2011 Activities

Christmas Party

2011 Christmas PartyThe Knights of Columbus celebrated Christmas with a council Christmas Party on Sat Dec 10th, 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 for pictures from the party!

Santa Visits the VA Hospital

Members of the 4th Degree Knights helped out with a visit from Santa (SK Bill Schell) and one of his helpful elves (SK Mike Kasper). The Knights visited clients of the VA to bring them gifts and Christmas cheer. 

Keep Christ in Chirstmas Poster Contest

St. Elizabeth Council participated in with the Chester County Assembly in sponsoring a “Keep Christ in Christmas” poster contest. St. Elizabeth Fourth Graders created posters, and the winners entries will move on for judging with other local schools for final judging by the Assembly. Congratulations to our local winners: Isabel O’connell, Angeliina Perre, and Bridget Finley. 

 First Degree

St. Elizabeth hosted a First Degree on Sun, Dec 4th. Nine new brother Knights were initiated into the Knights of Columbus, including 5 from St. Elizabeth: William Pasquale, David Preston, Jack Samson, Bryan Tobish and Bob Winn.

Lord’s Pantry Christmas Distribution

The Knights helped the Lord’s Pantry with set up on Fri, Dec 9th, and distribution on Sat, Dec 10th at Downingtown West High School. John Magee coordinated.

Keep Christ in Christmas Card Sales

The annual Keep Christ in Christmas – Christmas Card Sale involved taking orders for Christmas Cards, KCIC Car Magnets, Pins, Ornaments, and stickers after each Mass for the first two weekends in November and then delivering the ordered materials for the following two weekends after each Mass.

Lord’s Pantry Thanksgiving Distribution

The Knights helped the Lord’s Pantry with their annual Thanksgiving distribution. Set up on Fri, Nov ?? and distribution on Sat, Nov at Downingtown West High School. John Magee coordinated. 

Turkey Dinner Donation

On Nov 20th, for the second year in a row our Council participated in the Thanksgiving Turkey Program sponsored by St Philip & James with the help of St Elizabeth Parish. The overall program benefits others not just BVM Visitation, our sister Parish.

The original request from the Parish committee was for the Knights only to provide transportation to various locations. However, our Council also decided to donate up to $500.00 for the purchase of 15 complete dinners provided it was used to for our sister parish, Visitation BVM in Philadelphia.

Brothers Jim Smith Mike Kasper & Bill Schell did the shopping for the Turkeys, canned vegies, deserts, etc. All of the Turkeys were purchased at a very low price. We also gathered boxes from various stores.  In addition to the 15 Dinners the Knights Council donated, we received 20 complete dinner donations from Brother Knights & their families. All total, we took 35 dinners to our Sister parish, Visitation BVM. A few of these were “special” for the BVM Sisters.

On the Day of distribution the Knights did the packing and helped load cars. Brothers Mike Kasper & John Fiore transported the donations to BVM in Phila.

Overall the Turkey Program furnished 170 Turkey Dinners to various needy families. 

Adopt-a-Trail Cleanup

We had another successful clean-up of the church grounds and the trail stretching from the corner of Graphite Mine Road/Station Blvd. to Fellowship Road/Eagle Farms Road. Although a little windy, we had a nice turnout of the 10 brothers listed below and Liam’s two children. In total, we picked up about 4 full bags of trash (considerably less than the Spring which was a good sign) and spruced up the grounds in preparation for the noon America Needs Fatima rosary.  It was also nice to see the township’s recently erected signs with our council name/logo recognizing our maintenance of the trail.  Thanks again to everyone for their support.  Fred Clark, Liam Dempsey and his two kids, Steve Golus, Mike Kasper, Lou Lefebyre, John Rogge, Bill Schell, Mark Sciabacucchi, Bill Simpson, Ron Van Alstyne.  

 Forty Hours Procession Event

Nov 6, 2011, At the request of our Pastor, Msgr. Mullin, the St Elizabeth Council had the privilege to lead the procession of the Blesses Sacrament for the opening of our 40 Hours Devotion.  The procession included 10 Color Corps members in Full Regalia, 5 Sir Knights in Tux and 6 1st, 2nd and 3rd Degree Brothers.

