2013 Activities

Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest

St Elizabeth once again hosted the Keep Christ in Christmas Poster contest at the St. Elizabeth School.  Thanks to all of the participants, and congratulations to the winners:
1st Diana B.
2nd Delancy D.
3rd Julia C.

Christmas Party

Held Sat, Dec 21 Kimberton Golf Club.

Lord’s Pantry Christmas Distribution

December 7, Downingtown West High School cafeteria, organized by SK John Magee.

The Lord’s Pantry distributed Christmas toys, clothing and food to over 280 very thankful clients on Saturday.   The St. Elizabeth Knights were well represented: 8 Knights helped with the Friday afternoon setup and 11 helped out loading Christmas toys, clothing and food into the clients cars. All the kids who helped out worked very hard and were a source of great pride to fathers and brother knights.  Thanks for the great effort. Everyone at the Lord’s Pantry were very appreciative for all great help.

Visitation BVM Turkey Dinner Donations

November – Bill Schell and Jim Smith coordinated Turkey Dinner Drive.  The Knights provided 48 dinners to our Sister Parish, Visitation BVM. 15 were donated by our Council and the rest were personal donations by our Brother Knights and their families.   All totaled, including the Knights donation, St Elizabeth Parish packed and transported 208 meals.  With Ss. Philip and James collection a total of 346 meals were provided.
A special thanks to the Knights transportation group: Jim Smith, John Fiore, Dan Condron, Tim Brennan & Mike Kasper. Also, thanks to Patty Smith and Sue Brennan for their help and support.  Click here for pictures!


Lord’s Pantry Thanksgiving

The Lord’s Pantry Thanksgiving Food Distribution was a great success. A complete turkey dinner was provided to over 285 families in the Downingtown area. An additional 100+ dinners were provided to families by the Lord’s Pantry earlier in the week.  St Elizabeth Knights helped out in record numbers this year. 10 knights helped out with the setup on Friday ( special thanks to the 4 knights that volunteered for early morning duty at the West Chester Shop Rite pickup) and 15 knights (with many family members) lent a hand on Saturday morning, distributing the turkey dinners to the Lord’s Pantry Clients.

Awards Presented

District Deputy Jim Smith, PGK, PFN presented the following awards at the October Council meeting:

  • 2012-2013 Service Programs Award presented to St. Elizabeth Council and (Past) Grand Knight Curt Zingaro, for meeting (exceeding) service programs goals.
  • 2012-2013 District Deputy Award presented to (Past) District Deputy John Rogge, for his successful leadership of District 20.


Family Picnic

Held on September 22

Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show Support

Over 20 Knights again helped with coordinating parking and other activities to support this Chester County Tradition


There was another successful Adopt-a-Trail clean-up on Sept. 21st covering the trail stretching from the corner of Graphite Mine Road/Station Blvd. to Fellowship Road/Eagle Farms Road. The weather was very good for the 6 brothers listed below that pitched in – the cleanup was completed in one hour and about two 2 full bags of trash were collected.  Thanks again to everyone for their support.  Special thanks to  Jeff Ciardi, Dan Condron, Ralph Hannum, Mike Kasper, Joe LaGrossa, Mark Sciabacucchi for coordinating.

Blood Drive

Our annual Blood Drive was held on Sept 21st.  49 pints were collected.

Springton Potato Harvest

The Springton Potatoes were harvested Saturday, August 17, 2013. We harvested 3100 lbs of good size potatoes. ( last year the harvest was 3200 lbs and in 2011 it was 3100lbs) 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.

A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THIS PROJECT THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. For the harvest on Saturday, we had 26 adults, including 12 Knights, several wives, and 27 children of all ages, all from St Elizabeth Parish.

Again this year, A BIG THANK YOU to Pat Kasper for organizing the St Elizabeth Parish Youth and their families.

Another BIG THANKS to the following Brother Knights and their families for their support during the harvest. Also, a special thanks to Brother Jim Smith for his dedication to this project all year.

