for our 8th Annual Communion Breakfast-we had our largest turnout yet this year. Following the opening remarks and prayer, everyone enjoyed an excellent breakfast, provided by BK Vincent Montesano and Montesano Brothers Catering. Following breakfast, Worthy Grand Knight Bill Shields made the following presentations:
- The honoree for Knight of the Year Award was SK Curt Zingaro. During the presentation the Grand Knight, Bill Shields, recognized the leadership Zingaro provided in organizing the first Parish Breakfast and the Lenten fish fry that preceded the parish youth group performance of the Stations of the Cross.
- The honorees for Family of the Year Award Mike and Pat Kasper. Grand Knight recognized the leadership that Mike and Pat have shown by being involved in the community Springton Manor Potato Gleaning project, which provided Chester County Food banks with over 2000 lbs of potatoes. Mike also serves as the Council’s Church Director and takes an active role in ensuring that proper coordination of planned events between the Parish and council. Note: While a quickly printed certificate was used during the breakfast, the plaque was “formally” presented (with a hint of “American Gothic”), the following weekend at Springton Manor…
- The Council was also proud to present to Monsignor Thomas M. Mullin, Pastor of St. Elizabeth, a check to complete the $10,000 donation committed to the “Stepping Forward Together” Capital Campaign. The donation is to assist with the building campaign to finish the school gym and ministry center.
Lenten Fish Fry Dinner
On Friday, April March 27th we held our second Lenten Fish Fry Dinner in the Parish Social Hall. Approximately 275 people signed up with over 200 attending the event. Brother Knight Vince Montesano, and Montesano Brothers catered the dinner that included fish or crab cake, pasta, vegetable slaw, salad, 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 our Worthy Warden, SK Curt Zingaro. Click here for pictures!
40 Days for Pro-Life
The Council and Parish covered two days of the 40 Days for Pro Life Campaign As Knights, we continually fight for the unborn and for Respect For Life. Many signed up to prayerfully witness outside the abortion facility in West Chester. We we out Sat, Feb 20, and again on Sun, Mar 21. Both days, the hours of coverage were from 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM.
KofC/Social Fellowship Committee-Breakfast for the Parish
Sun, Jan 24, the Knights along with the Social/Fellowship Parish Committee, co-hosted a Breakfast for the Parish. We sold 200 tickets for the Breakfast which was held in the held in the St Elizabeth Parish Social Hall. Worthy Warden Curt Zingaro organized the event, and did a great job!
…the Parish Breakfast was a huge success! I received many compliments from parishioners on the food, service, and hospitality of the event. One family told me that they wouldn’t have been able to come had we not had an affordable family package. ( They had 8 in their family). Many parishioners were also pleased that this was a family event and hoped we would continue this event in the future. In addition to the fine spread put out by Montesano Bros (thank you Vinnie and Stephen), Matt Zingaro and his side kick, Ron Zanoni, cooked and flipped over 500 pancakes. Even with that many pancakes served, we still had a pot and a half left of pancake batter. Many thanks to Bill Schell and Jim Smith for preparing 11- 5lb boxes of Aunt Jemima Mix. Our roving photographers, Fred Clark and John Rogge, captured many candid moments (Click here to see pictures!) . In addition, I want to thank the Ladies of the SFC, for their participation and support in this event. Finally, without the additional support of over 20 Brother Knights in ticket sales, set up, serving, and clean up, we could not have pulled this off. My many thanks to you Brothers for your time and hard work. Thanks again, for all you do.
A word about the particulars…..
– 205 parishioners served
– $1435 Approximate ticket sales
-Knights of Columbus donation- we bought and donated a 4 burner griddle and 2 burner griddle to the school. Approximate value- $ 185.00
-This was not a fund raising event and while we did not make money, we only incurred a small loss. All in all, a successful event.
March for Life Bus Trip to D.C.
“We Pray for all of God’s Children – The born and the unborn.”
The annual March for Life Parish bus trip to Washington, DC took place on Fri, Jan 22, 2010. (The rental of the bus was organized by our Pro-Life Director, Brother Ray Williams.) Our St. Elizabeth Council along with the Parish Respect Life Committee jointly sponsored a bus to Washington to join the annual Rally and March for Life. Msgr. Mullin led us in a Respect Life prayer service just prior to our early morning departure. We took the opportunity on our travel south to say the Rosary and then to watch a video presentation which enlightened us on the many aspects of stem cell research. Our destination in Washington was the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
After a brief visit to the Basilica most of our group departed for the Metro Station to board the train that would take us to the rally being held in the Mall area between the Washington Monument and the Capitol. Some of our group elected to spend the day in the Basilica where they took advantage of the various Masses and other religious services that are offered throughout the day. After arriving in the Rally area we listened to several talks from a wide variety of pro life politicians and other pro life advocates. The Rally concluded around 2:00 PM and then the March to the Capitol area began. After reaching the vicinity of the Capitol some of our group decided to continue on to the Supreme Court where a large crowd assembled for songs and prayers. Others returned via the Metro to the Basilica where we attended a late afternoon Pro Life Mass.
We boarded the bus at 5:15 PM and after all were accounted for, we began our return trip and our end of the day arrival back at the Parish around 9:30 PM. On the way home we spent some time in additional prayer and watched a video on the life and tragic death of Terri Schiavo. As always, a great day to be part of this prayer filled rally in the continuing fight for the end of abortion in America and throughout the world. Each year hundreds of thousands participate and the St. Elizabeth Council is proud to partner with all who attend and especially with our brother Knights in the fight for life.
Quarterly Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for Respect Life
Sun, Jan 17, 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.
Holy Hours for Priestly Vocations
Mon, Jan 11, the Knights assisted St. Elizabeth Parish is hosting Holy Hours for Priestly Vocations. Monsignor Mullin invited young men who may be interested in Priestly Vocations to attend. The Knights helped by providing pizza dinner, and greeting. The dinner was followed by the Holy Hour, lead by Bishop Robert Maginnis in the St. Elizabeth Daily Chapel.