Particpating Brothers included Sir Knights: Bill Schell, Mike Kasper, Phil Forlano, Deacon Jim McAvoy, Denis Forest, Ray Williams, Jonathan Hess, Dan Condron, Chris McAvoy, Bill Shields, Joe Arena, Harold Gibson, Ron Zanoni, Skip Valentine, Doug Cox and Brothers Liam Dempsey, Matt Jiannino

Social Fellowship Committee “Pub and Grub” Social

The Parish Social Fellowship Council Committee hosted an evening of great food and a variety of Victory beers. The Knights helped out by being “mobile” bartenders, serving the various beer tastings. They also manned the side bars and kept the guests served with beer and wine.
Thanks to our bartenders:  Joe Arena, John Batt, Phil Bauer, Fred Clark, Pat Donoghue, Tony Elephante, Denis Forrest, Dan Keating, Bill Schell, Bill Shields, Jim Smith, Joey Tiriro, Ron Zanoni  

 Birthright Bash

The “Birthright Bash” was held on Saturday October 22nd, 2011 at the Moose Lodge in Coatesville, PA to benefit “Birthright of Coatesville.  A single admission cost $35 and couples cost $60. The price of admission included Roast Beef, Beer, Jazz music, gaming tables and a silent auction. Approximately 70 people attended.

The event was profitable largely because the cost was paid in advance through donations. Private individuals donated money to pay for the gaming tables and the jazz quartet. The items for the silent auction where donated by local restaurants, sporting venues, jewelry dealers.  The auction included donated tickets to the “Wilmington Blue Rocks”, Reading Phillies”, Leigh Valley Iron Pigs” and the Camden “River sharks”, autograph hockey puck from the “Flyers” and autograph pictures from the Philadelphia “76’ers”. Golf for four with cart at the Kimberton Golf Club. Wool Irish Sweater, Spilpada Necklace & Bracelet, Brett Favre autographed poster, two Baby bath tubs with clothes for girls and boys, Seiko quartz watch, Yoga classes, home soda maker from “Soda Stream”.

The event was organized buy the co-directors of “Birthright of Coatesville” Celeste DiJohnson and Beth Giangiulo along with Knights of Columbus members Harry Tucci, Ray Williams and Chuck Reimer.

America Needs Fatima

This is a National event to help America realize the need for devotion to the Blessed Lady and that we should pray the rosary more frequently. This event was held at the same time and day throughout the United States to promote more adoration and devotion to the Blessed Lady. America Needs Fatima’s goal is to win the heart and soul of America for Mary by spreading Our Lady’s Fatima message and promoting devotion to Her Immaculate Heart. America.

This was the first year that St Elizabeth held the rosary and prayer devotion and intends to continue the tradition annually. We were very pleased with the response and attendance for this devotion to the Immaculate Heart and anticipate the event growing with each year!

Particpating Brothers included: Steve Golus and family, Bill Simpson and family, Ron Murphy, Bill Schell, Phil and Laura Forlano, Pat and Mike Kasper, Mark Sciabacucchi, Lewis and Ann Lefebvre, Liam Dempsey, Florence Clark.

 Officer Installation

2011 OfficersCouncil Officers were installed at the October meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

St. Elizabeth Council Recognized for Star Council Award

2011 Star Council AwardDistrict Deputy John Rogge presented Past Grand Knight Bill Schell with a plaque commemorating the Council Achieving Star Council status for the 2010-2011 fraternal year.

 

 

 

 

 

Springton Manor Potato Harvest

2011 SpringtonThe Springton Potatoes were harvested on Saturday October 1, 2011. In spite if the weather problems this year, we harvested 3100 Lbs of good size potatoes. This was our second largest harvest. As usual, they were immediately delivered to the Chester County Food Bank. The potatoes will then be delivered to the various Chester County Food Cupboards on Monday.  We had a total of 54 Volunteers; 33 children and 21 Adults. With everyones help the harvest only took 2 1/2 hours. A good time was had by all.

Earlier in June we got the Spuds planted.  it was about 6 weeks late because of the wet weather, but better late than never. Please say a prayer to St Isidor and his angles that we will have a good crop in spite of the early wet weather and late planting.   We had a great crew of 37 volunteers, 15 Knights, two wives, quite a few children and several people from the Food Bank crew. Total time to plant 700 Lbs of seed potatoes in 22 -300ft rows was 3 hours.
Again this year, thanks to Pat Kasper for getting the youth from St Elizaberh to help out on such a short notice. Thanks too for her Prayers to St Isidor with the crew. As usual Mary Damian took pictures and was a big help with planting.