Curt Zingaro, Jack Samson, John Rogge, Ralph Hannum, Mike Kasper, Leam Dempsey, Dan Condron, Rich Turocy, Ray Boncek, James McNally, John Magee, Bryan Tobisch,  Bill Schell & Jim Smith

Officer Installation

All members were invited to the ceremony for the installation of officers for the 2013-2014 fraternal year. The ceremony was held on Saturday, August 10 in Social Hall at 3:45 p.m., preceeding the Family Mass at 5:30 p.m. The installation was led by District Deputy Jim Smith, PGK of St. Elizabeth Council. WGK Jeff Ciardi called for a renewed call to action and focus on membership.

WGK Jeff also presented PGK Fred Clark with a PFN minature jewel from the council for completing his term as Faithful Navigator of the Chester County Assembly (Fourth Degree).

Click here for pictures!



Golf Outing

Our 11th annual Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament was held at the Kimberton Golf Club Fri Jun 28th…organized by SK Chuck Reimer.



John Mattis Memorial Car Show

St. Elizabeth Council’s Fourth Degree Sir Knights participated their Chester County Assembly’s John Mattis Memorial Car Show held at the VA Medical Center in Coatesville. Members of St. Elizabeth include: Faithful Navigator Fred Clark, organiziers Doug Cox and Jim Smith, participants/show cars: Fred Clark, Bill Schell, Doug Cox, John Batt.



Newest Fourth Degree Sir Knights

The Fourth Degree was held on Memorial Day Weekend. Congratulations to St. Elizabeth Council’s newest Sir Knights of the Chester County Assembly:

  • Vincent Montesano
  • Martin Gagne
  • Daniel Keating
  • William Pasquale
  • John Magee




There was another successful Adopt-a-Trail clean-up on May 18th covering the church grounds and trail stretching from the corner of Graphite Mine Road/Station Blvd. to Fellowship Road/Eagle Farms Road. This was the rain date for the cleanup and the weather was very good for the 17 volunteers (10 brothers, 7 friends/family) listed below that pitched in – the cleanup was completed in one hour and about two 2 full bags of trash were collected.   Thanks again to everyone for their support.

  • Fred Clark
  • Liam Dempsey, son + daughter
  • Ralph Hannum
  • Matt Jiannino, son + four friends
  • Mike Kasper
  • John Laager
  • James McNally
  • Jack Samson
  • Bill Schell
  • Mark Sciabacucchi


Communion Breakfast

On Sunday, May 5th, Knights and their families gathered for the 8:00 AM Family Mass. The Celebrant was Father Francis Chambers (Council Chaplain) and Deacon Jim McAvoy. 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 10th Annual Communion Breakfast. 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 Curt Zingaro made the following presentations:

  • The Knight of the Year for the 2012-2013 Fraternal Year was awarded to Sir Knight Doug Cox.
  • The Family of the Year for the 2012-2013 Fraternal Year was awarded to Jim, Louise & Chris McAvoy.
  • RSVP Checks were presented to our sponsored Seminarians.
  • Certificates of Appreciation were presented to James McNally, Mark Sciabacucchi, and Vincent Montesano.
  • Star Council Award was presented to Past Grand Knight, Current Faithful Navigator Fred Clark.

Finally, Deputy Grand Knight Jeff Ciardi presented Grand Knight Curt Zingaro with his Past Grand Knight plaque, and presented Lady Marian Zingaro with flowers.  Click here for pictures!

ARC Collection

Our annual participation in the can collection for the ARC of Chester County took place on April 13th. Thanks to Acme locations in Eagle and Exton, and thier generous shoppers, we collected a little over $600. Brother who manned the following locations:

  • Acme Eagle: Joe Lagrossa, Doug Cox, Bill Schell, Matt and Mark Jiannino, Fred Clark, Mike Kasper, Doug Cox, and Mike Samson.
  • Acme Exton: Tony Gabrielle, Bill Shields, Jim Smith, Bob Winn, Bob Curts, Chipper Wadaas, Bob Curts, and Liam Dempsey..