Again this year, A BIG THANK YOU to Pat Kasper for organizing theSt Elizabeth Parish Youth and their families. Also to Flo Clark for her award winning picture taking skills.  Another BIG THANKS to the following Brother Knights and their families for their support throughout the year:  Bill Schell,  Jim Smith, John Rogge, Rich Turocy, Mike Kasper, Matt Jiannino, Lou Lefebvre, Bill Simpson, Ray Williams, John Layden, Fred Clark, Tom Kirk, Phil Bauer, Ray Boncek, Liam Dempsey.  Click here for more pictures!

 

 Blood Drive

A parish blood drive was held Sat, Sep 17 from 8:00AM – 2:00PM in St. Elizabeth Social Hall.  The Council conducted a blood drive in connection with the Regional Red Cross affiliate. Members of the council recruited parishioners and others to commit to donating blood. The Red Cross came to the parish hall to collect the blood donations. Close to 90 pints of blood were collected–thanks to the organizing efforts of Brother Dan Keating.  Participating Brothers: Dan Keating (Chair), Matt Ward (Co-Chair), Bill Schell, Fred Clark, Curt Zingaro, John Rogge, Mike Kaspar, Jim Smith, Dan Condron, Nick DiProspero, Pat Donaghue, Phil Forlano, Steve Golus, Dave Guthrie, Bill Shields, Rich Turocci.

In the first picture below, we see Nick DiProspero (left) and his wife Silvia getting ready to support the event. To their right is DGK Curt Zingaro looking surprised that he qualifies. Behind them stands the event coordinator, Br. Dan Keating, who greeted every donor and thanked them for participating in this worth while event.
In the third picture, the Chester County Assembly Faithful Navigator is shown giving blood, checking email and smiling. 

Family Picnic

This was our annual Family picnic open to all St. Elizabeth Knights and their families. The event this year was held Sun, Aug 21st in the Parish Social Hall which really helped out since it rained for most of the event. However, the rain did not dampen our spirits! It was a great turnout with plenty of food available. The Knights provided hamburgers, hot dogs, rolls, beverages- including soda, water, beer, and ice tea, and chips & dip. The sides, salads, appetizers, and desserts were prepared by many of the Knights families and were absolutely delicious. Special thanks to all those who helped with the set up and clean up especially the wives and children. While there were almost 100 people in attendance, a special recognition goes out to:
– Father Frank Chambers- our Worthy Chaplain
– Bill Schell- the expert of food products at BJ’s and Grill donation
– Joey Tiriro and Phil Bauer- our Grill Masters
– Jim Smith- Grill donation and Ice buckets
– Mike Kasper- Grill pickups and returns
– And Monsignor Mullin for allowing us the use of the Social Hall.

Hope to see everyone at next year’s event.  

 Installation Mass of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput

Members of St. Elizabeth Council’s Fourth Degree Color Corps participated in the Installation Mass of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput to the Philadelphia Archdiocese. Archbishop Chaput is a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus, and his brother Knights were glad to participate in this Mass, and welcome him to Philadelphia, the “City of Brotherly Love”. 

Golf Outing

Friday, June 24, 2011, this was our 9th annual Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament. It was held at the Kimberton Golf Club where 63 golfers and 8 volunteers participated. As usual, a little rain fell on the tournament for perhaps four holes, but we survived and a good time was had by all. The winning foursome shot a 53, seventeen (17) strokes under par. Perhaps this was aided by the yardsticks that could be purchased to “buy putts.”
Hole sponsors for the event included the following:
– Advancial (Gregg Amicon)
– Brandywine Senior Living
– Citizens Bank
– Coldstream Crossing Retirement Community
– Edwards Jones Investing (T.R.Campbell)
– Herr’s Potato Chips
– J. Loew Property Management, Inc.
– Immaculata University
– The Bliss Family
– The Jedliskowski Family
– The Phelps School

Clothing Drive

The 2011 Clothing Drive held on June 11 & 12 was a huge success. The Council along with the Parishioners of St. Elizabeth’s Parish filled a 48 ft tractor trailer from front to back with clothing, books, utensils, pots, pans and small appliances.   This year’s beneficiary was once again the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Philadelphia, PA. The Society of SVD called after getting the trailer back from us to express their thanks and amazement at how well stocked and the quality of the goods collected. The Society of SVD was in desperate need of household items such as utensil, pots and pans and our drive went a long way in helping.   About 20 Brothers helped with this year’s collection.  

St. Elizabeth 8th Grade Excellence in Religion Award

Our council regularly sponsors the annual “Excellence in Religion Education” award given to the 8th Grade student of St. Elizabeth Education Center who demonstrates outstanding achievement in religious studies throughout the year. The 8th grade teachers and the Principle select the student and the award is given during the closing ceremony of the St Elizabeth school year. The winning student receives a certificate and a $50 check from the council.

Council Elections

Elections were held at the June Meeting for the 2011-2012 Fraternal Year (Jul-Jun).  Congratulations to the incoming Council officers:
– Grand Knight Fred Clark
– Deputy Grand Knight Curt Zingaro
– Chancellor Jeff Ciardi
– Financial Secretary Phil Forlano
– Recorder Ed Smith
– Treasurer John Fiore
– Lecturer Dan Condron
– Advocate Denis Forrest
– Warden Brian Greiner
– Inside Guard Mark Sciabacucchi
– Inside Guard Doug Cox
– Outside Guard Bill Simpson
– Outside Guard Matt Jiannino
– 1 Year Trustee Harry Tucci, Jr.
– 2 Year Trustee Bill Shields
– 3 Year Trustee Bill Schell

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: Skip Valenting

 Communion Breakfast

On Sunday, April 15th, Knights and their families gathered for the 8:00 AM Family Mass. The Celebrant was Father Francis Chambers, who is also our Council Chaplain. 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 9th Annual Communion Breakfast. After the opening remarks and prayer, everyone enjoyed an excellent breakfast, provided by BK Vincent Montesano and Montesano Brothers Catering.  Later, Worthy Grand Knight Bill Schell made the following presentations:

The Knight of the Year for the 2010-2011 Fraternal Year was awarded to Brother Brian Greiner. Brian became a Knight in 2009 and currently holds the officer position of Inside Guard. Brian was recognized for his overall enthusiasm and active participation in our Council activities including the Special Programs Committee and Church Mulch Project.

The Family of the Year for the 2010-2011 Fraternal Year was awarded to Jim & Patty Smith (and their daughter Meghan). Jim and Patty were recognized for their numerous activities for the Knights Council and St Elizabeth Parish Jim and Patty were included in far too many activities to list here, but it can be summed up by the following quote made by a Brother Knight: “THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THE COUNCIL AND CHURCH REMAINS A MODEL FOR ALL OTHERS TO STRIVE FOR.”

An award for Outstanding Service and Dedication for the 2010-2011 Fraternal Year was presented to Brother Curt Zingaro. Curt is currently our Worthy Chancellor. He was recognized for is outstanding work as chairman of the Special Programs Committee set up to review and improve our Council new membership process. Many of the programs developed by Curt’s committee are now being used by other Councils in the area. Curt is also recognized for his outstanding work as chairman of the annual Fish Dinner. This was the third year Curt handled the Dinner and it has improved each time.

News from the KofC 2011 PA State Convention

Council State Award presented at the 2010-2011 State Convention.
Each year Councils are asked to apply for Awards for their activities in each of seven catagories, Church, Pro-life, Community, Council, Family, Public Relations and Youth. In spite of tough competition, St. Elizabeth Council was awarded the “Council” State Award. Our award packages were prepared by our Deputy Grand Knight, Fred Clark. Our “Council” package included a complete description on how are meetings are conducted including copies of our General Meeting Agenda, Parish Facilities Planner, Program Activities Planner and Good of the Order and Worthy Lecturer reports as well as a testimonial from our District Deputy, Robert Murphy. A complete description of our many Council activities such as the Clothing Drive, Luminaries, Blood Drive, Potato Project, Cub Scout Religious Medals Program, Council Picnic, Golf Outing, etc. were described. Pictures were included showing many of our Council activities. A description of our Degree team was included
We frequently receive positive comments from visiting Knights on how well we conduct out meetings. We have been told several times we are one of the top Councils in the state. This Award proves it. Thanks to one and all for the hard work and support of our Council through the years.

 Postal Workers Food Drive for the Lord’s Pantry

The Postal Workers Food Drive (Sat, May 14th) for the Lord’s Pantry was another great success.   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.   5519 pounds of food were collected this year.   Thanks to BK John Magee for organizing our participation again this year.