Rectory Mulching Project

As part of Stewardship Day at St. Elizabeth Parish, 17 Knights and their families made quick work of sprucing up the Rectory grounds. This included weeding, raking, spreading 2 yards of dirt, 10 yards of mulch, and seeding. The project was headed up by Brother Jack Samson (who also provided tasty donuts & coffee) and included the following Knights and their family:   James McNally, William Pasquale & Daughter, Joe LaGrossa, Mike Kasper, Jim Smith, Curt Zingaro, Jim Bacho , John Rogge, Phil Forlano, Liam Dempsey & Children, Ed W., JC, Ed Linaugh, Ralph Hannum, Robert Hauck, Jamie Bogush, Mark Scanlon & his wife, and Jack Samson.   The weather held out nicely enabling the project to be completed in just over 2 hours. Click here to see pictures!

Monsignor appreciated the efforts:

My thanks and gratitude to all the K of C members who offered their service working at the rectory on Saturday- the lawn and mulch areas look great!  I greatly appreciate your generosity and commitment to the parish and your personal support of my efforts as pastor. 

God’s continued blessing to all in the St. Elizabeth Council, K of C!

Msgr. Tom Mullin

Lenten Fish Dinner

March 22 – The 5th annual K of C Lenten Fish dinner provided approximately 250 dinners to St. Elizabeth Parishioners. Over 30 Knights participated in the event that began with food prepping the evening before, and then cooking, serving, busing, and cleaning on the day of the event. The main entrée included panko crusted cod and crab cake, along with potatoes, vegetable slaw, salad, bread, cookies, and beverage.  The dinner was from 5-7PM and then many of the parishioners went to the Living Stations of the Cross in the main Church to view a “live” story of the Passion of Christ, performed by the 8th graders at St. Elizabeth Church.

The success of this event could not have be accomplished without the many Knights volunteers, especially those who helped collect tickets for the 3 weeks prior to our Dinner. Many thanks to all the Brothers who donated their time and talent to this event!   Click here for pictures!

Scouting Awards

We participated in the annual Scouting Awards Ceremony.  Click here for pictures!





Free Throw Contest

St. Elizabeth Council Knights of Columbus congratulates Ryan Riotto for his First Place finish at the Southeast PA Regional Free Throw Championship. Ryan also placed second at the PA State Championship. We also congratulate the following winners of the Local and District contests: Brian Ibarguen, Shannon Cody, Nathan Robertson, Ryan Riotto, Bridget Finley, and Michael Gingrich. Nathan and Bridget placed second at the Regional contest.

Regional Freethrow Championship took place Sat, Mar 2nd. Congratulations to winners from our Parish:

  • 10yr boys – Ryan Riotto Winner (23 of 25)
  • 10yr girls – Bridget Finley – 2nd place
  • 12yr boys – Nathan Robertson – 2nd place

The 2013 Council and District Basketball Free Throw Championships were held on January 27, 2013 at St. Elizabeth School gym. Our Council had 30 contestants and 6 winners in the District Championship. These winners will go on to the Regional Championship on March 2, 2013.

Council and District Champions:

  • Brian Ibarguen
  • Shannon Cody
  • Nathan Robertson
  • Ryan Riotto
  • Bridget Finley
  • Michael Gingrich

Council Members who participated in this activity/event:   Ed Smith, Curt Zingaro, Harold Gibson, Jim Bacho, Mike Kasper, Bill Schell, Thomas Dominecki, Doug Cox, Fred Clark, John Rogge, Matt Jiannino, and Craig Cody.  Click here for pictures!

Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest Winners

The Chester County Assembly hosted the annual “Keep Christ in Christmas” Poster Contest for area Catholic Schools. Faithful Navigator (PGK of St. Elizabeth Council) Fred Clark presents the winning checks to two winning artists from St. Elizabeth school.

  • First Place Sarah Miller
  • Third Place Natalie Sims


Pro Life–Our Lady of Guadalupe Icon


Pro Life–March on Washington D.C