TheARC Measure Up Campaign

2011 ARCOn May 14th & 15th, 2011, St. Elizabeth Council Knights of Columbus conducted their annual ARC Measure Up Campaign to raise money for the Chester County ARC, which helps people with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities. Brothers once again answered the call to help this very important organization by volunteering to solicit cash donations outside two area Acme markets, in Exton and Eagle. In just one weekend, the Council collected over $2,000 to be donated to Chester County ARC.   Council Members who participated in this activity/event:   Bill Schell, Liam Dempsey, Jim Smith, Dan Condron, Fred Clark, Bob Curts, RJ Dawson, Harry Tucci, Chuck Reimer, Jeff Ciardi, Tom Kirk, Pat Donoghue, Bill Shields
To learn more about the ARC, visit them at: www.thearc.org

 

St. Elizabeth Parish, May Procession

2011 May CrowningOn Thu, May 12th, Sir Knights of our Fourth Degree Color Corp assisted in the Parish’s fifth annual May Procession.  The Procession included several hundred school children including First Communicants, Confirmation Classes and many of our other Parish youth groups. The procession went around the parish grounds reciting the Hail Mary and was followed by a prayer service and crowing of Mary in the Main Church.   The Color Corps assisted with Crowing of our Blessed Mother. The Crowing was done by the Swan family.   Participating Color Corps members: SK Fred Clark, SK Curt Zingaro, SK Bill Shields, SK Harold Gibson, SK Chris McAvoy, SK Bill Schell, SK Paul Guinan, and SK Mike Kasper.  Click here for pictures!

Passing of Deacon Rick Freemont

We ask all Brothers to pray for the repose of the soul of Deacon Rick Freemont, our Brother Knight, and former Chaplain, who passed away Friday, May 6. Please keep the Freemont family in your prayers.   The funeral Mass for Deacon Rick was held Friday, May 13th, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth. Mass was preceeded by a viewing from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Cardinal Rigali presided over the funeral Mass, which was well attended by many Priests and Deacons.  About 20 Sir Knights from the Chester County Assembly participated in the Honor Guard for the viewing and Funeral Mass.

Upper Uwchlan Township Adopt-a-Trail

On Sat, April 16th, We had another successful clean-up of the church grounds and the trail stretching from the corner of Graphite Mine Road/Station Blvd. to Fellowship Road/Eagle Farms Road. Although a little cold and windy, we had a strong turnout of the 14 brothers listed below and 7 members of their families. In total, we picked up about 15 full bags of trash and spruced up the grounds in preparation for Holy Week.

The township will now install two signs in the coming weeks with our council name recognizing our adoption of the trail. Our council will continue performing cleanups twice per year with the next one planned for September. Thanks again to everyone for their support.

Participating Knights and family:
– Fred and Flo Clark
– Doug Cox
– Liam Dempsey and his two kids
– Hoot Gibson
– Andy Hartnett
– Mike Kasper
– Lou Lefebvre
– James McNally
– Bill Schell
– Mark Sciabacucchi
– Bill Shields
– Bill and Anita Simpson and their two boys
– Rich Turocy and grandson
– Ray Williams

Lenten Fish Dinner

The St. Elizabeth Council hosted its third annual Fish Dinner on Friday April 15th.   There were 12 Knights who prepped the food on the evening of April 14th from 6PM to 9PM at the Montesano store. Together we Panko crusted 250 Cod fillets and 258 Crab Cakes ( heavy side of 5 ounces). In addition, we packed the vegetable slaw, tartar sauce, and cocktail sauce. Those participating in prep were: Jim Smith, Bill Shields, Bill Schell, Ron VanAlystine, Ralph Hannum, Steve Golus, Doug Cox, Mike Kasper, Bill Simpson, Curt Zingaro, and Ron Zanoni.  Dinner was served from 5-7PM on Friday, April 15th in the St. Elizabeth Church Social Hall with over 22 Brothers volunteering for set up, cooking, busing tables, and clean up. Parishioners were treated to a combination of Panko Crusted Cod and/or Crabcakes, vegetable slaw, salad, dinner roll w/ butter, cookies and a cold beverage. Coffee and tea were also available.
– Total Dinners served: 290
– Total Dinners take out: 60
– Total Dinners eat in: 230
Following dinner, Parishioners were able to view the Live Stations of the Cross, which was presented by the 7th and 8th graders from St. Elizabeth School in the main Church.  It was a great evening of food, stewardship, socializing and prayer for both the Council and the Parish.  Once again, the Knights did a fantastic job!

I just wanted to send out a special thanks to all of you for your participation in our Annual Fish Dinner this year. Without your help, it would not have been a success. Whether you sold tickets, prepped the food, helped at the dinner, or cleaned up I appreciate the time you were able to give to support our Council and this event. We received many compliments from the parishioners and Monsignor on both the food and the service that the Knights provided. Special thanks to Brother Vinny Montesano for the catering with his usual quality food and attention to detail. I hope you enjoyed the dinner and participating in this event. Hope to see you all next year!
Fraternally, Curt Zingaro

And a BIG thanks to Curt for organizing this event for three years now.  

Scouting Religious Medals Presentation

St. Elizabeth Knights of Columbus Council 13141, Uwchlan PA, sponsored Cub Scout Pack 61, Chester County in earning religious medals. The medals were presented to those scouts who earned their religious medals award. The pack is chartered by the St. Elizabeth Roman Catholic Church and the awards were presented by Pastor Monsignor Thomas Mullin on February 13, 2011. The Light of Christ Award, for Tiger or Wolves Cub Scout boys ages 6 and 7, is to help the Cub Scout develop a personal relationship with Jesus as a real person and friend. The ParvuliDei (Children of God) Award, for Bear or Webelos cub scouts ages 8 to 10, is to discover the presence of God in their daily lives as members of their families and parishes. The council also escorted the scouts with a four member Color Guard during the presentation ceremony.

Light of Christ (for Tigers and Wolves)
Josh Lauckner
Adam Steppke
Owen Kell
Declan Rymer
Thomas Walk
Alexander Nguyen

ParvuliDei (for Bears and Webelos)
Riley Brady
Liam Kowalski
William Galvin
Jake Lauckner
Joe Dominiecki
Matt Kervinen

Scouts sitting (left to right): Owen Kell, Josh Lauckner, Adam Steppke, Thomas Walk, Alex Nguyen
Scouts standing (left to right): Declan Rymer, Matt Kervinen, Will Galvin, Niall Myles, Noah Brady, Riley Brady, Liam Kowalski, Jake Lauckner, Joe Dominiecki  Color Guard (left to right): SK Phil Forlano, SK Fred Clark, DGK, SK Mike Kasper, SK John Rogge, PGK

MARCH FOR LIFE – WASHINGTON, D.C. – JANUARY 24, 2011

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

2011 MarchForLifeOur St. Elizabeth Knights of Columbus Council #13141 along with the Parish Respect Life Committee and St. Elizabeth Parish jointly sponsored a bus to Washington to join the annual Rally and March for Life. Msgr. Mullin led us in a Respect For Life prayer service just prior to our early morning departure. We took the opportunity on our travel south to say the Pro Life Rosary and to update our March For Life participants on our program for the day. With a brief rest stop in Maryland concluded, our destination in Washington was the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

After a thirty minute 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. Prior to leaving for the Metro Station our group took part in an interview that was subsequently published in Catholic Standard and Times. Some 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. We were all encouraged to learn that over 90% of the freshman class taking their seats this term consider themselves Pro Life. 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 with our end of the day arrival back at the Parish around 9:00 PM. On the way home we spent some time in individual prayer and watched videos on important areas of our Respect For Life effort. 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 (400 hundred thousand?) participate and the St. Elizabeth Council is proud to partner in the fight for life with all who attend and especially with our brother Knights from throughout the nation.  Click here to see pictures!

KofC Basketball Freethrow Contest

Knights of Columbus Council #13141 is proud to recognize the winners of the Council Basketball Free Throw Championship held on January 23, 2011. This year’s Championship was the first held in the St. Elizabeth School gym.

This year’s winners were: Erin Finley, Vincent Finley, Nathan Robertson, Addie Cambria, Brett Gibbs, Jeffrey Zebrowski, Maddie Olson, and Brendan Riotto.

These winners were also recognized by District Deputy Robert Murphy as the District champions. They are eligible to participate in the Regional Championship on March 5, 2011 at Cardinal O’Hara High School. –Ed Smith 

Quarterly Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for Respect Life

Sun, Jan 16, 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 thoughtful reflection, prayers and readings.